Friday, August 17, 2018

Win Tickets to See The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at St. Andrew's Hall

In the 1990s, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones had everyone singing about knocking on wood with their huge single "The Impression That I Get". This band gained more mainstream popularity than most ska bands, especially with this song. But, the Bosstones actually had been around since the 80s. And now, over three decades since they got their start, they have a new album out and are out on the road playing to fans across the country. Their 10th studio album While We're At It was released earlier this summer. Give it a listen below.

You can catch The Mighty Mighty Bosstones live in Detroit this Sunday night at St. Andrew's Hall. Opening the show is Buster Shuffle. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by sending your name to with #bosstones in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner this Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors are set to open at 6 p.m. on Sunday and all ages are welcome. 


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Win Tickets to See Black Tusk, Whores., Child Bite and WhiteNails at Small's

This Sunday
, Small's in Hamtramck is going to get super metal! The traditionally punk bar is going to take things to the next level by hosting one of the heaviest shows of the year. Sludge metal rockers Black Tusk will be co-headlining a show with noise rockers Whores. Rounding out the bill will be WhiteNails from Canada, and hometown heroes Child Bite. EVERY single band on this list is worth seeing on their own, but somehow Small's brought them together for one night and they are charging less than $20 to get in the door.

Tickets to attend the event are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. You can purchase your advance tickets here. You can also enter to win tickets to the show courtesy of Small's by emailing your full name at with the subject #fuckingmetal. We will draw one lucky person this Sunday morning and they will get to attend the early evening event with a friend for free. Please be aware, doors for this one open at 6:30 p.m. and music starts sharply at 7:30.


The Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimmie! Record Show Takes Over The Sanctuary this Sunday

For the past couple of years, the Facebook group Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie has been a place where music fans and collectors can come together to buy, sell, swap, and trade items. In the group, members can post vinyl, CDs, or cassettes, and the more rare they are, the better. Well, now the group is moving from the internet to a physical location for their first ever record show! 

The Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimmie! Record Show will take place this Sunday afternoon at The Sanctuary. The show will host 16 private vendors and 8 record shops, including Village Vinyl, Flipside Records, B-Bop Records, Culture Clash Records, FOUND SOUND, Record Graveyard, Traxnwax, and Weirdsville Records. All of the vendors will be selling all sorts of music related items, like vintage shirts, posters, CDs, VHS, cassettes, and of course, records. And, judging by what we've seen in this group in the past, you'll have a chance to get your hands on some pretty awesome items! You can get a sneak peak of some of the goods that will be up for grabs here.

Doors for Sunday's record show are set to open at 11 a.m. and it will go until 5. Admission to this event is free, so you'll be able to use all of your money to shop! You can also buy some drinks from the bar while you're there, and if you get hungry, there will be pizza for sale for $2 a slice. The Sanctuary is located in Hamtramck at 2932 Caniff. For more info on this show and to keep an eye on what will be for sale on Sunday, RSVP to the Facebook event here


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Win Tickets to See The Pink Spiders at The Sanctuary

The Pink Spiders rose to fame in 2005 when they were signed to Geffen Records. Since then they released 4 albums, including their brand new album Mutations. This album is the first album that the band has released in almost 10 years. They took a very long hiatus, but now they are back, better than ever, and about to embark on their first tour in a long time. They will be making a stop in Detroit to play the Sanctuary this Friday, August 17th. You can hear their new single and see what they have been up by checking out their latest video for the song "Black Dagger".

The Detroit date will be the second date of their tour and Johnny-O and The Class 5's & The Prophetics will be opening the show. Tickets to attend are only $12 in advance and they can be purchased here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Black Iris Booking one of the coolest companies that has started booking at this new to Hamtramck venue that was previously located on the west side of town. In addition to getting into the show for free, the band will also give our winner a signed vinyl copy of their record for free! If you would like to enter to win this package, please email your full name to with the subject line #pink. We will draw one lucky person on Friday and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free!


