Monday, June 27, 2016

The First Ever Corktown STRUT Showcases Food, Music and Corktown!

This weekend the first ever Corktown STRUT will take place throughout the bars, restaurants and streets of Corktown. The event is being presented by Forward Arts Detroit, with help from Party Store Productions, Assemble SoundUrban Organic, TV Bar and Aphotic Segment. The festival will feature 2 full days of music, a week of great food, and one awesome kick off party.

Let's start with the food. Monday night kicked off Corktown STRUT's Culinary Week. Restaurants throughout Corktown will have featured menu items with special prices ranging from $10-$15. Some of the restaurants participating include Slows, Katoi, Gold Cash Gold and PJ's Lager House. For a full list of restaurants involved and pictures that will make your mouth water, click here.

Although the food portion of STRUT has already begun, the weekend of music kicks off on Friday night. The Detroit Free Press is sponsoring the official kick-off party that will take place on Friday, July 1st at Two James Annex. The party runs from 7 p.m. 'til 1 a.m. and will feature music from The HandGrenades, Valley Hush and a DJ set from Ryan Spencer. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, July 2nd and 3rd, eight bars and venues in Corktown will be featuring a ton of great acts. Check out the full music schedule below.
To get in to the venues during Corktown STRUT you will need special passes that can be purchased online here or at Two James Annex and Batch Brewing over the weekend. A weekend pass will run you $30, while single day passes are $20 per day. The kick-off party is only $8 and is not included in the weekend pass.

For more info on tickets, food, and Corktown STRUT head over to

It sounds like this festival is going to be an absolute blast! We can't wait to check out this inaugural event featuring a ton of great music and one of the best neighborhoods in Detroit! 


The 6th Annual Rock and Roll BBQ

This coming Monday Nancy Whiskeys in Detroit will celebrate the 4th of July with the sixth annual Rock and Roll BBQ. The event features an entire day of live music alongside BBQ and fireworks, everything you need for a good old american Fourth of July celebration! This year's musical lineup includes (in no particular order):

Best Exes
Electric Wiccans

DJs Zak Frieling, Eric Allen and Erin Smart will also be kicking out some jamz throughout the day!

$10 gets you in all day, doors open at 2 p.m.!


Mark Your Calenders for the First Hip in Detroit Podcast!

Flier created by: Monster Free Design 

Over the last four years Christie and I have worked very hard to write about all the hippest thing in Metro Detroit. We are both so thankful to have a loyal following that is willing to explore the ever changing place that we call home. We are also always looking for new ways to bring you the hippest news in town and thanks to our friends over at M1 Studios we will now be adding a monthly podcast to the list of ways that we can connect with Metro Detroiters.  

This July we will be hosting the first of many podcasts about everything Detroit. We will be able to give our listeners an in depth look into a variety of topics by inviting some of the very hip people that we write about into the studio to chat. Each month we will feature a new guests (or guests) chatting about a variety of topics, including music, food, politics, culture and Detroit.
For the very first podcast we have invited Matt Dalton and Mike Moore to join us in the studio. Matt is co-owner of Metro 37 Recording Studios and co-creator of Dirt Fest, a 20 year old festival that is moving from Birch Run to Pontiac for the first time this Summer. Mike is co-owner of Ironclad Tattoo Co. and PRTY Crew Collective. We will all be chatting about the upcoming festival as well as each guest's personal projects.
The first podcast will air at 5 p.m. on July 17th through Podcast Detroit. To listen live you can follow this link or you can download the podcast after it airs. We will share that link after it is released. 

We are very excited to be able to bring you the latest and greatest out of Detroit as well as in depth interviews with all the hip people that make this city move. 


READ THIS If You Plan to Go To The Detroit Fireworks Tonight!

The Detroit Fireworks are tonight and there are few last minute things that you need to know if you are thinking about attending the festivities! The city of Detroit released a 6 page news release regarding the event but who the hell wants to read that? Here are the important things that you need to know:

Best Public Viewing Sites:

A- Belle Isle-
Belle is closed until 2 p.m. today. Once it is open it is only open to vehicle traffic. Once the park has admitted 3,000 cars, no more cars will be admitted. Please note you must have a pass to bring a vehicle in the park. They can be purchased for $11 for the day or $31 for the year. The park will open at 5 p.m. to bicycles. Alcohol is not permitted. Tents that are 10 X 10 or smaller are permitted in the park. RV's are welcome to park on the paddock area near the Casino.

B- Hart Plaza- You can not begin setting up a viewing location until 2 p.m. today. They will be closing admittance to the park once it is full and once it is closed you will not be able to get back in if you leave the area. No tents will be allowed in this area. No open flames are allowed. No alcohol will be permitted and coolers and backpacks will be searched.

C- Mt. Elliott Park, Owens Park and Erma Henderson Park

The Municipal Parking Department also will not enforce parking meters after 5 p.m. today. 
But, you have to be careful of no parking zones and fire hydrants because they will be ticketing and towing for that! Towed vehicles within the downtown area will be held at 2121 W. Fort Street. Vehicles towed on Belle Isle will remain on the island. Free shuttles to tow lots will be available from 4 p.m. – 1 a.m. Tow lots close at 1 a.m. The fee for towing is $215.

