Monday, September 27, 2021

Everything You Missed at DLECTRICITY (video)

Did you miss DLECTRICITY this weekend?

Photographer Mike Moy captured all of the magic in just over 2 minutes, check it out!

For information on the art & artists in this video click here.

Don't miss next year's event!


Friday, September 24, 2021

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: September 24-26

We already told you about DIY Street Fair happening in downtown Ferndale this weekend. Here are some other fun things that you should check out!

Friday, September 24th and Saturday, September 25th - DLECTRICITY: DLECTRICITY returns to Detroit this weekend! This "nighttime festival of art, light and technology" will include displays from over 40 artists at Beacon Park and throughout Detroit's Cultural Center, by the DIA. There will be sculptures, projection installations, and more. The event is free and open to the public. It will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight each night. For more info and a map of installations, visit

Friday, September 24th - Warren's Food Truck Rally: Kick your weekend off by grabbing dinner at a food truck rally in Warren! The rally will take place in front of Warren's City Hall, off Van Dyke just north of 12 Mile. There will be over a dozen food trucks in attendance, including Go Cheez, Pita Post, Buffy’s Mexi-Casian, Flavors, Twisted Street BBQ, Cookies and Cream, Fun Food Express, Phat Rob's Foodlove, JJ’s Fish and Shrimp, Motor City Sweet Treats, Cajun Soul Sistas, Great Lakes Food Truck, and Khalipha’s Mobile Kitchen. Admission is free and parking is free. There will also be a beer tent and a DJ. The rally kicks off at 4 p.m. and goes until 9. 

Friday, September 24th - Stef Chura @ Outer Limits Lounge: Party Store Productions brings Stef Chura to the stage for a hometown show at Outer Limits. The show is outdoors, so that means it starts early and ends early. Things kick off at 7 p.m. and will wrap up by 10 p.m., so don't show up late! Milk Bath and Jeremy Waun will be kicking off the show. Tickets are $8 in advance or $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased here. 21+ are welcome.

Friday, September 24th - Emily Rose and Carmel Liburdi @ Ghost Light: Live music is back at Ghost Light in Hamtramck! This Friday night, Emily Rose will be performing live along with Carmel Liburdi, Erin Incoherent, Nina Sofia, and Friends. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m. Cover is $10 and 21+ are welcome. Before you go, make sure you review Planet Ant's Covid policy here

Saturday, September 25th - Hairspray @ Senate Theater: See the classic and fun John Waters' film Hairspray on the big screen at the Senate this Saturday night! Take a trip back in time with Tracy & Penny in the film and also take a trip back in time in the lobby because there will also be a 60's Vintage Pop-Up Market at the theater. Flamingo Vintage and other vintage clothing sellers will be on site before the show, selling vintage wares that you will love. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 8. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased in advance here

Sunday, September 26th - Sunday Brunch Valade Park: This is the last weekend to experience Sunday Brunch on the Riverfront at Valade Park! Sip drinks, grab a bite to eat, and shop with local businesses along the Riverfront from noon - 4 p.m. There is also live music and food from Bob's Barge, Smokey G's, and Geisha Girls. 


Ohly - New Music + Ticket Giveaway

Ohly dropped a new song today!

You can listen to the new song "Steady" here.

They are also playing a show @ The Loving Touch on Friday, October 8th.

Enter to win a pair of tickets to the show NOW!

Who: Ohly, Kimball, Jackamo, The Michigan Ordinary

What: Playing The Loving Touch on Friday, October 8th @ 7 p.m. 

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to with the subject line #OHLY

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on October 7th + they will get to bring a friend for free.

P.S. This show was brought to you by Audiotree Presents, follow them here for more great live 


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Two New Exhibits Coming to the DIA

When someone asks us what they should do when they visit Detroit we always suggest a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts. With over 100 galleries and a vast collection that includes Thomas Cole, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Vincent van Gogh, the DIA boasts one of the most significant collections of any museum in the world. On top of that, there is usually something new coming to the DIA for a temporary visit which means that there is always a reason to return to take it all in. Over the next few weeks, there are a few new exhibits that will be opening and one that will be closing its door, so plan your next visit accordingly! 


Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos 2021

Runs From: Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 - Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021

"The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate of Detroit and the Southwest Detroit Business Association, will display 12 ofrenda altars, or offerings, created by local artists from Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 — Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in celebration of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), which honors the life and memory of lost loved ones. This year’s display, “Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos,” marks the ninth consecutive year of the popular program."

27 artists submitted proposals and 9 were chosen to build an ofrenda. Some artists honored a personal loss and others memorialized a communal loss. 

Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite

Runs From: Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 - Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022

"In this exhibition are over forty large-scale color and black-and-white photographs by Kwame Brathwaite. His work helped advance one of the most influential cultural movements of the 1960s, "Black Is Beautiful," when black women and men turned to natural hairstyles and African-inspired clothing.  

Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite is the first major exhibition dedicated to Brathwaite, a vital figure of the second Harlem Renaissance. Inspired by activist and black nationalist Marcus Garvey's writings, Brathwaite, along with his older brother, Elombe Brath, founded the African Jazz Arts Society and Studios (AJASS) and the Grandassa Models.

AJASS was a collective of artists, playwrights, designers, and dancers. Grandassa Models - the subject of much of the exhibition's contents - was a modeling agency for black women, founded to challenge white beauty standards. The exhibition includes documentary photographs of stunning studio portraits, fashion work, to behind-the-scenes images of Harlem's artistic and jazz community, including Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln. It offers a long-overdue exploration of Brathwaite's life and work."


Experience & Expression

Closing: Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021

"To create the art of our time, artists often draw on their own experiences of the world—from the personal to the political, from the aesthetic to the commercial, from the individual to the collective, from the spiritual to the material.

This installation has been divided into three sections, which explore the use of abstraction and figuration; the experimentation with traditional and novel materials; and the definition of self and others. All of these works invite you to look closely, to ask questions, and to connect with your experiences."

To Visit the DIA:

You must make a reservation to visit, click here to do that.

General admission is always free for residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties.

Masks are required for all guests at all times regardless of vaccination status.

Hours are reduced to allow for additional cleaning each week. The DIA is open for members only 9 a.m.–12 p.m. on Wednesday; reservations are required.

Reservations are available for all visitors from 12 p.m.–4 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


Monday, September 20, 2021

DIY Street Fair Returns to Downtown Ferndale this Weekend

DIY Street Fair is special. Upon first glance, it might appear to be another outdoor festival that features a few vendors. some music, and food, but even though it has the same ingredients as a lot of other local gatherings, it has its own unique energy and flavor. 

DIY is created by and for the community. For three magical days, 9 Mile and Troy street are shut down so everyone can come out to see what their neighbors have been making, cooking, and practicing to perform in front of a crowd. The event features great locally brewed beers, opportunities to support your favorite local charities, and there is always at least one place to buy an elephant ear or an ice cream. 

DIY will be a little different this year, but we think that's a good thing. They have moved the stage towards the library to give everyone some room to spread out and they have selected the perfect mix of old and new vendors to make sure that there is something interesting for everyone that attends. They have also gotten rid of the ticket system so that getting a drink will be simple and easy!

DIY Street Fair will take place this weekend from 6 p.m. - Midnight Friday, September 24th, 11 a.m.-Midnight on Saturday, September 25th and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 26th. 

This year's musical acts are as follows:

FRIDAY  9/24

7:30   DUENDE


10:00  THE MUGGS



6:45   WHITE BEE

SUNDAY  9/26



Parking should also be a little easier this year thanks to The Dot. Sure, it's on the other side of Woodward, but so is the Funky Ferndale Art Fair and we suggest you plan to walk through both events if you make the trek to Downtown Ferndale! Don't forget, many of Downtown Ferndale's stores and restaurants will also be open and running specials and events throughout the weekend. The whole community goes out of their way to make this event extra special.

To learn more about DIY follow them on Instagram, to learn more about Downtown Ferndale follow them on Instagram


Friday, September 17, 2021

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: September 17-19

Friday, September 17th - Taking Back Sunday and Thursday @ The Crofoot: There are some bands that will always top our list regardless of how many times we've seen them, and Taking Back Sunday is one of those bands. They always put on a great show and as a bonus, this time they are joined by Thursday. So get ready to sing your little heart out! This show will take place outdoors at The Crofoot Festival Grounds. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased in advance here. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from within 72-hours before entry are required. 

Friday, September 17th - Warhorses 100th show @ Small's: Warhorses is playing their 100th show, this Friday night at Small's. To commemorate the evening, the band is releasing a limited edition Covers Cassette that will be available at the show. Universal Temple of Divine Power and Burning Things will also be playing. Advance tickets are $7 or cover is $10 at the door. To pick up tickets in advance, click here. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 9. Before you go, make sure you check out Small's COVID policies on their Facebook page

Saturday, September 18th and Sunday, September 19th - Motor City Pride: Just as many events have been, Motor City Pride was postponed this year. The event usually takes place in June, but the team opted for a virtual event in June and will be holding the actual Pride Festival this weekend. The festival will take place at Hart Plaza in Detroit and features live music and entertainment, food and drinks, and a parade on Sunday at noon. Admission to the festival is $5 and youth 12 and under are free. For more details and for the full schedule of events, head to

Saturday, September 18th - An Evening @ Woodbridge Pub: Head to Woodbridge Pub this Saturday night for an evening of live music and drink special. The lineup for the evening includes Richard John Ausmus Delcamp Bourbon Squirrel, Lrad, and Dr. Haj. Cover is free and 21+ are welcome. 

Saturday, September 18th - Haute to Death @ Marble Bar: Don't miss the last Haute to Death party of the summer, this Saturday night at Marble Bar! This week, Jon & Ash will be joined by special guest MGUN. Tickets are only $5 and we highly suggest that you purchase yours in advance here. The party starts at 8 p.m. on the patio and then moves inside to the ballroom at 1 a.m. Make sure you check out Marble Bar's COVID guidelines in advance here


Calling All Makers: Apply For the Detroit Urban Craft Fair

During the lockdown, we saw a lot of new people crafting and creating. We also saw a lot of these people turn that new hobby into a new business. So, we wanted to tell all the Midwest makers about one of the best places to sell your handmade items this holiday season. The Detroit Urban Craft Fair is the place to shop local this holiday season and if you make and sell something cool, you still have time to sign up to be a part of the show!

The 2021 Detroit Urban Craft Fair will be a hybrid event with an in-person and virtual component so that everyone can access handmade for the holidays. This is one of the most well-attended events of the season and most of the vendors report record-high sales after the three day event. The best part about this show is that all of the makers are required to be present at their tables. So, you can ask questions and find out about all the cool things that you are buying, which makes those gifts extra special. It's just as fun for the makers as it is for the shoppers and most people come ready to buy.

Applying for Detroit Urban Craft Fair is easy. All you need to do is fill out this form on their website.
Before you log in to do so, get 5 good photos of your work, and think up a clever little pitch that tells the jury why you should be a part of the show. It's low cost to apply, but it is also competitive, so you want to make sure that your work stands out and is seen when they are making the final cut. Each year the DUCF features approximately 105 vendors and they try to take five to seven vendors from each category. They encourage people to showcase new items, unique items, and to show them something they haven't seen before.  They also make sure to include new vendors every year and they accept people that have applied and been turned down in the past. So, if you want a shot, be as creative as you are with your crafting and you will have the highest chance of getting in.

To learn more about the Detroit Urban Craft Fair visit their website or follow them on Instagram or Facebook.

For everyone else; mark your calendars, DUCF 2021 will take place December 3-5th at The Masonic Temple


Friday, September 10, 2021

Win Tickets to Big Vic's Album Release Show wsg Zilched, Bombastic Dream Pussy, and Seaholm


Big Vic is releasing a record!

Enter to win a pair of tickets to the release show NOW!

Who: Big Vic (Record Release Show) wsg Zilched, Bombastic Dream Pussy, and Seaholm

What: Playing @ Sanctuary Detroit  - Friday, September 17, 2021

Tickets are $13 and can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to with the subject line #bigvic

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on Thursday, September 16th.

P.S. This show was brought to you by Audiotree Presents, follow them here for more great live music!

By request of the artists, this event will now be subject to the following COVID-19 safety protocols:

All attendees will either be fully vaccinated (with a vaccination card in the name that matches photo ID) or provide a negative PCR test within 48 hours of the show.

All attendees will wear a face covering over the nose and mouth except when actively eating or drinking.  

All venue staff in the proximity of the artist or audience will be fully vaccinated.  


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Celebrate the Creepy and the Kooky + Mysterious and Spooky at FrankenFest


Are you a fan of the macabre? Do you like when things are a little creepy and weird? Are you the kind of person that looks forward to Halloween all year long? If you like the "mad, magical, and mystical" and enjoy spending a few hours walking around a well-curated outdoor festival, you don't want to miss Detroit's first FrankenFest.

This one-day-only event will feature, "intriguing vendors along with literary guests, haunt aficionados and paranormal experts". This includes 75 artists and vendors, presentations by Southern Michigan Paranormal, Sinister, Strange and Suspicious Podcast, Adoption opportunities from Saving Scales Reptile Rescue, and more!

FrakenFest will take place from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at Historic Fort Wayne on Saturday, September 18th. There will be free parking at the event and a few food trucks if you get hungry while you are shopping.  Follow FrankenFest on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date on all the cool things you can see at the show.


Monday, September 6, 2021

Three Cats is One of the Most Unique Restaurants in Metro Detroit

Are you a little over the top? Do you have a flair for the eccentric? Are you a die-hard Theatre Bizzare lover? If you are a little "extra" and want to enjoy a meal in a place that matches your vibe, you have to check out Three Cats Café in Downtown Clawson.

Three Cats Café is a lunch/brunch/dinner space that specializes in seasonal small plates, cocktails, wines, and desserts. They have a variety of options, including vegan and gluten-free, and their menu changes seasonally. You can have a cocktail at the bar, enjoy some snacks in the café, have a full dinner with a friend, or relax and enjoy a meal out on their gorgeous patio. You can even order online to get something to-go.

They are open for lunch from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday - Friday. They are open for dinner 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. They are open for dinner until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and they serve brunch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. You can also reserve a table here.

Three Cats is also home to some of Theatre Bizzare's most memorable décor in the off-season. We immediately felt like we were at home in the space and when we realized that Zombo was there in spirit, we knew why. 

Follow Three Cats on Facebook or Instagram to keep up with their seasonal menu and make sure you stop into Leon and Lulu next door, it's one of our favorite places to shop local for home goods or a gift and it is owned by the same people, so it has the same great vibes.


Friday, September 3, 2021

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: September 3 - 6

We've already told you about Hamtramck Labor Day Festival and the Mussel Beach Music Festival. Here are some other fun things happening this weekend! 

Friday, September 3rd - Downtown Brown 20th Anniversary Show @ The Loving Touch: Downtown Brown has been a band for 20 YEARS and that's definitely worth celebrating! Head to The Loving Touch this Friday night to see them play live! They will be joined by The Amino Acids, Carmel Liburdi, and Plush Deathly. Plus, Lightshow Bob will be there too! Cover is only $12 and tickets can be purchased in advance here. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the first band hits the stage at 8:30. All ages are welcome. Also, if you're not following Neil from DTB on TikTok, you need to. 

Saturday, September 4th - SWFest @ the Senate Theater: Southwest Detroit is the place to be this Saturday! From 2-7 p.m. there will be an outdoor family friendly festival feature music, art, vendors, food, and organizations. Then, the fest moves inside the Senate Theater at 8 p.m. for an awesome concert featuring Curtis Roach, Tiny Jag, and many more. Check out the full schedule for the day here. Admission is free and the Senate Theater is located at 6424 Michigan Ave. in Detroit.

Friday, September 3rd - Monday, September 6th - Arts, Beats & Eats: Maybe we're getting older or maybe the lineup is actually getting better, but this year is one of the first times that Arts, Beats & Eats is on our list of things you might want to check out. The Crofoot helped with some of the booking this year, so there are some great national acts on the bill, like Rise Against, Neon Trees, The Guess Who, and Stone Temple Pilots. Some of the great local acts playing include Summer Like the Season, Jackson & The Poolsharks, Sara Marie Barron, Detroit Riddim Crew, and Bill Grogan's Goat. Check out the full music schedule here. Of course, there are also arts to look at and eats to eat, hence the name Arts, Beats & Eats. On Friday the festival is free to enter until 5 p.m., after 5 p.m. the price is $10. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, admission is $5 before 3 p.m. and $10 after 3 p.m. Admission is free for kids under 3 and for veterans and active military. For more info, click here. Also, the first 5,000 people at the festival get a $10 gift card to use at participating retail shops in Downtown Royal Oak. So, that's a nice gesture.

Saturday, September 4th - Monday, September 6th - Blake's Sunflower Festival: If you're looking to get away this holiday weekend, but can only leave for the day head out to the country for Blake's Sunflower Festival in Armada! Stroll through fields of sunflowers, find your way through a sunflower maze, shop with over 100 local makers, and grab a hard cider from the tasting room. There will even be live music too! Admission to the Sunflower Festival is $7. There are also festivities for kids, if you want to make it a family affair! Get all of the details here


Thursday, September 2, 2021

Hip in Detroit Chats with The Messenger Birds Before Their Big Album Release Party

We're vaxxed, waxxed, and ready to celebrate all the great albums that were released during lockdown! The Messenger Birds have been waiting years to play Everything Has to Fall Apart Eventually in front of their friends, family, and fans, and on Friday, September 10th they would like you to join them to finally do it. We had a chance to sit down with Chris and Parker to catch up on what they have been up to, their upcoming tour, and their big album release show. Listen to the entire chat on our latest podcast NOW!

~ S&C

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Mussel Beach Music Festival at Cadieux Cafe

If you've been meaning to make it to Cadieux Cafe's outdoor venue Mussel Beach all summer, but just didn't make it happen, this weekend is the perfect chance to finally check it out! Cadieux Café will be hosting the first ever Mussel Beach Music Fest this Thursday through Monday! Eat some mussels while you soak up the sun and listen to some live music. The fest kicks off Thursday night with The Hi-Views and Mega Weedge. Then, the rest of the weekend includes bands like Handgrenades, The Muggs, The Cult of Spaceskull, The Scrappers, and more. Check out the full schedule below. 
  The Hi-Views 6:30 p.m. 

Noble Hobo 5 p.m. 
Not 2 Nite 6:45 p.m. 
Handgrenades 8:15 p.m. 
Sunny Ledfurd 9:30 p.m.

BRENDA 5:30 p.m. 
The Beggars 8:30 p.m.
The Muggs 9:45 p.m. 

RJ Spängler 2:30 p.m. 
 Andrew Dost 6:30 p.m. 
Connor Dodson 7:30 p.m. 
Kenny Tudrick 8:45 p.m. 

Jetlag Tourists 3:00 p.m. 
WOOTS 5 p.m. 
The Japes of Wrath 6:30 p.m. 

A five day pass to the fest is only $25 and can be purchased in advance here. A three day weekend pass for Friday thru Sunday is $20, or you can pay for individual nights. Thursday's cover is $5, Friday is $10, Saturday is $10, Sunday is $8, and Monday is $5. Tickets can either be purchased in advance through Eventbrite or at the door.

Mussel Beach is located at Cadieux Café at 4300 Cadieux in Detroit. For more information on the Mussel Beach Music Festival, click here