Monday, July 25, 2016

Watch "The Force Awakens" Under the Stars in Detroit

Calling all Star Wars fans! This week you have the chance to watch the latest Star Wars movie under the stars in Detroit. New Center Park in Detroit will be showing Episode VII: The Force Awakens this Wednesday, July 27th as part of their ongoing Wednesday Night Movies in the park series.

For those of you that don't know, New Center Park is a park featuring an open air theatre in the heart of Detroit's New Center area. Movie goers are invited to bring a blanket or chair and come watch movies for free at this beautiful park. The gates open at 8 p.m. on movie nights and the film will start at sun down, between 9 and 9:30 p.m. The park also features a bar and grill with soft drinks, adult beverages, and everything from candy to hamburgers. Since there is food served on site and the movie is free, the park asks that you please do not bring outside food and beverages in with you. Instead, support the park and their great events by making a purchase from the bar & grill.

New Center Park shows movies every Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer. In case of inclement weather, keep an eye on the park's Facebook page to find out if the show will still go on. New Center Park is located at the corner of Second Avenue and West Grand Blvd. For more info on New Center Park's movie nights and to find out about other events coming to the park, click here.


~C

Win Tickets to See Rival Summers at The Loving Touch

Rival Summers has been playing music around town for the last eight years. The band has recorded two EPs and two full length albums, the latest of which was released in early July. It is called Undeniable. The band has also had a lot of  lineup changes throughout the years, including announcing a fresh start right after the album's release. Sam announced that he would be leaving the band and Leo would be stepping up to take the reigns once again. Leo announced the lineup changes on the band's blog and promised us that he is ready to take on a new chapter.

Leo is really hoping that a lot of you come out to the show. In fact, I saw him walking around Ferndale flyering in the middle of the day last week to make sure that all of you come out. So do us a favor and mark your calenders for the show. If you haven't seen Rival Summers before this is your chance, the music is catchy and fun to listen to.

In celebration of the new album and the lineup changes, Rival Summers will be returning to Ferndale, the place where it all started, this Friday, July 29th. The band will be performing alongside friends Ellis, The True Blue, and Shiny • Penny. Tickets to get into the show are $10 in advance and they can be purchased here.

We also have a pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of our friends at Fusion Shows. If you would like to enter to win tickets, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #rivalsummers. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday and they will get to attend the show for FREE.

Cheers to the next chapter of Rival Summers! We have a feeling it will be the best one yet! 


~S

Friday, July 22, 2016

Check Out New Music from Jimmy Vee

If you're a fan of Reuther or Seized Up, chances are that you know who Jimmy Vee is. If not, he's a tall skinny guy that's a great musician with a great voice. Outside of playing in some awesome bands, he also has been doing his own thing for awhile now. Earlier this year he played at Detroit's Acoustic Revival and he has opened up for bands like Due North and Chris Cresswell of The Flatliners.

If you haven't checked Jimmy out yet, now's the time to! He just released two brand new tracks on his bandcamp, which you can also download for free. The songs were recorded with Chuck Huber at Drifting Sun Studios. Give them a listen below.



Right now, it doesn't look like Jimmy Vee has any shows lined up, but we'll definitely let you know when he does. In the meantime, make sure you head over and give him a "like" on Facebook for updates on new music and to find out when you can see him live and in person. 


~C

Celebrate 4 Years of Found Sound

This Saturday, July 23rd Found Sound is throwing a party! It has been four years since this amazing record store opened its doors in Ferndale. In honor of their anniversary they are throwing another one of their awesome free shows!

The lineup for this Saturday includes Sros Lords and Pink Lightning. It has been a minute since we've all heard from Pink Lightning, but over the last few months they started playing shows again. They also debuted a new lineup which you may have seen at Corktown Strut a couple of weeks ago. They always put on a great show, as does Sros Lords. This is a great opportunity to see both in one place. Plus, it's free! You can't really beat that!

Doors are set to open at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sros Lords will kick things off at 9 p.m. Found Sound is located at 234 W. 9 Mile in Ferndale.

Happy Anniversary, Found Sound! Here's to many more!


~C

The 2016 Michigan Glass Project

For the fifth year The Michigan Glass Project Main Event will be returning to Detroit to unite the artistic glass community. This year's main event will feature live glass blowing, live painting, music , food, drinks and more! The three day event will take place at The Russell Industrial Center located at 1600 Clay St. Detroit, MI 48211.

This year's musical lineup includes Dj Dez, Matt Clarke, Dj Rec, Frank Raines, Brad Hales, Crate Digga, Eastside Jon, Erno the Inferno, Walter Glasshouse, Ranking Gimp, Moppy, Jefferson, Jin Son, l Wonder, Rex Bravo, K@dog, ian Lukacs, Brian Borsa, Darren Long, Covered in Cookies, Kwo, Flaquito Hernandez, Dj Soul Power, Stica, DJ 100% Halal Meat, The Movers and Glasfabrik.

This year's painters include Fel 3000, Ron Zakrin, Phyber, Seks, Tead Nasty, RAWR, Sydney James
ARMY, Kobie Solomon, Frances AlbatrossSteve AllenAlyssa TrimmerTravis SafaroGeoff SimmonsPauly Everett, Stephen WellsMatt HutfloetzDoug JonesDylan Wallace,  and Nicole Grubbs.

The weekend will also feature over 50 vendors selling everything from flowers to tee shirts. The main event runs from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Sunday. There are also after parties both nights. Tickets range from $15 a day to $25 for a weekend pass, to find out more about the after parties and tickets click here.


~S

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Win Tickets to See Mothers at El Club

This weekend Anthens based Mothers will be making their way to Detroit. The band is currently on tour hitting up some festivals and doing a few Midwest dates before they head over to the UK and Europe. Then, this fall, they will be heading out on tour with Band of Skulls. All of this touring is in support of their latest album When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired. The album was released earlier this year and the band is releasing a deluxe version of it at the end of July, which will feature 4 bonus tracks. Check out one of those songs, "Easy As Possible", below.


Mothers will be hitting the stage at El Club in Detroit this Sunday, July 24th. Joining them for the evening are Swear Beam and Stef. Tickets are $10 in advance here or $12 at the door. This is another great show brought to you by Party Store Productions! Thanks to Virginia at PSP, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter to win those tickets, please send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with Mothers in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 9 p.m. on Sunday. El Club is located at 4114 W. Vernor Highway in Detroit.


~C

Labatt Blue Brings First-Ever Undomesticated Summer Games to Detroit’s Belle Isle

This Saturday, July 23rd 450 people from across Michigan will be competing for a chance to become team legend at the Labatt Undomesticated Games. There will be five different events that participants will be competing in. First, there is human bowling where participants will turn themselves into a human bowling bowl and hurl themselves at the pins to see how many they can knock down. Next, there is an over sized slingshot where teams will take aim at a variety of targets using a human sized slingshot. The day will also feature Keg o War where teams will have to move four large full kegs to the finish line using only their strength and wit.
All of the teams will have six participants, including two females per team. The games will take place at Belle Isle at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. this Saturday. Fans are welcome to come out to "watch the games, enjoy music, backyard games, food, prizes and ice cold Labatt Blue throughout the day". Detroit is one of the five cities that was chosen to host a undomesticated summer games event.


~S 

TONIGHT! Come One Come All to a Beautiful Show

In 2014 Detroit singer/songwriter Britney Stoney was named a Kresge award winner. In 2015 she debuted a musical that she wrote and produced during her fellowship called Save Yourself, the Musical. The show was well received by audiences which inspired Britney to find a way to perform it again for a wider audience.

Britney has teamed up with a group of hand picked Detroit artists to put on a FREE live performance of the show in Grand Circus Park tonight at 7:30 p.m. sharp. The musical "looks into one creative person’s journey to discover the “Self.” Combining audio and visual, the audience explores the perspective of an emerging artist". The event is kid friendly and all are welcome to attend.


~S

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Win Tickets to Undesirable People's 7" Release Show and a Copy of the New Album

This Saturday, July 23rd Undesirable People will be releasing a new 7" album at The Sanctuary in Detroit. The album is being released on Head2Wall Records, you'll be able to check it out here. The band is about to head out on a mini tour in support of the new album, with stops in Saginaw, Toronto, Chicago, and Detroit will be in the middle of it all. To get a feel for Undesirable People's sound, check out their new music video for the song "All We Want Is A Proper Burial" below. The video was directed by our friend Raymond Rivard, who has also done videos for Wilson and is the guy behind those Blake's Hard Cider videos that we all love so much.


Although this is a release show for Undesirable People, it's the last show that the band will be playing in the area for awhile. Joining them for the evening are Destroy This PlaceTypesetter, The Cardboard Swords and Bong Mountain. Cover is $10 at the door, which will also get you a copy of the 7". If you don't want the new album (for some crazy reason), it will only cost you $8. But get the album. We're sure you'll love it.

Another way you can get in the door and get the album for free is by emailing us at hipindetroit@gmail.com! Thanks to the guys in Undesirable People, we are giving away a pair of tickets to the show and once you're in the door you can stop by the merch booth to pick up your record. If you'd like to enter, just send your name to the email address above with UP in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

All ages are welcome to attend this show. The Sanctuary is located at 1501 E. Outer Drive in Detroit. For more details, click here.


~C

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Celebrate Two Years At The Wright and Company Anniversary Party

If you're looking for a great place to take a date for an extra special night of good food and good drinks, look no further than the Wright & Company two year anniversary party this Thursday, July 21st. Wright & Company is hosting a very special dinner in celebration of their anniversary. The meal is open to ticket holders only and will include a variety of passed appetizers and wine. The menu for the night includes crisp gulf shrimp, sweet soy Thai chili sause, micro cilantro sriracha chicken skewers, Chinese mustard, fresh scallions, pork belly sliders, tomato jam, arugula, brioche roll, paella arancini, shakshaku sauce, saffron aioli, chives, brutta crostini, heirloom tomatoes, basil pesto, Parmesan Maine crab toast, gremolata aiolo, pickled melons. micro basil roasted beets, cucumbers, spiced yogurt, candied walnuts and a plated appetizer that features potato chips, white cheddar, marinated tomatoes and smoked bacon. A variety of all the great things that Wright and Company has to offer.
Photo Credit: @ashieldsphoto
Tickets to attend the party are $35 and can be purchased in advance here. The event runs from 4 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. This would be a great place to take a date or a foodie. Cheers to two years Wright & Company, we hope you have many many more!



~S