Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Win Tickets to See Claude VonStroke!

Photo by Gourmandj
This weekend is Memorial Day weekend in Detroit and for almost the last two decades that has meant one very important thing, Movement aka DEMF is taking over Detroit! Movement has become one of the biggest electronic festivals in the world and this Sunday the official Movement after party at The Fillmore will bring one of the genre's biggest names to one of Detroit's most beautiful stages.

Veteran electronic arts Claude VonStroke will be closing out the weekend alongside Justin Martin, J. Phlip, Will Clarke and Walker & Royce. This will be your last chance to party it up before the big holiday. Tickets to attend the bash range from $25 to $65 and they can be purchased here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. If you would like to enter to win please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #party.  We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday and we will email them all the details that they need to claim their tickets on Sunday!


~S

Win Tickets to Get Naughty at The Suicide Girls Blackout Burlesque

📷- Damon Martin
The Suicide Girls website was started in 2001. It was a place where alternative women of all different shapes and sizes could show off their Bettie Page style modeling skills. It was also one of the first places to celebrate alternative lifestyles and ideas of beauty.  As the internet grew so did the website and its reach. It has become the go to place for alternative fun and fantasy.  It is a website that is devoted for celebrating all different kinds of beauty and sexuality and it is also a live touring burlesque show that is coming to the El Club in Detroit this Thursday, May 25th!   

The SG have a special brand of kitsch themed burlesque that references pop culture, movies, and all sorts of nerdy things like comics and super heroes. Their performance is a full blown show that you won't be able to take your eyes off of. Tickets to attend the show are $25 in advance, you can also purchase tables for groups starting at $350. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions and El Club Detroit. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #SG. We will draw one lucky winner and they will get to attend the sinfully delightful performance with a friend for free. In the meantime, check out this video to learn more about what you can expect at the show! 



~S

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

ESP Wants to Make Sure Your Band Can Screen Print Some Merch

When your starting a band or a company it can be hard to get things going. Putting out merchandise to promote your band or company is almost essential to making it grow, but the initial investment can be difficult to make. A lot of bands/brands need to order some starter merch to fund more merchandise and a lot of the bigger companies that have lower prices have huge minimums that most bands simply cant meet. Plus, when you go low cost and outsource, it seems like you get what you pay for. We have been looking for a small local place that can create something special for a reasonable price without asking us to make an unreasonable amount, and we finally found it!
Local screen printing company ESP has been making merchandise for a lot of our favorite people, bands and companies, like Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, Planned Parenthood, and Valley Hush.v They can screen print on almost everything and they specialize in making sure you see every detail. We reached out to the local company to learn more about them and how all of us can take advantage of shopping local and making new merch for a reason able cost. Check out what they had to say and shoot them an email when you're ready to make something!
HID- When and how was ESP started?
Owner Scott Michalski- "ESP originated as a one man show! I got my start early on, working in a couple other shops before opening my own company. Overall, I have 25 years of print experience behind me. I got started when I was printing for bands in my basement. ESP (Essential Screen Printing) “officially” started in 2012, with a handful of clients, as well as a “bootleg” rock shirt line. Fast forward to now, and it’s coming up on five years that ESP has been a screen printing company! We couldn’t be more thrilled!"

HID- Why did you choose to set up shop in the Eastern Market district of Detroit?
Owner Scott Michalski- "After spending our first two years in the Corktown area, (off Rosa Parks Blvd.) we needed space to expand our operation! I did some searching around, and found a home in the packing district of the Market place. We love it here, and look forward to what’s yet to come!"

HID- What kind of items can you screen print on?
Client Relations Manager Anna Thomas- "We’re able to print on all kinds of items! Our predominate print specialty is on apparel, so garments like: tees/tanks, hoodies, pants, leggings etc. We’re also able to decorate aprons, jerseys (with custom names/numbers), limited professional wear (lab coats/jackets), concert posters, and art prints! No, we do NOT print business cards, or promotional items. Those are different methods of decoration."

HID- What makes your screen printing services special?
Owner Scott Michalski- "Having worked in/with a number of local print shops over the years, ESP’s “niche” lies within the fine details, compared to other apparel decoration companies. We highlight specialty printing techniques and garments."

HID- What if you don't have a logo, how can you get help designing something to print?
Client Relations Manager Anna Thomas- "We have no problem assisting our clients in making their print vision come to life! ESP has a graphic designer that works in house, and has capabilities to create an image/logo based on conceptual instruction and input from the client. Our shop artist can also make modifications to an existent image that might not be ready to go, or screen print viable. “Custom” is the name of our game!"