Nipflix and Chill at Ant Hall this Friday (Giveaway)

Ant Hall has been expanding their audience and bringing some really cool events to their stage. They are ushering in a new era where a venue can have many purposes, including hosting movies, plays bands, comedy, and more. This Friday, August 17th, they will be welcoming a talent packed burlesque crew called Black Sheep Burlesque to their stage for a whole new kind of experience.
Roxi DLite
The Black Sheep Burlesque troupe is a one of a kind group of ladies that bring something fun, unique, and playful to the stage. This Friday's lineup will include: Roxi DLiteVivacious Miss AudaciousLushes LamoanHermione StrangerJax NipplesonLilith Von Tal
Dish Delish (Dee Dee Smith), May BlushDarryn StormTommy Gun, Autumn Sage, Dotty Dart
and Nicky Champagne. Tickets to attend the show are only $15 in advance and $20 at the door. You can purchase advance tickets here.  
Lilith Von Tal

You can also win tickets to the show courtesy of Ant Hall, but before we tell you about that, read this interview with Hermione Stranger to learn more about this event, burlesque, and the art of the performance!

Hermione Stranger
HID- When did you decide that you wanted to start performing burlesque?
Hermione Stranger- "It’s funny, I never actually “decided” to become a burlesque performer. When I lived in NYC, I took classes at New York School of Burlesque. I figured it would be a good way to make girlfriends in a new town while giving my confidence a much-needed boost. I had no intention of performing, but my classmates convinced me to participate in the student showcase, which is like a recital."

HID- How did you get started?
Hermione Stranger- "I was terrified at the student showcase but ended up doing really well! Shortly after that, I got booked to do a duet performance at Coney Island Freak Bar. And things just kind of took off from there."

HID- How do you prepare yourself for a show?
Hermione Stranger- "To prepare a new number, I concept, choreograph, create costumes and props, then practice. Once that’s all said and done, I also have a little ritual that prepares me for going on stage. I do this high-energy warm up exercise from improv called “Crazy Eights.” It helps me get all that nervous energy out."

HID- How do you write your show/performance?
Hermione Stranger- "For me, concept is king. I believe that all shows and performances should start with a solid idea and tell a story. When concepting a show theme, I try to think of things that people love — like movies or guilty pleasure songs or Harry Potter — then I come up with a clever name using the pun skills I’m never allowed to employ in my day job as an advertising writer.

When it’s time to concept my act, I basically do the same thing. For Nipflix I thought, “What’s a movie that I love? And how can I do a humorous, entertaining take on a character from that movie?”

I mention humor because burlesque was always intended to be funny. The word itself is originally derived from the Italian word “burla” which means prank or joke. It was meant to entertain the audience by caricaturing other aspects of culture."

HID- Who inspires you?
Hermione Stranger- "There are so many performers who inspire me! Locally, Roxi Dlite is just unbelievable. In New York, my teacher Jo Boobs Weldon is who I looked up to. Then there’s Fancy Feast who breaks body stereotypes and sparked my love of themed shows. Or Darlinda Just Darlinda who does whatever the fuck she wants on stage. Or Penny Wren who I don’t know personally, but once saw perform a hilarious Tinkerbell act to an Alanis Morissette song at The Slipper Room in NYC. That act inspired me to always, always have a concept in my performances. To make sure the song is chosen for a reason and that the character makes sense. Otherwise you’re just taking off your clothes — and considering we can all see that for free on the internet, it’s simply not that interesting."

HID- Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
Hermione Stranger- "Black Sheep Burlesque is a troupe that performs outside the box. We’re bitches that’ll leave you in stiches. We hope that you’ll come to our next show!"

To enter to win a pair of tickets to the show, please email your full name to with the subject line #justdance. We will draw one lucky person this Friday morning and they will get to peep some of the best burlesque that Detroit has to offer for free with a friend! 


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Win Tickets to See Angelo De Augustine with Many Rooms at The Pike Room

Angelo De Augustine and Many Rooms have been out on tour all summer long, making their way across the US. The tour is about to wrap up, but first they have a few dates left, including a stop in Metro Detroit. The two acts are set to hit the stage at The Pike Room in Pontiac this Thursday, August 16th. Most of the tour has taken place in intimate settings like The Pike Room, allowing De Augustine to get up close and personal with fans while playing songs off his latest release Swim Inside The Moon, as well as other favorites. Give his latest album a listen below.

Tickets to Thursday's show are $13 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to our friends at The Crofoot, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show by sending your name to with #pikeroom 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 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and all ages are welcome.


