Friday, March 22, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: March 22-24


Friday, March 22nd: BBQT and The Cheetahs @ Outer Limits Lounge: This is the first time that these "wild, boot stompin' glam rockers from Austin" are playing in Detroit and they will be joined by Detroit's own rockers, The Cheetahs! Also joining in on the party are Tin Foil and DJ Jam Jam. Cover is only $7 and doors open at 7 p.m.






Saturday, March 23rd: Lucifer @ Small's w/ Spell and Midas: Saturday night, Small's will welcome multinational heavy rock band Lucifer to their stage along with their tour mates Spell. Although that is already a great reason to head to this show, this show will also feature the debut of Midas, featuring members of Bison Machine and Wild Savages. Doors open at 8 p.m. Get there early and stay late. Cover is $15 at the door and 18+ are welcome.








Saturday, March 23rd: GLOW w/ Bevlove & Friends @ Deluxx Fluxx: Let loose and get down with Bevlove, X Million, Lansuh + Actually Mae, Sky Jetta and Eddie Leww Saturday night at Deluxx Fluxx. According to Bevlove, every time GLOW happens "it's a movie". This is a party that you don't want to miss! Doors open at 9 p.m. and cover is $5 after 10. The party goes all night until 2 a.m.!




Sunday, March 24th: Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie Record Show #3 @ The Sanctuary - This is by far one of the best record shows around. The show is hosted by the creators of the Facebook group by the same name. Believe us when we say there will  be some awesome vinyl up for grabs at this one! There will also be plenty of booths with movies, shirts, tapes, memorabilia, and even comics. Admission is free, but bring cash for records, drinks, and $2 slices from the bar. The show runs from 11 a.m. 'til 4 p.m.


Sunday, March 24th: 10th Annual Marche du Nain Rouge: It's time to run that little red devil out of town again! In 1702, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the French founder of Detroit, claimed he was having dreams of a little red devil. He went to see a fortune teller and was told that devil that he dreamt of was the Nain Rouge, also known as the harbinger of doom. The fortune teller told Antoine that if he choose to settle in the straits between Michigan and Ontario he might turn a profit, but it would be a long uphill battle fraught with setbacks. Eventually, Cadillac saw the little red devil in person and instead of running or cowering in fear he chose to confront him. He chased the Nain Rouge away with a stick. His fatal mistake was to let the Nain see his face. The Nain continued to taunt him nonstop after he settled in those plains; he eventually had to return to France penniless.

Now, people have learned from his mistakes and wear masks and gather to run that devil out of town! The March kicks off at Second and Canfield, by Traffic Jam & Snug. Then the group will parade down to The Masonic Temple at 1 p.m. After, there are parties all over the city, with the best of them all at The Old Miami with Nothing Elegant. Get all of the details on Marche du Nain Rouge and the after parties here.


~C

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Win Tickets to Detroit Anarchy 2 Punk Rock Festival

Hip hop and Pop music might rule the airwaves, but that doesn't mean that punk is dead. Punk is alive and well in the bars and clubs that created the genre and it is there for everyone who wants to find it. A new generation of punks is carrying the torch and celebrating the fuck you attitude that created bands like The Ramones, Black Flag, and The Stooges. This Saturday, March 23rd the Lager House will welcome the Detroit Anarchy Festival to Detroit for the second year in a row. This year's festival will include performances by The 3-D Invisibles. The Zotz, The Seatbelts, SCREW, The Strains, Suburban Bloodshed and Bathroom of the Future. It will also feature clothing and goods from Rock N Rummage (Memorabilia) and Cuddly Creaturez (Collectible Dolls). Artist Whitney Nickel will have her work on display and Lolly Paige will be reading tarot cards.

Tickets to attend the punk fest will be $8 in advance and $10 at the door. We also have one pair of passes to giveaway to one lucky reader. This is an all ages show so all ages are allowed to enter to win. We would love to see some young punks get to go to the show! If you would like to enter, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #punkrock. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and they will get to attend Saturday night's show with a friend for free.


~S









Doors 7 | Adv $8 | DOS $10

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Win Tickets to See Kind of Animal @ Trixie's

This Saturday night, Kind of Animal will be celebrating the release of their new EP Doin It on Purpose at Trixie's in Hamtramck. The duo "guides samplers and synthesizers through songs about dysphoria, societal collapse, and gettin' paid". They combine art with music for a one of a kind sound and a live show that is unlike any that you've seen before. Get a feel for Kind of Animal by checking out their new music video for the track "Sleeping All The Time", then head over to their bandcamp to give some of their other singles a listen.



Kind of Animal will be joined by Jams with Dave and Terrestrial for Saturday's show. Cover for this show is only $5, but we are also getting a couple of people in the door for free. If you would like a chance at getting into Saturday's show for free, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #animal in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and they will get in the door with a friend for free that night. 

Trixie's is located at 2656 Carpenter in Hamtramck. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. For more info on this show, click here



~C

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Detroit X Detroit is Back!