There will be lots of street closures:
You can view the full list here

Curfew will be enforced- The City will enforce a curfew for minors, ages 17 and under, that will be in effect from 8 p.m. on June 27 until 6 a.m. on June 28 for the area bounded by the Detroit River, Third Street, Lodge Freeway, Fisher Freeway, the extension of Fisher Freeway east to Gratiot Avenue, Gratiot Avenue, Vernor Highway, Chene Street, Atwater Street and Chene Park. Minors in violation of the curfew will be taken to the Coleman A. Young Recreation Center, 2751 Robert Bradby Drive. Minors will be held there until picked up by a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian also may receive a parental responsibility violation ticket.

If you take a bus, your ride might be affected. Bus rides within the city will be effected. If you will be taking a bus in the city today click here to see if your schedule will be effected. 

The People Mover Should be Up and Running, but... -  The Detroit People Mover will operate from 6:30 a.m. – Midnight. The Financial District and Joe Louis Arena (via the RiverWalk) stations are within walking distance of Hart Plaza. Due to the early closures of the Millender and Renaissance centers, trains will bypass these facilities on June 27 beginning at 6 p.m. There will be no public access to these People Mover stations. Patrons are asked to exit at the nearest available station. All other DPM stations will remain open.

The fireworks will start at sundown tonight! Have fun and be safe Detroit! 


Friday, June 24, 2016

Meet Lin-Say: The Queen of NuMotown

Photo by Marc Nader

Detroit is known for Motown Records, but if Lin-Say has anything to do with it, someday soon it will be known for NuMotown. That's what she is calling her brand of pop with a touch of soul. She makes upbeat soulful pop songs that get stuck in your head. You can hear two of her tracks here to get a feel for her style. You can also check out her first music video for the song "U Gonna Learn", which was shot right here in Detroit. If you like what you see and hear, read on to learn more about Lin-Say and then head out to Good Night Gracies tonight to see her sing live and in person!

HID- Why Lin-Say? Any meaning behind the spelling or the name? 
L- "My Mom wanted it spelled with no D to be unique, so after everyone pointing out there was was no "D" in my name, I decided to accentuate my artist name to: Lin-Say"

HID- Where the hell is Olivet, MI?
L- "30 miles southwest of Lansing. LOL! It's just a little town in the country."

HID- What does the term NuMotown mean?
L- "It means, I'm bringing it back!"

HID- When did you start singing? Who inspired you to become a vocalist?
L- "I started singing in church when I was little. I think the "Oldies Radio" stations songs inspired me to start singing."

HID- Where did you record your new album "Shut Up and Pick Me Up"?
L- "I recorded the new album at The Elevator Building downtown Detroit, the water side of the building, with Dilan Wade and Tapwater Productions."

HID- What's the scariest part about singing in front of people?
L- "My nerves right before I start singing."

HID- What was it like to work with Yorg on the song "Almost Famous"?
L- "That song is very theatrical, so creating it had a Broadway vibe to it."

HID- Where did you film the music video for "U Gonna Learn"?
L- "At The Russell Industrial Center in Detroit!

HID- Do you actually own that piano that is featured in the video?
L- "No, we bought it off of Craigslist for $200 and painted it green! It played pretty well too, it was a shame we had to do what we did with it, lol, but well worth it."

HID- Do you have any upcoming shows?
L- "Yes, at Good Night Gracies in Royal Oak, MI on June, 24th, 2016 - 10 p.m.-1 a.m."

HID- Who have you been listening to lately?
L- "I've been listening to a new genre called Electro Pose and Kendrick Lamar."

HID- Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
L- "My next album "Old School Child" featuring T-Money Green, has all the eclectic sounds I love from growing up, mixed with my new G funk style, which makes it into what I call a masterpiece! AKA NuMotown!"


Red Bull Wants to Know If You've Got Game

I loved watching King James take home the trophy at the NBA Finals this past week. I have always been a huge basketball fan and love him or hate him, you have to admit he is amazing to watch when he takes the court. Coming back from three losses made the who thing even cooler. Watching people play basketball is fun, but playing it is even more fun!

If you and your friends are into playing a little three on three and think that you have some game, you can sign up to compete in Red Bull's 3 x 3 tournament at Joe Dumars Fieldhouse this Saturday, June 25th. Twenty four teams will play against each other for 10 minutes 'til an overall winner is crowned. That winner will advance to the finals in Chicago this July to compete with the best teams from New Orleans, Philly, Chicago, Cleveland and Indianapolis.

You must be 18 years or older to participate. Click here to sign up your team to play this Saturday. Formal registration will take place at 9 a.m. and the competition will begin at 10 a.m.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Detroit River Days 2016

Photo Credit: Camera Jesus - To order this print for yourself click here!
This weekend River Days will be returning to the Detroit River Walk. The three day festival will feature a carnival, live music, great food, tall ships, Tuskeegee Air Shows, street performers and more! Although everything happening at River Days sounds awesome, of course we're most interested in the the live music portion.

River Days will have 3 stages set up along the river front. One will feature national headlining acts, while the other two will host a lineup of more local artists. You can check out the full music schedule here. Some of the bands that stuck out to us on that lineup are Boudoir Noir (Friday at 1:30 p.m.), 1592 (Friday at 4), Ryan Dillaha & The Miracle Men (Friday at 5:30), The B-52's (Friday at 8:40), The Native Howl (Saturday at 5:30), Stone Clover (Saturday at 8:30), Emily Rose (Sunday at Noon), Oak City Roots (Sunday at 5:15) and Orbitsuns (Sunday at 8:30).

Admission to River Days depends on what time you get there. Before 3 p.m. it's $3, it goes up to $5 after 3 p.m., and on Friday it's free to get in between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Once you're in the gate, there is an extra charge for some activities, like the carnival rides, zip line, and river boat tours. For a full list of activities and prices click here. River Days kicks off on Friday, June 24th at 11 a.m. and goes until 10 p.m. on Sunday. And, just as in years past, it is all leading up to the big Ford Fireworks display on Monday, June 27th. at 9:48 p.m.

For a list of places to park, FAQs and everything you need to know about this year's event, head over to


Bear vs Shark is Reuniting and You Just Might Get to See them Live

In case you haven't heard, Michigan legends Bear vs Shark announced that they will be playing a show in Detroit this week! The announcement was made this Tuesday for a show that will take place on Friday, June 24th at Third Man Records. Before you get too excited though, this show is already sold out!

The band's reunion was first mentioned back in the fall. By spring, they announced tour dates from Brooklyn to LA, with most of those dates selling out very quickly. The band's first show back was set for this Saturday, June 25th at the Flint Local 432 as a fundraiser for the Flint Child Health & Development Fund. It's sold out. Prior to the announcement of the Third Man show, the first Detroit area date was set for September 10th at The Loving Touch. It's also sold out. So, now that we told you about 3 Bear vs Shark shows in the area that you can't go to (unless of course you've already scored tickets), we'll tell you about one show you still have a chance to see!

Bear vs Shark has a second Loving Touch show set for Friday, September 9th, the night before the original show at The LT. Tickets are currently still available for that show and can be purchased here. Don't wait though! If you've learned anything from this post, it is that this show will sell out!

If you get a chance to see Bear vs Shark at this show or any of the reunion dates, the lineup will be very familiar, with past members Marc Paffi, John Gaviglio, Derek Kiesgen, Brandon Moss and Ashley Horak (taking turns on the drums). Mike Muldoon is the only member that won't be doing the reunion shows. However, if you're a fan of  Marc's latest project Bars of Gold, you will recognize Nick Jones, who will be playing bass.

So it's time to get hyped for this awesome reunion! Crank your speakers up, hit play and dance like no one's watching! Great reunions don't happen often! Don't miss out on this one!


The Idiot Kids are More than Just Some Idiot Kids

Photo borrowed from The Idiot Kids' Facebook Page
This Saturday, June 25th The Idiot Kids will be playing at UFO Factory. We've told you about The Idiot Kids a few times before. Its a three piece featuring Nicholas Zambeck on bass, Ryan Chlebek on drums and Jon-Mikel Bartee on vocals and guitar. They're known for their live shows and play music that crosses genres from garage to punk. Take a listen for yourself here.

Although The Idiot Kids have been around for quite awhile, over the past year or two they have really been making a name for themselves in the Detroit scene. We wanted to catch up with these three crazy kids and get to know more about the band first hand. Check out what they had to say.

If you want to see The Idiot Kids for yourself and see what Jon-Mikel has up his sleeve this time, make sure you head to UFO Factory this weekend! There they will be playing with Characteristics, Flowers Bloom and one of our long time favorites, The ILL Itches. Admission to the show is only $6 and doors are set to open at 9 p.m. We are also getting some people into this show for free! If you would like to see The Idiot Kids and their friends this Saturday night, please send your name to with #IdiotKids in the subject line. We are giving away 2 pairs of tickets to this show and will draw our 2 winners on Saturday morning. Good luck! 


Urban Geographer Releases Its Second Vinyl Compilation This Friday

Urban Geographer is celebrating the release of their second vinyl compilation this Friday, June 24th at The Majestic. They have put together an evening that will feature 12 bands on two stages. The lineup includes Dalinian, Prima Vera, A Year in New York, Dogleg, American Arson, The Radiotypes, Stay Away, Midnight, Sleepology, Charmer, Carved Out and Brother O' Brother. You will also be able to bowl and grab a slice of Sgt. Pepperoni's pizza! A portion of the evening's ticket sales will be donated to The Flint Child Health & Development Fund.

To learn more about Urban Geographer you can visit their website and blog here. They write some pretty witty advice columns for bands and throw a few events throughout the year.