Friday, April 24, 2015

Funk Night is Tonight!

It has been awhile since we've told you to bust out your dancin' shoes. But, tonight you're definitely going to want to! That's because the best party around, Funk Night, is making its triumphant return!

The party will feature music from DJs Brad Hales, Frank Raines, Cheddar Bob & Eastside, spinning "heavy funk and soul 45s all night long". For the comeback, the Funk Night crew is switching things up a little bit and bringing the party to City Club. We hope all of the goth club goers got the memo, otherwise there are going to be some pretty confused chicks showing up with tape on their nipples while everyone else has shirts on. The good thing about having Funk Night at City Club is that you know the party will go super late!

It all starts at 10 p.m. tonight and it's only $5 to get in the door. The Leland City Club is located at 400 Bagley St. in Detroit.


~C

We Finally Gave Hopcat a Try

A couple of weeks ago a friend and I decided to finally check out the much raved about Hopcat in Detroit. Coincidentally, on that particular night we were also heading to the last show at the Magic Stick. It seemed fitting to go to this new hot spot, like we were saying goodbye to the old Detroit while checking out the new Detroit. Even though I am all about the growth and expansion of our City, there is some lingering sadness that goes along with this advancement. So, I was somewhat skeptical about this new bar in Midtown. Well, now that I finally sucked it up and checked Hopcat out, I can't wait to go back.
Hopcat is a bar & grill that offers 130 craft beers on tap and hosts live music on select nights. As soon as I walked in the door, I was already into this place. In the center of the room there is a large wrap around bar featuring the many taps, while awesome works of art featuring some of Detroit's biggest names in music adorn the walls. My friend and I ventured in to Hopcat for dinner, but with over 100 beers on tap, how could we not order one? Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the beer selections and helped us navigate the list a bit. There were a bunch local favorites on there, like Ghettoblaster and Loonie Kuhnie, but also quite a few that I've never heard of. The list is constantly changing too. So this is a great place for beer connoisseurs to visit, and with new selections all of the time, you have a reason to keep going back.
On to the food. We were absolutely starving so we decided to start out with an appetizer. We ordered the Buffalo-Blue Pretzel Nuggz. I have been dreaming about them ever since. They are bite size soft pretzels, covered in hot sauce, and sprinkled with blue cheese crumbles. Absolutely delicious. This is a great alternative to boneless wings for all of you vegetarians, and they were a super tasty treat for meat lovers too. Since I am a meat eater, for my meal I decided to go old school and try a burger with the infamous Hopcat Crack Fries. It definitely was a good burger! And the fries were delicious. At first I wasn't sure why they called them crack fries. I mean, they're good. Well, once I was almost done with my fries and just wanted more of their delicious cracked pepper, potato-y goodness, I understood. I was hooked. My friend got the Reuben Kincaid, which was a vegetarian take on the Reuben sandwich, featuring porter mushrooms, sauerkraut, grilled red onions, spinach, Swiss cheese & Thousand Island dressing. A great option for vegetarians, but this carnivore also thought it was awesome and very filling.

When we first walked up to Hopcat, we really didn't know what to expect. We figured there would probably be a long line and we might not even get in. We were pleasantly surprised when we were immediately seated and we quickly were happy with our decision to give this place a try. Definitely some good food and cool vibe. Now this leaves me curious about the Huma Room, where Hopcat features live music. I will definitely be going back soon to check out that part of this new Detroit bar. For a list of their upcoming shows and events click here.

Hopcat Detroit is located at 4265 Woodward Ave. in Detroit, just kitty-corner from the Majestic. They are open Monday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. 'til 2 a.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. 'til 2 a.m. On Saturdays and Sundays they offer a special brunch menu as well. To see a beer list and to take a peek at the menu, head over to Hopcat.com/Detroit.

~C

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Win Tickets to see Guns N' Hoses - an All Female Guns N' Roses Tribute Band

I'm a sucker for a great tribute band, especially when it's an all female lineup. On Friday, May 1st Guns N' Hoses will be coming to The Magic Bag alongside Stiff Competition. Guns N' Hoses is one of those great tribute bands that really appreciates the music that they play, they do a lot more than imitate the original. The ladies were recently named the best tribute band in New York by the Village Voice and Slash himself recently tweeted his approval after catching a rehearsal. I mean the band's tag line is "Welcome to the Vajungle", that in itself is pretty bad ass.

A Cheap Trick tribute band called Stiff Competition will be opening the show and tickets are only $12 in advance. They can be purchased here. We also have three pairs of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of The Magic Bag. To enter to win, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with Guns N' Hoses in the subject line. We will draw the winners the day before the show and email them details on how to claim their prize.

