Entertainment Calendar: Things to do this week

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

our picks


at Bona Sera Underground

An annual fundraiser for educational nonprofit 826michigan, this event is a showcase of southeastern Michigan’s indie rock and folk talent pool. Friday’s headliners are Kickstand Band, Human Skull, Best Exes and Ypsi’s own Matt Jones and the Reconstruction. On Saturday hear Anna Burch, Loose Koozies, Louis Picasso and more. The weekend rounds out on Sunday with a New Year’s Eve dance party after a musical line up that includes Minihorse, Tanager, Jim Roll, Matthew Milia and more. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sun. $10 donation each night. 200 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti. mittenfest.org.


at Majestic Complex

An annual holiday bash featuring Metro Detroit and the region’s top punk, metal, rock and indie bands on various stages throughout the Magic Stick, Garden Bowl, Majestic Theatre and Majestic Cafe. This year’s headliners include the Suicide Machines, Negative Approach, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Mustard Plug, Iron Regan, Koffin Kats and more. 6 p.m. Sat. $25. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.


at Beacon Park

This year, Downtown Detroit’s big New Year’s Eve bash has moved from Campus Martius to Beacon Park. There’s a kids’ drop at 6:30 p.m. Sun. and the real thing at midnight. The party includes musical entertainers including Martha Reeves performing “Dancing in the Street,” plus free activities and games. It’s free to enter the park, with VIP access available for $60 and up. 1903 Grand River, Detroit. Visit MotownCountdown.com or DetroitNYECelebration.com for details.

big shows


WJLB’s Big Show 2017 with Chris Brown, Jeezy, Tee Grizzley, NF and Trick Trick at Little Caesars Arena, hip-hop, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $56 and up. 2645 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

Chris Tucker at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, comedy, 8 p.m. Thurs. $70 and up. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 309-4700.


Greta Van Fleet at Saint Andrew’s Hall, rock, 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. Sold out, resale tickets available. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Pretty Lights Live at Fillmore Detroit, electronic, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. $39.50 and up. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5451.


Rick Springfield at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $47 and up. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 309-4700.

Murder By Death with Frontier Ruckus at Magic Stick, rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $20 in advance, $25 day of. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.


D.L. Hughley at Detroit Opera House, comedy, 8 p.m. Sat. $59.50. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-7464.

The Whispers at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, R&B, 8 p.m. Sat. $65 and up. 7069 E. 14 Mile, Warren. (586) 268-3200.


Rock Ross with YFN Lucci and Money Man at Masonic Temple, hip-hop, 8 p.m. Sun. $59. 500 Temple, Detroit. (313) 638-2724.

Sky Ferreira and Iceage with John FM, MGUN, Werewolf Jones, Jock Club and 2Lanes at El Club, pop/electronic, 8 p.m. Sun. $20-$125. 4114 W. Vernor, Detroit. (313) 436-1793.

New Year’s Eve Explosion with Raheem DeVaughn, Chrisette Michele and Lyfe Jennings at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, R&B, 9 p.m. Sun. $60 and up. 350 Madison, Detroit. (313) 887-8500.

live music


Stephen Boegehold Trio at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 8 p.m. Thurs. No cover. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

Zander Michigan with Joe Jaber, Remnose and Greg Blucher at Loving Touch, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $10. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

Seth Glier with Bashville at the Ark, singer/songwriter, 8 p.m. Thurs. $20. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.


Dogleg with Doozies, Welman and Grey Matter at Pike Room, rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $10. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Ryan Dillaha & the Miracle Men, John Holk & the Sequins and the Black Tie Circus at PJ’s Lager House, rock/Americana, 8 p.m. Fri. $7. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Toronzo Cannon at Callahan’s Music Hall, blues, 8 p.m. Fri. $20-$25. 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. (248) 858-9508.

The Vincent A. Chander Collective at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 9 p.m. Fri. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.


Brother Son with My Girlfriend Beru and Legume at El Club, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $10. 4114 W. Vernor, Detroit. (313) 436-1793.

Mike Leslie Band with the Lows, Gasoline Gypsies and Katelynn Corll at Loving Touch, rock, 7 p.m. Sat. $7. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

The Rockets at Token Lounge, rock, 7 p.m. Sat. $10-$30. 28949 Joy, Westland. (734) 513-5030.

