Friday, December 19, 2014

White Christmas at Redford Theatre

The Redford Theatre has been playing holiday favorites all season long. Well, Christmas is almost here and they have saved the best for last!

This weekend White Christmas will be playing on the big screen at the Redford. This 1954 Christmas classic features Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen, Rosemary Clooney, and Irving Berlin's famous song "White Christmas". It's full of singing, dancing, and is just a feel good holiday movie. Check out a couple of my favorite songs from the movie, below.

There are 3 showings of White Christmas this weekend, Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Make sure you arrive early though because Santa will be on site! This might be your last chance before Christmas to snap a picture with the big guy and let him know what's on your list. Tickets for all showings are only $5 per person and can be purchased in advance here. The theatre is also asking that you help out others by bringing canned goods or personal hygiene items to donate to St. Christine's Pantry, a great organization helping the people of Detroit. 

So if you want to get in the holiday spirit, head to the Redford Theatre this weekend! We might not have snow yet, but this is one way you can still have a "White Christmas". 


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rock 'N' Roll with Radio Burns this Friday Night!!

Friday night head down to the UFO Factory in Corktown to check out one of our favorite Detroit bands. Radio Burns will be hitting the stage along with their pals in Prude Boys.

Radio Burns is a rock 'n' roll 4 piece made up of Johnny Salvage, Royce Nunley, Nick Lloyd and Nick Cicchetti. They have been popping up on more and more bills lately, and we couldn't be happier about it. Sadly this is their last show for awhile, as they are taking some time off to work on new tunes. Until those are done, you can check out a couple of songs on their bandcamp.

We can't think of a better way to spend a Friday night than partying with these guys! The fun starts at 9 p.m. UFO Factory is located at 2110 Trumbull in Detroit. For more info on this show, click here.


Win Tickets for a Night of Comedy at The Magic Bag!!!

We all know that MTV isn't what it used to be. What was once a channel you could turn to to find your favorite new band, is now full of reality shows and sitcoms. But, the shows aren't all bad, and they are all very addicting. You have to admit, there has been a time or two that you have caught yourself watching "Catfish" for hours on end.

Well, this Friday you have a chance to catch a funny man that you may have seen a time or two on MTV. His name is Giulio Gallarotti and he is best known for his appearances on MTV's "Totally Clueless", "Girl Code" and for his stand up comedy. He performs on stage nearly every night in different clubs throughout New York City, but he is making the trek to Michigan to perform at The Magic Bag in Ferndale for one night only. He isn't even on tour, he just must love Michigan that much!

Joining Giulio on stage is Ricky Velez, another young stand up comedian that is making his name known. He is a native New Yorker who also performs frequently in the city, but has played on both coasts and at quite a few places in between.

Tickets to Friday night's show are $18 and can be purchased in advance here. We are also very excited to announce that we have teamed up with The Magic Bag to bring you a great ticket giveaway! We are giving away FOUR pairs of tickets to this show. To enter to win, all you have to do is email us at with "Comedy @ The Magic Bag" in the subject line. Since this show is on Friday, this is a super short giveaway! So don't wait, get your name in the hat now! We will draw our winners the morning of the show and email them details on how to claim their prize.

This should definitely be a fun night out, and and evening of laughter could be just the right medicine to relieve some of that holiday stress! Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. Friday night and 18 and up are welcome. The Magic Bag is located at 22920 Woodward Avenue in Ferndale.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Meet George Clinton and Get a Signed Copy of His New Book "Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?: A Memoir"

George Clinton is a living legend.  He was an innovator of funk music and the mastermind behind Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s before he started his solo career. He has 73 years of stories that he is ready to tell in his new autobiography called "Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?: A Memoir". 

George is coming to Detroit to help promote the launch of the book and to mingle with his fans. He will also be signing copies of the new book this Saturday, December 20th at United Sound Systems in Detroit. It will cost you $40 to get into the event, but that includes the meet and greet and a copy of the book. Light refreshments will be served and the event will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets for the vent can be purchased here. United Sound is located at 5840 Second Ave. in Detroit.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Win Tickets to Black Christmas!!!

