Friday, November 17, 2017

Dinner with Mozart, Gwendolyn & Veronica

This Wednesday night, we had the chance to step out of our normal routine and try a unique pop-up dining experience. The event was called Dinner with Mozart and it was held in the Claddagh Loft above PJ’s Lager House in Corktown. Although pop-up dinners have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years, this was my first, and I have to admit, I was a little nervous. Although I love food, I’m not very adventurous with my selections. So putting my meal and my choices in someone else’s hands was quite a leap for me, especially since this was an intimate dining experience. If I didn’t like what was in front of me, I didn’t have the option to sneakily pass my plate off to a friend. Luckily, I knew that this was an Italian themed meal, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong.
When we first arrived at PJ’s Lager House, we weren’t sure what to expect. We approached the staircase leading to the loft and could hear the classical music playing at the top of the stairs. After following the music, we reached an amazing space, adorned with candles and flowers alongside the exposed brick walls, creating the perfect ambiance. Music was being performed live by a string trio, fronted by Natalie Frakes, featuring operatic selections from Mozart. We began mingling with our dining mates, admiring this awesome space and checking out the view from the window above the Lager House, which we’ve been in so many times before.
To start dinner off, guests could tempt their appetites with a delectable tray of artichokes, pesto, asparagus, olives and grapes served along with fresh Italian bread. Next, Gwendolyn & Veronica served up gnocchi in a browned butter sauce. It was absolutely delicious, and although pasta dishes are usually very filling, the light yet savory sauce wasn’t too rich and left us still hungry for more.
For the third choice, we were offered a meat or vegetarian option. In my case, as a first time pop-up diner, this is when the first panic really set in. I chose the meat option and immediately in my head thought, “What if it’s some weird meat you don’t like? Why didn’t you pick the vegetarian option!?!?!” Well, this night was all about trying something new for me, and I’m glad I did! This course featured delicious Italian sausage in a Rag├╣, along with mushrooms and all sorts of veggies. It was so good! It definitely would not have been something that I would have ordered on a menu previously, but now that I have tried it, I would love to have it again. Finally, was the last course before dessert, a refreshing salad with greens, roasted beets, nuts, and I think there were even some slivers of apple in there. Super tasty and a great transition from dinner to dessert.
The dessert was a cannoli fresh from Supino in Eastern Market. Now, my entire life I have said that I don’t like cannolis, although I hadn’t ever actually tried one. Since I didn’t want to be rude, I figured I’d take a few bites and say that I was full. Holy cannoli! One bite and I was hooked. That might be one of my favorite new desserts! I now see what all of the rage was about and I was told that this is one of the best cannolis around, so I’m glad it was my first.

Overall this night was absolutely amazing, from the food to the music to the ambiance and company. It was something a little out of the ordinary for me, but now I’m hooked (not only on cannolis, but the entire pop-up experience). I absolutely can’t wait to check out the next party that Gwen & Veronica host! Keep an eye on Hip in Detroit and our Facebook page for the next event that this amazing duo will be holding. They hope to make their dinners a regular occurrence, and we hope they do too!

If you would like to experience Gwendolyn and Veronica’s Dinner with Mozart for yourself, they are holding another event this Saturday night. Tickets are $75 and only 20 tickets are available. With admission you will receive the same amazing five course meal that we had the pleasure of having on Wednesday night, along with wine and live music. To purchase tickets and for more information on the event, click here.


Meet Ladysse

Pop music never goes out of style and neither do stories of talented people moving TO Detroit. Over the last few years, this city has become a place for artists to move to instead of a place that people are trying to move away from. One of the most recent arrivals is an up and coming pop artist called Ladysse, who moved here after only one visit. She came, she saw, and she knew she wanted to be a part of it.

Today she is celebrating the release of her new music video for her song "Stay Apart". It is the first video that she has filmed in Detroit and the first release she has had since she moved here. You can check out the video, which was created by Raymond Rivard of Tradesmen Films below, but before you do check out our first interview with Ladysse and set a reminder in your calendar to head up to The Loving Touch this Sunday November 19th to see her first Detroit show if you like what you hear!

HID-Where did you get your name Ladysse from? Does it have a meaning?
Ladysse- "It was actually my “ghostwriter” name for the last few years! Just something I made up for writing credits on songs I wrote for other people! I needed a unique name when I started this project so, I just switched gears and here we are!"

