Wednesday, June 20, 2018

24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: Future Generations and The Lagoons @ Marble Bar

This Thursday marks the first day of summer, and we can't think of a better way to kick off the season than with great music and a few drinks on a patio in Detroit. Luckily, Party Store Productions has just that planned. PSP is bringing The Lagoons and Future Generations to Marble Bar in Detroit. The two bands are currently out on a co-headlining tour, hitting cities throughout the Midwest and up the East Coast. Both bands have new music out too! The Lagoons just released a new EP Escape and Future Generations have a new single out and a new album on its way this fall. Give both of these bands a listen below. 

Tickets to see these two bands live are only $10 and can be purchased in advance here. The night of the show, cover will be $12 at the door. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show by sending your name to with #summer in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

18 and over are welcome to attend this one and the night gets started at 8 p.m. For more info on this show, click here


Everything You Need To Know About Ford + Michigan Central Station

The Michigan Central Station abruptly opened it's doors in January of 1914 after the old station burned down on December, 26th 1913.The train depot and 18 story high office building were designed by the same team that created New York's Grand Central Station. In fact, the stations only opened around 6 months apart. The lobby was designed to look like a Roman bath house with features like marble walls and vaulted ceilings. The original building served as a train station and an Amtrack station until 1988 when the last train officially took off from the station.

For the next 30 years, the space has slowly deteriorated. Every few years you would hear whispers that someone was purchasing the station or making plans to restore it, but nothing ever happened. The owners eventually gated it and made sure that for the last ten years, no one got inside. They said it was too unsafe for people to be going inside anymore and the building was too far gone to be restored without some major money. So, it sat there, filling up with water and rotting in the center of Corktown until 2011 when they drained the basement and threw some windows on it. This major makeover restarted the rumors that someone was purchasing the station, but nothing happened until a few weeks ago. Turns out, that someone ended up being Ford Motor Company.

Ford Motor Company was created in 1903 by Henry Ford. He revolutionized the car industry by introducing the assembly line to American car making and by paying his workers a live-able $5 a day wage with benefits, including a shorter 8 hour workday and weekends off of work. He started the company inside the Piquette Avenue Plant, and quickly moved to the Highland Park Plant, before opening the River Rouge plant in 1928. Ford opened the Willow Run plant in 1942 before they opened their World Headquarters in Dearborn in 1956. At that point, they started opening factories all over the world and expanding into territories that Henry Ford could have never imagined. He passed away in 1947, long before the company grew into the giant that it would become. Ford has made it through the Great Depression, World War I and II, and the crash of 2009 without borrowing money from the US taxpayers like two other local companies. They have outlasted many of their competitors and found some interesting ways to make things work in really rough times. These are all traits that will help them as they take their next step into the future and build their new home downtown in the heart of Corktown.

This historical announcement was made at a press conference on Tuesday, that featured speeches from CEO Jim Hackett and Chairman Bill Ford. Both innovators stressed the importance of moving their next development to the City of Detroit and what it meant to restore this historic building. They talked about embracing the future of driving and technology by working hard to find new ways to "make people's lives better". They also detailed their plans for the space which include a new Corktown campus that will focus on the future of mobility, including how to make transit easier, faster, safer, and cheaper in cities and in the suburbs that surround them. You can watch a full stream of the live event here. It includes a performance by Big Sean that is worth a watch.

The new Ford campus will be around 1.2 million square feet, it will include a mixed use space that will feature offices, retail, and housing. The new offices will likely host around 2,500 employees with the possibility to eventually host another 2,500 in the near future. The renovations will take an estimated four years to complete and the finished product may look something like this: 

But, before they get to work to renovate the historical space, they are inviting the public to come in and legally tour the station for the first time in 30 years. Just under a year ago I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon inside the train station and it was one of the most magical days of my life. All of the photos in this post were taken on that magical day when I had the chance to walk the station privately with a few good friends. Make sure you stop by this weekend and have a memorable moment of your own, this will be the first and last time anyone sees the train station looking like this again! 
Tours will take place from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. You can click here to sign yourself up for a tour and you can find all the rules for the tours here. This is your last chance to see the building before it goes through a rebirth! Congrats to Ford and all the businesses that we love in Corktown that will hopefully benefit from this move. Think it was hard to get a table at Takoi before?


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Win Tickets to See Supersuckers at Small's

This Thursday night, the greatest rock & roll band in the world returns to Small's! Black Iris Booking is bringing Supersuckers to the stage along with Speedealer and The Strains. Eddie Spaghetti and the boys just finished up a Canadian tour and now they are rocking their way across the US. Before they play Small's this Thursday, the band is doing a meet and greet at Village Vinyl in Warren at 4 p.m. and playing a free acoustic set at Rock City Music Company in Livonia from 6-7:30 p.m. You can find out more about the meet and greet here and the acoustic set here.

