Monday, March 20, 2023

Discovering The Last Rock Band: A Deep Dive Interview with Detroit Musician Ryan Allen

If you're a fan of punk rock, power pop, and/or indie rock, then Ryan Allen is a musician you need to know. Based in Detroit, Allen has been a mainstay in the local music scene for over two decades, performing in several bands and releasing critically acclaimed albums.

His latest solo album, The Last Rock Band, is a must-listen for anyone who loves rock and roll. The album is a reflection on the current state of the music industry and the challenges facing independent musicians in the digital age. It's a raw, honest, and energetic record that showcases Allen's talent as a songwriter and performer.

But who is Ryan Allen, really? To find out, you'll want to tune into our deep dive chat with Ryan on our latest podcast. In this interview, Allen talks about his career, his creative process, and the making of The Last Rock Band. He shares insights and stories from his years in the music industry and gives us a glimpse into the mind of a true rock and roll artist.

Whether you're a diehard fan of Ryan Allen or a newcomer to his music, this interview is not to be missed. You'll gain a deeper appreciation for his artistry and a greater understanding of the challenges facing musicians today. So go ahead and give it a listen – you won't be disappointed.


~S&C

Friday, March 17, 2023

Experience the Magic of Cult Cinema Classics: A New Movie Night Series at the Magic Stick in Detroit

 

Looking for a fun and unique way to experience classic movies on the big screen? Look no further than Cult Cinema Classics, a new movie night series launching at the Magic Stick in Detroit on Monday, March 20th.

Presented by the Majestic Theatre, Cult Cinema Classics will showcase a range of movies across different genres, including noir, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, dramas, thrillers, and dark comedy. But what makes this series truly special is its interactive elements – in addition to the double feature format, there will be themed performances, trivia, games, contests, and discussions with creators and talent during the intermission.

Whether you're a passionate film fan or just looking for a fun social experience, Cult Cinema Classics is sure to delight you. Dress up in theme and join in on the cosplay fun – costume contests, reenactments, and more are encouraged and rewarded!

The first movie night on March 20th will feature a kung fu-inspired double feature by a legendary filmmaker, with an intermission live fight performance by the Detroit Kung Fu Academy. And don't worry about food and drink – Sgt. Pepperoni's will be offering specials with in-seat delivery.

The Magic Stick is located at 4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201. You can learn more about this event and future movie nights by following the Magic Stick on social media on Instagram or Facebook.


~S

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

Friday, March 17th - New Twenty Saints and Craig Brown Band @ Outer Limits Lounge: Friday is St. Patrick's Day, so most bars will be packed and pouring green beer. If you're looking to go out, but are hoping to avoid the normal St. Patrick's Day crowds, head over to Outer Limits Lounge. There will still probably be some people dressed in green, but there will also be two great bands playing, New Twenty Saints and Craig Brown Band. $5 gets you in the door and the music starts at 9 p.m.


Friday, March 17th - Feck Off Fest @ The Garden Bowl: Across town there's another show happening on St. Patrick's Day, Feck Off Fest at The Garden Bowl. This free show features 8 bands on 2 stages. The lineup includes Royal Sweets, MRKT, The Mahonies, Prude Boys, WRKT.FM, Suede Brain, and You Dirty Rat!. There will also be a DJ set by DJ Femme Ferale. The fun starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 2 a.m. You have to be 21+ to get in after 8 p.m.


Saturday, March 18th - Midas @ Outer Limits Lounge: Detroit's "solid gold heavy metalers" Midas will be playing Outer Limits Saturday night along with Tower from New York and Vicious Blade from Pittsburgh. Heavy & Beyond will provide the tunes in between sets. Cover is $15 and things kick off at 8 p.m.


Saturday, March 18th - Angel of Mars @ Reware Vintage: Reware Vintage is having a show this Saturday! Shop their vintage wares and listen to live music from Angel of Mars, Gator Pit, and Something is Waiting from Chicago. Music will start at 7:30 p.m. and all ages are welcome. Cover is by donation, so pitch in what you can. 