HID- Sometimes it is hard for a smaller band or business to afford printing merchandise or swag, what are your minimums?
Client Relations Manager Anna Thomas- "ESP also offers the service of printing on customer provided goods! Our order minimum for apparel/soft goods are 12 garments per design to be printed. (BOTH: client provided & garments through ESP). Flatstock/poster printing, is a 50 piece minimum. We work with a wide array of clientele, and understand you have to start somewhere. To alleviate any budget concerns for those starting out, ESP works with a variety of vendors that offer several brands of garments (Gildan, Anvil, Next Level, Bella+Canvas, Alternative Apparel, etc.) This offers options at various price points to our clients that may have a particular aesthetic for their print needs.
We have an order minimum in place due to the setup processes that go behind each order. If it’s a multi color design, that requires more time to produce, as we print each color individually; one at a time."

HID- How many people work for ESP?
Client Relations Manager Anna Thomas- "Over the past year, we’ve significantly increased our staff, and have added on four members to the company. Those additions have included: front end Office Management/Marketing/Social Media (myself), then there’s Graphic design/art production, a production assistant, and a specialized flat stock printer. ESP is currently rocking with a crew of 7 full time employees. We’re all total dorks about art, and printing shirts. :)"

HID- Who do you currently print merchandise for, any cool clients or projects you want to tell us about?
Owner Scott Michalski- "ESP is all over Detroit! We print merchandise for a good portion of the “Cass Corridor” businesses: City Bird, Run Detroit, Third Man Records, Shinola, and Motor City Brewing Works. Other Detroiters we work with include: Green Dot Stables, select teams at Quicken Loans, Batch Brewing (amongst other breweries), and Live Nation Detroit! When it comes to the “band merch” world, we’ve printed for the likes of: Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, Berserker Festival, SuperJoint, Adult., Child Bite, Tart, and more!"

Client Relations Manager Anna Thomas- "Over the past year of working at ESP, I’ve been pleasantly surprised for projects we take on. One major job we did was screen printing THOUSANDS of record sleeves for re-releases Third Man Records did. That was a few months ago, when the TMR record pressing plant just opened. Some of the covers pressed were the White Stripes, and Iggy & The Stooges. From processing the details of the order on the back end, to then attending a “VIP Pre-party” with ESP crew live screen printing on location was a pretty cool feeling, and something I’ll never forget."

Learn more about ESP here


~S

Win Tickets to See Whores at The Loving Touch

This Wednesday, May 24th WhoresWrong and Bummer are playing The Loving Touch. The Whores are known for their live shows. They take over a stage, in fact they take over a room when they play in it. If you are a fan of their music you must catch their live show.

All ages are welcome to come out for the show and tickets to attend are $12 in advance and they can be purchased here. They will be $14 on the day of the show. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to one lucky fan. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #whores in the subject line. We will draw a winner first thing this Wednesday morning! 


~S

Monday, May 22, 2017

Celebrate 20 Years of The WAB

Twenty years ago most people were ok with drinking Budweiser, Miller Lite, or any commercial beer. If you wanted to get fancy with your beverage choice, you went with a Corona with a lime, a Guinness or maybe even something like a Smirnoff Ice or Mike's Hard Lemonade. That was the case until craft beer hit the scene. And one of the first breweries in Metro Detroit was Woodward Avenue Brewers.

The WAB first hit the scene back in 1997 and this week they are celebrating their 20th WABiversary. For two decades now the brewery has been known for its great beers and delicious food. It was one of the first "cool" bars in Ferndale, putting the town back on the map. Since, a ton of great bars and restaurants have opened their doors in Ferndale, including the adjacent sister bars, The Emory and The Loving Touch. The owners of these great bars have curated some of our favorite festivals, like the DIY Street Fair and Pig & Whiskey. They've brought a ton of great shows through their first floor as well as The Loving Touch. Through all of the changes and growth, they continued to stick to their roots and make great craft beer.

In celebration of this anniversary the WAB will be having great specials and events all week long. They will feature throwback pricing, food specials, raffles and more. Check out the full list of events below.
The WAB is located at 22646 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale. To stay in the loop on all of the happenings this week, RSVP to the Facebook event here

Happy Anniversary, WAB! We're looking forward to the next 20 years!


~C

24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to The Murder City Devils @ El Club

This Tuesday night The Murder City Devils will be taking the stage at El Club in Detroit. The band is currently on a short mid-west tour and Detroit is lucky enough to be one of the stops along the way! Joining them for this short tour are Buildings and Corey J Brewer. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased here. If this one doesn't sell out, tickets will be $30 at the door.

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 those tickets, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #devils in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Tuesday morning and they will get into El Club that night with a friend for free.


~C

Friday, May 19, 2017

Have You Tried Otus Supply Yet?

