July 26, 2017

20 fun concerts and events happening in Detroit you should check out

Check out our top picks of things to do in and around the city for the next seven days.

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Detroit Island Music Festival
Wed., July 26, 7 p.m. and Thu., July 27, 8 p.m.
This local festival is comprised of two parts: Wednesday night’s “Blues in the River” followed by Thursday’s “A Musical History Journey.” Night one will feature Grammy award-winning Bobby Rush and friends, while night two will feature storied bands War, Zapp, and Lakeside. Both nights of the festival will pack a punch of cultural immersion that you can’t find anywhere else. $38 for Wednesday and $44 for Thursday
Belle Isle (map)
Belle Isle Park
Greater Detroit Area 
 (313) 393-4075


Detroit Island Music Festival


Wed., July 26, 7 p.m. and Thu., July 27, 8 p.m. This local festival is comprised of two parts: Wednesday night’s “Blues in the River” followed by Thursday’s “A Musical History Journey.” Night one will feature Grammy award-winning Bobby Rush and friends, while night two will feature storied bands War, Zapp, and Lakeside. Both nights of the festival will pack a punch of cultural immersion that you can’t find anywhere else. $38 for Wednesday and $44 for Thursday

Belle Isle
 (map)
Belle Isle Park Greater Detroit Area  phone (313) 393-4075
The Beach Boys
Freedom Hill (map) 14900 Metropolitan Parkway
Thu., July 27, 5:30 p.m. Over 50 years after their start outside of Los Angeles, the Beach Boys still performs the dreamy harmonies and summer sounds that made it one of the most enduring pop rock groups in history. The iconic ’80s band Righteous Brothers serves as the opening act.$11


The Beach Boys


Freedom Hill (map) 14900 Metropolitan Parkway


Thu., July 27, 5:30 p.m. Over 50 years after their start outside of Los Angeles, the Beach Boys still performs the dreamy harmonies and summer sounds that made it one of the most enduring pop rock groups in history. The iconic ’80s band Righteous Brothers serves as the opening act.$11

Piebald
Shelter 431 E. Congress Downtown Detroit 
Fri., July 28, 6:30 p.m.Emocore rock band Piebald isn’t finished just yet. The band first called it quits in 2008, but came out swinging in 2016 with a reunion tour and one more album, aptly named Best of What’s Left. Their punchy sound feels as timely as ever. The Shelter date is the band’s first Detroit performance in a decade. $10
 (313) 961-6358


Piebald


Shelter 431 E. Congress Downtown Detroit 


Fri., July 28, 6:30 p.m.Emocore rock band Piebald isn’t finished just yet. The band first called it quits in 2008, but came out swinging in 2016 with a reunion tour and one more album, aptly named Best of What’s Left. Their punchy sound feels as timely as ever. The Shelter date is the band’s first Detroit performance in a decade. $10

phone (313) 961-6358
John Sinclair
Fri., July 28, 7-10 p.m. The late John Lennon was so awe-inspired by John Sinclair that he named a song after him. Lucky for us, the poet and activist (and one-time Metro Times contributor) is coming back to his roots for a performance of the music from his recording John Sinclair Mobile Homeland. Free with museum admission
Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) (map)
5200 Woodward Ave.
Midtown 
 (313) 833-7900


John Sinclair


Fri., July 28, 7-10 p.m. The late John Lennon was so awe-inspired by John Sinclair that he named a song after him. Lucky for us, the poet and activist (and one-time Metro Times contributor) is coming back to his roots for a performance of the music from his recording John Sinclair Mobile Homeland. Free with museum admission

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)
 (map) 5200 Woodward Ave. Midtown  phone (313) 833-7900
War on the Catwalk
Fri., July 28, 7 p.m.
RuPaul’s Drag Race is coming to the Motor City with a night of the fiercest performances imaginable. War on the Catwalk stars a dream team of queens from Season 9. Catch Sasha Velour, Trinity Taylor, Aja Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Farrah Moan tearing it up on the runway, while host Trixie Mattel brings the party all night long. The Fillmore’s opulent interior is just the cherry on top of what will surely be a glamorous evening to remember. This all-ages crowd better be ready to werk. $22
The Fillmore (map)
2115 Woodward Ave.
Downtown Detroit 
 (313) 961-5451; (313) (FAX)


War on the Catwalk


Fri., July 28, 7 p.m.

RuPaul’s Drag Race is coming to the Motor City with a night of the fiercest performances imaginable. War on the Catwalk stars a dream team of queens from Season 9. Catch Sasha Velour, Trinity Taylor, Aja Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Farrah Moan tearing it up on the runway, while host Trixie Mattel brings the party all night long. The Fillmore’s opulent interior is just the cherry on top of what will surely be a glamorous evening to remember. This all-ages crowd better be ready to werk. $22


The Fillmore (map) 2115 Woodward Ave. Downtown Detroit  phone (313) 961-5451; (313) (FAX)
Motor City Choreography Collective
Fri., July 28, 7:30 p.m
Dancers (and non-dancers who still appreciate the art form), rejoice: The bi-annual event of your dreams is back. Back in 2010, Motor City Choreography Collective took the Michigan dance community by storm with a massive collaboration of choreographers. Now at their 2017 summer showcase, over 20 locally and nationally recognized choreographers and dance crews will come together to show Detroit just what the human body is capable of. Come as a spectator, or join in on the fun yourself and dance the night away. Either way, you’re bound to have the time of your life. $13
br> The Crofoot Ballroom(map)
1 S. Saginaw St.
Downtown Pontiac 
 (248) 858-9333
info@thecrofoot.com