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Thursday and all ages are welcome. Tickets for the show are $16 in advance or $18 the day of the show. You can pick your tickets up in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by sending your name to with #supersuckers 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!


Detroit River Days Returns to Detroit this Weekend

Detroit River Days is returning to the Detroit River Front this weekend for the 12th year in a row. The festival was started in 2007 and its purpose is to celebrate the continuously improving Detroit River Front. Their goal is to get people who wouldn't normally come down to the city to come down for the day/weekend and give it a chance. In order to get everyone's attention, they have put together a fun filled three day event that includes live music, a kids zone, yoga on the river, zip lines, an air show, a motorcycle bike night, river boat tours, a food court, sand sculptures, and a jet ski championship. Basically, there is a little something for everyone. Musical headliners include Kool & the Gang and Morris Day & the Time, but there will be lots of great local acts too, including Brother Son, Roots Vibrations and The Reefermen.

The three day festival kicks off on Friday and is free from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and then it is a $3 admission fee for anyone from 3 until 65 years of age. This does not include the cost of carnival rides, which range from $1.50 to $2.50 a piece. The event will take place from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. all three days and each day will require a different wristband. Dogs are welcome to attend, but they must be on a leash. No outside food, drinks, chairs, or large backpacks will be permitted inside the festival, but there is a food court where attendees can enjoy some bites. Click here for a guide to parking and make your trip down to the city even more enjoyable!


Monday, June 18, 2018

Eat, Shop, and Play at Beacon Park this Summer

Pop-ups have become common place in cities like New York and LA, but they are still a special event when they happen in and around Detroit. After decades of watching commerce leave the city, it's fun to see small businesses coming back to Detroit in a big way. It's also interesting to see what kind of amazing experiences can be created when spaces open themselves up for pop-ups. Some pop-ups feature food and others feature clothing and goods, but all of them bring a new element of commerce to the city that helps shine a spotlight on up and coming small businesses that will shape the future of the Motor City. 
Beacon Park will be joining in on the trend by hosting a pop up market everyday Saturday night this summer. The weekly event starts at 7 p.m. and runs through 11 p.m. every Saturday and each week features a different collection of vendors that you can check out. The vendors will be showcasing a variety of items, including handmade jewelry, t-shirts, and much more! The market runs through August and each week will feature different vendors. Each week they will also have some live music, to keep up with everything that they have at the market this summer. Add them on Facebook here to stay in the loop.

The park also hosts a free yoga session every week and hosts food trucks throughout the week. To find out more about the other events at Beacon Park this summer, click here.


Music Will Be Popping Up All Over Ferndale This Saturday!

Ferndale is a fabulous place that is always pushing boundaries, but this weekend they are truly taking local music and DIY to the next level. A small festival called Front Porch Fest will be returning for the second year in a row and we honestly believe that Ferndale is the only place that would let something this cool happen throughout their community. After last year's initial fest, they happily invited the organizers back to plan a second year that is bigger and better than the first.

The idea is simple. The organizers of the festival connect great local bands with porches around the city that are willing to let them set up and play a few songs in the middle of a day on Saturday. This means that you could be sitting inside your house this weekend and you might hear a band off in the distance. This also means that you might be sitting in the house and hear a band playing right outside your space!

Organizers are encouraging attendees to use bikes to ride around the city from set to set instead of using a car, but if you do use a car they want to remind you to drive carefully, obey all parking signs, and respect everyone's spaces! They have created a guide to the festival with links to lead you right to the front porch, you can find that list here. This year's fest will feature pop-ups from 40 different acts including Anthony Retka, Electric Honey, JD Wright, Kimball, Ryan Dillaha & The Miracle Men, Sami Mei, and The Whiskey Charmers.

Pop-up sets will be taking place from noon until 6 p.m. this Saturday, June 23rd. If you have to use the restroom while you're running around and you don't want to buy something, you can use the porta potties set up on the median of Livernois south of 9 Mile at Albany and north of 9 Mile at W. Breckenridge.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Beacon Park Kicks Off Its Summer Concert Series with JR JR

Last summer, a new park hit the streets in Detroit, called Beacon Park. This park sits at the intersection of  Grand River & 1st street and offers a patch of attractive green space in the heart of the city. Throughout last summer, the park hosted pop-up shops and concerts, and was a great gathering place for friends and family to come together to play games, enjoy a picnic, or have some fun on the see-saws. The park even transformed into an arcade just months ago.

Well, summer is here and Beacon Park has some awesome events planned for the season, including bigger and better concerts! This Saturday, June 16th the park will kick off its summer concert series with Detroit's own JR JR (formerly Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.). Wild Belle will be joining JR JR and Inohs Sivad will be opening the show. The concert is FREE to attend and there will even be an awesome light show happening on the nearby G.A.R. Building during the show. Food trucks will also be on site, craft beers and cocktails will be available, and there will even be shops set up around the park.

