Friday, July 21, 2017

"12th and Clairmount" Makes its Television Debut on the 50th Anniversary of the '67 Riots

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 riots in Detroit. This monumental event shaped and changed the City of Detroit. Still, as important as the riots were to our history, many Detroiters and Metro Detroiters that didn't live through that time, don't know much about the events that took place.

This Sunday, July 23rd is exactly 50 years since the beginning of the '67 riots. They would then continue for five days, filled with fights, fires, and overall civil unrest. This Sunday you can recognize this important day in history and learn from it by sitting in front of your TV screen. WXYZ, Channel 7 will be hosting the television premiere of a documentary entitled 12th and Clairmount. The film debuted at this year's Freep Film Festival and tells the story of the events that happened back in the summer of '67 through the people that lived it. It features accounts from a variety of people mixed with photos and home movies from the time. The film has been shown several times at local theatres and film festivals throughout the year, with most of those screenings completely selling out. This is the first time that you can watch the film from the comfort of your own home and we encourage you to do so. This was a very important time in Detroit's history and we all should take the time to learn more about it and reflect on where we were as a City and where we are now.

12th and Clairmount will air this Sunday, July 23rd at 7 p.m. on WXYZ Channel 7. After the film, the news station will broadcast live from a town hall meeting where current Detroiters will talk about their city. For more information on the town hall or the television premiere of 12th and Clairmount, click here. For more information on the film itself, visit the Facebook page here.


24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: Win Tickets to See Narco Debut

Detroit's own Narco Debut will be headlining a show at The Loving Touch this Saturday night! The band is getting ready to head out to New Jersey to work on their LP1. So, this hometown headlining show is their last for awhile. On top of playing one more big show before leaving town for awhile, this show is also special for the band because they just released a new music video for their song "Garden Dreams". Check that out below.

Joining Narco Debut on Saturday night are Carved OutAmerican ArsonRoosevelt and  •Blackstone•. Tickets for the show are only $8 in advance or $10 the day of the show. You can pick up your tickets in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show from our friends and Hip in Detroit sponsor, Fusion Shows. To enter to win, send your name to with #narco in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and they will get into the LT that night with a friend for free.

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. and all ages are welcome to attend.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Warped Tour Brings Some of Your Old Favorites to Town

Growing up, Warped Tour was always one of the highlights of the summer. It was your chance to see a bunch of your favorite bands in one place, discover some new bands, and get sun burnt with all of your friends. One of our favorite memories is going to Warped Tour at the Phoenix Center and swimming through the flooded parking lot after there was a downpour in the middle of the day. It’s something we would never do now-a-days, but we also don’t really go to Warped Tour now-a-days. Well, if you’re like us and you seem to think that you’ve outgrown going to Warped Tour, this year’s lineup might change your mind.

Vans Warped Tour 2017 is bringing out some of your favorite bands and making it feel like you’re a teenager again. This year’s lineup includes bands like Anti Flag, Hatebreed, Sick Of It All, The Ataris, Save Ferris, Silverstein, Big D & The Kids Table and even GWAR and The Suicide Machines. Some of the other highlights on this year’s lineup include Valient Thorr, BadCop/Bad Cop and Municipal Waste. You can check out the full lineup here. We guarantee there will be at least one band that takes you back to the good old days and one or two bands that you dig now too.

This year Warped Tour will once again take over the parking lot of The Palace for their Detroit date on Friday, July 21st. Tickets for the show are $40.50 plus fees and can be purchased in advance here. Gates are set to open early at 11 a.m. To stay in the loop the day of the show, make sure you head over and RSVP to the Facebook event here. There you will find out everything you need to know and you can even check out the Warped Tour app. It's all listed right on the Facebook event page.


Calling All Crafters! It's Time to Apply for the Detroit Urban Craft Fair!

The Detroit Urban Craft Fair is one of our favorite annual events. This yearly gathering of approximately 100 vendors is a finely curated event that features an array of different products in different price points and unlike other shows, you have to make something to be part of it. This craft fair does not allow anyone who sells vintage goods or chain items to participate. The ladies of Handmade Detroit work very hard to put together a truly unique experience and aren't afraid to switch up the booths from year to year. So if you have applied in the past and gotten turned down, there is no reason to believe that you won't make it into the show in the future.

The key to getting into this fair is showcasing your goods in the best possible light, using clear photos and descriptive explanations when you are filling out the paperwork. The more you can tell them about what are you planning to sell, the better! It is also important to remember that the designer must be at their booth throughout the weekend. The Detroit Urban Craft Fair is meant to be an interactive experience for the shoppers. So if you don't plan to be at your booth, don't bother to apply!

To apply for the show you must fill out this online application and send it in before September, 26th. It is smart to get it in as early as possible because there server gets overloaded on the last day and they do not under any circumstances accept late applications. So if you miss the deadline, you will have to wait for next years show! To learn more about Handmade Detroit and the Detroit Urban Craft fair visit their website here.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Get Hot to Death at The Haute to Death Pool Party Saturday (Ticket Giveaway)

Haute to Death hosts the best dance parties in Detroit. Their all inclusive parties are by far our favorite place to dance the night away once a month. During the summer months, they also throw a few old fashioned pool parties where you can dance your day away with a few beers in a bathing suit surrounded by a few hundred Detroiters. If you're lucky, you might even get your picture captured by the famous Haute to Death party camera.  