Nine years ago, when the first Detroit X Detroit took place at The Magic Stick, the organizers didn't know what they had gotten themselves into. What started as a inside joke between friends has become an annual tradition that brings some of Detroit's best talent into the same room for one night to raise money for the greatest cause of all, funding the next generation of musicians and creators.

The 9th annual DETXDET party will take place at The Loving Touch on April 13th. This year's event will feature 15 Detroit bands covering the music of 15 other Detroit bands. This will include The Fruits as Madonna, Vazum as Sponge, Mark Whalen & the Buttermilk Boys as Stevie Wonder, and Radio Arie Empire as Jr. Jr. The bands perform on two different stages so that the music never stops. You can see the full list of act and what stages they are on below.

(Headlining Main Stage) The Fruits as Madonna
(Side Stage) Scarlet Lies as The Stooges
(Main Stage) The Reefermen as The Romantics
(Side Stage) VAZUM as Sponge
(Main Stage) Electric Honey as The White Stripes
(Side Stage) Jake Webb & The Commitments as The Temptations
(Main Stage) Dead in 5 as MC5
(Side Stage) Mark Whalen & The Buttermilk Boys as Stevie Wonder
(Main Stage) The Lows as Dirty Americans
(Side Stage) Bermuda-Mohawk as Grayling
(Main Stage) Act Casual as Parliament Funkadelic
(Side Stage) Mike Galbraith & Courtney Hurley as Smokey Robinson
(Main Stage) Jemmi Hazeman & The Honey Riders as Eminem
(Side Stage) Radio Wire Empire as JR JR
(Opening Main Stage) School of Rock Rochester as Grand Funk Railroad

Hip in Detroit will also be returning to host the night to make sure that everything runs smoothly. So, if you want to hang out with us and see some of the best up and coming artist of Detroit play some of your favorite hits, mark your calenders for April 13th and purchase your advance tickets for the show by clicking here. All proceeds for the night are given to the School of Rock and The WAB will give you $5 off your bill the night of the show if you buy your tickets in advance, so it's a win win for everyone. We hope to see a lot of you at the show!



~S

Monday, March 18, 2019

Treat Dreams Dessert Emporium is OPEN!

Did you know that ice cream is the number one selling sweet treat in the United States? Cookies are a close second, but we love our frozen pints so much that on average we are all consuming around 48 pints of ice cream a year. Vanilla is the most popular flavor and chocolate syrup is the number one topping, but ice cream has come a long way since it was first brought to America in the late 1800's. Ice cream artisans like Michigan based Treat Dreams have been innovating the industry for the last ten years by exploring different flavors and making the frozen treats accessible to people who can't handle or do not want to eat dairy. They have created tons of one of a kind flavors that are unique to their shop, this includes flavors like Macaroni and Cheese, Hot Jalapeno, and Chocolate covered Potato Chip. But, creating around 1,000 new flavors since their inception wasn't enough for them. They decided that they wanted to team up with a few more local companies to bring people what they really want, a one stop dessert shop with tons of options, including cookies, cakes, chocolates, popcorn, brownies and more!

Treat Dreams closed down their Ferndale location for a few months to completely remodel the space. They also moved in D'vine Cookies (previously located inside The Rust Belt Market) to serve up fresh cookies and edible cookie dough. They brought in Guilt Chocolates to give patrons their truffle and bon bon fix, and invited chef Nikita Sanches from Rock City Eatery to feature a few of his famous pies inside their space at all times. They even have 16 layer cake slices that are ready to eat whenever you need a fix. They also have options for those living the dairy free life. This includes a variety of vegan cookies, vegan cookie dough, chocolates, and ice creams. There isn't one thing for your dairy free friend to fall in love with, there are ten, so no one has to feel left out of the fun.
The new "dessert emporium" as they are calling it will be open from noon until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon until 9 on Sundays. To learn more about the brand and to see their weekly flavor list, follow them on Instagram here


~S 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Win Tickets to See Metric at The Fillmore

2018 was a big year for Indie rockers Metric. They released their 6th LP Called Art of Doubt while they toured the world opening for The Smashing Pumpkins in anticipation of their own headlining tour, a show that will be hitting Detroit on Monday, March 25th. Metric is known for their live shows which usually include as much synth as acoustic guitars. Their mastery of music is on full display when you see them live and in person.

Metric will be playing The Fillmore in Detroit. Tickets to attend the show are still available starting at $30 a piece. 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, please email your full name with the subject line #metric to hipindetroit@gmail.com. We will draw one lucky winner the day before the show and they will get to attend the show for free with a friend. 


~S

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Win Tickets to See Supersuckers at Small's

If you're looking to party this St. Patrick's Day, but aren't really into drinking green beer and pretending that you're Irish, then Small's is the place for you! This Sunday, March 17th they will welcome Supersuckers to their stage. "The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World" is currently out on their 30th Anniversary Tour "celebrating three decades of liquor, women, drugs and killing". For their show at Small's, Supersuckers will be playing two sets, one rock and one country. They will be playing plenty of fan favorites along with "Smoke of Hell" and "La Mano Corunda" in their entirety. It will be a hell of a show and one that you definitely do not want to miss!

