18 events and concerts happening this week (9/14-9/20)
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@ Local 432
Ladies are being called to unite at the Local 432 to partake in celebrating the art, music, and productivity of women in society. Guests will have access to vendors, workshops, live music, and variety shows. Local artist Alexis Jones of iCultured Apparel designed a super cool logo for the fest, which is available for purchase on limited edition stickers and T-shirts. Come out and support the ladies, while enjoying a bit of local arts and culture, without breaking the bank.
Runs Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. ; 124 W. First St., Flint; flintlocal432.com; admission is free.
@ PJs Lager House
Perpetually handsome crazed surf, garage, and roots-based singer-songwriter icon Dex Romwbers CV looks like some kind of Zelig-style joke about authenticity. Born the seventh son of a coal miners daughter in the mid-1960s, he was featured in the Athens, Ga., music documentary Inside Out and his band Flat Duo Jets were a major inspiration for the White Stripes and countless others. Tonight he is joined by the Legendary Shack Shakers founder JD Wilkes and local upstart Todd Albright, so this is really one not to miss if you own even one flannel shirt and arent a jerk.
Doors at 8 p.m.; 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; pjslagerhouse.com; tickets are $10.
Eskimeaux, Stef Chura
@ El Club
Eskimeaux is the recording project of Gabrielle Smith, an engaging American singer-songwriter and producer from Brooklyn, New York whose music is beat-driven and downright poetic bedroom pop. Our pal Stef Chura just gets better all the time, with her mellifluous grunge yodeling, snakey guitar lines, and superb backing band. You are a chump if you show up late to this without an excellent excuse.
Starts at 7 p.m.; 4114 Vernor Hwy., Detroit; elclubdetroit.com; $10 in advance, $12 day of show.
@ Pyramid Scheme
We dont showcase a lot of Grand Rapids shows, but the town is super awesome and has some great venues that are worth making the trip. One of them is the Pyramid Scheme, and they will be hosting Frightened Rabbit. The band comes from Scotland on a tour supporting their fifth album, Painting of a Panic Attack, and have been playing shows at festivals like Glastonbury and the upcoming Austin City Limits. If you live in the GR area or are up for a road trip, this will be a show worth going to.
Doors at 8 p.m.; 68 Commerce Ave. SW., Grand Rapids; Tickets are $20.
Harvest Moon Celebration
@ Downtown Farmington
Caricatures, beer, and other fall festivities are coming to Riley Park on Thursday. Edwards Cafe and Caterer is providing harvest fare for you to eat, and you can enjoy a beer and wine tasting with full or half-pours. Take advantage of the delightful autumn weather and stargaze into the night while enjoying music by Katie Hinote & the Disasters.
Event is 6 p.m.-11 p.m. both days; 33113 Grand River Ave., Farmington; 248-473-7276; downtownfarmington.org; $6 advance, $8 at door.
@ The Fillmore
What else can we say about Ann Arbor hometown hero and fantastic musician Laith Al-Saadi? The guy made it pretty damn far on this past season of the NBC singing competition The Voice, and just headlined one of the nights at Royal Oaks Arts, Beats, and Eats. Al-Saadi has gained quite the following here in Detroit and we are super pumped to see him headlining the Fillmore. Plus, The Accidentals are opening for him, which is pretty rad.
Doors at 7 p.m.; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; thefillmoredetroit.com; Tickets range from $20-$50.
Tour de Troit
@ Downtown Detroit
Last year, over 7,000 bikers showed up to take over the streets of downtown Detroit for a day. This year, Tour de Troit is happening again, and bikers are encouraged to join in for a 30-mile tour planned to show off historical markers in the city. A Shinola Arrow bicycle is being raffled off by sponsor Flagstar Bank to a lucky tour member.
Starts at 9 a.m.; Roosevelt Park, Detroit; tour-de-troit.org; Tickets are $60.
Los Angeles-based Morgan Delt just released his second album, the delightful Phase Zero, for Sub Pop, and before you turn and hide when I describe it as psychedelic (because isnt everything these days and to be honest, dudes first album didnt quite cut the mustard) this is some seriously groovy, gauzy, and good-vibes shit. Its sunshine-y, but has a dark edge to it, just like Delts hometown.
Doors at 8 p.m.; 2110 Trumbull St., Detroit; ufofactory.com; $10.
NRBQ vs. Los Straitjackets
@ Magic Bag
This is quite an event for connoisseurs of American roots music: Two of its most adept, wily practitioners teaming up to face off and get down. NRBQ remains one of the most unpredictable, savvy, just plain ridiculously fun bands on the face of the planet. Its a wonder they didnt pick up most of the Grateful Deads audience after Jerry made his final ascent, but it must be their lack of obviousness that got in the way. Los Straitjackets play a supercharged brand of instrumental music that mixes and matches decades worth of sound. But its OK if you just call them those surf rock guys in the Mexican wrestling masks, because thats basically what they are. But theyre also much, more, so its fitting theyre playing with NRBQ tonight.
Doors at 8 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; themagicbag.com; $25.
@ Magic Stick
This is probably the first big show that the reopened Magic Stick is putting on, and we are pumped that it happens to be Of Montreal. The rock band was not formed in Montreal, but Athens, Ga. a hot spot of music that many bands like the B-52s, R.E.M., and Widespread Panic hail from.
Of Montreal first hit the scene back in 1996 and has continued to turn out amazing rock records. In August, the band released its latest album, Innocence Reaches, which blends their funky glam-rock into the newer electronic scene. The Magic Stick will be the perfect spot for this wildly fun band.
Doors at 8 p.m.; 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; majesticdetroit.com; tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.