Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Win Tickets to Imminent Sonic Destruction's Album Release Party

Detroit prog metal rockers Imminent Sonic Destruction are celebrating the release of their concept album TRIUMPHIA by playing it from start to finish. Their new album tells the story of a man and a woman overcoming all obstacles to find each other and create a new life. They recently released a new music video for the single called "Fog", check it out to get a taste of the new album.

Head up to The Loving Touch this Thursday to celebrate the release and pick up your copy of the band's latest music. They will be performing alongside Dead in 5, Entransient and The Eighth Passenger. Tickets for the show are $10 in advance and they can be purchased here. Or, you can enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your full name to with the subject line #ISD. We will draw one lucky winner this Thursday and will let them know how to claim their prize.


Win Tickets to the Sheefy McFly Album Release Party

Many of us know Sheefy McFly as a visual artist and hip hop battle host, but after his album release this Friday, September 2nd he will also be known as a hip hop artist and beat maker. He has invited some of his friends to help him release his new album at Marble Bar. This includes Shigeto, Clyde Moop, Black Bass and Eastside Jon.

Tickets to get in to the show are $3 before Midnight and $10 after. Ladies are free until 10 p.m. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions.  If you would like to attend the show for free with a friend please email your full name to with the subject line #mcfly. We will draw one lucky winner one Friday and will make sure that they have a great time on Friday night! 


Win Tickets to See Andy Stott at El Club

This Friday night, Andy Stott will be making his way to El Club in Detroit. The Manchester based producer is getting ready to release his fifth full length this November. The album, entitled Faith in Strangers, will be released by Modern Love, the label that Stott has stuck with since the beginning. Check out the song "Violence" off that new album below.

Andy Stott will be joined in Detroit by fellow Modern Love artists Demdike Stare, as well as Nate Young Regression and The Grim Rider. Tickets for the show are $20 in advance and can be purchased here. Thanks to Party Store Productions, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter to win, just send your name to with Stott in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner Friday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free. 

Doors are set to open at 5 p.m. on Friday, with the show starting at 9. Make sure you head out early to check out this amazing venue and grab some great pizza before the show! All ages are welcome to attend and enter the ticket giveaway. For more info on this show, click here


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: Win Tickets to See Mac Sabbath at The Magic Stick

This Wednesday, August 31st you can head to DTE to see Black Sabbath or you can make your way to The Magic Stick to see the real metal gods in Mac Sabbath! Fronted by Ronald Osbourne and backed by Slayer MacCheeze on guitar, Grimalice on bass and the Catburglar on drums, this band sings songs that sound oddly similar to those by the great Black Sabbath. The only difference is the in the lyrics. Instead of singing about Iron Man they sing about a Frying Pan, Quarter Pounders, and more, making them the kings of "Drive Thru Metal". Check them out for yourself below.

Mac Sabbath's show will be one of the first return shows for The Magic Stick, after it's short lived transformation to Populux. Joining them on stage is Clownvis Presley, whose name explains it all, and ellyeahdehd. Tickets for the show are only $15 and can be purchased in advance here. If you happen to be going to see Black Sabbath out at DTE, you can swing by this show afterwards, show your ticket stub and get in the door for free.

You can also get in for free if you win a pair of tickets from us! Thanks to Black Iris Booking we are giving away one pair of tickets to this awesome show. If you would like to enter to win tickets, please send your name to with Hamburger 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 and doors are set to open at 8 p.m.


Win Tickets to See Sleigh Bells and Tunde Olaniran at El Club

New York based duo Sleigh Bells is gearing up to release a new album called Jessica Rabbit on November 11th. They have recently released two singles off the album and are currently touring the country in anticipation of the album's release. They will be making a stop in Detroit this Thursday, September 1st at El Club and one of my all time favorite artists, Mr. Tunde Olaniran himself will be opening the show.
Years ago, catching Tunde playing around Metro Detroit was easy, but these days he is also on tour crossing the US. So, when he comes home you have to head out and see the show. This back to back lineup is epic and the kind of thing that only Party Store Productions could bring to Detroit. 

Tickets to get into the show will likely sell out in advance. For now, tickets are available for $25 if you click here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of PSP. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to see this back to back bad ass lineup on one of the best sound systems in the city, please email your full name to with Sleigh Bells in the subject. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and will email that person details on how to claim their prize. 


Monday, August 29, 2016

Let Go and Just Enjoy With DUO Detroit

One of the hardest parts about going out for dinner is choosing where to go. Which is followed up by the difficult task of choosing what you want to eat once you get there. I have always had a hard time deciding what I want to eat at a restaurant, so I try to get my dining mates to team up and order with me so we can all try a few things off the menu. I like variety, which is why I have recently fallen in love with places like Katoi and The Peteroboro, where it's easy to order a few things off the menu and share them between the group. I also recently tried a new type of dining called Omakase, where all the deciding is done for you and I absolutely loved it.

Last month I was lucky enough to attend a DUO Detroit dinner. This pop up one night only event featured a 10+ course meal was served over four hours. The chef created a one of a kind experience that required nothing but an open mind. Instead of worrying about where to go and what I was going to eat, I sat back and enjoyed the ride.

