Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Win Tickets to The Summer Slaughter Tour

The Summer Slaughter Tour prides itself on being the "most extreme tour of the year". They bring together some of the biggest and best names in metal to tour across the country all summer long. This year, one of the headliners is Detroit's own The Black Dahlia Murder. They will be playing their album Nocturnal in full in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the album. Take a minute to reminisce and listen to the album below.

The Summer Slaughter tour will be making its way to Detroit's Majestic Theatre this Friday, August 25th. Also playing the tour are Dying Fetus, Oceano, Slaughter To Prevail, Origin, Rings Of Saturn, Betraying The Martyrs, Lorna Shore and more. Tickets for the show are $29.50 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to our friends at Black Iris Booking and The Majestic, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #slaughter in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

This show starts early! Doors are set to open at 2 p.m. and all ages are welcome. For more details, click here.


Celebrate 30 Years of The Heidelberg Project this Saturday with Detroit Live

In 1986  Tyree Guyton and his wife Karen started an art project in a run-down Detroit neighborhood on the cities East Side. They took a bad situation and turned it into a work of art that drew attention "to the plight of Detroit neighborhoods." The giant installation has grown and shrank throughout the years. It has survived the weather, fires, and city officials that ordered the demolition of some of the pieces over the years. The paint has chipped a bit and it's a little worn for the wear, but The Heidelberg Project is one of the most amazing places in Detroit. It is the first place I take someone who is visiting and my favorite place to take photos with friends.

The Heidelberg is an important part of Detroit's history that must be protected and preserved. If you would like to make sure that they stay around for years to come, you can sign the petition on their website here. Then, you can head out to party with them this Saturday when Detroit Live teams up with the Heidelberg for a celebration of 30 years of the Heidelberg Project.
This day long celebration will feature a variety of different entertainment, including live music from Rah the Son, Sheefy McFly and Clear Soul Forces. The party will also feature an open mic, food, yoga and more. For a full list of all of the fun things you can do to celebrate the HP this Saturday, click here. This event is free to attend and it runs from 12 p.m. till 8 p.m. this Saturday.

The Heidelberg Project is located at 3600 Heidelberg Street. If you can't make it out to celebrate this weekend, make sure you take some time to visit the space this month in honor of the 30 year anniversary. You can walk through the project anytime, but try to stay on the sidewalk and refrain from touching the buildings. We want to make sure that the HP stays right where it is for as long as we can. It is a monument to Detroit's rich art culture that should be preserved and celebrated!


Monday, August 21, 2017

Win Tickets to Haute to Death Swim Club

Summer is almost over, but you still have a few more chances to make sure that you make the most out of this season. The best way to do that is to head up to the Haute to Death pool party to celebrate the last days of summer with some cool people, some great music, and some cold drinks! Haute to Death has already shown that they throw the best late night dance parties in the city, but it turns out that they also throw one hell of a summer bash. Every fourth Saturday of the month, throughout the summer, they throw another bash. There are only two more left till summer is gone, this weekend and a special Labor Day Weekend edition!

The event takes place from Noon til 8 p.m. inside the New Center Building at the corner of Milwaukee and 2nd. Tickets are $15 in advance and they always sell out, sometimes before the door even opens. So, you need to log on and buy your tickets now to guarantee your spot. Or you can email hipindetroit@gmail.com with your full name and the subject line #iwanttoswim to enter to win a pair of tickets to the party courtesy of Hip in Detroit and Haute to Death. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday and they will get to come out and play with all the hip kids for free on Saturday. So, bust out your best bathing suit, and let's get Haute to Death poolside this Saturday!


Assemble U: The Art of The Release

It's hard to write a song, but it's even harder to get someone else to listen to it. These days there are many different ways to listen to music and there are lots of ways to find new artists, which makes it difficult for an artist to determine the best way to connect their music with their fans. It's also important to think about how you will release the music, who you will try to get to listen, and how you will try to get them to listen. It's sad to say, but writing the music and recording it are only the first steps in getting your music out there. The release and subsequent touring are also a huge factor in determining your success. Luckily, Assemble Sound is hosting another Assemble U class this week to talk about the art of  "the release". 

The "church" is inviting everyone inside their doors to chat about the importance of the release. The talk will take place from 6:30 till 9:30 this Thursday, August 24th. If you are not familiar with Assemble Sound, you can learn more about them by listening to our latest podcast featuring two of the collective's co-owners, Nicole Churchill and Garret Koehler. They are an awesome group of people doing some big things in the City of Detroit. If you can't make this Assemble U, mark your calendar for September 14 when they will discuss a changing industry and October 19 where they will discuss Spotify and streaming.  These chats are a great way to learn and connect with others in the music community. If you're hoping to break into it or get noticed, this is a great way to learn how to do that!