Check out this video of the ladies playing at the Bowery Ballroom. We guarantee after you see it you'll want to catch the live show yourself!


~S

Another Chance to See "N'kisi Concorde" Brought to You by Playground Detroit

A few weeks ago we told you about a film called N'kisi Concorde that was being shown at the Freep Film Festival. The film tells the story of two Detroit artists with huge art installations that the public can experience everyday. One of the artists is Dmytro Szylak, the man behind Hamtramck's Disneyland, and the other is Olayami Dabls of the African Bead Museum. Check out the trailer below.


Well, if you missed the Freep showing, you have a chance to check this film out again. Playground Detroit is hosting a private screening of N'kisi Concorde at The Carr Center in Detroit. This screening is part of a series being called Selections + Selectors. After the film there will be a conversation about art in the public space, with a panel featuring Olayami Dabls and other distinguished members of the Detroit art community. There will also be cocktails at the event, as well as music provided by DJ Lady Fantastic of Nothing Elegant.

Tickets for the Playground Detroit Screening of N'kisi Concorde are $15 at the door or you can get presale tickets here for $10. Doors are set to open at 6:30 p.m. with the film beginning at 7:30. The Carr Center is located at 311 E. Grand River in Detroit. For more information on this event click here. To learn more about N'kisi Concorde, check out our interview with the film's creators here.


~C

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Win Tickets to the 2015 Metro Times Blowout

Next week the 18th annual Metro Times Blowout will take over Detroit, Ferndale and Hamtramck and this year they are going for bigger and better than ever. The Blowout has become legendary over the years. Playing a solid set at Blowout can get your name out and increase your fan base really quickly. Every band in Detroit has played the Blowout at some point and usually has a great story to share about their experience.

The event has expanded to four full nights of music throughout three cities. Everything has changed and become bigger except for the price. Somehow it is only $20 for a wristband that gets you into all 20 venues to see all the bands that are playing throughout the weekend. This year they have mixed locals like Blaire Alise and the BombshellsFlint EastwoodRadio BurnsThe HandGrenades, James LinckLittle Animal, and Valley Hush with bigger names like Andrew W.K.The Black Lips, PUP, Perfect Pussy, and Fucked Up. There are bands of every genre being represented. This year's venues include Baker Streetcar Bar, The Burns Room, Fowling Warehouse, Garden Bowl, The Huma Room at Hopcat, Jumbos. The Loving Touch, Majestic Cafe, New Dodge. Painted Lady, Paychecks, Plav Post 10, Rust Belt Market, St. Andrew's Hall, 7Brothers. The Shelter, Smalls, W.A.B., Wiskey in the Jar, and Zeke's Rock and Roll BBQ. You can see the full lineup and schedule of bands here.

We also have two pairs of passes to give away courtesy of Metro Times themselves. We will be drawing two winners on Tuesday and they will get two passes to enjoy four nights of fun. To enter, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with Blowout in the subject. We will be drawing two winners the day before the kick off party and we will give them details on how to claim their prize. Good luck, see you at the show!


~S

Motor City Nightmares - A Horror Fan's Dream

If you are a fan of Horror Films you have to go to Motor City Nightmares this weekend! The event is taking place at the Novi Sheraton and it will feature a film festival, celebrity guests, vendors, filmmaker workshops and more! Even if you aren't too into horror films, but you're into filmmaking, you might want to head out to this event. The MCN filmmaker workshops will feature Q&A sessions with successful producers, writers and directors. Some of the names involved are John Russo (Night of the Living Dead), Steven J. Wolfe (500 Days of Summer), Sean Tretta (12 Monkeys) and Michael Perez (Return of the Living Dead). From the fan side, a few of the celebrity guests that will be in house include James Karen (he's been on a million shows and in tons of movies), Thom Mathews (Jason Lives, Return of the Living Dead), Sid Haig (The Devil's Rejects, House of 1,000 Corpses), female rocker Lita Ford, and a full list of guys and gals from some of your favorite flicks. Check out the list here. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of The Return of The Living Dead, so quite a few cast members will be on deck for this event.

In addition to all of the great activities and features during the convention, there are also after parties on Friday and Saturday night that will feature some great music. The lineup for Friday night includes The Amino Acids and Soldier's Last Breath. Saturday night The Gutter Ghouls will be playing with Pick Axe Preacher and The Worst Of.

