2018 💚 Monroe Street Fair 💚

Saturday, April 7th 2018.

Don't Miss the Largest FREE Pro-Cannabis Festival East of the Mississippi.


Activists have been getting together at Casa Dominicks on Monroe Street since the earliest days of Hash Bash. The gatherings led to annual block parties. 

These block parties were limited by city ordinances. As the block party grew it became more of an issue with police, most notably the “loud music"  (exceeding  allowable decibels).  

The realization of the days potential led to the need for a permit that would allow for a live music event, similar to other Ann Arbor events, such as Ann Arbor Blues Fest. 

In 2002 Charles Strackbein secured the necessary permits that allow for a live music festival. The event has grown dramatically and is now in it’s 17th year. For more history: 



Monroe Street Fair

Saturday, April 7th 2018  NOON
Hash Bash day!

Save the date and book a great room for the weekend.


Monroe Street Fair Music Festival  is always the first Saturday in April, on Hash Bash Day.


Sponsors help make this show TOTALLY FREE!


Please support this TOTALLY FREE show by checking out and patronizing our select sponsors and vendors.


Thank you to our legendary legacy sponsors Arborside, Depot Town & B.D.T. Smoke Shops and the many early supporter's of the Monroe Street Fair, most notably MINORML, Reverend Steve, Christeen Landino and the whole MINORML volunteer crew.


2017 Presenting Sponsors


2017 performances by:

This year we are proud to share with you the talents of the following acts.

Covert Operations

Dixon’s Violin

Leaving Lifted


Act Casual

Eliza Neals and the Narcotics

Poetry * Comedy * Commentary


Lori Beth Coolidge


Jorge Cervantes

Danny Danko

Jamie Lowell of MILEGALIZE

Matthew Hoffmann of Hand Grown

Thank you to all of our guests and performers.




Show Music Samplers

Here is the Sound Cloud Playlist for this year's show. (coming soon)

Also found here: Sound Cloud Playlists from Past Performances.

Get to know the artists & Speakers

Eliza Neals and the Narcotics

"Eliza Neals and the Narcotics" putting the Magic back into BluesRock with TopOfTheCharts Recordings and Mind Blowing LIVE Performances! ElizaNeals.com

ELIZA NEALS is a dynamic powerful front woman, multi-talented musician, confident producer and outstanding live performer she is the voice of 'new indieblues for 21st Century.

"Perhaps Detroit’s best kept secret … cream of the crop … Looks every bit as hot as she sounds is a powerhouse to say the least … perhaps Janis, Jimi and Jim Morrison might possibly have escaped death …" Chicken Wilson 2015

"She sings with the power of Beth Hart, the emotion of Janis Joplin, yet the voice is still her own... Neals blends rock and blues seamlessly" American Blues Scene 2015

Credit: ElizaNeals.com

Dixon's Violin

Dixon: performing artist, music shaman ♥ 


World's premier visionary violinist. www.dixonsviolin.com 

Visionary Violin: a Transformational Journey by Dixon 

You've never heard violin like this! The world's premier visionary violinist, Dixon's life mission is to inspire people - and he has done so across North America, including giving two TED talks/performances, ten years at Burning Man, plus radio, TV, and film appearances. Dixon walked away from a distinguished career to follow his dream full-time, and invented a whole new music genre. Based on his classically-trained violin mastery, Dixon now improvises on a 5-string electric violin with a looper to create an all-live one-man symphony. Guided by his remarkable personal story of life transformation, he shows the beauty of doing something seemingly impossible. Dixon's passionate energy will enchant, mesmerize, and inspire you! 

Prior Event Highlights (by category): 

* HONORS: 2 TED talks/performances (TEDxBlackRockCity, TEDxDetroit), "Best of" TEDx selectee; Juried Showcases at PAE and OAPN; featured on Fox News; broadcast on Public Radio International's Echoes; appearance and on soundtrack for "The Bloom" Transformational Festival documentary, appearance in feature film "Spark: A Burning Man Story"; selected for 2015-2018 Michigan Arts & Humanities Touring Directory; on Pandora/iTunes/Amazon/more. 