Craig Brown Band, Royal Sweets and the Stomp Rockets at Small’s Bar, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $10. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

50th anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” with Brother Joscephus and Cetan Clawson at Blind Pig, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $15. 208 S. First, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-8555.


Joel Rydecki Band and Ben Sharkey at AXIS Lounge at MGM Grand Detroit, jazz, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Sun. No cover. 1777 Third, Detroit. (877) 888-2121.

BloodStone, Uzi Suicide, Little Liars and Joe Fabulous at Token Lounge, rock (tribute bands), 6 p.m. Sun. $10-$15. 28949 Joy, Westland. (734) 513-5030.

Elvis Impersonator Sherman Arnold & the Interstate Band at Livonia American Legion Post 32, pop/rock, 6 p.m. Sun. $25 (includes dinner and show). 9318 Newburgh, Livonia. (734) 427-5630.

Legends Live Tribute Show with Trisha Yearwood, Blake Shelton, Bobby Vinton, George Michael and other impersonators at Bently Banquet and Conference Center, pop/rock/country, 7 p.m. Sun. $85 (includes buffet dinner, beer/wine and show). 646 Biddle, Wyandotte. (734) 282-1257 or (734) 285-4044.

Timmy’s Organism with Tin Foil and Djs Nai Sammon and Jimbo Easter at Outer Limits Lounge, punk, 8 p.m. Sun. $5. 5507 Caniff, Detroit. facebook.com/outerlimitsdetroit.

Deadicated at Loving Touch, Grateful Dead tribute, 8 p.m. Sun. $15. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

The Mega 80s at Magic Bag, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Sun. $35. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.

Rockin’ Blues NYE with Big Al Blues Band with Benny Reeves at Callahan’s Music Hall, blues, 8 p.m. Sun. $50 (includes dinner and show). 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. (248) 858-9508.

Mittenfest with Minihorse, Tanager, Jim Roll, Matthew Milia and more at Bona Sera Underground, indie rock, 8 p.m. Sun. $10 donation to 826michigan. 200 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti. (734) 340-6335.

Rod Stewart Tribute Show with Danny D at Younger’s Irish Tavern, rock, 8 p.m. Sun. $30. 120 S. Main, Romeo. (586) 752-44400.

Tart, the Stools and Junglefowl at Kelly’s Bar, rock, 9 p.m. Sun. $5. 2403 Holbrook, Hamtramck. (313) 872-0387.

Lament, Augres, the Strains and Dos Purple Dice at New Dodge Lounge, rock/metal/punk, 9 p.m. Sun. $10. 8850 Jos Campau, Hamtramck. (313) 874-5963.

Theatre Bizarre Orchestra at Otus Supply, variety, 9 p.m. Sun. $25-$85. 345 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 291-6160.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs the music of Michael Jackson at Orchestra Hall at the Max, pop, 10 p.m. Sun. $50 and up. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.


Kayvon Gordon Quintet at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 8 p.m. Wed. No cover. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.



Bad Boy Bill at Grasshopper Underground, 9 p.m. Fri. $15. 22757 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 298-0330.


Doctor P at Saint Andrew’s Hall, 8 p.m. Sat. $25. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.


Jerk X Jollof at Saint Andrew’s Hall, 8 p.m. Sun. $25, $65 VIP with drinks and food. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Blunts and Blondes with Bandlez and more at Majestic Complex, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. $10-$30. 4140 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

HotBoi Records Showcase with Option 4 and more at Grasshopper Underground, 9 p.m. Sun. $10. 22757 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 298-0330.



Keith Alberstadt at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 7:15 p.m. Fri., 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sat. and 7 and 10:30 p.m. Sun. $10-$18, $27.50 on Sunday. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

Al Jackson at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 8 p.m. Thurs. and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $10-$16. 212 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080.


Motor City Choreography Collective at the Crofoot Ballroom, 7:30 p.m. Fri. $13 in advance, $16 at the door. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.


“The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year” murder mystery at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 6-9 p.m. Sun. $75 (includes family-style dinner). 2089 W. Big Beaver, Troy. (248) 205-1060 or Eventbrite.com.