Photo borrowed from Otus Supply's Facebook page
Last year an awesome new spot opened up in Ferndale and somehow we are just now telling you about it! Otus Supply is a restaurant located on 9 Mile just east of Woodward in Downtown Ferndale. It's that giant awesome building that you've drove by a ton of times, just past Blumz. The building is split into several different areas, with dining rooms, a waiting area, a smaller bar, and a giant bar called the Parliament Room that features live music.
First we'll start off with the dining and drinks. Otus Supply features amazing craft cocktails along with a variety of small plates, pizzas, and bigger plates. They change their menu seasonally and their plates feature fresh ingredients expertly crafted. It's a great place to go with friends and order several different menu items to share. Plus, with multiple options on your table, you won't be so reluctant to experiment a bit and order something that you've never tried before.


For instance, on my latest trip to Otus Supply, my friend and I ordered Beets, Bone Marrow and a pizza with potatoes and onions on it. It was plenty of food, allowed us to be adventurous with our choices, and was absolutely delicious.



We couldn't agree on one dessert to share, so we each got our own. I went with the S'mores Thingy, which is basically a deconstructed s'more with salted chocolate macaroons, toasted meringue and graham crackers. It was amazing!

In addition to the great food at Otus Supply, this is also an excellent place to grab a drink or two! They have a long list of specialty drinks, great beers, and some nights they even have live bands. You can stay up to date on the shows happening at Otus Supply on their Facebook here. On top of everything, Otus Supply is one of the coolest venues we have been to in a long time. The decor is absolutely awesome and makes for an awesome setting whether you're there for dinner or just to hang out. They also have a great patio that is open now that the nice weather is here!
If you would like to give Otus Supply a try, they are open from 5 p.m. - Midnight Monday thru Wednesday, 5 - 2 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m.- 2 a.m. on Saturday, and they're closed on Sunday. To see the latest menu, upcoming events in the Parliament Room, or to make reservations, head over to OtusSupply.com. Make sure you also follow them on Facebook to stay in the loop!

Otus Supply is located at 345 E. 9 Mile in Ferndale.


~C

Motor City Comic Con Brings Big Stars to Town

This Friday, Motor City Comic Con 2017 kicks things off at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi! This time around the convention is bringing out a ton of big names to join in on the fun. The event runs Friday, May 19th thru Sunday, May 21st. During those three days, some of the stars that you will have a chance to meet include Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Marky Ramone (Ramones), Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie), LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow), Mena Suvari (American Beauty, American Pie), Rob Schneider (come on, you know Rob Schneider), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie,Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back), Sean Astin (Goonies, Lord of the Rings), Will Wheaton, and many more! For a full list of all of the media stars that will be appearing at his year's event, click here. In addition to media guests, there will be a long list of comic creators and artists, as well as craftsman at the convention. There will also be gaming, cosplay, panels and a ton of other fun activities.

Tickets to Motor City Comic Con are $25 for Friday, $40 for Saturday, $30 for Sunday or $75 for the whole weekend. You can purchase yours in advance here. Don't forget, in addition to entry, most of the special guests charge an additional fee for photo ops and autographs. So plan on bringing some extra money with you. Once you're in the midst of it all, we're sure you will want to meet as many stars as you can!

The convention opens its doors this Friday at 12:30 p.m. and goes until 7 p.m. On Saturday the event runs from 10:30 a.m. 'til 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.  The Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi. For more details on the Comic Con, head over to MotorCityComicCon.com.


~C

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Fucking Birthday Joey Ramone

Joey Ramone was born on May 19th, 1951 and he passed away just over 15 years ago on April 15th, 2001. During his time on this earth he changed punk rock as we know it with his band the Ramones. The band's first album was famously only 29 minutes long but critics and music fans alike loved it! The band had a signature style like no other, both musically and visually. The Ramones never had the commercial success that you would expect from a band that made such a huge impact, but they are still celebrated by musicians across genres to this day. That's why a few Detroit bands are coming together to play some original tunes and some good old fashioned Ramones' covers at The New Way Bar this Friday, May 19th.

In honor of what would be Joey's 66th birthday, Smash the Jukebox, Bastardous, Reuther, and
Pancho Villa’s Skull will be playing at The New Way this Friday. Each band will perform a few originals and a few covers from throughout Joey's career. Doors for the birthday party at 9 p.m. this Friday and cover is only $5. If you are 21 and over and want to hear some god old fashioned punk performed by some great locals, head up to the New Way Bar this Friday! 


~S 

Spring into Corktown Detroit

Erin Gavle, owner of Eldorado General Store teamed up with The Corktown Business Association to bring a new event called Spring into Corktown to the city this Saturday, May 20th. The day long event will feature an array of activities including some fun ways to give back to the city and to get a free workout.

