Music, festivals and more this week in Metro Detroit

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

our picks

DSO, United States Army Field Band and more are expected to perform for the Salute to America event.


at The Henry Ford

A local tradition with patriotic music, warm breezes (hopefully) and fireworks. Hear the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the United States Army Field Band, Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus perform tunes perfect for the Fourth of July holiday. The concerts ends with the DSO’s execution of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with cannon fire and fireworks. 8:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. $25, $15.50 ages 3-11. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. (313) 982-6001.

Tommy Shaw and the rest of Styx is one of the numerous acts at this year’s Stars and Stripes Festival on Friday.


at Freedom Hill County Park

With a carnival, art fair, BMX show, petting zoo, pig racing and concerts, this four-day party has something for everyone. Musical highlights are Styx on Friday, Uncle Kracker on Saturday and Seether on Sunday. Fireworks show is 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Thurs.-Sun. Free admission. 14900 Metro Parkway, Sterling Heights.

Stand-up comedian Josh Adams kicks off the Colors at Night entertainment series starting Thursday at the downtown Detroit restaurant.


at Colors Restaurant

Previously only open for lunch, this downtown restaurant debuts a new dinner menu Thursday. Starting this week dinner will be served Thursdays-Saturdays. The farm-to-table restaurant also launched an entertainment series Thursday and Friday evenings. Thursday check out Detroit-based stand up comedian Josh Adams. Colors runs a front-of-house training program to give local folks with only entry-level skills a chance to learn the restaurant business and be placed in jobs in local restaurants, including Colors. 8 p.m. Thurs. 311 E. Grand River, Detroit. (313) 496-1212.

big shows


Sting and Peter Gabriel at The Palace of Auburn Hills, rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $48-$253. 6 Championship, Auburn Hills. (248) 377-0100.

Sting and Peter Gabriel perform at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday.


Sinbad at MGM Grand Detroit Events Center, comedy, 8 p.m. Fri. $49.50-$69.50. 1777 Third, Detroit. (800) 653-8000.

Nelly with Keyshia Cole at Chene Park, hip-hop/pop, 8 p.m. Fri. $41 lawn, $51-$100 pavilion. 2600 Atwater, Detroit. (313) 393-7128.

Nelly and Keyshia Cole take the stage Friday night at Chene Park.


Lil’ Boosie at Chene Park, hip-hop, 7 p.m. Sat. $45 lawn, $55-$105. 2600 Atwater, Detroit. (313) 393-7128.

Zac Brown with Drake White and the Big Fire at DTE Energy Music Theatre, country, 7 p.m. Sat. $28.50-$75.50. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (248) 377-0100.

Wayne “the Train” Hancock and Dale Wilson at Majestic Cafe, country/swing, 8 p.m. Sat. $20 advance. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 883-9700.


Brand New and Modest Mouse at DTE Energy Music Theatre, pop/rock, 7:15 p.m. Sun. $21 lawn, $31-$56. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (248) 377-0100.


Dweezil Zappa at Royal Oak Music Theatre, rock, 7 p.m. Tues. $35-$75. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.


Ready for the World and Surface at Chene Park, jazz, 7:30 p.m. Wed. $15 lawn, $20-$36. 2600 Atwater, Detroit. (313) 393-7128.

live music


Corktown Strut live music and art events at Corktown venues, variety, Fri.-Sun. $8 and up.


Sean Blackman’s In Transit Detroit at Garden Theatre, world music, 7 p.m. Thurs. $15-$25. 3929 Woodward, Detroit.

Atlas Jazz with Anna Givens at Heritage Park, jazz, 7 p.m. Thurs. Free. 28600 11 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 871-2500.

Strangers You Know at Pike Room, rock, 7 p.m. Thurs. $12 day of. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Bruce in the U.S.A. at the Ark, rock, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $22. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

The Stargazer Lilies with Rouge Satellites and Raying at Majestic Cafe, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $8. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Charles and Gwen Scales at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, jazz, 8 p.m. Thurs. $10. 20510 Livernois, Detroit. (313) 345-6300.

