Thursday, August 31, 2017

Win Tickets to The Last Ever Haute To Death Swim Club Party

Last weekend we revisited one of our favorite summer parties, the Haute to Death Swim Club. The all day pool party takes place in New Center and it features free drinks, dancing, music, and a pool!   I spent the day dancing, drinking and socializing and left half drunk smiling from ear to ear. Sadly while I was there, I found out that this Saturday's party will be the last party to be held in this space. The building has been sold and it will no longer play host to the H2D swim club. So, this Saturday is your last chance to experience something that you won't be able to experience anywhere else.
Tickets to get in are $15 and ticket price includes beer and water! There is also food available throughout the day for an added fee. Tickets will most likely sell out in advance and they only release a few at the door. So if you don't act soon, you will miss out!

We also have one pair of passes to the party courtesy of Ash and Jon.  If you would like to try your luck, you can enter to win by emailing your full name to  We will draw one lucky person this Friday and they will get to bring a friend to the last pool party of the year for free. That's free entry and free drinks at one of the hottest parties in town!


Head to the Band Blender at Small's & Help Save a Life

If you're headed down to Hamtramck for the Labor Day Festival this weekend, we highly suggest that you make your way over to Small's. On Sunday night they are hosting a great show for a great cause. Every few months Scott from Hype Ignition Screen Printing, The Amino Acids, and Steve Harvey Oswald puts together a band blender. The idea behind the show is that about a dozen bands play short sets across a few different stages and the proceeds go to a great cause. The cause is different each time around and so is the lineup.

This Band Blender is bringing together 13 bands that will each play 20 minute sets. The lineup includes Steve Harvey Oswald, The Wretched SightsThe Blitzers, All the Wild ChildrenThe Amino AcidsThose HoundsBlacklistCarmel LiburdiJP From The HPYeah Detroit And The Mad Scientists of The Nu-New Wave, BURNS, Vessels in Distress, and Sros Lords, a super awesome bill in our book. To get in to see all of these awesome bands, it will only cost you $5, unless you're under 21, in which case you'll have to pay $10. Then, the proceeds from the door will be going towards buying Narcan Spray. This is a product that can save someone's life if they overdose on opioids. The goal is to purchase these sprays for venues and bars in the area, "every place that has a stage", as Scott put it. Heroin and opioid addiction has become a huge problem across the country and within the Detroit area. So by going to this show, you can actually help save someone's life.

This is a great cause and will definitely be a great time! Doors are set to open at 8 p.m., bands will start at 9 p.m., and the last band set to hit the stage is The Amino Acids at 1 a.m. For more details on this show and to check out set times, head over to the Facebook event page here.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Don't Miss the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival!

The Hamtramck Labor Day Festival is one of our all time favorite yearly events. It always has a great musical lineup, amazing food choices, and lots of different drink choices. There is a carnival area for kids and it's really easy and usually free to park and get into the fest! It's a lot better than Arts Beats and Eats and it's a whole lot cheaper and more interesting to attend!

The three days festival takes place in downtown Hamtramck this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from noon till 10 p.m. This year's musical lineup includes performances by lots of great artists, including Dude, The Idiot Kids, Devious Ones, JohnDear Darkness, Bevlove, Tunde Olaniran, Kubat Finlay & Rose, and Little Animal. You can view the full list of performances along with set times here.

The festival also features food from an array of local eateries, including perogies, Mediterranean treats and lots of ice cream.There's usually even someone riding around selling really strong jello shots!

This year the festival will have bike parking at the corner of Caniff and Joseph Campau and there are all sorts of local vendors that will be set up throughout the space selling their wares. Go early and enjoy some shopping and good food and stay late to have some drinks and hear some good music. HLDF is one of Detroit's best-hidden gems!

Don't forget! The streets will be closed early on Monday for the parade and canoe races, to learn more about that click here.


24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: Surf Curse at Marble Bar

This Thursday night Surf Curse will be playing LIVE at Marble Bar in Detroit. The surf rock duo is currently out on tour in support of their latest album Nothing Yet that was released in early 2017. This is the band's first release since their Sad Boys EP that came out back in 2013. You can check out the latest album for yourself below.

Surf Curse will be joined by Lala Lala and Detroit's own Double Winter. Tickets for the show are only $12 in advance. You can pick yours up here. The night of the show the price will increase to $14. Thanks to our friend Virginia at Party Store Productions, we are giving away a pair of tickets to this show! To enter to win those tickets, send your name to with #surf 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 are set to open at 8 p.m. on Thursday night and 18+ are welcome.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Happy 5th Birthday, Ironclad!

Five years ago, Hip in Detroit was just getting started. We were visiting a lot of new places as they opened and doing features on the spaces to help get the word out. One of those places that we visited was Ironclad, a tattoo and piercing shop that was about to open in Troy, Michigan. You can watch our insanely dated interview here.