Friday, August 18, 2017

Win Tickets to See Mark Lanegan Band at El Club

The legendary Mark Lanegan will be making his way to Detroit next week! You probably know Mark from his past projects like Screaming Trees or Queens of the Stone Age. Well now he is on tour for his solo project, Mark Lanegan Band, and he will be hitting the stage at El Club on  Monday, August 21st.

Tickets for Monday's show are $25 and can be purchased in advance here. Also on the bill for the evening are Duke Garwood and Lyenn. Thanks to our friends at El Club and Party Store Productions we are giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win those tickets, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #lanegan in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Monday morning and they will get into the show that night with a friend for free.

All ages are welcome to attend this one and doors are set to open at 8 p.m. 


Join the Ride to Resist!

It has been a long week in the U.S. The aftermath of the unrest in Charlotte that killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer was just the beginning of a long string of sad moments for our country. To be honest, it has been hard to keep up with all the bullshit that has been happening since the 45th took office this last January. I think a lot of us were ready for a shit show, but we had no idea how bad it would get. I know that a lot of you will disagree with me on some of the stuff I just said, but I don't care. Hip in Detroit stands up against racism and Nazis and isn't afraid to speak out against them. But, for some of us, speaking out is not enough. We are trying to find new ways to organize together and give back.

One cool group using their collective power to give back is The Dahlias, an all female motorcycle collective in Detroit. They have organized a Ride to Resist that will take place on August 27th, 2017. The ride will be an hour and a half long and will make a stop at Detroit's oldest bar before heading to The Loving Touch to close out the night.
Tickets to ride with the group are only $10 a piece and you can get them here. Proceeds from this ride will go to Planned Parenthood, one of the groups that have taken the biggest hits since the new administration came into power. So it is a great place to make a donation!

We had a chance to talk to the collective co-creator about the motorcycle collective's history and this particular Ride to Resist. Check it out and then sign up to be a part of the ride or meet them at The Loving Touch on Sunday the 27th to show solidarity with the resistance!

HID-Who are The Dahlias?
Hayley Suder- "The Dahlias are an all female motorcycle collective. We ride together, thrive together, and encourage other women to do the same. We all about riding motorcycles and having a good time doing it."

HID-When did the group form and why?
Hayley Suder- "We formed in 2014. It started out as just my friend Valerie (who is our co-founder) and myself. I had just started riding and didn’t know any other women that road at the time. I just road with my husband (who still remains my favorite riding partner) but I felt like I would have such a blast riding with some of my girlfriends. When I first started riding I was really disappointed with the lack of female riders in the area. I remember searching Google for female riding clubs close by and did find a few, but to be honest, they all intimidated me and I felt like I wouldn’t be welcomed as a beginner rider. I had been really inspired by this new wave of female motorcycle riders you see on social media, specifically, Babes Ride Out, which is a really rad all women’s motorcycle camp out in Joshua Tree, California, and Narrowsburg, New York. I convinced my friend Valerie to start riding and the rest is kind of history."

HID-What kind of bike do you ride?
Hayley Suder- "I started out riding a 250cc Yamaha Virago and quickly got bored of that and moved onto a 600cc Honda Shadow. I currently ride a 2009 1200cc Harley Davidson Nightster. Although if you googled a picture of a Nightster my bike looks nothing like that. My husband and I totally customized it and made it my own, I’m in love with it!"

HID-Whats your favorite part about riding?
Hayley Suder- "I really love everything about riding but I think my favorite thing is the freedom of it as cliche as it sounds. There's nothing quite like being able to just hop on your bike and go. It’s a totally different experience than being in a car. The curves in the road, the hills, the environment, you’re exposed to it all when you’re on a bike and it's so awesome. I also love the friends that I’ve made riding motorcycles. I’ve met a ton of amazing people and it's really cool to see how bikes can bring everyone together."

HID-Why do you like riding in a group?
Hayley Suder- "I love riding with the Dahlias because it's so empowering! There's nothing quite like riding together and looking back to see 15+ bad ass ladies riding behind you."

HID-What do you do when it rains?
Hayley Suder- "We don’t really ride when it rains! If you have a ride scheduled and it turns out to be a rainy day we will usually post pone if for a time when there is nice weather. I have no problem admitting I’m a fair weather rider. There's nothing appealing about riding in the rain to me haha."

HID-Why did you decide to raise money for Planned Parenthood?
Hayley Suder- "Being an all-woman collective, the services and advocacy provided by Planned Parenthood for women’s health issues are obviously very important to our members. President Trump recently signed a law allowing individual states to withhold federal funding from Planned Parenthood, an act that slashes the affordable family planning services, cancer screenings, sexual health education, and other general health services provided to approximately 2.5 million Americans each year. Defunding Planned Parenthood also denies accessible healthcare for many people; Over 50% of Planned Parenthood clinics are located in rural areas where access to other health clinics may be limited, and about 40% of their patients each year belong to minority communities who typically lack access to other quality healthcare options. The Dahlias are always seeking new ways to give back to the communities and organizations that are close to our hearts and in line with our mission, so we are hosting a silent auction and charity ride in August called “Ride to Resist” to combat the current administration’s attempts to defund Planned Parenthood."

