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. 


~C

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."


~S

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. 


~C

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!


~S

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!


~S

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.   


~C

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Don't Miss the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday!

This coming Monday, August 21st the earth will experience a total solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end. Here in Detroit we will be able to see about 90 percent coverage as long as it isn't cloudy and the partial eclipse will begin at 1:03 p.m. and end at 3:47 p.m peaking at 2:27 pm. To be able to view the eclipse you must have some kind of device or special glasses, you cannot look straight into the sun. To view the event you must have viewing glasses like these or make something like this with stuff you have around the house.

Or, you can celebrate the eclipse at The Michigan Science Center. They have a full day of activities planned, including an opportunity to make a viewer to watch the eclipse live with some astronomers. Activities for the day include earth and space activities and a live stream of the eclipse in the Toyota Engineering Theater from noon till 5 p.m.

The Science Center will be open from 10 until 5 p.m. this Monday. You can find everything you need to know about the museum and its pricing here and you can learn everything you want to know about the eclipse here. No matter what you do, make sure that you find a way to watch the eclipse on Monday afternoon!


~S

Take a Journey to Both Coasts at Voyager

Voyager is Ferndale's hot little secret. It is a mega unique restaurant located in a small unassuming white brick building on the city's east side. Their menu features a variety of fresh fish and small side dishes that are meant to accompany their main attraction, oysters. This is the city's first real oyster bar! They have a huge menu of east coast and west coast oysters that are flown in daily. In fact, the staff comes in a little early to shuck the little guys themselves. They also have a  full bar that specializes in Mai Tai's and a few other house cocktails they have created or put their own unique twist on.

Voyager has a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day, during this time the space features $1 oysters and $3 mixed drinks. The special changes daily and it is the deal of a lifetime. It's usually impossible to find decent oysters for under $3 a piece, but to get freshly shucked oysters that were flown in that day for only a dollar $1 seems like it would be a scam. We can assure you that it isn't. We recently had a chance to stop by during their happy hour and try it out for ourselves. Their food is as fresh and amazing as we hoped it would be. While we were there, we sampled a few items off the menu and would highly recommend that you try the blue fin tuna, the grilled broccoli and the tuna on the hibachi. We really enjoyed all of them, especially the broccoli.

Voyager is open from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 4 p.m. till 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Your best bet is to come during happy hour and go crazy eating oysters before kicking back with a few main dishes and a cocktail or two. Voyager will serve you up some good food, some strong drinks, and a unique experience you can't get anywhere else in the area.

Voyager is located at 600 Vester St. in Ferndale. For more info head to VoyagerFerndale.com.
~S

Monday, August 14, 2017

Head up to The Alley Deck for Open Mic Night featuring Zander Michigan

The Alley Deck, also known as the deck at the Magic Stick, has always been one of our favorite bars in Detroit. Over the years we've spent many nights on that deck, and summer isn't quite complete without heading up there at least a couple of times. Well, if you haven't made it to the deck this summer, we have the perfect excuse for you to head up there!

The Alley Deck now has an Open Mic Night. Our good friend Adam Burgess teamed up with Buck Nell to start this weekly event and they've been hosting open mics all summer long. The event has brought out some of Detroit's best musicians along with some new blood. Each week they have a featured artists, and this week that artist is the always amazing Zander Michigan. He will be getting behind the mic along with other brave souls.

The deck opens up for open mic night at 7 p.m. and sign up to perform starts at 7:30 p.m. Then, the music starts around 8 p.m. and will keep going until about Midnight. The party will keep going until the bar closes at 2. Admission is free and there are always great drink specials. Sounds like a great way to spend a Tuesday night!


~C

Win Tickets to See Waxahatchee at El Club

This Wednesday night El Club brings Waxahatchee to the stage. Waxahatchee is the name of Katie Crutchfield's solo project that she's been doing since 2010. You may have seen her perform when she toured with Sleater-Kinney just a couple of years ago. Well, now Waxahatchee just released a new album, her fourth full length to date. It's called Out in the Storm and you can give it a listen here.

Waxahatchee will be joined by Palehound and Outer Spaces on Wednesday night. Tickets for the show are $13 in advance and can be purchased here. The night of the show they will go up to $15. Thanks to Party Store Productions, we are also 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 #storm in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Wednesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.




~C