5:00 tonight starts off the 240-hour Assembly Line Concert in Ferndale, Michigan. Running until March 31, possibly longer, the 24/7 benefit concert‘s aim is to help those affected by the economic troubles in the Detroit area, which is home to the Big Three automakers. Hosted at AJ’s Cafe, the concert is in honor of American workers and products. In a press release, cafe owner and community activist AJ O’Neil says:
“We call on every manufacturing plant, every car dealership, garage mechanic to join us. We call on politicians, loan officers, credit agencies, builders to join us. We call for music to heal us in these trying times. We call on the corporate world to join us to help us in our Main Street solution to this American challenge.”
The Assembly Line Concert will also attempt to make the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest continuous concert. At least 240 acts will be performed non-stop in this musical marathon. In order to make the record, there can be no more than 5 minutes of “dead air” during a performance or between acts.
It seems the schedule and bands listing needs updating because Tom Smith, who recently signed up and spread this news, is not listed. The world’s fastest filker will be performing March 31 9:00-10:00 AM. In regard to the concert and the times being what they are, Tom says:
“This is one of those We’re All In It Together So We Might As Well Have Some Fun things, and since we’re all in it together, we might as well have some fun. 🙂 “
AJ’s Cafe is located at 240 Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, Michigan. For those, like myself, who can’t attend, there will be an online feed of the record-breaking benefit Assembly Line Concert.