NEXT SUNDAY: Marche du Nain Rouge in Cass Corridor

March 17, 2017 by  
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Marche du Nain Rouge Returns
Sunday, March 26, 2017
March 26, 2017 in the Cass Corridor! Meet at the corner of Cass and Canfield. Entertainment at noon. Parade at 1 p.m.

Mardi Gras-style krewes, bike groups, cosplayers and art cars to join 8th annual parade of city pride

It's the time of year when the city swells with pride and hits Cass Avenue to meet its oldest nemesis, the legendary harbinger of doom, the Nain Rouge.

The annual Marche du Nain Rouge returns for its 8th year, with festivities and entertainment starting at noon March 26, 2017, at the corner of Cass and Canfield in Midtown. The parade will depart at 1 p.m. down Cass Avenue to the Masonic Temple.

At the Masonic Temple, marchers will meet the Nain, if he once again decides to show his face. In past years he’s ridden on a giant cockroach, tamed a fire-breathing dragon, run for mayor, among other shenanigans. The Nain has been met by young Detroiters in love, Ghostbusters, and spirits of Detroit’s past and future. What will he try this year? And more importantly, how will you face the Nain?

This year, Mardi-Gras-style Krewes du Rouge are forming to show the Nain their neighborhood pride. Two krewe parties are planned: March 16 for East Siders at 8 p.m. at Cadieux Cafe, and March 23 for Midtowners at 8 p.m. at Traffic Jam & Snug. The parties feature live music, food, drinks, and fun appearances -- perhaps the Nain will even attempt to crash. It’s a weakly constructed mystery!

Several bike groups are planning to decorate their wheels and roll down Cass together, featuring the wonderful animal creations of Detroit-based metalsmith, Juan Martinez. A recent workshop of the Wire Auto Workers Association of Detroit (WAWAD) will bring out hand-crafted, human-powered wire cars.

Also this year, the cockroach from 2016 will be joined by several other Art Cars, including a new “Bubblemobile” out of Southwest Detroit, and Scrubby Bubble, which has represented Detroit at the Annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada. Plus, Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions will return with feathery floats and giant sparkly costumes ready to accompany their Pans of Joy steel drum band. And our friends at Gabriel Brass Band will return to lead the Marche with their authentic New Orleans second-line sound.

Adding to the spectacle, the Marche du Nain Rouge is inviting all cosplayers and costume-lovers to put on their best capes and wigs and join the fun. Prizes will be offered at the after-party festivities inside the Masonic for the best cosplayer/costume and neighborhood float. There will also be entertainment from DJs, dancing food, drink, official merchandise, a kids zone, and more.

To get Detroiters in the right spirit to meet the Nain, businesses are taking part in Fete du Nain with a full week of merriment and good city vibes. Check and our Facebook page for  participating businesses.

More than 6,000 people attended last year’s parade, compared with 300 who came to the first parade!

Revelers are encouraged to come in costume. The event is free and open to the public.

Parking will be available on the street, and for $7.50 at nearby Wayne State University lots and structures (Lots 60 and 72 and Structure 8). Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

Some history

In 1701, legendary founder of Detroit Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac met a fortune-teller, who warned him to beware of the Nain Rouge, the “Red Dwarf” who appeared to Cadillac in a dream. She warned Cadillac that the the little red imp is the embodiment of his ambition, anger, pride, envy — everything that held him back. The Nain Rouge, she told him, is the harbinger of doom. However, when Cadillac first saw the fiend in person, the Nain taunted him mercilessly and Cadillac chased the Nain away with a stick.

Unfortunately, the fortune turned out to be true and Cadillac died penniless after he left Detroit for France. The city he founded, however, fared better, endured and prospered (mostly), against the fiendish efforts of the Nain Rouge.

For 300 years, Detroiters memorialized Cadillac’s actions and willingness to persevere and hope for better things, combined with the determination to rise from the ashes. At Detroit’s worst moments, the Nain has been there, cackling or taunting the city’s residents. And so every year, Detroiters celebrate liberation from the Nain, a new beginning, and whatever is good and working in the city in a spring festival for the good and betterment of the city of Detroit.
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The jury may still be out on the little guy. A small but growing movement has arisen to play Nain's Advocate on the red side.

A band of contrarians — an attitude dear to the heart of any Detroiter — are leading the charge to reclaim the Nain and STOP NAIN SHAME.

They will be holding their own pre-Marche meetup at Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company (3965 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201) starting around 10:30am!

