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Grapevine: Horror film celebs to appear at film fest

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Horror film celebs in town for Motor City Nightmares

“Night of the Living Dead” filmmaker George A. Romero is one of many horror genre stars scheduled to appear at Motor City Nightmares this weekend at the Novi Sheraton. The celebrity lineup also will include actors Matthew Lillard (“Scream” films), Richard Brake and Sid Haig. Actress Traci Lords, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider and more are also set to appear. The expo and film festival is Friday-Sunday. Visit for tickets and more information.

Kendrick Lamar to play The Palace

Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn.” tour is heading to The Palace of Auburn Hills on July 26, promoters announced Monday. Tickets, $129.50, $79.50 and $49.50, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday with pre-sales for American Express cardholders beginning Tuesday. The tour is in support of Lamar’s “Damn.,” which was released April 13 and debuted at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard 200 chart. The set sold more than 600,000 units its first week, marking the year’s biggest debut so far. In recent years, Lamar’s touring efforts have been focused on festival dates, and his last local appearance was a December 2013 appearance at The Palace, where he opened for Kanye West during the Yeezus tour. The Palace show is part of a summer run that begins July 12 in Phoenix and wraps Aug. 6 in Los Angeles. Lamar will be joined by opening acts Travis Scott and D.R.A.M.

Springfield and ’90s hitmakers to headline Stars & Stripes

Rick Springfield and rock bands from the ’90s will headline this year’s Stars and Stripes Festival, which moves to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi after years of being in Macomb County. The outdoor, family-friendly festival will kick off June 29 with rock radio stars Fuel, Dishwalla and Marcy Playground. Springfield will headline June 30, and more ’90s hitmakers Smash Mouth and Spin Doctors will be the big names on July 1. Beatlemania Live will play Beatles songs on the closing day, July 2. The formerly free festival will charge admission at certain points. Admission is free every day for veterans will military ID and children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all from 2-6 p.m. June 29. Otherwise, it’s a $3-$5 fee. Admission includes access to concerts, but tickets for preferred pavilion seating for the shows, at $25, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Besides concerts, the patriotic event boasts a carnival midway, fireworks, BMX stunt show, monster truck rices, arts and crafts and a tribute to those who served at a Veteran’s Village. Wristbands for carnival rides — $20 in advance, $25 on site — are 50-percent off June 29. The move to Oakland County came after the event’s contract was not renewed by Palace Sports and Entertainment last fall. The Palace took over management of Freedom Hill in November 2015. More information on Stars and Stripes Festival can be found at or by calling (586) 493-4344.


■Seth Meyers will host the 25th annual Comedy Night hosted by Forgotten Harvest at the Fox Theatre on June 17. Tickets, $25-$150, are on sale Friday via Meyers is the Emmy Award-winning writer and host of “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” He also hosted the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

■Garrison Keillor brings the Prairie Home “Love and Comedy” tour to Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on Sept. 3. He’ll be joined by Fred Newman, Rich Dworski & the Road Hounds and Heather Masse. Tickets are $20 for lawn and $39.50-$79.50 for pavilion and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

■Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. will perform Oct. 26 at the Fillmore Detroit. Tickets, $27.50-$62, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Vintage Trouble opens the show.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Adam Graham contributed

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