HID- What would I do if I wanted to join the Dahlias?
Hayley Suder- "Well first off you have to have your endorsement and be insured. After that just show up to one of our rides!! We post all of our open rides on social media and our website. Ride with us, get to know us, see if you vibe with us! If we’re your style, we’d love to have you!"

HID- What if you don’t ride, can you still come out and party?
Hayley Suder- "Hell yes!! We hope that you do!!! We host lost of events throughout that year that are open to everyone! Make sure you check out the website to stay up to date!"

HID- Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
Hayley Suder- "If you’re interested in attending our Ride To Resist event it will be held at The Loving Touch in Ferndale on August 27th at 7 pm. There's some really great stuff up for auction, and there's going to be live music!! If you’re a motorcycle rider in the area we hope you’ll join us for our ride portion of the event! We will be going on an hour long motorcycle ride with a stop at the Two Way Inn. Riders much purchase a ticket which can be purchased on our website at www.thedahlias.org."


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Win Tickets to See Scott H. Biram with Gallows Bound

This weekend Black Iris Booking is bringing Scott H. Biram and Gallows Bound to town! The two will be hitting the stage at The Loving Touch in Ferndale this Saturday, August 19th. We know, we know, the Dream Cruise is this weekend. But, this is a great reason to head to Ferndale anyways, and if you live in town, even better. You can just walk there and still have a great night out!

Scott H. Biram just released a new album The Bad Testament earlier this year. You can give that a listen here. You can also watch Scott's music video for the song "Train Wrecker" below.

Gallows Bound also released a new record this year. It's called Appalachian Witch and you can listen to it on their bandcamp here.

Tickets for Saturday's show are only $12 in advance. You can pick yours up here. The night of the show, cover will be $15 at the door. Thanks to Black Iris Booking, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #LT in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and they will get into The Loving Touch that night with a friend for free! 

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. for this one and all ages are welcome. 


The Haute to Death Summer Tour Continues

Haute to Death is hot on the town hopping from bar to bar this summer. The legendary Detroit dance party decided that it was time to take a tour of the city, so they have been switching it up and making different stops all summer. This Saturday, August 19th H2D will be parking their dance party at the SMPLFD Flagship store. The Detroit based clothing brand with the motto "less is more" is hosting H2D at their flagship store located at 1480 Gratiot Ave. The party starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. It is only $3 to get in before midnight and $5 after. So, throw on your best dancing outfit, and come out to get Haute to Death and forget about all your problems this Saturday!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Experience Detroit with The Detroit Experience Factory

Photo Borrowed from Detroit Experience Factory
For a long time Detroit was the forgotten city, but over the last 6 years we have watched it change and grow and become a mecca for art, culture, and food. The city has a new life to it and there are all sorts of wonderful new things to come out and experience. Here at Hip in Detroit, we do our best to tell you about all the cool things going on, but we can't actually take you there ourselves. Fortunately, that is what The Detroit Experience Factory is trying to do.

The Detroit Experience Factory offers a variety of tours for people who want to get out and see the city while learning about its rich history. They have a variety of different tours, including a ball business tour (that features one of our sponsors Blumz by JRDesigns), an arts and architecture tour, and a new Q Line tour that actually takes you around the city on the city's new transportation system. The tours are perfect for people who want to learn a little more about the history of the city while getting out and experiencing it for themselves. The best part about these tours is that they are absolutely free. The Detroit Experience Factory is sponsored by the Detroit Downtown Partnership. You can learn more about what they offer and sign up for a tour here!


Win Tickets to See Downtown Boys at Marble Bar

The political climate in this country has been heated over the last week, to put it extremely mildly. Since Trump's inauguration earlier this year, the country has been extremely divided. It is very clear that many of us are not fans of the US's current leader and administration and we're not afraid to express it.

Well if you're looking to get some of your frustration out through music, you'll definitely want to check out Downtown Boys' latest release Cost of Living. This band has always been known for their socially charged songs, so undoubtedly this latest release reflects what is going on in our country and the world today. Give the first single "A Wall" a listen below to get a feel for this album, and if you want to hear more, check the full album out on Bandcamp here. We've all been saying that if nothing else there would be some good music released during this presidency, and this is one of those albums.

Downtown Boys are headed to Detroit to play at Marble Bar this Thursday night. This show was originally slated to be at UFO Factory, but because of recent destruction at the venue, the show had to be moved to Marble Bar. Luckily it's also a super awesome venue, so it will still be a great night! Joining Downtown Boys for the night are Deadbeat Beat and PRIM. Tickets for the show are $11 in advance and can be purchased here. Thanks to Party Store Productions we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! To enter to win those tickets, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #downtown in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors for the show are set to open at 8 p.m. and 18+ are welcome. To hear more from Downtown Boys, check out their previous releases on Bandcamp here.