Win Tickets to See Richard Lloyd at PJ's Lager House

In 1973 in New York City, the band Television was formed. It has been said that this band's sound perfectly embodies the 1970s in New York. Their debut studio album Marquee Moon is still their most popular album to date, making its way to several "top" lists over the years. The band only released two albums during their original run, with Television calling it quits in 1978 and then reuniting in the '90s. Although their time was short lived, they left a big impression on the music scene and still influence bands to this day.

This Thursday night, you have a chance to see one of the founding members of this influential band, guitarist Richard Lloyd, live on stage in Detroit. Lloyd will be playing PJ's Lager House along with Detroit's own Royal Sweets and The Idiot Kids. Before the show, you also have a chance to meet the artist starting at 6 p.m. for a book signing and meet & greet. His book, Everything is Combustible, documents his time in Television, years playing at CBGBs, and rock & roll lifestyle.

Tickets to Thursday's show are only $20 and can be purchased in advance here. We are also giving one lucky reader a chance to win a pair of tickets to this show. To enter, send your name to with #lagerhouse in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and they will get in the door that night, with a friend for free.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Join The Ride for Pride

2018 is being called "The Year of The Woman". This year we saw more women run for office than every before and the #metoo and #timesup movements are changing the dynamics of our offices, our relationships, and our daily interactions. Women are coming together to make a change in real ways and it's working

One of the coolest local female groups that comes together every year for a cause is The Dahlias, a female motorcycle riding group that uses their passion for riding and female bonding to do something positive for their community. Every year, The Dahlias gather together to ride for a cause. This year's event is being called the Ride for Pride, and proceeds form the benefit will go to the Ruth Ellis Center  

This year's event will take place on August 26th and it will take off from Harding Park (107 Mapledale, Ferndale Mi 48220) at 4:30 p.m. sharp. It is only $10 to participate in the ride if you sign up in advance and $15 to join the day of the ride. You can purchase advance tickets o attend here. The ride will be making a midpoint stop at Clutch & Throttle before it ends at The Loving Touch, where The Dahlias will be hosting a party that includes a raffle and auction. Everyone is welcome to attend the party, bike or no bike. To learn more about the event you can click here. You can also learn a little more about these ladies by watching our very wet interview with them in the parking lot of The Loving Touch last week. Check it out and mark your calendars for this year's event!


A Quick Interview and Ticket Giveaway with Joan of Arc

Indie rockers Joan of Arc recently released their 23rd album called 1984. They are currently on tour in support of their new music and they are making a stop in Detroit this Thursday, August 16th. The band will be playing alongside Fred Thomas and Sikk Laffter and it's only $10 to get into the show.  
You can listen to the band's new album here and you can learn a little bit more about them by checking out our 4 questions with Tim Kinsella, singer and guitar player for the band.
We also have one pair of tickets to giveaway to the show courtesy of El Club Detroit. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to with the subject line #joanofarc. We will draw one lucky winner before the show and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free. 

HID- What's your favorite track off your new album "1984"?
Tim Kinsella- "I couldn’t say I have a favorite cuz I really love all Melina’s songs, but I do feel like when Punk Kid came together I thought “I smell a hit!” In a way that songs don’t often make me feel. Layering the two instrumentals was also very fun."

HID- Whats's your favorite song to currently play live?
Tim Kinsella- "Our live set is definitely about momentum and sequencing and the energy of each song charging to the next. And, even on a structural level the songs are a lot different than each other, different modes. So I couldn’t really pick a favorite, it’s like how yellow depends on purple to look yellow, you know?"

HID- Whats the best part about being on the road? Whats the worst?
Tim Kinsella- "Best part is my band-mates. We all have a very good time together. And it’s great seeing old friends everywhere. Worst part is definitely money. It’s very tricky to sustain this at the level we operate on."

HID- What's your go to album right now and why?
Tim Kinsella- "I actually went thru an Injury Reserve phase a few months ago. They’re Detroit guys I think, right? My go to album forever is Arnold Dreyblatt Propellers in Love. My go to Spotify move is the L.I.E.S. Playlist on shuffle cuz it’s good for running and for reading, but I end up skipping a third of the tracks.


Friday, August 10, 2018

The Freight Yard Brings Live Music and Comedy to the Dequindre Cut

You probably already know that the Dequindre Cut is a great walking and biking path in Detroit, but did you know that you can now go shopping, grab a drink, or even see some great entertainment on this hidden pathway? Earlier this year, the Dequindre Cut Freight Yard opened up shop on the Cut near Eastern Market. The freight yard is a structure made out of shipping containers, featuring a bar and pop up shops on the weekends. Now, the Freight Yard has also begun hosting events and this weekend they will host their first ever comedy night and there will also be some great musicians playing all weekend long. Admission to all events is free too! Check out this weekend's schedule below.

7 - 10 PM - The PreGame - Freight Fridays w/ DJ Bernan Bush

4:30-6:30 PM Jason Brent Comedy Showcase
7 - 10 PM Summer Saturdays w/ DJ Bernan Bush

12 - 3 PM - Dequindre Cut Dog Days - Free treats, water bowls & Canine To Five Detroit Swag bag. 
1 - 4 PM - DJ set by NANDI of Exquisite Future/Seraphine Collective

The Dequindre Cut Freight Yard is open on Friday from 4 - 10 PM, Saturday from Noon - 10 PM, and Sunday from 12 - 9 PM. The Pop Up Market is open on Saturdays & Sundays from Noon until 4. For more info on the Dequindre Cut and the Freight Yard, click


Load Up Your Super Soaker and Head to Ferndale This Saturday, War is Brewing

Every once in awhile there is a local event that peeks our interest. Something so outside the box that despite not knowing how it will play out, we feel the need to share it with all of you. We stumbled upon one of those events this week on Facebook and we knew that if we didn't tell all of you about it, we would be doing you a disservice.

For some reason, this Saturday, August 11th there will be a huge water gun fight in Ferndale. The crews of PORT and New Way Bar have officially declared war and they are going to be trying to capture each other's flags. But, instead of keeping their beef private, they are broadcasting it and inviting the entire local community to join in on the fun. The "war" will take place from  2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and there are some rules to participate. If you want to join, you need to check out their Facebook event here. Then, you have to claim a side, get the right hat, and read the rules before coming out. It's also BYOWG, so make sure that you stop by mom's to get that old Super Soaker that you left when you moved out!

Very cool idea, we are interested to see how this one plays out!


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Experience the Detroit Zoo After Hours for the Savor Food & Wine Festival

This weekend, visit the zoo after hours while sipping on wine and having some tasty treats. The Savor Food & Wine Festival will be taking over the zoo both Friday and Saturday night, August 10th and 11th. Presented by Hour Detroit, this event will feature wine, craft beer, and specialty cocktails along with bites from over 30 local businesses. Just a few of the businesses participating in this event include Atwater Brewery, B. Nektar, Detroit Vineyards, American Fifth Spirits, Nosh Pit, Motown Soup, and Germack. For a full list of vendors that will be at this event, click here. In addition to the great food and drinks, there will also be live entertainment and you'll get to visit all of the amazing animals and exhibits at the Detroit Zoo!

The Savor Food & Wine Festival will take place from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. each night. Tickets to attend the event are $65 and can be purchased here. Tickets will grant you access to the event on either Friday or Saturday (depending on which day you buy a ticket for), and will also get you 12 beverage tastings, unlimited food samples, and access to the zoo. If you have a group of friends that wants to attend the event together, there's an even better deal. When you purchase 3 general admission tickets, you will get one for free! Plus, a portion of all tickets purchased will go to the Detroit Zoo, to help them in their efforts to save and preserve wild life. To learn more about the Detroit Zoo and all of the great work that they do, click here.

If you would like to have an even more in depth experience at the Food & Wine Festival, you can purchase additional "Tasting Seminar" tickets to sip on wine, whiskey, or absinthe. Tickets to each Tasting Seminar are $20 per seminar and must be purchased along with a general admission ticket. There is also a more intimate event taking place on Thursday evening, in conjunction with the Savor Food & Wine Fest, called the Celebrity Cruises Grand Red Affair. This is a wine tasting event that will take place in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center and the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery. Tickets for that event are $100, for more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

This is a completely different way to experience the zoo and see it in a light that you never have before! 21+ are welcome to attend the Savor Food & Wine Festival. For more information on this great event, visit


Fomo's gets its first STD tonight!