Saturday's concert is part of a three concert series, with the next taking place on July 21st with St. Motel. The third show will happen on August 18th, but the headliner has not been announced yet. In addition to these concerts there are a ton of other great events happening at Beacon Park, like markets, yoga, volleyball, and family fun Sundays! You check out the current list of events here.

The music is set to start at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and the fun will go until midnight. For more information on this awesome free event and to see a full list of shops and food trucks that will be on site, click here.


Win Tickets to See Bodega at Marble Bar

New York based Bodega are kicking off a tour this weekend and they're making their way to Detroit Monday night, June 18th. The band just released their debut LP Endless Scroll and we guarantee it will get you moving! This band has sort of a dancey Le Tigre feel, with indie and punk rock influences mixed in, along with some male vocals to accompany the females. Give them a listen and judge for yourself.

Bodega will be hitting the stage at Marble Bar on Monday along with Detroit's own Deadbeat Beat. Cover for this show is $10 and 18+  are welcome. Thanks to Party Store Productions, we are also getting someone into this show for free. To enter to win, send your name to with #bodega 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.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Win Tickets to Blackout BBQ Featuring Reverend Horton Heat

Summertime is here and along with it comes beaches, bike rides, and BBQs. Although it's fun to BBQ out back with a few friends, it's always way more fun to BBQ at the Magic Stick with hundreds of friends for Blackout BBQ! Every summer Black Iris Booking brings together an awesome lineup of bands for one fun summer day. Think of it as a family reunion, but with the dysfunctional family that you choose to be around.

This year's Blackout BBQ will take place this Saturday, June 16th and Reverend Horton Heat will be headlining the show. Also on the bill are Big Sandy, Koffin Kats, Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones, and  The Devil's Cut. Plus, DJ Ben Rose from Motor City Juke Joint will be playing tunes throughout the evening. And of course a BBQ wouldn't be a BBQ without food! There will be FREE barbecue served up starting at 6 p.m. as until it's gone.

The fun starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday and the music will start at 7. Tickets to attend are $22 in advance or $25 the day of the show. 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 #bbq in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

All ages are welcome to attend this one. For more info, click here.


Celebrate the 80's with Tito's

Everyone has been obsessing so hard over the 90's lately that they forgot how cool the 80's were. In the 80's, four finger rings, velour tracksuits, scrunchies. shoulder pads, huge earrings, spandex, airbrush, and perms were in style. Madonna was the queen of the world and big box office movies like Ghostbusters, ET, and Back to the Future were the talk of the town. Plus, there was no such thing as cell phones, computers or selfies.

Tito's wants to bring back all things 80's by showing you a totally awesome time this Saturday, June 16th at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. The handmade vodka maker is hosting a good old fashioned dance party wsg Damone from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The event will feature live performances from The Breakfast Club Band, The Bodacious Beggars, and DJ Darren Revell. There will be cash bars and food trucks to get a snack in-between songs. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 10:30 p.m. Don't forget to throw it back and dress up in your best 80's swag. The best dressed person at the party will win a prize! If you want to have some fun and throw it way back this weekend, this is the spot for you!


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Eat BBQ with Your Pup at El Club this Weekend

This Saturday afternoon, bring your 2 legged and 4 legged kids to El Club for a BBQ! The BBQ is being hosted by the non-profit Pretties for Pitties, and is a fundraiser for an upcoming microchip clinic that the group will be hosting. It is estimated that over 10 million pets are lost or stolen in the US each year. Microchipping your dog or cat will help ensure that if they get lost, they will make their way back home. Every $10 raised at this BBQ will help microchip a dog in need later this year.

Saturday's BBQ will feature great food, with Vegan options. There will also be merchandise for sale on site for you and your pup, as well as fun contests. If you don't have a fur-child to bring with you, this is also a great time to adopt because the River Rouge Animal Shelter will also be at the event. The BBQ will run from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday and all ages are welcome. However, only one dog is allowed per each 21+ adult. Please make sure you also bring your vaccination records with you for your pet, and only friendly dogs are allowed.

For more information on this fun event, click here.


Are You a Badfish Too?

Some of the most famous people in the world weren't famous while they were alive. For instance, the painter Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting while he was alive, and writer Edgar Allen Poe died penniless after living his life in squalor. It's heart breaking when you learn that someone didn't get to see the impact that their work had on the world, but it gives us even more of a reason to celebrate the art that they left us.

