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Aquabats

Wed., July 26, 6 p.m.

The quirky rock band “superheroes” are continuing their mission to save the world from evil through music. In addition to the recent release of their first single in six years, the band is traveling on their summer 2017 tour. Their live shows have a reputation of being larger than life, to say the least. Onstage battles with evil foes and instrumentalists dressed in superhero suits, who would wanna miss that? $23

St. Andrew's Hall (map)
431 E. Congress
Downtown Detroit
phone (313) 961-6358
Aquabats

Dashboard Confessional

Wed., July 26, 7 p.m.

If you attended high school in the early 2000s, it’s likely Dashboard Confessional provided the soundtrack to your every heartbreak and life-ending teen drama. Now, the band is headed for the Fillmore where you’ll likely get the chills every time Chris Carrabba belts out, “Vindicated!” A bright red baseball hat emblazoned with “Make America Emo Again” would be a good accessory to sport at this nostalgia fest. The All-American Rejects, the Maine, and the Social Animals will open the show. $42

The Fillmore (map)
2115 Woodward Ave.
Downtown Detroit
phone (313) 961-5451; (313) (FAX)
Dashboard Confessional

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
Detroit Island Music Festival

Kendrick Lamar

Wed., July 26, 7:30 p.m.

Kendrick Lamar’s name has been on everyone’s tongue, it seems, and the rapper has been collaborating with the biggest players in pop music. Now, he’s making his way to Detroit in celebration of his highly successful fourth studio album, Damn. The record debuted at number one on Billboard's top 200 and was certified platinum in May. With hit songs like Humble, Loyalty, and Element, his lyrical ability and cultural hip-hop influence are sure to make this concert unforgettable. Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. will open the show. $75

Palace of Auburn Hills (map)
6 Championship Dr.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (248) 377-0100
Kendrick Lamar

The Beach Boys

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

Freedom Hill (map)
14900 Metropolitan Parkway
Greater Detroit Area
phone (586) 268-5100
The Beach Boys

Piebald

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

Shelter (map)
431 E. Congress
Downtown Detroit
phone (313) 961-6358
Piebald

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
John Sinclair

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)
War on the Catwalk

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

The Crofoot Ballroom (map)
1 S. Saginaw St.
Downtown Pontiac
phone (248) 858-9333
info@thecrofoot.com
Motor City Choreography Collective

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
Demetri Martin: Let’s Get Awkward Tour

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
Negative Approach

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 “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 Torch With a Twist

Detroit Maker Faire

Sat., July 29, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., July 30, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

The “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” is happening at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn. Originally started in 2006 in San Francisco, the Maker Faire has grown into a worldwide collaboration of flagship and independent events. In Dearborn, hundreds of innovators and inventors will be showing off their DIY creations across the museum grounds. Attendees can explore 24 acres of imagination realized. The open air midway and the inside of the museum will feature robotics, animatronics, flaming carnival games, marshmallow shooters, clothing, food, games, and other mechanical wizardry. $28 for nonmembers and half off for museum members, children 12 and under free

The Henry Ford (map)
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Greater Dearborn Area
phone (313) 982-6001; (313) (FAX)
Detroit Maker Faire

Michigan Comic Book Expo

Sat., July 29, 12-11 p.m.

Get your geek on at this year’s comic book extravaganza. From noon to 10 p.m. visitors can mingle with comic book celebrities and creators while also participating in contests and demonstrations through the day. Admission also gets you free entry to “Attack the Yack,” a wrestling competition and an opportunity to meet wrestling stars like Ron Simmons and Ken “Mr. Kennedy” Anderson. $10

Yack Arena (map)
3131 Third
Greater Detroit Area
phone (734) 324-7265
Michigan Comic Book Expo
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