Aviva, Paco Higdon and Battersby Takes Bronze at Loving Touch, rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $5. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.


The Hot Sardines at 3Fifty Terrace at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, jazz/brass, 6 and 8 p.m. Fri. $20. 350 Madison, Detroit. (313) 887-8501.

Shapes & Colors with Mountclair, Nothing Gold and the Social Bandits at Pike Room, rock, 6:30 p.m. Fri. $10 advance. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

City Mouse, Smash the Jukebox and DJ Dougie Tangent at Garden Bowl, punk, 8 p.m. Fri. No cover. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

David Bazan with Laura Gibson at Loving Touch, rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $12. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

Lovely Socialite and Ornâmatik at Kerrytown Concert House, jazz/funk, 8 p.m. Fri. $10-$25, $5 student. 415 N. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 769-2999.


Boy & Bear at Shelter, indie folk/rock, 7 p.m. Sat. $18. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Oxymorrons at Pike Room, hip-hop/rock, 7 p.m. Sat. $10. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Seth Bernard and Friends album release concert at the Ark, folk/rock, 7:30 p.m. Sat. $20. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

The Good Things at Loving Touch, indie rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $5. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

Wasabi Dream, the Reissues and 3FT at Old Miami, experimental/jazz/pop, 9 p.m. Sat. $5. 3930 Cass, Detroit. (313) 831-3830.

The Curtis Taylor Quartet at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 9:30 p.m. Sat. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.


Jarrod Champion at Cliff Bell’s, pop/rock/folk, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. No cover. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

Battlecross at Token Lounge, metal, 6 p.m. Sun. $15. 28949 Joy, Westland. (734) 513-5030.

Big Business with Andy the Doorbum and Bastardous at Loving Touch, punk/rock, 8 p.m. Sun. $12. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.


Rock and Roll Barbecue with Best Exes, Electric Wiccans, Double Winter, Colorwheel, Fake Surfiers and more at Nancy Whiskey’s, rock, 2 p.m. Mon. $10. 2644 Harrison, Detroit. (313) 962-4247.


The Marcus Elliot Quartet at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 8 p.m. Tues. No cover. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.


Wild Summer Nights with the Sun Messengers at Detroit Zoo, R&B/Motown, 6:30-8 p.m Wed. $6, free for zoo members. 8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak. (248) 541-5717.

Matt the Electrician at the Ark, Americana, 7:30 p.m. Wed. $15. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

The Lemon Twigs at Loving Touch, rock, 8 p.m. Wed. $10. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.



Industrial is Not Dead at Small’s Bar, 9 p.m. Fri. $3 cover after 10 p.m. 103339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.


IndepenDANCE waterfront party with 10 DJs at Brownies on the Lake, 8 p.m. Sun. $15-$25. 24214 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores. Call (248) 671-4151 to reserve a boat slip.



Leslie Ann Thompson at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. $10-$15. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

Andy Beningo at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $11 in advance, $13 at the door. 212 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080.


Comedy Night with Brett Mercer, Bruce Pych, Laura Witkowski and Joshua Adams at Cellarmen’s, 8 p.m. Sat. $5. 24310 John R, Hazel Park. (586) 413-4206.

visual arts/film


“Detroit’s Music...Jazz!” art exhibit unveiling with live music at Beatrice Buck Paradise Valley Park, 4 p.m. Thurs. Located across from Carr Center, 311 N. Grand River, Detroit. (313) 965-8430.


“Splatter Brains and Poster People” a retrospective featuring artwork by Timmy Lampinen at Hatch Art, 6-10 p.m. Sat. artist reception, runs through July 30. 3456 Evaline, Hamtramck. (313) 346-5465.


“Guest of Honor: Gallery of the Louvre” at Detroit Institute of Arts, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. (through Sept. 18). Free for tri-county residents. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-7900.



Recently reopened Bat Zone at Cranbrook Institute of Science, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and noon-4 p.m. Sun. $5, $4 members, plus museum admission. 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills.