Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Win Tickets to See The Pharcyde, Pete Rock (DJ Set), and Ro Spit

Who: The Pharcyde, Pete Rock (DJ Set), and Ro Spit

What: Performing at the Russell Industrial Center on Saturday, May 27th, 2023.

Tickets are $25 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 #Detroit.


Win Tickets to See Heart Attack Man wsg Super American, Arm's Length, and photocopy.

Who: Heart Attack Man wsg Super AmericanArm's Length, and photocopy.

What: Playing at St. Andrew's Hall on Thursday, May 25th, 2023.

Tickets are $19 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 #Heart.


Win Tickets to See VALLEY: Lost In Translation Tour wsg Aidan Bissett

Who: OnesToWatch Presents VALLEY: Lost In Translation Tour wsg Aidan Bissett.

What: Playing St. Andrew's Hall on Friday, June 2nd, 2023. 

Tickets are $25 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 #Valley.


Friday, May 19, 2023

Hip In Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: May 19-21

We already told you about the Detroir Women of Comedy Fest. Here are some other fun things happening this weekend!

Saturday, May 20th - J. Navarro & The Traitors Release Show @ The Magic Bag: This Saturday night, J. Navarro & The Traitors will take over The Magic Bag in Ferndale to celebrate the release of their new album! Joining them for the night are The Scotch Bonnets, Grey Matter, and Macho. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance here. All ages are welcome and doors open at 7 p.m. Check out J. Navarro & The Traitors' new album "All of Us or None" here

Friday, May 19th - Dequindre Cut Freight Yard Opening Night: Summer is almost here and along with it comes outdoor fun! The Dequindre Cut Freight Yard is a hidden gem in Detroit, although some people know about it and love it, others have no idea that it even exists because it's tucked away below street level. Stretching from Eastern Market to the Eastern Riverfront of the Detroit River, the Dequindre Cut is a two mile recreational path that follows along an old rail line for the Grand Trunk Railroad. Along that path, near Eastern Market, you will find the Dequindre Cut Freigh Yard a gathering place featuring a beer garden, pop-up events, and more. For this season's grand opening on Friday night, the Yard will have food from Big Bo's Grill, beer and cocktails from the Dequindre Cut Freight Yard bar, ice cream, bonfires, free s'mores, music, and games and activities for all ages. The fun goes from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday, May 19th - Sunday, May 21st - Motor City Comic Con: Metro Detroit is home to some great comic and pop-culture conventions, but the biggest of them all is Motor City Comic Con. This year's con will take place Friday, May 19th - Sunday, May 21st. The event will feature loads of vendors and some of your favorite stars from the big and small screen. Some of the celebrity guests that will be in attendance this year include Christopher Lloyd, Carl Weathers, Tony Danza, and Edward Furlong. Check out the full list of celebrity guests here. Motor City Comic Con takes place at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Tickets start at $30 per day for adults and $10 per day for kids. The hours are noon - 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

Saturday, May 20th - Back Yard Art Fair: Shop with local artists and makers this Saturday in Ferndale and even into Oak Park at the Back Yar Art Fair. This event will take place in select back yard's throughout the neighborhoods (check out the map here) from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday. Some of the artists participating include Glass Action, Chelsea Kirchoff, Gingerly Made, and Ash & Oak Designs. Check out the full list of artists at backyardartfair.com. If it rains on Saturday, the fair will take place on Sunday instead.


Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Take an Interconnected Cycling Adventure: Paint Creek Clinton River Trail, Clinton River Trail, and Macomb Orchard Lake Trail

If you're seeking an exhilarating outdoor adventure in the Metro Detroit area, look no further than the interconnected Paint Creek, Clinton River Trail, and Macomb Orchard Lake Trail. These three well-maintained cycling routes offer picture-perfect landscapes, natural beauty, and a refreshing escape from the city buzz. Lace up your cycling shoes, hop on your bike, and get ready to explore these scenic trails that seamlessly connect with each other.

Paint Creek Clinton River Trail:
The Paint Creek Clinton River Trail spans approximately 8.9 miles, following alongside the serene Paint Creek.  This scenic trail starts in Rochester and showcases breathtaking views and abundant greenery. With well-maintained paths and gentle slopes, it's suitable for riders of all skill levels.

