Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ferndale Pride

June is National Pride Month. Cities across America will hold all kinds of events and celebrations in honor of the "holiday". Ferndale, Michigan will be hosting their annual Pride event this Saturday, May 30th to kick off the month right. The festival includes more than 90 vendors, as well as 13 bands, disc jockeys and other performers. The festival is free to attend and everyone is welcome!

This year's musical lineup is as follows:
1:00 - Opening Ceremony
1:30 - Commitment Ceremony
2:00 - The Gator
3:00 - Madelyn Grant
4:00 - Joanna Ransdell
5:00 - The Blueflowers
6:00 - Holding Hands with Friends
6:45 - Natalie Cole’s Spectacular Drag Race
8:00 - Bitch
9:15 - Nina & The Buffalo Riders

2:00 - DJ Ace
3:45 - Serpentine Fire
4:15 - DJ Dav
6:15 - Octavia
8:00 - DJ Maestro

The festival runs from 1 p.m. till 10 p.m. Ferndale is a great little city with amazing bars and restaurants, including Zeke's Rock and Roll BBQ, Public House, The W.A.B., Imperial, The Emory, One-Eyed Betty's, and Local Kitchen and Bar. We suggest having lunch or dinner and making a day out of it!


Win Tickets to a Pre-Pride Party Featuring Tunde Olaniran, The Gator, Mother Cyborg, and Carmel Liburdi

It has been awhile since we have gone out and danced. It has also been quite awhile since we have seen Tunde Olaniran perform. The last few months Tunde has been recording a new album and some new music videos. He will be releasing a lot of new stuff over the next year, but prior to that he will be returning to his rightful place on stage this Friday. We are looking forward to the new music, the new videos, and most of all seeing him take the stage this weekend! Tunde will be headlining a Pre-Pride Party at The Loving Touch alongside The Gator and Carmel Liburdi. The evening will also feature live DJ sets from Mother Cyborg.  

Not only do I think that this will be one of the last times that anyone catches Tunde in a venue this small, I also think that this show is going to sell out. I can promise you that the entire lineup is solid and worth checking out. So it is in your best interest to show up early and get ready to pack into the LT for a sweaty night of dancalicious fun.

We have one pair of tickets to giveaway to this one. One lucky person will attend the show with a friend for FREE. This also means that you will be guaranteed entry into the show. To enter to win, please email your full name to with Tunde in the subject. We will draw one winner on Friday morning and we will email that winner details on how to claim their prize. 

Tickets are $5 at the door for 21 and over and $9 for 18 and over. Doors open at 8 p.m. See you at the show! 


Bison Machine "Hoarfrost" Release Show Tonight

Tonight at Small's Detroit's own Bison Machine is celebrating the release of their newest album Hoarfrost on vinyl. The stoner rock four piece is currently out on tour with Geezer and they're making a quick stop at home for this release. Also on the lineup is Wild Savages and SLO. An awesome lineup, especially for a Wednesday night. Check out a track from Hoarfrost below.

Cover for tonight's show is only $5. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and 18+ are welcome. For more details on this show, click here. Small's is located at 10339 Conant in Hamtramck. 


Win Tickets to see The Contortionist at The Shelter

This week we have another great ticket giveaway for all those metal and prog rock fans out there. The Contortionist will be preforming at The Shelter this Saturday, May 30th. They will be playing alongside Chon, Auras, and Adventurer. Detroit is the last stop on this tour, which means it is the last time for you to catch this lineup live and in person!

The Shelter has always been and will always be one of my all time favorite places to see a show. It's big enough that it can fit a decent crowd, but small enough that it still feels intimate. I have seen some of my favorite bands play inside those walls before they blew up and played St. Andrew's the next time they came back to town. Everyone from Nirvana to Eminem has played that venue, in fact Eminem got his start on the very stage that The Contortionist will be performing on.

The Contortionist are known for their unique take on prog rock. The band formed in 2007 and has toured with some huge names, including Hatebreed, Born of Osiris, Periphery,Between the Buried and Me, All Shall Perish,Veil of Maya, After the Burial, Intervals, and Protest the Hero. If you like any of the aforementioned bands, you will like The Contortionist for sure. Their last release Language was put out at the end of 2014, you can check out music from that album here.

Tickets for the show are $15 in advance and can be purchased here. We have two pairs of tickets to give away for this one thanks to our friends over at Live Nation. If you would like to enter to check out this show live and in person, please email your full name to with The Contortionist in the subject. We will draw a couple of winners the day before the show and we will email the winners details on how to claim their prize. Music is the best thing on earth, and watching live music is the best way to spend your time, especially when it's free!


