Thursday, July 2, 2015

Another Chance to Grab a Drink with Your Dog!

In case you missed your chance to grab a drink with your dog in Ferndale a couple of weeks ago, you have another opportunity this week in Detroit! Canine To Five Detroit is hosting the Detroit edition of Drinking with Dogs.

This Tuesday, July 7th head out to Northern Lights Lounge in Detroit for the best happy hour around, because you can bring your four legged friend along with you! The event runs from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Northern Lights' awesome patio. There will be great drink specials and great food too! There's no fee to get in, it's just a fun opportunity to grab some drinks with your bud!

Canine To Five is a doggy daycare located in the Cass Coridor. In addition to daycare services, they also offer grooming, boarding, products, and a whole bunch of fun events for your best friend. You can find their Detroit facility at 3443 Cass Ave. in Detroit or check out their new Ferndale location at 1221 E. 9 Mile Rd.

Northern Lights Lounge is located at 660 W. Baltimore in Detroit. For more information on this event, click here.


~C

It's Time To Get Your Pump On!

PhotoCredit: CBS Detroit 

Last Wednesday Detroit opened its first FREE outdoor fitness park. Fit Park features six stations, including parallel bars, a stair stepper, a squat machine and more. All of the machines are tension controlled, so they can be adjusted to meet your fitness level. 

The park is open to anyone that is 13 and older. The "gym" is located at the entrance of the Dequindre Cut. It's a really cool way to get in shape for free while spending some time outside. You can take a run through the city and then head to the park to work on your strength and endurance. You can get a full cardio and strength workout for free while soaking up some much needed vitamin D!

This is a great addition to the city of Detroit, we are hoping to see more of these amazing little parks pop up in the near future!


~S

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Calling All Single Dudes...

Are you a total stud? Do you like to make girls cry? If you answered yes to both of those questions, this is the perfect opportunity for you! ABC's hit show The Bachelor is looking for their next eligible bachelor. The production team will be heading across the country looking for Mr. Right and they're making a stop right here in Metro Detroit.

On Thursday, July 9th head to Fifth Avenue in Royal Oak for the Michigan casting call. Auditions will be taking place from 5-9 p.m. at the bar. If you're not a bachelor, but you're a bachelorette, this is also an opportune time for you to head to Fifth Avenue. They won't be holding auditions for The Bachelorette, but come on... there's going to be hundreds of single guys lining up in one place. Might be a good chance for you to check out what Metro Detroit has to offer as well!

This casting call is for the 20th season of the show, which has resulted in a few couples actually living happily ever after. Even if you don't find your soulmate, you will have women across the country drooling over you for weeks and you get to be on National TV. Could be fun. If you are interested in auditioning for the show, but you can't make it out on July 9th, you can also send in an application along with pictures and/or a video. For further instructions, click here. You can also tell us why you want to be the next Bachelor in the comments below, but we do not have a hook up at ABC and they will probably never see it. However, we will find it very amusing and we're sure our readers will too.

Fifth Avenue is located in Royal Oak at 215 West 5th Street. If you've been living under a rock and don't know what The Bachelor and these roses are all about, click here.


~C

Celebrate the 4th at The Royal Oak Rib Fest

This weekend, July 3rd-5th, the Royal Oak Farmers Market will be hosting the Royal Oak Rib Fest. This three day FREE event will feature lots of really cool things like ribs,cocktails, beers, entertainment, and games! This is a family friendly event, but it also has an amazing Detroit musical lineup that you cannot miss out on.

There will be lots of food to taste, including yummy eats from Chicken Shack (emmm greasy heaven), Jackson Five Star Catering, Old Carolina BBQ, Stonewood Smokehouse, Smoke Ring BBQ, Pub Rub BBQ, Big Moe's BBQ, Detroit BBQ Company, and Taste & Tell BBQ.

Liquor drinks will be served by companies like Cabo Wabo Tequila, Wild Turkey American Honey, Wild Turkey, Fort Creek Whiskey, Bulldog Gin, and Tito's Vodka.

Brews will be served up from Blue Moon, Griffin Claw, Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, Miller Lite, and Smith & Forge Hard Cider.

They will have lots of free games on site for adults to play, like Cornhole, Jenga, and Washer Pitching. The Kids Zone will feature sidewalk chalk, monster trucks, kids karaoke, and Bounce Houses. Their will aslo be a round of hot dog pig racing for all to enjoy! 