The day will kick off at 9 a.m. with Motor City Makeover clean up of Roosevelt park. Volunteers that come out to help beautiful the space will be treated to complimentary bagels from Detroit Institute of Bagels and they will be entered to win a raffle prize. Then at 11 a.m. everyone is invited to 14th Street and Michigan Ave. for the unveiling of a new statue that will honor the spirit of Michigan Veterans and become a permanent part of Corktown. Next up, everyone is invited to experience free fitness classes at Dean Savage Memorial Park. There will be a series of class from noon to 3 p.m., Each class is a hour log and the lineup for the day will be Citizen Yoga from noon to one pm, True Body Fitness from 1 p.m. till 2 p.m. and Detroit’s Morning Beats Dance from 2 p.m. till 3 p.m. There will also be a kids' center at Bagley and Trumbull next to The Farmer’s Hand that will run from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. The kid center will have a variety of activities face painting, crafts, and food!

Detroiters are also encouraged to come out at shop Corktown Detroit. A shuttle will be running throughout the neighborhood giving complimentary tours and making stops at a bunch of local businesses including Dean Savage Park, Detroit Artifactry, Detroit Athletic Company, Eldorado General Store, The Farmer's Hand, Hello Records . Mama Coo's Boutique, Metropolis Cycles and Roosevelt Park. The complimentary shuttle will run from noon till 5 p.m. This is a fun way to check out all the cool new things happening in Corktown, to do some volunteer work, and to get some shopping in! To learn more about the event visit here!


~S 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Little House Studio Co.

Little House Studio Co. is a one woman operation making amazingly awesome wearable art. Created by Kimberly Tomlin, this company features sculptured jewelry, as well as other wearable pieces. You may have seen her work at this past year's Detroit Urban Craft Fair, where she set up shop with her handmade jewelry and boob bags. Her pieces are bold, fun, and make a statement. Speaking of statements, we first discovered Little House Studio when it released the "Strong Ass Women's Club" pins last year. We instantly fell in love with the pins, the idea behind them and all of LHSC's creations. 
Little House Studio Co. just launched its new Spring/Summer line just a few weeks ago along with a new website. So we thought this was the perfect time to catch up with the lady behind Little House and get to know this company a little better. Check out what Kimberly had to say. 

HID- How did you get started in designing and making jewelry? 
Little House Studio Co.- "My interest in Graphic Design started back in high school, I went to a technical educational school for half the day and got certified in Digital Media. Then I went on to my Associates in Communication Design and most recently finished my BFA in Graphic Design. 

While in school for my BFA I took a ceramics class, and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. The material was difficult for me; I was so used to computer based work that was easy to control and easy to undo your mistakes. It wasn’t that way with clay. I remember my professor speaking about clay on the first day as if it was a person, he said that the clay will show signs of everything you do to it, and sometimes you can’t undo what you have done. 

I can’t tell you how many times I had to throw my work away and start over. It was frustrating and challenging, but also therapeutic. That class made me realize I needed this juxtaposition to my computer-based work. I needed to work with my hands, which is when I started making clay jewelry. Funny enough, now I incorporate clay into some of my Graphic Design projects."
HID- Where do you get your inspiration from for your jewelry and designs? 
Little House Studio Co.- "For my jewelry, I am inspired a lot by sculpture and architecture. For my graphic design work, it sort of comes from everywhere. I am inspired a lot by independent editorial magazines, vinyl cover artwork, photography, books, collage, paintings, and street art."

HID- What materials do you work with?
Little House Studio Co.- "I work with Polymer Clay. Each piece is hand-marbled, hand-formed and hand-cut by me. This process allows for each piece truly be unique - no two pieces are the same. After, they are placed on a piece of cotton cord."
HID- So you just released a new line and launched your awesome new website, tell us about it! 
Little House Studio Co.- "Yes! Little House Studio Co. has sort of gone through a growth spurt over the past few months. It's always evolving because I am always growing. That's sort of the beauty of having your own business. With Little House, everything from the branding, the packaging, the product, the photography, and the website is done by me, so if I think of another direction, it's easy to go explore that. 

The new line is really the full circle idea of what I always envisioned Little House Studio Co. to be in my head. It features bold, lightweight, wearable sculpture, with a focus on simplicity, rawness, and playful design. I wanted to create pieces that people were going to keep, that would become a wardrobe staple. The focus was on shape, form, and a neutral color palette, which reflects my interest in sculpture and minimalism." HID- What's the story behind the Strong Ass Women's Club buttons and why did you decide to make them?
Little House Studio Co.- "The Strong Ass Women’s Club pins started as an idea around the time of the election. I decided to make them in hope of unifying women, to have them interact, and to create a mutual support system. This is why I decided to sell the Strong Ass Women’s Club pins as a set of two, so you could share one with a friend or give it to a complete stranger.