Saturday, March 18th - Haute to Death @ Marble Bar: If you're not in the mood for a show and you'd rather dance the night away, head to Marble Bar this Saturday night. Haute to Death will be taking over for their monthly party. Tickets start at $6 and can be purchased here. The fun starts at 10 p.m. and goes until 3 a.m. 21+ are welcome. 



~C

Friday, March 10, 2023

Sunday Sunday Sunday: Hype Market at Norwest Gallery of Art

Attention all streetwear enthusiasts and art lovers! Norwest Gallery of Art is proud to present Hype Market, a monthly pop-up shop featuring limited-edition street apparel and home furnishings designed by local artists. The first Hype Market will showcase the works of Seydehwon Nagbe, a self-taught artist from Detroit, Michigan.

Seydehwon Nagbe's unique style and perspective come from his background growing up in a low socioeconomic area, his devotion to his Jewish faith, and his love for basketball. Seydehwon has been mentored by renowned Detroit-based artist Judy Bowmen and is excited to showcase his work at Hype Market.
Hype Market's opening event is on Saturday, March 11th, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The regular store hours will be Thursday and Friday, 1-5 p.m. (by appointment only), Saturday 12-6 p.m., and Sunday 12-4 p.m. Call (313) 293-7344 to make an appointment.

Don't miss this opportunity to support local artists and take home unique and elevated streetwear and home furnishings!

~S




Thursday, March 9, 2023

Win Tickets to See Betty Who at Saint Andrew's Hall

Who: Betty Who wsg Shea Coulee

What: Playing Saint Andrew's Hall on Saturday, March 18th, 2023.

Tickets are $30-90 in advance and they can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #Betty.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on March 16th, 2023.


~S

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Discover the Creative Process Behind Planet Ant Theatre and Good Ground with Director Darren Shelton on Our Latest Podcast

Our latest podcast is a must-listen for anyone interested in the Detroit theatre and arts scene! Featuring Darren Shelton, Executive Director of the beloved Planet Ant Theatre, the podcast covers everything from the history of the theater to the importance of improv and theatre in our lives.

But that's not all - Darren also talks about his latest venture, Good Ground, a party-throwing DJ collective in Detroit that's taking the city by storm. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about an innovative artist and to get a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind Planet Ant's success.

So grab your headphones and get ready for an engaging and entertaining conversation with Darren Shelton.


~S

Win Tickets to See Steel Panther's On The Prowl World Tour at The Fillmore


Who: Steel Panther - On The Prowl World Tour

What: Playing The Fillmore Detroit on Tuesday, March 21st, 2023.

Tickets are $25-$49 in advance and they can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #Panther.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on March 20th, 2023.


~S

Monday, March 6, 2023

Last Chance Saloon: A Retro Bar Bringing Back the 70s with Delicious Cocktails and Laid-Back Vibes

The Last Chance Saloon, a new bar located in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, is bringing back the 70s with its unique atmosphere and cocktail menu. This laid-back bar is all about having fun and enjoying some drinks with friends.

The bar's interior is a throwback to the 70s, with vintage d├ęcor, cozy seating, dim lighting, and a disco ball creating a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. The menu features a variety of cocktails that are sure to put a smile on your face, like the Wisconsin Old Fashioned, which is touted as the "best worst old fashioned" and the Harvey Wallbanger, made with Galliano, vodka, and OJ.

But don't worry, if cocktails aren't your thing, they also offer beer and cheap whiskey, just like the good old days. The Fuzzy Navel, made with gin, peach liqueur, and orange, and the Blue Hawaiian, made with rum and blue stuff blended up, are also popular choices among patrons.

Last Chance Saloon is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Sundays through Tuesdays. So, if you're looking for a place to kick back, have some fun, and enjoy a drink with friends, the Last Chance Saloon is definitely worth a visit.


~S

Win Tickets to See Soraia w/ The Idiot Kids + Checker & Absentees + a Vinyl Copy of Soraia's New Album “Bloom”

What: Playing Small's Thursday, March 16th, 2023.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the show and they can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #Soraia.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on March 13th, 2023.


~S

Friday, March 3, 2023

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend - March 3 - 5

Friday, March 3rd - Sunday, March 5th -Astronomicon @ Burton Manor: We already told you about Astronomicon, but we wanted to remind you because this event is going to be a blast. The pop culture convention features vendors, live music, and lots of stars, including Kevin Smith, Jay Mewes, Jason Lee, Joey Lauren Adams, John Lovitz, and more. Tickets start at $30 with weekend and VIP passes also available.

Friday, March 3rd – FRED 3 Release Party @ Ghost Light: This Friday night, Ghost Light will host an incredible night of music with Detroit’s one and only musical koala bear, Fred, along with Illingsworth and James Linck, who will be performing with a full band. Cover is $10, doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 9. Check out Fred’s new release FRED 3 here.


Friday, March 3rd & Saturday, March 4th - Corktown Music Festival: Five venues in Corktown will host about 80 musical acts this weekend for the Corktown Music Festival. The fest will take place Friday and Saturday night at Lager House, Nancy Whiskey, Batch Brewing Co., 2000 Brooklyn, and the Gaelic League (Friday only). Some of the acts performing include Burn Maralago, Carmel Liburdi, Choking Susan, Mike Leslie, Winestoned Cowboys, Macho, Brenda, and Death Cat. Check out the full list of who’s playing and when here. Wristbands are available for $20 (cash only) at all the participating venues and that wristband gets you in all the venues both nights. All proceeds go to help 4Paws 1 Heart. 18+ are welcome. The fun starts around 7 p.m. both nights.

Friday, March 3rd & Saturday, March 4th – Cagliostro III @ The Narthex: Cagliostro is an immersive DIY art exhibition featuring sort of creepy art from over a dozen artists. Artists include LGRDMN, Red Made This, Micah Ulrich, Jesse Jacobi, Bakpak Durden, Moonlight, Doomvana, Breezy Tucker, Nika Urban, Calvin Waterman, Rob Mills, S. Hirsack, and John Dunivant. You may recognize some of these names as popular artists in the area and some for being affiliated with Theatre Bizarre. The exhibit also features an original score to accompany the art. The event goes from 7 p.m. – midnight each night. Tickets are sold out, but there was a last minute venue change. So keep an eye out in case more tickets magically pop up.

Friday, March 3rd - Frank White @ Small’s: After disappearing for years, Frank White is back and playing Small’s this Friday night. They will be joined by Break Anchor, Norcos Y Horchata, and Lily Livers. Cover is $15, all ages are welcome, and doors open a 7 p.m.

 

~C


Win Tickets to See POP EVIL wsg The Word Alive and Avoid

Who: AEG Presents POP EVIL wsg The Word Alive and Avoid

What: Playing at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on Saturday, March 18th, 2023.

Tickets are $25-49.50 in advance and they can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #skeletons.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on March 16th, 2023.


~S

Win Tickets to See Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - Trouble Is...25th Anniversary Tour in Grand Rapids Michigan

Who: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - Trouble Is...25th Anniversary Tour.

What: Playing GLC Live at 20 Monroe, Grand Rapids, MI on Tuesday, March 14th, 2023.

Tickets are $35-125 in advance and they can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #Kenny.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on March 12th, 2023.


~S

Win Tickets to See New Found Glory at Flagstar Strand Theatre

Who: The Crofoot Presents New Found Glory and Special Guest Leanna Firestone

What: Playing The Flagstar Strand on March 12th, 2023.

Tickets are $36 in advance and they can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #NFG.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on March 10th, 2023.


~S