Each month the location of the dinner changes. For this meal we gathered inside The Holding House, a new event space and art gallery in Detroit. DUO took the raw space of the gallery and converted it into a fine dining establishment for the night. Then, over the next four hours we were taken on a journey. The courses were labeled as follows: snacks, slice, south, summer, surprising, cruciferous, 2014, herbaceous, central, floral, citrus, sweet and rich. Each course was served alone on a plate and explained to us in detail before we tried it.

I ate caviar for the first time, found out that I love grapefruit when you pair it with a good cheese, and tried hibiscus sorbet! It was a roller coaster ride for my taste buds and I loved each and every dish more than the next. I found myself enjoying good conversation and a few bites of a new food every 10 minutes, which meant that I left full, but not overstuffed. The experience of letting go and going on a ride with the chef was wonderful.
Throughout the night, we talked, we ate, we laughed and we truly enjoyed ourselves. I highly suggest taking a date and trying this for yourself if you are lucky enough to get seat at the next one, or even the one after that. Duo only lets 50 people into each meal and these dinners sell out really fast. You need to follow them on Facebook and make sure to buy tickets the second they are released. All you need to do after you buy the tickets is show up and enjoy! 
The next DUO dinner will be served on September 17th. This one will be extra special because it will feature four chefs instead of one. The team that will be cooking this meal will also be going to the culinary Olympics together. Tickets are normally around $50 a person, but for this dinner they will be $100 as it is a fundraiser for the Olympics. Plus, four different chefs will be cooking which means there will be more courses and more variety throughout the meal. If you miss that one, don't miss the next one in November! 


Win a Pair of Tickets to See Elvis Depressedly at El Club

This Wednesday, August 31st Party Store Productions will be bringing Elvis Depressedly, Teen Suicide, and Nicole Dollanganger to the stage at El Club. Elvis Depressedly recently released their fourth album Holo Pleasures, you can check that out here. Tickets to get into the show are only $12 at the door and they can be purchased here.

We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of PSP. If you would like to enter to win a pair to attend the show for FREE with a friend, please email your full name to with the subject line #elvis. We will draw one lucky winner this Wednesday and will email them details on how to claim their prize. Don't forget, El Club is ALL AGES ALL THE TIME.


Friday, August 26, 2016

Help Crown the Burger Brawl Champion!

This Saturday, some of the best restaurants in Detroit and the surrounding area will battle it out to see who makes the best burger. About 20 restaurants will gather at Fairway Packing to participate in the Detroit Burger Brawl. The list of restaurants participating includes TOWNHOUSE DetroitFirebird TavernBrome Burgers & ShakesRed CrownRock City EateryAle Mary's Beer Hall Royal OakFirehouse Pub and GrillFireKeepers CasinoRusted Crow DetroitThe Clawson Steakhouse, Fresh Planet and Big Boy. Attendees of the event will stroll around and sample the burgers and then cast their vote on whose burger is the best. The top 4 vote getters will then serve their burger up to a panel of celebrity judges who will then choose the winner. Chef Kate Williams from Chow Down Detroit, Serena Daniels from Detroit Metro Times, Sue Sulasky from Detroit Free Press & Bryan Barnhill from the Mayor's Office will be judging the burgers and the event will be hosted by Ken Daniels, the voice of Detroit Red Wing hockey.

If you would like to try some of the best burgers in Detroit and help crown the winner, you can purchase your tickets here. Advance tickets are $25, which will get you into the event and will also get you all of the burgers you can eat! In addition to the burgers, there will also be family friendly activities taking place throughout the day.

This is all happening on the street outside Fairway Packing, which is located at 1313 Erskine St. in Detroit's Eastern Market. Erskine will be closed down between Russell and Rivard, allowing attendees to stroll through the street freely. The event is set to kick off at 9:30 a.m., voting will take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Then, things will be turned over to the judges and it will all wrap up at 6 p.m. For more information on this deliciously fun event and to purchase your tickets, head over to


Food, Drinks and The Infatuations at Detroit Summer Fest

Summer as we know it may be winding down, but there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy these hot summer nights! This weekend at Capitol Park you can do just that! Throughout the summer Capitol Park has been hosting themed events like Tacos & Tequila and Bourbon, Brews & BBQ. This time around it's Summer Fest.

Detroit Summer Fest will take place this Saturday, August 27th at Capitol Park. The event will feature live music from Detroit's own The Infatuations, great food, and tasty beverages. Tickets to the event are only $15, which will not only get you in the gate, but also entitles you to 3 drink samples and food samples from a bunch of great Detroit area restaurants. Some of the restaurants participating in this event are Atwater, Grand Trunk Pub, Bookies and Lockhart's BBQ. If you want to purchase more adult beverages while you're at the event, 4 more samples will only cost you $5. There will be craft beers, cocktails and even hard ciders available on site.

