Best Up-And-Coming Detroit Bands To Check Out In 2016

January 7, 2016 8:00 AM


Detroit has been known as a prime music city for years, contributing to many different genres of music, from the popular “Motown” music in the ’60s to current stars like Eminem and Kid Rock. Up and coming artists are produced in the D-town yearly, and this year is no different. The music scene in Detroit is gearing up for yet another year of acts that are making a name for themselves. From country to rock to energetic dance, in and around Detroit, artists are gaining popularity, hoping for their big break. Are you looking for some new bands to add to your favorites list? These bands are certainly worth checking out for the upcoming year of 2016.
LoveSick Detroit

LoveSick Detroit consists of a five piece band that performs high energy party music, infusing elements of pop, rock and dance. They were voted as Detroit’s No. 1 local band, playing and singing songs from both yesterday and today. Some of the songs they have performed include “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon, “Tik Tok” by Kesha, “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith and “Purple Rain” by the one and only Prince.

Collision Six

Collision Six is well-known in Lansing and much of Southeast Michigan. The band is quickly gaining popularity in the Detroit area with their smooth styling and soulful vocals. Collision Six combines classic sounds with favorites and contemporary chart toppers, infused with their own unique sound. At a recent show in Royal Oak, Collision Six performed a cover of the infectious “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon.

The Tom Toms

Traveling an hour north to Detroit’s sister city of Flint, The Tom Toms are quickly making a name for themselves across the state. Consisting of a husband and wife duo, Chris and Kayla Day on guitar and vocals, they’re joined by Chris’ sister Elaina Day, along with drummer Steve Bennett. In 2014, they released their album Music Box of Magic Tricks. They will release their follow-up album, The Trust Octopus, in 2016. They’ve headlined the Machine Shop in Flint and have played many Detroit area venues, including Campus Martius and the Hard Rock, as well as the Ritz in Warren and New Way Bar in Ferndale.

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Two Timin’ Band

Two Timin’ Band is another one of Detroit’s favorite bands. The country rock band performs a great mix of various genres, with hard hitting drumming by Carl Williams Jr., guitar work by Jon Howard and vocals by Carly Collura. They take pride in the live sound at their shows and draw a crowd with the country tunes, along with classic rock favorites.


Continuing on from a great 2014, Kaleido is truly making a name for themselves locally, and they are slowly making their way across the nation. Last year, they released their second EP Unbreakable. They were able to open for Kid Rock in Las Vegas and have also opened for Aerosmith and Slash. They’ve also toured nationally, supporting Alien Ant Farm. Locally, lead singer Christina Chriss has performed the National Anthem for sports teams, such as the Detroit Tigers and the Red Wings.

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Chase has been writing through internet platforms for 9 years and specializes in music as well as creating it. He enjoys nature, politics, health and beauty while living and loving life.