Most Metro Detroiters are familiar with Eastern Market’s Saturday afternoon tradition of artisanal vibes, fresh produce, and live music, but how well do you know the bars? Despite the fact that the areas restaurants and shops are local household names, the bars still remain relatively mysterious. Led by the Detroit Experience Factory, the weeken’s bar tour encourages you to pull back the veil and explore Eastern Market’s oldest bar, Vivio’s Food and Spirits, a 40-year-old family business with a smashing Bloody Mary recipe. The tour also stops into Cutter’s, an “old stand-by” dive bar with friendly bartenders, Faygo pop, and classic bar food. Sorry, no craft beers there, but newcomer Thomas Magee’s is the final stop, providing a juke joint ambience for those who like sports, whiskey and local beer.
Atlanta native Kris Campbell, better known as K Camp, will be performing at Detroit's Garden Theater. This American rapper is best known for his singles, "Money Baby" and "Cut Her Off." Camp is set to perform songs from his debut album, In Due Time, which was released by Interscope Records back in April.
Named after Detroit’s vaunted Cafe Mahogany, this night is dedicated to rhythm, art and poetry. Famed for hosting fantastic local jazz, soul and spoken-word music in the ‘90s, Cafe Mahogany is often representative of vibrant creation being born from hardship. In that same vein, Joel Fluent Greene will host an evening that will feature a special tribute to the late Dr. Maya Angelou. Come out and see some of the city’s best talent in action, such as internationally renowned poet and performer Jessica Care Moore. A Detroit native, Moore has made a name for herself as a playwright, poet, publicist, activist and filmmaker. Her poetry has been featured on the Russell Simmons HBO show, Def Poetry Jam, Talib Kewli’s Attack on the Block mixtape and the album Nastradamus by rapper Nas. Catch the action when doors open at 7:30 pm.
From the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes this musical satire centered around two straight-laced Mormon missionaries who are sent to a remote Ugandan village for two years. Known for being critical, vulgar and hilarious, the show is the winner of 9 Tony awards, one of those being Best Musical. It’s been said that if you’re not a fan of South Park’s humor, the show feels offensive with unoriginal, formulaic music, but if you’re cool with that, it’s probable that you’ll love it. It’s a love or hate affair with jokes that might make you cringe or have you awkwardly initiating the standing ovation at the end. Judge for yourself this week. Weekly show times vary and can be found at michiganopera.org.
After a seven year hiatus, Grammy Award-winning roots music trio Nickel Creek has declared to once again take their act on the road to celebrate their silver anniversary. The trio decided to take a brief break back in 2007 in order to grow as individuals, as well as musicians, away from the bright lights of stardom. With a more adult attitude and sound, the trio is now ready to share its special blend of music with audiences across the country. Violinist Sara Watkins, mandolin strummer Chris Thile and guitarist Sean Watkins are set to perform in Ann Arbor this Saturday. They'll be sharing songs off their brand-new album, A Dotted Line, along with longtime favorites spanning the course of their career.
Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan will be performing at Meadow Brook Music Festival July 12, as part of her Shine On tour. The tour is set to coincide with the release of McLachlan’s latest album, Shine On, which was released on May 6. Shine On is the first record of entirely new material by McLachlan in four years.
Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly will be at the Fillmore on July 12th MGK delivers intricate lyrics with an impossibly fast, rapid-fire flow. Your head will explode at the end of each verse, be put back together again, then subsequently re-exploded, and you will love every minute of it. From humble beginnings in 2004 as a teenage battle rapper, MGK soon caught the attention of record exec Sean Combs (or “Puffy” or “Diddy” or whoever), who signed MGK to Bad Boy in 2011, calling the gravel-voiced MC “one of the best live performers [he’s] ever seen to come out in a minute.” And having signed such artists as the incomparable Mary J. Blige and the legendary Notorious B.I.G., you know you can take Diddy’s word for it.
With Brad Hales and Robert Wells.
Mix local brews with local art at this weekly showcase of affordable pieces by Detroit area artists.
Established in 1975 as a haven for Vietnam Veterans, the Old Miami has been called "the C.B.G.B's of the midwest" for it's history as a music venue. Almost every notable artist from Detroit has played on it's stage as well as many national acts of the punk/modern rock era. The walls are lined thick with Vietnam and other military momentums, many of which were given to owner Danny Overstreet by fellow veterans. A jukebox full of vinyl from Patsy Kline to Gang Green sits next to the pool table. Comfortable couches and chairs are placed by the fireplace and in front of the dance floor creating a relaxed den-like atmosphere. Across the dance floor a wall of speakers almost obscures the stage. The sound system is unusually large for a room this size. The huge back yard with a pond and large porch/stage hosts many all-day outdoor events in the summer months. People from all walks of life call the Old Miami a home away from home. Bikers and bladers, lawyers and anarchists are its patrons who gravitate to this easy-going off-campus dive where live music rules.
Stepping into the newly restored art deco live jazz bar with an even more recently opened kitchen is to arrive in another era. Before the stage, the main area is separated into two spaces: One with round, candle-lit tables, the other, a stunning curved bar. All this sits below massive barrel-vaulted ceilings. All this ambience comes from pricey restoration work done in 2006 to make today’s Cliff Bell’s look like the Cliff Bell’s of 1935. That and the way they mix a cocktail. Neither cheap nor fast, mixed drinks are crafted old-school, more for taste than ease of production. With everything from a standard fillet of beef tenderloin to cassoulet, the French-inspired eclectic food menu speaks for itself. Try the duck confit on a buttermilk biscuit with cranberry jam for a small plate reduction of Thanksgiving dinner. Hedonists will go for a chunk of tender braised pork belly (otherwise known as bacon when cured and smoked) that comes plated with a rich, spicy sweet cider sauce, roasted fingerling potatoes and a pinch of cracklings for good measure.
The Dirty Dog is another feather in the cap of Gretchen Valade, the entrepreneur and philanthropist whose generosity and love of jazz saved the Detroit International Jazz Festival. Chef Andre Neimanis' sophisticated tapas-style menu encompasses unusual dishes that showcase his creativity. Musically, the Dirty Dog has some of Detroit's best players, with piano sets from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by two evening shows with full bands. Willie Jones, the general manager, is visible in the front of the house, overseeing service and keeping the whole show running smoothly.
Kevin Saunderson. Richie Hawtin. John Acquaviva. Carl Cox. The Works has already established itself as a stable in Detroit's Electronic Music culture.
Anyone can show up here. Detroit's only late night jazz club serving up Cajun catfish and red beans and rice all night long. It's not common to find a bar where everyone seems to know each other and yet newcomers don't feel excluded. Dozens of regulars turn up Thursdays for the open mic jazz jam sessions. Bert's serves the music fans bargain-price soul food from rows of steam tables: meat and two sides for nine bucks, or up to $25 for a whole slab of ribs. In keeping with Bert's bare-bones, working-class atmosphere, their food is more down-home than much of the soul food you find in restaurants, which has often been upgraded from its humble origins.
733 Saint Antoine
Detroit, MI 48226
All parts of this site Copyright ©2012 Detroit Metro Times.
Politics & Prejudices
Stir It Up
Best of Detroit
Best of Detroit 2010
Best of Map
Add Music Event
Search Music Events
Search Calendar Events
Enter Calendar Event
Find a Restaurant
Find a Club
Win Free Stuff
Have a Facebook account? Login using your Facebook account to share your activities with friends.