Since then, I got my first tattoo from Mike Bagwell, got my eyebrows microbladed on by the incredibly talented Jessica Haze (best thing that ever happened to me) who now works out of the space, and watched one of my best friends get her ears pierced 20 years after the rest of us did (better late than never girl). They started with a small staff and have expanded to have over 15 people who regularly work inside their shop. They also have tons of guest artists that stop in for residencies inside the shop when they are in town. You can follow them online to get up to date information on who will be stopping by throughout the year and you can come out to the Tangent Gallery this Friday, September 1st to celebrate five years of the shop with the entire crew!

The Ironclad crew is inviting everyone out to their circus themed bash at The Tangent this Friday. The party will feature freaky performances by Aimee Funk, Eric Scott Baker, and Shadow with DJ sets by Jeff Tabb. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the fun goes until 2 a.m. The Tangent Gallery is located at 715 Milwaukee Street. We look forward to celebrating another successful year of a great local business and we hope to see some of you there!


Get Shit Faced to Help the Handgrenades

A few weeks ago the guys in Handgrenades woke up to find out that their trailer and some of their gear was stolen while they were sleeping! The band has a ton of Fall dates lined up, so they are reaching out to all of their fans to ask for a little help to get them back on their feet. They lost a bunch of equipment and merchandise that was in their trailer, so they have a lot that they need to replace, but they aren't asking for much. They are only asking that you come out and party at Ghost Light in Hamtramck.

Handgrenades will be performing alongside Ryan Dillaha and The Miracle Men and The Belle Isles. They aren't charging anything to get in the door, but they are asking for donations if you can give them. They are also selling albums because they have a ton of those to get rid of. If you have a few dollars to spare (or even a $20 or 2 if you're feeling generous) come out and party with the boys this Thursday, August 31st. Anything you can give helps them get back on their feet and out on tour this Fall!

The bar opens at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. The venue is donating a portion of the sales for the night to the band, so you can even help them out by getting there early and getting shitfaced in their honor!


Monday, August 28, 2017

Win Tickets to See the Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble

If you're a fan of Stereolab, then you probably are familiar with the name Laetitia Sadier. She was the singer and one of the founding members of the band that gained its popularity back in the '90s and lasted well into the 2000s. Since then, Sadier has been a part of many projects, including a solo career that has now transformed into the Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble. The ensemble just released their first album under the name earlier this year. It's called Find Me Finding You. Give it a listen below and check out the music video for "The Woman with the Invisible Necklace" off that album. 

The Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble are currently on tour and they will be making their way to Detroit this week. Sadier and her ensemble will be hitting the stage at El Club in Detroit this Wednesday, August 30th. Joining them for the evening is Nicholas Krgovich. Tickets for the show are only $12 in advance. You can purchase yours online here. The night of the show the price will increase to $15. 

Thanks to our friends over at Party Store Productions and El Club, we are also getting a lucky person into this show with friend for free! If you would like to enter to win tickets to see Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble live, send your name to with #ensemble in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Wednesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

All ages are welcome to attend this show and enter the contest. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Win Tickets to See Flatfoot 56 at Small's

This Wednesday night, Black Iris Booking brings Flatfoot 56 to the stage at Small's! The band is currently on a short Northeast and Midwest tour and they're wrapping it up with a stop in Hamtramck. Then, they'll head home for a while before hitting the road with Agent Orange in September. Unfortunately that tour doesn't have a Detroit date set yet, so you can keep your fingers crossed that they add one, or you can plan a trip to Chicago to see that lineup. Just in case neither of those things happen, you should probably plan on making it down to Small's for this show! Flatfoot 56 just released their latest album Odd Boat earlier this year. Give it a listen below.

Tickets for Wednesday's show are $10 in advance and can be purchased here.  The night of the show the price will go up to $12 at the door. Joining Flatfoot 56 for the night are The Speakeasies. Thanks to Black Iris Booking we are giving away a pair of tickets to this show to one lucky reader. To enter to win, send your name to with #56 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. Good luck! 


Friday, August 25, 2017

Win Tickets to See Pallbearer at El Club

Earlier this year Pallbearer released a new album, Heartless. This is the third studio release for the band. Here's what they had to say about this new album. “Instead of staring into to the void—both above and within—Heartless concentrates its power on a grim reality. Our lives, our homes and our world are all plumbing the depths of utter darkness, as we seek to find any shred of hope we can." You can give Heartless a listen below.

Pallbearer is currently on tour and they will be making their way to Detroit next week. They will be playing at El Club in Southwest Detroit this Tuesday, August 29th. Tickets for the show are only $15 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to Party Store Productions and El Club, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win those tickets, send your name over to with #pallbearer in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Tuesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. for this one and all ages are welcome. 