HID-Where did you learn those dance moves in your new music video for "Stay Apart"?
Ladysse- "Pshhhh mostly just born with them... Possibly just from drooling over every Chance the Rapper video... "

HID-What was the inspo for that track?
Ladysse- "Relationships, boys, breakups! You know all the good stuff that everyone has experienced at least once in their life. Music writing thrives on feelings, and love is probably the most intense inspiration."

HID- Why did you decide to move to Detroit after your first visit here?
Ladysse- "This city and the people in it are so incredibly real! I felt inspired the second I set foot downtown. This city has been through everything and it’s only going to get better. Very thankful for everyone making me feel so at home here."

HID- Do you ride motorcycles?
Ladysse- "Not yet but it’s been on my to-do list for a while now! (Don’t tell my mom) haha "

HID- Why did you decide to book your first Detroit show at The Loving Touch?
Ladysse- "I love The Loving Touch! I’ve seen lots of my friends play there and it always has a good vibe."

HID- What do you have planned for 2018?
Ladysse- "Lots of new music, videos, tours, ice cream... All the things! I’ve been working on stuff for Ladysse the last two years and I’m so stoked to finally start sharing it with everyone!"

HID- Is there anything else you want our readers to know?
Ladysse- "Just that I’m really happy and thankful that I’ve been able to start this music venture in such a badass city! I know I’ve got a lot to prove but, I’m up for it! Let’s have some fun Detroit!"


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Detroit Music Brings the Community Together to Celebrate the Life of One of Our Own

When you grow up going to shows every day of the week you form a bond with a bunch of strangers that don't necessarily live in the same area, go to the same schools or have the same background as you. You find the freaks that love music as much as you do and you bond over the fact that you would just generally rather be at a show. The musical community of Detroit is a close-knit group of people who look out for each other and support each other whenever they get the chance, even if sometimes that chance comes in the wake of a tragedy.

This week we were all shocked to learn that Michael Krygier who played with bands like Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas and Gold Crayon had passed away.  But,  we were proud when we learned that Ancient Language, Earth Engine, The Imaginatron and his former bandmates in Gold Crayon would come together to play a show in his honor this Saturday.  

Ghost Light Bar in Hamtramck will be opening its doors at 8 p.m. this Saturday to celebrate the life of Michael the best way we know how. The bands are charging $5 at the door and 100% of the proceeds will be going to Michael's family to help with funeral costs.  More importantly, this will be a great chance for everyone who is affected by loss to be together and look out for each other.  We all need someone to lean on and there is no one like the friends you made at a show.  

We would like to send our condolences to anyone who knew and loved Michael.  We are truly sorry for your loss.


Win Tickets to See Blockhead LIVE at The Loving Touch

This Friday night, Sound & Silence and Young Heavy Souls have teamed up to bring Blockhead to town. The producer just released his latest album, Funeral Balloons, earlier this year. This is the seventh album from Blockhead's solo project, however he has also produced music with many other musicians, including Aesop Rock. You can give the new album a listen below.

Blockhead will be performing live at The Loving Touch this Friday, November 17th along with Eliot Lipp, Mux MoolMega Powers and Nuntheless. Tickets for the show are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. You can pick your tickets up in advance here. Thanks to our friends at Sound & Silence we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to with #blockhead in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. on Friday night and the show will start at 8. For more info, click here.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Campus Martius Lights the Tree with Jessica Hernandez this Friday

This Friday, November 17th the City of Detroit will be lighting the tree in Campus Martius to officially kick off the 2017 holiday season. The 14th annual ceremony will be bigger than ever because it will also feature a sister party in Beacon Park with shuttles between both locations. There will be carriage rides along Woodward Avenue, Santa will be walking around and taking pictures, and DTE will be handing out hot chocolate. There will also be performances from Thornetta Davis, KEM, and one of our favorites, Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas. Jessica not only released her latest album Telephone in English and Spanish this year, but she is currently just shy of 9 months pregnant and more beautiful and powerful than ever. If you have not seen her live, do not miss this opportunity! We imagine she will be going into hibernation with her future daughter soon.

The tree will be lit at 8 p.m., the official party will open at 9 p.m. and the music will run from 10 p.m. until midnight. They are expecting a crowd of around 50,000 people at the event, so they have also set up a large television on Monroe so that everyone can see the magic. There will also be a lot of road closures during the event. You can expect the Q Line to be packed and Uber to be at surge prices, so plan accordingly! 

