Sunday, January 15, 2017

24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See Code Orange at El Club

El Club has quickly become our favorite place to see a show in the City of Detroit. There are multiple great lineups playing this stage every week, they have good pizza, and the sound system makes everyone sound amazing. They also keep it fresh by not hosting the same lineups every night of the week. This week, they have everything from hardcore to hip hop hitting their stage.

This Tuesday, January 17th they will kick off the week with Code Orange, Youth Code and Lifeless. Tickets to get in to the show are only $15 in advance and $17 at the door. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to win them, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #Orange. We will draw one lucky person tomorrow morning and we will email the winner details on how to claim their prize.

Doors for the show open at 8 p.m. and the music usually starts around 9. El Club is all ages all the time and we weren't joking about the pizza. Their food is really good, so there is no reason to grab dinner before. Just get there on time, hang out, have a pizza, have a drink and make a night of it.


~S

Win Tickets to Celebrate the Birth Of Bevlove!

It's Bevlove's birthday and she wants Detroit to celebrate with her! She has invited Supakaine, Megapowers, Perrier Rosewood and Milfie to share the stage with her at El Club this Saturday, Januray 21st. She has also promised her fans lots of big birthday surprises! The "Do What I Say" singer knows how to control a room and puts on one hell of a live performance, especially when she sings a cappella.

Tickets to attend the b-day bash are $10 and advanced tickets can be purchased here. DJ Stacye J will be providing sounds in between the performances and 18 and older are welcome to come out and play. Doors for the show open at 8 p.m. and the kitchen will be serving up slices throughout the night. We have a feeling this one might sell out, so you may want to snatch up tickets to ensure your spot. 

We also have one pair of passes to attend the show for FREE courtesy of Party Store Productions. If you would like to try your luck, email hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #itsherbirthday. We will draw one lucky person this Saturday morning and we will email them details on how to claim their prize!

We would also like to wish Bevlove a happy birthday! Hope this one is as magical as your music is!


~S 

Friday, January 13, 2017

13 Bands on 3 Stages

This Saturday 13 awesome bands will come together for one night for another amazing Band Blender. Put on by Scott Boyink, these events feature a bunch of great bands, playing super short sets, on three stages. Once again the blender will be taking over Small's bar in Hamtramck. This time around the lineup includes The Amino Acids, Friends of Dennis WilsonThe Counter ElitesCARJACKMechanical HeartSmash the JukeboxThe Lucid FursThe StrainsSomething to Hate, Milk Bomb, The ImaginatronSteve Harvey Oswald and Cockhorse.

Admission to the Band Blender is only $3 for those 21+ with proceeds going to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. If you're under 21, you'll have to pay a little more. Admission will be $10, with part of that still going to charity. All ages are welcome to attend this event and doors are set to open at 8 p.m.

Small's is located at 10339 Conant in Hamtramck. For more info on this show, click here.


~C

Celebrate Fusion Shows' Ninth Birthday Tonight

The Detroit music scene wouldn't be anything without the "small" booking houses that pay attention and bring the bands that we want to see to town. The music scene relies on people with passion to exist, not every show sells out. In fact, lots of them lose money so the people who risk their companies to bring you a good show should be more than celebrated. Fusion Shows is one of our favorite companies in Metro Detroit. They bring a very unique mix of bands to town and throw some amazing events. They also have a very healthy mix of men and ladies on their team, something that is rare in this business. They are a bunch of cool kids who are passionate about live music and it shows!

This year, they even expanded their reach by teaming up with The Crofoot Presents which enables them to bring even more bands into town! Tonight they will opening the doors of the Magic Stick to celebrate their 9th birthday with a killer lineup that includes Title Fight, Free ThrowKoji and Shortly. Tickets to attend the party are $17 and they can be purchased here. $5 from every ticket will be go to The Ruth Ellis Center, a shelter for LGBTQ youth in Detroit. Doors for the birthday bash open at 7 p.m. tonight!

