Local band, The Deep End, plays at The Blind Pig

Local band, The Deep End, plays at The Blind Pig

WILL JOSEPH

Contributor

The band will return to the Blind Pig to perform Wednesday, May 5.

BEN MARTH COURTESY PHOTO

Lights dimmed, chatter ceased and shuffling of instruments and equipment halted. Suddenly, music filled the void as foot stomping, head banging and a little “hell yeah!” erupted from the crowd as The Deep End opened the show recently at The Blind Pig. Surrounding the stage area, fans screamed, danced, pushed and shoved, while these musicians unearthed new songs, kicked their feet up to old favorites and performed a couple of covers with a Deep End twist. It was a performance that earned the band a chance to headline its own show when The Deep End returns to The Blind Pig on May 5 with other local bands, Lucky Brown, Ben Daniels Band and AFC. Performing for four years, The Deep End brings an original sound, combining styles of classic rock and 90s jam band and reminding fans of artists from past and present. “Brilliant! Sound was great, venue is great, band is great,” said Cory Paliewicz, 22, of Cadillac, a geography major at Central Michigan University, on seeing the Deep End for the very first time. “Reminds me of Dave Matthews, hard rock, Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder.” The Deep End, a quartet out of Brighton, is one of many up-and-coming, young and talented bands hitting the metro Detroit bar scene. Fans like Paliewicz enjoyed the show, as the opening band on a Thursday night The Deep End attracted a large and boisterous audience that filled the main stage area. The band may have liked it even more.
Adam Marth, lead guitarist and vocalist for the band Deep End, performs with the band at the Blind Pig, Thursday, March 25.

BEN MARTH COURTESY PHOTO

“It was a goal of mine, along with the band, to play The Pig,” said drummer Mike Benskey 19, a Washtenaw Community College student. Other band members include: Adam Marth, 19, lead guitarist and vocals and bassist Elliot Barton, 19, both students at CMU, and Dillion Kuiava, 19, a political science major at Michigan State University on rhythm guitar. All are from Brighton. “The Blind Pig is rocking man, has great sound, plus all the history at The Pig,” Kuiava said. “It was Kurt Cobain’s favorite small venue. “We go up there rock out, have a good time. The best part is watching the people have a good time with us. That’s the best part of music.” Previously, The Deep End has played a variety of venues, including Brighton Center for Performing Arts, Howell Opera House, The Hayloft in Mt Clemens, The Shelter in Detroit and The Whiskey Bar in Dearborn. Other upcoming gigs include Reggae Fest on May 1 near Mount Pleasant and The Pig. For more information on The Deep End: http://myspace.com/bandthatisdeep.

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