This year's entertainment is solid every day of the festival. The lineup is as follows:

Friday:
4:00pm Kung Fu Lovers
5:30pm Stereo Jane
7:00pm Howling Diablos
9:00pm The Infatuations

Saturday:
3:15pm The Rock & Roll Prep School
5:15pm The Beggars
7:00pm The Muggs
9:00pm Goober & The Peas

Sunday:
2:30pm Tosha Owens
4:30pm Pato Margetic
6:30pm Thornetta Davis

The best part is admission and parking are free, so you have more money to spend on the good stuff! 

The festival runs from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday, Saturday from Noon until Midnight, and Sunday from Noon until 8 p.m. More information is available at RoyalOakRibFest.com.

~S

Knifin' Around at The Sanctuary

Start your holiday weekend off a little early this week and head out to The Sanctuary on Thursday night! One of the newer bands in Detroit's Punk Rock scene, Knifin' Around, will be playing along with The VulnerableCabin 7No/Breaks (from Coldwater) and Aaron Hibbert (Massachusetts).

We'd love to tell you all about Knifin' Around, but the guys have only played a couple of shows around town and a few out of state. What we can tell you is that they're a four piece punk band made up of Erik Martin (vocals), Dan Kaltz (guitar), John Allport (bass) and Jesse Armstrong (drums). So that lineup should be reason enough to check this band out! They don't have a bandcamp yet and we couldn't find any videos of them playing live. Instead, we just kept coming across this video from Space Ghost Coast to Coast.


If that video is any indication of what we can expect on Thursday night, things might get a little crazy! Admission to the show is $8 and doors are set to open at 8 p.m. Remember, this is a BYOB venue, so pack a couple of cans or a flask. 

The Sanctuary is located at 1501 E. Outer Drive in Detroit. Please be respectful of the space and help keep this DIY venue going. Keep your drinks inside and listen to the guys running the show. 


~C

Nancy Whiskey's Rock N Roll Pig Roast 5

It's becoming a tradition in Detroit to swing by Nancy Whiskey's on the 4th of July. For the past four years they have been throwing a hell of a party and this fifth installment sounds like it will be just as great.

This Saturday, July 4th Nancy Whiskey's will be hosting their Rock N Roll Pig Roast 5. From Noon until the wee hours of the morning there will be bands, BBQ, booze and fireworks. This year's musical lineup is pretty excellent and has something for everyone. It includes Easy ActionThe Kominas (Boston)Detroit 442Sewers (Australia)MOONWALKSPrude BoysErodersJames LinckDeadly Vipers and DJs Eric Allen, Zak Frieling and Erin Smart. That's a pretty full list already, but rumor has it that it might get even longer! Plus, it sounds like Detroit's own Caveman Woodman will be celebrating the big 5-0 at this party, too! Even more reason to head down on Saturday!

Admission to the Rock N Roll Pig Roast is $10 at the door. Nancy Whiskey's is located at 2644 Harrison St. in Detroit. To stay in the loop on additional bands added to the bill and all of the happenings the day of the party, make sure you head over and "like" Nancy Whiskey's on Facebook here.


~C

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Break Anchor Releases "In A Van Down By The River"

It's a great summer for Detroit music! Some of our favorite bands are releasing new albums, and we couldn't be happier about it! This past weekend the guys in Wilson released their second full length, Right to Rise, and now, this week Break Anchor is celebrating their newest release. It's called In a Van Down By the River and the big release show is Wednesday night.

This Wednesday, July 1st head west on 94 for Break Anchor's Vinyl Release Show at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. The band will be playing the new album in full with a few old favorites sprinkled into the set. Joining them on stage are Symptoms (Portland), Trace the Veins and Black Note Graffiti. Admission is only $7 and doors are set to open at 8 p.m.

In a Van Down By the River is being released on Paper + Plastik. It will be available in the traditional black as well as Detroit River (waves and swirls of Kelly Green and Olive Green) and Detroit River Raging (hazed Kelly Green and Olive Green). If you can't make it out to the show, but still want the album, you can pick one up here. There are also CDs and downloads available. To get a feel for the new album, check out Break Anchor's video for the first song, "First World Problems", below.


~C

Wilson Fucking Parties!!!!

Last Saturday night Wilson returned to Michigan to release their second full length album Right to Rise, their first album on Razor and Tie Records. The new album sounds great and looks even better. It features a picture of "Satan" shot by Detroit's own Camera Jesus.

Saturday's show at The Crofoot was epic to say the very least. This is one of those bands that works their assess off to make sure that every person in the room has a good time. They don't just get up there and play the songs, they get up there and suck you into their world for an hour.
Lead singer Chad Nicefield entertained the crowd by talking to them in between each set. He thanked all the people that came out, all the people that helped with this record, and all the people who helped Wilson get where they are today. It was the kind of night that gave you warm fuzzies and made you want to get up, jump around, and have a good time.