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tune into Our Next Podcast Featuring Nate Dorough from Fusion Shows and Kate Hardy of Suck It Suicide

It's time to tune in for another live podcast from the ladies of! We are happy to announce that we have officially been "on the air" for a year and we have talked to a lot of great Detroiters. You can listen to all of our previous shows here. Then, you can tune in live on Thursday, August 31st to hear us broadcast our 13th show live from


For the first show of our second year, we will be sitting down with Nate Dorough, co-owner of Fusion Shows. Nate officially started the company in 2008, but he was booking live events long before he made it official. Since its inception, the team has booked around 2,000 live shows together and merged with The Crofoot to expand their reach and ability to score talent and bring them to Michigan. Fusion Shows books gigs all across the state and has shows in different cities throughout the week. They are probably responsible for a lot of shows that you have gone to and you don't even know it! Tune in to hear us pick Nate's brain about local music, building a business, and so much more!

We will also have a special guest in at the end of the show. Kate Hardy from Suck It Suicide will be stopping by to tell us more about one of our favorite local nonprofits and to chat about how this organization was started, what it is trying to do, and how you can help if you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts. The music community has lost a lot of great people to suicide and we want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to take care of all the people that we love. 

Both of this month's guests are sponsors of Hip in Detroit, but we booked them on the podcast long before they signed up! Detroit is an amazing city filled with amazing people who aren't afraid to support each other when they can. It will be an honor to talk to these two hip cats live at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 31st. Visit to listen live. We are usually in Studio 2, but sometimes they give us the big room if it's free. So make sure that you are following us on Instagram so you can check our story and see where we are next Thursday! 


There's Going to be a Doggy Luau Downtown this Weekend!

The dog days of summer are winding down, but there is still plenty of time to get out there and have fun. This weekend there is an extra fun event happening downtown and this party is one that you can bring your four legged best friend to! The Grand Circus Dog Park is hosting a Doggy Luau this Saturday, August 26th. The Hawaiian themed party will be an extra special treat for your furry friend and no doubt, it will be the cutest party of the year! All canine attendees will receive a complimentary lei and will be able to party all afternoon. There will be pools, beach balls, and other fun water toys. Plus, your pet can feel like this truly an island getaway because there will be spa services available on site from LC'S Mobile Pet Spa.

So whether you have a furry friend that would love to spend the afternoon partying at a Luau or if you just really love dogs and want to head down and get a big dose of cuteness, head to the Grand Circus Dog Park this Saturday afternoon. The Doggy Luau is happening from 2:30 until 4 p.m., but the dog park is open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. For more information on this event and the Grand Circus Dog Park, click here.


Tart Gives You a "Toothache" this Friday

Ghost Light in Hamtramck has been hosting some amazing shows the past few months! This Friday night they have another good one for you to come out to! The Ghost Light will be hosting Tart's big EP release show this Friday, August 25. We guarantee that this show will be a blast and that Tart will get you dancin'! Joining them for the night are Double Winter and Marcie Bolen will be the DJ. Tickets for the show are only $5 and you can purchase them in advance here. After the release show on Friday, Tart has a couple of other local shows set up and then they'll be hitting the road on tour this fall. You can check out all of their upcoming shows over at Make sure you keep an eye on their Facebook and Bandcamp too so you can hear that new Toothache EP when it drops and keep an eye out for a music video to go along with the title track.


It's Time to Try Some New Food During Detroit's First Black Restaurant Week

Black Metro Eats has come up with a cool way to draw attention and support towards black owned businesses in Detroit. They have brought together 15 black owned restaurants to create the very first Black Restaurant Week. This is a great way for all of us to explore the city and try some new food at a fixed price while learning more about the city's black owned businesses and showing our support by becoming a patron at their establishments. The list of places to eat includes Le Crepe (Royal Oak), Savannah Blue (downtown Detroit), Brix (Detroit), River Bistro (Detroit) ima (Detroit), 1917 American Bistro (Detroit), Detroit Vegan Soul (Detroit), Sweet Soul Bistro (Detroit), Kuzzo's Chicken and Waffles (Detroit), Sweet Potato Sensations (Detroit), The Jamaican Pot (Detroit) and Yum VIllage (Detroit).
The restaurants are either classified as casual dining or fine dining and they have a special menu for the week with a very special price. All of the casual restaurants will feature an entree, 2 sides, and a beverage for $15 a person. The fine dining establishments will feature 3 courses for $25 at lunch and $35 at dinner. You can take a look at all of their menus and see their hours by clicking here. They have also teamed up with a bunch of local black owned businesses that are giving away exclusive deals for the week. You can check out those deals and find out how to take advantage of them here. If you plan on going out this weekend, spend some dollars at one of these fine establishments! 


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Win Tickets to The Summer Slaughter Tour

The Summer Slaughter Tour prides itself on being the "most extreme tour of the year". They bring together some of the biggest and best names in metal to tour across the country all summer long. This year, one of the headliners is Detroit's own The Black Dahlia Murder. They will be playing their album Nocturnal in full in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the album. Take a minute to reminisce and listen to the album below.