If you would like to purchase tickets to Summer Fest, you can pick them up online here. If you wait to pay at the park, admission will be $20 cash or $20.60 on your card. 100% if the proceeds from this event go to the Detroit 300 Conservancy, which helps upkeep parks in Detroit. The party is set to kick off at 7 p.m. and 21+ are welcome to attend. For more info on this event and for a full list of vendors that are participating, click here.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Art, Music, Beer and More at the 5th Annual Hazel Park Fine Art Fair

This weekend the 5th Annual Hazel Park Fine Art Fair will take place in Green Acres Park. The event will feature over 80 artists, live music, food and drinks. This is a non-profit fair that is free to the public, offers free or low cost booths for the artists, and pays their musicians. This is all accomplished through sponsorship and donations. The goal of the fair is not only to put on a great event, but to also help enrich the community.

The Art Fair will take place this Saturday and Sunday, August 27th and 28th. The event will take place from 10 a.m. 'til 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday. The live music will kick off at at 10 a.m. each day and the schedule is as follows:

10 am - Emily Infinity
11 am - Michigan Basement
12 pm - Matt Dmits 
1 pm - Audra Kubat
2 pm - Damon Terrell 
3 pm - Telephon9 
4 pm - Penniless Punk
5 pm - Wayobaba
6 pm - Luckouts
7 pm - Go Tiger Go 
8 pm - Spaceband

10 am - Tai Chi
11 pm - Grosse Pointe Lake Shore Chorus
12 pm - Mike Galbraith
1 pm - Random Facts
2 pm - Julie Haven
3 pm - Madigan's Attic
4 pm - Landmarks
5 pm - Lucy's Brown Seville
6 pm - Blackmail

Food and drinks will be available on site and there will even be a beer tent. In addition to all of this there will be games, a children's art tent, and even a big wheel you can spin to win great prizes. This will be a fun day for all whether you come for the art or for the entertainment! To see some of the art that will be available at this year's fair, make sure you head over and give the Hazel Park Fine Art Fair a like on Facebook here.

Green Acres Park is located at 620 W. Woodward Heights in Hazel Park. For directions and more information, click here.


Win Tickets to Blackout BBQ Unplugged

For the past two summers Black Iris Booking has been bringing some of the best names in the scene together for a day of music and BBQ at the Majestic Complex. Well this year Blackout BBQ is headed to a different venue and changing things up a bit. We all know that Zeke's Rock & Roll BBQ has some of the best barbecue in town. So why not bring the party to them? That's exactly what BIB plans to do.

This Sunday, August 28th Black Iris Booking will be holding their annual Blackout BBQ at Zeke's. Since the venue is a bit smaller than the Majestic Complex, so is he bill. The bookers decided to have an "unplugged" BBQ this year and will be bringing Kevin Seconds, Steve Soto and John Speck to the stage. You probably know Kevin Seconds from the hardcore punk band 7Seconds and Steve Soto from Agent Orange and The Adolescents. And if you don't know John Speck's name by now, you should. He's been in bands like The Fags, Hifi Handgrenades, and he's been playing solo for quite a while. These three guys are going to calm things down a bit, grab their acoustic guitars, and play some of their tunes in a slightly more mellow way than you're used to. They will also be sharing stories from throughout their careers and lives. It should be an amazing night and an intimate experience that you won't want to miss!

Tickets for Blackout BBQ Unplugged are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the show. You can pick your tickets up online here. Thanks to the lovely ladies at Black Iris Booking, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this awesome show. If you would like to enter to win these tickets, please send your full name to with BBQ in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and they will get in with a friend for free.

Good luck!


Win Tickets to See Thank You Scientist at The Pike Room

New Jersey based Thank You Scientist are currently out on tour in support of their latest album Stranger Heads Prevail. The album was released back in July on Evil Ink Records and is the second full length studio album from the band. You can hear some songs from the new record here. For more info on the album, check out this informative video from the band.

While on tour, TYS is not only hitting stages and wowing fans across the country, but they are also giving music lessons. This is something we've definitely never heard of another band doing before, but is an awesome opportunity for their fans. If you love Thank You Scientist so much that you want to jam with them and learn their skills, all you have to do is head over to their Big Cartel here and sign up for a lesson in your town. Lessons are $50 for everything except vocal lessons, which are $25. If you don't have time to set up a lesson while the band is in town, you can also arrange for a Skype lesson. 

If you're a big fan of the band, but you'd rather just see them play music and not have them teach you how to play music, then you will want to head to The Pike Room in Pontiac this weekend! On Sunday, August 28th TYS will be hitting the stage along with Narco Debut and Young Pioneer. Tickets for the show are only $10 and can be purchased in advance fee free through Fusion Shows here.

Thanks to the fine folks at Fusion Shows, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter to win tickets, just send your name to with Scientist in the subject line.

All ages are welcome to attend this show and doors are set to open at 7 p.m.


Calling All Freaks!

Do you have affinity towards all things dark and twisted? Do you live for the fall and enjoy celebrating Halloween more than Christmas? If you find yourself attracted to all things evil and are looking for something fun and interesting to do for work this fall, you should consider auditioning for Erebus Haunted House in Pontiac! 