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Best Bars In America at PJ's Lager House

Last year Esquire TV's Best Bars in America visited Detroit to tell their viewers which bars in Detroit they think are worth visiting. The list is pretty expansive and pretty awesome. There are definitely quite a few that we agree with them on. Some places that they visited while in town are Baker's, Blake's Ciderhouse, Vinsetta Garage and PJ's Lager House. As you can tell by the list, they are talking about all of Metro Detroit, as many do when they talk about this city. To see video clips from Detroit, click here.

This Wednesday, May 27th PJ's Lager House will be featured on the show. So they are having a viewing party of the show right at the bar. The party starts at 8 p.m., the show will air at 9 p.m. and then there will be free music by The Royal Blackbirds and Doop and the Inside Outlaws starting at 10. Admission to the party is free, but make sure you bring some dough for a couple of drinks and some snacks (we suggest the nachos).

Best Bars In America airs on Wednesdays 9 p.m. on Esquire TV Network. Make sure you head over and give the show a "like" on Facebook to see clips and outtakes from the Detroit shoots. 

24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: Built to Spill

We wanted to kick off the week with a 24 hour ticket giveaway.  We have a pair of tickets to see Built to Spill perform alongside Wooden Indian Burial Ground. and Clarke and the Himselfs. Built to Spill is on tour in support of their latest album Untethered Moon. You can hear songs from their latest album here. They will be performing at St. Andrew's Hall this Thursday, May 28th. Tickets for the show are only $20 in advance, they can be purchased here.

To enter to win tickets, please email your full name to with Built to Spill in the subject. We will draw a winner in the next 24 hours and email that winner details on how to claim their prize.


Friday, May 22, 2015

An Afternoon with Shepard Fairey

Yesterday afternoon we had the privilege of interviewing Shepard Fairey about his recent 9 day residency in Detroit, a stay that will culminate with the opening of his latest exhibit at the Library Street Collective tonight. Shepard was hired by Rock Financial/Quicken Loans to come to Detroit to create his largest mural to date along with a few smaller works throughout the city.

We were invited to the alley commonly refereed to as "The Belt" to witness Mr. Fairey hosting a question and answer session with students from The Detroit School of Art before taking questions from the press. The kids were all given black and white versions of the mural that SF painted in the alley to color while he talked. While the students colored they asked the street artist about his creations and his career. They were very interested in his creation of the Obama "Hope" poster and how he comes up with new things and keeps going. His answers were more than refreshing. He compared being a street artist to being a hip hop artist in the sense that they are both competitive and a little bit rebellious in nature. The kids seemed to enjoy their time with Shepard, many of them even approached him at the end and asked him to sign everything from their drawings to their sweatshirts and he happily obliged.
After finishing up with the kids he took questions from the press. I was really impressed by the man behind OBEY. I wore an Obey t-shirt for way too long in high school and was a fan of OBEY for years before he ever broke into the main stream. It was interesting to hear him talk about his rise to "fame". He talked about how and why he creates each of his murals and why he chose Detroit. He stated that he has wanted to work with the Library Street Collective for years, but the timing never lined up. He was asked by the collective what it would take to get him here to work on something and his answer was, "a wall that I cant pass up." That's when he was offered his largest project to date, the 184' wall on the side of One Campus Martius. He has been working on the mural with a team of three other people. He even joked that he can't believe that he is at a place in his career that he can hire people to work with him. For years it was just him out there on his own. He talked very fondly of the city of Detroit and what he loves about being here. He feels that Detroit is a place that has incorporated art deeper into itself than most other cities. Even our bars and restaurants have an artistic authentic feel to them, no one is the same. He gave shouts out to a few local artists that he appreciates, including Revok (who previous lived here) and Shades. We also couldn't resist asking if he has ever fallen during one of his late night adventures scaling a billboard. He said that it has happened many times, but luckily only from 15 to 20 feet in the air, nothing high enough that it hurt more than his back.  
My favorite point that he made during the afternoon was that he stays true to himself. He pointed out that he gets criticized by the corporations for being too street and by the street kids for being too corporate. He doesn't really care much about what people think as long as they are talking and hopefully enjoying his art. He was an inspiring artist who made me want to go home and create. I think the most amazing thing about him was when I saw his hands, the hands of a true artist. I think I creeped him out a little when I asked him if I could take a picture, but I personally think those hands were one of the most amazing sets I have ever seen. They work hard, they create beautiful things, and they just made the landscape of the city that I love a lot more beautiful.