The Summer Slaughter tour will be making its way to Detroit's Majestic Theatre this Friday, August 25th. Also playing the tour are Dying Fetus, Oceano, Slaughter To Prevail, Origin, Rings Of Saturn, Betraying The Martyrs, Lorna Shore and more. Tickets for the show are $29.50 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to our friends at Black Iris Booking and The Majestic, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to with #slaughter in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

This show starts early! Doors are set to open at 2 p.m. and all ages are welcome. For more details, click here.


Celebrate 30 Years of The Heidelberg Project this Saturday with Detroit Live

In 1986  Tyree Guyton and his wife Karen started an art project in a run-down Detroit neighborhood on the cities East Side. They took a bad situation and turned it into a work of art that drew attention "to the plight of Detroit neighborhoods." The giant installation has grown and shrank throughout the years. It has survived the weather, fires, and city officials that ordered the demolition of some of the pieces over the years. The paint has chipped a bit and it's a little worn for the wear, but The Heidelberg Project is one of the most amazing places in Detroit. It is the first place I take someone who is visiting and my favorite place to take photos with friends.

The Heidelberg is an important part of Detroit's history that must be protected and preserved. If you would like to make sure that they stay around for years to come, you can sign the petition on their website here. Then, you can head out to party with them this Saturday when Detroit Live teams up with the Heidelberg for a celebration of 30 years of the Heidelberg Project.
This day long celebration will feature a variety of different entertainment, including live music from Rah the Son, Sheefy McFly and Clear Soul Forces. The party will also feature an open mic, food, yoga and more. For a full list of all of the fun things you can do to celebrate the HP this Saturday, click here. This event is free to attend and it runs from 12 p.m. till 8 p.m. this Saturday.

The Heidelberg Project is located at 3600 Heidelberg Street. If you can't make it out to celebrate this weekend, make sure you take some time to visit the space this month in honor of the 30 year anniversary. You can walk through the project anytime, but try to stay on the sidewalk and refrain from touching the buildings. We want to make sure that the HP stays right where it is for as long as we can. It is a monument to Detroit's rich art culture that should be preserved and celebrated!


Monday, August 21, 2017

Win Tickets to Haute to Death Swim Club

Summer is almost over, but you still have a few more chances to make sure that you make the most out of this season. The best way to do that is to head up to the Haute to Death pool party to celebrate the last days of summer with some cool people, some great music, and some cold drinks! Haute to Death has already shown that they throw the best late night dance parties in the city, but it turns out that they also throw one hell of a summer bash. Every fourth Saturday of the month, throughout the summer, they throw another bash. There are only two more left till summer is gone, this weekend and a special Labor Day Weekend edition!

The event takes place from Noon til 8 p.m. inside the New Center Building at the corner of Milwaukee and 2nd. Tickets are $15 in advance and they always sell out, sometimes before the door even opens. So, you need to log on and buy your tickets now to guarantee your spot. Or you can email with your full name and the subject line #iwanttoswim to enter to win a pair of tickets to the party courtesy of Hip in Detroit and Haute to Death. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday and they will get to come out and play with all the hip kids for free on Saturday. So, bust out your best bathing suit, and let's get Haute to Death poolside this Saturday!


Assemble U: The Art of The Release

It's hard to write a song, but it's even harder to get someone else to listen to it. These days there are many different ways to listen to music and there are lots of ways to find new artists, which makes it difficult for an artist to determine the best way to connect their music with their fans. It's also important to think about how you will release the music, who you will try to get to listen, and how you will try to get them to listen. It's sad to say, but writing the music and recording it are only the first steps in getting your music out there. The release and subsequent touring are also a huge factor in determining your success. Luckily, Assemble Sound is hosting another Assemble U class this week to talk about the art of  "the release". 

The "church" is inviting everyone inside their doors to chat about the importance of the release. The talk will take place from 6:30 till 9:30 this Thursday, August 24th. If you are not familiar with Assemble Sound, you can learn more about them by listening to our latest podcast featuring two of the collective's co-owners, Nicole Churchill and Garret Koehler. They are an awesome group of people doing some big things in the City of Detroit. If you can't make this Assemble U, mark your calendar for September 14 when they will discuss a changing industry and October 19 where they will discuss Spotify and streaming.  These chats are a great way to learn and connect with others in the music community. If you're hoping to break into it or get noticed, this is a great way to learn how to do that!


Friday, August 18, 2017

Win Tickets to See Mark Lanegan Band at El Club

The legendary Mark Lanegan will be making his way to Detroit next week! You probably know Mark from his past projects like Screaming Trees or Queens of the Stone Age. Well now he is on tour for his solo project, Mark Lanegan Band, and he will be hitting the stage at El Club on  Monday, August 21st.

Tickets for Monday's show are $25 and can be purchased in advance here. Also on the bill for the evening are Duke Garwood and Lyenn. Thanks to our friends at El Club and Party Store Productions 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 with #lanegan in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Monday morning and they will get into the show that night with a friend for free.

All ages are welcome to attend this one and doors are set to open at 8 p.m. 


Join the Ride to Resist!