The next pool party is scheduled for this Saturday, July 22ndTickets to attend the event are $15 in advance and they can be purchased here. There is also a summer pass that will get you into the next three parties, guaranteed. That can be purchased here for $40, which saves you a few bucks. Either way, you probably want to purchase your tickets in advance because space is super limited and once it is sold out, it is sold out. Every summer each party sells out faster than the last one, so don't get disappointed if you show up on Saturday and can't get your fabulous butt in the door!

If you want to "risk it" you can also take your chances and enter to win a pair of passes to attend the party courtesy of Hip in Detroit and Haute to Death. To enter to win please email your full name to with the subject live #skinnydip. We will draw one lucky person this Friday and they will get to attend Saturday's party with a friend for free.

The pool opens at Noon so get your bikinis ready to go! 


Waking Windows Fest Takes Over El Club this Weekend

The summer is the season of the festival and this weekend El Club will host Waking Windows Fest. This event will feature a variety of bands, including the Craig Brown Band, Moonwalks, Casual Sweetheart, Bevlove, Mother Cyborg, Empty Houses and more. Tickets to attend the fest are $35 a day, you can also buy a three-day pass for $75 to $150. There is also a pre-party the day before that will feature Jeremy Gara from The Arcade Fire. Tickets to the pre-party are $25 and they can be purchased here.

You can also win a pass to attend all of the shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday by emailing your full name to with the subject line #fest. We will draw one lucky person on Friday and they will get to bring a friend out to watch live music at El Club all three days!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

See Rogue One: A Star Wars Movie at New Center Park

Watch the latest Star Wars movie under the stars in Detroit this Wednesday night! Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be shown this week at New Center Park as part of their ongoing Wednesday Night Film Series. There's nothing better than watching a movie outside on a blanket on a beautiful summer night, and if it's a Star Wars movie, you know it will be extra fun!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was released last December by LucasFilm and Disney. This is the first stand alone film in the Star Wars universe, so although some of the story line may be familiar, it includes a whole new set of characters. The baseline for this movie according to IMDB is, "The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow." The film stars Felicity Jones, that plays the character Jyn Erso. Check out the trailer for the movie below.

The movie will begin at dark this Wednesday night, so around 9 p.m. Gates to New Center Park are set to open at 8 p.m. Admission to the movies at the park is free and all ages are welcome. You are welcome to bring a blanket to sit on, but there are also some chairs available at the park. Outside food and drinks are not allowed, but there is a bar & grill on site that serves hot dogs, hamburgers, snacks, drinks, and adult beverages. You can check out their menu here.

For more info on Wednesday's movie and to stay up to date regarding weather delays or cancellations, RSVP on the Facebook event here. For the full schedule of upcoming Wednesday night movies, click here.  


Win Tickets for Bellows and Big Ups

Brooklyn New York is full or small apartments, but that did not stop Oliver Kalb from making some big sounds within the walls of his Brooklyn bedroom. He wrote his music within the walls of his home and then formed a band of friends to take his sounds on the road. They called that band Bellows. He will be coming to Marble Bar to perform this Wednesday, July 19th alongside Big Ups, another band from NYC. Don't is also opening the show.

18 and over are welcome to attend and tickets to get in the door are $10 in advance and $12 the night of the show. You can also win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions and To enter to win please email with the subject line #bellows. We will draw one lucky winner this Wednesday morning and they will get to attend the show for free.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Win Tickets to See Lydia Lunch Retrovirus LIVE at El Club

This Wednesday night No Wave queen Lydia Lunch Retrovirus will be performing live in Detroit. She will be hitting the stage at El Club to play music from her various projects, including Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, 8 Eyed Spy, Queen of Siam, 1313 and Shotgun Wedding. Joining her for the evening are Real Ghosts and Obsession Resident DJs Shan Beaste & Bystander.

Tickets for this show are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. You can pick up your tickets ahead of time online here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show from Hip in Detroit and Party Store Productions. To enter to win, send your name to with #Lydia in the subject. We will draw one lucky winner on Wednesday morning and they will get into El Club that night with a friend for free.

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


The Detroiters Premiere at The DIA this Saturday

In 2016 a Columbian spoken word collective called Caldodecultivo was invited to Detroit by Idea City to participate in a residency at Pops Packing. While they were here they filmed a documentary about Detroit. This film challenges the idea of Detroit being a hopeless city, a "ghost city", or a city in "ruin".

The film will premiere at The DIA this Saturday, June 22nd and it will be followed up by a question and answer session with the artists to discuss their work. The Detroit Film Theatre is located at 5200 Woodward Ave.Detroit, Michigan 48202. This premiere is free to attend if you can get a ticket. The film starts at 6 p.m. this Saturday and it is first to come first serve. If you miss the premiere there will be a following up showing the following day at 4 p.m.This showing is also free but there will not be questions and answer session with the artists at the second showing.