Friday, January 19, 2018

Clowns Invade Campus Martius This Weekend

If you're not a fan of clowns, then you probably want to stay away from Campus Martius this weekend! You're sure to bump into at least one or two, because Clown Skate 2018 is happening this Saturday, January 20th. On the other hand, if you love clowns, this is the place to be!

This annual event bring out a whole bunch of these colorful people together, as they skate, juggle, make balloon animals and "clown around". You can see photos from past year's here. The event is now in it's 8th year and seems to be growing every year. You can expect to see dozens of clowns in the area, past years there have reports of 60-80 clowns on the ice.

Clowns are expected to be in the area from 7 'til 11 p.m. If you would like to skate along, admission to the rink is $8 for adults, $7 for children 12 & under,  and $7 for seniors. Skate rental is available on site for $4. For more info on this event, click here.

~C

This Sunday The Women's March Unites To Bring Power To The Polls

On January 20th, 2017 Donald Trump was sworn into office as the 45th President of The United States of America. The following day, the largest single-day protest in the history of the United States took place. Five million women, men, and gender non-conforming people all over the world took the streets in protest of the new administration. Protesting has, after all, always been the most American way of showing your disapproval. It's also a way of coming together with like-minded individuals to show the world that we all believe that things can be better. In the weeks after the Women's March, we would begin to talk about some of the progressive movements' most deep-rooted issues, including the lack of intersectionality displayed during the march and what needed to be done to make real change. What we didn't realize at the time was that the march was just the begging of a shift in America.

For the first time in our lifetime, we are finally having some real conversations. The election of Donald Trump catapulted The Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movement into the everyday lives of most Americans and changed the way that we look at and talk about these issues. On Sundays, we watched the NFL take a knee to take a stand, and our Facebook feeds were filled with testimonies of all the abuses that the people we love have experienced throughout their lifetime. For the first time, the curtain of bullshit is being pulled back, the users and abusers are being weeded out.

Yes, Donald is still in charge, but the question now is for how long? The midterm election is only a mere 10 months away and we could make some big moves to further minimize the President's power to effectively make changes that many of us don't want to see. So, to make sure that things keep moving forward, The Women's March is asking everyone to come together one year later to celebrate bringing Power to the Polls this November. This year's action is focused on encouraging women to run for office and become a bigger part of the process. The Power to The Polls gathering will take place in Lansing this Sunday, November 21st at 2 pm. It is an opportunity to show your displeasure and to connect with like-minded individuals so that we can continue meeting, talking and making real changes. To learn more about this march click here.


~S

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Win Tickets to See Typhoon at El Club



Portland based Typhoon just released a new album earlier this month. The record is called Offerings and was released by Roll Call Records. A limited run of Gold Vinyl pressings of the album are available at independent record stores nation wide, including Dearborn Music right here in Metro Detroit. Give the new album a listen below.




Typhoon is currently out on tour in support of this new release and they're set to hit the stage at El Club this Saturday night. Joining them are their tour mates, Mimicking Birds. Tickets for the show start at $18 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to our friends at Party Store Productions and El Club, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #typhoon in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

~C

24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: G. Love & Special Sauce at St. Andrew's Hall

This week, G. Love & Special Sauce are headed to Detroit! The band is currently on tour in celebration of their 25th anniversary. Joining them for this monumental tour and this show are Ries Brothers. The two bands are set to hit the stage at St. Andrew's Hall this Friday, January 19th.

Tickets for the show start at $25 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to our friends at St. Andrew's Hall and Live Nation Detroit, we are giving away a pair of tickets to this show to one lucky reader. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #GLASS in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 7:30 for this one and all ages are welcome.


~C 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Snag a Pair of Tickets to the First Ever Pizza Throwdown

Last year, Slow Roll Co-Founder Jason Hall made a pledge to eat pizza every day for an entire year. He called his journey Pizza 365, and he stuck to it. Jason shared his daily choices on social media, ranging from classics like Buddy's Pizza to the occasional slice from Whole Foods in Detroit. After eating pizza every day for an entire year, he touched every corner on the pizza spectrum here in Detroit and we can definitely say, this guy knows his pizza. 

So, it seems only fitting that after eating pizza for 365 days, Hall would want to eat more pizza! He is one of the people behind a new event that revolves around this delicious cheesy meal, sharing some of the best pizza joints in Detroit with thousands of people all under roof. The event is being called The Pizza Throwdown and it's happening on Sunday, February 11th in Shed 5 at the Eastern Market

"The event is the opportunity for pizza connoisseurs from all over to share stories and adventures that they’ve had through pizza and to experience all the creativity that truly goes into pizza." With paid admission, you will get to sample 5 sample size slices, from a selection of some of the best pizzerias around. Additional full slices will be available for purchase, as well as drinks at a full bar. There will be tunes provided by DJ Tom T and the shed will be full of delicious smells and people that love pizza. What could be better?