It has been a long week in the U.S. The aftermath of the unrest in Charlotte that killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer was just the beginning of a long string of sad moments for our country. To be honest, it has been hard to keep up with all the bullshit that has been happening since the 45th took office this last January. I think a lot of us were ready for a shit show, but we had no idea how bad it would get. I know that a lot of you will disagree with me on some of the stuff I just said, but I don't care. Hip in Detroit stands up against racism and Nazis and isn't afraid to speak out against them. But, for some of us, speaking out is not enough. We are trying to find new ways to organize together and give back.

One cool group using their collective power to give back is The Dahlias, an all female motorcycle collective in Detroit. They have organized a Ride to Resist that will take place on August 27th, 2017. The ride will be an hour and a half long and will make a stop at Detroit's oldest bar before heading to The Loving Touch to close out the night.
Tickets to ride with the group are only $10 a piece and you can get them here. Proceeds from this ride will go to Planned Parenthood, one of the groups that have taken the biggest hits since the new administration came into power. So it is a great place to make a donation!

We had a chance to talk to the collective co-creator about the motorcycle collective's history and this particular Ride to Resist. Check it out and then sign up to be a part of the ride or meet them at The Loving Touch on Sunday the 27th to show solidarity with the resistance!

HID-Who are The Dahlias?
Hayley Suder- "The Dahlias are an all female motorcycle collective. We ride together, thrive together, and encourage other women to do the same. We all about riding motorcycles and having a good time doing it."

HID-When did the group form and why?
Hayley Suder- "We formed in 2014. It started out as just my friend Valerie (who is our co-founder) and myself. I had just started riding and didn’t know any other women that road at the time. I just road with my husband (who still remains my favorite riding partner) but I felt like I would have such a blast riding with some of my girlfriends. When I first started riding I was really disappointed with the lack of female riders in the area. I remember searching Google for female riding clubs close by and did find a few, but to be honest, they all intimidated me and I felt like I wouldn’t be welcomed as a beginner rider. I had been really inspired by this new wave of female motorcycle riders you see on social media, specifically, Babes Ride Out, which is a really rad all women’s motorcycle camp out in Joshua Tree, California, and Narrowsburg, New York. I convinced my friend Valerie to start riding and the rest is kind of history."

HID-What kind of bike do you ride?
Hayley Suder- "I started out riding a 250cc Yamaha Virago and quickly got bored of that and moved onto a 600cc Honda Shadow. I currently ride a 2009 1200cc Harley Davidson Nightster. Although if you googled a picture of a Nightster my bike looks nothing like that. My husband and I totally customized it and made it my own, I’m in love with it!"

HID-Whats your favorite part about riding?
Hayley Suder- "I really love everything about riding but I think my favorite thing is the freedom of it as cliche as it sounds. There's nothing quite like being able to just hop on your bike and go. It’s a totally different experience than being in a car. The curves in the road, the hills, the environment, you’re exposed to it all when you’re on a bike and it's so awesome. I also love the friends that I’ve made riding motorcycles. I’ve met a ton of amazing people and it's really cool to see how bikes can bring everyone together."

HID-Why do you like riding in a group?
Hayley Suder- "I love riding with the Dahlias because it's so empowering! There's nothing quite like riding together and looking back to see 15+ bad ass ladies riding behind you."

HID-What do you do when it rains?
Hayley Suder- "We don’t really ride when it rains! If you have a ride scheduled and it turns out to be a rainy day we will usually post pone if for a time when there is nice weather. I have no problem admitting I’m a fair weather rider. There's nothing appealing about riding in the rain to me haha."

HID-Why did you decide to raise money for Planned Parenthood?
Hayley Suder- "Being an all-woman collective, the services and advocacy provided by Planned Parenthood for women’s health issues are obviously very important to our members. President Trump recently signed a law allowing individual states to withhold federal funding from Planned Parenthood, an act that slashes the affordable family planning services, cancer screenings, sexual health education, and other general health services provided to approximately 2.5 million Americans each year. Defunding Planned Parenthood also denies accessible healthcare for many people; Over 50% of Planned Parenthood clinics are located in rural areas where access to other health clinics may be limited, and about 40% of their patients each year belong to minority communities who typically lack access to other quality healthcare options. The Dahlias are always seeking new ways to give back to the communities and organizations that are close to our hearts and in line with our mission, so we are hosting a silent auction and charity ride in August called “Ride to Resist” to combat the current administration’s attempts to defund Planned Parenthood."

HID- What would I do if I wanted to join the Dahlias?
Hayley Suder- "Well first off you have to have your endorsement and be insured. After that just show up to one of our rides!! We post all of our open rides on social media and our website. Ride with us, get to know us, see if you vibe with us! If we’re your style, we’d love to have you!"

HID- What if you don’t ride, can you still come out and party?
Hayley Suder- "Hell yes!! We hope that you do!!! We host lost of events throughout that year that are open to everyone! Make sure you check out the website to stay up to date!"

HID- Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
Hayley Suder- "If you’re interested in attending our Ride To Resist event it will be held at The Loving Touch in Ferndale on August 27th at 7 pm. There's some really great stuff up for auction, and there's going to be live music!! If you’re a motorcycle rider in the area we hope you’ll join us for our ride portion of the event! We will be going on an hour long motorcycle ride with a stop at the Two Way Inn. Riders much purchase a ticket which can be purchased on our website at"


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Win Tickets to See Scott H. Biram with Gallows Bound

This weekend Black Iris Booking is bringing Scott H. Biram and Gallows Bound to town! The two will be hitting the stage at The Loving Touch in Ferndale this Saturday, August 19th. We know, we know, the Dream Cruise is this weekend. But, this is a great reason to head to Ferndale anyways, and if you live in town, even better. You can just walk there and still have a great night out!

Scott H. Biram just released a new album The Bad Testament earlier this year. You can give that a listen here. You can also watch Scott's music video for the song "Train Wrecker" below.

Gallows Bound also released a new record this year. It's called Appalachian Witch and you can listen to it on their bandcamp here.

Tickets for Saturday's show are only $12 in advance. You can pick yours up here. The night of the show, cover will be $15 at the door. Thanks to Black Iris Booking, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to with #LT in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and they will get into The Loving Touch that night with a friend for free! 

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


The Haute to Death Summer Tour Continues

Haute to Death is hot on the town hopping from bar to bar this summer. The legendary Detroit dance party decided that it was time to take a tour of the city, so they have been switching it up and making different stops all summer. This Saturday, August 19th H2D will be parking their dance party at the SMPLFD Flagship store. The Detroit based clothing brand with the motto "less is more" is hosting H2D at their flagship store located at 1480 Gratiot Ave. The party starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. It is only $3 to get in before midnight and $5 after. So, throw on your best dancing outfit, and come out to get Haute to Death and forget about all your problems this Saturday!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Experience Detroit with The Detroit Experience Factory

Photo Borrowed from Detroit Experience Factory
For a long time Detroit was the forgotten city, but over the last 6 years we have watched it change and grow and become a mecca for art, culture, and food. The city has a new life to it and there are all sorts of wonderful new things to come out and experience. Here at Hip in Detroit, we do our best to tell you about all the cool things going on, but we can't actually take you there ourselves. Fortunately, that is what The Detroit Experience Factory is trying to do.

The Detroit Experience Factory offers a variety of tours for people who want to get out and see the city while learning about its rich history. They have a variety of different tours, including a ball business tour (that features one of our sponsors Blumz by JRDesigns), an arts and architecture tour, and a new Q Line tour that actually takes you around the city on the city's new transportation system. The tours are perfect for people who want to learn a little more about the history of the city while getting out and experiencing it for themselves. The best part about these tours is that they are absolutely free. The Detroit Experience Factory is sponsored by the Detroit Downtown Partnership. You can learn more about what they offer and sign up for a tour here!


Win Tickets to See Downtown Boys at Marble Bar

The political climate in this country has been heated over the last week, to put it extremely mildly. Since Trump's inauguration earlier this year, the country has been extremely divided. It is very clear that many of us are not fans of the US's current leader and administration and we're not afraid to express it.

Well if you're looking to get some of your frustration out through music, you'll definitely want to check out Downtown Boys' latest release Cost of Living. This band has always been known for their socially charged songs, so undoubtedly this latest release reflects what is going on in our country and the world today. Give the first single "A Wall" a listen below to get a feel for this album, and if you want to hear more, check the full album out on Bandcamp here. We've all been saying that if nothing else there would be some good music released during this presidency, and this is one of those albums.

Downtown Boys are headed to Detroit to play at Marble Bar this Thursday night. This show was originally slated to be at UFO Factory, but because of recent destruction at the venue, the show had to be moved to Marble Bar. Luckily it's also a super awesome venue, so it will still be a great night! Joining Downtown Boys for the night are Deadbeat Beat and PRIM. Tickets for the show are $11 in advance and can be purchased here. Thanks to Party Store Productions we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! To enter to win those tickets, send your name to with #downtown 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 the show are set to open at 8 p.m. and 18+ are welcome. To hear more from Downtown Boys, check out their previous releases on Bandcamp here.   


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Don't Miss the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday!

This coming Monday, August 21st the earth will experience a total solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end. Here in Detroit we will be able to see about 90 percent coverage as long as it isn't cloudy and the partial eclipse will begin at 1:03 p.m. and end at 3:47 p.m peaking at 2:27 pm. To be able to view the eclipse you must have some kind of device or special glasses, you cannot look straight into the sun. To view the event you must have viewing glasses like these or make something like this with stuff you have around the house.

Or, you can celebrate the eclipse at The Michigan Science Center. They have a full day of activities planned, including an opportunity to make a viewer to watch the eclipse live with some astronomers. Activities for the day include earth and space activities and a live stream of the eclipse in the Toyota Engineering Theater from noon till 5 p.m.

