Wednesday, September 18, 2019

24 Hour Giveaway: Nightmares on Wax @ Deluxx Fluxx

This Thursday night, Party Store Productions is bringing another amazing show to Deluxx FluxxNightmares on Wax will be performing a DJ set along with Jaws That Bite. This is the kick off show for the Autumn & Winter Tour for Nightmares on Wax. He will be hitting cities around the world, from Brooklyn to Dubai, and it all kicks off right here in Detroit.

Tickets for Thursday's show are $22 in advance or $24 the day of the show. You can purchase your tickets in advance here. Thanks to Party Store Productions, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show. Just send your name to with #nightmares in the subject line. We will draw our lucky winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors for this one open at 7 p.m. and 18+ are welcome. There will also be an official after party after this show, click here for details on that.


Eastern Market Comes Alive After Dark this Thursday - 2019 Murals in the Market

Murals in the Market has been in full swing ever since last Saturday, but things are just getting started. Thirty One artists have been working extra hard all week long to get their pieces done before Thursday'nights Eastern Market After Dark mural unveiling party. This annual celebration in the streets has become an end of Summer staple that has helped put Detroit and its artists back on the national radar. Each creator is given a space and the materials to make a piece of the market come alive. Then, we get the chance to walk through the streets to see all the new art while music, food, booze, and life happens all around us.

This year's artists lineup includes local and national names like Ijania Cortez, Kevin Lyons, Ron English, Tiff Massey, Jason Abraham Smith, and Efe Bes. You can check out all of the artists and read their bios here. You can see a map of where all of their pieces are located here. There will also be tons of food trucks and places to eat during EMAD, this includes great local spots like Cairo Coffee, Mitten Crate, Supino Pizzeria and Gather. You can see a full list of all of the places you can eat here. There will also be a lot of local retailers that will be staying open late for the event. This includes DetroitWick, SMPLFDWell Done Goods and more. You can see the full list of local shops here. Finally, all of the local galleries will also be open during the event, so make sure that you pop in to see what they have. You can see the full list of their locations here.
There will be a few follow up events in the market after the party this Thursday. You can keep up with those here. You can also head down to the Market anytime you want to take a walk and see the art. We suggest making a nice little Saturday out of it and visiting the oldest market in the US while you are at it! 


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

It's Time to Check Out Coup D'état

Fast fashion is over and big-name massed produced items are a dime a dozen. It's time for all of us to start seeking out well made, long-lasting quality pieces that will make us look good season after season and there is a new store coming to Detroit where you can do just that. 

Coup D'état is a new curated collection of clothing, makeup, and lifestyle items that Angela Wisniewski, a.k.a. Hello Angela, has brought together. Her goal is to create a collection of responsibly made products that you cannot get anywhere else in Michigan. This includes NOTO, MAKE Beauty, Year of Ours, Apparis, Hassbeens, and more. You can see some of the things that she carries and purchase some of her stock online here. You can also check out Coup at their next pop-up in November, but the big announcement from Coup is still to come. She has hinted that she will be opening a space in the city before the end of the year, but the details haven't been released. If you would like to stay hip and find out when the grand opening is going to happen you can sign up for their newsletter here.

We attended the last pop-up that she hosted at Lost and Found Vintage and left with the best pair of faux leather leggings we have ever felt from a brand called Commando. They weren't cheap but they are one of the most quality pieces of clothing that we have ever purchased. We look forward to seeing more of what Coup has to offer but we cant wait to wear these leggings over and over again!


Monday, September 16, 2019

DIY Street Fair Takes Over Ferndale this Weekend

Do you like art, music, outdoor drinking, food, and community? The DIY Street Fair is returning to Ferndale for the 12th year and it offers all of that and more for FREE! This year's festival will feature over 150 local merchants that make some of the coolest items that you can find anywhere. In fact, this street fair has repeatedly been voted the Best Local Street Fair by numerous outlets, which means that you can find all of Detroit's best makers alongside a few out-of-towners for one weekend only! There is also live music from a variety of local and national acts throughout the three day weekend. This includes JR JR, The Gories, The High Strung, The Beggars, The Dropout and many more. You can see the full lineup, including set times on the DIY website here.

The festival also features a variety of local food companies including Mac Shack, Nosh Pit, Treat Dreams, El Guapo and more. You can also pop into The Emory and The Woodward Avenue Brewers to eat throughout the event. Both restaurants offer bird's-eye views of the stage and a place to take a break from it all if you need to! There are also a variety of events for the kids including a visit from the League of Enchantment on Sunday. This is very much a family-friendly event during the day and an all-out party in the streets at night.

The Loving Touch will have after-parties all three nights, but the official lineups have not been announced yet. You can follow DIY on Instagram or Facebook to stay in the loop! The Street Fair runs from 6 p.m. - Midnight on Friday, 11 a.m. - Midnight on Saturday, and 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Sunday.


Friday, September 13, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: September 13-15

Friday, September 13th & Saturday, September 14th - Meet your Best Friend @ The Zoo: We know, we keep posting about pet adoption, but this is the adoption event of all events. Next we promise we won't post about pet adoption (well, maybe). Hundreds of cats and dogs will be in the parking lot of the Detroit Zoo this Friday and Saturday, looking for their forever homes. Since this event started in 1993, more than 25,000 dogs and cats have found homes. Is your new furry friend waiting for you at the zoo? Find out on Friday from noon 'til 6 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Side note, you cannot adopt the bears, lions, and other animals that are actually in the zoo during this event.

Saturday, September 14th - The Lucid Furs @ The Sanctuary: The Lucid Furs always put on a great show and this Saturday will be no different. They will be playing at The Sanctuary in Hamtramck along with Salvadore RossDark Serenity, Stephanie Cox and The Blox and Edison Hollow. Cover is only $10, doors are set to open at 8 p.m., and all ages are welcome. Give The Lucid Furs latest album No God? No Problem a listen here.

Saturday, September 14th - Nothing Elegant: 8 Years Young @ The Old Miami: We had a blast chatting with Lady Fantastic (aka Sara Aldridge) on our podcast a couple of months ago. One of the things we talked about was the awesome monthly dance parties that she DJs along with her Nothing Elegant partner, Amy Dreamcatcher. This Saturday night, the duo returns to The Old Miami, but this is a special edition of Nothing Elegant. They will be celebrating their 8th birthday! Cover is only $5 and 21+ are welcome.

Saturday, September 14th - H20 25th Anniversary @ The Loving Touch: As we get older, so do the bands that we grew up listening to. This Saturday night, H20 will be celebrating their 25th anniversary at The Loving Touch. Joining them on stage are Comeback Kid, Abuse of Power, Strange Magic, and Hushed. Tickets for this monumental show are $20 in advance or $23 the day of the show. You can purchase your tickets in advance here. Doors are at 7 p.m. and all ages are welcome.

Saturday, September 14th - WhateverFest 9 @ Tangent Gallery: WhateverFest 9 was supposed to take place on The Dequindre Cut earlier this summer, but the date and location was changed. The good news is, that means that you didn't miss it! Over 30 acts are playing the event, spread across 3 stages at The Tangent Gallery. Doors open at noon, cover is $10 until 10 p.m. or $20 after 10. So get there early! See the full lineup for the day here.

Murals in the Market: Murals in the Market officially kicks off this weekend! The major events that you're used to, like Eastern Market After Dark, aren't happening until next week. So we will tell you more about that next week. This weekend there is a Family Reunion Block Party on Saturday, and an Artist Meet & Greet and Cocktail Hour on Sunday. See the full schedule of events here.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Win Tickets to See The HU at El Club

Mongolian Hunnu Rock Band The HU will be making their way to Detroit this weekend! The band headed out on the road earlier this week, leaving their home base of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. They will be making stops in cities throughout the US and Canada, with the tour running through the beginning of December. If you haven't ever heard of The HU before, this is a band like no other. You have to hear them for yourself, so just hit play below.

The HU will be playing El Club this Sunday, September 15th. Joining them is Detroit's own Al Lover. Tickets for the show are $18 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to our friends at El Club, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. To enter to win, send your name to with #HU in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

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


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Win Tickets to See Angels & Airwaves at The Fillmore

For years, Tom DeLonge was known for his band Blink-182. But, when the band went on hiatus back in 2005, he started another project called Angels & Airwaves. The band has a different feel from Blink-182, but developed quite a following over the last 14 years. During that time, the band released five albums and last month they just released a new single. Give it a listen below.

Angels & Airwaves are currently on tour and they will be playing at The Fillmore in Detroit on Friday, September 20th. There are still some tickets available for the show, with prices ranging from $30-$149. But, if you aren't worried about getting tickets before the show sells out, you can also enter to win a pair. Our friends at Live Nation Detroit are giving us one pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader. To enter, send your name to with #airwaves in the subject line. We will draw our winner the day before the show and will email them details on how to claim their prize. 

All ages are welcome to attend this show and doors are set to open at 7 p.m.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Win Tickets to See K.Flay at The Crofoot

K.Flay is celebrating the release of her third studio album Solutions by touring across the world through the end of the year. The "Bad Vibes" singer will be making her stop in Detroit on September 20th to play with Houses and Your Smith at The Crofoot. Tickets to attend the show are $25 in advance and they can be purchased here. We also have a pair to give away to the show courtesy of Crofoots Presents. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to attend the show with a friend for free, please email your full name to with the subject line #solutionstour. We will draw one lucky person on the 19th and they will get to attend her over the top live set with a friend for free.


Monday, September 9, 2019

The SheTown Film Festival Returns to Detroit this Weekend

A lot of people complain that the world isn't the way that they want it to be, other's find ways to create the spaces that they want to exist. Mike Madigan and Amanda Looney are two veteran filmmakers that didn't like the way that women were being represented and celebrated in the film industry, so they created their own film festival to make sure that women got their chance to shine. The Detroit SheTown Film Festival was born in 2018 to celebrate female filmmakers and it was well-received, even selling out a few of its inaugural events. This inspired the co-creators to bring the festival back to Detroit for the second year, but being the innovators that they are, they have added even more to make the second year bigger and better in every way.

The 2019 SheTown Film Festival received entries from hundreds of filmmakers from 25 different countries. The panel watched every film and curated a weekend of movie watching that they think everyone will enjoy. They have separated the films into a few different categories and curated a few parties and events to make the weekend extra special. This includes a free mixer this Thursday, September 12 and a comedy block on Saturday, September 14th that Mandy says you will not want to miss. You can see a full lineup of events and purchase tickets here. Each showing is only $10 and a weekend pass to get into everything is only $70, which means that this festival is VERY affordable. If you like films, want to make films, already make films, or just want to do something different this weekend, check out the Detroit SheTown Film Festival and celebrate all of the cool things that women have done with film.


Friday, September 6, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: September 6 - 8

Dally in the Alley is on the top of our list of things to do this weekend, but here are some other fun things to do before or after you dally.

Friday, September 6th - Pizzacon @ Small's: Who doesn't love pizza? This Friday night,  it's all about pizza at the Third Annual Pizzacon! This event includes a pizza themed art show and pizza party, with free slices provided by Jet's Pizza. The party starts at 8 p.m. and there is no cover charge. Free pizza and free admission! Does it get any better???

Saturday, September 7th - Bark to School Adoption Event: We've been all about saving the dogs lately and this Saturday, you have the perfect chance to save some great pups and take home a new friend. Detroit Animal Care and Control will be holding a free adoption event this Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The DACC takes in between 70-100 animals a week. So there are always new animals coming in that need your help. Not ready to adopt? They're always looking for fosters. You can even just take a dog on an adventure or home for a sleepover! The DACC is located on the I-75 service drive at 7401 Chrysler Drive.

Saturday, September 7th - J. Navarro & The Traitors @ The Parliament Room at Otus Supply: J. Navarro & The Traitors bring ska to the stage at Otus Supply this Saturday night. Joining them for the evening are The Essentials, You Dirty Rat, Burning Things plus special guests Pocket Sounds. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. So save yourself a few bucks and buy tickets in advance here. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 8th - The Growlers @ The Majestic: Last weekend, Jessica Hernandez blew fans away with her homecoming show at the Magic Stick. Well this weekend, you get to see Stella's daddy play with his band next door at The Majestic! The Growlers will be joined by Pinky Pinky and tickets are $30. All ages are welcome and doors are set to open at 7 p.m.

Win Tickets to Michiganders Album Release Party at The Crofoot

Jason Singer has been performing for live audiences since 2011. In 2014 he took on the name Michigander and in 2016 he released his first EP called Midland. He spent the next two years touring and perfecting his sound and stage show before stepping back to write, record and prepare to release his latest EP, Where Do We Go From Here, on C3 Records on September 13th, 2019. He will be celebrating that release in Pontiac at The Crofoot alongside Bad Bad Hats, Rival Summers, and Kimball. This show will kick off a four-week tour across the US and if the first single is a sign of what's to come, this may be the start of something bigger then ever for the mid-Michigan signer/songwriter.

Tickets to attend the Friday the 13th release party are $13 in advance and all ages are welcome to attend. We also have a pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Hip in Detroit sponsor The Crofoot. If you would like to enter to win them, please email your full name to with the subject line #michigander. We will draw one lucky winner on the morning of the show and they will get to attend the event with a friend for free. 


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Win Tickets to See Big Business at Deluxx Fluxx

This Friday night, Party Store Productions will bring Big Business to the stage at Deluxx Fluxx. The duo just released a new full length earlier this year, called The Beast You Are. After releasing the album, they hit the road with Sleep, but sadly that tour didn't make its way to Detroit. But now you have a chance to see them this Friday night along with MEAT WAVE from Chicago and Detroit's own Teener.

Tickets to see these three great bands live are $13 in advance or $15 at the door. You can purchase your tickets in advance here. Thanks to our friends at Party Store Productions and Deluxx Fluxx, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to with #bigbusiness in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. on Friday and 21+ are welcome. 


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

It's Time to Dally in The Alley

This year's festival poster was created by David McGuffie (Birdchow)
Dally in the Alley will be returning to Cass Corridor for its 42nd year this Saturday, September 7th.  The annual gathering has been growing bigger and better every year and is one of our favorite annual events which means we NEVER miss Dally and you shouldn't either. 

This year's street fair will feature over 160 merchants selling candles, art, jewelry, clothing, food, and one of a kind handmade items. There will be three music stages featuring a variety of musical acts, you can see the bands and set times here. Musical highlights include Bave, Bryan Hugo Iglesias, Leif Erikson, The Muggs, Tony Nova, and Octavia. There will also be a community stage that will host yoga, karaoke, and a drag show, you can find the full lineup for those free shows here

This year's event will have a variety of food trucks stationed throughout the festival. some of the highlights include Nosh Pit, People's Pierogi Collective, Delectabowl, and Amicci's.  You can see the full food lineup for the festival by clicking here

Kids are also welcome to come to Dalley in the Alley, in fact, there will be an entire area of fun things for them to do from noon until 4 pm. This includes several arts craft projects ranging from making your own tie-dye shirt/personalized keepsakes, beeswax candle rolling to flower crown making. Plus, all of the signage that you see throughout the event was painted by local artists. This year's featured artists included Karianne Spens-Hanna, AJ Kessler, Sarah Alcodray, Aidel Finman, and Fioza Leigh Cowan. Look for their work as you walk around the show! The organizers have also created an interactive map to help guide you through the day, you can utilize that here

This year's Dally in the Alley kicks off at 11 a.m. and officially runs through 11 p.m. on Saturday. You can keep up with all things Dally here.


Friday, August 30, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: August 30 - September 2

We already told you about a lot of awesome things happening this weekend! Here are a few more that we had to make sure to mention!

Friday, August 30th - Motor City Funk Night @ Marble Bar: One of the best parties around returns to Marble Bar this Friday night! Motor City Funk Night will be playing that funky music and making you dance all night! There will be DJ sets from Scott Craig, Frank Raines, and Eastside Jon, plus The Mighty Funkhouse Band will be performing. Cover is $5, doors open at 9 p.m. and the party starts at 10.

Friday, August 30 - Monday, September 2nd - Detroit Jazz Festival: The Detroit Jazz Fest takes over Downtown this weekend! The event will bring musicians to 3 stages at Hart Plaza and a stage at Campus Martius. There will also be music in the Marriott at night, since it is the official hotel of the festival.  The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and runs all weekend long. Admission is free. See a full schedule of performers here.

Saturday, August 31 - 15 Years of The Painted Lady Lounge: The Painted Lady will be celebrating its 15th birthday this Saturday night! The night will feature booze, burlesque, and bourbon. And in case you didn't know, The Painted Lady has an amazing bourbon collection with selections that you won't see at most bars! Cover is free, 21+ are welcome, and the party starts at 8 p.m.

Sunday, September 1st - Small's Band Blender: Small's brings back their Band Blender this Sunday night with 13 bands on 3 stages, playing 20 minutes sets. The lineup for this blender includes Dental Work, The Wretched Sights, The Counter Elites, Sid Redlin, Glass Chimera, Korean Jeans (Chicago), Moustache Bride (Milwaukee), Shallow Stairs, Steve Harvey Oswald, The Erratic Retaliator Strategy (Chicago), Space Skull, Girl Fight, EnD and The Amino Acids. Cover is only $5 for those 21+ and $10 for 18+. Proceeds from the show will go to the WSU Center for Urban Studies' Strategies and Tools for Overdose Prevention (STOP) initiative, distributing Naloxone aka NARCAN within Metro Detroit. The show starts at 9 p.m.


Royal Oak is Hosting the 22nd Annual Arts, Beats & Eats this Holiday Weekend

For the last 22 years, Metro Detroit has celebrated the end of Summer with Arts, Beats & Eats. What began as a modest celebration in Pontiac, Michigan has expanded to become one of the biggest events in Metro Detroit. This four-day festival brings art, music and eats from all over the U.S. together for one weekend of fun before the weather turns. 

This year's event will feature music on 10 different stages, food from 40 different trucks, and merchandise from 50 + makers from around the U.S.  This event separates itself from all the others by featuring makers and artists from all across the country.  

You can see a full list of the artists here, the music here, and the food here. Musical highlights include The Four Tops, All American Rejects, and Third Eye Blind. There are also a lot of food choices, including vegan options like Nosh Pit, local options like Imperial, and healthier options that will be labeled at each booth. The artist's lineup up is full of people who are traveling to be here so there is a good chance that you will see something new if you take the time to browse.

The festival will take place from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Labor Day. Admission varies from $3 to $7 depending on what time of day you visit and once you are in you are allowed to leave and come back, but your pass is only good for the day, not the entire weekend. Children under 3 are free to get in at any time. Chairs, food, and outside drinks are not allowed and parking is REALLY HARD or expensive, so if you can ride a bike or Lyft your way down there it would be worth saving the time and the expense.  

The festival released a new interactive map that you can use to find your way around all week, you can check that out here.

If you have any more questions about the festival you should be able to find your answers here.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

24 Hour Giveaway: See MC50 at St. Andrew's Hall

It's been 50 years since MC5 released their legendary album Kick Out The Jams and became one of the most interesting live bands on the planet. The Detroit rock legends created a buzz in the city that was eventually heard around the world. In less than four years, they recorded three albums, redefined what it meant to perform, and changed music forever. If you grew up in Detroit and you liked rock and roll you heard the legends of MC5 playing at The Grande Ballroom and dreamed about what it might have been like to be in that room 50 years ago. Unfortunately, most of the OG lineup was long gone before a lot of us had the chance to find out who they were and what their music meant to the City of Detroit. Thankfully, you do not have to go back in time to hear the music that the band wrote and recorded a half a century ago.

Wayne Kramer has gathered together a group of rock and roll misfits that have risen to the top of their craft to come together to make the music of MC5 come alive one more time. Kim Thayll (Soundgarden), Brenden Canty (Fugazi), Bill Gould (Faith No More), & Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrila) will be performing alongside Wayne Kramer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of MC5 this Friday, August 30th. St. Andrew's Hall will welcome this eclectic cast of talent to the stage to pay tribute to the music that captured the spirit of Detroit in 1969. Tickets to attend the show are $25+ in advance and they can be purchased here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. If you would like to enter to win a last-minute pair, please email your full name to with the subject line #kickoutthejams. We will draw one lucky person on the morning of the show!

Doors will open at 8:30 p.m. for this one and 18+ are welcome. Detroit's own Bars of Gold will be opening up for MC50.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The 40th Annual Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

How the hell is Labor Day weekend already here? It seems like this summer flew by faster than any year before and the unofficial end of summer is already here. Luckily, along with Labor Day weekend comes one of the best festivals in Metro Detroit, the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival.

This year is the 40th annual Hamtramck Labor Day Festival and it seems like the event gets bigger and better every year. There will once again be two stages on Joseph Campau located at each end of the festival. Over 40 acts will be performing on the stages, with highlights like Bastardous, Easy Action, Midas, and Wiccans. You can check out the full lineup and set times below.
In addition to great music, there will also be other entertainment. Sunday at 4 p.m. Big Time Wrestling will return to the festival with Mysterious Movado taking on Kongo Kong. There is also the Hamtramck Yacht Club Canoe Race on Monday afternoon, where your favorite Hamtramck bars will face off against each other in homemade canoes on the streets of Hamtramck. Plus, there will be vendors, a carnival, and awesome food! Some favorites that will be on site include Srodek's and Polish Village Cafe serving up pierogi and other delicious Polish food. There will also be stands from restaurants like Balkan House and Baobab Fare.

As always, admission to the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival is free. If you can't make it out during the day, there are also some awesome after parties happening around town. Check out links to those below. 

Sunday, September 1st - Carjack + Matt Smith @ Outer Limits 


Monday, August 26, 2019

Listen to our Hip Chat with Jessica Hernandez

Last Thursday, we sat down with Jessica Hernandez at The Woodward Avenue Brewers in Ferndale to find out about music, motherhood, and making her way back onto the stage in Detroit. She gave us a look into her creative process, her history as an artist and what it's like to be a working mother to an 18-month-old. You can listen to our entire interview below!

Listen Here:

Buy Tickets to Fridays Show Here
When: Friday, August 30th
Where: The Magic Stick Detroit
Doors: 8 p.m.
All Ages are welcome.

Listen to Jessica's new Single "Baby" here.

Watch her new video below:

We are also giving away a pair of tickets to the show to one lucky reader. Just send your name to with #jess in the subject line. We will draw a winner on Friday morning. 

Friday, August 23, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: August 23 - 25

There's a lot going on this weekend! Here are just a few of our picks!

Friday, August 23 - Shock Narcotic Release Show @ The Sanctuary: Shock Narcotic is celebrating the release of their debut album this Friday night at The Sanctuary and they're bringing out a bunch of their friends to play the release show. The Sanctuary will have 2 stages set up for the show and the lineup includes Sekkusu, Axioma, Plague Years, Throne, Drink Their Blood, Triangulations , and ScumRotten. Cover for the show is $12, which includes a copy of the album on CD or cassette. Vinyl is available for $6 more. For those that aren't familiar with Shock Narcotic, the band features Jeff Tuttle (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan, Old Gods) , Shawn Knight (Child Bite), Zach Gibson (ex-The Black Dahlia Murder, Shit Life, Nightkin) and Don Slater (Battlecross). Give the new album a listen here.

Saturday, August 24 - Modern Skate & Surf 40th Anniversary Bash: It takes a lot to start a business, a lot of guts and a lot of hard work. Many businesses last a few years and then fade away, but if you're lucky, your business will succeed and will be around for years. When George Leichtweis started Modern in 1979, he probably didn't think that the company would still be around 40 years later. Modern is a huge part of the skate community here in Metro Detroit and this Saturday they want you to come celebrate their 40th anniversary with them. Vans will be in town for the event along with a bunch of professional skateboarders. There will be live music from The Hentchmen, The Cheetahs, Ron Allen aka MC Intelligence, Werewolf Jones, and a super secret headliner. Plus, there will be skating, obviously! The party starts at 2 p.m. and goes 'til midnight. Cover is $10 or $25 if you want to skate too!

Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25th - Hazel Park Art Fair: If you're looking for something to do during the day this Saturday or Sunday, swing by the Hazel Park Art Fair! The event will feature dozens of artists and vendors, as well as some non-profits too. There will also be live music from performers like JD Wright, Emma Guzman, and Mike Anton. You can check out a full list of performers here. The event takes place at Green Acres Park from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Come hungry because Nosh Pit and Hero or Villain will be on site too!

Saturday, August 24 - The Dropout @ Deluxx Fluxx: The Dropout has been hard at work making new music and this Saturday night, he will bring that music to the stage at Deluxx Fluxx. Lonely City is "a collaborative effort to bring our friends in the city a little closer together". This show is celebrating the release of that record. Joining The Dropout for the evening are SKYrise and Bob Lemon. Cover is only $5, doors open at 7 p.m. and 21+ are welcome. This one will most likely sell out, so do yourself a favor and purchase tickets in advance here.

Satuday, August 24 - Looking For A Kiss - A Detroit Benefit For Sylvain Sylvain: Recently, Sylvain Sylvain, songwriter and original longtime member of the NY Dolls, was diagnosed with cancer. This Saturday night, some of Detroit's biggest rockers are coming together to raise money to help him get back on his feet. The lineup for the evening includes Mike Skill’s '67 Riot, The Trash Brats, Johnny Blitz (Dead Boys), Demolition Dollrods, Amy Gore Band and Human Eye. There will also be a special performance by The Detroit Dolls All Star Band featuring Smitt E. Smitty, Skid Marx, Nikki Corvette, Marcie Bolan, Dave Hanna, Eddie Baranek, Gerald Shohan, Stirling Silver, Brian McCarty, Danny Dollrod , Ricky Rat, and Timmy Vulgur. Doors for this great show will open at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Can't make it to the show, but still want to help out? Donate online here.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Win Tickets to See Phantogram at The Fillmore

It's only been two years since Phantogram released their last full-length album Three, but that didn't stop them from heading out to Joshua Tree to kick back relax and create. They wrote and released two new singles called "Into Happiness" and "Mister Impossible" over the last year and now they are out on tour visiting places all throughout the US and Canada.

They will be making a stop in Detroit to perform alongside Bob Moses on August 29th at The Fillmore. Tickets to attend the show are $30 - $60 in advance and they can be purchased here. We also have a pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of the cool cats over at Live Nation Detroit. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to see this NYC based duo in their element, please email your full name to with #phantogram in the subject. We will draw one lucky person the day before the show and they will get to attend the event with a friend for free.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Win Tickets to See Iron Chic at The Loving Touch

The Loving Touch has been bringing some great bands to their stage lately and this weekend is no different. This Sunday night, they will welcome Iron Chic to their stage. The Long Island based band is currently on tour with Big Nothing. Joining the two bands for the night are Detroit's own Young Hunger and Bike Tuff from Kalamazoo.

Tickets to see these four bands live are $13 in advance or $15 the day of the show, if it doesn't sell out. To play it safe, purchase your tickets in advance here. If you're feeling lucky, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show. To put your name in the hat, send your name to with #chic in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

All ages are welcome to attend this show and doors are set to open at 7 p.m.  To see what else The Loving Touch has coming up, make sure you follow them on Facebook  and Instagram.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Come Listen to us Chat With Jessica Hernandez Live at The WAB this Thursday!

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This Thursday, August 22nd Hip in Detroit will set up our DIY podcasting equipment to talk to the one and only Jessica Hernandez. This Detroit born rock and roll ICON is returning to the Motor City to perform for the first time since becoming a mother and we cannot wait to catch up with her! If you would like to hang out and listen live while we record, please come hang out at The WAB this Thursday at 7 p.m. If you have a question that you would like us to ask Jessica, please email it to If you don't already have tickets to see her perform at The Magic Stick on August 30th click here and get a pair now before they sell out!


Monday, August 19, 2019

Two Hip Ways to Celebrate Small Companies in Detroit this Week

There is no such thing as an overnight success. Just because you don't know the story behind a band, brand, entrepreneur or artist yet doesn't mean that they came out of nowhere. It simply means that it took them a while to cast a wide enough net for you to become hip to them. We spend a lot of time trying to turn people on to all of the interesting people, places and things that we have found on our adventures around the city, so there is nothing we like to see more than local companies making moves and expanding. Two well known local companies are throwing parties this week to celebrate big steps in their business!

Rebel Nell and York Project Team Up to Open their 1st Brick and Mortar Space Together -
Rebel Nell is a local jewelry company that was created in 2013. Their mission is to "to employ women facing barriers to employment in Detroit, educate them on financial management, life wellness, and entrepreneurship, and empower them to transition to a life of independence". They turn the fallen layers of graffiti from around the city into cash that they use to change the lives of the women that help them create beautiful pieces of jewelry.

York Project is a Detroit streetwear company that was founded in 2012. They began by giving 1 hat away for every hat they sold and expanded into a company that creates small-batch American made clothing that gives back to local charities.

Together, they will open their first brick and mortar space at 1314 Holden St, Detroit, this Thursday, August 22nd. They will be celebrating their grand opening with food drinks and music. The opening party will take place from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. this Thursday and it will be the first time that you will have the chance to shop both brands in the same space! 

To find out more about Rebel Nell follow them here and to find out more about York Project follow them here

SMPLFD Celebrates Making Moves with One Last Party -
SMPLFD is a printing/design/and clothing company that was started in 2007. They currently reside at 1480 Gratiot Ave., but will be soon be moving on up to a new printing space at 2905 Beaufait St. to expand their vision and take the company to the next level. They also have plans to open a new retail space in the near future, but before they do they decided that they would have one last party in their current location. The party will take place at 7 p.m. this Friday, August 23rd. The night will feature, music, drinks, snack and some sales on some merch that they want to get rid of before the move.

You can learn more about SMPLFD by following them here.


Friday, August 16, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: August 16-18

Friday, August 16th - 90's Throwback Block Party @ Tangent Gallery: Relive the '90s this Friday night at Tangent Gallery! Revolt is taking over the place for the night and transforming it into that '90s party that you've been daydreaming about. The party kicks off early, at 4 p.m. and it goes all the way until 11 p.m. Cover is only $7 at the door! 

Saturday, August 17th - Summer Days Adoption Event @ Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control: Have you been thinking about adopting a new four-legged friend? Now is the time! Detroit Animal Care and Control has over 100 pets that need to be adopted. This Saturday, the Friends of DACC are hosting their Summer Days Adoption Event from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. And, they want to make sure that as many pets find forever homes as possible, so they are waving all adoption fees during the event! Just make sure you have a valid drivers license or state ID with you! The event takes place at 7401 Chrysler Drive in Detroit. 

Saturday, August 17th - Motor City Soul Club: August Soul Stomp @ Marble Bar: Dance the night away at this month's Soul Stomp, "featuring some of the finest dancin' music you've never heard!" Brad Hales, Erica Aytes and Dan Austin will be providing the tunes for the evening. All vinyl, all soul & funk, all night. Cover is free, doors open at 9 p.m. and the party starts at 10.

Saturday, August 17th - GLOW with Bevlove @ Deluxx Fluxx: Across town, there's another bad ass dance party going down, with Bevlove. She will be hosting her monthly party GLOW at Deluxx Fluxx. In addition to Bevlove, this month's addition will feature Sky Jetta, Sir Bleek, Actually Mae, Lansuh and Kid McFly. Cover is $5 after 10 p.m. and 21+ are welcome. 

And in case you didn't know, the Woodward Dream Cruise is happening this weekend. If that's your thing, click here for more info. If that's not your thing, avoid Woodward this weekend!