December 24th and 25th are two days that most of us spend with family and friends exchanging gifts, eating meals, and sharing some holiday love. But, after two days of being nice, we're all going to need to get naughty and we have the perfect place for all of us to gather to behave badly this holiday season, Black Iris Booking's Black Christmas!

For the third year in a row some of Detroit's best bands will take over The Majestic complex and we will all get unruly and have a good time! The 2014 lineup includes The Suicide Machines, Mustard Plug, Negative Approach, Telegraph (20 year reunion), The Meatmen, Fordirelifesake, Wilson, Koffin Kats, Walls Of Jericho, The Creepshow, Fireworks, Hellmouth (Detroit), Mrs. Skannotto, PEARS, The Dewtons, St. Thomas Boys Academy, Destroy This Place, Poison Tongues, Tharsis They and CbJ. This year they will also be a featuring an art show inside the Majestic Cafe, featuring works from artists at Signature Tattoo and Big Top Tattoo.

The night will kick off at 6 p.m. and the event will feature three stages. Tickets are $20 for the first 250 people then they will be $25 in advance. They will go up to $30 on the day of the show. We also  have one pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader courtesy of the ladies over at Black Iris Booking. We love these girls more than they will ever know! They bring some of the best bands to town and take care of our readers by making sure that at least one of you gets in the doors for FREE.  To enter, please email your full name to with Black Christmas in the subject. We will draw a winner the day before the show and email them details on how to claim their prize.  

Good luck! This is a do not miss event, so we expect to see all of you there. Let's drink whiskey and get weird together this holiday season!


Christmas Shopping in Midtown

Last weekend I ventured out to all the little shops in the Midtown to finish up some Christmas shopping. I was looking for small gifts and stocking stuffers so I popped into a few of the places that are known for carrying unique items. I visited Hugh, Nora, City Bird, and Nest. Each store had a unique feel with lots of cool items to check out and purcahse.
Nora carried all sorts of different items, including housewares, baby gifts, toys, jewelry, cards, bath items and more.  Everything is layed out on tables and has a little hand written ticket that explains the item and the price. The items in this store were mid prices and everything was adorable. This would be a great place to get a mid priced gift for someone special. This store is geared towards women, but carries item for both sexes and people of all ages.

Hugh is located right next to Nora, in fact they have a door that connects them so you can visit both spaces without even going outside. Hugh is a store for men, specifically upscale bachelors. They had everything from beard combs, to wallets, to fancy cocktail glasses, copper mugs for the perfect Moscow Mule, and lots of hairand skin care items for men. This store is a little pricey, but everything inside is very cool. You will find a gift for the special men in your life!
City Bird and Nest both carry a lot of small items, including bottle openers, candles, plants, ornaments, organic health and beauty items, and more. They have so much to look at, it is almost overwhelming. I was very surprised at how reasonably priced everything was. There is something in these stores for everyone, even the hardest to shop for. This would be a great place to go if your list and need some gift guidance. Both of these stores carried a lot of Michigan and Detroit themed merchandise as well. They also had a lot of cool, one of a kind jewelry pieces, and lots and lots of cards for every occasion.
I walked out of midtown a much happier person than when I walked in. In a matter of an hour, I finished a lot of my Christmas shopping and even bought myself a really cool quartz necklace.  Midtown is booming with small businesses and we couldn't be happier! Consider heading out and doing the rest of your Christmas shopping locally this weekend!

Below is a list of stores that we think you should check out in Midtown. Hours, phone numbers and websites are included! 

