our picks


at the Roostertail

This Motown legend is celebrating her 76th birthday and the 55th anniversary of her first performance at the Roostertail. 7 p.m. Thurs. $50-$100. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 100 Marquette, Detroit.


at West Riverfront Park.

Dozens of electronic music acts are scheduled to keep the party going during this three day event that also includes yoga, art and food. Terrence Parker, Stacey Hale, DJ Mother Cyborg, John Johr, DJ Godfather, Delano Smith and many other are set to appear. Fri.-Sun. $40 and up. W. Jefferson at Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit.


at Detroit Artist Village

More than 40 artists explore themes of radical momentum with installations and performances in the area surrounding the Detroit Artist Village in the Brightmoor neighborhood. 7-10 p.m. Fri. and 3-10 p.m. Sat. Free. 17336 Lahser, Detroit.


at Detroit Institute of Arts

Photographs by Detroit native Jenny Risher are the star of the latest DIA exhibit and highlight the history of Detroit’s hip-hop scene. The 80-piece exhibit features more than 230 rappers, producers, emcees, DJs and promoters. The exhibit opens Friday with special programming on Friday and Saturday. Museum admission is free for tri-county residents. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-7900.


at Elizabeth Park

This popular and free outdoor jazz festival returns with two days of live music. Headliners are Michael Franks at 7:30 p.m. Saturday following sets by Shelby Brown, Project Grand Slam, Jackiem Joyner and Tim Bowman. Rachelle Ferrell is the main attraction at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. John Smith and DA’JA, Dave McMurray, Lindsey Webster and Alexander Zonjic with Peter White also perform Sunday. Park opens at 10 a.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission is free and there is a $5 suggested donation for parking. 4461 Elizabeth, Trenton.

big shows


89X Birthday Bash with Young the Giant at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, rock, 7 p.m. Thurs. $20 lawn, $25-$49.50 pavilion. 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. (248) 377-0100.

Goo Goo Dolls with Phillip Phillips at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, pop/rock, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $25 lawn, $49.50-$99.50 pavilion. 3554 Walton, Rochester Hills. (248) 377-0100.

Billy Raffoul at Magic Bag, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $8. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.


Jay’s ’80s Summer Bash with Howard Jones, English Beat, Men Without Hats, Modern English, Paul Young and Katrina at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, pop/rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $25 lawn, $35-$99.50 pavilion. 3554 Walton, Rochester Hills. (248) 377-0100.

DigiTour with Tyler Brown, Justin Blake and more at Crofoot Ballroom, pop, 5:30 p.m. Fri. $25. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Dawes at Majestic Theatre, rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $25. 4140 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Lyle Lovett at Michigan Theater, country, 8 p.m. Fri. $49.50 and up. 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. (734) 668-8397.


Fastball at Saint Andrew’s Hall, rock, 7 p.m. Sat. $20 and up. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

R. Kelly at Chene Park, R&B, 8 p.m. Sat. $51 and up. 2600 Atwater, Detroit. (313) 393-7128.


Danny Gokey at Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts, pop/Christian, 7 p.m. Sun. $24.50 and up. 12 N. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 309-6448.

Fleet Foxes at Masonic Temple, rock, 7 p.m. Sun. $40.50 and up. 500 Temple, Detroit. (313) 638-2724.

I Love the ’90s Tour with TLC, Color Me Badd, All 4 One, Biz Markie, C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams and SNAP at DTE Energy Music Theatre, pop/hip-hop, 7:30 p.m. Sun. $27.50 lawn, $37.50-$87.50 pavilion. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (248) 377-0100.


James Taylor and His All-Star Band with Bonnie Raitt & Her Band at DTE Energy Music Theatre, folk/country, 6 p.m. Tues. $26 lawn, $46-$130.50 pavilion. 7774 Sashbaw, Clarkston. (248) 377-0100.

Better Than Ezra at Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts, rock, 7:30 p.m. Tues. $34.50. 12 N. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 309-6448.


Shalamar with Howard Hewett and Christopher Williams at Chene Park, R&B, 7:30 p.m. Wed. $15 and up. 2600 Atwater, Detroit. (313) 393-7128.

Santana at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, rock/Latin, 7:30 p.m. Wed. $30 lawn, $45-$79.50 pavilion. 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. (248) 377-0100.