Joining Supersuckers on Sunday are Detroit's own The Beggars. Tickets to see these two bands live are $15 in advance and can be purchased here. Thanks to Black Iris Booking, we are giving away a pair of tickets to this show to one lucky reader. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #supersuckers in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. on Sunday and 18+ are welcome. Although there won't be green beer flowing, Small's will be getting in the St. Patrick's Day spirit by serving up Reuben Sandwiches and Reuben Pierogi, so come hungry!


~C

Everything that is Old is New Again at Fleatroit this Saturday!

There is an old saying that goes "one person's trash is another person's treasure". The idea is that just because you are "over" something doesn't mean that it doesn't have any worth, it just means that it might be time to let someone else own it. Second-hand shopping is a fun way to get new items at a heavy discount and is great for the environment. We have become a throwaway culture and fast fashion is literally ruining the planet, which means it's time for us to embrace reducing our new purchases while finding ways to reuse the things that we already own. Pop-up flea markets are one of our favorite ways to buy fun new things second hand. The sellers usually work very hard to curate a "store" with items that everyone will want to see. I no longer want to browse a thrift store to find that perfect item, but I love to peruse other people's collections to see what kind of treasures I can find.

UFO Factory is hosting an event this Saturday called Fleatroit Junk City. This one day only vintage pop-up will feature curated collections from 7 different collectors that you can shop through while you listen to music from DJ Dave-Jah-Vu. You can even enjoy a drink and a hot dog if you are so inclined. The pop-up event will feature vintage men’s and women’s attire, housewares, bric-a-brac, records, tapes, VHS, books, art, handmade items, and more. The event will run from noon until 6 p.m. this Saturday, March 16th. UFO Factory is located at 2110 Trumbull in Detroit. You can keep up with updates on the event here.


~S

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Brooklyn Street Local has Become our Go To Lunch Spot


Detroit's restaurant scene has seen a huge boom over the last five years. There are tons of new places to get a unique dinner with friends. But, all of these new spaces tend to serve up experimental food, are hard to get into, and most of them are pretty pricey even if it's "worth it". There aren't a lot of new places to go grab a good meal midday, especially if you're vegan like myself. Thankfully, there is one place in the city where you can have a great lunch that's affordable, socially responsible, and tasty, even if you are vegan like me.  



The Brooklyn Street Local is a great local restaurant that serves up breakfast lunch and brunch Tuesday through Sunday every week. They use fresh locally sourced ingredients and are dedicated to composting, recycling, waste reduction, and decreasing their environmental footprint. They also source their ingredients from over 20 local businesses, 13 of which are right in the City of Detroit.  

Their menu offers up a variety of options from breakfast fares like tofu and eggs to great lunch items like burgers, sandwiches, salads and a variety of Poutine choices.  They have tons of vegan choices, including a vegan Reuben and mini carrot cupcakes. We generally like to order the tofu scramble plus spinach. There is nowhere else in town to get a meal like this unless it's the weekend so I love being able to get my fix midweek when I need it.  

The service is always impeccable, the coffee is good, and they have a full bar if you are in the mood to drink something with a little more of a kick. They also have a variety of daily specials that are always worth asking about when you visit. 

Brooklyn Street Local is located at 1266 Michigan Ave. in Detroit. They are open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sundays. This is a great place for vegans and non-vegans to meet up and both enjoy something good.


-S

Friday, March 8, 2019

All the Cool Ways You Can Celebrate International Women's Day in Detroit

Today is International Women's Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It's a day to reflect on how far we have come in the fight for equality while recognizing that we still have a long way to go. Here are some of the fun ways that you can celebrate women in and around the city today!

The 5.6.7.8's w/ Amy Gore & Shadow Show 5/23 at Deluxx Fluxx- The Queen of cool always puts on a great show. If you need a good dose of women who rock shes got it for you.

Body/Head at MOCAD- Kim Gordon is a rock god, celebrating her is a great way to celebrate strong women!

International Women's Day Talk and Happy Hour at She Hive- Networking, empowerment and a photo booth, what more could you want!

International Women's Day Specials at Blakes- Ladies enjoy 1/2 OFF pints & glasses of wine all day! And they will have live music at 7 pm!

1X Run International Women's Day Print Suite- The Gallery will be releasing 20 new prints from collection features new print editions by Ana Bagayan, Ann Lewis, Carly Chaikin, Caroline Caldwell, Dee Dee, Fafi, Kelly Golden, Kristen Liu-Wong, Kristin Farr, Lauren Napolitano, Mab Graves, Mary Iverson, Mimi Yoon, Miss Van, Niagara, Sarah Joncas, Stephanie Buer, Sydney James + MORE! Opening today!


Dames Detroit is Celebrating Women at Willis Show Bar- Willis Show bar will be celebrating women by inviting you to enjoy a night of music and drinking that celebrates women.  Attendees will get a gift bag and hear a motivational speech from TheLipStickJourney.com's founder and CEO Anna.


Eat a Julie Childs Inspired Meal and Help Raise Money for Haven at Public House- Public House Chef Jasmine Hughes is offering up a special menu inspired by Julia Child. The drink menu will include specials created by three pioneers of the drink industry including libations from Audrey Saunders, Joy Perrine, and Julie Reiner. Plus, Public House will donate 10% of sales on March 8 to HAVEN Oakland County.



Hamtramck Music Festival- The Hamtown throwdown is taking place all weekend and there are a ton of great female-driven acts that you can check out. You can see the full list and find out everything you need to know here.


~S

New Music Video from High Totals

High Totals are a band that are new on our radar, but by no means new to the Detroit music scene. Comprised of Dave Melkonian, Pete Koneda, Bryan Caspers and Mike OReilly, this band plays what they classify as noisy punk with equal parts fuzz and fury. They have shared the stage with bands like The Goddamn Gallows and Speedball, and in a couple of weeks they will be playing Small's with Murphy's Law. Today, High Totals are premiering their new music video for the song "Bleach My Bones In The Sun" from the EP of the same name that was released last year. The video was shot by Christopher Dinnan on a rooftop in Pontiac. See it for yourself below.


If you like what you see and hear, make sure you check out High Totals this Saturday night. They will be playing The Sanctuary as part of Hamtramck Music Fest, along with Jackson & The Poolsharks, Splitters, and BAVE. To see them play with Murphy's Law, head to Small's on March 21st. Tickets for that show can be purchased in advance here. To hear more from High Totals, head over and give them a listen on bandcamp here.  


~C

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Mitten Crate Makes Eastern Market its Home

After a successful holiday season at Bedrock's pop-up shops at Capitol Park, it's clear that Detroit loves Mitten Crate. So much so, that the owners decided to make Detroit Mitten Crate's home. The Mitten based company is opening up shop in the Eastern Market District, in what is to us, the perfect location for this business. They will be located at 2478 Riopelle, in a store front formerly occupied by Beau Bien Fine Foods. The store front is located next to the famous Henry the Hatter, which moved to Eastern Market in 2017, and just blocks from Shed 2 of Eastern Market, Eastern Market Brewing Company and Red Bull Arts.

Mitten Crate's new store front will feature a variety of Michigan made products in a beautiful vintage inspired setting. Shoppers can find everything from Michigan made candies like Dave's Sweet Tooth and Guilt Chocolates to Michigan made pickles and chips. You also will be able to find great Michigan inspired items like Michigan Mittens, retro Michigan drinking glasses, coffee mugs, hats, and more. The store is the perfect place to pick up a great Michigan themed gift, and to stock up on those treats that you loved from the last Mitten Crate that you received in the mail.
 
In addition to Mitten Crate's new store front, the company will still be curating and shipping out monthly crates to subscribers, putting great Michigan made food items in the hands of customers. Although the new store front is a great opportunity to check pick up items on the spot, we strongly encourage you to give Mitten Crate's monthly subscription a try. Every month, you will receive a variety of delicious items that you probably have never heard of, that are made right here in our state. It's the perfect subscription box for every foodie, plus you're helping out small Michigan based businesses! On top of that, Mitten Crate also works with Gleaner's Food Bank and gives back to the community for every crate that is purchased. If you're not sure about signing up for a subscription just yet, one time crates are available too!

Mitten Crate's new Eastern Market store front will be holding its grand opening this Saturday, March 9th from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The shop's regular store hours will be Thursdays and Fridays from noon until 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. For more info on Mitten Crate and all of the great products that they offer, visit MittenCrate.com.


~C

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Win Passes to the Second Annual Frisky Whisky at St. Andrew's Hall

The Second annual Frisky Whisky is taking over all three floors of the historic St. Andrew's Hall this Friday. The new"ish" event features a large scale whiskey tasting alongside live burlesque dancing and a pop up retail shopping experience.

Attendees will be given 10 tastings tickets to sample drinks from a variety of distilleries including Heaven Hill Distillery, Southern Wine and Spirits, Three Chord Bourbon, Copper & Kings American Brandy Company, Brown-Forman Corporation, Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Jameson Irish Whiskey, J.P. Wiser's Whisky, Old Forester, POWERS Irish Whiskey, Smooth Ambler Spirits, The Glenlivet, Aberlour Single Malt Coppercraft Distillery and more. Craft beer service and handle takeovers will include Blake's Hard Cider Co., Deschutes Brewery, B. Nektar, and Griffin Claw Brewing Company (GCBC). While you're sipping your libation of choice you can watch live entertainment from Holly Hock Productions including Miss Holly Hock, Ada Vice, Leena Mynx Allure, and Vivacious Miss Audacious. You can also shop locally at pop-ups from The Peacock Room, The Busted Bra Shop, and Hi-Hat Detroit, who will also be giving haircuts at the event. Live DJs will be spinning music throughout the night and records will be on sale inside the pop-up record shop.

There will be a lot to see and a lot to do during the event! Tickets to attend are $45 to $65 a piece and they can be purchased here. We also have a few pairs of tickets to give away to attend the event courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to attend this event, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject #letsgetfrisky. We will draw 6 lucky winners the morning of the event and they will get to go get frisky with a friend for free.