I wanted women to not feel alone, to be reminded of their strength, their value, because women are fucking strong. I wanted women to know that other women stand with them, that I stand with them." HID- Other than on your website, where can someone pick up your designs? City Bird (Detroit, MI)
Craft Handmade (Adrian, MI)
Detroit is the New Black (Detroit, MI) 
Ease (Toronto, ON) 
Gus & Ruby Letterpress (Portsmouth, NH)
Thistle and Bess (Ann Arbor, MI)

HID- Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know? 
Little House Studio Co.- "Little House Studio Co. will be a featured designer at this year's Design Village as a part of Detroit Design Festival, September 29th-30th at Ponyride in Corktown. We will also be announcing a showcase in New York later this October."


In addition to the stores listed above, you can always shop Little House Studio Co.'s collection online at LittleHouseStudioCo.com. Make sure you also follow the company on social media to see all of the latest looks are creations (Facebook, Instagram). 






~C

Win Tickets to the All Good Family Affair featuring Flamingosis

Detroit's own All Good Records has been throwing some awesome bashes lately, bringing out some of the awesome artists on their label along with other friends of theirs. They call it an All Good Family Affair and there's one happening again this weekend! This Saturday, May 20th All Good will be taking over El Club and bringing Flamingosis to the stage along with a long list of special guests. Flamingosis is the name that Aaron Velasquez goes by. He is an electronic music producer, beatboxer and entertainer. Give his album Bright Moments a listen below.


Tickets for Saturday's show are $15 in advance and can be purchased here. The night of the show they will go up to $20. 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 those tickets, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #AllGood in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

This party is set to kick off early on Saturday, doors will open at 5 p.m. 21+ are welcome to attend. 


~C

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Win Tickets to See JMSN at El Club!

Christian Berishaj was born in Michigan and grew up in Eastpointe. He started playing guitar in the 4th grade and wrote and recorded his first full album by the age of 18. In 2008, he relocated from Detroit to LA to pursue his solo career as JMSN. Since then, he has recorded 5 full length albums including his newest release Whatever Makes you Happy which was released less than one month ago! The Detroit born artist is currently on tour in support of the album and will be playing a homecoming show at El Club this Monday, May 22nd in celebration of his newest release. Quin and Alcordo are on tour with him and will be opening this Monday's show.

Tickets for the homecoming performance are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show, you can purchase your advance tickets here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions.  To win please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #JMSN.  We will draw one lucky person this Monday and they will get to attend the show for free!


~S 


The Port is Open!

Ferndale's newest outdoor drinking space is open for business. Last year the W.A.B/ Emory/ Loving Touch expanded their brand by adding a small outdoor patio bar called The Port to its roster. This small outdoor space features a bar made out of a shipping container, a beach inspired drink menu and a mini menu of food and appetizers. You may have seen it open during last year's DIY festival, but from now on it's going to be open 7 days a week throughout the summer.
The bar serves up a variety of island themed drinks including daily drink specials. This includes $5 Margarita Mondays and $5 Mojito Wednesdays. The Port serves up a variety of food and snacks, This includes items like sausages, potato salad and corn on the cob.
If you're craving a tropical drink, a spicy sausage or some sun in your face while you kick back with a Michigan brewed beer, hit up the port sometime this summer!


~S 




Monday, May 15, 2017

Win Tickets to See The Orwells at El Club

This Thursday night The Orwells are coming to town to play El Club in Detroit. The Illinois based band just released a new album, Terrible Human Beings, earlier this year. This is the third studio full length for the band. Give the song "Black Francis" off the new album a listen below. 


The Orwells will be joined by The Walters for Thursday's show. Tickets for this one are $19 in advance or $21 at the door. You can pick yours up in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions and Hip in Detroit. To enter this contest, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #orwells in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors for El Club will open at 5 p.m. for pizza and drinks and 8 p.m. for the show. All ages are welcome. 


~C

Win Passes to WhateverFest 7!!!

This Saturday, May 20th WhateverFest will be returning to Detroit for the 7th year in a row. This year's gathering will be held at The Tangent Gallery in Detroit and it will feature a long list of artists performing on three different stages including an outdoor performance space! There will also be a ton of great Detroit vendors to check out, this includes Alix's Vintage, In Art I Trust, Evan Condron, The Louie Collective, Andrew Minor Art, The Hemp Hut, Alley & Eye, Calvin VanKeersbilck Art, Traysaun Cooley-Dennis, and Black Magic Hydroponics. Drifter Coffee, Grillwich Tot Stop and Comfort Cafe, will also be parked outside the space serving up food and drinks throughout the event.

