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Two Big Music Festivals This Weekend And More!

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By Jeffrey Buck

Looking for something fun to do this Labor Day Weekend? Look no further, here is a handful of ideas to get you outside and enjoying the long weekend! Leave a comment below if you have any other suggestions for readers looking for some fun.

  1. Detroit Jazz Festival – Several downtown Detroit blocks will be taken over this weekend for the 35th annual Detroit Jazz Festival. Over 50+ acts will perform on several stages over the four day jam session. Music is not the only thing visitors will enjoy with offerings such as educational activities for both children & adults.
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    Dates: Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1. Hours: Fri. 7-10 p.m. | Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. | Mon. Noon to 8:30 p.m.Admission: FREE
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  2. Ford Arts, Beats & Eats – Downtown Royal Oak will once again be rocking as Ford Arts, Beats & Eats takes over. Visitors this year have choices to make as more than 150+ artists perform on several stages and many local restaurants dish out some fantastic cuisine. Oh and don’t forget to stroll around and taken in all of the art!
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    Dates: Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1. Hours: Fri. to Sun. 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. | Mon. 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission: Fri: Free until 5 p.m., $5 after | Sat. to Mon. $3 until 3 p.m., $5 after
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  3. Michigan Renaissance Festival – It’s that time of the year again! You can go as you are or you can dress up in your best Renaissance outfit. Throw tomatoes, watch full-contact jousting or bite into a big juicy turkey leg. There are games, food and music for all ages!
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    Dates: Open Weekends & Labor Day, Plus Friday Sept. 26 Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Rain or shine Admission: Varies, Adults: $21.95 | Child: $12.95
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  4. Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair – The Suburban Collection Showplace plays host to a tradition that’s been absent from the state. Moving north and taking on a different name Michigan agriculture will be the center of attention once again at this weekends Great Lakes State Fair. There will be Michigan made products on display, livestock & agriculture areas, beer gardens and much more.
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    Dates: Friday, August, 31 through Monday, September 3. Hours: Varies, Fri. – Sun. 10 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.| Mon. 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission:Varies, Adults $6-$25 | Children $5-$20
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Wild Summer Nights in August

Wild Summer Nights | Detroit Zoo

Wild Summer Nights | Detroit Zoo

By Jeffrey Buck

There is still time to catch a concert at the Detroit Zoo‘s Wild Summer Nights. Three dates remain throughout the month of August and include two children’s groups and a folk rock group. The Wednesday night line ups and days are:

August 13 – The Ragbirds (folk rock)

August 20 – Candy Band (children’s)

August 27 – Joe Reilly and the Community Gardeners (children’s)

The summer concert series is presented by Genisys Credit Union and take place in the Main Picnic Grove. Concerts run from 6:30 to 8 pm and are free with regular zoo admission. A reduced rate of $6 per guest is in effect on Wednesdays after 6 pm. The zoo closes following the end of the concert at 8 pm.

Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets are allowed but the zoo will also offer the sale of food, snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks at the various concession stands.

For more information on the Detroit Zoo or Wild Summer Nights click here.

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PJ’s Lager House: Friday Night Jams

PJ's Lager House | Detroit, Michigan

PJ’s Lager House | Detroit, Michigan

Looking for something to do this Friday evening. Check out the line-up over at PJ’s Lager House in Corktown. Only $5 to get in and bands take the stage starting at 9 PM. Looking to eat before the show? Look no further than PJ’s fantastic menu. Here’s a list and look at who’s playing:
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Born & bred in the downriver area, singer/songwriter Ryan Dillaha is truly a product of Detroit. The Miracle Men were formed in early 2013 with his long-time drummer Tim Rios and new additions,  Mike Millman on bass and Jason Portier on guitar.  The band has earned rave reviews from critics and fans for their exuberant live shows. Their debut album LOVE ALONE appeared earlier this year.  Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men play the kind of music you wish people still played; call it Detroit Americana,  call it soulful folk rock and roll, but whatever you call it raise a glass and bring your dancing shoes.
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Rock and roll band. kind of like the Faces, but with different faces. They take their booze and your booze, music and fun very seriously…in a ribald sort of way.
True sound over a new sound. Soul swagger over click clack.  Stick over automatic. Beer. The Dirty Dirty Dollars do accept credit, but prefer crumpled cash.  Two dudes from Chicago, dead set on rock ‘n’ roll, smashing riffs out ’til morning and providing the love-making shuffle for that magical time: post-drunk and pre-hangover.
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Become a Member Today!

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House | Woodward SPine 2013

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House | Woodward Spine 2013

By Jeffrey Buck

I’ve written about this subject before but as I travel throughout the year to new places I am always reminded how important it is to support our local attractions. In hard times and in good these great places are always in need of local support to fund upkeep, special exhibitions and events. Detroit and its surrounding communities have an extensive amount of historical places that are great for local residents and tourists alike. I’m currently a member of the Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak Historical Society and the Henry Ford and want to continue to support others each year. Below is a list, by no means complete, of some of our great institutions you can support.