Bradley Nowell's name might not be as recognizable as Poe's or Van Gogh's but to many of us his music is. His band Sublime rose to fame in the late 90's after the passing of Bradley. While we were all getting hooked to songs like "What I Got" and "Santeria", Brad's family and friends were mourning his passing. While MTV was playing music videos featuring Lou Dog, the remaining members were trying to figure out what if anything would be next. It's a sad story, but it's also a testament to the singer/songwriter's talent and reach because whenever people hear Sublime, they smile. they laugh, and they have fun because that is what Sublime is all about.  The magic that they created was so powerful that thousands of bands have tried to recreate it over the years, but none have been able to do so as well as Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime. This tribute band has taken the art of flatter to the next level by recapturing the magic that the OG lineup was able to take to the stage.

We reached out to find out why they decided to dedicate their musical careers to recreating the magic of Sublime before they come to Detroit to make magic at St.Andrew's Hall this Thursday, June 14th.  Check out what they had to say, throw on 40 oz to Freedom, and head up to the Hall this Thursday to get a glimpse of what it was like in South Beach in 1995.

HID- Why Sublime?
Scott Begin- "Sublime was a huge part of our musical lives during our high school and college years. We decided that seeing as no one was performing these songs live, we'd give it a go. We figured that we and all our friends were fans of this music so hopefully they'd come check it out. Our first show was successful and we decided to keep it going and spread it all around the country."

HID- What's your favorite song to play live and why?
Scott Begin- "Changes from week to week, but a good standby one for me is "DJs" from the 40 Oz To Freedom album. It's a different rhythmic part than many Sublime songs, and I also get to do a lot of backing vocals on that one."

HID- Whats the best band you have gotten to play with live?
Scott Begin- "Less Than Jake are really fun and put on a great show. Flogging Molly was a great high energy performance. We also did a St Paddy's Day show in Dallas with Snoop Dogg once! That was a bucket list one, for sure"

HID- You guys do a lot of festivals, are there any you think we need to check out?
Scott Begin- "The Nelson Ledges Festival in Garretsville OH that we do at the beginning and end of every summer is a real rager. Maybe a fun road trip idea??"

HID- So, do you smoke two joints in the morning then to keep on theme?
Scott Begin- "I do not. And I still feel alright, somehow..."

HID- Sublime means a lot to a lot of people. Whats the best fan reaction that you can remember?
Scott Begin- "Usually people have incredible Sublime tattoos, be it of their logo or some of Bradley, etc. We've seen some pretty impressive work throughout the years."

HID- Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
Scott Begin- "We hope you'll come check us out at St Andrews Hall! We're psyched to be back there when it's not freezing cold!!

Tickets to attend this Thursday show are $18 dollars in advance and they can be purchased here.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Celebrate the Return of Rock & Roll at The Piquette Plant

Detroit is known for two things, cars and rock and roll. Two vices that a new festival called Motor City Muscle will be celebrating later this summer.  This new festival is still hush hush, but word on the street is that there is a good chance that they are bringing some really cool bands to the stage this summer. But, before the big event, they are having a pre-party to celebrate the first day of summer and the birth of a new fest.

The party will take place inside The Historical Piquette Avenue Plant, the birthplace of the Model T.  This is the perfect backdrop for the celebration of the muscle car and music. The party will feature food, drinks, live music, and tours of the historical space. They will also be revealing the festival's official poster and every attendee will get an exclusive copy before the public ever has a chance.

Tickets to attend the launch party start at $88 a piece and they can be purchased here. You can learn more about the upcoming event by following them on Facebook here. Make sure you keep your eyes and ears out, the headliners will be announced soon!


24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: Okkervil River @ El Club

This spring, Okkervil River released their eighth album In The Rainbow Rain. This band has experienced a lot of change through the past two decades. One thing that remains the same is that Will Sheff is still at the helm leading this band, now accompanied by Benjamin Lazar Davis (bass), Will Graefe (guitar), Sarah Pedinotti (keys), and Cully Symington (percussion). This lineup worked on this latest album after returning from their Away tour and shortly after the 2016 presidential election. Give it a listen for yourself below.

Okkervil River is currently on tour in support of In The Rainbow Rain and they are headed to Detroit this week! They will hit the stage at El Club this Wednesday, June 13th. Joining them for the evening is Star Rover.  Tickets for the show are $20 and can be purchased in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show by emailing your name to with #rainbow in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Wednesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 


Monday, June 11, 2018

JD Wright is Going Solo this Saturday

Being an artist and a musician is much more than a hobby or a passion, it's a calling that lies inside every little kid that ever picked up a guitar, a camera, or pen and felt the need to create. JD Wright has been following his musical calling for the last 15 years and during the time has has created some really special music with bands like Reuther, Cheapshow, and Due North, but this summer he's taking a new journey and releasing new music himself.  

After 15 years of working with others to create, record, and release music, JD has spent the last two years writing, recording, and preparing to release new music that he created alone for the first time in his career. Music that he will be performing LIVE this Saturday, June 16th for FREE at the New Way Bar in Ferndale. But, before you head up to to the show or give his new song
"Teeth" a listen, check out what JD had to say about his latest project. 