Advance tickets for the fest are only $6 in advance and they can be purchased in person at Third Wave Music and The Bottom Line Coffee in Detroit. If you can't get them early it's still only going to be $10 at the door. We also have two pairs of passes to give away to the show, if you would like to enter to win them please email hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #whatever. We will draw two lucky winners that will each get two passes for the show this Saturday. The music kicks off at Noon on Saturday and runs through 4 a.m. The full lineup is posted below and we highlighted a few acts we think you should check out!

This years full lineup :

Outdoor Stage:

130p - Andrew Maslowsky
2p - Folk Singin’ Phil
230p - Star North
3p - High School Sweetheart
4p - Hermit Kingdom
5p - White Bee
6p - Caveman Woodman & Bam Bam
7p - The Idiot Kids
8p - JP from the HP
9p - WuZee
10p - Spaceband

Gallery Stage:

12p - Matt Girardi
130p - Tammy & The Enemies
230p - Raven Love & The 27s
330p - Sax & Violence
430p - The Trip (Indianapolis)
530p - BoneHawk
630p - The Bingers (Chicago)
730p - Link Sinatra
830p - Lt.baD
930p - Martez
1030p - VSTRS
1130p - Moonwalks
1230a - Virginia Violet & The Rays
130a - Market
230a - Dayggs

Ballroom Stage:

1p - Mountain Babies
2p - The American Automobile
3p - Werewolf Jones
4p - Gear Jammer
5p - Human Skull
6p - DJ Killa Kev
7p - Meshes of the Afternoon
8p - Gray Bliss/Taxon Clade
9p - Five Pound Snap
10p - Gulley & Adolf JYN (of Nightmerica)
11p - Rah The Son
12a - Lokye
1a - The Dropout
2a - DJ Holographic
3a - Barret/Dopke


~S

Friday, May 12, 2017

An Interview with Red City Radio and a Chance to Win Tickets to Their Show!

Red City Radio spent some time touring over in Europe earlier this year, but now their back in the U.S. and on the road for a spring tour. This span of dates will take them thru the Midwest, into Canada and over to the East Coast and this week one of those stops is right here in Detroit. They will be hitting the stage at The Magic Stick this Sunday, May 14th along with their tour mates The Bombpops and Russian Girlfriends, and Skating Polly will also be joining them for this show. 

We had a chance to chat with bassist Jonathan Knight of Red City Radio before the head to town this week. Check out what he had to say, then read ahead to find out how you can win tickets to Sunday's show! 
HID- What made you want to play music? 
Jonathan Knight of Red City Radio- I can’t exactly pinpoint the exact moment. I just remember at around age 9 or 10 I pleaded with my mother to take piano lessons. I did that for a couple years, and then eventually went on to play trumpet in middle school. At around 14 years old, a friend’s older brother handed me a guitar… and it was all rock and roll from then on."

HID- What inspires you to keep writing, recording, touring and playing live? 
Jonathan"The thing that keeps us doing this to this day is the thrill of connecting to an audience and making any sort of positive impact on the listener. It’s amazing that no matter what chaos is going on in our respective worlds, that for those moments, everything is alright."

HID- Describe the perfect live show? 
Jonathan"The elements that make a good show a good show are positive vibes, singalongs, and energy that is reciprocated from the audience to the stage. Oh, and the money. All the money."

HID- What makes your live show special? 
Jonathan"I think we do a good job of engaging the crowd. Making them feel like singing along with us is not only welcomed, but encouraged. The one thing we hang our hat on is our vocal dynamic. It’s a lot of fun for all 4 of us to sing together every night."

HID- Are you going to be releasing any new music this year? 
Jonathan- "We might have a couple new songs to tease you with in the next couple of months. Keep those ears to the ground."

Red City Radio actually just released one of those new songs a couple of weeks ago. Give their new single "If You Want Blood (Be My Guest)" a listen below.


Tickets for Sunday's show are only $12 in advance. You can pick yours up online here. Thanks to Black Iris Booking we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. Plus, as an added bonus, the winner will also get a t-shirt from Red City Radio! To enter to win this prize pack, send your name over to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #RCR in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. Good luck! 


~C&S

Win Tickets to See Choking Victim at The Shelter

End your weekend with a Sunday Funday at The Shelter! 90's Punk Rockers, Choking Victim, are currently out on tour and making a stop here in Detroit this Sunday, May 14th. So after you're done spending the day with the family and telling mom how much you love her, head downtown to throw back some beers and check out the return of an awesome band! Also on the bill for the evening are Pure Hiss and J. Navarro & The Traitors.

Tickets for this show are $29 each and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to Black Iris Booking we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win those tickets, send your name over to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #chokingvictim in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and they will get into the show that night with a friend for free.

~C

24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See Off With Their Heads Play an Acoustic Set

This Saturday night Off With Their Heads will be hitting the stage at Small's for a very special show. They will be playing some of your favorite OWTH songs, but their set will be all acoustic. In fact, all of the bands playing on Saturday night will be doing acoustic sets! Those bands include Peach Pit, Suburban Delinquents and Vince Troia from CheapShow.

