February 09, 2016

9 concerts happening in metro Detroit this week

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Thursday, 2/11
Reel Big Fish
@ Saint Andrew’s Hall
Ska bros unite! It’s crazy to think that third wave ska legends Reel Big Fish have been around for 25 years and their music is just as great. In celebration of those years, Reel Big Fish is setting out on a huge tour and is luckily hitting up Detroit. The band first came to prominence in the ’90s during the third wave of ska music along with other bands like No Doubt and Sublime. Since then, the ever-changing lineup of musicians have released eight studio albums and played all around the world. The band will have support from Suburban Legends and the Maxies on tour. 
Doors at 7 p.m.; 431 E Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; $20.
Thursday, 2/11 Reel Big Fish @ Saint Andrew’s Hall Ska bros unite! It’s crazy to think that third wave ska legends Reel Big Fish have been around for 25 years and their music is just as great. In celebration of those years, Reel Big Fish is setting out on a huge tour and is luckily hitting up Detroit. The band first came to prominence in the ’90s during the third wave of ska music along with other bands like No Doubt and Sublime. Since then, the ever-changing lineup of musicians have released eight studio albums and played all around the world. The band will have support from Suburban Legends and the Maxies on tour. Doors at 7 p.m.; 431 E Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; $20.
Friday, 2/12
“Dillatroit” 
@ Bert’s on Broadway
For those who can’t make it down to celebrate Dilla Day in Miami, no worries. “Dillatroit” features more than enough star power and you don’t even have to book a plane ticket, or luxuriate in the sun: Jay Electronica, Ila J, Motor City Rockers, Amp Fiddler, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, 5 Ela, Big Tone, Vstylez, Nolan the Ninja, DJ Dez, DJ Butter, DJ Funky Riddim, DJ Los, DJ TJ, DJ Sicari, and Kid Vishis. This is the 10th anniversary of the death of J Dilla, whose loss continues to resonate throughout popular music in Detroit and beyond.
Doors at 8 p.m.; 1315 Broadway St., Detroit; dillatroit.com; $20 general admission, $50 VIP presale.
Friday, 2/12 “Dillatroit” @ Bert’s on Broadway For those who can’t make it down to celebrate Dilla Day in Miami, no worries. “Dillatroit” features more than enough star power and you don’t even have to book a plane ticket, or luxuriate in the sun: Jay Electronica, Ila J, Motor City Rockers, Amp Fiddler, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, 5 Ela, Big Tone, Vstylez, Nolan the Ninja, DJ Dez, DJ Butter, DJ Funky Riddim, DJ Los, DJ TJ, DJ Sicari, and Kid Vishis. This is the 10th anniversary of the death of J Dilla, whose loss continues to resonate throughout popular music in Detroit and beyond. Doors at 8 p.m.; 1315 Broadway St., Detroit; dillatroit.com; $20 general admission, $50 VIP presale.
Friday, 2/12
Marianas Trench, Mainland
@ The Fillmore
Not to be confused with the deepest part of the world’s oceans, this punk/rock band from Vancouver will be hitting up Detroit on their Hey You Guys tour. The band released their latest album, Astoria, last fall and it was packed full of ’80s beats and synths and heart-wrenching lyrics from frontman Josh Ramsay. The band hasn’t released a record since 2011, so it’s nice to see them back in full force with a new catalog of pop/punk jams. Marianas Trench will be joined by New York City pop/rock band Mainland, who are making a name for themselves as well. 
Doors at 7 p.m.; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; $26-$36.
Friday, 2/12 Marianas Trench, Mainland @ The Fillmore Not to be confused with the deepest part of the world’s oceans, this punk/rock band from Vancouver will be hitting up Detroit on their Hey You Guys tour. The band released their latest album, Astoria, last fall and it was packed full of ’80s beats and synths and heart-wrenching lyrics from frontman Josh Ramsay. The band hasn’t released a record since 2011, so it’s nice to see them back in full force with a new catalog of pop/punk jams. Marianas Trench will be joined by New York City pop/rock band Mainland, who are making a name for themselves as well. Doors at 7 p.m.; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; $26-$36.
