Music, comedy, art and more this week in Metro Detroit

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

our picks

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 23: Singer/songwriter Erykah Badu performs during the 2016 Neighborhood Awards hosted by Steve Harvey at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Nu-Opp, Inc)


at Chene Park

Songwriter, singer, actor and activist, Erykah Badu will donate a portion of her ticket sales from this concert to help fund the testing of the backlog of untested rape kits in Detroit. 8 p.m. Fri. $41 lawn, $51-$71 pavilion. 2600 E. Atwater, Detroit. (313) 393-7128.

OABI blends craft beer, music and activities on Belle Isle.


at Bele Isle

OABI, an acronym for “Once Around Belle Isle,” is an outdoor event that blends craft beer, live bands and recreational activities like stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and surf skiing. The event also features food trucks and vendors. 10 a.m. Sat. $25 in advance, $35 day of, extra to participate in Opportunity Detroit Race or the Moosejaw Mountaineering Paddlerama. Free for kids 12 and younger. Belle Isle, Detroit. oabidetroit.com.

Gary Grimshaw


at Lincoln Park Historical Museum

The opening of an exhibit honoring the work of late artist Gary Grimshaw will be celebrated Saturday with live music, food and drink. Melvin Davis, the Belle Isles, poet M.L. Liebler and more are set to appear. The exhibit runs through January 2019. 4-7 p.m. Sat. Free. 1335 Southfield, Lincoln Park. (313) 386-3137.

big shows


Rick Springfield at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, pop/rock, 7 p.m. Thurs. $16-$95.50 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. (248) 377-0100.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium at Majestic Theatre, rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $29.50. 4140 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.


Kesha and the Creepies at Saint Andrew’s Hall, pop, 7 p.m. Fri. Sold out. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Volbeat at Masonic Temple, metal, 7 p.m. Fri. $39.75. 500 Temple, Detroit. (313) 638-2724.

Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, pop/rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $20 lawn, $29.50-$55 pavilion. 3554 Walton, Rochester. (248) 377-0100.

Snoop Dogg performs with Wiz Khalifa at the DTE Energy Music Theatre on Friday.

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa at DTE Energy Music Theatre, hip-hop, 7 p.m. Fri. $31 and up. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (248) 377-0100.

Deftones at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, metal, 7:30 p.m. Fri. $25.75 lawn, $25.75-$65.75. 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. (248) 377-0100.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront with Bret Michaels at GM Renaissance Center Riverfront, classic rock, 8 p.m. Fri. Free. 100 Renaissance Center, Detroit. gmrencen.com.

Tony Bennett at Fox Theatre, pop/jazz, 8 p.m. Fri. $41-$75. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.


Dirt Fest 2016 with Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, Hatebreed, Wilson and more at Crofoot Festival Grounds, rock/metal, noon Sat. $37, $99 VIP. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Kenny Chesney with Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen and Old Dominion at Ford Field, country, 5 p.m. Sat. $38.50-$253.50. 2000 Brush, Detroit. detroitlions.com.

Praise in the Park with the Clark Sisters at Chene Park, Gospel, 6 p.m. Sat. $16-$26. 2600 E. Atwater, Detroit. (313) 393-7128.

Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers with If Walls Could Talk and Rival Summers at Royal Oak Music Theatre, rock, 7 p.m. Sat. $15-$40. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

Flogging Molly at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, rock/punk/Irish, 7 p.m. Sat. $16 lawn, $16-$41. 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. (248) 377-0100.

Fifth Harmony with JoJo at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, pop, 7 p.m. Sat. $19.95-$79.95. 3554 Walton, Rochester. (248) 377-0100.

Josh Groban with Sarah McLachlan and Foy Vance at DTE Energy Music Theatre, pop, 7:30 p.m. Sat. $29 lawn, $34.50-$148.50 pavilion. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (248) 377-0100.


Drowning Pool, Trapt, Saliva, Alien Ant Farm, Tantric, Kaleido, Critical Bill and Downtread at Chene Park, rock/metal, 4 p.m. Sun. $10 and up. 2600 E. Atwater, Detroit. (313) 393-7128.

Toots and the Maytals with Leba at Majestic Theatre, reggae, 7 p.m. Sun. $25. 4140 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.


KISS at Dow Event Center, rock, 7:30 p.m. Mon. $39.50-$125. 303 Johnson, Saginaw. (989) 759-1320.


Blues Traveler with the Wallflowers, G. Love & Special Sauce and Howie Day at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, rock, 6 p.m. Tue. $15 lawn, 420-$55 pavilion. 3554 Walton, Rochester. (248) 377-0100.

Drake with Future at Joe Louis Arena, pop/hip-hop, 6:30 p.m. Tue. $49.50-$149.50. 19 Steve Yzerman Drive, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.


ZZ Top at DTE Energy Music Theatre, blues/rock, 7 p.m. Wed. $21 lawn, $31-$111. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (248) 377-0100.

Will Downing at Chene Park, R&B/soul, 7:30 p.m. Wed. $15 and up. 2600 E. Atwater, Detroit. (313) 393-7128.

live music


Unlimited Head in the Whitney Garden, rock, 6 p.m. Thurs. $5. 4421 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 832-5700.

Riverfront Relaxin’ with Jody Raffoul Band and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at West Riverfront Park, rock, 6-10:30 p.m. Thurs. Free. 1801 Jefferson, Detroit. detroitriverfront.org.

Jazz on the Rocks with Jerry McKenzie featuring Lori Lefevre at Community House, jazz, 6 p.m. Thurs. $49, includes cocktail and appetizers. 380 S. Bates, Birmingham. (248) 644-5832.

CbJ, Voice of Addiction, Full Monty and Smash the Jukebox at Small’s Bar, punk/rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $7. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

Jonah Baseball with Yada Yada, Duke Newcomb and Broccoli at Loving Touch, rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $8. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

Junglefowl, Border Patrol, Willa Rae & the Minor Arcana, Burn Fetish and Engine Summer at PJ’s Lager House, rock, 9 p.m. Thurs. $5. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.


The Fall of Troy at Loving Touch, rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $17. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

Uptown Friday Night Concert series with Trilogy in downtown Mount Clemens, classic rock, 7:30-9 p.m. Fri. Free. Bring a chair. Macomb Place between North Walnut and Pine, Mount Clemens. (586) 431-6788.

Captain Ivory and Fangs and Twang at the Ark, rock, 7:30 p.m. Fri. $15. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-8555.

Wasabi Dream, Shady Groves, the Cordial Sins and Remnose at PJ’s Lager House, rock, 9 p.m. Fri. $5. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

James Linck, Beblove, Tim Schumack and Lume at El Club, rock, 9 p.m. Fri. $7. 4114 W. Vernor, Detroit. elclubdetroit.com

Reo Speedealer, Against the Grain and the Highborn at Zeke’s Rock and Roll BBQ, rock/metal, 8 p.m. Fri. $12. 240 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 206-7130.

Borgeous with Justin Elemnt Taylor and Jason Klees at Elektricity, electronic music, 9:30 p.m. Fri. $15. 15 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 599-2212.


Music Fest for U.S. Veterans at VFW Post 9885, variety, noon-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $10 suggested donation, $15 weekend pass. 6640 N. Hix, Westland. musicfest4vets.org.

Detroit Duo Fest with the Messenger Birds, Tart, YUM and more at Loving Touch, pop/rock, 7 p.m. Sat. $10. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

Voyag3r with Bastardous at New Way Bar, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. 23130 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 541-9870.

Wolf and the Crane and Six and the Sevens at Cadieux Cafe, rock, 9 p.m. Sat. $5. 4300 Cadieux, Detroit. (313) 882-8560.

Read’em and Weep with Chin Tiki at Zeke’s Rock and Roll BBQ, rock, 10 p.m. Sat. $12, includes CD. 240 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 206-7130.


Ortheia Barnes Music Festival with Joe “Pep” Harris and Next Generation Funk Brothers at Charles H. Wright Museum, R&B/funk, 6 p.m. Sun. $20. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. (313) 494-5800.

Sianvar with My Iron Lung at Loving Touch, rock, 6 p.m. Sun. $12. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

Kandace Springs at Magic Bag, R&B, 8 p.m. Sun. $15. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.