Admission for this awesome show is only $10 and all ages are welcome. If you'd rather save that $10 for drinks, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show courtesy of Black Iris Booking! If you would like to enter to win, send your name over to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #acoustic in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. for this one. For more info, click here.


~C

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Win Tickets to El Club's Birthday Bash with Royal Trux and Negative Approach!

It has been a year since El Club opened its doors in Southwest Detroit. Over the past year they have hosted a ton of amazing lineups and claimed their place as one of the best venues in Detroit. Well this Saturday night this awesome club is celebrating their first birthday with yet another bad ass show. The lineup for the evening includes Royal Trux along with Negative ApproachBernardino Femminielli, Fake Surfers and DJ Dave Buick. Royal Trux and Negative Approach are both legends in their own rite. So seeing both of these amazing bands in one night will definitely make for a memorable first birthday!

Tickets for this awesome show are $25 and can be purchased in advance here. The night of the show tickets will be $30 at the door if this show doesn't sell out before then. If you're feeling lucky and you're not worried about picking up those advance tickets, you can also enter to win a pair from us! Thanks to Party Store Productions, the amazing booking house that brings all of these great shows to El Club, we are giving away a pair of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter to win those tickets, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #ElClub in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Happy First Birthday, El Club! We're looking forward to many more!


~C

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Win Tickets to See Omar Souleyman and The Black Lips at El Club

El Club Detroit and the Arab American National Museum have teamed up to bring two interesting acts to the stage this Friday, May 12th!

The Black Lips are a garage rock band from Atlanta, Georgia that is known for their wild on stage antics that include puking, urinating and more. Their latest album Satan's Graffiti or God’s Art? was recently released on Vice Records, you can check it out here.

They will performing alongside a Syrian import named Omar Souleyman. Omar will be coming to Detroit all the way from Egypt. To learn more about Omar click here.

Tickets to attend this show are $26 and they can be purchased here. You can also win a pair of tickets by emailing your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #lips. We will draw one lucky winner this Friday and they will get attend the show with a friend for free courtesy of Party Store Productions, the bad ass booking house bringing all the cool shows to town!


~S

Win Tickets to See Pile at Marble Bar

Indie rockers Pile recently released their fifth full length album called A Hairshirt of Purpose on Exploding in Sound Records. You can check out their new music here. The band is known for never recording the same album twice, so it is always interesting to see how they have changed since the last album.

They are currently on tour in support of their new music and they will be making a stop in Detroit Friday night to play at Marble Bar alongside Gnarwhal and Destroy This PlaceTickets to attend the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, you can purchase advance tickets online here. Or you can enter to win a free pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to win, place email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #pile. We will draw one lucky person this Friday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free!

~S

Win Tickets to See CJ Ramone at The Majestic Cafe

This Friday, May 12th Black Iris Booking is bringing the legendary CJ Ramone to the Majestic Cafe. CJ Ramone joined the legendary Ramones in 1989 and played with them through 1996. He is one of three serving members of the band and he is still putting out music. In fact, he released his fourth solo album American Beauty this last March, which is why he is currently out on the road.

He will be making a stop to perform in Detroit this weekend and Big Eyes, Smash the Jukebox and Day Jobs will be joining him. Tickets to attend the show are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. All ages are welcome to come out and party. We also have one pair of tickets to give away for you and a friend to attend the show for free. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #cj. We will draw one lucky person and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free this Friday!


~S

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Win Tickets to See Southern Culture on the Skids

Southern Culture on the Skids will be making their way to town this week to rock the stage at El Club! They just released their latest album The Electric Pinecones last fall and now their ready to hit the road and play those tunes. They will be joined by The Woolly Bushmen this Thursday, May 11th at El Club. Give Southern Culture on the Skids a listen below.


Tickets for Thursday's show are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show. You can pick yours up online here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets courtesy of Party Store Productions! Just send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #skids in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and they will get into the show that night with a friend for free. 

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and all ages are welcome. 


~C 

24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See Redd Kross at El Club

Can you imagine opening for Black Flag at your first show? That's exactly what happened to The Tourists, a 1970s punk rock band that eventually became Redd Kross. The band has had a lot of lineup changes throughout the years, but brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald and have remained at the core of the band as they recorded and released six full length albums and two EPs. The band is currently on tour and El Club and Third Man Records have teamed up to bring the band to Detroit this Wednesday, May 10th to play alongside Timmy's Organism and Tin Foil.

Tickets to attend the all ages show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. You can purchase advance tickets here or take your chances and enter to win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions. To enter to win please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #kross. We will draw one lucky winner tomorrow morning and they will attend the show with a friend for free!