It's been over eight months since Como's officially closed it's doors. Since then the indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant at the corner of Nine Mile and Woodward was sold to Peas & Carrots Hospitality, the owners and operators of a variety of well known restaurants, including Social Kitchen & Bar in Birmingham. After taking ownership of the space, they stated that they would one day once again be serving up pizzas inside the space and possibly even sticking with the name, but they never gave us any more insight into what the future might hold. Then, one day a few weeks ago, a psychedelic sign popped on the corner. The sign read FOMOS and gave pop up summer hours for a new outdoor bar that would be temporarily taking over the space.
The temporary pop-up takes place from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays for the next few weeks. The patio features a variety of cocktails that are meant to be enjoyed outdoors, but they do not offer any food at this time. They are however trying to gain a little attention and get you over to their dance floor by hosting a weekly DJ night called Sexual Tension Detroit or STD. The first edition of this weekly event will take place tonight and features Scott Zacharias (No Way Back/Macho City), Ryan Spencer (Freakish Pleasure), and Jerry Downey (Big Beat Records NYC). There is no cover to come play and 21+ over are welcome. This is your first chance to get a sneak peak at the recent renovations and to see what the future might hold for this space. 


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Wail Releases Their Debut Single at Outer Limits Lounge

You may know musicians Chris Tomko, Ben Kay, and Emily Weitecha from their previous project Awesome Jarvis & The Whales. Well this trio is back and they have joined forces with Matt Maniaci to form a new type of whale, Wail. The band has two songs recorded that they want to get into your hands this weekend. They will be releasing their debut single Explain It on USB this weekend at Outer Limits Lounge. Get a preview of what you'll hear on that USB below.

The release show is happening this Saturday, August 11th. It will also bring out Those Hounds and The Sugar Bombs. Cover to see these three great bands live is only $5. Lucky for you, we're also getting some people into this show for free. If you would like to enter for a chance to get in the door free of charge, send your name to with #wail in the subject line. We will draw two lucky winners on Saturday morning and they will get in the door that night with a friend for free.

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Saturday and the music will start at 9. 21+ are welcome.


Win Tickets To See Tacocat at Deluxx Fluxx

Tacocat is much more than a meme and the greatest palindrome ever created. Tacocat is also an amazing pop punk band from Seattle. The four piece feminist band consists of Emily Nokes, Bree McKenna, Lelah Maupin, and Eric Randall who are all currently signed to Hardly art Records.
Their latest album was released in 2016 and it is called Lost Time. This current tour, which is stopping at Deluxx Fluxx on August 11, is going by the same name. GYMSHORTS and Deadbeat Beat will be opening the show and tickets to attend are only $12 in advance and $14 at the door. We also have a pair of tickets to giveaway to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to win tickets, please email your full name to with the subject line #tacocat. We will draw a winner the morning of the show and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Smashing Pumpkins - Back Together & Better Than Ever

Sunday night, The Smashing Pumpkins played to thousands of fans at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Their "Shiny and Oh So Bright" tour brings the original lineup of singer Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin back together, something that fans have been waiting for for years now.

The band hit the stage promptly at 8:15 p.m. with Billy Corgan starting out solo on stage, playing "Disarm" while photos of him as a "little boy" played on giant screens behind him. From there, the band kicked right into a set that ran for over three hours and included all of the big hits and some B sides that even the biggest fans were surprised to hear. There were even some covers sprinkled into the set, including David Bowie's "Space Oddity".

Whether you are a huge fan of the Pumpkins, or used to be a fan, you left the arena loving this band even more than before. Their set was absolutely amazing from start to finish, complete with Corgan's costume changes. There's a clear difference in shows from the past few years, compared to shows with the band back together. Every song sounded awesome, and the entire band, including Billy, seemed sincerely happy to be playing together again. It was an amazing night that won't soon be forgotten. Check out a few photos from the show below.


Detroit Urban Craft Fair is Now Accepting Applications

This winter,  The Detroit Urban Craft Fair will return to the city for its 13th year in a row. The highly curated 3 day craft fair features around 100 cool creators every year. Thousands of people and companies apply to be part of the show, but only a few are chosen to be part of the show. In fact, they have already started looking for vendors and applications are due by the 25th of September!

So, this is a call to all of the cool companies out there that want to get in front of huge crowds of eager shoppers this holiday season. You need to head of to the DUCF website and apply to be part of this year's show. But, you need to be prepared to do some work if you want to be featured! All vendors that apply must pay the application fee and agree to be present all three days of the show. They do not allow vendors to send other people to cover for them because they want shoppers to be able to get up close and personal with the hands that made the handmade goods, which makes the shoppers' experience even more magical.

