MC5 ‘Kick Out the Jams’ 50th Anniversary Tour Coming to Hopscotch Festival


Brother Wayne Kramer, the founding guitarist of Detroit punk legends MC5, will be bringing his 50th year anniversary tour of MC5’s 1968 debut, Kick Out the Jams, to Hopscotch Festival this September.

Kramer will be joined by an impressive group of musicians: Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil will play guitar, Fugazi’s Brendan Canty will play drums, Dug Pinnick of King’s X will play bass and Zen Guerrilla’s Marcus Durant will serve as frontman.  The group will play Kick Out the Jams in its entirety, as well as an encore set of MC5 material that will vary from night to night.

Released amidst the political and cultural upheaval of 1968, Kramer noted the potency of revisiting Kick Out the Jams 50 years later.

Today, there is a corrupt regime in power, an endless war thousands of miles away, and uncontrollable violence wracking our country. It’s becoming less and less clear if we’re talking about 1968 or 2018. I’m now compelled to share this music I created with my brothers 50 years ago. My goal is that the audience leaves these concerts fueled by the positive and unifying power of rock music.

Tickets for Hopscotch Festival are slated to go on-sale Thursday, May 10

MC5 50th anniversary tour poster Hopscotch Festival