HID- Why did you decide to record a solo album?
JD- "I think I've known for a long time that this is something I wanted to do -- there were even a few times when I started working on a project and got discouraged and abandoned it. I've been playing in bands for over 15 years, and I think it's only been in the last few years that I've gained the ability, and the confidence in my own abilities, to make something like this happen."

HID- Where was this recorded and mastered?
JD- "The album was recorded at Drifting Sun Studios in Ferndale, Michigan by my good friend Charles Huber. Chuck and I mixed the thing, and it was sent to Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering."

HID- What was the most challenging part of writing and recording your first album on your own? What was the most rewarding part?
JD- "Melody has always come easy to me -- lyrics are always something that I've struggled with. What I've learned over the course of this endeavor is that writing good songs takes a lot of time and elbow grease. When I was younger, I would often scribble down the first thing that "fit" in the line or verse or part I was writing -- there was very little revision. Now I take a lot more time to write, and rewrite, and write, and rewrite, until I get it, well, right.

The most rewarding part of this whole process has been finally wrapping it up and having 6 huge boxes of vinyl records show up at the door. I started working on these songs in September of 2016, so this has been a very long process for me and I'm really happy to finally have a finished product."

HID- The lyrics for this album seem deeply personal at times, are the songs written from personal experiences?
JD- "These songs are fiction. That's another thing that is new for me this time around. I used to write songs about my life, but I'm getting close to 30, I go to work 40 hours a week, and come home to happy household so it's just not as easy to write lyrics that are literally about my life anymore.

The idea of writing a concept album was sort of a exercise in creativity that I found I really enjoyed. That being said, most of these songs were inspired by people I've known, places I've been, or things I've seen or heard. (Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.)"

HID- Who did the backup singing on some of the tracks? Is it you?
JD- "That's me. My dudes Noah Fenton and Eric Plunkard will be helping me out during the live shows."

HID- Do you have any formal vocal training?
JD- "Zero, but I'll take that as a compliment.
Actually, that's not quite true. When I was like 19 or 20 I took one vocal lesson from a little old lady in Bloomfield Hills or somewhere up there who kept telling me to stop yelling. We didn't have another lesson after that."

HID- What is your favorite track on the album?
JD- "My favorite track is "Teeth". I wrote that song first and pretty quickly realized there was more of story here than I could possibly tell in one song. Plus I absolutely adore electric guitar solos, and there's a ton of space on that track for shredding."

HID- What song are you most excited to perform live at the album release party?
JD- "From the album -- Chickenshit. But we'll also be playing a couple new songs that I'm super excited to share with everyone."

HID- This album is a real change from your previous projects (Cheapshow, Due North, Reuther). Why did you decide to take your music in this direction?
JD- "Jokingly, I've been telling people that I wanted to make music that my parents could listen to. In reality, my musical tastes have just shifted away from punk rock as I've gotten older (sorry). In all honesty, I don't see a huge difference between punk and folk or Americana besides the delivery -- the structure of the songs are usually pretty similar."

HID- You have a song that talks about a controversial issues here in the states, The Line 5 pipeline. Can you share your thoughts about it with us?
JD- "If you haven't heard, there are a pair of 65 year old oil pipelines running beneath the Straits of Mackinac that were only designed to last 50 years. They are managed by the same company, Enbridge, that spilled over a million gallons of toxic black crude into the Kalamazoo River, something the residents and wildlife living near the river are still dealing with today.

Enbridge has pretty conclusively demonstrated that they can't be trusted to ensure that their pipelines are safe, and in my opinion, it's not a question of if, but when Line 5 leaks. We are talking about a pipeline that's nearly 300 feet below the surface of a lake that regularly freezes over in an area where the current oscillates between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, making cleanup exponentially more complicated than a "regular" oil spill. A spill in the Straights would be catastrophic, and I can't stomach the idea that we might have to tell our children that we knew about this problem and refused to do anything about it.

I would never tell you who to vote for in November, but I would say that your should make sure whoever you vote for makes shutting down Line 5 a top priority.

The song is called "No Swimming", and it didn't make the album, but I'll be playing it at the show."

HID- Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?
JD- "You can order the album from the Save Your Generation Records website here. Tony at SYG has been a fantastic help and works with a ton of great bands you should definitely check out."

JD will be playing live this Saturday alongside Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms and Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts. Doors for the show are open at 9 p.m. and 21 and over are welcome to attend for free because all New Way shows are FREE all of the time now! Lake Effect is out now on most digital platforms. Give it a listen here


Win Tickets to See Neal Brennan LIVE

You might not know this, but you're a fan of Neal Brennan. You might not know him by name, but most likely you have laughed because of a joke that he has written. For instance, if you even yelled out "Bitch" to punch up a joke, thank this man. Neal got his start on one of my all time favorite 90's shows Singled Out and followed that up with some work on Nickelodeon's All That and a movie with Dave Chappelle called Half Baked, before writing for, producing and co-creating one of the most influential comedy shows of all time. The Chappelle Show. Remember the Rick James Bitch skit?That was Brennan. Remember the Prince sketch? THAT WAS BRENNAN!