We would like to sincerely wish Fusion a very happy birthday. Without their support HipinDetroit.com would not be the website that it is today! Thanks for all the amazing live music over the last nine years, we cannot wait for the next nine!


~S

Thursday, January 12, 2017

It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Mr. Linck

Five years ago Christie and I launched hipindetroit.com and began documenting all the amazing people, places, and things around Detroit. We have had the honor of watching thousands of musicians perform over the years, but no musician has meant more to me than James Linck. The first time I saw him perform it was an accident, from that point on it was my mission. I have been at every album release party and I have had the honor of interviewing James on camera, on the radio, and in print. I have over listened to all three of his EPs over the last four years and I have shared his songs with anyone who will listen. I have made an ass out of myself and danced up front at every show that I was able to and I have had the honor of hearing sneak peaks of a lot of his tunes before they were released. I have been asked time and time again who my favorite artist in Detroit is and my answer has always been James Linck. But, it wasn't until he released his last EP No Future that I figured out why Mr Linck's music means so much to me.

It all clicked the first time I heard the song "The Artist".  During my first listen I laughed and cried, for some reason the catchy track really moved me. There is something very powerful about defining yourself as an artist. It gives you the power to claim your talent, mold it and explore if given the chance to find out where it might take you.

I have been on an adventure with James since he released his first solo EP Fortress of Solitude, followed up by his sophomore EP Small World and his most recent release No Future. He has inspired me to keep molding my craft and creating new things because, at the end of the day, I'm an artist and that's what I do.

I have always had a hard time describing his sound to others and I truly believe that until your hear him hit a high note in person, you cannot completely appreciate how talented he is. Which is why it is going to be so hard to say farewell when he preforms at El Club this Friday, January 13th. It's been an honor to watch an artist as talented as James master their craft and it's going to be sad to continue that journey long distance. But, given the chance, I am even more excited to see how far my favorite artist can take it.

If you want to take a walk down memory lane before the show check out some of the interviews and videos we have done with James throughout the years. If you want to hear "The Artist" and the rest of James body of work visit his soundcloud here and if you want to experience what I consider to be one of the best talent's Detroit has to offer before he heads out to the West Coast,  join me stage front at the show this Friday to dance it out one last time. He will be performing alongside Jaws That Bite, Cousin Mouth,  Doc Illingsworth, and Eddie Logix. We can only hope that means that they might unearth one of my favorite collaboration tracks called "Lights on Ryder" at some point throughout the night. Tickets to get into the show are $8 at the door and doors are at 8 p.m. See you at the show!









~S

Comedians Stand Up for Planned Parenthood at Zeke's

"Planned Parenthood was founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams." Their centers offer a wide variety of health care, including cancer screenings, preventative care, primary care, STD testing and treatment, reproductive health services and even sex ed. The list of services that they offer is pretty wide spread. Approximately 1 in 5 women use Planned Parenthood for their health care. Despite all of the good that they do, some republicans are trying to defund this organization, which would be extremely detrimental and will put women across this country at risk. That's why it is extra important that you head to Zeke's Rock & Roll BBQ this Friday. 

This Friday, January 13th a group of comedians will "Stand Up for Planned Parenthood" at Zeke's. These hilarious comedians are coming together to help raise money for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. The fund's purpose is, "to ensure that elected officials support policies and programs that help women and their families make responsible choices about family planning and reproductive health." A very important cause and a very important organization. The lineup of comedians involved in this event includes Wesley Ward, Lauren Uchalik, Will Green, Simply Shannell, and Ray Hollifield and the night will be hosted by Mike Stanley. Admission is only $5, so it won't cost you a ton to help PP and you'll get to see a great night of comedy too! 

Seating for this event will start at 9 p.m. and the show begins at 10. Zeke's is located at 240 West 9 Mile in Ferndale. For more info on this event, click here


~C

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Here's Johnny!

