Friday, January 18, 2019

Tommy Wiseau Comes to Town this Weekend

Tommy Wiseau's The Room has been a cult sensation for years now. Released in 2003, the movie is known as "The Best Worst Movie Ever". The hype was only strengthened in 2017 when James Franco released The Disaster Artist, a movie covering the making of The Room, in which Franco portrayed Wiseau. The Room is legendary, and so is Wiseau himself.

This weekend, you have a chance to meet Tommy for yourself. He will be at The Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak where they will be showing midnight screenings of The Room. The screenings will be held on Friday and Saturday night and tickets are $15. We highly suggest that your purchase your tickets in advance here, because we're sure these events will sell out.

The Main Art Theatre is located in Royal Oak at 118 N. Main Street. For more information on this event, click here.



~C

Win Tickets to See The End of The Ocean

It's been 7 years since The End of The Ocean called it quits, seven years since the band worked together, and seven years since they went on tour. But, this year the once broken up band is coming back together to release new music and to go on tour to bring that music to the fans who missed them during the last decade.

The End of The Ocean thought that when they parted ways that would be the end, but after a few years of living apart, they decided to come back together to make something beautiful. Their new album is called -aire and was a big part of the healing process, it can be heard for the first time today here.

You can see the band play the new music at El Club this Sunday, January 20th. They will be releasing the album tonight, stopping in Chicago, and then coming to Detroit for the third show in the tour. Tickets to attend are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #ocean in the subject. We will draw a winner the morning of the show and they will get to see the reunited band live and in person on Sunday.


~S

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Youngbloods Goes Hardcore this Saturday

In the 1950's, Johnny Cash made the pompadour popular. His slicked backed locks and rock and roll style became his signature look and inspired a whole new generation of men whose style influenced their fashion and their fashion influenced their music. Youngbloods is the perfect embodiment of that marriage of rock and roll, style, and fashion because this men's barber shop and clothing store offers up more than a cool place to get your groom on. 
 
Their stylists are well versed in the art of the groom and their retail store offers up the latest and greatest in good taste and fashion including gear from brands like Alternative Apparel, Levi's, and Straight to Hell. You can book a hair cut online here and you can stop in any day of the week to try something on for yourself.  You can also catch some live music inside the space after hours from time to time because Youngbloods understands that music, fashion, rock & roll, and fun will always go together and always be in style.

This Saturday, Youngbloods will host its first show, with High Alert, Hushed, Bitter Truth, Ghost Crown, and Vacate. Doors for the show are at 6 p.m. and cover is only $7. There are plans to have more events like this in the future if this one goes well too! For more information on the shop and the show click here.


~S

24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: Grails @ The Sanctuary

This Friday night, Grails will perform at The Sanctuary in Hamtramck. The band is currently on tour, hitting cities across the Midwest and East Coast. Black Iris Booking has teamed up with the fine folks at The Sanctuary to bring this band to Detroit. Joining Grails for this show are their tour mates Helen Money as well as Parker Projection and Porton Down. If you're not familiar with Grails, head over to their bandcamp to give them a listen or give their latest release, Chalice Hymnal, a listen below.



Tickets for Friday's show are $12 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to Black Iris Booking, we are also giving you a chance to enter to win a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #grails 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 will open at 7 p.m. on Friday and all ages are welcome. For more info on this show, click here.


~C

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Win Tickets to Total Chaos at Small's

The older we get, the faster time seems to be moving. There are parties and shows that we attended that seem like they were just yesterday, but they were actually 15 or even 20 years ago. We're sure that the case is the same for the guys in Total Chaos, who are currently out on tour in celebration of the band's 30th anniversary. The tour will be making a stop at Small's this Friday, January 18th, where they will be joined by Detroit's own J. Navarro & The Traitors, The Lowcocks, and Detroit 442.

Tickets to see this great lineup live are only $8 in advance or $10 at the door. You can pick your advance tickets up here. Thanks to Black Iris Booking, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #chaos 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 will open at 8 p.m. on Friday and 18+ are welcome. 


~C

Blackout Bingo is Back and Better Than Ever

It's been just over 8 years since Lynn Upson hosted her first Blackout Bingo game in Detroit. Her weekly parties quickly made a name for themselves because they were fun and the prizes were really good. It was surprisingly fun to play along and try to win while you had a few drinks with friends. It was always a good time and it was sad when it eventuality came to an end. 

Thankfully, these days we know that all good things get a reboot and sometime they come back even better. In this case, Blackout Bingo is not only back, but it has a new home that adds a whole new level to the fun. The new reboot will be called Black Light Blackout Bingo because the games will be hosted inside the black light lit Deluxx Fluxx bar located inside The Belt downtown. The best part is that it is free to get in, so all you have to do is pay for your drinks while you hangout and try to win something. 

The next game night will take place at Deluxx Fluxx this Sunday, January 20th. It is free to get in and free to play if you are of age. The games start at 7 p.m. and all are welcome to come try their luck. To find out more about future events. follow Deluxx Fluxx now.


~S

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The WAB Gets Sciency with The Alechemy Room

Last week, the WAB in Ferndale gave their most loyal fans a sneak peek of their newest bar, The Alechemy Room. This new science themed bar will be housed on the lower level of the WAB, where you are used to grabbing some food in the summer, or where you may have grabbed a drink and listened to metal during the CVRSES pop-up last year.
The space has been transformed for Alechemy, making you feel like you've entered the lab of a brew-scientist. The bartenders are suited up in lab coats, and Edison bulbs are strung from the ceiling, giving the space an orange glow. Alechemy will be serving up "pressed beer cocktails". The drinks will be infused with everything from fruit, to childhood favorites like Trix cereal. They truly are the creations of a mad scientist, that you have to taste for yourself!
So far, the WAB's Brewers Club Members and a few select guests are the only ones that have had the opportunity to experience Alechemy for themselves. But, starting this weekend, the room will be open to the public. The Alechemy Room will be open Thursday thru Saturday from 6 p.m. until Midnight. If you're planning an event, this room is also available as a rental space, for more info on that click here.

The WAB and Alechemy are located at 22646 Woodward in Ferndale. For more info on The Alechemy Room, click here.


~C

The Winter Blast Kicks Off This Weekend

Photo borrowed from the Winter Blast
In 2005, the City of Detroit welcomed The Super Bowl to our door step. It was also the first year that Quicken Loans brought the Winter Blast to the heart of Downtown Detroit. Over the last 14 years, the annual event has brought thousands of people into the city to celebrate the coldest time of the year. So many people, that they deiced to extend the fun over four different weekends starting this week. 
The Winter Blast festival will kick off this Friday, January 19th and continue through the second weekend of February. This first weekend will feature free ice skating at Campus Martius, Ice Sculptures, marshmallow roasting, family activities, and a food truck rally that will feature eats from Beans & Cornbread, Taste of Nawlins, Chick a D, and Imperial. Saturday night will also feature live music from some of Movement's best DJs.

Over the next few weeks the festival will feature tons of local music as well as a variety of different food vendors. You can see the full schedule of activities here. Winter Blast will take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as well as on this Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The fun starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on the weekends. You can click here to find out more about local parking and click here to find out more about how to pick up coupons for a free hot chocolate when you visit.


~S


Monday, January 14, 2019

Win Tickets to See Vacationer at Deluxx Fluxx

This Thursday night, Vacationer will kick off its tour right here in Detroit. The tour is in support of the band's third studio release Mindset that was released last summer. You can give the full album a listen here. You can also check out the stunning music video for the song "Being Here". It's like going on a vacation and exploring the world from right behind your screen. 


Vacationer will be performing at Deluxx Fluxx this Thursday night along with Cousin Mouth. Tickets to see this show live are $10 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to Party Store Productions, we are also giving one lucky reader a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win those tickets, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #vacationer in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors will open at 7 p.m. for this one and 18+ are welcome. 


~C  

The Old Shillelagh Went Vegan

The Old Shillelagh was opened by a retired Detroit Cop in 1975. Since then, it has remained a family owned business and become the place to have a drink on St. Patrick's Day. We already knew that it was a great bar to pop into to grab a drink before an event because they have a bus that goes to most local concerts and games. But, we recently learned that they are the latest Detroit restaurant to embrace vegans in a really big way.

This past Sunday, the historical Irish bar and restaurant launched their new vegan brunch that will now take place every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. The menu (which is subject to change) features some unique items that we haven't seen anyone else try to recreate for those living a plant based lifestyle. This includes brunch staples like french toast, avocado toast, jack-fruit hash, and biscuits and gravy. They even have their own version of breakfast tacos that features a chickpea scramble topped with vegan chorizo that is to die for. Their brunch also includes a drink menu that features interesting items like an almond milk based Baileys shot.

We also found out that this isn't the restaurant's first venture into veganism. It turns out that they have already taken the leap and added tons of vegan items to their everyday menu. This includes 3 different vegan burgers, vegan soft pretzels, brauts and kraut, coneys, shepherds pie' and more. They even have vegan soup ready to eat anytime you want it! We have to admit that we were a little shocked when we heard an Irish restaurant was cooking up vegan items, but we were more than pleased with every bite that we ate. We were dreaming about bangers and hash and now we know how to get them!
The Old Shillelagh is open from 3 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Mondays and 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. You can find out more about their bus and their menu here. We loved brunch and we cannot wait to go back and try out their lunch/dinner menu.


~S

Friday, January 11, 2019

 A Behind The Scenes Look at Cirque Du Soleil Corteo - Playing This Weekend in Detroit

The first Cirque Du Soleil opened in Montreal, Quebec in 1984. Since then, their various shows have been performed for over 180 million people in over 450 cities across the world. There are currently 6 cirque residencies in Vegas as well as troupes touring with different shows all over the world. What started as a small production has grown to be a full scale event that employs over 4,000 people around the world at any given time.
This weekend, Detroiters will be treated to five performances of Cirque Du Soleil's Corteo. This 2005 masterpiece follows the story of a clown that is imagining his own funeral. The performances are a look in to the life that he lived and the moments that meant the most to him before meeting his final destination.

This huge production rolled into town yesterday and they gave us a chance to get an up close and personal look at the set, cast, and crew before they had their first show last night. This included watching the team practice and seeing them test the balloons that will fly one of the performers around Little Ceasers Arena during the live show. We also got a peek inside the costume room to see how much work it is to keep the troupe well dressed for every performance. Take a look at our behind the scenes photos and make sure that you grab some tickets to the show. We knew that Cirque was going to be cool, but after getting a taste we need a full meal.

Tickets to attend one the five performances start at $65 a pop and they can be purchased here.



~S

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Skate in Style at the Rainbow City Roller Rink

Photo borrowed from Library Street Collective
When we were kids, school roller skating parties were the do not miss event. Pretty much everyone from your class was going to be there, and you knew everyone would be talking about it the next day. Plus, there was always a chance that your crush might ask you to skate during that "couples only" song. The lights, the music, and the smell of the rink were unlike anything else. 

Now, you have the chance to experience a roller skating party like no other. Hopefully this rink smells a little better and we know it looks super cool! Library Street Collective has installed a roller rink in the heart of Downtown Detroit that is not only fun, but is a work of art! The Rainbow City Roller Rink opened at the end of November and this installation is getting ready to wrap things up. The black and white striped rink is adorned with inflatable and colorful characters, with the entire design created by artist duo FriendsWithYou. It is fun to look at and fun to experience, even if it has been years since you strapped some skates on. 

There are only a few dates left to checkout The Rainbow City Roller Rink. RSVP to reserve your skate time here. Skate sessions are 45 minutes long and the rink asks that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your reserved time. Entrance to the rink is free and skates and lockers are available on site. 

Rainbow City Roller Rink is located at 1001 Woodward Avenue, near Campus Martius. For more information on this awesome installation, visit RainbowCityDetroit.com! 


~C

Celebrate 11 Years of Solid Shows with Fusion Shows this Saturday

In 2008, a new president named Barack Obama was elected to office, Britney Spears had a full out meltdown and shaved her head, the writers strike had Hollywood by the balls, and a few people who loved music launched a new company called Fusion Shows. 11 years later, those same people are gathering together to celebrate over a decade of good times and growth with a killer lineup at The Crofoot in Pontiac this Saturday, January 12th.

Fusion Shows will celebrate their steel anniversary with a lineup of bands that includes Foxing, Shortly, Japanese Breakfast, Olivia Millerschin, Kimball, and many more. Bands will begin performing inside the Ballroom, The Pike Room and The Vernors Room at 6:30 p.m. sharp this Saturday. Doors are at 6 p.m. and some of the night's do not miss acts will be off the stage before 8 p.m. So this is the kind of event that you get to early! Tickets to attend are $23 in advance, $25 at the door.

If you want to know about the history of Fusion Shows check out a podcast that we did a year ago with Nate from Fusion Shows.



~S

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Win Tickets to Sound Space 3.0 at Deluxx Fluxx

This Friday night, "journey into something deeper" at Deluxx Fluxx. The already visually stimulating venue will stimulate your ears at Sound Space 3.0, a night of underground techno. The night will feature Detroit's own Rebecca Goldberg and Hans P. Austermann. Check out some music from Rebecca Goldberg below, to get a feel for what the evening has in store.


Tickets for Friday's show are only $5 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to Party Store Productions, we are also getting one lucky reader in to this show with a friend for free. To enter to win a pair of tickets, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #soundspace 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 will open at 10 p.m on Friday and the music goes until 2 a.m. 21+ are welcome. 


~C