Friday, December 8, 2017

Recap: Jimmy Eat World at St. Andrew's (with Photos)

Credit - Photography: CJ Benninger - Instagram: @themrcj
Last night 1990's pop-punk legends Jimmy Eat World packed St.Andrew's Hall from wall to wall and played hit after hit for over an hour and a half. They threw in a couple of deep tracks towards the end and did a power encore finishing off the show with one of their biggest tracks "The Middle".

We were lucky enough to send one of our favorite photographers, CJ Benninger, to capture the show. So if you missed it take, a second to smack yourself for missing out, and then check out these great shots from the show!

Opening Act: Baggage

Credit - Photography: CJ Benninger - Instagram: @themrcj

~S & C

Support Suck It Suicide By Downloading this Holiday Tune!

Suck It Suicide is one of our favorite non-profits in the Detroit area. Its goal is, "to prevent suicide through education, advocacy, and support; with a special interest in suicide survivors support and fundraising for families suffering from the loss of a loved one from suicide." The founder, Kate Hardy, is one of the most positive, caring, and inspiring people that we have ever met. Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious. Her and her crew's work has helped to change the stigma surrounding suicide and get our community talking more about this issue and mental illness. They have helped to give us all the strength to reach out and to support one another. 

It's pretty obvious that we are big fans of Suck It Suicide and we aren't the only ones! A group of musicians called the Detroit Riddim Crew want to show their support for this organization. This holiday season they are releasing holiday songs that you can purchase through bandcamp and the proceeds will go to Suck It Suicide. The group includes, Eric Abbey, Paul Loos, Eric M., Chrissy Morgan, Liz Fornal Mackinder, and Steve Kachnowski. The first song, "What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas", was release this morning. You can check it out below and then please click the link to purchase the song, and by doing so you will donate $5 to Suck It Suicide.

We all know that as joyous as this time of year can be for some, it's the exact opposite for others. The holiday season can be super stressful and super lonely sometimes. Love one another, reach out to those around you, and if you need help or are down, talk to someone. Each and every one of us matters.

Thanks to Suck It Suicide for all of the awesome work that they do in our community and shout out to the Detroit Riddim Crew for this awesome move and tune.


Win Tickets to See Do Make Say Think at El Club

This weekend Black Iris Booking and Party Store Productions will bring Do Make Say Think to the stage in Detroit. The band is currently on a short tour throughout the Northeast area of the US and Canada and Detroit was lucky enough to get a stop on the tour. They are set to hit the stage this Sunday, December 10th at El Club in Southwest Detroit. Tickets for the show are only $15 in advance or $17 at the door, if this show doesn't sell out. You can purchase your tickets online here.

Thanks to our friends at BIB and PSP you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show! To enter to win, send your name to with #dmst in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and they will get to attend the show that night with a friend for free.

Give DMST's latest album Stubborn Persistent Illusions a listen here:


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Win Tickets to Get Covered in Blood by GWAR wsg He is Legend, U.S. Bastards and Ghoul

The first time you see GWAR is something that you will never forget. They are as entertaining to watch as they are to listen to and everyone there leaves the show covered in blood. During their live set, they behead all sorts of characters, including the piece of shit Nazis and our current President, Mr. Donald Trump. They have been playing solid jams and offending crowds all over the world for almost 30 years and somehow their show has only gotten better. Their costumes and characters are amazing and they need to be seen in person. I had a chance to get up close and personal with the band the last time they were in town. Check that out below.

They will be coming back to Detroit to play St. Andrew's this Sunday, December 10th. They will be playing alongside some amazing bands that night including He is Legend, Ghoul and U.S. Bastards.  Tickets to get into the show are $35 in advance and they can be purchased here. You can also win a pair of tickets form Hip in Detroit and Live Nation by emailing your full name to with the subject line #Sundaybloodysunday. We will draw one lucky person to get weird with Gwar this Sunday! 