Motor City Nightmares will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 24th - 26th. There are numerous admission prices for the event. Your best bet is to buy a Gold Pass for $125, which will get you in to the convention all three days, VIP admission to the vendor area, VIP seating at the seminars and screenings, and access to the after parties. There is also a weekend pass that will get you in all 3 days to almost everything, but not the parties, seminars or workshops, plus you won't get the VIP treatment. That pass is $50. If you're just going one day, you can get the same access as the weekend pass with a day pass that costs $20 on Friday, $25 on Saturday or $15 on Sunday. If you just want to go to the after parties, you can do that too for $10 on Friday or $15 on Saturday. You can look at a list of pass prices here with the descriptions of each here. Presale tickets are only available until Noon on Wednesday the 22nd, but you can also purchase tickets at the door this weekend. Don't forget, just like at most conventions, most celebrities charge an additional fee on top of your ticket price if you would like an autograph or photo.

The Novi Sheraton is located at 21111 Haggerty Rd., Novi, MI 48375. For more details on Motor City Nightmares, head to MotorCityNightmares.com or head over and "like" them on Facebook here.


~C

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Catch Bars of Gold at Zeke's Rock and Roll BBQ

Zeke's has become the hip new place to eat in Ferndale. But, did you know that it is also the newest place to catch a live show? Zeke's truly is a rock and roll BBQ, and this week they will be bringing Detroit's own Bars of Gold to their stage. So far, most of the artists that have been played the space are solo or acoustic, Bars isn't either of those things. In fact, if I know anything about Bars, they are going to be moving around and really breaking the place in!
If you haven't seen Bars of Gold before you must head out to Zeke's at midnight this Thursday, April 23rd to catch the show. It's only $3 to get in and you will have a great time. No band in the area has more energy on stage than Bars of Gold. Head up to Zeke's have a late dinner (make sure you get some jalapeno mac and cheese), have a drink, and catch one of Detroit's best bands in one of Metro Detroit's newest spaces.

~S

Monday, April 20, 2015

Win Tickets to Ooh La La Lucha

Imperial Restaurant in Ferndale, Michigan is one of the hippest places around and when it comes to Cinco De Mayo nobody throws a better party. Last year they established themselves as the tastemakers for the holiday by throwing a sold out event called Ooh La La Lucha. The event includes Lucha Libre wrestling, burlesque dancing, food, drinks and more. Next Saturday, May 2nd they will be hosting the second Ooh La La Lucha and it will be bigger and better than ever before.

The party has moved from Ferndale to The Masonic Temple in Detroit and they have planned even more to do. The night will feature performances by some of Detroit's best, including Roxi D'Lite and Lushes Lamoan. We had a chance to ask Imperial a few questions about the party and they were kind enough to give us a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader. To enter to win, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with Ooh La La Lucha in the subject. We will draw a winner on Friday May 1st and email them details on how to claim their prize.

HID- Why do we celebrate Cinco De Mayo?
Imperial- "Cinco de Mayo is also referred to as El Día de la Battala (the Day of the Battle). It’s the day the Mexican Army scored an unlikely victory over the French forces at the Battle of Puebla. Everyone knows how Imperial loves an underdog! We thought it would be a blast to host our own battle with luchadores in the ring fighting it out for the title!"

HID- Why did you move the event to The Masonic Temple this year?
Imperial- "Ooh La La Lucha sold out in advance last year - it was a huge hit with lines down the street of people we had to turn away - so, to say the least, we out grew our space in Ferndale. The Masonic is a perfect fit and hopefully will be its permanent home."

HID- Why did you decide to combine Burlesque with Lucha Libre wrestling?
Imperial- "That’s entertainment! Beautiful women and men in tights - could you ask for more??!"

HID- Will last year's champ be returning to defend his title this year?
Imperial- "Absolutely! The Mysterious Movado will be defending his title in a four corners battle for the belt!"

HID- Does ticket price include any food or drinks?
Imperial- "No. The ticket price gets you in the door for some seriously unbelievable entertainment. We have Burlesque Hall of Fame’s Queen of Burlesque AND Miss Exotic World, the stunning Roxi D’lite! Detroit's Hardest Working Showgirl Lushes Lamoan, Last years crowd favorite POLEformers the Benson Twins are back again this year! The wrestlers put on 5 bouts of spectacular wrestling. We will also be offering Imperial’s famous sonoran hot dogs as well as veggie and barbacoa burritos. It just wouldn’t be a party without some of Imperial’s signature cocktails… we will be serving the Ring of Fire, Detroit Tart, Imperial Margarita, Hotel California and a selection of canned beer. Oh, and don’t forget the luchadore masks!"

HID- Is the wrestling real?
Imperial- "Absolutely! 100 percent authentic Lucha Libre wresting. Championships on the line, people are betting the pink slips from their hot rods on these matches! It’s a throw down you have to see to believe. Champions will be made on this night!"

