Photos: Death, the Gories, and ? and the Mysterians Headline "The Detroit Breakdown" at Lincoln Center
And so it came to pass on Saturday that the exalted Lincoln Center became a venue for a bunch of aging, outré Detroit musicians. Blame Ponderosa Stomp, the 501(c) 3-certified cultural organization dedicated to the preservation of American roots music, in all its high and low forms. Hence "The Detroit Breakdown," a daylong festival dedicated to some of Motor City's most bizarre exports: the proto-punk pioneers Death; latter day garage rockers the Gories, fresh off a reunion spin through NYC that also included shows at the Bowery Ballroom and Maxwell's; '60s futurists turned early '00s cult rock 'n' rollers ? and the Mysterians; and the eternal endurance machine that is Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. The venue wasn't entirely full, and many of those who did come were old, but one of them was Ronnie Spector, so show some respect. Intrepid photographer Rebecca Smeyne was there: her photos and captions are below.
Ronnie Spector says hello to ? and the Mysterians. All photos by Rebecca Smeyne. The show, which was seated (and under-attended) marked a bizarre finale for the Gories' four-night run in the area. Garage rock diehards come in packages both young and old. This lady, whose pants were leopard-print too, was not-- surprisingly--on the band's list. Most of the crowd looked more like this though, and seemed to have little familiarity with any of the acts. You know it's a mixed event when performance artist Kembra Pfahler ends up standing next to the 'I like to fart' guy. 'I like to fart too.' Zabar's raffle! ? and the Mysterians played during sunset. The arms-spread pose is undeniably Question Mark's main move on stage. It does a swell job of showing off his fringe. ?'s other stage move was jumping-jacks. Last but not least: Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels