10 concerts happening in metro Detroit this week
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This just came together as we were going to press: A benefit for Flint water crisis relief assembled by veteran battle rapper Quest MCODY. After rallying two weeks ago with longtime friend Tommy Taylor to set up a GoFundMe page (water4flintbbg), and directly delivering 30,000 bottles of water to area residents after raising $1,000, Quest and friends set up this show. The celebrated Grammy Award-winning producer/DJ/musician/mogul Timbaland will DJ and perform (along with Neisha Neshae and Ro Spit). The club is going to donate a dollar from every water purchased at the event, and all proceeds will go to relief for the crisis.
Doors at 9 p.m.; 1540 Woodward Ave., Detroit; $20.
Anthrax, Lamb of God
@ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Do you have a serious hankering for some seriously heavy metal? Fear not, because metal will be in full swing with Anthrax and Lamb of God headlining the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Lamb of God released their eighth studio album in 2015 and have been touring since then in support. Anthrax will be releasing their 11th studio album in February. Deafheaven and Power Trip will also be along for the tour.
Doors at 6 p.m.; 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; aeglive.com; Tickets are $36-$65.
@ Gaelic League
Who says that it has to be St. Patricks Day to celebrate your Irish/beer-loving heritage? The Gaelic League Irish American Club of Detroit will be hosting the Whiskey Charmers and Matt Fredericks for an evening of Irish tunes and lots of beer. There will even be an open mic session for those brave enough to tackle an Irish drinking song. The Charmers are always worth seeing as theyre one of our favorite area bands.
Doors at 8 p.m.; 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit; No cover charge.
Outrageous Cherry, Wolf Eyes
@ UFO Factory
Wolf Eyes, Outrageous Cherry, and David Shettler what a killer Detroit-loving triple bill that is, especially when you learn that Brad Hales is DJing the proceedings. Outrageous Cherry hasnt played out in some time and you know you need to hear their psychedelic pop songs right now. Wolf Eyes is a subtly different act each time they perform, and they are always awesome and sometimes they are super loud so be warned. Shettler will zone your skull right into the base of your spine, so you should probably sit down first. This event should be absolutely packed, so wash your clothes before you leave the house, thanks.
Doors at 9 p.m.; 2110 Trumbull St., Detroit; ufofactory.com; $7.
@ Blind Pig
Our beloved buzz band Protomartyr, whose third album topped many critics lists (including our own) of best records of 2015, is now headed out for a ginormous tour that thankfully includes stops in Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo. After the U.S. shows, they will be hitting up Europe. Rebel Kind and Deadbeat Beat will open. This is likely to be one of your last chances to see the wondrous Rebel Kind in a long time, and we all know that Deadbeat Beat is really sick live. So if you just show up in time for the headliner, you might as well also stamp the words poseur on your forehead first. Got it?
Doors at 9 p.m.; 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor; blindpigmusic.com; Tickets $12 in advance, $14 day of show.
@ Saint Andrews Hall
Singer-songwriter Alessia Cara was one of 2015s most-buzzed about artists, and shell be stopping by Saint Andrews Hall for an intimate performance. The 19-year-old taught herself to play guitar at a young age and started posting cover songs on her YouTube channel. Her online popularity grew and she eventually landed a record deal. Her debut single, Here was released in 2015 and landed in the top 10 Billboard charts. Cara is traveling the U.S. to promote her debut album Know-It-All with a stop at Coachella Music Festival in April.
Doors at 6:30 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; livenation.com; tickets are $18.
@ V Nightclub
True connoisseurs of EDM will be extra stoked about this recently confirmed extra special show at V Nightclub. Grammy Award-winning producer and DJ Cedric Gervais is performing at V Nightclubs regular Volume Saturdays event. These days, its rare to see an artist of this caliber outside of some impersonal warehouse or even an arena. We recommend trying to score a ticket to this early as possible, before theyre all gobbled up. This is sure to be a super bangin good time with one of the most handsome and talented superstar DJs around.
Doors at 10 p.m.; 1777 Third Ave,, Detroit; 313-465-1650; Admission is $20.
Negative Approach, Craig Brown
@ Third Man Records Cass Corridor
A free, early evening show with Detroits hardcore legends Negative Approach, opened up by the new country-ish project of Craig Brown from the Terrible Twos and Liquor Store? What a treat. Vocalist John Brannon and the rest of N.A. have promised to help break in the fancy new sound system at the swank new store. They continue to be a vital, brutal, and wonderfully out of control band all these many years since their 1981 formation.
Doors at 6:30 p.m.; 441 W. Canfield St., Detroit; thirdmanrecords.com; free.
@ Masonic Temple
If you were born to boogie, love the blues, are a master of choogling, and know all the intricacies in intonation to every haw haw haw haw in the song La Grange, then were not talking to you here, as you already have tickets to this awesome show. If not, well, Billy Gibbons is a rock legend who co-founded the band ZZ Top, and he is awesome. The bearded guitarist released his first ever solo album in November, Perfectamundo. He is on tour in support of his album with a backing band called the BFGs. He still does a couple of ZZ Top songs (and perhaps a Moving Sidewalks song or two) in the set list so really, no one who attends should be disappointed. Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown open up.
Doors at 7 p.m.; 500 Temple St., Detroit; themasonic.com; tickets are $35-$59.50.
The Charles Boles Quartet
@ Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
Charles Boles is an internationally known conductor and music director, who has worked with such absolute greats like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, and other notable acts. The quartet performs during the dinner rush every Tuesday at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Starts at 6 p.m.; 97 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms; dirtydogjazz.com; free.