These days Brennan is a jack of all trades that mostly focuses on stand up comedy. He tours throughout most of the year and shows up on programs like The Daily Show every once in awhile. He also recently announced that he will be featured on Jerry Seinfeld's new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. But, before that, he is coming to Detroit to perform live at The Majestic Theater on Friday, June 15th.

Tickets to see his set are $29.50 in advance and $35 the day of the show. You can purchase advance tickets here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your full name to with the subject line #neal. We will draw one lucky person this weekend and they will get to go with a friend for free.

If you want to see some of Neal Brennan's stand up before you make a decision, check him out on Netflix. He has a killer special called 3 Mics that is worth a watch!


Friday, June 8, 2018

Calling All Wizards & Witches - Wizard U is Coming to The Crofoot


Calling all fans of Harry Potter, wizards, and magic! Wizard U will be taking place at The Crofoot on Saturday, June 16th. If you have ever wanted to make potions or play magical chess, this is the event for you! Wizard U is "a day of friendship, magic, and mischief that brings together fans of witchcraft and wizardry to get that school of magic experience they never had as kids." The day's activities will include, but will not be limited to, Dueling, Transfiguration, Divination, Potions, Wandmaking, Wizards' Pong and Magical Chess. It will be a super fun day that will make you feel like you're one of Harry's classmates. Plus, there will be brooms, wands, and all sorts of magical gear for sale on site.
If Wizard U sounds like the U for you, tickets can be purchased just $20 here. We are also giving away a pair of tickets to this awesome event! To enter to win, send your name to with #magic in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner and they will get to attend this magical event with a friend for free.

Wizard U kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday and class is in session until 6 p.m. For more info on this event, click here.


Win Tickets to See Anvil at El Club

The '80s were a defining decade in our history. This decade gave shape to some crazy clothing trends, some of the biggest hair-dos around, and some awesome music trends. One of those bands that was creating music in the 80s was Canadian Metal Heads, Anvil. This band got its start in 1981 and paved the way for bands like Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax and Metallica. Although Anvil didn't quite reach the popularity that these bands did, they definitely carved out a place in music history, which can be seen in the documentary about the band, Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

Over 30 decades after getting their start, Anvil is still at it and out on tour. They will be making a stop in Detroit at El Club this Sunday, June 10th. Joining Anvil on El Club's stage are Shadowside and Sunlord. Tickets to see these bands live are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. 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 #anvil in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Win Tickets to See Cold Cave at El Club

If you were a fan of hardcore music in the late '90s and early 2000s, you probably are familiar with the band American Nightmare (also known as Give Up The Ghost). The Boston based band was fronted by Wesley Eisold, and recently released their first album in about 15 years. Although Eisold has been back at it with American Nightmare, he has also been working on another project for the past decade. Cold Cave is Eisold's darkwave/synthpop project that he formed back in 2007. Although he has collaborated with many musicians during the span of this project, since 2012 his partner in crime for Cold Cave has been Amy Lee. The duo just released a new EP last month and now they are out on tour in support of the new tunes. Give You & Me & Infinity a listen below.

Cold Cave is headed to Detroit to perform live at El Club this Saturday, June 9th. Joining them for this tour are Black Marble and Choir Boy. Tickets to see this lineup for yourself are $15 in advance or $17 at the door. You can purchase your tickets in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your name to with #coldcave in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and they will get into the show that night with a friend for free.


The Shed 5 Flea's Season Kicks Off this Sunday

We all know that the Eastern Market offers great local fruits, veggies, flowers, and plants every Saturday. But, the market also hosts other events throughout the year. One of our favorite pop-ups at the market is the Shed 5 Flea. This event features antiques, vintage clothing, and one of a kind items from local vendors. Whether you're looking for a cute new (to you) summer dress or a new retro end table for your living room, you're bound to find it at this event!

The Shed 5 Flea takes place the second Sunday of the month throughout the summer. The first flea will take place this Sunday, June 10th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. While this event is taking place in Shed 5, the regular Sunday Market will be taking place in the other sheds, featuring food trucks, artists, and local wares. You can get more info on the Sunday Markets here.