Don't forget to mark your calender's for this year's event which will take place from  November 30 until December 2nd. They also have a great lineup that includes live music and interactive events, including kid friendly stations. Plus, there is always some great local food and drinks!


Monday, August 6, 2018

Win Tickets to see HIDE at El Club

This Thursday night, HIDE will kick off their summer tour in Detroit. The Chicago based duo will be heading into Canada after the Detroit date and also has stops in Boston, Greenfield, and Cleveland. The tour is in support of their latest release Castration Anxiety, that came out earlier this year. The band describes themselves as an "electronic, sample based, post-industrial duo [with] haunting vocals, throbbing sub-bass and trance inducing drones [that] round out a sound that both punishes and empowers." Give them a listen for yourself below.

HIDE will be hitting the stage at El Club on Thursday night. They will be joined by Kontravoid for this tour and Ritual Howls will also perform. Tickets to the show are $12 in advance or $14 the day of the show. You can purchase your tickets in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by sending your name to with #hide in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. Good luck! 


Hip in Detroit Talks Buying and Selling Real Estate with Ryan Vandeberghe-Malburg

Buying a house has always intimidated the hell out of me. I consider myself to be a semi-intelligent person, but when it comes to home buying, selling, financing, or upkeep, I know very little. That extreme lack of knowledge feels a little bit embarrassing, so I've never stepped up and learned about how someone looks into and buys a house. That being said, I realized that if I was too shy to reach out and learn more about real estate, there was probably a lot of people who felt the same way. So, I reached out to local real estate agent Ryan Vandeberghe-Malburg to learn more about the art of buying and selling. You may know Ryan as the legendary drummer of Detroit's own The Suicide Machines, but he's also one of the best house hustlers in town. So, I interviewed him and asked him all the questions I always wished I could ask someone in the business. Check out what he has to say and find out all the basic information that you always wanted to know about real estate buying.

HID-How do you know when it’s “time to buy a house”?
Ryan Vandeberghe-Malburg- "That is up to the buyer! People need to by all the time for different reasons. Job transfer, growing family, divorce, downsizing, etc. Sometimes it’s not completely
out of necessity and people just want something different, or maybe they’ve had
their eye on a particular neighborhood. Although our current market is considered
a “sellers market”, I’ve still been able to find great things for my buyers all over.
And we are starting to see more and more sellers come onto the market in late
summer after seeing what happened with pricing earlier in the spring."

HID- How should you determine what areas to look for a home in?
Ryan Vandeberghe-Malburg- "There are a few things to consider when choosing an area. How long do you plan on staying in the house? Is it an area that sells quickly if you were to be
transferred or have to move suddenly? Are you looking to make some quick cash
by buying a fixer upper? How important is the distance between your house your
job? Do you have (or plan to have) kids? If so, would you be satisfied with the
school district now or a few years down the road? How much can you afford in
annual property taxes? Is the amount of square footage more important than all of
these other things? Depending on what’s important to you, we can zero in on an
area that can check as many of these boxes as possible."

HID- How much money does someone realistically have to have to even think about buying a house?
Ryan Vandeberghe-Malburg- "It’s tough to pin a specific dollar amount or percentage because that depends more so on what types of loan programs you may qualify for. With an FHA loan
you can get a house with as little as 3% down. There are some conventional
programs that also allow as little as 3.5% down, but keep in mind that there are
multiple other costs besides your down payment such as inspection fees,
appraisal fees, homeowners insurance policy, title fees, and lender fees, etc. (all
of which must be paid prior to and/or at the closing). Online mortgage calculators
can be deceiving because they tend to leave these expenses, and often property
taxes, out of the equation."

HID- How does credit affect you when you are buying a house?
Ryan Vandeberghe-Malburg- "Lower credit scores usually mean a higher cost of borrowing money. Lenders base their program ability off of multiple factors but one of the biggest is your
credit score. If you’ve got some blemishes on your report, I recommend clearing
up as many as possible before applying with a lender. Do all you can to get your
score as high as possible."