Motor City Choreography Collective


Fri., July 28, 7:30 p.m

Dancers (and non-dancers who still appreciate the art form), rejoice: The bi-annual event of your dreams is back. Back in 2010, Motor City Choreography Collective took the Michigan dance community by storm with a massive collaboration of choreographers. Now at their 2017 summer showcase, over 20 locally and nationally recognized choreographers and dance crews will come together to show Detroit just what the human body is capable of. Come as a spectator, or join in on the fun yourself and dance the night away. Either way, you’re bound to have the time of your life. $13

<br> The Crofoot Ballroom(map) 1 S. Saginaw St. Downtown Pontiac  phone (248) 858-9333 [email protected]
Demetri Martin: Let&#146;s Get Awkward Tour
Fri., July 28, 8 p.m.
Known for his casual, deadpan delivery, comedian Demetri Martin is now making his rounds nationwide. The New York City native&#146;s resume boasts work on The Daily Show, in addition to two seasons of his own show, Important Things With Demetri Martin on Comedy Central. Perhaps not the best place for a first date, think of the Let&#146;s Get Awkward Tour as the perfect opportunity for a reunion of all of your wryest, most sarcastic friends.&nbsp;$25
Meadow Brook Theatre(map)
207 Wilson Hall
Greater Rochester Area&nbsp;
&nbsp;(248) 377-3300


Demetri Martin: Let’s Get Awkward Tour


Fri., July 28, 8 p.m.

Known for his casual, deadpan delivery, comedian Demetri Martin is now making his rounds nationwide. The New York City native’s resume boasts work on The Daily Show, in addition to two seasons of his own show, Important Things With Demetri Martin on Comedy Central. Perhaps not the best place for a first date, think of the Let’s Get Awkward Tour as the perfect opportunity for a reunion of all of your wryest, most sarcastic friends. $25


Meadow Brook Theatre(map) 207 Wilson Hall Greater Rochester Area  phone (248) 377-3300
Negative Approach
Fri., July 28, 8 p.m
Would any other venue be as fitting for Detroit&#146;s hardcore pioneers? With influences like the Stooges, Negative Approach is the city&#146;s punk rock prodigal child that inspired generations of hardcore bands across the Midwest and globe with their minimalist 30-second tracks. Bloodclot, a supergroup made up of former members of Queens of the Stone Age, Danzig, and Cro-Mags, will warm up the pit.&nbsp;$18
Magic Stick&nbsp;(map)
4120 Woodward
Midtown&nbsp;
&nbsp;(313) 833-9700


Negative Approach


Fri., July 28, 8 p.m

Would any other venue be as fitting for Detroit’s hardcore pioneers? With influences like the Stooges, Negative Approach is the city’s punk rock prodigal child that inspired generations of hardcore bands across the Midwest and globe with their minimalist 30-second tracks. Bloodclot, a supergroup made up of former members of Queens of the Stone Age, Danzig, and Cro-Mags, will warm up the pit. $18


Magic Stick (map) 4120 Woodward Midtown  phone (313) 833-9700
Deadbeat Beat
Fri., July 28, 9 p.m.
It&#146;s a record re-release show! This local trio dropped their debut record When I Talk to You back in 2011, but that was a limited run on cassette tape. Now, some six years later, When I Talk to You is now making its vinyl debut on indie label Glad Fact. And you know what? These tracks still sound as good as they did in 2011, an expert mix of 1970s pop and punk influences (but don&#146;t call it pop-punk). Fellow Detroit rock &#146;n&#146; roll acts Kickstand Band and Double Winter round out the bill. $8
UFO Factory (map)
2110 Trumbull
Greater Detroit Area


Deadbeat Beat


Fri., July 28, 9 p.m.

It’s a record re-release show! This local trio dropped their debut record When I Talk to You back in 2011, but that was a limited run on cassette tape. Now, some six years later, When I Talk to You is now making its vinyl debut on indie label Glad Fact. And you know what? These tracks still sound as good as they did in 2011, an expert mix of 1970s pop and punk influences (but don’t call it pop-punk). Fellow Detroit rock ’n’ roll acts Kickstand Band and Double Winter round out the bill. $8


Torch With a Twist
Fri., July 28, 9 p.m.
The &#147;Olde-Timey Vaudevillian Variety extravaganza&#148; is back on full display at the Jazz Caf&eacute; this Friday. This 21 and older event features fire shows, danger, magic, and trickery. Since 2006 this group of whimsical characters has dazzled audiences across Detroit with a myriad of performances that range from &#147;Down and Dirty&#148; adult shows to family-friendly festivals. This event is sure to amaze once again with a promise that no two shows are ever the same.&nbsp;$10
The Jazz Cafe&nbsp;(map)
16334 Grand River Ave.
Greater Detroit Area

Torch With a Twist


Fri., July 28, 9 p.m.
The “Olde-Timey Vaudevillian Variety extravaganza” is back on full display at the Jazz Café this Friday. This 21 and older event features fire shows, danger, magic, and trickery. Since 2006 this group of whimsical characters has dazzled audiences across Detroit with a myriad of performances that range from “Down and Dirty” adult shows to family-friendly festivals. This event is sure to amaze once again with a promise that no two shows are ever the same. $10

The Jazz Cafe (map)
16334 Grand River Ave. Greater Detroit Area