The famous Erebus is well known throughout the country as being the premiere place to get spooked. I personally wouldn't set my foot in the door if you paid me because I am a huge wuss, but I have heard that it is scarier than I can imagine.

If you would like to pull back the curtain and become part of the spookiest team on earth, head up to Pontiac this Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to audition to be part of the team. Erebus is located at 18 South Perry Street. You must be 18 or older and have reliable transportation to apply. Costumes and makeup aren't required to try out, but are encouraged!

To learn more about Erebus visit their website here. The first haunting will take place on September 23rd this year!


Win Tickets to See Lord Dying with Child Bite and More!!!

Detroit's own Child Bite is currently on tour with metal mega gods Lord Dying, Black Fast and Joel Grind. The "In Sight of Days Sinking Tour" kicked off in Portland on the 19th of August and it will be making a stop in Detroit this Saturday, August 27th before continuing across the rest of the U.S. thru the end of September.

You can check out the latest tunes from Lord Dying here and the latest from Child Bite here. You can also get your full on metal fix this Saturday by attending the show. Tickets to attend the show are only $10 in advance and $12 at the door. All ages are welcome to attend and the venue will open its doors for pre-drinking and hangs at 5 p.m. on Saturday.  Don't forget, they also have some pretty decent food! 

We also have a pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of one of the best booking houses in town, Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show please email your full name to with the subject line #lorddying. We will draw one lucky winner this Saturday and will email that person details on how to claim their prize.  


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rock City Closes One Door and Opens Another

Rock City Eatery opened the doors of its Hamtramck location in 2013. The kitchen inside that space is small, but owner and chef Nikita Sanches proved you can make big things happen in a small space. His cooking made downtown Hamtramck a destination spot. It will be sad to see the restaurant close the doors of their first location, but they are moving on to bigger and better kitchens in the heart of Detroit.

This Saturday, August 27th will be the last day the doors will be open at the Hamtramck location. This is your last time to visit the space and your last time to get your fill of Sanches' food before the grand opening of the new space on September 8th. The last dinner in Hamtramck will be served from 3 p.m. 'til 11 p.m. this Saturday, the last drink will be served before Midnight, the doors of the space will close at Midnight sharp. We will fill you in on details of the new space's grand opening as they come up, but for now, make sure to get  Rock City before this Saturday to say your goodbyes!


Spend an Evening with The Edgar Winter Band

This Friday, August 26th Party Store Productions is inviting you to spend an evening withThe Edgar Winter Band at El Club Detroit. Keyboardist, guitarist, saxophonist and percussionist Edgar Winter has been making music since the '60s. He has recorded almost 20 albums and toured the world. His music has been featured in a variety of ways, in all sorts of shows and movies, including Netherworld, Air America, My Cousin Vinny, Encino Man, Son In Law, What's Love Got To Do With It, Wayne's World 2, Starkid, Wag the Dog, Knockabout Guys, Duets, Radio, The Simpsons, Queer as Folk, and Tupac Resurrection. His live shows consistently receive positive reviews and he is a living legend.

If you would like to see the legend live and in person you can catch him at El Club this Friday. Tickets for the show are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. The show starts at 8 p.m. and all ages are welcome to attend. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show, please email your full name to with the subject line #EW. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and will email that person details on how to claim their prize.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Win a Pair of Tickets to See Danny Kroha at El Club

You may not know the name Danny Kroha, but I bet you have heard of The Gories. Danny was a major player in the legendary band before moving on to a successful solo career. He is part of the Third Man Records family, they released his only solo album to date, called Angels Watching Over Me, last year. The self titled single can be heard in this cool video we found of Danny playing in Paris last year.

His music has taken him all over the world, but he will be returning home this Thursday, August 25th to play El Club alongside Craig Brown Band and Ohtis. Tickets to get in to the show are only $5 in advance, but they will be $10 the day of the show. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to attend for free courtesy of Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show, please email your full name to with the subject #DK. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday and they will get into the show for FREE with a friend. Doors for this one open early at 5 p.m.! 


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Win Tickets to See Radkey at El Club

Radkey is a three piece punk band from the Midwest. Brothers Dee, Isaiah, and Solomon Radke said that they had nothing to do growing up so they listened to their father's records and learned how to play music. They have a traditional punk sound with their own twist. You can get a feel for their sound by watching their latest music video for the song "Glore".

If you liked what you heard you can check out more of the band's music here. Or, you can catch them live this Wednesday, August 24th at El Club. Party Store Productions is bringing the brothers to the stage here in Detroit alongside Hoss Burley and The Messenger BirdsTickets to get into the show are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the show. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions (have you seen their new website yet?) .  If you would like to enter to win  a pair of tickets to the show, please email your full name to with the subject line #radkey. We will draw one lucky name this Wednesday morning and will email the winner details on how to claim their prize.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Meet Music Legend Martha Reeves This Weekend!

"Nowhere to Run", "(Love is Like a) Heat Wave", and "Dancing in the Streets" are just a few of the mega hits that were put out by the amazing trio Martha & The Vandellas back in the '60s. Headed by Ms. Martha Reeves, this group quickly became a Motown legend. Their songs are quintessential to the Motown movement and have become some of the most well known songs in American music.

This weekend you have a chance to meet a legend and the leading lady behind Martha & The Vandellas, Martha Reeves. She will be at Found Sound in Ferndale, sharing stories from throughout her lifetime in music. This lady has had a remarkable career, first with the Vandellas and then on her own. She undoubtedly will have some amazing stories to tell about Detroit, Motown, and music in general. This is a do not miss event!

Ms. Reeves will be speaking at Found Sound in Ferndale from 3-5 p.m. this Sunday, August 21st. Admission is free, but seating is limited. So make sure you get there early! There will also be a Q&A session and autograph signings. Ms. Reeves will sign 2 items from each person, but one of those items must be her latest release, Home To You, which will be available for purchase on site.

Opportunities like this don't come around often! Don't miss this chance to meet a living legend and hear amazing stories about Motown right from someone that lived through it all!   


Win Tickets to Get Dirty at The DirtyBird BBQ on Belle Isle

Next Saturday and Sunday, August 27th and 28th The Dirtybird BBQ will be taking over Belle Isle in Detroit. The Dirtybird festival originated in San Francisco over 10 years ago and has perfected its
brand to bring you the best party around. They have teamed up with local event production company Paxahau to bring a huge lineup to the isle. Friday night's event will feature performances by Claude VonStroke (New Music Set), J.Phlip, Christian Martin vs Worthy, Will Clarke, Golf Clap and Dateless. Saturday night will feature sets by Claude VonStroke (History of Dirtybird Set), Justin Martin, Shiba San,  Kill Frenzy, Ardalan and Marshall Applewhite.

One day passes are $35 a piece and two day passes are $65 to $75 a piece. You can also add all you can eat BBQ for $20 a day! The BBQ will be provided by Detroit's own Slows, so $20 for all you can eat is more than a deal! The weekend will also feature best in show contests and tons of carnival games. 18 + are welcome to attend this one.

We also have one pair of 2 day passes to give away to one lucky winner. If you would like to get weird on Belle Isle for FREE, please email your full name to with the subject line #dirtybirdbbq. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday and will email that winner details on how to claim their prize!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Help Save Hamtramck Disneyland

In 1992, a Ukranian immigrant named Dmytro Szylak started a project. He began collecting and creating pieces that he arranged above his home, garage and throughout his yard. He started so he had something to do during retirement and then continued it for years. The "collage" includes pictures of Elvis and other pop culture stars, year-round Christmas lights, wooden soldiers, American flags, and more and it's called Hamtramck Disneyland.

The art installation has become a staple in Hamtramck and people flock to the town to see it. Dmytro and his creation have even been the topic of a couple of documentaries over the years. Sadly, last year Dmytro passed away and the future of his home and Hamtramck Disneyland became uncertain. The home went up for sale almost a year after Mr. Szylak passed and luckily a group that intends to preserve and maintain his work was able to purchase the property.
Hatch Art is the new owner of Hamtramck Disneyland. Hatch has been running a community art space and gallery in Hamtramck since 2012. Now they plan to also make Hamtramck Disneyland part of their work. They intend to upkeep the property maintain Szylak's vision for years to come. They will bring in art residents to work on adding to the display as pieces deteriorate, while continuing to keep the installation lively. However, in order to do all of this, they need your help!

Hatch currently is trying to raise $50,000 to help ensure the future of Hamtramck Disneyland. The crowd funding campaign is currently in its final days on Patronicity and they still have quite a ways to go. What makes this goal even more important to reach is that once they raise the $50k, it will be met by a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan State Development Authority.

To help reach this goal by the end date of August 20th, Small's in Hamtramck is putting on a benefit show this Thursday, August 18thJames Linck, Go Tiger Go and Rayning will be hitting the stage at Small's and all proceeds will go towards Hamtramck Disneyland. They are asking for a donation of $10 at the door and 18+ are welcome. If you can't quite afford $10, get there between 8 and 9 and just pay what you can. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and the show will start at 9. This already sounds like it would be a great show, but add the fact that you'll be helping preserve this landmark and it makes it sound even better!

If you can't make it to Small's on Thursday, you can always donate via Patronicity any time between now and 11:45 p.m. on August 20th. With your donation you can get anything from a postcard to a shirt in return, depending on how much you give. For a list of gifts and more background on Hamtramck Disneyland and Hatch Art, click here.


Win Tickets to See Nigel & The Dropout with Ancient Language and Earth Engine

This Saturday you won't want to miss Nigel & The Dropout at Marble Bar! We already planned on telling you that you should go see this awesome show because it's the first time the band is playing at this venue. But, now we found out there is an even bigger reason that you won't want to miss this show. This is going to be Nigel & The Dropout's last show for a while, at least for the rest of 2016!

Over the past year this duo has become one of the most popular bands in Detroit's music scene. Last year they released a full length Folderal. Then, earlier this year they collaborated with Passalacqua on a track called "Rearrange". We highly suggest that you head over and check out all of their releases on their bandcamp here. Then head out and see them at Marble Bar this weekend!

Saturday night Nigel & The Dropout will be joined by Earth Engine and Ancient Language. In case you haven't heard, Ancient Language now plays with a full band, with the addition of guitar, saxaphone and keys played by Matt Hoffman and Matt Beyers. It is a completely different experience than the Ancient Language that you're used to and even more awesome! Admission to see these three great acts is only $5 and 18+ are welcome.

We are also getting some people in to this amazing show for free! We are giving away 3 pairs of tickets to this show to 3 lucky readers. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets, please send your name to with N&D in the subject line. We will draw our winners on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 9 p.m. on Saturday night. Marble Bar is located at 1501 Holden St. in Detroit.


Win Tickets to See Holy White Hounds at The Loving Touch

The Holy White Hounds are currently making their way across the states on the Make America Wet Again Tour. They released their first full length album Sparkle Sparkle this past May and their single "Blind" went to the top of the alternative charts. The band has been playing together since 2005, but they didn't get much attention form the mainstream media until 2014. They are a seasoned touring act that knows how to put on a live show and Crofoot Productions is bringing the boys to the stage of The Loving Touch this Monday, August 22nd

Tickets to get into the show are $10 and they can be purchased in advance here. Or, you can enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your full name to with the subject line #HWH. We will draw one winner Monday morning and email that person details on how to claim their tickets. 

Doors for the show open at 8 p.m. on Monday and George Morris & The Gypsy Chorus will be opening the show!


Michigan Science Center After Dark: Made In Detroit Night

This Thursday night, the Michigan Science Center has an event that's just for the adults and it's celebrating all things in Detroit. They are hosting their final After Dark event of the summer and this time the theme is Made In Detroit.

Thursday, August 18th from 6-9 p.m. the Science Center will be filled with Detroit made products. Not only will you get to try them for yourself, but you'll also learn the science behind how they're made. Some of the companies involved in the event are Detroit City DistilleryMcClure's PicklesSit On It DetroitThe Mean WeenieMcclary Bros.Grand Trunk PubThe Natural MarketThe SMILE BRANDEpyon Royal and Sandy's Land Entertainment, who will be doing face painting throughout the evening. Joe Shubert will also be on site sampling his award winning drink; The Detroit. Speaking of drink samples, you will be able to try sample from Detroit City Distillery and Mcclary Brothers will be serving up some their drinking vinegars. Some of the flavors they will have available include MI Cranberry, MI Apple Pie, MI Beet & Carrot, MI Saskatoon, Detroit Fig Leaf, Lemon & Ginger, Pineapple & Fennel Seed and they will also be serving up a mule using Our/Detroit Vodka, their MI Cranberry drinking vinegar, and ginger beer or lemonade. And if you want a snack to go with all of those drinks, Grand Trunk Pub will be sampling their Rock N Rye Pulled Pork sliders.

After Dark: Made In Detroit is only open to those 21+. Tickets for the event are $15 and can be purchased in advance here. In addition to the samples, there will also be a cash bar on site. This is a great opportunity to experience the Science Center in a different light!

The Michigan Science Center is located at 5020 John R. in Detroit. For more info on the event, head over to the Facebook event page here.


Win Tickets to See X at El Club

In the late '70s, thru the '80s, and even into the '90s the band X was making music and hitting stages. During that time they released 7 studio albums and became a staple in the punk rock scene. The band changed lineups and altered their sound throughout the years, but it all started in 1977 with Exene CervenkaJohn DoeBilly Zoom and D. J. Bonebrake. This week you have a chance to see this lineup once again!

X is currently out on the road playing shows up the East Coast and throughout the Midwest with the original lineup. Out of all of those dates, Detroit is the only city that is getting two shows! That's right, X is playing Detroit not one night, but two nights this weekend! First, they will be hitting the stage on Saturday, August 20th at El Club, where they will be playing their album Los Angeles and more songs from throughout their career. That night they will be joined by John Speck and Dead Rock West. Then, on Sunday, August 21st they will once again be at El Club to perform Wild Gift and more. Dead Rock West will be joining them on the bill again that night and so are and Timmy's Organism. These will be two legendary shows that you won't want to miss!

Tickets for each of the shows are $35 in advance or $40 the night of the show. There is a VERY good possibility that both of these shows will sell out. There were two night passes available, but those are already sold out. To purchase tickets to Saturday's show, click here. For Sunday night, click here. All ages are welcome to attend and doors are set to open at 8 p.m. both nights.

Party Store Productions is the amazing company bringing X to town and lucky for you, PSP is also letting us give away a pair of tickets to each of these shows! If you would like to enter to win, just send your name over to If you're entering for Saturday's show, put X-Saturday in the subject line. If you want to win tickets to Sunday's show, put X-Sunday in the subject line. We will draw our winners for both shows on Saturday morning and will send the winners details on how to claim their prize!

These are two shows that you won't want to miss! So get your name in the hat now or head over and buy your tickets online here!


Don't Miss ALSTOCK 4!