Their latest album Right to Rise is now available for purchase. You can pick up your copy here. The band will be touring in support of the music through August. You can see a full schedule of tour dates here.

We took a couple of shots of the performance and even captured a song for all of you that missed out on the fun. Check it out, get the CD, and don't fucking miss out next time! Party!
 
 

~S

Monday, June 29, 2015

Celebrate the 4th of July with Fireworks!

Fourth of July is right around the corner! We wanted to make sure you have plenty of opportunities to celebrate America before the big day on Saturday. So we compiled a list of fireworks and other fun happenings going on around Metro Detroit over the next week. Unfortunately some of the big ones, like the Detroit Fireworks and Stars and Stripes, have already passed, but there are still plenty of opportunities to see explosions in the sky and sport your red, white & blue.

Lake St. Clair Metropark Fireworks - Tuesday, June 30th:
Located in Harrison Township on 16 Mile Rd. at 31300 Metro Parkway, the fireworks start at 10 p.m. But the fun starts at 7 with The Happy American Band playing until 9:30 p.m. on the beach. Park admission is $10 after 5 p.m. or free with a Metro Park annual pass. Watch from the beach or bring your boat and watch from the water.

Greenfield Village - Salute to America - July 1st thru 4th:
This event truly celebrates America. There are picnics, games, a parade, a performance by the United States Army Field Band, fireworks with a soundtrack provided by the DSO playing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, a canon will be fired, and much more. The celebration takes place from 6-10 p.m. each evening. Tickets range from $15-25 and can be purchase here.

Romulus City Fireworks - July 2nd:
These fireworks can be seen best from Wick & Ozga Roads or Elmer Johnson Park. Bring your lawn chairs and purchase snacks from food vendors on site. The fireworks are set to start at dusk!

Hazel Park Raceway - July 3rd:
Head out early and watch some ponies race, then stick around after the live races for the fireworks. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m. and the fireworks start right after the races. The raceway is located at 
1650 E 10 Mile Rd. in Hazel Park. 

These fireworks take place on Sylvan Lake in Keego Harbor. The best place to watch is from Memorial Park at Garland and Pontiac Drive. It's free to get in, but plan on paying for parking. There are also shuttles running from Gino's Pizzeria.

Grosse Pointe Farms - July 3rd-5th:
There will be a regatta all weekend hosted by the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club. There will also be live music on the 4th from 7-9:45, followed up by fireworks. On the 5th there's even a pet parade! It all takes place at Pier Park located at 350 Lake Shore Rd.

Clawson Fireworks- July 4th:
There's a carnival, a parade, arts & crafts and tons of fun to be had all day long on the fourth. The fireworks shoot off at 10 p.m. at City Park located on West Elmwood, West of Main Street. If you want to watch from inside the park, admission is $2.

Gibraltar 4th of July Festival - July 4th:
Gibraltar has been doing it for 51 years, so they must know how to do it right! There's a parade at 10 a.m., a carnival on the 3rd and 4th, live music, petting farms, and a craft show, all leading up to the fireworks display at 10 p.m. on the 4th. This is not at Gibraltar Trade Center, it's in the city of Gibraltar! Just head down I-75. The fireworks take place behind Parsons Elementary School at 14473 Middle Gibraltar Rd.

Huntington Woods 4th of July Activities - July 4th:
Enjoy a parade and hot dog roast before these fireworks! The parade starts at 10 a.m. and the fireworks at 10:05 p.m. The display is held at Rackham Golf Course located at 10100 W. 10 Mile Road. Attendees are encouraged to bike or walk to the golf course.

Trenton Fireworks - July 4th: 
This is claiming to be Michigan's biggest firework show! There's a concert starting at 8 p.m. followed by the fireworks. You can even tune into the concert on your radio! It's all happening at Rotary Park on Riverside Drive.


~C


Win Tickets to See Punk Rock Legends The Weirdos

The Weirdos rose to fame in the 70s when punk rock was punk rock. The band formed in L.A. in 1975 and has been playing together on and off throughout the years. The latest lineup of the band includes John Denney and his guitarist brother Dix who founded the band. They reunited the latest lineup for  Punk Rock Bowling in 2013 and things went so well that they decided to take the show on tour.

They will be coming to Detroit to play The Majestic Cafe this Tuesday, June 30th. They will be performing alongside The Devious Ones and Stale Phish. Tickets for the show are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The music will start at 8 p.m.and all ages are welcome to come out and play.

Black Iris Booking has given us one pair of tickets to give away to the show, so we wanted to kick the week off right by running a 24 hour giveaway. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to see this show with a friend for free please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #letsgetwerid. We will draw one lucky winner tomorrow morning and email them details on how to claim their prize.


~S