Bob’s Classic Kicks 
4717 Woodward
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313.832.7513
Monday - Saturday: 12 - 7 PM
Sunday: 12 - 5 PM

Busted Bra Shop
15 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313.288.0449
Tuesday – Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday: 11 AM – 6 PM

Cass Corridog
4240 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313.887.9684
Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 7:30 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM

City Bird
460 W. Canfield
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313.831.9146
Monday - Saturday: 11 AM - 7 PM
Sunday: 12 - 5 PM

Detroit Artists Market
4719 Woodward
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313.832.8540
Tue-Sat: 11am-6pm

Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts
3011 W Grand Blvd 104 Fisher Building
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313.873.7888
Monday - Friday: 12 - 5 PM
Saturday: 1 - 4 PM

4240 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313.831.4844
Tuesday - Saturday: 11 AM - 7 PM
Sunday - 12 - 5 PM

460 Canfield St.
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313.831.9776
Monday - Saturday: 11 AM - 7 PM
Sunday: 12 - 5 PM

4240 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313.831.4845
Friday & Saturday: 11 AM - 7 PM
Sunday: 12 - 6 PM

Peoples Records
4100 Woodward
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313.831.0864
Monday - Saturday: 11 - 7 PM

Pure Detroit
3011 W. Grand Boulevard Fisher Building, Suite 101
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313.873.7873
Monday - Saturday: 10:30 AM - 6 PM
Sunday: 12 - 5 PM

441 W. Canfield
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313.649.7863
Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 7 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 5 PM

444 West Willis Street
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313.285.2390
Monday - Friday: 10 AM - 7 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 5 PM


Celebrate the Winter Solstice with Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.

If you're up for a drive to the 'burbs this weekend, Kuhnhenn Brewing Company has a great way for your to get in the winter spirit, with their spirits. This Friday and Saturday, December 19th and 20th is Kuhnhenn's Annual Winter Solstice Celebration. The event will feature live music, food trucks, and great beer.

The Winter Solstice Celebration takes place every year right around the Winter Solstice, a.k.a. the beginning of winter and the shortest day of the year. In honor of this special day, Kuhnhenn brews up some special beers for the occasion, available in very limited quantities. This year's list includes 4th Dementia Olde Ale (2013 vintage), Bourbon Barrel 4D, Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, Bourbon Barrel American Imperial Stout, Bourbon Barrel Old Village Stock Ale, Braggot and De Stijl, a collaboration with Valentine Distilling Company.

If you don't already know, Kuhnhenn brews some of the best beers around, with many winning awards world wide. You can often find them on tap at area bars and festivals, but their official brewery is located in Warren at 5919 Chicago Road. The house beer list is always changing, but there's always a wide variety and something for everyone, my personal favorite is the White Devil. If you aren't big on beer, they also have a selection of ciders, meads and wines that are made in house.

During the Winter Solstice the brew company will be featuring great food in addition to the brews. The Delectabowl Food Truck will be on site, along with Detroit BBQ and Vincenzo's Pizzeria (their pizza is DELICIOUS!). There will also be a heated tent with live music by Reggie Smith & The After Party on Friday night and the Orbitsuns and RJ Spangler Trio on Saturday.

The party takes place 'til 2 a.m .on Friday and Saturday. The doors will open at 11 a.m. both days, if you would like to pick up any of the special release beers in a bottled 6 pack. The actual party will start around 4 p.m. though. To stay in the loop on updates for this event or to find out about upcoming events at Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., head over and "like" them on Facebook here.


Feast Your Eyes on the Funniest Videos Around @ The Found Footage Festival

This Wednesday at The Magic Bag you have a chance to check out what might be the best film festival of all time. It is called The Found Footage Festival and it features some of the most amazing videos ever captured, EVER!

The Found Footage Festival has been around for quite a while now. This is actually the 7th round, with the first in 2004. Personally, I had never heard of this amazing event until my friend mentioned it to me this weekend. Here is the basic jist, curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher collect awesome videos that they find at garage sales, thrift stores, etc. or that people find and send their way. They share many on their website here, but they also take their videos on the road and share them with audiences across the country. Some are super funny while others are just straight up bizarre. During their tours they provide commentary and updates on the stars of their videos. If you check out their site, you will find that the videos are reason enough to head to the fest. But, the fact that Joe & Nick will also be at the event is quite appealing. Part of the reason I say this is because these are the guys that pulled off the hilarious Kenny "K-Strass" Yo-Yo Master pranks, along with Kenny of course. This is one of my all time favorite videos. If you don't know what I'm referring to, do yourself a favor and check out a clip below.