This weekend one of the all time favorite thrillers of many is playing at the Main Art Theatre. The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, will be playing as part of the Main Art's Midnight Madness series this Friday and Saturday night. The 1980s Stanley Kubrick film still sends chills down viewers' spines. The plot follows, "A family [that] heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future." It has lead to many iconic scenes and phrases, like the ever so popular, "Here's Johnny". Check out the trailer below.


Tickets to see the shining are only $7 and can be purchased in advance here. There are showings on both Friday, January 13th and Saturday, January 14th at Midnight. The Main Art is located in downtown Royal Oak at 118 N. Main Street. For more info on Midnight Madness and other showings at the theatre, click here


~C

Riot Grrrl 90s at Planet Ant

If you were a Riot Grrrl back in the '90s you have to get to the Planet Ant Theatre this month! They are featuring a show called Riot Grrrl 90s and it is the story of two of those riot girls. Written and directed by Dyan Bailey, this show is, "...Set in 1990s suburbia, Rachel and Jen meet in French class and become instant best friends. Their mutual love of Nintendo, Riot Grrrl music and smoking cigarettes gets disrupted when Rachel's neighbor, Mike, starts hanging around." We can only imagine what happens after that! As two girls that met in English class, bonded over music, and became best friends for 20+ years, this is a story Sadie and I can definitely relate to and can't wait to see! We're sure it will speak to the 90s girl in all of us.


If you want to see this show for yourself, you have 3 weekends to get to Planet Ant. The show opens this weekend and will run thru January 30th. Showtimes are on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $10. You can pick yours up or make reservations online here. Tickets are also available at the box office, which opens 30 minutes before showtime.

Planet Ant is located in Hamtramck at 2357 Caniff. Just look for the big purple building! For more info, head to PlanetAnt.com.


~C

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Idiot Kids, Cabin 7, Elemental Meaning and AHMI Show their Support for the Ferndale Music Program

This Friday night some great bands will be coming together at The Loving Touch to raise funds for the Ferndale Music Program. Proceeds from the evening will go towards FAB, the Ferndale Arts Boosters. This group supports the fine arts for grades K-12 and supplies support for the music program. FAB's goal is to make sure that Ferndale students have access to musical instruments in the classroom, supplying bigger pieces like percussion gear, horns and cellos. They also support the marching band with uniforms and props. Without FAB the band experience would not be what it is today.

To help support this organization and its efforts The Idiot Kids, Cabin 7, Elemental Meaning and AHMI are all coming together to play one awesome show. These great bands are volunteering their time, which means more money for FAB. Admission to get into the show is only $10 in advance or $15 at the door. All ages are welcome to attend and doors are set to open at 7 p.m.

If you can't come up with the cover charge, but still want to show your support and see this awesome lineup, we are also giving away two pairs of tickets to this show! To enter to win a pair, send your name over to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #FAB in the subject line. We will draw two lucky winners and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

We can't imagine a world without music and the earlier we can get kids interested in music, the better! So come out and support this great organization this Friday and see a great show while you're there!


~C

Secret Friends Fest 4

Secret Friends Fest is returning to The Loving Touch for its fourth year this Saturday, January 14th. The local fest takes place early every winter and features a mix of established and up and coming Detroit acts. This year the fest will also feature a few out of towners. The show will feature two stages. On the main stage HALA, Valley Hush, GGOOLLDD (Milwaukee) and PALACES will play. The side stage will feature performances by Tart, PARTS (Grand Rapids), don't, and ARC PELT. Two stage shows like this at the LT are great because the the bands change over really fast and you get more music for your money!

Tickets to attend Secret Friends Fest are $10 at the door. Doors for the event open at 8 p.m. and the first band is scheduled to play at 8:30 p.m. The WAB (next door) will be hosting the official after party for the event and the last band is scheduled to take the stage around Midnight. 


~S