Wed., Oct. 5
The kickoff party at Brillobox, in Bloomfield, features emerging talent with the R&B-tinged, bass-heavy Chicago footwork of Brenmar. Also rocking the decks and the screen with an A/V set will be hometown producing duo and VIA alum Pure Hype. The cerebrally robotic three-piece outfit Trans Am will be performing its seminal album Future World in its entirety, backed by visuals from Thunder Horse Video.
Thu., Oct. 6
The main event will be held at the South Side's Rex Theater, featuring a handful of hotly anticipated artists. Producer FaltyDL plays dark, hip-hoppy beats for the dance-happy. U.K. producing phenom Four Tet will perform accompanied by the visuals of Abstract Birds. And the most rock 'n' roll presence on the VIA lineup, Battles, graces the stage with math-rock bravado.
Fri., Oct. 7
The festival moves to its outdoor home on Broad Street in East Liberty. The king of the MPC, Araabmuzik, will take the stage and no doubt dazzle with hip-hop stylings crafted from fast-paced button pushing. By way of Monterrey, Mexico, Toy Selectah brings yet more hip-hop flavors with his cumbia-reggae fusion blessed with a little urban attitude. Local talent Di Ay will be on VJ duties for that set. Then, an after-party featuring the RVING Intl. Showcase, including the artists Pink Skull, Blondes and Tim Sweeney.
Sat., Oct. 8
Techno is the featured sound for the closing night of VIA. Detroit's Underground Resistance Presents Interstellar Fugitives (UR) is a militantly political ensemble of producers. UR was formed in Detroit in the late 1980s to relay a message of awareness and political change. The after-party, presented in part by Humanaut, will feature the deep minimal techno of Sutekh, Nuel and Donato Dozzy.