Starting Point: For those driving to the trail, a convenient starting point is the Paint Creek Cider Mill located at 4480 Orion Road, Rochester, MI. It offers ample parking facilities and serves as a perfect starting point for your cycling adventure.

Embarking from the Paint Creek Cider Mill, you'll pedal along the trail, immersing yourself in Paint Creek's surroundings. As you journey through charming towns, wooded areas, and parklands, keep an eye out for designated viewpoints that offer perfect photo opportunities.

Clinton River Trail:
As you near the end of the Paint Creek Clinton River Trail, you'll transition onto the Clinton River Trail, which continues for approximately 16.5 miles. This trail follows the Clinton River, offering captivating views of the water and its lush surroundings.

Connecting Point: The connection between the Paint Creek Clinton River Trail and the Clinton River Trail can be made near the intersection of Avon Road and Livernois Road in Rochester Hills, MI. The trail signage will guide you through this transition.

Hop onto the Clinton River Trail and continue your cycling adventure alongside the river's gentle flow. Experience ambiance as you pedal through parks, woodlands, and charming communities. Take advantage of the trail's well-maintained paths and explore the natural beauty that surrounds the Clinton River.

Macomb Orchard Lake Trail:
Completing the Clinton River Trail, you'll effortlessly transition onto the Macomb Orchard Lake Trail, spanning approximately 24 miles. This scenic trail takes you through orchards, vibrant wildflowers, and captivating landscapes, providing a delightful cycling experience.

Connecting Point: The Macomb Orchard Lake Trail connects with the Clinton River Trail near the intersection of Dequindre Road and 24 Mile Road in Shelby Township, MI. Follow the trail signage to seamlessly continue your journey.

When you are on Macomb Orchard Lake Trail you will pedal through stunning orchards and you can enjoy the ever-changing views as you pass by serene woodlands, charming communities, and rural landscapes. Make use of the trail's rest areas to take breaks and immerse yourself in nature.

So, grab your bike, embrace nature, and create unforgettable memories as you embark on this delightful cycling adventure that spans three great trails. 

Happy cycling!


Monday, May 15, 2023

Baobab Fare: Get Ready to Taste East Africa in the Heart of Detroit!

Hey there, fellow food enthusiasts! Are you ready for a culinary adventure that will tickle your taste buds and transport you to the vibrant streets of East Africa? Look no further because we've got the scoop on the hottest spot in town: Baobab Fare! This place is all the buzz and was even voted as the Best New Restaurant of 2022. Trust us when we say, you won't want to miss out on this unique dining experience!

So, what's the story behind Baobab Fare? Well, let us fill you in. The co-owner, Hamissi Mamba, is a Burundian refugee who arrived in Detroit eight years ago. Despite the challenges of adapting to a new culture and language, Mamba pursued his dream of opening a restaurant. Talk about determination and passion! 

Now, let's talk about the food, shall we? Baobab Fare's menu is a tantalizing journey through the flavors of East Africa. Picture yourself savoring aromatic stews, hearty biryanis, and crispy, mouthwatering samosas. They even have vegan options that are out of this world. Trust us, your taste buds are in for a treat!

But wait, there's more! Baobab Fare isn't just a local sensation; it's making waves on the national stage too. Hamissi Mamba recently showcased his culinary prowess on Food Network's Chopped and emerged as the victorious champ! Not only did he win the hearts of the judges, but he also brought home a cool $10,000 prize. Talk about a proud moment for Detroit and Burundi!

Baobab Fare is nestled in the vibrant heart of Detroit, ready to welcome you with open arms. You can find them at 6568 Woodward Ave. Suite 100, Detroit, MI 48202. They're currently open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Sundays. They are closed on Mondays.

So, it's time to gather your crew and head over to Baobab Fare. Get ready to be whisked away on a delightful journey through the tastes of East Africa. Bon appétit!


Friday, May 12, 2023

Win Tickets to See Cupcakke, Milfie, Auntie Chanel, and DJ Myint at The Magic Stick


What: Playing The Magic Stick on May 18th, 2023.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 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 #cupcakke.


Hip In Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: May 12-14

Friday, May 12th - Sunday, May 14th - Spring Ferndale Vintage Fashion Market @ The Rust Belt: This weekend, The Rust Belt Market welcomes back the Ferndale Vintage Fashion Market for their spring edition. This event takes over the center area of the market and features over 20 vendors from throughout the midwest slinging amazing vintage wares. Admission is free too, so you don't have an excuse to not check it out! Hours are Friday 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 13th & Sunday, May 14th - The Utica Antiques Market: If you love to shop secondhand first, but antique and vintage furniture and goods is more your thing, make the drive to Utica this weekend! This Saturday and Sunday, the first Utica Antiques Market of the season will set up shop at the park at 11541 21 Mile Rd. This market brings out dozens of vendors from around the country selling everything from furniture, to records, to taxidermy. Yeah, there's quite a variety here. There are usually also a couple of food trucks on site too. $5 gets you in and the market is open on Saturday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 14th - May Markets @ Urbanrest: Apparently this weekend is all about shopping! This Saturday, Urbanrest will be hosting their Mothers Day Market. Sip on some local beer or kombucha while you shop with over 10 local vendors. Plus, Sunday is Mother's Day, so pick something up for mom while you're there! The market is open from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Check out the list of vendors that will be on site here

Saturday, May 13th - Mommie Dearest @ The Redford Theatre: Also in honor of Mother's Day, head to The Redford Theatre this weekend for Mommie Dearest. In this film, "Faye Dunaway channels the compulsive side of movie legend Joan Crawford in this drama based on the infamous 1978 memoir by adopted daughter Christina." Showtime is Saturday at 8 p.m. and tickets are $5

Friday, May 12th - Century Babes Release Show @ The Loving Touch: Century Babes will be celebrating the release of their new EP Smaller Ghosts this Friday night at The Loving Touch. They will be joined by VAG against the MaSHEin and Seaholm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance here. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 14th - OFF! @ Third Man Records: Hardcore punk legends OFF! will be in Detroit this weekend to play Third Man Records. Unfortunately this show is sold out, but it made the list anyway because it's going to be epic. Although you can't by tickets, Third Man does have really large windows, so you might be able to see and hear some of the show if you hang out outside. If you're really lucky, maybe someone will even have an extra ticket up for grabs. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 9. Die Spitz opens the show. 

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Mid-Week Fun: Local Artists and DJs Take Over New Dodge Lounge in Hamtramck Every Wednesday

Photo From the New Dodge Lounge

Looking for an exciting mid-week activity? Look no further than the New Dodge Lounge in Hamtramck! Every Wednesday, the lounge offers a pop-up space for local artists to showcase their talents. And with a local DJ spinning tunes until midnight, you won't want to miss out! 

In addition to the pop-up space, the New Dodge Lounge also hosts regular gallery shows. Mark your calendar for the upcoming show on April 29th, featuring artist Sam Kthar and music from local label Program17.

Don't worry about parking - the lounge offers free street parking, and there's plenty of space inside to relax, enjoy a drink, and even play some games. And with happy hour from 6-9 p.m., there's even more reason to stop by.

So what are you waiting for? Head to the New Dodge Lounge at 8850 Jos Campau in Hamtramck, MI. Look for the big neon sign and join in on the fun!


Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Win Tickets to See Olivia Jean with a Merch Pack!

What: Playing St. Andrew's Hall on Tuesday, May 16th, 2023.

PLUS we have a merch giveaway from the band!

This includes: (to be picked up at the show) 

One T-shirt

One Tote Bag

One “Raving Ghost” Vinyl

Tickets are $30 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 #OliviaJean.


Monday, May 8, 2023

Hip Gets the Scoop on Ferndale Pride (Podcast)

Are you ready for an exciting new episode of the Hip In Detroit podcast? We've got a special guest this week - Julia Music, the mastermind behind Ferndale Pride for the last 13 years.

In this episode, we sit down with Julia to talk about the history of pride, the logistics of putting together such a massive event, and the lineup for this year's Ferndale Pride. We cover everything you want to know about the festival, from its origins to what you can expect this year.

Ferndale Pride is a celebration of love, equality, and diversity. It's a time to come together as a community and show our support for the LGBTQ+ community. And who better to talk to about it than Julia Music, the person behind all the magic?

So tune in now to the Hip In Detroit podcast and join us as we chat with Julia about all things Ferndale Pride. You can listen to the episode anywhere, anytime.

Ferndale Pride takes place on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023. For more info on the festival and the day's events, visit FerndalePride.com or follow their socials. 

Instagram: @ferndalepride
Facebook: Facebook.com/ferndalepride
Twitter: @ferndalepride


Friday, May 5, 2023

Hip In Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: May 5-7

We already told you about Spring STUNR Fest at Small's! Here are some other fun things happening this weekend! 

Friday, May 5th & Saturday, May 6th - Space Dive @ Tangent Gallery: Every year on May the 4th (also known by many as Star Wars Day) the Tangent Gallery transforms into Mos Eisley Cantina. When you enter the space, you'd think you're right in A New Hope because not only is the space out of this world, but everyone around you is dressed head to toe as a character from Star Wars. If this sounds right up your alley, head to Space Dive at the Tangent this Friday or Saturday night! Presale tickets are sold out, but there will be some available at the door. Costumes are a must and $35 gets you in. The party goes from 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday night and 21+ are welcome. There's also a Family Day on Saturday afternoon from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Kids get in to that event for free and adults are $5. Get all of the details at SpaceDive313.com.

Friday, May 5th - Sunday, May 7th - Eastern Palace Cantina: If you want to get in on the Star Wars Celebration, but Space Dive is a little too over the top for you, head to Eastern Palace in Hazel Park instead. If you're interested in celebrating Cinco de Mayor or the Kentucky Derby, they've got you covered for those too! Eastern Palace is going to be celebrating all three all weekend long with special drinks, décor, and more. Smoked Lotus BBQ will be serving up food all three days too! The fun starts at 4 p.m. daily and you have to be 21+ to get in after 8. 

Friday, May 5th - Brat Pack Party @ The High Dive: Step into the '80s at The High Dive in Hamtramck this Friday night! They will be hosting Brat Pack Friday, an 80's dance party and vintage pop-up. Six local vintage vendors will be popping up, including Old Soul Vintage and Fleatroit, and Ash from Haute to Death will be providing the tunes. Party goers are encourage to dress the part and $5 will get them in the door. 21+ are welcome and the fun goes from 7 p.m. - midnight. 

Saturday, May 6th - 12 Hour Party @ Marble Bar: This Saturday night, the party starts at 9 p.m. at Marble Bar and it doesn't stop until 9 a.m.! Music will be live across two stages for the night, with featured sets from Planet of the Drums, DJ N Fox, and Earth Beat. Tickets are $27.15 and can be purchased in advance here. 21+ are welcome. 

Sunday, May 7th - Gusher @ City Club: A few weeks ago, Gusher reminded us why you have to get to shows early when they opened for Child Bite. We know, we've mentioned them a couple of times lately, but we're telling you again that you need to check this band out! This Sunday, they will be playing at City Club (yes, City Club) with Checker and Tunic from Canada. Doors open at 7 p.m., the music starts at 8, and $10 gets you in. We know you've been wanting to go to City Club again, so here's your excuse! Head over to Bandcamp to check out Gusher here. Give Tunic a listen here and check out Checker here

Don't forget, this Saturday is also Free Comic Book Day! So swing by your local comic book store and see what's up for grabs this year! Get more info here


Thursday, May 4, 2023

Win Tickets to the Gimmie Gimme Disco at St. Andrew's Hall

Who: Gimme Gimme Disco

What: Coming to St. Andrew's Hall on Friday, May 12th, 2023.

Tickets are $18-$23 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 #Gimme.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on Thursday, May 11th, 2023.


Win Tickets to Emo Night Brooklyn at St. Andrew's Hall

Who: Emo Night Brooklyn (18+)

What: Taking Over St.Andrew's Hall on Saturday, May 13th, 2023.

Tickets are $15-20 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 #EMO.

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


Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Willis Show Bar: A Historic Detroit Gem Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary with Live Performances


Are you looking for a unique and vibrant entertainment venue in Detroit? Look no further than Willis Show Bar, a historic bar located in the city's Cass Corridor. Not only is Willis Show Bar a classic cocktail bar, but it's also a live entertainment venue that's been revived from its 1949 "Show Bar" era.

Originally opened in 1949, Willis Show Bar quickly became a hot spot for jazz music lovers. It hosted some of the most renowned musicians of the time and provided a space for black artists to showcase their talent during a time when segregation was still prominent in the United States.