HID- What is the biggest mistake you see first time buyers making?
Ryan Vandeberghe-Malburg- "Many buyers want to start looking at houses asap before talking to a lender. I can’t stress how important it is to have a solid reputable lender lined up before
beginning your house search. Often times I have clients with great paying jobs
who don’t realize that things like student loans can have a huge impact on how
much (or little) a bank will lend them based on their debt to income ratio. It can be
an eye opening experience to talk the numbers with a lender and not only see
what you qualify for, but also what a payment may look like once you factor in your
taxes and insurance costs. This also goes for the cash needed to cover closing
costs on a house. I’ve had buyers fall in love with a house only to find out that it
wasn’t within their price range, or even worse, they find a house they want and
there are multiple offers submitted, but they don’t have a pre-approval letter
because they haven’t applied with a lender yet."

HID- How do you know when it is time to sell?
Ryan Vandeberghe-Malburg- "Only a seller can really answer that question. The more important question/answer is where you’d like to be next. The current market is definitely stacked in favor of
sellers and it is a great time to cash out some equity in your existing house. Just
keep in mind that depending on the area where you’d like to go and what type of
home you’re looking for could also be in high demand."

HID- What can you do to get your home ready to sell?
Ryan Vandeberghe-Malburg- "The most effective things are usually the easiest. Clean up the yard. Trim the trees. Wash the windows. Deep clean the inside of the house including the
baseboards. I always recommend decluttering as much of the house as possible.
This includes piecing out huge sectional sofas and multiple recliners, etc. The
more furniture you have in a room, the smaller it is going to look. Take your
toaster, blender, juicer, food processor, crock pot, and put them all away in the
cabinets to show that you have tons of counter space. Less is usually more."

HID- What is the number one problem to look for when you are looking at a home?
Ryan Vandeberghe-Malburg- "The most important thing about any house is how functional it’s going to be for the buyer. If you are looking to cut your commute but find an amazing house an hour
from your job, chances are pretty high that you’ll either change your mind about
driving or be shopping again in a year or two. As far as structural items, it’s
imperative to hire a good home inspector who will check out all the systems of a
house. Don’t use your friend/family member who is a contractor...they may know
how to build houses now, but chances are pretty good that they probably didn’t
build them in 1930 or whenever your potential house may have been built. Home
inspectors are trained to find red flags on the inside and out."

HID- What's the hardest part about buying a house in your opinion?
Ryan Vandeberghe-Malburg- "The hardest thing for first time buyers is probably knowing when they’ve found “the one”. Often times people will be apprehensive to place an offer on a house
because they don’t know if something better may be around the corner.
Unfortunately in the current type of market, buyers have to move somewhat
quickly because good houses that are priced correctly usually don’t last more than
a weekend. I usually try to get clients through at least 4-6 houses the first couple
times we go out so that they can start to get a good idea of what you can get for
$x, or what you might expect for $x more."

HID- Why do you like being a real estate agent?
Ryan Vandeberghe-Malburg- "I like real estate because I’m kind of a house nerd. My parents were builders and we’ve built and rehabbed quite a few houses over the past 30 years. I still invest in
properties and I am constantly stopping in open houses weather they are in the
areas I work or not. Working with buyers and sellers was the next logical step. I
like helping people get to whatever their next step might be."

HID- What does your dream house look like?
Ryan Vandeberghe-Malburg- "It depends on the day of the week! Sometimes I get obsessed with mid-century type of stuff where they’ve kept a good amount of the original finishes. Lately I
can’t stop checking out the brick tudors like you’d see in Sherwood
Forest/University District. They have a kind of character that you don’t see in new
construction unless you’ve got endless funds."

HID- Give us your top 3 tips for buying or selling a home.
Ryan Vandeberghe-Malburg- "3 Tips for buyers: 1) Get pre-approved with a known area lender as soon as possible. Which lender you choose can potentially help you out in a multiple offer
situation. 2) Make a list of the most important features of a house (size, location,
floor plan features, etc) and go over them with your agent so they can zero in on
exactly what it is that you’re looking for. 3) Try to not fall in love with a house
immediately. I know it’s hard to do, and you are supposed to love what you’re
buying but keep in mind that once you are head over heels, you will lose some of
your bargaining power for fear of losing the house. Keep in mind that if you lose
out on a multiple offer situation, there will be another!
3 Tips for sellers 1) Hire an experienced full time agent that is familiar with your
area. 2) Staging before photos and showings will go a long way. You don’t have to
change out everything in your house, but remember that you are trying to show
that your house will work for EVERY potential buyer. The current furniture layout
may be comfortable and functional for your family but may not highlight a room the
way it should. 3) When pricing, trying to be a “10” in your price range will help
encourage multiple offers where you will not only be able to get more money, but
also may be able to pick and choose additional terms of an offer that may be just
as important as price."