And, because it is the Found Footage Festival, here is one of the best videos that I found through the Found Footage site.

If you are ready for a night of comedy gold and some of best productions ever made, you can pick up your tickets for the FFF here. Tickets are only $10 in advance or $12 the day of the show. It is all happening this Wednesday, December 17th at 8 p.m. and 18 and up are welcome. The Magic Bag is located at 22920 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale. For more details on this event, click here. To enter a Pandora's Box of entertainment on the web, head over to The Found Footage website here


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Punch Bowl Social

Photo from Punch Bowl Social - Detroit's Facebook

Punch Bowl Social might be the most hyped restaurant Detroit has seen in a long time. The question we had as we arrived Saturday night was would the place live up to all the hype? We made reservations for dinner the day the space opened and we were happy that we did. When we got to the door we found out that if you did not have reservations you were not getting in. Quicken Loans rented out most of the space that night and we were only allowed in the dining area, we were not allowed to go into the lounge to check out the games and main bar until after 10 pm. We got there around 7:30 p.m. and were really disappointed that we couldn't see the whole place and get the full experience. But, we were still excited to be there and happy to have a table in the first place.

Punch Bowl Social is a restaurant that features gourmet food and craft cocktails along side old school fun, including bowling, ping-pong, foosball, '80s arcade games, shuffle-board and more. They also have private bowling lanes and karaoke rooms that you can rent. It is a huge space located at 1331 Broadway in the heart of downtown Detroit.

Saturday night I was joined by Christie and two of my friends for dinner. We ordered three appetizers, including chips and salsa, their homemade potato chips, and chicken wings. We loved the wings and potato chips, and all agreed we would pass on the chips and salsa next time.

For our meals we ordered a burger, the mac and cheese, the sweet potato sandwich, and the chicken and waffles. I'll break this down for you one by one. The chicken and waffles were to die for. They were topped with strawberries and pecans, they achieved the perfect mix of salty and sweet. The sandwich was pretty solid and the fries that came with the sandwich were on point. The hamburger was nothing special, but it was still a good hamburger. The mac and cheese, well let's put it this way, stick to Rock City in Hamtramck if you're looking for good mac and cheese. The drinks on the other hand were all tasty. I loved their version of the Moscow Mule and found myself easily drinking a few of those throughout the night.

I never expected to be there long enough to see the room at 10 p.m., but somehow we were still there when the other section finally opened. We did a quick loop around the place to see what they had and we were impressed, it is a cool space. We were not able to play any of the games, but I could see how that could be really fun.

I will definitely be going back to PBS in a few months once things die down. Their drinks are really good and the environment is pretty cool. But, in the future I do not suggest that any new restaurant has a private party during opening weekend. We would have liked to have the whole PBS experience! We definetely suggest that you give this place a try, but make reservations before you do! You can call (313)749-9742 to reserve your table. I also made a quick video while we were eating using the Tastemade app, check it out and get a feel for the place before you go! Did it live up to the hype? Yes, we had a great time, had some great drinks and had some good food! We were just a little resentful that we didn't get to game.


Fordirelifesake, Fordire is back!

Everyone in Detroit has that band, the band that you saw three thousand times and adored during the most formidable music years of your life. The band that defines the best era in rocking out that you can remember to date. The band that you sang along to, attended every show, and just plain loved. For me that band was Fordirelifesake.

