Ignite Detroit (@ignitedetroit) is back this year for its second installment, and this year’s event is looking to blow away the first one! The organizers of Ignite Detroit teamed up with Motor City Casino Hotel (@MotorCityCasino) to bring Ignite to The Sound Board, and have lined up some of Detroit’s best underground musicians to provide musical entertainment between sessions.
Ignite Detroit is a public speaking competition with an emphasis on community and brevity. After the community decides who gets to speak, the speakers will have five minutes and twenty slides each to give their presentation. Each slide advances every fifteen seconds as the presenter speaks. At the end, everyone votes on their favorite speaker and the winner gets a prize, as well as bragging rights and lots of high-fives from the community.
There will be four speaking sessions, with three breaks in between. Each break will feature a different Detroit Underground artist.
During the first break, Detroit local hip hop duo Passalacqua will perform. Passalacqua is a relatively new project made up of Mister and Blaksmith from Cold Men Young. Their songs feature heavy samples and are produced by Dr. B, with DJ Primeminister the ‘Scratchtracknologist’ on the cuts. They recently performed together at The Metro Times Blowout and are sure to give another stellar performance at The Sound Board. These guys are really blowing up, so attendees of Ignite Detroit 2 will have the unique opportunity to see one of Detroit’s freshest up-and-coming music acts perform.
Pato Margetic will be performing during the second break. Pato is well-known in Detroit from his recent Youtube fame, in which he released a music video for the song “Detroit” that was heavily circulated through Detroit’s social media community. In addition, his song “Cold” has made it into the top 10 videos on MTV.com. For those who don’t know of him, he is an acoustic rock/soul singer and songwriter. If there is any word that can describe Pato Margetic’s live performances, it’s “captivating”. He has the unique ability to draw in his audience and evoke an emotional response. It is not uncommon to see him performing for a completely silent crowd, with every eye and ear on him, followed by an uproar of applause when he’s finished. It is a truly amazing experience that will stay in your memory for a long time.
Finally, during the last break we will see one of Detroit’s newest hip hop stars, Ro Spit. A Pontiac native, Roland came up in Detroit’s hip hop scene as a DJ and rapper, and opened up a sneaker shoppe in Royal Oak called Burn Rubber. From deejaying at St. Andrews Hall back in the day, to rocking out at the 2011 SXSW Music Festival, Roland has spent a great deal of the last decade representing Detroit and melting faces all over the country.
When Ignite Detroit is over, there will be an afterparty at Overdrive Lounge, upstairs from The Sound Board’s main floor. The party will continue for about an hour after Ignite Detroit ends, with lounge-style house music spun by DJ Meph. (@djmeph)
Tickets are still available, and they are free! Over 700 people have already registered, but The Sound Board can squeeze in a few more, so don’t sleep on these tickets. They are disappearing fast!