our picks


in Midtown Detroit

This free, world music and diversity event has been going strong for 26 years. All performances are free. A Thursday night forum on community, culture and race with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn has already reached capacity via RSVPs, but there are plenty of indoor and outdoor events in Midtown Detroit that are part of the Concert of Colors, such as free admission to the Michigan Science center 3-5 p.m. Friday. Here are some other highlights:

Farnsworth and Brush Stage

Rashard ‘Shardy’ Miles, 5:30 p.m. Fri.

Spoken Word: State Violence, Trauma & Healing: Phoenix Pharaoh, 6 p.m. Fri.

The Gwen Laster Quintet: A Tribute to Geri Allen, 7 p.m. Fri.

Mayaeni, 9 p.m. Fri.

James Carter Organ Trio, 9:30 p.m. Fri.

Toyota Engineering Theater at Michigan Science Center

2018 Detroit Youth Poetry Slam Team, 4:30 p.m. Fri.

Orchestra Hall at Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward)

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, 3 p.m. Sat.

RAM, 5:30 p.m. Sat.

Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue: Detroit Rocks!, 8 p.m. Sat.

Sean Blackman’s In Transit Global Review, 3 p.m. Sun.

Transglobal Underground, 5:30 p.m. Sun.

Buffy Sainte-Marie, 8 p.m. Sun.

The Cube at the Max (3711 Woodward)

Detroit Community Yoga with Salar Ansari, 4:30 p.m. Sat.

Mohsen Namjoo, 7 p.m. Sat.

El Conjunto Nueva Ola (ECNO), 9:30 p.m. Sat.

Sin Paredes: #Resistencia, 4:30 p.m. Sun.

jessica Care moore, 7 p.m. Sun.

Tunde Olaniran, 9:30 p.m. Sun.

Wolverine Outdoor Stage (3663 Woodward)

SumKali, 1 p.m. Sat.

Denise Davis + the Motor City Sensations, 2:30 p.m. Sat.

Alberto Nacif + Aguankó, 4 p.m. Sat.

The Blueflowers, 5:30 p.m. Sat.

Kevin Christian, 8:30 p.m. Sat.

Sincerely, 1 p.m. Sun.

Obie King + The Reinforcements, 2:30 p.m. Sun.

The Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet, 4 p.m. Sun.

Harper and Midwest Kind, 5:30 p.m. Sun.

Sean Dobbins, 7 p.m. Sun.

Kulture, 8:30 p.m. Sun.

Kresge Court at DIA (5200 Woodward)

Songwriter Showcase with Jere Stormer and Ken Marten and more 3-6:45 p.m. Sat. and Sun.

Scarab Club (217 Farnsworth)

Dance Class with Iyawo Folkloric Dance Theater, 1 p.m. Sun.

Detroit Film Theatre (5200 Woodward)

Film: “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” 4:30 p.m. Sun.

Visit or call (313) 582-2266 for details.


in Downtown Wyandotte

More than 200,000 people are expected to visit downtown Wyandotte for this 57th annual event that blends functional artwork, fine art, crafters, live music, food and more. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. through Saturday. Free admission. Downtown Wyandotte. (734) 324-4502.


at Schoolcraft College

A day of free jazz concerts featuring musicians from around Metro Detroit. Noon-9 p.m. Sun. Free. 18600 Haggerty, Livonia. (734) 462-4403 or

big shows


The Faceless and more at Harpos, metal, 6 p.m. Thurs. $20. 14238 Harper, Detroit. (313) 824-1700.


Journey and Def Leppard with the Pretenders at Comerica Park, rock, 6 p.m. Fri. $39.50 and up. 2100 Woodward, Detroit.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront with Vince Neil at GM Renaissance Center, rock/metal, 7:30 p.m. Fri. Free. Atwater near Beaubien, Detroit.

Weezer and Pixies at DTE Energy Music Theatre, rock, 7:30 p.m. Fri. $25 and up. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (313) 471-7000.

Michael Che at Royal Oak Music Theatre, comedy, 8 p.m. Fri. $25 and up. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

Slum Village at Saint Andrew’s Hall, hip-hop, 8:30 p.m. Fri. $20. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Barry Manilow at Caesars Windsor, pop, 9 p.m. Fri. $55 Canadian and up. 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor. (800) 991-7777.


Rock the Roots tour with Sublime with Rome, Lupe Fiasco, New Politics, Collie Buddz and the Original Wailers at Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, rock/hip-hop/reggae, 2 p.m. Sat. $45 and up. 799 N. Hewitt, Ypsilanti.

Walter Trout with Gary Hoey and Lace Lopez at Wildwood Amphitheater, blues/rock, 7 p.m. Sat. $35-$45. 2700 Joslyn Court, Lake Orion.

Zac Brown Band with OneRepublic and Nahko and Medicine for the People at Comerica Park, country, 6:30 p.m. Sat. $39.50 and up. 2100 Woodward, Detroit.