HID- How many tequila's will the tequila bar feature?
Imperial- "We will offering over 20 different kinds of Tequila! From to Locally owned favorites like Blue Nectar and Cabresto to a variety of Mezcal, Anjeo, and Reposado’s from all over the world."

HID- Will Imperial have any specials on Cinco De Mayo this year?
Imperial- "Yes! On May 5th the kitchen will be throwing down with our notorious tamales, we’ll offer drink specials, raffling off a bad ass custom lowrider bike and finishing up our lucadore mask sales. All proceeds from Luchadore masks and Lowrider raffle will go to benefit the Michigan Youth Arts Non Profit Organization."

HID- Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?
Imperial- "Last year the event sold out in advance so get your tickets early!
Tickets are on sale now - at Imperial & Public House (cash only)
OR online at ticketweb.com. Raffle tickets for the Lowrider at Imperial can be purchased at Imperial."


The party starts at 8 p.m. and The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street, Detroit.

~S

Sunday, April 19, 2015

An Interview With The Muggs

The Muggs have been making beautiful music for over 15 years. The band has gone through its ups and downs throughout the years, this includes appearing on a reality show and completely rethinking the set up of the band when bassist Tony Muggs had a stroke. The only constant for the band is that they play some really good music. I am inspired by their story and their perseverance. They are one of those bands that always puts on a great live show and always has a positive attitude. They recently released a new album called Straight Up Boogaloo, and they are about to embark on a European tour. They also released a new music video for the single "Applecart Blues".

We had a chance to ask the band a few questions before they head out of town. Check out what they had to say and make sure to head over to their website to give the new music a listen and the new video a watch! 

HID- What inspired you to begin playing music?
Dannymuggs- "I grew up in a family where three of my uncles sang and played acoustic guitar so I was always intrigued by the instrument and music in general. I finally decided to really learn to play when I was at MSU. I just wanted to play Beatles songs. But soon, blues music became my passion and my priority. I just listened and practiced all day. Tony and I started writing songs together around this time. He was the singer back then because he had the balls to sing original lyrics on a mic. I was scared to death. Still am, actually. But you gotta start somewhere."

HID- Who is your favorite band of all time?
Dannymuggs- "The Beatles will always be my favorite band. They did everything right and inspire me in so many ways. Queen is a close second though. Brian May is my favorite guitar player ever."

HID- How old were you when you had a stroke?
Tonymuggs- "I was 28 years young. It came totally out of the blue. No warning signs. Hell, I was the healthiest (I thought), of all my stoner friends! It came fortunately when I was at work, ironically, trying to book studio time, when I started losing my speech in a phone conversation. Luckily, one of my bosses was in during lunch hour. I came to him, couldn't speak by then (only minutes from the phone convo). He thought I may have been stung by a bee so sent me to the hospital (just to be safe). From there it went south real quick. I spent 2 months in the hospital. A couple near death experiences and yet here we are. I'm indestructible!!!"

HID- Did you know what a stroke was before it happen to you?
Tonymuggs- "I did. On my way to the hospital, I was losing my speech rapidly, and I recall telling the salesman who was driving me to the hospital that I think I'm having a stroke. My grandpa DeBol had a stroke at 82 and lost his speech. It's called aphasia. I had total paralysis of my right side too."

HID- Tell us about the process of learning to play your bass lines on piano. Did you ever think that you would play piano?
Tonymuggs- "In January 2003 I went to SoCal to rehab at this "alternative therapy clinic" in Mission Viejo, CA. It was a rip off but I met a Physical Therapist who really changed my way of thinking. Six months prior, Matt Smith, of Outrageous Cherry fame, asked if I had ever considered playing the "bass guitar" on "piano" like Ray Manzrek of The Doors. It never occurred to me!!! So when I was in Cali I called Dannymuggs, long distance, about trying it out and he said "Go for it kid!". So I did! 3-4 hours a day, 4 months straight and I gained a working knowledge of interpreting a "bass guitar" to "piano". The rest was just dialing in a good bass tone through an Ampeg bass head (with equalizers) and 6x10 bass cab."

HID- What gave you the strength to pick up and get your life back after the stroke?
Tonymuggs- "Love of music and my mom Judy! I've always routed for the underdog and now I'm looking at me as the underdog. Once I discovered I could play again, I threw myself at it as fast and as hard as I could. What was I thinking? I wasn't thinking. I was reacting. It gave me purpose, it gave me meaning, it completely absolved me of my handicap. My mom, Judy, was amazing throughout this time. I feel so lucky to have had her. What child can say he got the love and care from a mother twice in one lifetime? This guy!!! Judy never pressed me about getting back to work or anything like that. She let me figure my shit out and I'll forever be thankful for her selflessness and perfect humility."

