DDAYS: Dispatches from Drinks X Design, DIY Street Fair, DTE, and Ypsilanti

Aerosmith and Slash performed a nearly sold-out show Tuesday night at DTE Energy (aka Pine Knob). Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators opened the show and played a set half-filled with everyone's favorite Guns N' Roses songs. Slash also performed a new song called "World on Fire," which is the first single off his third studio solo album, which is to be released this week. Slash also performed "Slither," his big hit from his days with Velvet Revolver. The audience was filled with GnR T-shirts and Aerosmith-inspired flashy scarfs. Aerosmith rocked Detroit with all their classic hits from their 40-plus year career. Everyone sang aloud to songs "Love in an Elevator," "Cryin','" and "Ragdoll." Slash joined Aerosmith on stage for "Mama Kin," bringing out a birthday cake for guitarist Joe Perry, who was celebrating his 64th year around the sun! Aerosmith closed out the show with singer Steven Tyler playing a white baby grand piano and singing the Motown hit by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, "You Really Got a Hold on Me" along with "Dream On" and "Sweet Emotion."

Down in the Valley, the Ypsi River...

The psychedelic shoegaze duo Ancient River and progressive space rockers Super Thing performed at the Canada House in Ypsi last week. If you've never heard of the place, you're not alone. It's a giant house in the heart of EMU's campus, and is known for hosting bands from the local underground rock scene. It was a BYOB kind of party, and who doesn't like that? The bands played till the wee hours and DDAYS danced our little hearts out. Gotta love a good house party with live touring bands! Ypsi, you're always a good time.

Drinks X Design X St Cece's Pub

Drinks X Design was held inside Detroit's Guardian Building this time around and we have to say DDAYS found this edition to be more crowded than ever. We sipped on SoCo cocktails and had a Pabst or two while mingling with the crowds and enjoying the gorgeous environs of the historic structure. We had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of the stylish Eric Bernstein, a Brooklyn transplant who runs his own Internet startup, an online freelance marketplace, while rubbing elbows with several other Detroit movers and shakers (like designer Foutula Lambros). Afterward we hit up St. Cece's Pub to find Detroit News music writer Adam Graham and feature writer Melody Malosh noshing on the bar's delicious cuisine.

Dilly-Dallying at DIY

Though the night was chilly, DDAYS had a blast sipping on several pumpkin IPAs and noshing on mac and cheese at DIY Street Fair last Friday at Ferndale's DIY Street Fair. It's crazy to think the event almost didn't happen this year, yet it seems to have gone off without a hitch. The crowd was a veritable who's who, and we spotted everyone from Incognito Eyewear's Angie Yaldoo to Glass Action's Carey Gustafson to Destroy this Place's Ryan Allen to artist and musician Shawn Knight. We also spotted Matt Lannoo and

Erno the Inferno and we chatted with Detroit BBQ's Tim Idzikowski before shopping for a slew of jewels from Vagrants and Valentines' Heather Franklin. We hung out near the Theatre Bizarre booth, hoping to get a taste of what's to come for the annual Halloween event. To end the evening perfectly, we caught George Morris and the Gypsy Chorus performing to an enraptured crowd.

Sweet Sixteen

DDays stopped by TV Lounge on Saturday to wish Paxahau (our former neighbors at our old office at the Cornice and Slate Company Building in Greektown) a happy birthday. It's hard to believe that the production company responsible for the Movement Electronic Music Festival just turned sweet 16. Word that the event would be held out on TV Lounge's patio had us concerned about this weekend's cold temperatures, but DJ sets by Matthew Dear, Attaxia, and Gabi kept the crowd moving and warm (that, and the fire pits). For a minute we worried that we drank so much that we started seeing fireworks — fortunately, they were actually just fireworks, launched from behind the stage and exploding directly overhead. It was a nice touch. We spotted fashionista Randal Jacobs among the crowd, who is getting ready to launch his new menswear store, Savvy Gents, next to Savvy Chic in Eastern Market this week. — mt

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