Get Some Holiday Shopping Done at The Ponyride Holiday Market

Are you still searching for the perfect holiday gifts for the special people on your list? If you're still trying to find something special, your best bet is to shop local! The Ponyride Market is taking place this Friday and Saturday and it's a great place to stop to shop a wide selection of locally made items.  This show will feature food, drinks and over 70+ vendors including:

Soul Garden
Posh and Stone
Whipped Up Handmade Cosmetics
SMPLFD Flagship Store
Mel's Toffee
The Natural Market
Detroit Gourmet Nut Company
Fringe Society
Pagan Potions
Lush Yummies Pie Company
Mystique Creations
Mend On The Move
Natural Red
Quetarshe Textiles Studio
Terra Luna Beauty
York Project
Firebrand Candle Company
Lily B Designs
Salt Textile Studios
Lightning Bug Beads
The Lowry Estate
Flamingo Vintage Detroit
Angie Coe Comics.Illustration.ScreenPrinting
Motor City Soap Company
Brown Sugar Cookie Shop
Opipari Design
Amanda McKey Designs
Ebony's Sun Butters
Detroit Friends Potato Chips
A Wool Story

The event is kid-friendly and free for all to attend. There will be food available for purchase and activities like face painting for the family. Ponyride market is located at 1401 Vermont Street and the show will run from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Friday and 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday.  Hanukkah is less than a week away and Chritmas is just under 20 days away, so it's time to get serious about shopping! 


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Metro Times Flavor Serves Up Snacks & Spirits at The Garden Theater

Over the past few years the food scene has exploded in Detroit. There are a ton of great restaurants, bars, distilleries and breweries throughout the city, and there seems to be new additions every week. Coming up on Thursday, December 14th, Metro Times is bringing some of those great companies together for Metro Times Flavor - A Holiday Food & Spirits Tasting. This event will feature gourmet bites from Detroit area restaurants paired with winter themed cocktails sourced from local, regional, and worldwide distilleries. So you will be able to try spirits made right here in Detroit, but still have the option to sip on some of your favorite big name beverages. Some of the restaurants participating in the event include Rock City Eatery, Om Cafe, and Jim Brady’s. New restaurants are being announced every day. You can stay in the loop on those announcements here

MT Flavor will take place at The Garden Theater on Woodward in Detroit. The event is set to start at 7 p.m. on December 14th and it goes until 10 p.m. Tickets for the tasting are $25 for early birds and can be purchased here. Once the party gets closer, the price will increase to $35 and then tickets will be $45 at the door. Thanks to our friends at Metro Times, our readers can get a special deal on tickets. You can get 2 tickets to this event for only $30! That’s quite the steal! Just enter HIPINDETROIT at checkout to get this super awesome deal. The ticket price will get you admission to the event, unlimited food tastings, 10 drink tickets and there will even be a DJ!

We’re sure this will be a super fun event full of tasty treats and drinks! For more info on MT Flavor and to buy your tickets, click here. Make sure you also RSVP to the Facebook event here so you can stay up to date on all of the companies that will be at the party. See you there!


Electric Honey Plays PJ's Lager House with Bave, Ben Keeler and The Pandys

This Friday night PJ’s Lager House has a great show lined up for you! Electric Honey is set to hit the stage along with Bave, Ben Keeler and The Pandys. Electric Honey has been hard at work recording their second full length album, Primetime Garbage. The album is set to be released early next year, both digitally and on vinyl pressed at Third Man Records in Detroit. You will be able to pre-order the new release this Friday too, but first make sure you head out to the show to hear some of their new tunes! You can also tune into Culture Shift this week to hear their new song “Megaphony” off the album.

Cover for Friday night is only $5 and 21+ are welcome. We are also getting some people into this show for free! To enter to win a pair of guest list spots at the show, send your name over to with #honey in the subject line. We will draw two lucky winners on Friday morning and they will each get into the show that night with a friend for free.

This is a solid lineup from start to finish, so get there early and stay late! Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. 