Hamtramck Music Festival 2017

March 12, 2017 by  
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The 4th Annual Hamtramck Music Festival took place on March 2-4, 2017.
(I wasn't at the opening night for its limited offerings on Thursday)

Friday Night
I'm grateful for the early evening offerings at places like Cafe 1923, Bank Suey, and the Hamtramck Public Library. Even though there wasn't much else to choose from at the time, I would've made it to see Lac La Belle no matter where they fell on the schedule. Their American folk sound at the library didn't need a lot of amplification, and it sounded great. I stuck around for Panch Villa Skull afterwards.
Cabin 7 exhibitied their big band ska sound at New Dodge Lounge, adding some variety to the night.
Vespre was the first band scheduled to play PLAV Post 10, and they still hadn't started twelve minutes after they were scheduled to, thus causing me to lose interest and go elsewhere.
At Polka Dot, the former Atlas Bar, Remnose made a better impression. Their softer sound made it easier to focus on their lyrics. It's clear they put a lot of thought into them, as they don't fall back on using the word "like" every other line.
The corner of Yeman and Joseph Campua must be a tough spot to keep a bar open at. Mars Bar became Temptation Louge, which has now become Hamtramck Korner Bar. What's different now is that they've annexed the adjoining space and knocked a few holes in the wall to double their floor space. Sidewatcher was having some troubles with the sound system, but I think they're worth seeing again.
I couldn't pass up seeing Prude Boys at Planet Ant Hall. After seeing them for the first time two years at this festival, I try to see them whenever they're on a festival schedule.

The Planet Ant Hall is a great addition to the lineup of venues for the festival. If the small stage at the adjourning Ghost Light Bar was thrown in, it could fill the role played by the Knights of Columbus Hall for the Blowout.
After circling a few other places and not being impressed by what I saw, I came back to Planet Ant Hall for Mexican Knives to close out the night.

Saturday Night
It's hard to get into Kelly's Bar to see bands, because they play so close to the door. It was worth the sacrifice of personal space to try out Dear Darkness. They play with a lot of heart, and make you forget that they're formed from only two musicians.
Coming back to PLAV Post 10 on Saturday felt like an awful choice. Twenty minutes after The Sugar Bombs were supposed to start, and they still hadn't begun. I don't know if it was the venue's fault, or they just had the bad luck to book acts that don't respect the festival goers and the festival's tight schedule. I just crossed the whole lineup at that place off my list.
The Detroit Party Marching Band caused the crowd to spill out of the front door at Jean's last year, so having them at Planet Ant Hall was a wise choice.
Tart at New Dodge Lounge delivered with their hard sound, and made me glad I wasn't at the PLAV.
Despite Lo & Behold backing out of the festival officially, they still had live music going there. I'm not interested in adding my opinion on the related controversy, but you can read about it at the Metrotimes if you care to. What's lacking from the piece is that the HMF was started to fill the vacuum left by the Metrotimes Blowout trying to expand out of Hamtramck and shifting to the month of May, before that festival had its last installment in 2015 and quietly went away.
I haven't made an effort to to see Qween Kwong before, as it seems like they've been getting a lot of coverage stemming from their story, and not their sound, which tends to discourage me. I won't make the choice to miss them again, even if they get covered for the wrong reasons.

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February 28, 2017 by  
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Powered by the People!

The Hamtramck Music Festival’s musicians and organizers are volunteering their time and talents for the betterment of our extended community.  Hundreds of bands and dozens of venues are featured during the “largest local music festival in the world” taking place the first weekend in March annually.

All festival proceeds go to Ben’s Encore, a non-profit 501(c)3 that provides instruments, music lessons and scholarships to inspired young musicians and underserved school music programs in and around Hamtramck and Detroit.  The festival includes family friendly events during the day, as well as nighttime performances at local bars & clubs.

Through pro-active citizenry, music, and culture, the HMF is determined to celebrate and enrich our community in Hamtramck and the surrounding Metropolitan Detroit Area. 


CALL FOR ART: Detroit International Festival of Animation

February 27, 2017 by  
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On April 07 and 08 2017 at Detroit's Tangent Gallery/Hastings Ballroom, the 2nd annual Detroit International Festival of Animation (DIFA) will celebrate and showcase a wild diversity of animations from animators and filmmakers local and international. Also during the event, there will be a showcase gallery of animation/anime/comic inspired art, as well as a mini expo of local artists, animators, zine publishers and comic creators.


Submission are now being accepted for artwork that comprises of or is inspired by comics, anime and animations. There are no restrictions on content, style, medium or context, but your entry should be fit this theme, either traditionally or digitally, in some way. There are no fees to submit, but accepted artists will be asked to pay a one-time $10 registration fee.