This Saturday, August 20th ALSTOCK is bringing together one of the most solid gatherings of Detroit artists that we have seen in quite awhile. The lineup for the day includes Little Animal, Jaws that Bite, Ancient Language, JP from the HP, Greater Alexander, Detroit Cydi, Britney StoneyJames Linck, White Bee, Barter Boyz, Greg Joslin, Mic Phelps and the Plug, Mister, Mega Powers, Dante Lasalle, Cousin Mouth and Trick Trick. The fest has become a Detroit underground legend and those in the know don't miss it. It's only $20 to get in the door, this includes food from Detroit Oink Catering, drinks and hospitality. The show runs from 2 p.m. - 12 a.m. and the location of the fest won't be announced until the day before the show. If you want to stay in the loop, you have to follow the Facebook feed here.

We asked Allan a few questions about the beginning of the fest and its evolution. Check out what he had to say and check back on Friday to get the rest of the deets on the party.

HID- When did you start ALSTOCK? Why?
AC- "This is the 4th annual Alstock extravaganza. The very first party in 2013 came as result of forgetfulness.

In December of 2012 I had a little get together in my basement. Although not the culmination, but certainly a catalyst for the #CoOwnaz, the lineup consisted of Gino The Ghost, Eddie Logix (who brought along Doc Waffles) and Passalacqua. It was without a doubt, a great time.

Cleaning up after that night I found a couple of extra mics that didn’t belong to me. So I messaged the two groups that weren’t my cousin and realized that they were Brent’s from Passalacqua. So I invited him to stop by. I had just got this old table in my back room so we sat back there because it was bright with natural light. We started clouding the air so we could see the light beams better and he started telling me about this festival that he had tried to put on before, but how it would be perfect in my backyard.

It was really Brent’s vision (he came up with the name too, not me. I’m not that narcissistic.) at first, but he convinced Bryan and I, and then the whole team came together and we created a magical night that has been the inspiration ever since."

HID- Who has played in previous years?
AC- "First off I would like to highlight the bands/performers that have been on EVERY Alstock thus far: BRITNEY STONEY; DOC WAFFLES; JAMES LINCK; MISTER; EDDIE LOGIX AND MIC PHELPS. (JP FROM THE HP would have been on that list, but Dan forgot the cymbals one year.)


HID- How do bands get chosen to be on the lineup?
AC- "Each year it’s been a little different. I ask a few select people who they would like to see, but it’s usually just a bunch of my friends that are doing cool things at the time."

HID- Where will you be hosting this year's event?

AC- "Now that I don’t have the event in my backyard, I like to keep it a secret until the day before. I will tell you that it is in Detroit and that I am really excited about this space. Both the main and DJ stages will be outdoors, but in the event of rain, there is a full indoor venue space ready to go."

HID- How do you get the sound system and all the stuff you need for the show?
AC- "I have a great friend that is a partner at 100 Percent Entertainment. Chis has been taking care of me and my events ever since the very first."

HID- Can you please explain what #CoOwnaz is?

AC- "#CoOwnaz is a family of like-minded individuals who support each other’s creative endeavors."

HID- Will there be vendors?
AC- "Over The Moon Clothing; Snowbunnie Sweeds; Detroit Dab City"

HID- What artist are you most excited about this year?
AC- "I am really excited about all of them. I set the lineup the other day and can really say that with the mix of different musicians that are taking the stage it really is going to blend well. Come early and stay late because you won’t want to miss anything."


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Dirt Fest Moves to Pontiac and Takes Over the Town

This year the organizers behind Dirt Fest announced that they would be moving the annual music festival from its home in Birch Run to Pontiac. Fans reacted with mixed emotions, some excited that the fest would be closer to their home, others skeptical about how the event would be in a different location. But, now that Dirt Fest 2016 has come and gone, everyone that attended can agree that it was awesome!

For those that don't know, Dirt Fest was started about 20 years ago by a couple of guys that decided to have some bands play in a park pavilion in Birch Run, Michigan. Flash forward to 2016. The festival brought out big names like Asking Alexandria and Killswitch Engage, who played alongside numerous local acts. We recently talked to Dirt Fest co-founder Matt Dalton about the fest and its origins on our podcast. You can check that out here.
We must admit, at first we too were unsure how we felt about Dirt Fest packing up and moving locations. It was always fun to load up the car, head about an hour north, and spend the day in a parking lot in Birch Run. At the same time, we were super stoked that this festival would be closer to home and that more Metro Detroiters would have the opportunity to check it out.

As soon as we approached the gates at this year's fest, we were blown away! This year the Dalton Brothers and Dirt Fest family joined forces with The Crofoot in Pontiac and made the parking lot across from the venue their festival grounds. The lot featured 4 stages as well as vendors and food stands.
In addition to the 4 outdoor stages, the stage inside The Crofoot Ballroom was also utilized for the event. This was the first big change to what mainly was an outdoor festival in the past. Sure, there was the VIP area inside the Birch Run Expo Center for the bands and workers, but in past years most of the fans spent the day outside. With the addition of The Crofoot and their adjacent venues, festival goers could head inside to check out music, grab a drink, use the restroom, or even just cool off for a bit. This was a huge plus!