~S

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Detroit Dio Tribute 2017

Every Spring Detroiters gather to pay tribute to the late great Ronnie James Dio. The Detroit Dio Tribute was created to celebrate all the great music that Ronnie created while raising money to fight cancer, the disease that ultimately took the legend's life.

This year's tribute show will feature seven different bands covering music from throughout Ronnie's career, this includes Elf, Rainbow and Black Sabbath, as well as some of his solo stuff. This tribute show was created in 2010 after the death of the legend and each year a beneficiary is picked to receive the proceeds. This year's proceeds will be given to Judi McGough, the sister of one of the musicians that is playing the show.

This year's tribute show will be held at The Loving Touch this Saturday, May 13th. Doors for the event open at 7 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m. and a $10 donation is required to get into the show.  If you are unable to attend the show, but want to help donate to this wonderful cause, you can contribute to Judi's GoFundMe campaign here. To learn more about the event and the amazing musicians that will be performing at this year's show click here.

~S

Nothing Elegant: She Got It From Her Mama Party

This Saturday, May 13th two power female Detroit DJs, Amy Dreamcatcher and Lady Fantastic, will be throwing a party to celebrate all women in honor of Mother's Day. The dynamic duo is inviting all of us out to The Old Miami this Saturday to celebrate all the mothers in our life. From the ones that gave birth to us to the ones that adopted us and took us under their wings when we needed some support. Women are power, mothers are powerful, and dancing together on a Saturday night in Detroit with a group of beautiful women is powerful.

The fun starts at 10 p.m. this Saturday. It's $5 to get in the door and 21+ are welcome to attend. Nothing Elegant sets feature hip-hop, 80's jammers, new wave, electro and everything in between.


~S

24 Hour Giveaway: The Legendary Shack Shakers

The Legendary Shack Shakers are coming to town to play The Loving Touch this Tuesday, May 9th. The rock-a-billy-esque band features classic instruments like the harmonica and the upright bass. They are the kind of band that comes to play a show and to get the room moving. If you are into their sound you will dig all of the acts on the lineup. This includes Fishgutzz (from The Goddamn Gallows) and Nick & The Shoe Strings.

Tickets to attend the show are $15 in advance and at the door and all ages are welcome to attend. We also have one pair of tickets to attend the show with a friend for free courtesy of Black Iris Booking. If you would like to try your luck and enter to win, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #Shake. We will email one lucky person back tomorrow morning and they will get to attend tomorrow night's show with a friend for free!


~S

Friday, May 5, 2017

Win the LAST TWO TICKETS to See Bayside at The Crofoot!

Throughout the 2000s Bayside has built up quite the cult following. The band released their latest album Vacancy just last year and now they are out on an awesome tour! They have joined forces with Say Anything and Reggie and The Full Effect for a tour that is guaranteed to make you sing your little heart out. The tour will be making it's way to The Crofoot in Pontiac this Sunday, May 7th.

Sunday's show is completely sold out, but thanks to Fusion Shows we are still giving away some tickets! They were kind enough to save the last pair of tickets to this awesome show for one of our lucky readers! If you would like to enter to win those tickets and go see this great lineup with a friend for free, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #bayside in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Good luck!


~C

Check Out the 5th Annual Detroit Rummage Sale this Sunday

It's been a long rainy week and according to the forecast, it's going to be a long rainy weekend. Instead of staying at home and chilling, we suggest getting out this Sunday, May 7th to browse around the Detroit Rummage Sale at The Tangent Gallery. The annual event features a variety of vintage and used goods from a variety of different vendors. This includes people selling vintage clothing, housewares, collectibles and more. It's always really fun to walk around the gallery and see what kind of cool things you might find.

The event runs from noon until 6 p.m. this Sunday. This is an all ages event and it is free to come out and browse the vendors. Monster Foods will be serving up homemade food and the bar will be open for beer and soda purchases. The Tangent Gallery is located at 715 E. Milwaukee St., Detroit, MI 48202.


~S

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Win Tickets to See The Detroit Cobras at El Club

This Saturday night El Club has a super rockin' night lined up for you! The folks at El Club and Party Store Productions have teamed up with Third Man Records to bring The Detroit Cobras to the stage! These Detroit legends don't play very often anymore. So you definitely do not want to miss seeing them at one of the best venues in Detroit. Plus, they're playing with The Deadly Vipers and Prude Boys, which will make for an all around awesome night. DJ Anytime & His Incredible Pop Machine will also be providing tunes throughout the night!


Tickets for Saturday's show are $15 in advance or $20 the night of the show. You can pick yours up online here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show! Just send your name over to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #cobras in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors for this one are set to open at 8 p.m. and all ages are welcome. 


~C