HID- Do you ever get recognized for being on “The Next Great American Band”?
Dannymuggs- "I still get recognized all the time for being in that show. So many people in Detroit watched the show and voted for us. So cool. I'm a bartender at the Cadieux Cafe so people always come up to me and say "Hey! I remember you from that show" although nobody can remember what the show was called. It was a hilarious and surreal experience."

HID- The Muggs' bio states that the Muggs got a lot of attention after playing the Blowout in 2001. The festival has changed a lot in the last few years, what do you think of the “new Blowout”? Do you think that it still has the relevance that it once had?
Dannymuggs- "I still love The Blowout. A lot of people complain about the politics of it and what-not, but I don't get caught up in all that noise. All I know is its a great forum to see a cornucopia of awesome Detroit bands in one weekend. A celebration of Detroit music is always a good thing and great for the city."

HID- Tell us about the new album. Where was it recorded? How many songs?
Todd Glass- "We recorded all the rhythm tracks and most of the overdubs and some vocals at The Brooksfield Gentlemen's Club in Detroit. Owned and operated by Adam Cox. I play with Adam in The Octopus as well and had been cutting tracks there and I really liked the tones he was getting so I suggested it to the guys. While we were recording the building that the studio was in got sold and Adam had to move out. (He's currently building a new studio) Another brilliant Engineer I've been working with is Jason Kuehn at his Blend Studio. Jason and I had worked together on other projects and he's a world class engineer/producer so we finished some guitars and most of the vocals there. It couldn't have worked out better. This record was a fresh approach for us as a band and having new ears to get the sounds on tape was a great choice."

HID- You also released a new video, what was the inspiration behind that project and who created it?
Tonymuggs- "My mom's basement! Drew Podgorski, a brilliant video editor, whom I met about two years ago did this music video. He had similar deficiencies on his right side (having survived a stroke as well) and we have been like brothers ever since. Getting back to the video, The Muggs wanted a video that married our live rehearsal setting and cool "b-roll" European footage from 2012 & 2013 EU tours. We practice in my mom & Gary's basement so no need to find a place to film other than mom's. Mom's basement is quaint & snug and perfect for our first of many music videos off our new LP Straight Up Boogaloo."

HID- What are you most looking forward to on your European tour?
Glass- "Well, number one it's always nice to visit Spain and Germany, just to be in that part of the world is always fun. I'm just looking forward to further spreading The Muggs' music there. We have a core group of fans that I can't wait to perform for, but we are hoping to attract even more this time. We have a great team over there and things get better each time we go so far. Plus, we'll get to see many of the great friends we've made over the last few years."

HID- Are you listening to any local bands right now? If so, who?
Tonymuggs- "Moonwalks are blowing my mind right now as well as The ERERS, Outrageous Cherry, Duende!, The Beggars can't be beat!!! the Vonneguts, Size Queen for you punks, this awesome Cream tribute band, Tales of Cream, Dead Again- Grateful Dead tribute, Audra Kubat, Mike Galbraith, it's endless really. I love supporting local music. I need it every week!!!"
Dannymuggs- "AwesomeR is the best band on the planet, but those pompous jerks only play one gig a year. But I really dig Moonwalks, Blaire Alise, John Holk, John Speck, Matt Smith and any band that Eddie Baranek is in."

HID- Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?
Dannymuggs- "Tony and I spent the night in jail for climbing on a church roof. Todd and I snore, but Tony doesn't. Theotis Toddlinski owes me 10 bucks and the moon landings were faked."


~S

Ferndale Welcomes InkAddict to the Neighborhood

Image from InkAddict.com
InkAddict Apparel has a true "we started from the bottom now we're here" kind of story. They literally started in a basement in Royal Oak in 2007 and this week they will open their first flagship store in Ferndale, Michigan. InkAddict took over the building in 2013 and has been talking about opening an event space ever since they moved in, this week their dreams will become a reality.

This Saturday, April 25th they will be welcoming the community inside their doors for the first time.  The team over at InkAddict has put together quite a special night that includes flash tattoos by award winning artist Matt Hockaday, a preview of their 2015 Spring line, an art gallery, a performance by Shine on Kentucky Moon, food and drinks, and more.  

 Image from InkAddict.com
This will be the first of many events that they plan to host within their new space. The celebration starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. this Saturday. It is FREE to get in and it's your first chance to check the place out, so get hip and don't miss out! 


~S