After rising to fame on Season Three of American Idol, Fantasia Barrino, who now simply goes by Fantasia, has created quite a career as an R&B singer/actress. In 2011, she won a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her song “Bittersweet” and has also recorded four albums between 2004 and 2013. The singer turned actress has also starred in Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story, as well as on Broadway in The Color Purple and After Midnight. Fantasia performs at Chene Park, Friday, Aug. 1. Doors at 8 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St, Detroit; 313-393-7128; cheneparkdetroit.com; tickets $40 and up.
Kensington Metropark, Stony Creek Metropark, and Willow Metropark • With the DFT and DIA currently under renovation, the Detroit Film Theatre is presenting its summer movie series at various Metroparks in southeast Michigan. In celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original monster movie that entirely changed movie entertainment, the DFT will be having three showings of the original Japanese film Godzilla. The classic 1954 movie was directed by Ishiro Honda and is still heralded as the best the franchise has ever seen. This screening will feature a restored version in Japanese with English subtitles. Each night the movie will be prefaced with a short reel from award-winning Michigan student filmmakers. Screenings begin at 8:45 p.m.; admission is included with park entry; Godzilla will screen at Kensington on Aug. 1; Stony Creek on Aug. 8; and Willow on Aug. 15; 313-833-7900; dia.org.
Since the beginning of time, man has wondered, “Are we alone?” The truth is here. Full disclosure: aliens do exist and this festival is dedicated to celebrating this knowledge. This is a weekend fest with music, art, dance and friends. There are several local headliners including: Dixon’s Violin, Downtown Brown, Leaving Lifted, Sick and many more. Claim your space, lay out your tent and get ready for a weekend party that is out of this world. The fest will kick off Friday at 3 p.m.
Another installment of Royal Oak Beer Fest, Summer Session is the celebration of local craft beer and the people who make them. This event is great for both those who consider themselves an aficionado of local brews as well as those who just like to casually enjoy craft releases. Here you’ll get a chance to taste great beer, meet with brewers, enjoy food from local restaurants, get down to great music, and enjoy games like Giant Jenga. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 316 E. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; royaloakbeerfest.com; tickets are $45 for general admission and $65 for VIP.
Not many cities have the plethora of independent and alternative art forms that flood the streets of Detroit. Simply walking through Midtown can be like flipping through a fashion book or stumbling upon a free jazz concert. This fest is a celebration of those people; you know, the artists and creators, the visionaries, and the people that keep Detroit just weird and wonderful enough to feel like home. This second annual Sidewalk Fest is coming back full-fledged with numerous performances from local bands, DJs, artists, dance troupes, and more. Passalacqua, Detroit Party Marching Band, and Tunde Olaniran are just some of the musical performers who’ll be on hand while Pop-Up Shakespeare seems particularly intriguing. Sci-fi belly dance by Raks Geek and a 30-foot fiber art tunnel are other worthy attractions. Shows start at 3 p.m.; 17340 Lahser Rd., Detroit; sidewalkdetroit.com. Free.
According to Detroit funk-hop ensemble Feral Ground, hip-hop is not dead. Not even close. This seven-member group is forging ahead on the frontier of what they like to call “living hip-hop,” which is an organic fusion of rap stanzas, powerful vocals, electronic beats, and live-band instrumentals. Having triggered a following that resembles a close-knit family, Feral Ground feels strongly about connecting locally. Last month they held the first annual Feral Fest, complete with several Detroit DJs and bands, kegs on ice, and camping. Check out our interview with the up-and-comers on the MT music blog, and catch them this Saturday alongside fellow Michiganders Cold English, Dávila, and Spaires. Doors at 8 p.m.; 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. For more info, check out thelovingtouchferndale.com.
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.
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