To learn more about this annual event click here.


~S

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Win Tickets to See Body/Head at MOCAD

Fans of Sonic Youth are already very familiar with the name Body/Head. For those that aren't familiar with this name, Body/Head is a two piece featuring Bill Nace and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. The duo has been playing experimental music together since 2012. They're latest release The Switch dropped last summer. Give it a listen below.


Party Store Productions, Third Man Records, and MOCAD have all teamed up to bring this power duo to town this week. Body/Head will perform live at MOCAD this Friday, March 8th. Also on the bill for the evening are Mark Morgan and VIKI Viktoria. Tickets to see this show live are $22 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to our friends at Party Store Productions, 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 #bodyhead in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Good luck!


~C

Bagley Central Detroit Cocktail Bar Coming to Detroit

It seems like every other week we read a press release for a new bar or restaurant that is being opened in or around the city. They are usually the new pet project of some out of town investor that wants to throw their hat in the ring to see if they can capitalize on Detroit's big "comeback" and they always seem to have some kind of ridiculous theme or gimmick that is supposed to change the way that we do dining and drinking in Detroit. Generally, they usually just end up being super overpriced and too hard for any local to get into. We assumed that when Our/Detroit went up for sale someone like that would scoop it up, but instead we were excited to see that one of our favorite Detroit bartenders is taking over the space to open his first bar and the plan is to cater to locals, especially those that love punk and rock and roll.

Mike Ketelhut has teamed up with Green Dot Stables and Johnny Noodle King owners Jacques and Christine Driscoll to open a new local space that will cater to the "beer and a shot crowd". The New bar, which is slotted to open this April, will be called Bagley Central. We reached out to Mike to ask him why he picked this space and section of the city. This is what he had to say:
 "I would have picked this area regardless of the current trends and the space is perfect. We’re going to be more about filling a need for a high-quality watering hole that’s affordable for cheapskates like me. I can’t guarantee everyone will like the place, but I can guarantee that the prices will be low, the music will be top-notch, and my staff will kill it. I was trained by a lot of people I admire in this business so I’ve got some lofty standards to live up to". 
It was a refreshing reply to basic questions that many new business owners have a hard time answering. Cocktails will be priced around $6 to $8 a piece and the bar will not offer food, but that's okay. The opening of Bagley Central will coincide with the opening of Peso, a new Mexican inspired space that Jacques and Christine Driscoll will be opening in the former Fist of Curry/Huron Room Space next door. We will keep you updated on everything we learn about the two new spaces and let you know when they officially open. We are excited to see a long time local bartender get his shot at curating his own space!


~S

Monday, March 4, 2019

Hip in Detroit's 2019 Hamtramck Music Fest Preview

This weekend, the City of Hamtramck will be taken over by some of the best bands in the area for Hamtramck Music Fest. The three day festival will feature 209 acts at 24 different bars and venues throughout the city. It all kicks off on Thursday night, at Ant Hall and Ghost Light where Sextez & the Vybe, DUDE, Cosmic Light Shapes, Sold Only as Curio, Kind of Animal, Valid, Ladyship Warship, After Dark Amusement Park, and Panda House will play. Then, on Friday and Saturday night, the fest spreads throughout the city to pretty much every bar in the area.

We had a chance to meet up with some of the bands playing this year's HMF this past week at Small's. Hit play below to hear some music from HMF artists and to hear us chat with Melody from Betty Cooper as well as co-owner of Small's, Andrew from Handgrenades, Adam from Tart and Patrick Davy & The Ghosts, Jack from Kimball, and Ricky from Citizen Smile and Patrick Davy & The Ghosts, as well as cohort of James Linck and Ben Keeler. Plus our good friend Lee chimes in from time to time too! Make sure you listen to the second segment of the podcast, where Melody not only gave us details on HMF, but also details on Small's Paczki Day Celebration, with music all day and their famous Paczki Bombs!



Wristbands for Hamtramck Music Fest are only $15, which grants you access to all of the participating venues, all 3 days. Wristbands can be purchased with cash at Ant Hall on Thursday night, the HMF Headquarters on Friday & Saturday night, or at most record stores in the Metro Detroit area. For a full list of where you can purchase your wristband, click here.

With so many bands and so many venues, the best way to make the most of Hamtramck Music Fest is to come up with a plan, but make sure you check out some bands that you haven't seen yet. Don't forget, there are free shuttles throughout the night taking you between all 24 venues too! So don't worry about driving from place to place. If you want to get from one side of town to the other, just hop on the shuttle! (Check out the map of all of the venues and the shuttle here.) Check out the full schedule for the weekend below and decide what bands you want to see each night. The bands we featured on our podcast are highlighted in green, so make sure you check them out! See you in Hamtramck this weekend!


THURDAY, MARCH 7TH

Ant Hall Stage:
12am Sextez & the Vybe
11pm DUDE
10pm Cosmic Light Shapes
9pm Sold Only as Curio
8pm Kind of Animal

Ghost Light Stage:
11:30pm Valid
10:30pm Ladyship Warship
9:30pm After Dark Amusement Park
8:30pm Panda House


FRIDAY, MARCH 8th:

Ant Hall: Friday 18+
1am The Beggars
12am Don Duprie and The Inside Outlaws
11pm Alison Lewis and String of Ponies
10pm The Gashounds
9pm True Blue

Baker Streetcar Bar: Friday 21+
12:15am Friends of Dennis Wilson
11:15pm Blueflowers
10:15pm Electric Honey
9:15pm Scott Harrison
8:15pm Jenn's Apartment


Bank Suey: Friday (all ages)
9pm Kubat, Finlay, & Rose

8pm Michele Oberholtzer
7pm Banjolectric

Bumbo’s: Friday 21+
11:30pm Career Club
10:30pm Infinite Land
9:30pm Zack Fealk
8:30pm Immaculate Conception

Café 1923: Friday (all ages)
7:15pm EnD
6:30pm Palou
5:45pm Norma Jean Haynes
5pm Zach Vazum

Delite Café: Friday (all ages)
8pm Wierdoz Gang
7pm Cloudy
6pm Truman Nolan
5pm DJ Soccer Mom & Loni K.

Detroit Threads: Friday (all ages)
Detroit Techno Militia

Ghost Light: Friday 18+
12:30pm Duende
11:30pm Caveman & Bam Bam
10:30pm The Creepos
9:30pm J Walker and the Crossguards
8:30pm Tony Paris and Sugarburn

Hamtramck Public Library: Friday (all ages)
7:30pm Post Imperial Jazz Band
6:30pm Jackamo
5:30pm Marbrisa

High Dive: Friday 21+
12:30am Straight Rye Trio
11:30pm Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations
10:30pm Alex Mendenall
9:30pm Julius De'Von

Kelly’s Bar: Friday 21+
12:45am Whodat
11:45pm Viands
10:45pm Dinner Music
9:45pm Party Days

Moose Lodge: Friday 18+
12am WAIL
11pm LEGUME
10pm CITIZEN SMILE
9pm Wasabi Dream
8pm GO TIGER GO

Outer Limits: Friday 18+
12am SLO
11pm Electric Huldra
10pm The Hand

Painted Lady: Friday 21+
11:15pm Siamese
10:15pm The Stools
9:15pm Primitiv Parts

Plav Post #6: Friday 18+
10:30pm Jaws That Bite
9:30pm Tssr
8:30pm Registerd Nurse
7:30pm Apollo's Din

Plav Post #10: Friday 18+
1am Doctor Pizza
12am saajtak
11pm 1000 Yard Stare
10pm Slob

Polish Sea League: Friday 21+
12:15am Black Shampoo
11:15pm 3DMOTHERSHIP
10:15pm Twelve Bridges
9:15pm Intricate Dialect

Polish Village Café: Friday 18+
12:30am Efthimi
11:30pm Stella's Ghost
10:30pm Jill Govan
9:30pm Oblique Noir

Polka Dot: Friday 18+
12:30am Rogue Satellites
11:30pm 3ft
10:30pm VAZUM
9:30pm The End Electric
8:30pm Lak Lok

Port Bar: Friday 21+
12am The Whiskey Charmers
11pm Stefanie Cox & The Blox
10pm QRB
9pm Nate B. Jackson

Sanctuary: Friday 18+
11pm Reuther
10pm Cabin 7
9pm Sharks Never Sleep
8pm Vena Morris

Small’s Bar: Friday 18+
12:30am SpaceSkull
11:30pm WOMB
10:30pm Suburban Delinquents
9:30pm Pancho Villa's Skull

Trixie’s: Friday 21+
12am Throwaway
11pm Bananacondas
10pm Ripshark
9pm Tears of a Martian
8pm Run from the Future

Whiskey In The Jar: Friday 21+
12:30am Werewolves
11:30pm VVISIONSS
10:30pm The Hackwells
9:30pm The Hi-Views
8:30pm Blues Preacher Creighton



 SATURDAY MARCH 9th :

Ant Hall: Saturday 18+
1am JP From The HP
12am Tart
11pm Damn The Witch Siren
10pm Mister
9pm Krillin

Baker Streetcar Bar: Saturday 21+
12:15am James Linck
11:15pm The Dropout
10:15pm The Forty Nineteens
9:15pm The Haley Riots
8:15pm Timothy Monger

Bank Suey: Saturday (all ages)
9pm Fat Angry Hens
8pm Isaac Levine Band
7pm Kameryn Ogden

Bumbo’s: Saturday 21+
11:30pm Handgrenades
10:30pm Ben Keeler Band
9:30pm Junkfood Junkies
8:30pm Connor Dodson

Café 1923: Saturday (all ages)
5:30pm Emma Guzman
4:45pm Lady Darkness
4pm Carmel Liburdi
3:15pm The Marmalades
2:30pm Neriah Reign

Delite Café: Saturday (all ages)
8pm LXL
7pm All City Cypher
6pm Coney Meal Combo
5pm Sudden Death Syndrome