So head to the market and get some shopping done this Sunday! To see a list of vendors that will be participating at the Shed 5 Flea and to learn more about the event, head over to the Facebook event page here.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Kimball Releases New Music and Plays The Loving Touch

It's no secret that there are a lot of great bands in Detroit, but every once and a while we cross paths with a band that we are absolutely wowed by. Kimball is one of those bands. They just released their debut EP North Wilson last week, and we've listened to it straight through quite a few times now. Probably more times than we should admit. Kimball classifies themselves as Indie Rock, but we would definitely include Alternative Rock in that description. Although the band has only been playing together for about two years now, their sound far exceeds what you would expect to hear based on that time period. They have a sound that you would hear on airwaves on college campuses across the country, and we're sure it won't be too long before that's a reality. They were already featured on WDET's Modern Music with John Moshier recently. You can give that a listen here. You can also give Kimball's new EP a listen below.

North Wilson has already been released digitally, but this Friday night Kimball will also be releasing the EP on CD as well as a new 7" at their release show at The Loving Touch. The record is being released by none other than Detroit's own Jett Plastic Recordings and will be available on limited edition colored vinyl. Joining Kimball for the big release show are The Doozers, Remnose and Who Boy. Cover for the show is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. You can purchase your tickets in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your name to with #kimball in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and they will get in the door with a friend for free that night courtesy of Hip in Detroit and Fusion Shows.

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. on Friday and all ages are welcome.


Celebrate your PRIDE in the Motor City this Weekend

June was officially recognized as Pride Month in 1999, but the celebration of of the LBGT community and the fight for their rights began long before it became a recognized holiday. Pride Month was a reaction to the hate and prejudice that the LBGT community has been experiencing ever since they decided that it was time to start living their lives the way that they wanted to. Something that, as we all know, the religious right that exists in this country is clearly not comfortable with. But, did you know that PRIDE was not started as a celebration, instead it was started as a tribute or memorial to the Stonewall Riots that took place in NYC in June of 1969? The multi day riots were the result of another unlawful police raid on an already marginalized group of people who were sick and tired of taking it. They fought back for multiple nights and this resistance is credited as the beginning if the LBGTQ movement. Today's Pride gatherings are celebrations that often include music, dancing, food, and community building. They are an opportunity for the LBGTQ community to be visible and to build community.

This year's Motor City Pride celebration will once again take place in Hart Plaza this weekend, June 9th and 10th. The two day event will feature performances by Little Animal, Haute to Death, Ladysse, Matt Wixson's Flying Circus, and LVRS. There will be a parade that takes pace at noon on Sunday and tons of vendors and food stations to check out as you walk through the festival.  There is a  $5 entrance fee to get in each day.  If you would like to learn more about Detroit Pride visit their website here.

If you are looking for a way to connect to the LBGTQ community of Metro Detroit, check out Affirmations, they are here to help! 


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Planthropie is the Perfect Way to Introduce Your Friends and Family to Plant Based Life

When you decide to go plant based or vegan, as it was traditionally called, everyone always asks you the same three questions. How do you do it, is it hard, and don't you miss cheese? Personally, I have had a pretty easy time transitioning my diet, it wasn't very hard, and no I don't really miss cheese because I eat cheese all of the time. It's not the traditional cheese that you are used to and it's not the shitty Daiya cheese that so many places serve up. It's really good cheese made out of things like cashews and almonds that melts just like the traditional dairy that you are used to. My current super market favorite is Cross Your Heart Cheese and my new gourmet favorite is made by a new catering company called Planthropie launching right here in Detroit.
Planthropie is a new plant based catering company that specializes in gorgeous gourmet spreads and raw desserts that will blow your mind. The company was started by Rua Oshana and its mission is to, "raise awareness on conscious wholesome plant-based living and its health impact through community outreach and strategic partnerships". The entrepreneurs goal is to create food so good to look at and eat that you forget that it's plant based, and based on our experience with her food, we would say that she hit the nail on the head. This is the kind of catering company that you could hire for a party and forget to tell your guest that they weren't really eating meat and cheese.

To get the good word out about her amazing plant based food, Rua invited around 40 local ladies with a following to come down to Femology, a shared work space in the heart of Downtown, to enjoy a sampling of what her company will offer, while connecting with other like minded strong females. We had the opportunity to connect with Megan, the owner of Femology, Kellie, the creator of Plant Based Detroit, and to hang out with one of our favorite cruelty free babes, makeup artist and eyebrow wizard Jess Haze, while enjoying the bast damn cheese and appetizers that this chubby little vegan ever ate.
I took a few photos of the meal to share with you, but once I read Plant Based Detroit's review I figured I'd just tell you to go over there for the food run down and review (and better photos) because she did a great job recapping every bite. Click Here to check out her story and her blog!

From left to right: Jessica Haze MUA, Kellie Plant Based Detroit, Rua owner of Planthropie
and finally me, Sadie from

In the meantime, the next time you have an event that you need catered, call up Planthropie and do something good for yourself and your friends and loved ones. We promise that the catering is so good that you wont even realize that your eating healthy and animal free!