Cheers to My. Fairey for spending time here and shedding a bright positive light on the artistic community of Detroit. Do not miss his latest show called "Printed Matters" opening tonight at the Library Street Collective at 6 p.m. The show will run through August 15th, 2015, but don't wait! Get out there and see this for yourselves now! 


A Weekend of Music at Motor City Wine

If you love DJs, but don't want to dish out a ton of dough to go to Movement this weekend, head to Motor City Wine instead. They are hosting a 4 day Memorial Weekend party. Every day this weekend they will feature great DJs along side some awesome BBQ.

First, on Friday night Rocksteady Disco is taking over. It's only $5 to get in to hear sounds from DJs ChrissyPontchartrainDretraxxMatt DandoisPeter Croce, Lafleur, Todd ModesTom Thump and CASH4GOLD. Music starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and goes 'til 2 a.m.

Saturday the party runs all day, starting at 2 p.m. Since the music runs all day on Saturday, admission is a bit more at $10. The lineup includes Keith Worthy, Alton Miller, Mike Brown, Todd Sines b2b Archtyp, Sergio Santos, Ari Frank, Tim Baker, Daniel Andres, R&B and Fabio Della Torre. 21 and up are welcome.

On Sunday there will be a surprise guest during the day. Motor City Wine will make that announcement on Saturday. But, at night, Carl Craig will be performing. Admission to that show is $10, but all of the money is going to the DIA. Pretty cool! The Saturday night show starts at 10 p.m. and goes until 2:30 a.m.

Finally, if you aren't partied out by the time Monday rolls around, head down to MCW to check out a ton of great music hosted by House Gallery. The list of artists for Monday includes DJ Denouement, Mr. Man, Rennie FosterGary Martin, Ibex, Djmoreese TurnerTunis Diaspora/diaspora 216Detune, Drivetrain, Claus Bachor, Dj Uchikawa aka Loftsoul, DJ Psycho, LaFleur and House Gallery. The best part about Monday's party is that cover is FREE!!!

All of these parties will take place both inside Motor City Wine and outside on their patio. All sorts of food from hot dogs to Quinoa burgers will be available for purchase. For a full list of this weekend's events and this weekend's menu click here. Motor City Wine is located in Corktown at 1949 Michigan Ave.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

New Fortune Fest II

This Sunday, May 24th the New Dodge will host the second annual New Fortune Fest. This gathering of Detroit talent will feature some of the city's best, including Passalacqua, Microphone Phelps, Doctor Illingsworth, Ancient Language, The High Strung, and more. New Fortune Records puts out tons of local music throughout the year. If  labels like this didn't exist, we wouldn't have half of the great music that we do! It isn't always easy to keep small labels like this going, so we're happy to see them growing and throwing their second festival. We hope they keep growing!

 They will be releasing a bunch of new records at the event including:
*Dave Bixby "Ode To Quetzalcoatl" 1969 12" re-issue
*The Ruiners "Satin's Rocket" b/w KC Smash" 45"
*Ancient Language“ In The Early Morning (ft. Lily Nyooni)” b/w “Totem” 45
*Old Empire "How To Make an Entrance" 12"
*Gold Crayon “Set It On Fire” b/w “Things We Could Have Had” 45

This is an all day event that runs from 2 p.m. till 2 a.m. It is $8 to get in the door and 21 and over are welcome. Chris Jarvis will be spinning in between the sets and the New Dodge will be serving up drink specials throughout the day. 


Dinosauria at The Detroit Zoo

This Friday, May 22nd Dinosaurs will begin to take over the Detroit Zoo! The Detroit Zoo will be re-opening their Dinosauria exhibit for the summer. This exhibit features 45 lifelike animatronic creatures that are so authentic looking that your kids will be confused. I almost jumped the first time I heard T-Rex roar! This is one of my favorite displays that they feature at the zoo and I enjoy going back every time that it is there. it has only gotten better throughout the years. The exhibit also features real dinosaur fossils that you can examine up close, this includes teeth, claws, and skulls!

The exhibit will run from Friday, May 22nd through September 7th. This exhibit only cost an extra $5 with zoo admission. It has been 65 million years since dinosaurs walked the earth, but if you go to the zoo this summer it will feel like dinosaurs still exist! To find out more about the Detroit Zoo visit their website here.