Tickets for the Pizza Throwdown start at just $15 and are available in advance here. Soon, the price will increase to $20 though, once the limited amount of early bird tickets sell out. So make sure you snag your tickets up sooner rather than later! We are also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader, so you and your friend can get into this awesome pizza party for free! To enter, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #pizza in the subject line. 

If there's anything we know for sure about Jason Hall, this guy knows his stuff about pizza and he knows how to bring a crowd together. So we're sure The Pizza Throwdown will be epic! For more information on this awesome event and to see the growing list of pizzerias participating, head over to ThePizzaThrowdown.com.


~C

Show Review: The Killers @ The Masonic Temple

Photo Credit: Rob Loud - @RobLoud
Monday night, The Killers played to a packed house at The Detroit Masonic Temple. The band kicked the night off with their single "Run for Cover" off their latest release Wonderful, Wonderful. Visuals from the music video projected on the screen behind them, showing fans, this wasn't going to be just a basic rock show. Instead, the performance was accompanied by lasers, lights, a giant screen, and a trio of female backup singers, making for more of an arena experience inside the walls of this historic venue. After kicking things off with a new one, The Killers then played a string of their older radio hits, as well as a ton of songs off Sam's Town, their 2006 release, still one of their most popular albums to date.
For fans old and new, this was an excellent show from start to finish. The Killers were full of energy and promised the crowd that they would try their best to put on an awesome rock show, and that they did. The band blended their newer hits, like "The Man" in with old favorites, rather than splitting the show up between old and new, or making fans wait until the end of the show to hear the big songs. To round the night off, this band played a true encore, leaving fans cheering for minutes straight before reappearing on stage. The encore set is something that has become entirely to predictable at shows over the years, with many bands stepping to the side of the stage for mere seconds before coming out for a few more songs. The Killers made sure that their fans showed that they wanted to hear more, and the fans weren't going anywhere until that happened. The night ended with one of the band's most popular songs, "Mr. Brightside", which still holds up as a great song 14 years later.

It had been a while since The Killers played in Detroit proper, but next time they come to town, their show is definitely worth checking out. In the mean time, check out their new album Wonderful Wonderful and while you're at it, revisit a few of the band's old favorites below. You can also check out a few clips from the night by visiting us on instagram, @hipindetroit.





~C

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The 2018 Hamtramck Music Fest Band Lineup has Been Announced!

The Hamtramck Music Fest will be returning to Hamtown the first weekend of March. The local festival celebrates local music by turning the City of Hamtramck into a multi-venue part for multiple nights. We will be announcing all the details as they come out, including where you can buy fee-free tickets. But, in the meantime, here is the official list of everyone that will be playing this year's event!

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Abul on Fire
Act Casual
Alise King
All the Wild Children
Ancient Language
Anthony Retka
Asklepius
Bad Medicine
Bangla School of Music
Banjolectric
BAVE
Ben Keeler Band
Betsy Soukup
Bevlove
Bison Machine
Black Shampoo
Black Tie Circus
The Blueflowers
Blue Pontiac
Bogart
Border Patrol
Brian McCarty & the Big Bad Beat
Brother Son
Bruce Farrell
Bubak
Carmel Liburdi
Cash O’Riley
The Cheetahs
Cosmic Light Shapes
Craig Brown Band
Crashing Cairo
The Creepos
Crune
Cye Pie & Ya Homies
Dear Darkness
Detroit 442
Discipline
Doctor Pizza
Doctor Wolf
Drinkard Sisters
Dr Mindbender
The Dropout
Dude
Duende!
Earth Engine
Electric Huldra
Emilie Rivard
Emma Guzman
Eroders
Ex American
Five Pound Snap
Fizzbang
The Flipsters
Francis DeCarlo
Frank Woodman
Funkwagon
Futile Empire
The Garden Party
Girl Fight
Glasfabrik
Golden Torso
Go Tiger Go
The Gruesome Twosome
Hala
Heartbreak Dallas & the Unfaithfuls
High Totals
Honeybabe
The Idiot Kids
The Imaginatron
Jenny & Jackie
Jheremie Jacque
Jibs Brown & the Jambros
Johnny Salvage & the Dregs
Josef Coney Island
Jo Serrapere & John Devine
JP from the HP
J. Walker & the Crossguards
Kate Hinote
Kelly Zullo & the Invisible Circus
Krillin
Kubat, Finlay & Rose
Ladyship Warship
Lagerheads
Large Extra Large
Little Traps
Lizerrd
Mango Lane
Matt Jones
Mexican Knives
Mike Galbraith
Minihorse
Moonwalks
The My Ways
Nadir Omowale
Nick Schillace
Nina & the Buffalo Riders
Nique Love Rhodes & the NLR Experience
Old Man
Pet Psychic
Pewter Cub
Picnic
Piffle
The Pontiac Stags
Post Imperial Jazz Band
Primitiv Parts
Prude Boys
Rabbit Ears
Rachel Brooke
Raven Love & the 27’s
Remnose
Rocky & the Underbellies
Rogue Satellites
Ryan Dillaha
The Savage Seven
Sax & Violence
School of Rock Rochester
The Scrappers
Shallow Stairs
Siamese
Sidewatcher
The Sillies
Slob
Soul Pepper
SSM
Stefanie Cox & the Blox
Steve Harvey Oswald
The Stools
The Strangers
The Sugar Clouds
Suitcase Boozers
Summer Like the Season
TART
The Thin Man
Timothy Monger
Tin Foil
TRTL
Ultimate Ovation
VAZUM
Vespre
VSTRS
Warhorses
Web
The Whiskey Charmers
White Bee
Wiccans
Wreckless Jane
The Wrong Numbers
Zac Fortin
ZILCH

Stay posted for more information as it comes out!

~S

Win Tickets to See Destroyer at the Magic Stick

Destroyer just kicked off their North American Tour by releasing a new video for the song "Stay Lost"off the band's latest album, Ken. The Vancouver based rock band works hard to make sure that none of their albums sound exactly the same. So, if you haven't heard Ken yet, watch the first music video to get a feel for this album.


If you like what you see/hear you can see the band perform live this Sunday, January 21st at the Magic Stick in Detroit. Mega Bog will be opening the show and tickets to attend the show are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of AEG Detroit. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #destroyer. We will draw one lucky person this weekend and they will get to attend the set with a friend for free.  


~S

24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See the Squirrel Nut Zippers at El Club

Swing music was huge in the 30's and 40's, but thanks to bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Cherry Poppin' Daddies, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the genre had a resurgence in the 90's. One of the most popular songs at that time was a song called "Hell" by a band called the Squirrel Nut Zippers. The song was played all the time on radio and TV, you can take a trip down memory lane below.


You can also revisit the 90's by heading out to El Club this Wednesday to catch the Squirrel Nut Zippers live on El Club's killer sound system. Tickets to attend the show are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of the bad ass booking team over at Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to swing dance this Wednesday away with the Squirrel Nut Zippers, email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #swing. We will draw one lucky person in the morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free!


~S 


Monday, January 15, 2018

Win Tickets to Thaw Out with RV Mendoza this Friday

Admit it, you've been staying home a little more than you should. It's been extra cold out these past few weeks, which makes it extra difficult to drag yourself out after the sun goes down. But, it's not healthy to stay locked up all winter, so RV Mendoza decided to give us all a reason that have to leave our houses this Friday.

RV wants to help us all THAW out. He has curated the perfect dance party to get everyone's ass on the floor. This all-inclusive event will feature performances by RV, Supercoolwicked and Tim Schumack. The night will also feature a DJ set by Jordache.

Tickets to attend the dance party are only $5 in advance and $10 at the door. We'd say that's a pretty small fee for a guaranteed good night, but just to make someone's night extra special, we are also going to give away two tickets to the show. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets for you and a friend to attend the party for free, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #thaw. We will draw one lucky winner this Friday and we will see them at the show. After all, we need a night out too, and if you know RV, you know that this isn't one to be missed.

***This show has been moved to The Magic Stick!***
~S

Don't Miss the Soft Openings of Nosh Pit

Everyone already knows that the Nosh Pit makes great food. The vegetarian/vegan food truck has a reputation for making some seriously delicious soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts, and sides. In fact, Detroiters loved them so much that they are officially opening a brick and motor location in Hamtramck this week!

To kick things off they are they are hosting a few ticketed "soft openings". The initial dates have already sold out, but you can still grab tickets if you click here. Tickets are $28 a person and each one entitles you to a four-course dinner that will include an appetizer, main course, drink, and dessert.  They will be offering vegan and vegetarian options at all of the dinners and with no official opening date in sight, this is your only way to get a peek at what they have been cooking up in their kitchen.  

To stay up to date and find out when they officially open, follow Nosh Pit on Facebook here.


~S  


Friday, January 12, 2018

Win Tickets to See Tennis LIVE at The Majestic Theatre

This past November, Denver duo Tennis released a new EP called We Can Die Happy. This 5 song release comes just months after the couple's full length album Yours Conditionally. Now the band is out on tour in support of these releases and they are making their way to Detroit.


Tennis will be performing live at The Majestic Theatre on Tuesday, January 16th. Joining them on the bill is Overcoats, who released their debut album Young last year. Tickets for the show are only $16 in advance or $18 at the door. You can purchase your tickets online here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #tennis in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Tuesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. for this one and the show starts at 8 p.m. All ages are welcome.


~C

Win Tickets to The Nude Party at Marble Bar

This weekend The Nude Party will be making its way from North Carolina to Detroit! The band will be playing at Marble Bar this Sunday night, and we're not sure if you should expect them to be clothed or not when they perform. They claim that they "gained their namesake very literally", so you might get a chance to see some nudity at this one. Although you don't know what you may or may not see at this show, you can at least get an idea of what you will hear by giving The Nude Party's song "Poor Boy Blues" a listen below. They have an awesome sound, reminiscent of the 60's, that we're sure you will dig.


The Nude Party will be joined by Greggfish and DJ Carlito Dorito for this show. Cover is only $5 and tickets can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to Party Store Productions, we are also getting a couple of people into this show for free. To enter, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #nudes in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and they will get into the show that night with a friend for free.

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Sunday and 18+ are welcome.


~C

Help Six Feet Over at Small's Winter Band Blender

This Saturday night head to Small's in Hamtramck to see 12 great bands and support 1 great cause. It's time for the Winter Band Blender and this time around, proceeds will go to Six Feet Over, the sister organization to Suck It Suicide. Six Feet Over's goal is to spread awareness and educate others about mental illness and suicide prevention while advocating for and supporting those in need and connecting them with resources. It's a great organization, helping so many in our community, and now you can help them.

Saturday's lineup has something for everyone and includes Ladyship Warship, The Philter, LVRS, Burns, Warren Peace with Dr. Mindbender, Mister, Josef Coney Island, Genghis Ganj, The Blitzers, SNAFU, Bad Assets and Steve Harvey Oswald/Positive Approach. Cover to see this awesome lineup is only $5, but if you're under 21 you'll have to pay $8. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m., music starts at 9, and 18+ are welcome. To learn more about this event and the bands playing, click here. To find out more about Six Feet Over, click here.


~C

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Win Tickets to See Passion Pit at Royal Oak Music Theatre

Passion Pit is currently out on the road in support of Tremendous Sea of Love and the tenth anniversary of Chunk of Change EP. The project has been selling out shows across the country and will be making their way to Metro Detroit. Passion Pit is set to hit the stage at Royal Oak Music Theatre on Tuesday, January 16th along with tour mates, slenderbodies, courtship. and Low Energy.

Tickets to see this great lineup live start at $30 and can be purchased in advance here. We are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show to one lucky winner. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #pp in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Tuesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 


~C

Celebrate the Life of David Bowie Friday Night at Small's

It has been two years since the world lost a legend, David Bowie. His music and career spanned over five decades, crossing cultures, boundaries, and genres, becoming a favorite to many. This week marks the anniversary of his passing, as well as Bowie's 71st birthday. So that calls for a celebration.


This Friday night, Small's will be hosting a Thirst Wave Bowie Tribute Night. Thirst Wave is the longest running club night around and known as one of the best parties in town. The night features a blend of New Wave, Retro Alternative, Dark '80s & '90s Alternative, and this time around it will have a special emphasis of the music of Bowie. Attendees  are encouraged to wear their best Bowie attire, and the best dressed female and male will each win vintage Bowie posters. There will be Ziggy Stardust shot and cocktail specials available, as well as great drink specials all night! It will be an amazing night that you don't want to miss!

Doors for Thirst Wave open at 9 p.m. and 18+ are welcome. If you get there early and you're over 21, admission will be free until 10 p.m. Admission is only $3 after 10, and if you're under 21, it will cost you $5 to get in the door all night long.


For more info on Thirst Wave David Bowie Tribute Night, click here.



~C

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Win Tickets to See Spafford LIVE at El Club

This week Spafford is kicking off their For Amusement Only Tour and Detroit is one of the band's first stops! This band is known for their electro folk sound and every time they hit the stage, audiences are mesmerized. They're set to perform at Banaroo and Red Rocks later this year. So this is your chance to still see this band up close and personal at one of the best venues in town.

Saturday night, Spafford will perform live at El Club along with Goose. Tickets for the show are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. Thanks to our friends at AEG Live, we are giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #spafford in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and they will get in the door that night with a friend for free.