Outside the arrangement of the stages allowed you to check out the band you wanted to watch, while not hearing too much bleed over from other stages. It gave you plenty of room to get from stage to stage or check out vendor stands, while still being in a slightly more intimate setting in comparison to in the past.
One thing that wasn't different from past Dirt Fests is that once again this festival blew fans away with an amazing lineup! For us, the highlights of the day included sets by Hatebreed, Born of Osiris, Asking Alexandria, and of course those hometown boys in Wilson. The crowd and the bands fed off each other's energy throughout the day and into the night. The threat of rain didn't keep the droves of people away and every band made sure to deliver an awesome show to those fans. It was amazing to see these huge national acts take part in this festival, while praising the crew behind it, and showing the crowd how happy they were to be there. Time after time, bands were on stage talking about how kick ass Dirt Fest is, and their sentiments proved to be true when you would see them back stage giving organizers like Matt Dalton a huge hug or a high five. There's a reason that big names like Asking Alexandria and Jamey Jasta return to the Dirt Fest stage time and time again.
Not only do the bands return year after year, but so do the fans and the vendors. The Dalton Brothers have made sure to include their friends and their friends' companies in this festival every year. Once again this year, InkAddict set up shop and hosted meet and greets throughout the day. They also added a cool new addition this time around with a graffiti wall that fans could leave their mark on. Next door, PRTY Crew Collective set up shop alongside Vile Company. And as always, Hip In Detroit made sure we were there throughout the day to check out the party. Although there were thousands of fans there and hundreds people involved on the business side of things, the organizers and specifically the Daltons, made sure that everyone they crossed paths with knew how much they appreciated that you were there. Whether you were there to party, play on stage, or sell your goods, they wanted you to know that they were stoked that you were a part of it. That's not something that you will see at Warped Tour, Mayhem, or any of the other fests that bring these big names to town, and that's one of the big reasons that this festival is so successful!
We'd like to congratulate everyone behind Dirt Fest 2016 on putting on an amazing event! It was truly a kick ass day that blew everyone away. If you missed out this time around, don't make the mistake of missing Dirt Fest next year! Make sure you head over and like Dirt Fest on Facebook here to stay in the loop on next year's event. Even though this year's fest just ended, it won't be long until we start hearing about Dirt Fest 2017!


Monday, August 15, 2016

Win a Pair of Tickets to See Lion Babe at The Shelter

This past February Lion Babe released their first full length album called Begin. I have been listening to this album non stop since I discovered it. The beats are addicting and singer Jillian Hervey's voice cuts to my core. The duo also creates beautiful music videos together. My favorite is for a song called "Jump" that features a verse by Childish Gambino.

The duo is currently on tour in support of their new music and they will be performing at The Shelter this Saturday, August 20th. I cannot believe that they are playing such an intimate venue, but I guarantee you the next time around it wont so intimate. Tickets to get into the show are $20 in advance and they are worth every penny. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of the bad ass team at Live Nation Detroit. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets please email your full name to with the subject line #lionbabe. We will draw one lucky winner the day of the show and will email them details on how to claim their prize. Those winners will get to talk about the day they saw Lion Babe before everyone know who they were. Will you be able to say the same?


Happy 4th Birthday Ironclad Tattoo Company

It's hard to believe that it has been four years since Ironclad Tattoo Company first opened its doors. It seems like just yesterday that we were interviewing co-owner Mike Moore about starting the company. Since then they have become a big part of the tattoo, piercing, and music community in Metro Detroit. They are the only place that I would ever buy a pair of plugs and they have sponsored all four of the anniversary parties. Mike Bagz gave me my first tattoo on camera and Mike Moore has pierced some of my friends' kids when they came of age. I even painted myself solid gold for their first anniversary party. It's been a fun-filled four years and it's time to celebrate!

The crew will be gathering at Zeke's Rock and Roll BBQ in Ferndale this Friday for their fourth anniversary party. The FREE event will feature music from Kommander, White Shag and The Bon Johnsons (an AC/DC Tribute band featuring members of Pittbull, Against the Grain, The Meatmen, and RAWDOGS). There will be cheap booze and good food available for purchase and everyone will be hanging out having a good time. Doors for the party open at 9 p.m. this Friday!

Congratulations on four years of fun, we look to many more!


24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See Madball

Hardcore legends Madball are coming to Detroit  this Tuesday.  They are playing at El Club alongside Homewrecker, ColdsideThin Skin and Cycle Of Violence. Born from the ashes of Agnostic Front the OG New York based band of brothers have released 8 full length albums, four EPs and 1 compilation. Their latest full length is call Hardcore Lives, you can pick it up on vinyl here. They are legends in their own right and the closest a lot of us will ever come to seeing "real hardcore" in 2016. Check out their latest music video for the song "Doc Marten Stomp" and you'll see what we mean.

Come out to El Club this Tuesday night and experience New York hardcore for yourself. Tickets to attend the show are $15 in advance or $17 at the door. We also have one pair of passes to give away to one lucky reader thanks to Black Iris Booking. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets, please email your full name to with the subject line #madball.  We will draw one lucky winner in the morning and will email them details on how to claim their tickets!