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  • Detroit Tigers Dave Rozema and Ike Blessitt to honor Mark “The Bird” Fidrych

    Coming up on August 16, former Detroit Tigers greats Dave Rozema and Ike Blessitt will team up with the Navin Field Grounds Crew and Metro Times‘ own Dave Mesrey to honor legend Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. The festivities, known as the annual “Bird Bash,” will be held at the infamous Nemo’s Bar & Grill, and will benefit The Bird’s favorite charity, the Wertz Warriors, and also the Mark Fidrych Foundation. For more information, check out their website or Facebook page.

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  • First Little League game at Navin Field today

    Today Navin Field (the Old Tiger Stadium) hosts its first Little League game on a new field made just to host the youngsters! Here’s a photo of the game happening right now, courtesy Tom Derry and Metro Times‘ copy editor extraordinaire, Dave Mesrey: Stop by the site (corner of Michigan and Trumbull) today to watch history in the making!

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  • Twerk du Soleil shakes up Detroit

    Former American Idol contestant Vonzell Solomon weighs in on twerking, natural hair & CEO status. In 2005, recording artist Vonzell “Baby V” Solomon embarked on a journey that changed her life. At the age of 20, Vonzell made it to the top three on American Idol before she was eliminated. But that was not the beginning nor the end of her journey to stardom. Vonzell is one of more than two dozen artists on tour with YouTube sensation Todrick Hall, who is a former Idol contestant as well. Todrick gained notoriety for his fast food drive-thru songs and also for producing parody videos  —  based on popular Broadway musicals and songs. His tour, uniquely entitled Twerk Du Soleil (translation: twerk of the sun), is a combination of his popular YouTube spoofs. Both Vonzell and her ratchet alter ego,Boonquisha Jenkins, made an appearance in Twerk Du Soleil,which stopped in Detroit July 23 at Saint Andrews Hall. Boonquisha opened the show by facilitating a twerking competition among the audience. Next, Vonzell made a reappearance singing a fan favorite – Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Later, Boonquisha came on stage screaming “It’s so cold in the D! You gotta be from the D to […]

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  • Poll shows Bob Ficano behind in Wayne County Executive race

    If a poll released this week is any indication of how the August 5 primary election will turn out, current Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano has reason to worry, Fox 2 reports. Ficano, who’s seeking a third term, polled in fourth place — behind former Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans, Westland Mayor Bill Wild and Wayne County Commissioner Phil Cavanaugh, according to Fox 2. The poll by Strategic Solutions LLC, showed 6.7 percent of respondents said they’d vote for Ficano, which isn’t so bad: He finished ahead of County Commissioner Kevin McNamara (who came in at No. 6) and someone literally described as “a candidate not named here” (who polled at No. 5.) If you’re planning to head to the polls — which you should! — and need some input on the candidates and ballot proposals, you can read for our election coverage in this week’s Metro Times.

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  • A Mad Decent Mixtape

    Mad Decent Block Party will roll through town on Saturday, August 16, bringing to town artists like Dillon Francis, Diplo, Flosstradamus, RiFF RAFF, Keys N Krates, and Zeds Dead. Thugli, a Canadian duo, will perform on the Toronto leg of the tour and they put together a 45 minute mix that features songs by some of the tour’s featured artists as well as a host of others.  Listen to it here. 

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  • Tangent Gallery to host Breaking Borders

    Detroit’s Tangent Gallery will host a special event this Saturday, July 26 in hopes of raising money for the local faction of an international nonprofit, Burners without Borders Detroit. Breaking Borders is a one-evening-only event that will feature live music, performance, and art. Satori Circus will perform along with spoken word artist ZakAndWhatArmy. Music by Tartanic, Dixon’s Violin, and Servitor. Fire dancers, hoop performers, and acrobats will provide a certain mysticism to the ambiance as old Victorian steampunk and tribal art is shown in the main gallery. There will also be a runway fashion show and the evening will end with a dubstep rave featuring DJ Forcefeed and Dotty. Truly, there’s something for everyone. Perhaps more importantly, there will be a full service bar. The event is open to those 18 and older and IDs will be checked at the door. Admission is $25 at the door, or $20 with the donation of a canned good. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the party goes until 2 a.m. A 20 percent commission will be taken from all art sold at this event and donated to Burners without Borders. The Tangent Gallery is located at 715 Milwaukee Ave., Detroit; 313-873-2955;

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Eastern Market bustles on Flower Day, Detroit hosts Boiler Room party

The word on the street.

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Alice in Chains in Battle Creek

On Tuesday D DAYS road-tripped over to Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek to see legendary grunge rockers Alice in Chains. The band is touring in support of its fifth studio album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. The sold-out crowd was there early for openers Monster Truck, who hail from Hamilton, Ontario. These guys really rock, and warmed the crowd up nicely. AIC stole the show and played a killer set of classic hits, with the crowd going wild during “Man in the Box.” Singer and guitarist Jerry Cantrell told the audience that he loves playing Michigan — while lifting a pair of ladies panties off his mic stand. Yes, women were throwing their panties and bras on the stage throughout the performance. Jerry said that throwing these things at him on stage is OK, just please don’t throw pennies or drinks. Those are the worst! Who knew the ladies were so wild in Battle Creek? Good times had by all!


Bread and roses

Eastern Market was bursting with metro Detroiters picking up flowers, plants, and other gardening essentials last Sunday, during the market’s official Flower Day. In fact, the urban farmers’ market may have even broken its record of 200,000 attendees. DDAYS picked up some hanging marigolds and a couple pepper plants, but it was really the people-watching we were in it for. We spotted Jamaican Queens’ Ryan Spencer, and he wasn’t the only musician around. Steel drummers performed in the streets, and behind Bert’s Barbecue Smokehouse we heard the sounds of live music, mixing perfectly with the scent of grilled ribs. Having enjoyed the sights and sounds of the lively market, we were excited to learn that, starting June 1, the market will now be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Shed 2 housing local food vendors, and Shed 3 featuring weekly entertainment activities, with food trucks congregating outside.


Ain’t no party like a Detroit Boiler Room party

For those immersed in electronic music, the phrase “Boiler Room” means more than just a closet or tucked-away chamber in an office; it’s the world’s leading underground music show. Broadcast live internationally, in cities like Berlin and London (typically at small, intimate venues), Boiler Room is an honor to attend. Many events are invite-only, giving it an air of exclusivity. But don’t fret — if you’re not summoned, each show is broadcast live in full on Boiler Room TV. Considering it’s Movement time, Boiler Room was in Detroit with several broadcasts, but the first was a very private session at MIX with none other than the originator of techno, Juan Atkins. Also included in this edition were Thomas Barnett, Ron Cook, D-Wynn feat. R-Tyme and Norm Talley — a lineup that would send any Detroit techno fan into pure bliss. The party was hosted by one of the city’s first electronic music promoters, Adriel Thornton, and we spotted many industry professionals vital to the city’s rich techno history (both past and present), such as Craig Rathwell, Ted Krisko, Tom Linder, Alvin R., Ernie Guerra, Justin Grose, Bryan Jones and Hugh Cleal. We also spotted Roula David of Red Bull, another important fixture in Detroit. However, let’s not forget the party people who were in attendance, the ones who help make events like this pop — Jose Portillo, Megan Witte, Tara Lynn, Ariel Klein, Mackenzie Pollack, Jeff Tabb, and Lauren Velluci, to name a few — yeah, we saw your dance moves (as did everyone watching from home). 

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