Friday, 2/12
Benefit to save Music Hall
@ Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts
Music Hall has a very looming debt that threatens the life of this historic Detroit theater. In order to help alleviate the debt, the theater is having a benefit show starring the legendary “Queen of Funk,” Chaka Khan. Also on the bill is Jon Barfield and Irresistible, Michael Cooper of Con Funk Shun, Michael Mindigall, Maurissa Rose, and Ashton and Rivonne Moore. This will be a legendary night of funk and soul music, but at the end of the day it’s about helping this historical theater stay open to see the rebirth that Detroit is having right now. Check out the Music Hall’s website for information on donations and giving levels, which include tickets to the show and after-party shows. 
Doors at 8 p.m.; 350 Madison St., Detroit; musichall.org; $245.
Friday, 2/12 Benefit to save Music Hall @ Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts Music Hall has a very looming debt that threatens the life of this historic Detroit theater. In order to help alleviate the debt, the theater is having a benefit show starring the legendary “Queen of Funk,” Chaka Khan. Also on the bill is Jon Barfield and Irresistible, Michael Cooper of Con Funk Shun, Michael Mindigall, Maurissa Rose, and Ashton and Rivonne Moore. This will be a legendary night of funk and soul music, but at the end of the day it’s about helping this historical theater stay open to see the rebirth that Detroit is having right now. Check out the Music Hall’s website for information on donations and giving levels, which include tickets to the show and after-party shows. Doors at 8 p.m.; 350 Madison St., Detroit; musichall.org; $245.
Saturday, 2/13
Helena Legend
@ V Nightclub
Electronic dance music (or EDM if you want to sound hip) is on the rise, and so are the DJs and producers who make it who are mostly dudes. If you want to dance and rave the night away, hit up V Nightclub and see up-and-comer Helena Legend, one of the ladies who is making her own beats. Legend hails from Los Angeles, and her music is infectious and catchy as hell. Legend is on the cusp of becoming mainstream, so make sure you see her before you have to pay a boatload more the next time she’s in town. 
Doors at 10 p.m.; 1777 Third St., Detroit; 313-465-1650; $10.
Saturday, 2/13 Helena Legend @ V Nightclub Electronic dance music (or EDM if you want to sound hip) is on the rise, and so are the DJs and producers who make it who are mostly dudes. If you want to dance and rave the night away, hit up V Nightclub and see up-and-comer Helena Legend, one of the ladies who is making her own beats. Legend hails from Los Angeles, and her music is infectious and catchy as hell. Legend is on the cusp of becoming mainstream, so make sure you see her before you have to pay a boatload more the next time she’s in town. Doors at 10 p.m.; 1777 Third St., Detroit; 313-465-1650; $10.
Saturday, 2/13
Valentine’s Day Explosion
@ The Masonic Temple
On the eve of Valentine’s Day, the Masonic Temple presents a Valentine’s Day Explosion featuring some of the best R&B music to put you and your sweetheart in the mood for this romantic holiday (dare we say baby-making music?). The event will be headlined by legendary R&B crooner Jeffrey Osborne, who is most famous for his 1982 hit “On the Wings of Love.” Supporting Osborne will be 1980s band Loose Ends, old-school R&B group Atlantic Starr, and Detroit-based band Enchantment, who are keeping the sound of Motown alive and well. 
Doors at 7 p.m.; 500 Temple Ave., Detroit; 313-832-7100; $35.50-$89.50.
Saturday, 2/13 Valentine’s Day Explosion @ The Masonic Temple On the eve of Valentine’s Day, the Masonic Temple presents a Valentine’s Day Explosion featuring some of the best R&B music to put you and your sweetheart in the mood for this romantic holiday (dare we say baby-making music?). The event will be headlined by legendary R&B crooner Jeffrey Osborne, who is most famous for his 1982 hit “On the Wings of Love.” Supporting Osborne will be 1980s band Loose Ends, old-school R&B group Atlantic Starr, and Detroit-based band Enchantment, who are keeping the sound of Motown alive and well. Doors at 7 p.m.; 500 Temple Ave., Detroit; 313-832-7100; $35.50-$89.50.
Saturday, 2/13
St. Lucia
@ The Majestic Theatre
Brooklyn, New York-based and South African-born singer Jean-Philip Grobler aka St. Lucia recently released his newest album Matter. It’s an accomplished 1980s synth pop dream. Grobler and his band released their first album in 2013 and the new one sounds like an extension of the first, working more toward catchy lyrics and infectious sounds. They have played festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza in the past, so they are primed and ready to tour in 2016 with scheduled appearances at Bonnaroo and Firefly already. They will also be joined by the band Tigertown. 
Doors at 8 p.m.; 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700; $20 advance, $25 day of show.
Saturday, 2/13 St. Lucia @ The Majestic Theatre Brooklyn, New York-based and South African-born singer Jean-Philip Grobler aka St. Lucia recently released his newest album Matter. It’s an accomplished 1980s synth pop dream. Grobler and his band released their first album in 2013 and the new one sounds like an extension of the first, working more toward catchy lyrics and infectious sounds. They have played festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza in the past, so they are primed and ready to tour in 2016 with scheduled appearances at Bonnaroo and Firefly already. They will also be joined by the band Tigertown. Doors at 8 p.m.; 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700; $20 advance, $25 day of show.
Sunday, 2/14
Valentine’s Day brunch
@ UFO Factory
Today’s marathon DJ set by DJ Yeti (our very own music editor Mike McGonigal) marks the end of a five-week residency of Sunday brunch DJing that expands upon the usual gospel brunch event that happens the last Sunday of every month. UFO Factory’s new, expanded weekend brunch is tasty, inexpensive, vegan friendly, and oh man you have to order the fried green tomatoes. On this most special of days, DJ Yeti will lay down a smorgasbord of gentle and lovely songs about love, with an emphasis on cosmic bliss starting at Astral Weeks and ending with Astral Traveling. He will speak the language of love, just for you and yours.
Runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 2110 Trumbull Ave., Detroit; ufofactory.com; no cover.
Sunday, 2/14 Valentine’s Day brunch @ UFO Factory Today’s marathon DJ set by DJ Yeti (our very own music editor Mike McGonigal) marks the end of a five-week residency of Sunday brunch DJing that expands upon the usual gospel brunch event that happens the last Sunday of every month. UFO Factory’s new, expanded weekend brunch is tasty, inexpensive, vegan friendly, and oh man you have to order the fried green tomatoes. On this most special of days, DJ Yeti will lay down a smorgasbord of gentle and lovely songs about love, with an emphasis on cosmic bliss starting at Astral Weeks and ending with Astral Traveling. He will speak the language of love, just for you and yours. Runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 2110 Trumbull Ave., Detroit; ufofactory.com; no cover.
Sunday, 2/14
Winter Acoustic Showcase and Blue Valentine Cafe
@ The Rust Belt Market
If you haven’t made plans for you and your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day, heading to the Rust Belt Market may be the perfect afternoon date. From 1 p.m.-6 p.m. there will be nine acoustic sets, back to back, from nine local acts. Organized by Kate Hinote of The Blueflowers, who will be performing as Kate Hinote & The Disasters. Other artists include Michelle Held, the Bruised Reed, and Ryan Dillaha. In addition to the live music, the Blue Luna Cafe & Bakery will be doing their first pop-up with the Blue Valentine Cafe. They will be serving up a gluten-free, dairy-free menu along with some vegan options. If you want your Valentine’s meal to-go, it is recommended to order in advance, but you’re also more than free to stop by and catch a couple sets and enjoy your meal there too. 
Doors at 1 p.m.; 22801 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; rustbeltmarket.com; admission is free.
Sunday, 2/14 Winter Acoustic Showcase and Blue Valentine Cafe @ The Rust Belt Market If you haven’t made plans for you and your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day, heading to the Rust Belt Market may be the perfect afternoon date. From 1 p.m.-6 p.m. there will be nine acoustic sets, back to back, from nine local acts. Organized by Kate Hinote of The Blueflowers, who will be performing as Kate Hinote & The Disasters. Other artists include Michelle Held, the Bruised Reed, and Ryan Dillaha. In addition to the live music, the Blue Luna Cafe & Bakery will be doing their first pop-up with the Blue Valentine Cafe. They will be serving up a gluten-free, dairy-free menu along with some vegan options. If you want your Valentine’s meal to-go, it is recommended to order in advance, but you’re also more than free to stop by and catch a couple sets and enjoy your meal there too. Doors at 1 p.m.; 22801 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; rustbeltmarket.com; admission is free.