If you want to learn more about homes from Ryan, reach out and work with him to find the perfect place! You can also follow him on Facebook here. Thanks for making that issue a little bit less confusing and intimidating for me!


Friday, August 3, 2018

Check Out the Last Residency Opening Exhibition at Red Bull House of Art

This Friday night, Red Bull House of Art will celebrate the art of its last three residents. Over the past 5 years, RBHOA has hosted residencies for artists from around the world, giving them the freedom to work on their art. Their opening exhibitions have all been epic, not only because they featured amazing art work, but because Red Bull knows how to throw an awesome party! Although this is the last group of residents as we know it, Red Bull isn't going anywhere. They will now be known as Red Bull Arts Detroit and will continue to support artists with residencies. They will also help artists out with grants now and they even will be adding writers into the mix. But, before they kick all of that off, they need send these last three artists off.

Friday's opening exhibition will feature the art of Jason Pulgarin, Debbie Manville, and Nathan Smith. Pulgarin is Brooklyn born and now abides in LA. He is "known for his brightly colored and highly stylized figurative works on paper but is also deeply rooted in the graffiti and mural subculture." Manville's art features "a palette of bright colors, gradients, and odd shapes" making artwork that reminds us of the 80s, but with a modern twist. Smith draws inspiration from the graffiti of LA and for his current work, he "uses shapes and textures as a binary code creating clouds of hieroglyphic texts that float through his pieces." All three artists have their own style, but their work compliments each other. You can see it for yourself this Friday night.
The party starts at 7 p.m. this Friday night and will run until 10 p.m. If you can't make it out to opening night, you can see the work of these artists on display every Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. through September 2nd.


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Detroit's Newest Bar/Venue Wants to Redefine How You Experience Art and Live Music

Detroit has always been known for our music but over the last 10 years we have also begun to be known for our art, food, and drink culture. Bars like Sugar House and Two James elevated the drink culture, while restaurants like Selden Standard and Chartreuse have elevated the food culture to a whole new place. Red Bull House of Art and the Library Street Collective helped take the art culture to a whole new level, and thanks to their hard work and perseverance, a new bar and venue called Deluxx Fluxx is hoping to combine the city's love of live music with our love of art to take Detroit's nightlife to a whole new level.
Thomas Merton said, "art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time" which is exactly what we think you will do the first time you enter the doors of Deluxx Fluxx. The bar/venue/living art installation is meant to take you outside and put you inside the minds of Brooklyn-based artist duo Faile along with Bast. The touring party/art installation has been changing lives since 2010, but this is the first time that they have set down any permanent roots anywhere.
Every inch of the bar and venue has been designed by the artists and every detail has been addressed. There are custom video games that play Detroit themed games and feature advertisements from high profile Detroiters like Jason Hall (RiDetroit/Pizza 365/formerly of Slow Roll). The walls are covered in posters and art that was created by the duo, this includes every table, every booth, and every wall. In fact, even the bar taps and the lighted mirror behind the bar were created by the duo. The lighting and the sound are 100% custom, in fact everything in the bar/venue is custom. Every detail has been addressed. You can easily forget where you are or what you are doing, there are no windows and you have to go down a set of stairs and along hallway to get inside the venue in the first place. It is easy to immerse yourself and let go.
The venue has a 250 capacity and will feature over 10 custom cocktails on tap. They will be open Tuesday thru Sunday and drinks will range from $3 to $12 a piece. The best part of the whole thing is that Detroit legend Virginia Benson will be booking the venue. She is the brains behind Party Store Productions and she knows how to bring great music to Detroit. She also plans to bring lots of weekly events to the space so she can keep it eclectic.

This is the coolest bar/venue that we have ever seen! We cannot wait to see the first band play there when they open their doors for their first show/event this Friday. But, before we talk about the opening, check out this interview with Virginia and Kyle (the cocktail creator) to get the inside scoop on the space from the hip kids that have been working their asses off to bring this new experience to you!

Deluxx Fluxx is located inside The Belt. It is marked by a green door and four Xs above it. Make sure to follow the venue here to stay in the loop on all of their upcoming events.