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Take a Family Friendly Free Holiday Stroll at Belle Isle this Friday

For 35 years Belle Isle has invited Detroiters to come stroll through the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Belle Isle Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Belle Isle Nature Center, and the Belle Isle Boathouse. The annual event is called the Holiday Stroll and it takes place every December. This year's event will be held this Friday, December 8th. The evening features a ton of family-friendly events, including Cider, Dutch Girl Donuts, Gospel music from the Well-Spring Chorale and the Detroit School of Arts Achievers Ladies Ensemble, roasted marshmallows at the aquarium, craft and treats at Belle Isle Nature Center and hot cocoa, cookies, holiday music and free winter-themed activities inside the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. There will also be musical performances and you can a sneak peek inside the Detroit Boat Club, which is lit up and decorated for the holidays.

The stroll takes place from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. this Friday and is free for all ages. It is going to be cold out, so make sure to dress warmly.  

Don't forget to head up Jefferson and see the tree in Campus Martius before or after you stop by the stroll!  


Win Tickets to See Nick Offerman at The Fillmore

A few years ago one of my friends was the house photographer at Royal Oak Music Theatre, which meant that I got to go see a lot of shows, or at least the first 10 to 20 minutes of them. I always tried to tag along when the venue was hosting comedians because I have found that comedy is a lot more interesting in person than it can be on film. Over the years I saw all sorts of comedians from the stand-ups of The Chelsea Handler Show (surprisingly good) to Bob Saget (surprisingly bad).  But, one of the most memorable sets that I saw during that time was Nick Offerman. He was hot on the heels of his Parks and Rec fame and I didn't even realize who we were seeing until he took the stage. I also didn't know that he was married to Karen from Will and Grace, but his relationship humor was on point and I remember laughing so hard that I was crying. It was one of the rare times that we actually stayed for the whole two-hour show. It was, in the end, one of the best stand-up sets that I have ever experienced.

This Saturday, Nick is returning to Detroit to play two back to back shows at The Fillmore. Tickets to attend the show are $40 to $120 in advance and they can be purchased here. We also have one pair of tickets to giveaway to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. If you would like to go see how funny Nick is for yourself, but you cant afford to buy a pair, we suggest trying to win these tickets!  To enter please email your full name to with the subject line #laugh.  We will draw one lucky winner early on Saturday and they will get to attend the second show of the night (doors at 10:30 p.m.) for free!


Monday, December 4, 2017

See Your Favorite Holiday Film at The Redford Theatre!

If you're looking to get in the holiday spirit, you have to make your way to the Redford Theatre this December! Every weekend this month, the historic theatre is playing your favorite Christmas movies on their big screen. The season kicked off this past weekend with Home Alone and A Christmas Story, but don't worry, there are still plenty of great Christmas classics for you to check out this month.

Coming up on Saturday, December 9th, you have a chance to catch two festive flicks. Elf, starring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel will be showing at 8 p.m. But first, there will be a matinee showing at The Polar Express at 2 p.m. There will also be a matinee showing of The Polar Express on Sunday at 2 p.m. The weekend of December 15th and 16th, you have three chances to see White Christmas. It will be shown on Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m., as well as a matinee showing at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Then, on Sunday, December 17th there will be a mystery movie shown at 2 p.m. All the theatre is telling us is that it's a "classic holiday movie with a romantic holiday theme". What could it be? Last, but not least, the weekend before Christmas you can see It's A Wonderful Life on Friday and Saturday, December 22nd and 23rd at 8 p.m. and also on the 23rd at 2 p.m.

This is an absolutely great way to get in the mood for the holidays! The ambiance of the theatre is amazing, plus carols are played by the organ player before the film and during intermission and there's a super cute Christmas village set up in front of the stage. Tickets for all shows are only $5 and can be purchased in advance here. You can also buy tickets at the box office the night of the show, as long as it doesn't sell out. Make sure you bring extra money for concessions and souvenirs too! Both are super affordable!

The Redford Theatre is located at 17360 Lahser Road in Detroit. For a full list of upcoming events and to learn more about the theatre, head to