For further submission information and to submit, please visit:

The deadline is March 1st 2017.

Detroit International Festival of Animation 
April 07 & 08 2017 – Tangent Gallery - Detroit


February 25, 2017 by  
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 "An eclectic celebration of the erotic arts!"

The infamous  “Erotic Poetry & Music Festival” is Detroit's oldest community arts festival. This year it celebrates 30 years of fun. “An eclectic celebration of the erotic arts!” it features provocative poetry, dirty spoken word, erotic art, music, and dance performances by some of the city's top performers and local vendors. It is an evening you won’t forget!

The show is on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 8:00 p.m. doors, 8:30 showtime and 18 & over are welcome. Admission is $15 and partial proceeds benefit the Michigan non-profit organization "Paws with a," who train and provide leader dogs for the disabled. Raffle ticket sales will benefit a local dog and cat rescue group.

The event will be held at THE TANGENT GALLERY/ HASTINGS ST. BALLROOM located at 715 E. Milwaukee in Detroit. (313-873-2955) The 2017 show is sponsored by the Detroit event website and local entertainment supporter, Detroit Can Kick Your Ass, Noir Leather, B'z Ink Tattoo and Cabresto Tequila.

Highlights of the anniversary show are the return of Queen Bee to the stage! The queen is back for a debut solo performance of three new songs of her own “Erotictronica” music!  Detroit’s favorite performance artist, Satori Circus returns to the show along with spoken word raconteur Jimmy Doom and crooner Konrad Lee. The visual arts portion of the show features six artists exhibiting their work and a variety of local vendors will be displaying their wares.

Satori Circus
Featuring performances by:
Queen Bee
Satori Circus
Laura Mendoza
Konrad Lee
Queen Bee

Burlesque starring: 
  • Lushes LaMoan
  • Magenta DeMure
  • Sophia Stardust
  • Hermione Stranger
  • Maxwell Demon
  • Bootsie La Fontaine

Poetry & Spoken Word by:
  • Jimmy Doom
  • Dena Luckett
  • Lady of Pain
  • Lianna T.
  • Michele Lundgren
  • Scott Boman
  • Glenn Novak
  • Zo Duncan
  • Lacluster

Art by:
  • Jeff Hocking
  • Julie Fournier
  • Brian Lewandowski
  • Pauly Everett
  • Sandra Coe
  • Louisa Spina

Hosted by: The Impaler & Peter Schorn 

Sexy Wares by Keeping Secrets
Erotic Edibles by Menage a Trois
Food by Dee's Hot Dogs
Fun items by  Flaming Jewels & Novelties, Pure Romance by Stephanie, Armoured Hearts Chainmaille, The Horse's Banana, Crafty Darling, Shanta Ambady Ceramics, Crafty Cop, Native Creations, Creature Creations, Wix & Wax.  

Raffle with prizes from Noir Leather and many more!

UPCOMING: Mardi Gras en Rouge 24 Feb

February 14, 2017 by  
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Gabriel Hall & Marche du Nain Rouge present
Mardi Gras en Rouge
Masquerade Gala
Friday, February 24, 2017
Tangent Gallery715 E Milwaukee St., Detroit

Detroit’s upcoming Creole restaurant and legendary parade of city spirit have teamed up again for another Mardi Gras en Rouge masquerade gala, with music, food and live entertainment on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.

Guests can sip on a hurricane, nibble some crawfish pie and dance to music from Gabriel Brass Band. Plus there will be performances from Lushes LaMoan, Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions, DJ Skeez and Comedian Emcee John Bell.

Mardi Gras en Rouge benefits both the Marche du Nain Rouge parade and Gabriel Hall, a restaurant and music venue coming to West Village. This year’s event will be 8 p.m., Feb. 24 at the Tangent Gallery/Hastings Street Ballroom, 715 E Milwaukee St, Detroit.

“Detroit is ready for a party, and this one is for a good cause, getting Gabriel Hall’s doors open so we can share our music and food with everyone,” says Dameon Gabriel, leader of Gabriel Brass Band and co-founder of Gabriel Hall.

“The Marche du Nain Rouge is all about celebration, and this party gets the Marche season started,” says Marche organizer Francis Grunow. “The benefit gala also will help us cover the many expenses of organizing the annual parade.”

The party will be 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Attendees will dress to impress with a splash of red, and wear Mardi Gras masks. Gabriel Hall’s executive chef Ederique Goudia, a Louisiana transplant, will be serving authentic, delicious New Orleans fare, and the bar will be stocked with Mardi Gras cocktails. There will also be a best of Detroit silent auction and live auction of a piece created on site by a local artist.

