Of all the memories I have of living in the corridor, Dally in the Alley is always the one that stirs the most emotions and brings the most laughs as I reminisce with friends the poetic/epic happenings that each year Dally brings. Dally produced my first time on stage, my first motorcycle ride, and numerous eye flirtations that eventually led to first true loves and heartbreaks. It’s the taste of the empowerment of being young and alive. It’s true passionate musicians, artists, beer, earth and dancing to freedom. It’s looking up to the sky as the music wraps around you and the string of lights strung about the alley start to twinkle and the city sky appears to be filled with stars. It’s magic.
Dally is always on the Saturday after Labor Day and is also the symbolic end of summer—this year it falls on September 8. It’s run by a group of volunteers who are responsible for acquiring the bands, restaurants, artists and a variety of vendors. Some of the bands that will be taking stage this year will include Pink Lightning, Greg Mudge, Erno the Inferno, the Anonymous and many, many more! This year the festival is working with Recycle Here in hopes of making Dally the greenest festival in Detroit. However, a feat such as this only gets accomplished if the whole community works together—so be sure you chip in and put the compost boxes to use!
This is the 35th “Celebration of life in the Cass Corridor.” 35 years ago in 1977, it started as an inner-city art fair that eventually grew with the addition of musical artists. Eventually it moved to its present location at Second and Forest in 1982 where it acquired the name “Dally in the Alley.” It was originally called the North Cass Street Fair. The alleys are encompassed by beautiful historic buildings that sing the history of Dally as you walk by.
For any newcomers to Dally out there, here’s a few guidelines on how to Dally in the Alley:
- You need to first gather a group of your closest friends. Together you will walk over to the Alley and proceed to make twice as many new friends once you get there.
- You will want to be happy and you will want to dance to the music.
- If you live in the Alley you will want to be warm and welcoming to guests as they lie on your lawn, eat your food, laugh with you and use your bathroom.
- If someone loses an earring, you will want to help them find it.
- If you love the music, which you will, you will want to tell all the musicians to keep on keeping on, because indie and local are the truest forms of the trade and closest to heart.
- And once again—you will want to dance, and you will want to laugh. Nothing is better than the smell of summer turning into fall as music flirts with the breeze.
Dally is the secret whisper of my youth that will forever stir in my mind. What kind of memories will you make?
Find out more at: http://www.dallyinthealley.com
Source: Dally In The Alley, Artwork by Michael Eugene Burdick