Jessica will also be releasing a recording of my all time favorite Christmas song "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" this Friday. You can find out more about that here


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Win Tickets to See Swingin' Utters at Small's

Swingin' Utters have been playing music for decades now and they're about to release a compilation album that will feature the highlights from their career. On December 8th, the band will release Drowning in the Sea, Rising with the Sun, a best-of album including 33 songs. You can check out the track list for the record being released by Fat Wreck Chords here.

Throughout Swingin' Utters span, not only have they put out some great music, they put on great live shows. This Thursday night you have a chance to see them yourself at Small's. For this tour, Darius Koski is pulling double duty, playing with the Utters and opening up for them with his solo project. Also playing the show Thursday night are Detroit's own Rebel Spies and Break Anchor. Tickets for the show are $13 in advance or $15 the day of the show.

We had a chance to catch up with Swingin' Utters through email before they head to town. Check out what Darius had to say about touring and the new record, then read ahead to find out how you can win tickets to the show at Small's!

HID- How has the fall tour been so far?
Darius Koski- "So far it’s been great. It’s not a super long run, so it’s pretty manageable."

HID- Since you've been touring for quite a few years now and are kind of veterans to the game, are there any "rules of the road" that you guys have established or items that you have learned to not leave home without?
Darius Koski- "Not really. I just pack a lot of socks and underwear… and pack for the weather. I think a lot of people bring soap and wipes, but I don’t. Maybe I should..."

HID- How different is it touring now compared to when you were first starting out?
Darius Koski- "For me, it was easier when I was younger. I didn’t get as worn out. I think it was more exciting way back when we started touring, because there were so many unknowns, no cell phones, no internet, and not as many punk bands as there came to be."

HID- You have a new "best of" album coming out, "Drowning in the Sea, Rising with the Sun". How did you guys decide what songs to put on that compilation?
Darius Koski- "Me, Fat Mike and Chad from Fat each compiled lists and argued about them for a while until we came to a consensus."

HID- Since we're talking best of, what's the best part about being a musician for you?
Darius Koski- "It’s hard to say, because I’ve been one my whole life, and can’t really imagine not playing music. It’s just something that comes naturally to me, writing songs that is. I guess that’s my favorite part, just being able to write songs. I also love traveling, so being in a touring band is great too."

HID- What's next for Swingin' Utters?
Darius Koski- "Hopefully we’ll be heading into the studio again in the next few months to record a new record, then more of the same… Touring, etc."

Thanks to Black Iris Booking, we are giving away one pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to with #utters. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. on Thursday. This lineup is awesome from start to finish, so get there early and stay late! 


Free Opening at The Red Bull House of Art this Friday

Every three months the Red Bull House of Art holds an opening for the latest group of artists that they have brought into town and housed for approximately three months. While in town, each of these artist gets a chance to connect to the city and let it influence their work. The results are usually interesting and the openings are always fun. This Friday the gallery will hold its last opening for the year. This round will feature the work of Judith Supine, Julie Schenkelberg, and Lucien Shapiro as well as some sounds by Secret Shower.

Before the opening, it's important to get a little background on each of the artists. This time the show will feature Judith Supine who is known for taking old magazines and books and turning them into art. The artist has been spending a lot of time at John. K King Books, which means this gallery was literally created using materials he found in Detroit. Lucien Shapiro created masks out of found materials. He has been walking the streets of Detroit, a place that is filled with tons of little street treasures, including the occasional tumble weave. We can only imagine what kind of items he has found and what he will create with them. Julie Schenkelberg will also be showing her stuff at the show. She is known for her installations that she builds with "scrap metal, industrial paints, and concrete". Her background is in theatre sets, so her work is known to be very theatrical in nature.

Doors for this Friday's gallery will open at 7 p.m. and close promptly at 10 p.m. It is free to get in and all are welcome, but these shows are known to get crowded, so make it a point to get there early. The RBHOA is located at 1551 Winder in the Eastern Market district of Detroit. If you miss the opening, you can stop by and see the show during open hours. Learn more about that here


Monday, November 13, 2017

Go Behind the Lab Coat and Learn More About Bill Nye The Science Guy at Cinema Detroit this Weekend

Do you remember waking up on the weekend and hearing the words "Bill, Bill, Bill Nye the Science Guy" sung from your television?  I vividly remember making a point to catch the science show every Saturday, unable to realize that I was actually learning all the things that my teacher had tried to get me to pay attention to in school all week. There was something about Bill's enthusiasm and fun experiments that would make me care about how the thing worked and why things were the way that they were. Because of this, I grew up loving Bill and respecting his input.

