On Saturday, March 11, Diesel Concerts and Hard Edge Entertainment will be hosting Howie's 25th Anniversary Bash-25 Years in Music and Entertainment. The event will be held in Chesterfield at the Diesel Concert Lounge.
Long-time Macomb County resident, Howie Herula started out in entertainment back in 1992 when he became a disc jockey at the original Ritz nightclub in Roseville after Scott "Screamin' Scott" Randall (WRIF) left to pursue a career in radio. Over the last 25 years, Howie has worked in every genre and avenue in the music industry.
He has worked for model and talent agencies, been a talent booker and event coordinator, a entertainment and promotions director for various country and rock music nightclubs and handled interviews and coordinated event appearances for a number of different media outlets. Herula has also booked and managed a number of bands and started his own radio show, Hard Edge Radio, for tapdetroit.com, which ended up becoming the most popular hard rock and heavy metal radio show in the state.
Through all of his hardwork, Herula has earned a high level of respect in the music industry for his booking, managing and event promoting skills. His strong interview talents are also highly praised.
After 25 years, it would be hard to come up with more than a handful of local musicians, music lovers, venue staff and peers that don’t have something good to say about Howie, the passion he has and the things he’s accomplished.
Herula decided that he wanted to include some of the very people who had grown alongside to commemorate the occasion. Nine music acts from several different rock genres will be playing over the course of the evening on both the lounge and main stages.
The list of acts for the show include some of the area's most respected bands and artists in Detroit whose careers collectively span over 25 plus years. Ugly But Proud; Detroit's first popular and longest running thrash metal band, and Broadzilla; Michigan's most beloved all girl rockers, were the first to be confirmed. The evening will also see a special 5-year reunion set from Chaos Theory and sets from Hell Rides North, Bowdown, The Worst Of, Demons Within and Spiral Crush. The show will kick off with a acoustic set from Acoustic Hell, which features Brian Thomas from legendary Detroit heavy metal band, Halloween.
Local success story company, InkAddict will also be at the event with giveaways and brand favorites for sale.
“I really wanted to do something great that was also personal. Most of these bands are either all-time favorites, friends, or bands that I’ve grown to respect. Not only from my past but over the last 10 years or so as well," says Herula. “InkAddict has also been a big part of my journey as we supported them in the beginning and they have supported me and many of these bands in their recent years as they became more successful. 25 Years only happens once, it’s got to be big and it’s got to be done right!”
Tickets for the show are $10 and the show is all ages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first act hitting the Lounge stage at 7:30. Diesel Concert Lounge and Theater is located at 33151 23 Mile Rd. in Chesterfield.