Check out this video of Spafford performing live at The Fillmore in Detroit earlier this year, then pick up your tickets for this show while you still can!


~C

Keep it Goth at City Club

The historic Leland Hotel opened its doors in 1927. At that time Detroit was the fourth biggest city in the United States. The 22 story building was designed by a Chicago firm called Rapp & Rapp. It featured 800 rooms, a variety of shops, a ballroom and a bar. The lobby remains true to its 1927 design. The Leland also has quite a seedy history and was the main hangout place of The Purple Gang in the 1970's. Legend has it that it was the first place the police went when Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in 1975. Many people believe that the hotel and club are haunted, citing the many murders and suicides that have taken place within its walls. Four people even died during the construction of the hotel and many people swear that you can see a lady in white if you are in the basement at the right time. The almost 100-year building has remained open since its conception and it was officially made a historical space in 2005. The hotel also featured a nightclub.

The club was originally called Your Father’s Mustache. The nightclub was decorated with 1880's decor and all of the waitstaff had handlebar mustaches. By the 60's, the bar had been converted into an upscale bar and by the 80's it had become City Club, a goth/industrial underground hangout that became a legendary part of Detroit's nightlife. The club has become known for its goth nights, and the first one for this year will take place this Saturday, January 13th. The night will feature Resident DJs Charles English and Jay Misanthropia, Mike Textbeak, and special guest AudioFlesh (Glitch Mode Recordings / The Ination) from Ohio. The party takes place from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. and 18 and older are welcome. Admission is $5 if you are of drinking age and $10 if you are not.

To learn more about goth nights and to find out when they are happening, click here. The lobby of the Leland and City Club goth parties are both interesting pieces of Detroit history that you must experience for yourself!


~S

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tonic & Juice Comes to Revolver

Detroit used to be known as the Motor City, but these days it's also becoming well known for its food scene. What started off as a few new spots here and there, has turned into a full-fledged food renaissance. Chefs have started to push the boundaries to find new ways to connect their talent to the parents of those that would appreciate it. The pop up limited time dining experience is the new way to enjoy food in Detroit.
The next sensation to hit town will be for a limited time. Tonic and Juice will be hosting Tuesday Night Residency at Revolver in Hamtramck. For the next few months chef, Julién Godman will be bringing the Armenian Supper Club to space for a couple one night only events. This talented chef will visit the market earlier in the day to scoop up some fresh food for the night and then he will prepare a meal based on what he finds while he is out shopping that day. The meal will be vegetarian and vegan-friendly and the doors will open at 5 p.m. with food service will beginning at 5:30 sharp, but you never know what you are going to get until you get there. This is a whole new way to let the chef take charge and show you what kind of delights he can create with food he finds right in the heart of the city at the oldest market in the US, the Eastern Market.

This chef is in the process of opening his own brick and mortar space, so this is a great way to see what he has to offer before it becomes the new hip place in town and you cant get a seat. For a full list of pop up dinner dates, click here.


~S

Monday, January 8, 2018

It's Time to Celebrate 10 Years of Fusion Shows

Have you ever tried to book a show? Despite what you might initially think, it's really hard to do.  First, you have to find a venue, then you have to get some bands on board, and finally, you have to find some people to come out to the show. Planning a show is a big responsibility and sometimes no matter how well you plan it out, something goes wrong and you can get burned. The art of bringing live music to Detroit is hard to learn and even harder to perfect. Most booking companies only make it a few years and are rarely able to turn a profit or expand, but Fusion Shows has managed to build a booking company that has been able to maintain a meaningful presence and expands to all different areas around the mitten.

Fusion Shows is the brainchild of Nate Dorough and Irving Ronk, two passionate music lovers who began throwing shows in their hometown years ago. The two friends were able to turn their passion for music and live events into a full-blown business that expanded from Lansing to make a name for itself in the Detroit and Grand Rapids market, before joining forces with the team at The Crofoot Presents. You can hear the entire backstory from Nate himself during our interview on podcastdetroit.com a few months ago.



While Fusion's story is interesting, it's Nate himself that has always fascinated me. He is passionate about music, politics, and about being a father. His passion for creating positive experiences revolving around live music is what makes his booking company and his events so successful. Over the last 10 years Nate and Irving have built a solid team of workers, volunteers and loyal show attendees that support what they do.

So, in honor of the 10th anniversary celebration of Fusion Shows, taking place at The Crofoot this Saturday, I asked Nate 10 interesting questions about himself. Check out what Nate had to say after 10 years in the business and read below to find out how to win tickets to celebrate Fusions 10th Birthday, featuring Twin Peaks, PUP, The Flatliners, Ratboys, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Kississippi, Narco Debut, Michigander, Mover Shaker, Shortly, Greet Death, Stefanie Haapala, Vagabonds, Vital Sea and All Is Well.


HID- What job would you be terrible at?
Nate Dorough- "I'd be terrible, at this point, at anything that wasn't booking shows. It's amazing how my skills have slipped in pretty much everything else I've ever done. If concerts go away, I'm in deep shit."

HID- What takes up too much of your time?
Nate Dorough- "Social media. I spend way too much of my life just flipping through garbage on the internet. I think, in retrospect, the reason that Facebook has taken our news feeds out of our hands and buried them in clickbait is that we still crave the ACTUAL updates our friends give, so to keep us on the site longer, they bury our friends' updates in between cat videos, memes, etc."

HID- Who’s your go-to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Nate Dorough- "I don't know if I have an artist so much as an era. I'm a child of the 90s. Alternative, grunge, hip hop, etc. If I'm having a hard time in the car, I flip on "Lithium" (90s grunge) or "Backspin" (old school hip-hop on Sirius XM. In the office, or at home, I have this crazy playlist called "My Favorite Records" which is literally every track from every record I think I've ever really enjoyed. It's something close to 10,000 songs, and I throw that on random. I had another one called "Nate Radio", which was similar, but wider reaching in that I'd just toss albums in there I was intrigued about, but apparently, Spotify playlists cap out at 10,000 songs. Whoops."

HID- Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
Nate Dorough- "I'm surrounded by people who impress me. What Garret, Nicole, and Seth have done at Assemble Sound, bucking the system and just building a community based on love and art, I'm so proud of my friends. Drew Drialo, what a hero. Giving up his kidney for Marty Sheedy, incredible. Jax Anderson is a leader, and people just rally around her. She played Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and is currently in Australia just destroying."

HID- What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?
Nate Dorough- "X Files. I hate it so much. I want to like it, but the acting by those two is just so bad."

HID- What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Nate Dorough- "Besides the live music industry? I don't know. I collected baseball cards when I was a kid, and I have a lot of thoughts about how that industry got ruined. I was an early Napster user and loved it. I can probably go through the differences between every year's NHL Hockey game on Sega Genesis from 1992 to 1997, which teams were best, the tricks, etc. Wow, that's lame. I played a LOT of those games."

HID- What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
Nate Dorough- "Drinking. Oh my god, I get it, you fucking drink. You should tweet more about how drunk you are. And then you should go to a party, and you guys can talk about drinking while drinking. UGH. Part of me, being a non-drinker, is jealous of some of the cool things that come along with wine (comparing types and years) or craft beer (just trying a million different flavors and types), but the worst thing is people who just have to tell you about their drinking escapades."

HID- What fad or trend do you hope comes back?
Nate Dorough- "ROCK AND ROLL! I know that rock, traditionally, has been a masculine-dominated field, and the fact that it's lessening its importance in the world because there are so many powerful women (who absolutely rock, but maybe not in the way I was raised). I don't know. I'd love a world where rock was dominant, but while not treating the non-dudes of the world like shit. Does that make sense? Don't kill me on this one!"

HID- What did you think you would grow out of but haven’t?
Nate Dorough- "Kraft Mac N Cheese?! I literally could eat that every day if it wasn't so bad for you. Having a 2-year-old has significantly re-introduced it into my life, and I can't say I'm upset about it!"

HID- They say that everyone has a book in them. What would your book be about?
Nate Dorough- "I think my book would mostly about it just doing it your way, finding happiness where you are, and would certainly point to music, entertainment being vital to my happiness, along with the idea that finding a career you love and loving your work is far more important than finding something you don't like to fund the small amount of time per year that you don't work!"


If you would like to enter to win tickets to celebrate 10 years of hard work and good music with Nate and his team, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #10years. We will draw one lucky reader this Saturday and they will get to attend the celebration with a friend for free! 

Congrats to the whole team at Fusion Shows!  


~S

Win Tickets to See The Devil Makes Three at St. Andrew's Hall this Saturday

Last September, The Devil Makes Three released their 8th album called Redemption & Ruin. To celebrate, they have embarked on a winter tour that will be making a stop at St. Andrew's Hall this Saturday, January 13th. The three-piece features a stand-up bass and they are known for their lively show. Roebuck will be opening the show and tickets to attend the performance are $29 a piece for floor tickets and $39 for Society Room premium tickets. If you really like this band and value watching the show, ALWAYS spring for the upgraded tickets! They are 100% worth it.

You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #devil. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free. We will draw the winner early on Saturday morning and we will email that winner details on how to claim their prize. In the meantime, you can check out new music from the Devil Makes Three here.


~S

Friday, January 5, 2018

Win Tickets to See Turkuaz at El Club

If you're feeling funky, you don't wan to miss Turkuaz when they hit the stage at El Club. The Brooklyn based funk group is set to hit the stage on Tuesday night, January 9th. When this band performs, it's always a party and their tunes are guaranteed to get your feet moving on the dance floor. Check out their latest single "On The Run" and get in the groove for this awesome show!


Tickets to see Turkuaz live are only $15 and can be purchased in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show, thanks to our friends at El Club and Party Store Productions. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #funk in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Tuesday morning and they will get to dance the night away with a friend for free. Who says you can't party on a Tuesday night?


~C

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Laugh Your Ass Off Friday Night at Cellarmen's

If you're looking for a fun night out on the town this Friday night, head north to Hazel Park. Right on John R. north of 9 Mile, you will find Cellarmen's. Not only do they serve up some excellent beers and mead made right in house, but they also host some great comedians! This Friday night they bring Matt McClowry to their tasting room along with Ryan Schutt.

Matt McClowry originally reigns from Dearborn, but now resides in LA. Since he got his start here in Michigan, he has performed at the Boston Comedy Festival, Gilda’s LaughFest, The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival. Check out a clip of him performing during the Great American Comedy Festival in 2016.


Ryan Schutt is in town from NYC, although he was raised in DC. You may have seen him perform on "Gotham Comedy Live" on AXS TV or "Laughs" on Fox Network. Watch his performance from "Gotham Comedy Live" below.


Cover to see these two hilarious guys live is only $5, which is an amazing deal! 21+ are welcome and the show is set to start at 9 p.m. For more info on this event and Cellarmen's Comedy Nights, click here


~C

Win Tickets to See Scarlet Lies, The Lucid Furs, SpaceSkull and Krillin at El Club

This Saturday night head to El Club to see some great female fronted bands from around Metro Detroit! The lineup for the evening includes Scarlet Lies, The Lucid Furs, SpaceSkull and Krillin. These bands cover a wide variety when it comes to genres, but they are all pretty bad ass in their own right. Give each of them a listen below.












If you like what you hear, make sure you make your way to El Club Saturday night. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $5 in advance or $8 at the door. You can pick up your tickets online here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show! If you would like to get in the door with a friend for free Saturday night, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #girls in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.


~C

Ale Mary's Offers Up Good Eats for Vegans and Non Vegans Alike!

Over the last few months, I have been making some big life changes, the biggest of which was a complete diet change. After learning more about the meat and dairy industry and the effects that those industries have on our environment, I decided that it was time to go vegan. So far, my journey has been interesting. Sometimes it's a lot harder than I imagined it would be and sometimes it is a lot easier than most people make it out to be. For instance, it's been really easy to learn how to make vegan chilis that are even better without meat, but it has been really hard to find a creamer substitute that has the right consistency. I have also been experimenting with alternatives for all of the things I used to eat. The cream cheese on my toast is now avocado, which in my opinion has been a huge upgrade to my morning routine. I have also been touring Detroit restaurants with a whole new eye and have a new appreciation for spaces that offer vegan options on the menu.

One of the best spots I have found so far is Ale Mary's in Royal Oak. They have a full vegan menu that includes appetizers, entrees, beers, wines and much more. But, they also have a full regular menu and an enticing lineup of beers to offer, in case you are not interested in living a vegan lifestyle.

The biggest lesson that I have learned so far is that some people think you are insane when you tell them that you have switched to a vegan diet. A lot of us have never even considered a plant-based lifestyle and we assume that others are judging us for not living the same way. But, the truth is that most people who live this type of lifestyle are not going to tell you what to do with your bodies. Sure, we would love it if everyone would go vegan, but we know that this is a decision that everyone has to make for themselves. We do, however, still want to go out to eat with our friends and be treated like one of the gang instead of a weird hippie-dippie vegetable eater. Ale Mary's is one of the only places in town that offers two full menus like this, and on top of that, they do it right.
They offer up bar food that is completely meat free, but full of taste. This includes buffalo cauliflower, McClure's fried pickles, and a drool-worthy version of the unbelievably delicious impossible burger. There are a lot of options, which is something that is usually hard to find, and so far everything I have tried is great. They even have vegan Spanish coffee made with faux sour cream! This is the perfect places to meet friends for a drink whether you're vegan or not, but it's even better if you can give someone you love the pleasure of being able to order from the menu. 
The catch is that this space is small as can be, so your best bet is to make a reservation, which you can do online here. Kudos to Ale Mary's for serving up animal-free, cruelty-free selections. We hope to see more restaurants jump on board, and of course, I would love to see more of you join me on this journey! To learn more about veganism click here.


~S

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Take Your Female Owned Business to the Next Level with Femology

Shared work spaces are popping up all over Detroit. They are a great way for entrepreneurs to take their business to the next level and to connect with other like-minded individuals. One of the most important parts of building a business is networking and connecting with other people who might be able to help you overcome all of the obstacles that might come your way. A new female-centric work space created by Meagan Ward has opened in Detroit to help connect the women that are working hard day in and day out to build a business. They have designed a space that was designed to support women and help them take things to the next level.

Femology offers members three levels of membership. This includes a one-day membership for $35, a partial monthly membership for $79, and a full monthly membership for $129. These memberships include access to the space and all sorts of perks to help your business grow. It also offers you the chance to network with some of the city's other professionals, which I would argue, is invaluable.  

You can take a free tour of the space by clicking here and you can add them on Facebook to keep up with all the seminars and events that they also offer throughout the year. New members will get locked into their sign on rate and will not have to pay more as space expands. The original idea was to have 100 businesses co-working out of the space, but the response has been overwhelming according to the owners. So they are already starting to plan out their next expansion of the company.  


~S

Win Tickets to See Black Label Society at The Fillmore

This year marks two decades since Black Label Society got its start. In that time, the band has released nine studio albums, as well as two live albums, two compilation albums and one EP. Now they are gearing up to release their latest album, Grimmest Hits. The record is set to be released later this month, on January 19th, but the band has already shared a couple of new tracks. Check out "Room of Nightmares" and "All That Once Shined" below.



Black Label Society is headed to Detroit to play The Fillmore this Friday night! Joining them on the bill are Corrosion of Conformity and EYEHATEGOD. Tickets for this awesome show start at $34 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to our friends at Live Nation Detroit, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #BLS in the subject line. 

Doors for Friday's show are set to open at 6:30 p.m. and all ages are welcome.


~C

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Homemade Gourmet Cookies and Roasted Coffee Come to Ferndale

The first chocolate chip cookie was baked in 1939 by a woman named Ruth Graves Wakefield. Ruth owned "Toll House" restaurant and one day when she ran out of bakers chocolate, she cut a chocolate bar into pieces and added it to the mix to replace the missing ingredient. Instead of finding a replacement, she created a whole new sensation called the Toll House Chocolate Chip cookie. 75 years later you can still find that recipe on the back of most Nestle products.

These days there are thousands of different varieties of cookies out there and a million different brands that you can try. But, not all cookies are created equal and it can be hard to find something that is special and unique. A new bakery/cafe called Detroit Cookie Co. is hoping to change that by bringing a whole new approach to cookie making to Ferndale.

The new cafe & cookie house is the creation of Lauren Roumayah, a young cookie creator that credits her mom for her love of baking. She has put together a creative menu of cookie choices, that includes flavors like The Big 3, made with Better Made potato chips and Michigan dried cherries, and the Mad Mix, which features Better Made Sweet BBQ Potato Chips and Butterfinger bars. She also has all the staples, including everyone's favorite, chocolate chip cookies. In addition to unique cookies, the shop also roasts its own coffee beans that they serve bagged up and freshly brewed.  The cafe even caters to gluten-free and vegan patrons by providing fresh vegan dough to cook up anytime you're craving a treat. Or, you can call an order in and they will have it ready for you! 
I recently stopped by the store to try out their dough for myself and ended up leaving with enough dough to make a dozen vegan chocolate chip cookies to enjoy with friends and family over the holidays. After freezing the freshly scooped dough for a few days after purchasing it, I put it onto trays and cooked it for 15 minutes at 350 degrees to enjoy some of the best cookies I have ever tasted. Everyone who tried one of the cookies was just as impressed as I was, especially since they were vegan! I am not sure how she created this specific cookie mix, but it was perfect and melted in my mouth!
Detroit Cookie Company carries about 20 fresh cookie varieties at any given time, They also take special orders for large events and if you need something for a party, they can take care of you. Their cookies start around $4 a piece and they are worth every penny, especially if you are like me and have no idea how to bake up something that someone else will want to eat. So, the next time you are in Ferndale, stop by the store and try a cookie and a cup of coffee for yourself. The cafe is located on Woodward just south of Pleasant Ridge and the space has its own parking lot, so you can just pop in.  While you're there, say hi to Lauren, she is usually there baking away and making people smile by sharing her love of cookies with them! 


~S