However, Willis Show Bar's popularity dwindled over the years, and it eventually closed its doors in 1978. But now, after an extensive renovation, this legendary bar has been restored to its former glory and re-opened its doors five years ago.

The Art Moderne style bar features a unique floor plan that captures the attention of every seat in the house. The main stage, which is still behind the bar, is the perfect setting for amazing live music, cabaret performers, DJs, and comedians. In addition, the classic cocktail menu pays homage to the bar's history, with drinks like the "Showgirl" and the "Willis Royale."

If you're looking for a truly unforgettable experience in Detroit, then Willis Show Bar is a must-visit destination. 

And what better time to check it out than during the bar's 5-year anniversary party on May 4th? With performances by Willa Rae Adamo, Chris Kendall, Baddie Brooks, Drey Skonie, Kent Crawley, Mike Harrison, Tariq Gardner, Celin Amin, and the Dapper DJ, this is an event you won't want to miss.

Tickets are available for $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the show. Don't wait to get yours, as this event is sure to sell out quickly. Celebrate five years of Willis Show Bar and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant history and culture.


Discover the Rich History and Exceptional Cuisine of the Lager House in Detroit's Corktown

Photos from the Lager House 

The Lager House in Corktown is one of those gems that we often forget about, but every time we visit, we are pleasantly surprised. This historic establishment has been around for over a century and has a rich history. Prior to being renamed The Lager House in 1965, it was known as the Doemer Beer Garden, Doemer Brothers Tavern, and The Doemer Tavern. During Prohibition, it masqueraded as a furniture store, but the minute the 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition was passed, it emerged as a beer garden.

One of the things that makes the Lager House stand out is their extensive vegan options. The vegan tofu scramble with potatoes and bread is one of our favorites, but they also have plenty of other options to choose from. And if you're not vegan, they have non-vegan options as well, so there's something for everyone.

Photos from the Lager House 
Aside from their brunch options, the Lager House also serves lunch and dinner, and their menu has a little something for everyone. The prices are reasonable, and they even have drink specials like the beer mimosa or the beermosa, which are perfect for a weekend brunch.

But it's not just the food and drinks that make the Lager House worth a visit; it's also their exceptional service. The friendly staff will make you feel right at home, whether you're a regular or a first-time visitor.

Overall, if you're looking for a unique dining experience with great food and service, the Lager House should definitely be on your list. With its rich history, extensive vegan options, and drink specials, you won't be disappointed. Next time you're in Corktown, be sure to stop by and see what all the fuss is about!


Monday, May 1, 2023

Regina's Food Truck Takes Up Residence Inside Urbanrest Brewing in Downtown Ferndale

If you're a fan of authentic Mexican cuisine, you're going to want to check out Regina's Food Truck, now located inside Urbanrest Brewing in downtown Ferndale. Regina's is known for providing premier, authentic Mexican food to the people of Southeast Detroit, and their menu offers rich and flavorful dishes that will transport your taste buds straight to Mexico.

Tacos and taco bowls are the main offerings on Regina's menu, and they come in a variety of delicious flavors. But the real standout here is the hot sauce. Regina's has five different hot sauces, all of which are some of the best we've ever tasted. Some are spicy, and some are milder, but they're all incredibly delicious. We found ourselves dipping every bite in the sauce to get as much flavor as we could.

Ordering from Regina's is easy: just place your order online, and they'll call your name as soon as your food is ready. If you're looking to pair your meal with a drink, Urbanrest Brewing has got you covered. You can even top it all off with some ice cream.

Right now, Urbanrest Brewing and Regina's Food Truck are collaborating on a new ice cream flavor that comes with churros. It's the perfect way to end your meal on a sweet note.

Regina's Food Truck got its start providing catering for events all around Southeast Michigan. Regina herself grew up in Guadalajara, Jalisco, where she learned to love authentic Mexican dishes. She decided to share her passion with others by opening up her food truck at the age of 23, and she hasn't looked back since.

If you're in the downtown Ferndale area, you can find Regina's Food Truck at Urbanrest Brewing during the following hours:

  • Thursdays & Fridays 5-9 p.m.
  • Saturdays 3-9 p.m.
  • Sundays 12-5 p.m.

Don't miss out on the chance to try some of the best authentic Mexican food and hot sauce around. Head to Urbanrest Brewing and give Regina's Food Truck a try. Your taste buds will thank you.