Fordirelifesake formed in 1999, and from the first time I saw them I was hooked. Their shows were epic, people came out and went crazy. They were different than anything that anyone was else was doing at the time. They were screamo with super metal riffs and some bad ass guitar shredding. They were intoxicating and quickly became the band to go out and see. I can remember getting their first CD. It was clear and had a picture of a razor blade with some blood on it. My parents hated it, which of course made me love it even more.

Fordirelifesake put out music through 2004 and called it quits a few years later. I have asked them countless times when they would be playing a reunion show, and they always said NEVER! Apparently that was a promise that they couldn't keep because it was recently announced that they would be playing this year's Black Christmas on December 26th and releasing some new music. Be still my heart, a live show and new music! They put out one song last week which can be heard here. They will be also be releasing two more new songs on December 16th.

I contacted Brian Southall to find out more about this reunion show and the release of the new music. Check out what he had to say and make sure to be there on the 26th.
HID- What made FDLS decide to reunite to record some new music and play this year's Black Xmas?
Brian Southall- "The lovely Ramona Caldwell had made a few mentions throughout the year about wanting us to play Black Xmas. Reunion shows are a tricky thing, and all of us felt a little odd about that... but then we realized it would be a chance to finish up some music that we had worked on years ago, and that fueled the fire to all get together again and have some fun."

HID- When did you write the new songs? Are these old songs that never got recorded or new songs?
Brian Southall- "There are actually many FDLS songs that never got properly recorded and obviously never got released. This particular batch of songs actually dates back to about 3-4 years ago. Some ideas Justin and I had documented for fun one summer. Being that these were the most complete/new song ideas, we approached Wedge, Eric and Dave and asked if they would all want to bring these to the table and arrange and record them as Fordirelifesake songs."

HID- Why did you name the new EP Speak Ill of the Dead?
Brian Southall- "The title was actually something we had kicked around for years, something that Wedge always liked. In this case it seemed pretty fitting and also gave us a chance to make fun of ourselves as well with a slight double entendre. The double part being a foreshadow of the hate we would likely get for reuniting and releasing new music, instead of remaining a dead band! I won't clue you in to what the deeper real meaning is, you'll just have to analyze the lyrics and see who we hate these days."

HID- Fordirelifesake had some lineup changes over the years. What lineup will be playing together for Black Christmas?
Brian Southall- "This will be the original lineup, minus the great Frank Saponare of course from our 2 singer days. Eric, Justin, Brian, Wedge, Dave."

HID- What vintage Fordire song are you most looking forward to playing again?
Brian Southall- "We actually posted a poll this time to let the fans choose our set for this show, so our secret favorite songs didn't have much of a chance to make the cut. I think I personally have the most fun playing the "Deluge Split" era songs. I think that was when we hit our stride and really defined our sound."

HID- Off the top of your head, what was your favorite live show that FDLS ever played?
Brian Southall- "Sadly it was probably the final show at the Magic Stick. First of all, to share the stage with The Weakend and Wafflehouse* made it perfect. Second, it was definitely the biggest show we had played as a headlining band, and everyone lost their damn minds in that place. I think we set the record for most fights during a Magic Stick show. Our fans are angry angry people."
HID- Will there be more songs or is this it?
Brian Southall- "It's hard to say right now. We are all having an amazing time hanging out again, and I know everyone would love to make some more music, so it will really just depend on time. Life's different at 32 than it was at 22!"
HID-What bands from the Black Christmas lineup are you are most looking forward to seeing ?
Brian Southall- "The Suicide Machines, their keyboard player is very attractive. Other than that, I can't wait to watch Hellmouth burn the building down."

HID- What other projects are all of you working on now?
Brian Southall: "Brian - nothing yet, but the last failure was - & obviously the Suicide Machines
Wedge - / - -"
HID- What are your New Year's resolutions?
Brian Southall- "We all want to be able to deadlift 500lbs, and hope for world peace."

Catch the band Friday, December 26th at Black Iris Booking's Black Christmas at the Majestic Complex in Detroit. Tickets are only $25 in advance and can be purchased here.