Win Tickets to See The Black Dahlia Murder at St. Andrew's Hall

Detroit rockers The Black Dahlia Murder formed in 2001 and released their first album Unhallowed on Metal Blade Records in 2003. Since then, they have traveled the world and released 7 other full length albums, all of which have charted on the billboard 200. But, at the end of the day, they are just some really cool metal kids from Detroit who are taking the stage at St. Andrew's to make everyone's ears bleed in only a way that they can.

The Black Dahlia Murder will be performing alongside WhitechapelFleshgod Apocalypse, Aversions Crown, and Shadow of Intent at St. Andrew's Hall this Sunday, June 10th. Tickets to attend the show are $28 to $65 in advance and they can be purchased here. You can also win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to with the subject line #metal. We will draw one lucky person this weekend and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free!


Monday, June 4, 2018

Win Tickets to See Bars of Gold this Sunday!

Some bands are great on an their albums, but not so good in person, and other bands are really great live, but their albums don't do them justice. Bars of Gold is one of those bands that is as good on record as they are live, but in person there is something super magical that cannot be experienced anywhere else. There is something magical that happens when these 5 dudes take the stage. They don't play live as much as they used to and they haven't released any new music recently, but that's what makes seeing them in person even more important. These magical moments that they create aren't as common as they used to be, so don't make the mistake of missing out.

Bars will be performing live at PJ's Lager House alongside Slow Mass and Mover Shaker this Sunday, June 10th. Tickets to attend the show are $8 in advance and they can be purchased here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to attend the show with a friend courtesy of the JSB Squad.  If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to with the subject line #gold. We will draw one lucky winner and they will get to attend this Sunday night's show for free!


Celebrate The Purple One's 60th in Style

Prince Rogers Nelson was born June 7th, 1958. Throughout his life he recorded and released 39 full length album and sold over 100 million albums worldwide. He won 8 Grammy Awards, 6 American Music Awards, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2004. He was known by many names throughout his career including Prince, The Purple One, and . His music was known throughout the world and his resume included hits like "1999", "Let's Go Crazy", "When Doves Cry", "Little Red Corvette" and "I Would Die For You". Tragically, Prince passed away on April 21, 2016 at the all too young age of 57 years old, but not before he changed music forever. Prince mixed rock, pop, and funk, with sex to create something that will exist forever, his music. This Thursday would have been the legend's 60th birthday and instead of spending the day moping around about the loss of the icon. there are lots of ways that you can celebrate the birth, life, and career of a man that changed music and apologetically redefined masculinity and femininity for all of us. If you want to party like it's 1999, check out one of these awesome events!

Prince's 60th Birthday Music Experience with WDET's Ann Delisi:
This Thursday Night Ann Delisi wants you to join her for breakfast or dinner at FRAME in Hazel Park. The meal will include a welcome cocktail, a pancake bar, chicken and waffles, and more. This ticketed event will feature a meal and an exclusive listening experience that will include Prince's music and stories from his friends and admirers, including his longtime recording engineer, Susan Rogers. Tickets to attend the party are $95 in advance and they can be purchased here.

Willis Show Bar Prince Tribute: 
If you want to get decked out to celebrate the Purple One's 60th birthday, you can put on your best looking dress or nicest pressed suit and come out for a cocktail at the Willis Show Bar from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Thursday night. Rick "the Grandson" Wilhite, DJ Psycho, and SJ Jefferson will be spinning music throughout the night and you can make reservations to ensure you have a spot by clicking here

Marble Bar-
Marble Bar will be celebrating Prince with sets by Gabe Gonzilla, DJ Butter, and an all star line-up. $10 gets you in the door and the party starts at 9 p.m. and goes all night! You can learn more about that event here.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Record Fair Detroit Brings Vinyl to the Jam Handy

Calling all record collectors and music lovers! This Sunday afternoon head to Jam Handy to get your hands on some new (to you) vinyl! Record Fair Detroit is taking place this Sunday, June 3rd from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will feature over 40 dealers selling records from nearly every genre, and not all of these dealers are local. So chances are that you'll be able to find some stuff that you haven't seen before. This is the first Record Fair in Detroit since 1982 and it's all being organized by the one and only Hello Records.

Admission is only $5, but make sure you bring plenty of cash to spend. If you want to be one of the first to get in the door and see what the fair has to offer, you can pay $10 to get in at 10 a.m. The Jam Handy is located at 2900 E. Grand Blvd. in Detroit. To find out more about Record Fair Detroit, head over to the Facebook event page here.


Win Tickets to See Carla dal Forno at El Club

Carla dal Forno will be making her way to the stage at El Club in Detroit this Monday night! The London based artist is currently on a North American tour, hitting city's throughout the US and Canada. The tour is in support of her latest release The Garden. Check out the title track off of the EP below.

Tickets to see Carla dal Forno perform live are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. She will be joined by Marc Desse and Koltay. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and all ages are welcome.

Thanks to our friends at El Club, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to with #carla 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.