Panic! at the Disco with A R I Z O N A and Hayley Kiyoko at Little Caesars Arena, rock, 7 p.m. Sat. $29.75 and up. 2645 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-7000.

Barenaked Ladies with Better Than Ezra and KT Tunstall at DTE Energy Music Theatre, pop/rock, 7 p.m. Sat. $25 and up. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (313) 471-7000.

The Legends of Motown starring the Temptations and the Four Tops with the Stylistics at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, 7:30 p.m. Sat. $20.50 and up. 14900 Metro Parkway, Sterling Heights. (313) 471-7000.

Kingdom Hearts Orchestra at Fisher Theatre, video games/Disney, 8 p.m. Sat. $59 and up. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. (313) 872-1000.

Patti LaBelle and Babyface at Chene Park, R&B, 8 p.m. Sat. $44 and up. 2600 Atwater, Detroit. (313) 393-7128.

Junior Brown at the Ark, country/rockabilly, 8 p.m. Sat. $25. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.


David Cross at Royal Oak Music Theatre, comedy, 7 p.m. Sun. $34.99 and up. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

Foreigner, Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zepplin Evening at DTE Energy Music Theatre, classic rock, 7 p.m. Sun. $20 and up. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (313) 471-7000.


Kesha and Macklemore at DTE Energy Music Theatre, pop/hip-hop, 7 p.m. Wed. $30.50 and up. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (313) 471-7000.

Boney James at Chene Park, jazz, 7:30 p.m. Wed. $15 and up. 2600 Atwater, Detroit. (313) 393-7128.

live music


Dwight Adams at Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, jazz, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. $15 for weekend sets. 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. (313) 882-5299.

Disturb’N the Peace Fest at Hot Rock Sports Bar & Music Cafe, rock, 6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 24300 Hoover, Warren.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, classical, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $25 and up, $5 parking. 1100 Lakeshore Dr., St. Clair Shores. (313) 576-5111 or


Warped Tour Battle of the Bands Night 2 at Saint Andrew’s Hall, rock/punk, 6 p.m. Thurs. $10. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

The James Russell Project at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 8 p.m. Thurs. No cover. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.


Konrad Lee at Mudgie’s Deli & Wine Shop, lounge singer, 6-9 pm. Fri. No cover. 1413 Brooklyn, Detroit. (313) 961-2000.

Grayling record release party with Hoaries, Steve Harvey Oswold and DJ Shawn Addison at Small’s Bar, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $10. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck.

Palaces and Primer at Outer Limits Lounge, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $5-$7. 5507 Caniff, Detroit. (313) 826-0456.

Spaceskull, All the Wild Children and Sros Lords at Trixie’s Bar, rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $5. 2656 Carpenter, Hamtramck. (313) 316-5376.

Class of ’98 at Magic Bag, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $5. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.

Shindig Machine, Chin Tiki, Bruised Reed, Paul Samotis and Jake Web at Brass Monkey Bar, rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $7. 1519 Oak, Wyandotte. (734) 796-2728.

Haley Heynderickx at the Ark, singer/songwriter, 8 p.m. Fri. $15. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

Ska Night with the Dirty Notion, the Dekkers and Patios Six at Thomas Magee’s, ska, 9 p.m. Fri. No cover. 1408 E. Fisher, Detroit. (313) 263-4342.

JC and the Royal Keys at Cliff Bell’s, jump blues/rock, 9 p.m. Fri. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.


Paddle to the Symphony with Michigan Philharmonic at Kensington Metropark, classical, 6 p.m. Sat. $30 with canoe/kayak rental, $15 if you bring your own. 4570 Huron River, Milford. Register by Friday at

Phillip-Michael Scales at the Underground at DIME, singer/songwriter, 7 p.m. Sat. $8. 1265 Griswold, Detroit. (313) 223-1600.

Brother Son, Early Eyes, Five Pound Snap and Lvrboy at El Club, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $10. 4114 W. Vernor, Detroit. (313) 436-1793.

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

Bubak EP release show with 1000 Yard Stare, Wizard Union and Electric Huldra at W. Cross Station Bar and Grille, rock/metal, 9:30 p.m. Sat. $5. 517 W. Cross, Ypsilanti. (734) 340-2694.


The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus at Shelter, rock, 7 p.m. Sun. $18. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Dog Party, Lily Livers, Black Note Graffiti, Bathroom of the Future and Heroes of Charlotte at PJ’s Lager House, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Sun. $7. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.


Jazz on the Avenue with Beth Griffith Manley at Dearborn City Hall Park, jazz, 7-9 p.m. Wed. Free. 13615 Michigan, Dearborn. (313) 943-3141.

Telekinetic Yeti, Temple of the Fuzz Witch and Trigger at El Club, rock, 7:30 p.m. Wed. $10. 4114 W. Vernor, Detroit. (313) 436-1793.