Pentatonix with Us the Duo at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, 8 p.m. Wed. $25 lawn, $49.50-$125 pavilion. 3554 Walton, Rochester Hills. (248) 377-0100.

live music


Unlimited Head at Whitney Garden Party, rock, 6:30 p.m. Thurs. $5. 4421 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 832-5700.

Stark Buffalo, Holly Bernt Band and Picnic at Loving Touch, rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $5. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.


Stories Untold, If Walls Could Talk, Lilac Lungs, Here We Harbour and Novara at Magic Stick, pop/punk, 6:30 p.m. Fri. $12. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Canton Color Block Jazz Concert Series with Ron Otis at Heritage Park, jazz, 7-9 p.m. Fri. Free. 1150 S. Canton Center Road, Canton.

The Dropout, SKYrise and High School Sweetheart at El Club, rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $10. 4114 W. Vernor, Detroit. (313) 436-1793.

Virginia Violet and the Rays, Empty House and Rah the Son at Ant Hall, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $5. 2320 Caniff, Hamtramck.

Ricky Rat Birthday Bash with the Stomp Rockets at Small’s, rock, 9 p.m. Fri. $5. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

Royal Sweets with Bell Isles at Majestic Cafe, rock, 10 p.m. Fri. No cover. 4120 Woodard, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.


Girls Rock Detroit Camp Showcase at the Majestic, pop/rock, noon-4 p.m. Sat. $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 for kids (suggested donation). 4140 Woodward, Detroit.

Rockin’ Under the Stars with Audrey Ray and Power Play at Multi-Lakes Conservation Association, country/rock, 6:15 p.m. Sat. $5. 3860 Newton, Commerce Charter Township. (248) 624-2826.

Declan McKenna at Magic Stick, pop/rock, 7 p.m. Sat. $16. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

The Scrappers, Drinkard Sisters and Doop and the Inside Outlaws at PJ’s Lager House, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $7. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

The Messenger Birds single release party with Lung, Red Stone Souls, Those Hounds and End of the Ocean at Loving Touch, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $5. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

Jennifer Knapp at Trinity House Theatre, country, 8 p.m. Sat. $17-$20. 38840 W. Six Mile, Livonia. (734) 464-6302.

Detroit All-Star Garage Rock Punk Revue with Inside Out, the Plugs, Snake Out, 3D Invisibles and more at Tangent Gallery, rock, 9 p.m. Sat. $10. 715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit. (313) 873-2955.


Junk Food Junkies record release party at Kelly’s Bar, punk/rock, 6 p.m. Sun. $5. 2403 Holbrook, Hamtramck. (313) 872-0387.


Slothrust with Tancred at Pike Room, rock, 8 p.m. Mon. $13 in advance, $15 at the door. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.


Marty Friedman at Diesel Concert Lounge, rock, 7 p.m. Wed. $20 in advance, $23 at the door. 33141 23 Mile, Chesterfield Township. (586) 933-3503.

Skerryvore at the Ark, Scottish pop/rock, 7:30 p.m. Wed. $22. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.



“Hockey — the Musical!” at City Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 3 and 8 p.m. Sat. and 3 p.m. Sun. $39.50. 2301 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

David Dyer at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 7:15 p.m. Fri. and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sat. $10-$18. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

Peanut Gallery Players perform “Beauty and the Beast” at Meadow Brook Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. and 2 p.m. Sat. $15, $12 seniors and students. 378 Meadow Brook Road, Rochester. (248) 885-5129.

Raanan Hershberg at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $14 in advance, $16 at the door. 212 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080.


Tony Hinchcliffe at Magic Bag, 8 p.m. Fri. $20. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.


The Improv Project with Planet Ant’s Home Team and members of the 313 improv groups at Marlene Boll Theatre, 7 p.m. Wed. $15. 1401 Broadway, Detroit.



Buy Michigan Now Festival in Downtown Northville, 4-9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free. Downtown Northville.

Belle Isle Art Fair at Scott Fountain, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free. Belle Isle, Detroit.


Cardboard Boat Race at Summit on the Park Aquatic Center, 9:30 a.m. Sat. $10-$20. 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton.

Faygo Movie Night in the D with “Moana” and kids treasure hunt adventure at Campus Martius, 6 p.m. Sat., film starts at 8 p.m. Free. 800 Woodward, Detroit.

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