House of Vans Detroit kicks off weekend-long party with live music, skateboarding, and artist workshop

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Danny Brown performing at the Majestic Theatre, 2018 - DOUG COOMBE
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Danny Brown performing at the Majestic Theatre, 2018

Though it shuttered as a school in 2016, Detroit’s historic Jefferson School is getting a new lease on life, at least for now. For its biggest pop-up to date, Vans will host a four-day free event with an indoor skate park, live music (featuring Thundercat, Protomartyr, and Amber Mark on Thursday, and Danny Brown, Joyce Manor, and Kelsey Lu on Saturday), and workshops (like a modular synth workshop from Ghostly International darling Matthew Dear). In addition, there will be a sprawling marketplace featuring local vendors and work from Detroit artists like Niagara, Jay Howell, Greg Hunt, Ellen Rutt, and more.

House of Vans Detroit begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24 (see website for full schedule) and runs through Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Jefferson School; 938 Selden St., Detroit; houseofvans.com; Event is free, registration is preferred.

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