Oliver Nelson at Grasshopper Underground, 9 p.m. Fri. $10. 22757 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 298-0330.

Pajama Jammy Jam at Bleu Detroit, 10 p.m. Fri. $10 and up. 1540 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 974-7799.


DJs Sheefy McFly, Parallax, Sara Aldridge and more at Armageddon Beachparty Store & Lounge, 7 p.m.-midnight Sat. Free. 1517 Putnam, Detroit. (313) 704-4407.

Bijou at Grasshopper Underground, 9 p.m. Sat. $10. 22757 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 298-0330.

Thirst Wave and Industrial Is Not Dead Old School Night at Small’s Bar, 9 p.m. Sat. $5 after 10 p.m. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck.

Ceremony with DJs Mikey, Zumby and Gnyp at Magic Bag, 9 p.m. Sat. $5. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.



Jeff Horste with Reese Leonard and Gad Holland at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 7:15 p.m. Fri. and 7 and 9 p.m. Sat. $10-$18. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

“The Rocky Horror Show” at Ringwald Theatre, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 8 p.m. Mon. (through Aug. 6). $10-$25. 22742 Woodward, Detroit.

Maija DiGiorgio at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $13-$15. 212 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080.


Lady Parts Justice League Summer Comedy Tour with Lizz Winstead, Hadiyah Robinson, Dina Nina Martinez and Mehran Khaghani at Magic Bag, 7 p.m. Thurs. $18. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544- 1991.

An Evening with “Jackass” starring Preston Lacy at Token Lounge, 7 p.m. Thurs. $18. 28949 Joy, Westland. (734) 513-5030.


Ms. Representation: a night of comedy featuring Megan Cottington-Heath, D’Anne Witkowski, Laura Witkowski, Connie Ettinger and Esther Nevarez to support Ellen Lipton for Congress at Cellarmine’s, 7-9 p.m. Sun. $10. 24130 John R., Hazel Park. (586) 413-4206.


Black Girl Magic with Mayhem Miller, Asia O’Hara, The Vixen, Shea Coulee and Dida Ritz at Saint Andrew’s Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tues. $30 and up. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.


“Metro Late Night” taping, hosted by Jason Carr with Zach Martina, Sam Silverstein, Melanie Hearn, Ray Hollifeld, Corey Hall, Jeff Horste and more at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 7:30 p.m. Wed. $15. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

visual arts/film


Plymouth Art in the Park at Kellogg Park, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free. Main and Ann Arbor Trail area, Plymouth.


Cult Classics in the Courtyard with “Princess Bride” at Trumbull & Porter Hotel, 8 p.m. Fri. Free. Trumbull and Porter, Detroit.


“Lemons” art exhibit featuring works by around 20 artists at Public Pool, 7-11 p.m. Sat. opening reception; runs through Aug. 4. 3309 Caniff, Hamtramck.

Movie Night in the D with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at Campus Martius, 8 p.m. Sat. Free. 800 Woodward, Detroit.



Woodhaven Uncle Sam Jam with concerts, carnival, petting zoo, fireworks and more at Civic Center Park, 4-11 p.m. Thurs., 4 p.m.-midnight Fri., noon-midnight Sat. and noon-11 p.m. Sun. Free general admission. I-75 and West, Woodhaven.

Blue Water Fest with music, parade, carnival and more in Port Huron, through Sat. Downtown Port Huron.

Pig & Whiskey 2018 with barbeque, whiskey and live music in Downtown Ferndale, 6 p.m.-midnight Fri., 11 a.m.-midnight Sat. and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun. Free. Nine Mile and E. Troy at Woodward, Ferndale.

Festa Italiana with Italian music, food and more at Freedom Hill County Park, 6-11 p.m. Fri., noon-11 p.m. Sat. and 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. Free admission. Fireworks Friday night. 14900 Metro Parkway, Sterling Heights. (586) 228-3030.

Glass City Con and Midwest Media Expo at SeaGate Convention Centre, Sat.-Sun. 401 Jefferson, Toledo.


Rolling Sculpture Car Show in downtown Ann Arbor, 2-10 p.m. Fri. E. Liberty between Fourth and Fifth, Ann Arbor.

Night of Knockouts XIII at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 6:30 p.m. Fri. $25 and up. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 309-4700.


Longest zip line in Michigan opening at Camp Dearborn, 11:30 a.m. Sat. (Open Thurs.-Mon. noon-6:30 p.m. after Saturday.) $13-$15 per ride, $30-$40 for three rides. (248) 684-6000 or (313) 943-2076.


Detroit Festival of Books at Eastern Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Free. Shed 5 and 6, Eastern Market, Detroit.

Special event with Amanda Knox and the authors of “Deliver Us,” a novel about Detroit at Armageddon Beachparty Store & Lounge, 7 p.m. Sun. 1517 Putnam, Detroit. (313) 704-4407.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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