The Science Center will be open from 10 until 5 p.m. this Monday. You can find everything you need to know about the museum and its pricing here and you can learn everything you want to know about the eclipse here. No matter what you do, make sure that you find a way to watch the eclipse on Monday afternoon!


Take a Journey to Both Coasts at Voyager

Voyager is Ferndale's hot little secret. It is a mega unique restaurant located in a small unassuming white brick building on the city's east side. Their menu features a variety of fresh fish and small side dishes that are meant to accompany their main attraction, oysters. This is the city's first real oyster bar! They have a huge menu of east coast and west coast oysters that are flown in daily. In fact, the staff comes in a little early to shuck the little guys themselves. They also have a  full bar that specializes in Mai Tai's and a few other house cocktails they have created or put their own unique twist on.

Voyager has a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day, during this time the space features $1 oysters and $3 mixed drinks. The special changes daily and it is the deal of a lifetime. It's usually impossible to find decent oysters for under $3 a piece, but to get freshly shucked oysters that were flown in that day for only a dollar $1 seems like it would be a scam. We can assure you that it isn't. We recently had a chance to stop by during their happy hour and try it out for ourselves. Their food is as fresh and amazing as we hoped it would be. While we were there, we sampled a few items off the menu and would highly recommend that you try the blue fin tuna, the grilled broccoli and the tuna on the hibachi. We really enjoyed all of them, especially the broccoli.

Voyager is open from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 4 p.m. till 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Your best bet is to come during happy hour and go crazy eating oysters before kicking back with a few main dishes and a cocktail or two. Voyager will serve you up some good food, some strong drinks, and a unique experience you can't get anywhere else in the area.

Voyager is located at 600 Vester St. in Ferndale. For more info head to

Monday, August 14, 2017

Head up to The Alley Deck for Open Mic Night featuring Zander Michigan

The Alley Deck, also known as the deck at the Magic Stick, has always been one of our favorite bars in Detroit. Over the years we've spent many nights on that deck, and summer isn't quite complete without heading up there at least a couple of times. Well, if you haven't made it to the deck this summer, we have the perfect excuse for you to head up there!

The Alley Deck now has an Open Mic Night. Our good friend Adam Burgess teamed up with Buck Nell to start this weekly event and they've been hosting open mics all summer long. The event has brought out some of Detroit's best musicians along with some new blood. Each week they have a featured artists, and this week that artist is the always amazing Zander Michigan. He will be getting behind the mic along with other brave souls.

The deck opens up for open mic night at 7 p.m. and sign up to perform starts at 7:30 p.m. Then, the music starts around 8 p.m. and will keep going until about Midnight. The party will keep going until the bar closes at 2. Admission is free and there are always great drink specials. Sounds like a great way to spend a Tuesday night!


Win Tickets to See Waxahatchee at El Club

This Wednesday night El Club brings Waxahatchee to the stage. Waxahatchee is the name of Katie Crutchfield's solo project that she's been doing since 2010. You may have seen her perform when she toured with Sleater-Kinney just a couple of years ago. Well, now Waxahatchee just released a new album, her fourth full length to date. It's called Out in the Storm and you can give it a listen here.

Waxahatchee will be joined by Palehound and Outer Spaces on Wednesday night. Tickets for the show are $13 in advance and can be purchased here. The night of the show they will go up to $15. 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 with #storm in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Wednesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Win Tickets to See SahBabii at El Club

Atlanta hip-hop artist SahBabii will be making his way to Detroit to perform at El Club on Monday night. His latest mix tape is entitled SANDAS and was recently remastered and re-issued. You can give that a listen below. SahBabii describes his music as a "melodic trap". His sound has captured the attention of big names like  T-Pain, Fetty Wap, and Wiz Khalifa, all who have done remixes of his songs.

If you like what you hear, make your way to El Club this Monday, August 14th. SahBabii will be joined by T3 and 4orever, who are also featured on SANDAS. This great show is being brought to town by the people at React Detroit. Tickets are only $15 in advance, unless you want a VIP ticket, which will cost you $60. Thanks to our friends at El Club and Party Store Productions we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to with #sahbabii in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Monday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

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


Tour de Fat Comes to Chene Park

New Belgium Beer is bringing an interesting event called Tour De Fat to Detroit this Saturday, August 12th. The show, which will take place at Chene Park, will feature performances by Skylar Grey and Detroit's own Valley Hush alongside a collection of various performers, including circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs. It will also, of course, feature New Belgium Beer and all proceeds from the event will be donated to Slow Roll.

Tickets to check out the show are $25 and they can be purchased here. It's an early show that will begin at 4 p.m. and end around 9 p.m., which makes this a great place to start your night this Saturday. You can check out the full schedule for the event here.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Catch Foster Muldoon, Jerry Dreams, James Linck and Ancient Language at The Korner Bar Saturday

Whenever I'm watching a live show I find my eyes drifting away from the stage and into the crowd. I have always been as fascinated by the people at the show as the show itself. Whenever I met someone new at a show I ask them the same questions. Who are you? Where are you from, and what brought you out tonight? I love to find out what motivates someone to get dressed to come out and spend their hard earned money on watching a live performance. Everyone has their own reasons for coming out to each show but my favorite answer is the most simple, I love when people say "I'm a fan of.... ". Being a fan is one of the coolest things in the world. Fans come out to your shows and dance, they buy an album before they leave, and they tell twenty friends about you over the next week. They are your biggest fans and allies, and contrary to popular belief, real passionate fans are hard to come by.