All tickets include admission and food. Cash bar. Tickets are $50 in advance, and $60 at the door. VIP is $100 and includes admission, food, two drink tickets, reserved seating, table service, and Mardi Gras swag bag. Advance tickets are available at

All proceeds will benefit Marche du Nain Rouge and Gabriel Hall. The parade takes place Sunday, March 26, 2017, and will bring thousands of people to Midtown. Gabriel Hall is planned to open in West Village and will host live music. Owner Dameon Gabriel also runs Gabriel Music Society, a nonprofit that provides music outreach to local youth. Find more at,  and

TONIGHT: Barely Human Festival continues at El Club with ADULT.

February 11, 2017 by  
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The inaugural BARELY HUMAN FEST will showcase an eclectic mix of post-punk, industrial, and synth-wave acts and DJs from around the country. Detroit serves as an appropriate backdrop for the acts being brought together this weekend, having long been established as an epicenter for talent and experimentation across musical genres.



DJs at 8:00 // Bands at 8:30

DJs Ryan Spencer and Charles Trees (Freakish Pleasures)

Bizarro post-punk psych weirdness from Detroit. 

Staring Problem (Chicago)
Female-fronted three piece post-punk outfit. 

Void Vision (Philadelphia)
Electronic project helmed by Shari Vari of Hot Guts and M Ax Noi Mach.

Moon Pool & Dead Band
Detroit experimental electronic duo consisting of Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) and David Shettler.

Ritual Howls
Dark post-punk trio from Detroit.

Over the course of the last two decades, Detroit's ADULT. (Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller) have been perhaps one of the most fervent proponents of a dark, dance aesthetic that harnesses the perverse aspects of the late '70s analog dystopian modernism. Every song the duo constructs is a strenuous exercise in claustrophobia, anxiety and bleak humor expressed through raw synthesizers, ridged beats and the haunted voice of Kuperus. The melodies twist off their tonal centers and grind each other in dirty, unspeakable ways. ADULT. have remixed the likes of Tuxedomoon, Ladytron, Death in Vegas and covered songs from the Pet Shop Boys to the Screamers. ADULT. are preparing to release their sixth album entitled "Detroit House Guests" , which features six guest collaborators: Michael Gira (Swans), Dorit Chrysler (NY Theremin Society), Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum), Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens), Lun•na Menoh (Les Sewing Sisters) and Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb).


UPCOMING: FKJ at El Club on 3/29

February 10, 2017 by  
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In support of his first album release, Paris' FKJ has officially announced a North American tour!
The album, "French Kiwi Juice", drops on March 3rd.
Check out his
 stop at El Club on 3/29

One of my favorite events of the year: DIRTY SHOW OPENING WEEKEND

February 9, 2017 by  
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International Erotic Art Exhibition
Dirty Show 18 - Exhibition • February 10-18, 2017
Russell Exhibition Center • Detroit, MI USA

No Cameras or Video
All Evening Dates: Doors 7PM-2AM (21+ w/Photo ID)
Sunday Feb 12 Daytime viewing of Art: 1PM-5PM (18+ w/Photo ID)

Direct link to ticket website

Also at local Detroit area outlets (cash only) while they last:
Noir Leather-Royal Oak  •  Rivers Edge Gallery-Wyandotte
Found Sound Records-Ferndale  •  The Road Show-Roseville

UPCOMING: Purgatory Film Fest, 12 March @ Tangent Gallery

January 26, 2017 by  
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Purgatory VII
A Cinematic Exploration of the Soul
March 12 2017
Bazaar 4p-midnight
Showtimes 5p, 7p & 9p
Tangent Gallery/Hastings Ballroom
715 E Milwaukee, Detroit

The DAMNED Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness proudly presents the seventh year exhibition of powerful cinema called the Purgatory Film Exhibition. Held on Sunday March 12th 2017 at Detroit’s Tangent Gallery, Purgatory will present approximately 90 minutes of short films of introspective, emotive and/or enlightened subject matters from filmmakers worldwide. This is not an industry-focused horror film festival, but a tributary showcase of the often redemptive films from the filmmaker’s personal collections.

And returning, the Purgatory Bazaar! Come early before each showing and visit over a dozen local artists selling their own original art, prints and merchandise. Help support local artists!

Admission is $10 ($5 matinee). This event is 18+ due to mature film and art content. A cash bar is also present for alcoholic and non-alcoholic pleasures.

The 2017 film schedule will be released by February 12th.

For further details, updates and film schedule, please visit:

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