The Detroit Circus at Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 7 p.m. Sun. $22. 50400 Cherry Hill, Canton. (734) 394-5300 or cantonvillagetheater.org.

New Year’s Eve Showdowns at Go! Comedy Improv Theatre, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Sun. $35 and up. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 327-0575.

Dave Landau at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Sun. $25-$30. 212 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080.

visaul arts/film


Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation at Magic Bag, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. $7. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.

more new year’s eve events


Vintage House Banquets and Catering: Strolling appetizers, sit-down dinner and late night snack, plus premium bar, party favors, photo booth and more. 7 p.m.-3 a.m. $80, $40 after 11 p.m. 31816 Utica, Fraser. (586) 415-5678 or vintagebanquetsandcatering.com.

Rockin’ NYE at Downtown Wyandotte: The party starts at 6 p.m. with live bands, food trucks and bars in the streets, plus a DJ in a 7,000-square-foot heated tent. Family-friendly ball drop at 9 p.m. and the real thing at midnight. Free, or $55 for VIP which includes buffet dinner at Whiskeys on the Water. Biddle and Maple, Downtown Wyandotte. facebook.com/DowntownWyandotte.

Resolutions Ball at Fillmore Detroit: This annual event has DJ, dancers, strolling entertainment, a champagne reception, party favors, balloon drop, confetti storm and a live feed of the Time Square ball drop in New York City. Doors open at 8 p.m. $80-$125. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5451.

David Whitney Building: This iconic building’s atrium will be transformed into a lounge with champagne toast, balloon drop, party favors, DJs, food and a live streaming of the D Drop. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $100. 1 Park, Detroit. Eventbrite.com.

Prestige NYE at Italian American Cultural Society Banquet and Conference Center: Tickets include 12 drinks at the premium bar, a champagne toast at midnight, late night pizza and party favors, plus dancing to DJs. 9:30 p.m. $40 and up. 43843 Romeo Plank, Clinton Township. Neptix.com.

Cliff Bell’s: Five course dinner and live music with the Jeff Cuny Trio until 9:30 p.m., followed by Planet D Nonet at 10 p.m. $100, or $25 for standing-room-only tickets for after 10:30 p.m. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille: For its final service before permanently closing, this downtown restaurant will throw a party that includes a buffet dinner, two cocktails, champagne toast and DJ. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $95 per person. Reservations required. 2203 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-3500.

The Peterboro: Tickets include passed appetizers, three drinks, party favors and champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m-2:30 a.m. $60. 420 Peterboro, Detroit. Eventbrite.com.

Prime + Proper: A special chef’s menu starts at 8:30 p.m. with caviar, stone crabs and specialty steaks, including a unique 32 ounce Tomahawk steak dry-aged for 45 days with a Manhattan cocktail spray. Champagne toast at midnight. 8:30 p.m. Guests must spend a minimum of $150 for reservations made after 8:30 p.m. 1145 Griswold, Detroit. (313) 636-3100.

Punch Bowl Social: This bar, restaurant and bowling alley is hosting an ’80s themed neon party with DJ and champagne at midnight. Decade-appropriate costumes are encouraged. 9 p.m. $10 cover. Reservations accepted. 1331 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 749-9738.

The Root Restaurant & Bar: A special a la carte menu with lobster bisque, seared foie gras, scallop and truffle risotto, filet mignon and more, plus prohibition-era cocktails. 4-10 p.m. Reservations recommended. 340 Town Center, White Lake. (248) 698-2400.

Townhouse Detroit: Party under the stars in this restaurant’s atrium. A DJ will spin while guests munch on a menu of sliders, tuna poke tacos and truffle fries starting at 10 p.m. The $125 tickets include three drinks and passed bites until 1 a.m. 500 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 723-1000.

Wright & Company: A New Orleans-style celebration with party favors, champagne toast at midnight and passed small plates like smoked sausage, mini shrimp po’ boys, succotash, crawfish beignet and more. Tickets include three drinks. 9 p.m. $120. 1500 Woodward, Floor 2, Detroit. Eventbrite.com.

Twisted Eve at the Crofoot: DJs, performers, champagne fountain, food and more 9 p.m. $30 general, $50 VIP. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Compiled by Melody Baetens