Detroit Threads: Saturday (all ages)
11pm DJ Roach
10pm Jeremiah Shaw
9pm DJ Disc Detroit
8pm Brent Scudder
7pm Discreet Disco
6pm Jeffery Woodward
5pm Beth Dzierwa
4pm Teresa Chavez

Ghost Light: Saturday 18+
12:30am Werewolf Jones
11:30pm Teener
10:30pm Zilched
9:30pm Dear Darkness
8:30pm Old Empire

Hamtramck Public Library: Saturday (all ages)
6pm Bangla School of Music
5pm Hamtramck Public Schools Elementary Honors Choirs
4pm RicanStruction
3pm Homemade Musical Instruments Workshop w/ Norma Jean Haynes

High Dive: Saturday 21+
12:30am Jibbs Brown & the Jambros
11:30pm Wuzee
10:30pm Annamaria
9:30pm Drew Schultz Trio feat. Matt Ryan & Evan Mercer

Kelly’s Bar: Saturday 21+
12:45am Lu Fuki & Divine Providence
11:45pm Jonathan Franco
10:45pm Electric Blanket
9:45pm Parallel People

Moose Lodge: Saturday 18+
12am Mark Whalen and The Buttermilk Boys
11pm KIMBALL
10pm BETA CAMP
9pm Patrick Davy & The Ghosts
8pm WHO BOY

Outer Limits: Saturday 18+
12am The Drinkard Sisters
11pm Dirty Copper
10pm Milk Bath

Painted Lady: Saturday 21+
11:15pm The Mahonies
10:15pm Jenny & Jackie
9:15pm Johnny ILL

Plav Post #6: Saturday 18+
10:30pm Botanical Fortress
9:30pm ZZvava
8:30pm Alex Knows it All
7:30pm Bad Liver Piss

Plav Post #10: Saturday 18+
1am Nique Love Rhodes & The NLR Experience
12am Warhorses
11pm The High Strung
10pm The Strains
6:30pm Dearborn Public Schools STEM & DCMST Jazz Band (all ages)

Polish Sea League: Saturday 21+
12:15am Pewter Cub
11:15pm Leaf Erikson
10:15pm The Blitzers
9:15pm Caleb Byers

Polish Village Café: Saturday 18+
12:30am Honey and Buffalo
11:30pm J. Rose
10:30pm Zac Fortin
9:30pm Mike Ward

Polka Dot: Saturday 18+
12:30am Rebecca Goldberg
11:30pm Super Birthday
10:30pm VSTRS
9:30pm Gold Crayon
8:30pm Qu'elle

Port Bar: Saturday 21+
12am JAKDD
11pm Blackmail
10pm Detroit Party Marching Band
9pm Papa Vanya i Brodyagi

Sanctuary: Saturday 18+
11pm Jackson and the Poolsharks
10pm Splitters
9pm High Totals
8pm Bave

Small’s Bar: Saturday 18+
12:30am Brother Son
11:30pm Betty Cooper
10:30pm Remnose
9:30pm Hung Up

Trixie’s: Saturday 21+
12am Raising The Dead
11pm Slizz
10pm John Salvage
9pm Dead People

Whiskey In The Jar: Saturday 21+
12:30am Scarlet Lies
11:30pm Choking Susan
10:30pm Tiger Sex
9:30pm Ch'i Machines
8:30pm Modern Mal


~C

Friday, March 1, 2019

The Lip Bar Opens Its First Retail Store in Detroit

Studies show that somewhere around 85% of women use makeup products during their daily get ready routine. The amount of products that they use varies for each individual, but research states that most women buy around 40 pieces of makeup a year. Research also shows that women are becoming more and more aware of what is in the products that they use, which mean they are starting to learn where their makeup is made, if it is tested on animals, and what is actually in it. 
 
Melissa Butler, the creator of The Lip Bar, knew that women wanted makeup that had ingredients that they could read, especially if they were going to put it on their lips. So, she started making colorful vegan lipsticks inside her apartment until she perfected the formula. Then, she took her idea on TV and presented it to the judges on Shark Tank. Unfortunately, they shot her down. They advised her to give up on lipstick and try something else but SHE DID NOT LISTEN. Instead, she started working even harder and within two years of that appearance, her lipstick was not only being sold to the masses, it was also being sold at Target! This small, vegan, cruelty free brand went from the bottom to the literal top of the makeup game faster than you could say get it girl, but that wasn't good enough for Melissa because her goal isn't just to sell good makeup. She wants to completely change the beauty industry while she's is at it. She has stated that she created The Lip Bar because, "you are beautiful just the way you are. You don't have to transform to look like the next "It Girl." You don't have to do anything but be you, because you are enough. Simply put, I think every woman deserves to be represented". Her lipstick is FOR EVERYONE. Her colors are for everyone and the ads and marketing materials that she uses to sell The Lip Bar lipsticks are inclusive of all colors, ages, classes, sizes, and styles. Her about me literally says, "I was determined to not change the way I looked to fit into some superficial or trendy beauty standard. Fuck that. There is no standard".


Melissa's fuck that attitude is what kept her going when others told her to stop and it is the reason that despite what everyone thought she was able to open her first flagship store in her hometown of Detroit last weekend. The small beauty bar is located in the new Shinola Hotel shopping district. It carries all 12 regular lipstick colors as well as the 14 glosses and 12 matte lipsticks that are currently being made by the brand. Plus, it has three awesome swing mirrors for visitors to try on all the colors before they make a purchase. It is a fun way to get a beauty pick me up without all the feel bad marketing bullshit that the industry has been traditionally trying to sell us. In fact, it was the nicest shopping experience that I have had in a long time.
We are very excited to see a female, black-owned business take over the beauty industry. Especially one that is vegan and cruelty-free. If you haven't heard of The Lip Bar or stopped into their new space, treat yourself and give them a visit the next time you are downtown. Their tubes run around $12- $14 a piece and they deliver some serious color and pigment, something that isn't always easy to find. Congratulations to Melissa and her entire team on beating the odds and making magic when everyone was telling them they wouldn't even be able to make a spark. That attitude and that perseverance is what Detroit is known for and you have represented us well!



~S

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Win Tickets to Thursday's SOLD OUT Shows at El Club

In the late '90s and early '00s, post-hardcore, emo, and pop punk bands dominated the music scene. It was a great time for music. Maybe that's because we were in our teens and early 20s, loving life and feeling all of the feels but, that music helped define us as people, and we're definitely not alone. There's a reason why so many of the bands from that era are still are making music, and why they are continuing to tour and sell out venues. Many of those bands are celebrating 20th anniversaries this year and Thursday is one of those bands.

This Friday and Saturday night, Thursday will hit the stage at El Club as part of their 20 Year Anniversary Tour. The band reunited a couple of years ago and have spent a lot of the last two years touring. They are getting ready to call it quits once again, but this time they are on better terms and are ready to go out right. They are currently out on tour playing their first two (two of their most popular) albums in full at smaller clubs than they would usually play. This Friday night, they will play Full Collapse for Detroit, and then on Saturday they will play War All The Time.

Tickets for both of these shows are unfortunately sold out. But, lucky for you, our friends at El Club have hooked us up with one pair of tickets to give away to each of these shows. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #thursdayfriday or #thursdaysaturday in the subject line, depending on which show you are entering for. We will draw one lucky winner for Friday night and one winner for Saturday night and they will each get in with a friend for free. We will draw our winners for both shows on Friday morning. Good luck!


~C


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

See You at Small's this Thursday Night!

This Thursday night, Small's is the place to be! This Hamtramck bar is like Cheers for many of us, where everybody knows your name and you're always glad you came. This Thursday night, join us at your favorite bar, not for a show, not to dance to industrial music, but just to hang out.

Small's will be opening at 8 p.m. this Thursday night for a special Slider Pop-Up. Mike will be serving up delicious sliders and tots, with a variety to choose from, including vegan options. There will be cheap drinks flowing throughout the night too. Plus, yours truly will be there recording our Hip in Detroit podcast. While you hang out sipping beer and snacking on sliders, we will be in the next room over interviewing some of the awesome artists playing this year's Hamtramck Music Fest for the next episode of our podcast. So, stop by and say "hi" and hang out for the night!

21+ are welcome Thursday night and there is no cover charge. If you still need to pick up your wristband for this year's HMF, make sure you bring some cash, they will be available for $15.

See you at Small's!


~C

Detroit Gets a Good Neighbor

Yesterday I had a meeting with a client in downtown proper so I decided to take a walk around the new Shinola Hotel to see the new Lip Bar location. I will be writing about my experience inside that space soon (gotta test that lipstick out for a few days first), but today I wanted to tell you about a shop that I stumbled upon when I was looking for The Lip Bar (it's in an alley if you get lost too), a cool casual boutique that is anything but ordinary.

Good Neighbor is a new clothing store located on the new shopping strip created by the Shinola Hotel. At first glance, it looks like any other upscale boutique that you might find in a modern city, but once you step inside, you instantly realize that you found something special. The first and most impactful thing that I noticed when I started perusing the racks was that this was the first mid to high-end boutique in the city that not only catered to men and women's fashion, they also catered to plus size babes like myself and all of their merchandise was either locally sourced and/or created by a company that practices mindful sourcing and ethical manufacturing. You might not know this but most boutiques don't bother to carry anything over a medium (size 6/8) so I'm used to just hitting up the accessories section, but Good Neighbor had LOTS OF OPTIONS for plus size ladies and gentlemen. Some of our favorite finds were their embroidered #detroit shirts that were created with the help of Not Sorry Apparel and a custom #goodneighbor candle that was created in conjunction with Detroit Wick Candle Company from the Eastern Market. I also am a huge fan of Goldeluxe Jewelry and they had lots of it. Most of their clothing ranges in between $35-$150 and their accessories span an even wider range. There is really a something for everyone in the space.
  
Good Neighbor has been in the city for just over three months and they are currently open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sundays. You can check out some of the store's merchandise online, but we suggest making the trip out there to see the space for yourself!


~S