Alice Bag, Leggy and Devious Ones at El Club, rock, 9 p.m. Mon. $10. 4114 W. Vernor, Detroit. elclubdetroit.com


Rich Willis & the Chillin’ Circuit at Roberts Riverwalk Hotel, jazz/R&B, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tues. $15. Fundraiser for AA 490 Challenge to test Detroit’s rape kits. 1000 River Place Drive, Detroit. (313) 550-4130.

The Rhythm Society Orchestra at Burgh Park Gazebo, big band, 7-8:30 p.m. Tues. Free. Civic Center and Berg, Southfield. (248) 796-4620.


Wild Summer Nights with Mr. Seley and the Troublemakers at Detroit Zoo, children’s music, 6:30-8 p.m. Wed. $6. 8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak. (248) 541-5717.

Omni and Luggage at El Club, post punk, 8 p.m. Wed. $10. 4114 W. Vernor, Detroit. elclubdetroit.com.

Tommy Stinson’s Cowboys in the Campfire with John Speck at Zeke’s Rock and Roll BBQ, rock, 9 p.m. Wed. $15. 240 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 206-7130.



“Morning’s at Seven” by Paul Osborn at Purple Rose Theatre, 3 and 8 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 3 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. and 3 p.m. Wed. (through Aug. 27). $14 and up. 137 Park, Chelsea. (734) 433-7673.

“Ernie” at City Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. $20-$25. 2301 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

Jeff Scheen at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 8 and 10:30 p.m. Sat. $10-$15. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

Jason Benci at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $12 in advance, $14 at the door. 212 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080.


Sean Blackman is set to perform Thursday at Grand Circus Park in Detroit.

Rhythm & Stage series with “Cultural Scrips” presented by Heritage Work swith live music from Sean Blackman at Grand Circus Park, 7-9 p.m. Thurs. Free. Woodward and E. Adams, Detroit. downtowndetroitparks.com.


Paul F. Tompkins at Magic Bag, 7 and 10 p.m. Fri. $25, early show sold out. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.

visual arts/film


Trinity International Film Festival at Carr Center, 6 p.m. Fri. and 10 a.m.-6:46 p.m. Sat. Also 2-8 p.m. Sat. at the Boll Family YMCA (1401 Broadway). $10-$15, free for 17 and younger. 311 E. Grand River, Detroit. trinityinternationalfilmfest.blogspot.com.

National Lampoon’s “Animal House” at Cinemark Movies 16, 2 and 7 p.m. Sun. and Wed. $3. 28600 Dequindre, Warren. (586) 558-8207.


Plastic Dreams: Vinyl Obsession Film Series with “Mixtress X” at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 8 p.m. Wed. $5, free for members. 4454 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 832-6622.



Ribs and R&B Festival at Hart Plaza, 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Free until 5 p.m. Fri. and until 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun., $5 after. Jefferson near Woodward, Detroit. ribsrnbjazzfest.com.

World Tournament of Historic Base Ball at Greenfield Village, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission to Greenfield Village is $26, $23.50 seniors and $19.50 ages 3-11. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. (313) 982-6001.

Summer Pottery Sale at Pewabic Pottery, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. (members only), noon-4 p.m. Sun. (public welcome). 10125 E. Jefferson, Detroit. (313) 626-2000.


Summer Bat Walks at Cranbrook Institute of Science, 8:30-9 p.m. Fridays in August. $5. 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills. (248) 645-3200.


Vibe on Main with live music, food, and more in downtown Novi, 4 p.m. Sat. Free. Main street, downtown Novi. 2stonesevents.com.

Roosevelt Park Live! at Roosevelt Park, 5 p.m. Sat. share community ideas, 8-10 p.m. Sat. performance by pianist Ivan Moshchuk. Michigan between 14th and 16th streets, Detroit. (248) 561-1174.

Detroit Derby Girls vs. Ohio Roller Derby at Canfield Arena, 5 p.m. Sat. $15 in advance, $18 day of. 2100 Kinloch, Dearborn Heights. detroitderbygirls.com.


Sunset at the Scott to raise funds for the Scott Fountain Pewabic Tile Fund with entertainment, food and drinks at Scott Fountain, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wed. $50-$250 in advance, $65 at the door. Fountain Drive, Belle Isle, Detroit. belleisleconservancy.org/sunset2016.