Last year he released a new version of his Saturday morning show on Netflix and I'm not ashamed to say that once again I woke up and watched every episode as fast as I could. He was just as charming as I remember, but this time he was tackling some big issues, like climate change. He applied the same passion as he did to the experiences that he talked about when I was a kid, but his message was a lot more important and meaningful. If you haven't seen that show, make sure to watch it the next time you think, "there's nothing worth checking out on Netflix". You won't be disappointed and you can learn a lot about the world that we are currently living in.

But, if you want to know more about the man behind the big brain you can check out a new documentary that is being released at the Cinema Detroit this weekend. The documentary tells the story of Bill's life and explains how he became the science guy. It won awards at all of the big festivals this year and the trailer looks killer. Plus, he takes a deeper look at what he feels is the biggest problem facing our world today, climate change.

There will be 8 showings over three days this weekend (Friday, November 17th through Sunday the 19th) and you can get tickets in advance here. There is a very limited amount of seats so if you want to be one of the first people to see this film, you want to get your tickets in advance! If you miss these screenings, you will have to wait till the film goes into wide release. Cinema Detroit is located at 4126 3rd St., Detroit, Michigan 48201.


Win Tickets to See St. Vincent at The Fillmore

This time of year it's easy to get sucked into the couch and stay inside to escape the cold weather outdoors. But, there is so much going on in and around this city, sometimes you have to make yourself break that pattern and brave the cold. There isn't a much better reason to hit pause on your Netflix binge than a great live show, but free tickets to a great show definitely should seal the deal!

This Tuesday night Live Nation Detroit and The Fillmore are bringing St. Vincent to town for the Fear the Future Tour. St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark,  just released her latest album Masseduction last month. Since its release, she has performed on The Graham Norton Show and The Ellen Show and now you can see her perform live and in person.

St. Vincent will be hitting the stage at The Fillmore this Tuesday, November 14th. Tickets to the show start at $36 a piece, you can pick yours up here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Hip in Detroit and Live Nation Detroit. To enter to win, send your name to with #TuesdayNight in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Tuesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. for this one. For more info, click here.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Hip in Detroit and The Crofoot Want You to Party Like it's 1990 Something!

The 90's were a truly magical time. The jeans were super low and the tips were super bleached. We all wore high heel platforms and short shirts. You weren't cool unless you had one pant leg pulled up and a cool new body piercing (bellybutton, tongue, and eyebrow preferred). It was a magical time when the Spice Girls, Britney Spears and *NSYNC ruled the charts. Justin was with Britney and Victoria Beckham was still known as Posh Spice. Most people still listened to tapes and cds in their newest walkman and the most popular shows on TV in the late 90's were Friends, ER, and Seinfeld. The 90's were the last decade where you could go out and not have your every move documented on the internet. The East Coast and the West Coast were feuding and Bill Clinton was playing the sax on SNL. It was a magical decade that we wish we could repeat, but we can't. We can however recreate the magic for one night to remind all of us what it was like when Justin Timberlake was making turtlenecks cool.
Hip in Detroit has teamed up with The Crofoot Presents and Fusion Shows to bring you a one night only FREE event called Whatcha Really Really Want, a 90's Pop and Hip Hop Experience. We will be turning back time and bringing the Magic Stick back to 1998 for one night only. A real DJ will be playing all 90's vinyl and everyone's favorite Saturday morning principal Mr. Belding will be hosting the show! Instead of watching Night at The Roxbury you can come out and live that 90's nightclub experience in real life.

90's attire is encouraged, so pull out your favorite Coogi sweater or lace up your favorite pair of platforms and head up to the Magic Stick at 8 p.m. on November 22nd. Hip in Detroit and The Crofoot want to take you back in time and show you how to party like its 1999.

The event is free to attend, but if you RSVP you will qualify to win a trip on the Ship-Hop Cruise at the party! Find out more about the give away here!