Which is why local music fan Michael Sondheimer stood out when I met him. His passion for music is palatable. If he believes in you and what you are doing he will be at your show, with his friends cheering you on every time you play. He is a vital piece of the local music scene, so it's only natural that he takes his power of positivity and persuasion to the next level and put together his first show. That's right, Michael has stepped up to the plate and put together a pretty tasty little lineup at The Korner Bar in Hamtramck for this Saturday. Foster Muldoon will be releasing their latest single alongside Jerry Dreams, Ancient Language and the artist himself, Mr. James Linck. It's going to be a killer show, but you don't need to hear that from us. Instead, we checked in with Mike about the show and the lineup. Check out what he has to say about the show and then come out to the Korner Bar at 8 p.m. this Saturday, August 12th to support Michael's first show!

HID- Tell us why you chose this lineup for the show?
Michael- "This lineup is very special to me. Before I go into detail, I just want to give a quick back story. This show is an EP release show for Foster Muldoon. My absolute best friend in the whole world, Abigail Grace, plays viola in Foster Muldoon. I asked them if I could put together an release show for their EP. I have never put together a show of any sort, but being that I try to keep myself involved and support the local scene as much as possible, I thought I would give it a shot.

In regards to the lineup itself:
Ancient Language: The Jarvis Brothers (Chris and Zach) have always been very special to me. The first time I saw Ancient Language was at the 2015 Hamtramck Music Fest. I had heard of Ancient Language (being familiar with the Detroit music collective known as “#CoOwnaz”) but I had never listened to them before. All I can say about that experience was that I had never seen a band push the limits of reality as far as they did. They redefined face-melting as we know it. 2 years later, they are still pushing those lines to a whole new presence . With the addition of Matthew Bayer, who exposes human consciousness through a voice that makes angels blush, and Abigail Grace, who searches deep into the soul with profound viola strumming, Ancient Language is not to be missed.

Jerry Dreams: When I think of Kevin Kline, the lead singer and head of Jerry Dreams, I think of the Aurora Borealis (commonly known as the Northern Lights) in Iceland. The awe of these extraterrestrial lights shining the skies in a performance that has left centuries of human life in utter astonishment. Kevin Kline confides his audience with the same level of mystery and excitement. His voice and performance shines a light on the audience that allots them with questions about their own existence. With deep soul cutting guitar riffs and a band that will surely illuminate your mind, Jerry Dreams will melt faces.

James Linck: Its JAMES F-ing LINCK. What is there to say. This man is the whole reason why I live and breathe music. When I was given this opportunity to put the show together, the first thing I said to myself “I don’t care what it takes, JAMES LINCK WILL BE HERE”. I bought him a plane ticket the next day. James, and his bassist Ricky Ruggero, have truly re-shaped the music scene as we know it. James is truest definition of an artist. With every song and beat he throws down, you can feel the sweat and sacrifices he’s put into his work. When you dance with James and Ricky, you aren’t just dancing to the music…. your dancing your demons back to hell."

HID- Tell us why you chose this venue?
Michael- "What I love about this music scene is how everyone works together. It doesn’t matter what band your in, who’s show your promoting, everyone is so open. When Foster Muldoon was looking for a venue to put this show on, they wanted to make sure they knew all their options. While on the search for the perfect venue, I received a message from my good friends Michael O’Brian (Five Pound Snap) and Shannon Barnes (White Bee). They were put in charge of booking events for the brand new Korner Bar in Hamtramck. I had not heard of nor been to the Korner Bar before that, however they went into detail about all the new renovations. What I love about Hamtramck is the accessibility of the city. Parking is not too bad, everything is walking distance from each other. In all honesty, it’s the perfect city for a show. And being that this is a new bar, it would be amazing to have this special of a lineup perform there."

HID- Whats special about live music in your opinion?
Michael- "There are two things I find so special about live music: connecting and experience.
Connectivity: I have met some of the coolest people I know at live shows. Not just in the audience, but on stage as well. There are so many musicians that I have met that are the most down to earth people I’ve ever known. When I get the time, I want to spend more time hanging out with these people outside of shows.
Experience: This is where the “face melting” begins. When you’re in a room where the artists are playing like there’s no tomorrow, the audience is completely in sync with the moment, and you have escaped from the chains of reality… that is when your face truly melts. I find live shows to be so therapeutic when these three elements meet. Face melting isn’t about taking drugs or paying $500 on stubhub from a spineless scalper to see a show at the palace from a nose bleed seat…. No. Face Melting is a way of life."

~S .