Credit: www.dixonsviolin.com 

Covert Operations

Covert, the exciting musical collective based out of Flint Michigan, continue to work hard at establishing themselves as heavy contenders in the healthy music scene happening in Michigan and throughout the Midwest. Covert's music is Rock and Roll shaped with the help of influences from Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Gospel, Soul and Reggae; with lyrics and vocal harmonies crafted and intertwined within the melodies. They play lengthy sets, no two ever being the same, with improvisation and segues that keep those in attendance dancing on their toes. Covert's growing and loyal fan base continue to help spread the music, and plays a vital role to their live performance. A Covert show is a place for people to come together in song and dance in what may best be described as a celebration of life.

Covert Productions, the half that is responsible for Covert's sound and light has been chosen by promoters in Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana for festivals ranging from 500-5,000 in attendance. Clients include Michigan Peace Fest, Dunegrass, Quarry Breakdown, Hoodilidoo, End of Summer Love In, Hash Bash, Monroe Street Fair, Melon Kamp, GLCC, Dope Logo Fest, Camp Terrapin, Whippersnap Music Festival, Michigan Rock & Brew, Wuhnurth Music Festival and many more.

Thank you for taking the time to read about Covert. Please head on over to www.CovertBand.com for even more specific information on the band, links to music and shows, merchandise and the latest news.

Leaving Lifted

Leaving Lifted is a 3 piece Reggae/Ska/Dub/Rock band from Michigan, and was formed in April of 2011. Leaving Lifted has had success from the very beginning with their debut show at at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, MI. From there, they were invited to Atlantic City, New Jersey for the Oktoberfest event set up by Elephant Talk Indie Music Magazine. There they performed two nights at prime times, and were asked to interview on WLFR Stockton Radio. more...



Stoner Rock

Band Members

Kevin Edwards~ Guitar/Vocals/Moog Synth

Mick Stone~ Drums

Wayne Crouton-Bass


Detroit Mi


Detroits premier heavy Moog-Rock power trio


Fuzzed-out,anthemic guitar riffs,combined with tribal,pounding drum and bass. Stoner Rock songs about space and time travel,messed up dope deals,dirty cops, and life in Detroit...Former members of Detroit's own 500 Ft. Of Pipe & Soldiers Of Scrape...laying down some new tracks to melt your brains…more...

Act Casual



Band Members 

Ryan Yoskovich - Drums 

Ryan Stafford - Keys, Sax 

Nick Small - Guitar, Vocals 

Will Richardson - Guitar 

Danny Flynn - Bass, Vocals 


Metro Detroit, MI 




What originally started as a group of close friends getting together to jam in a basement has grown and evolved into a musical force to be reckoned with. By combining various elements of the blues, funk, long instrumental jams and catchy 3-minute songs, there is something for everyone within the sound that is Act Casual….more…. 

Poets * Comics * Speakers

Poet: Lori Beth Coolidge

Poet Lori Beth Coolidge is one of Detroit's rising stars. Lori has written 2 books, both include thoughtful stories and anecdotes and has been a festival favorite for year's.

Jorge Cervantes

Jorge Cervantes is the nom de plume of George Van Patten, an American horticulturist, publisher and writer specializing in indoor, outdoor, and greenhouse cultivation of medical cannabis.His books, articles, photographs and instructional DVDs demonstrate techniques for high-yield closet, basement, backyard, and guerrilla gardens. Cannabis Universities in the USA use his book, Marijuana Horticulture, as the main textbook and his videos as instructional aids. Cervantes wrote a Q & A column (Jorge's Rx) for 10 years and continues to write feature articles in High Timesmagazine.

Danny Danko

Danny Danko (born July 4, 1972) is a writer, photographer and Senior Cultivation Editor of High Times magazine. He was born in Leningrad, USSR.[1] 

He is the author of the 2011 book The Official High Times Field Guide to Marijuana Strains. 

He has written numerous articles on the subject of marijuana gardening both outdoor and indoor. Danko is the writer of Top Ten Strains of the Year every year since 2005 and also the creator and founder of the HIGH TIMES Seed Bank Hall of Fame. He is also credited with a highly popular instructional video on how to roll a joint. 

Other notable grow articles by Danny Danko include Jungle in the Bronx, The Greatest Marijuana Gardens of All Time,Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pot Growers, The History of Hydroponics, Organics for Beginners, Illinois Grow Revolution,Rip City Mega-Grow!,Cloning for Dollars, The Story of Kush, The Haze Craze, 25 Years of Chem Dog and The Top Ten 10 Strains of 2016. 

Danny has appeared on NPR, New York Times, Vice, CNBC multiple times, CNBC debate, Slate, NY Daily News, Bloomberg News, UpRoxx, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Detroit Metro Times, The Daily Beast, Alternet,The Nation and Washington Post. Danny has also appeared as a guest on The Combat Jack Show Podcast, 

Matthew Hoffmann of Hand Grown



MONROE STREET FAIR * immediately following the Hash Bash in Ann Arbor, Mi

music festivals

Jamie Lowell

Jamie is one of Michigan's most visible activists and entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry. He co-founded Michigan's first recognized medical marijuana dispensary, is involved in activism through MILegalize and other projects, and, on behalf of the Michigan Marijuana Law Experts, speaks across the state to municipal leaders on the merits of opting in to the MMFLA program.

DJ Short

DJ Short is one of the most if not top cannabis strain breeders in the world. His strain Blueberry is a living legend. This is, was, and forever will be the west coast Blueberry varietal. The strain is sought after and has been spliced into many different hybridized strains. DSBs genetics stem from DJ Short’s travels through Central America and Southeast Asia, where he gathered robust landrace genetics that would later blossom into some of the most legendary cannabis strains on the planet. Finding a true cut of DSB is harder than it sounds, but if you do, savor it. You are literally igniting a piece of cannabis history. Expect beautiful sedative effects that are second only to the incredible berry flavor of this flower. 

About Us




Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Live music and vending.

We have been bringing our community together celebrating it's culture, music, art and accomplishments for over 17 years

Killer stoner variety show

Come out and enjoy this highly spirited day of fun, love, free live music, poetry, comedy, art, shopping and overall high jinks and merriment.

Our aim is to put on a killer stoner variety show while celebrating the cannabis  zeitgeist. 

We like to feature  artists and act's deserving wider recognition for their talent and pro-cannabis enthusiasm, expertise and contributions. 

Totally Free!!!

Voted #1 free pro-cannabis festival east of the Mississippi for the 17th time in a row!

Thank you to our sponsor's that help make this all possible. Please check out the select businesses featured at the Monroe Street Fair. They support our ever growing community and it's rapidly emerging sub-culture. Many of our long time sponsors also support many of the newer pro-cannabis festivals in Michigan.

About Us

Fred Heller

Fred has been apart of the fair since the beginning, first as a vendor and then as an organizer. An Ann Arbor native, he began glassblowing at the University of Oregon.(Quack Quack) and shows and sells both art and functional pieces. Fred continues to work every year to improve the Monroe street Fair and continue the legacy of fun, free and safe fairs.

Charlie Strackbein

Charlie founded the fair in 2002  and has been it's chief visionary and ambassador ever since. He began his career  in architecture in 1982 as a high school student, studied architecture at the University Of Detroit, worked for some of the oldest and most prestigious firms in the country and world. He has over 20 years experience in pro-cannabis related industries, and has been a pro-cannabis activist for over 15 years. Charlie began working at B.D.T. Smoke Shops in 1996 and founded the Monroe Street Fair in 2002.

Sal Aiello

Sal has been with the fair since 2010 and became it's Administer of Entertainment in 2012. Sal reviews over 100 acts and books 6 bands and a total of 9-15 acts every year.

Sal has been a performer and worked in the music industry for years.

Sal wrote a killer song about Detroit, was inspired to make a graphic representation of it and founded Don't Be Afraid Of Detroit Apparel company in 2010. You will find Don't Be Afraid of Detroit Apparel online and at festivals across southeast Michigan


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