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The Layabouts - Detroit says
The original Layabouts band will be reuniting for the first time since 1992, with band members coming into Detroit from around the country and around the world. A one-night celebration in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) current exhibit, “You Can’t Print That: 50 Years of the Fifth Estate,” this will be a night of loud music, fun, and dancing. Come early and stay late.


The Layabouts sprang from the heart of Detroit’s Cass Corridor radical/bohemian community of the early ‘80’s as a response to the musical/political eruption of the ska-punk scene. Of the four founding members, two were artists and two were veterans of radical political projects like the Fifth Estate Newspaper (the U.S.’s longest published anarchist paper) and the Eat the Rich Gang (credo: Workers of the World Relax!).

Initially inspired by the rage and energy of groups like the Sex Pistols, Clash, English Beat, Tom Robinson Band, and Crass, the Layabouts have always sought to take inspiration from the best in both radical music and radical politics. Since the band’s inception, people from places as far away as England and the Dominican Republic have passed through the ranks of the band, bringing with them musical influences from reggae to salsa to South African township jive.

The Layabouts have played innumerable benefits and political events in the Detroit community and around the U.S. This benefit performance for the Fifth Estate/MOCAD exhibition will include band members who have performed with the Layabouts over the years. This will be a fun night of music for a good cause and a better world.
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