The Detroit Zoo | detroitzoo.org
The Detroit Zoo is located in Royal Oak, Mich. Memberships range from $43 to $160 depending on size of family and where you live. Open year round with hours that vary by season.

The Henry Ford | thehenryford.org
A membership gives you access to both the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Memberships range from $45 to $600. Members receive discounts to IMAX movies, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and much more.

Pewabic Pottery | pewabic.org
Members receive discounts to the Museum Store and Galleries. This historic institution dates back to 1903 and is located on Jefferson Ave. Typical memberships range from $25 to $150.

Preservation Detroit | preservationdetroit.org
Preservation Detroit is known for its spectacular walking tours. A leader in the preservation of Detroit’s architectural history they offer several events throughout the year. Membership levels range from $20 for a student to $2,500 for the Founder’s Circle.

Detroit Institute of Arts | dia.org
The DIA has one of the greatest collections of art. Although supported by the tri-county area you can still become a member. Membership dues are $60 and up.

Motown Museum | motownmuseum.org
The Motown Museum does not currently offer memberships but can be supported through its Annual Fund. The historic set of houses on Grand Blvd. are a Detroit landmark. The museum also accepts the donation of artifacts.

Meadow Brook Hall | meadowbrookhall.org
Open year round this National Historic Landmark is a gathering place for many throughout the year. Memberships start at $100 and include admission, discounts and more. Meadow Brook is also always looking for volunteers.

Detroit Historical Society | detroithistorical.org
Having just gone through a large-scale renovation there’s no better time to become a member. Membership levels start at $25 for the “Researcher” level. Become a member of the Dossin Maritime Group for an extra $20.

Royal Oak Historical Society | royaloakhistoricalsociety.com
This Detroit suburb offers great exhibits in a former fire station. Single memberships are $10 and a family membership is $18.00. Members receive free admission to the museum as well as newsletters and special event alerts throughout the year.

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House | fordhouse.org
Located on 80 acres of lakefront property, this historic home is absolutely gorgeous. Members enjoy many benefits starting at just $25 for a Grounds Pass. Enjoy a guided home tour as well as an iPod Touch tour of the grounds.

Michigan Science Center | mi-sci.org
Formerly the Detroit Science Center, this family friendly attraction is better than ever. Memberships start at $35 for students and only $75 for a Family. Benefits include free admission, discounted IMAX admission and many more discounts.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History | thewright.org
Become a member of the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience for as little as $25 for a college student and $65 for a family. Located near the Michigan Science Center and DIA, make a day out of all three.

Belle Isle Conservancy | belleisleconservancy.org
For as little as $10 you can become a member of a group dedicated to preserving the largest city-owned island park in the USA. The island is home to some of Detroit’s greatest attractions including the Detroit Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, and Belle Isle Nature Zoo.

Are you a member of a group not on the list? Please let us know so we can include it.

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Oakaloosa Music Festival

Oakaloosa Music Festival | 2013

By Jeffrey Buck

Still looking for something to do tomorrow? Look no further. Get over to Oakaloosa.com and pick up a festival ticket for the inaugural event taking place at Detroit’s Historic Fort Wayne. Tickets are $45 for general admission and $55 for a VIP ticket. All parking is $10 a car.

The festival gates will open at 11:30 a.m. with the first band taking the stage at noon. Below are schedules for the bands playing throughout the day:

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Welcome Somerset CityLoft & The Detroit Shoppe back to downtown Detroit

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By Jeffrey Buck

With so much negative news going around it’s with pleasure that I can say that Somerset CityLoft and The Detroit Shoppe are once again open in downtown Detroit starting today.

The stores will continue to be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Saturday, August 24.

CityLoft will once again showcase nearly 40 pop-up shops from some of the Somerset Collection‘s most notable brands and retail partners. Joining last years list of retailers includes 7 for All Mankind and L.K. Bennett. Other notable brands include:

Aveda
Bachrach
Cache
Eddie Bauer
Gap
Hugo Boss
The Limited
Macy’s Bridal
Gymboree
Vera Bradley
Sweet Factory
Marlee’s by Tapper’s
Lego
Paradise Pen
True Religion
Swarovski
Fossil
Hallmark
Brooks Brothers
Gucci
Coach
Lilly Pulitzer
Marmi
Sur la Table
Williams-Sonoma
Anne Fontaine
Maxmara
Wolford
Buckle
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Eileen Fisher
Saks Fifth Avenue
Madewell

CityLoft is located at 1261 Woodward which is between Grand River and State. The Detroit Shoppe is located just south at 1201 Woodward at the corner of Woodward and State. Don’t forget to stop in at Moosejaw who after a successful temp store last fall has been a permanent staple downtown since.

Coneys, Faygo and Better Made chips will be available every Thursday at CityLoft for only $5. The Summer in the City program and Boll Family YMCA will benefit from every penny in food sales.

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Shakeup at Bastone in Royal Oak

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By Jeffrey Buck

Bastone has always been known for their craft beer but they will be taking it to new heights this spring as they revamp their cluster of restaurants. Two city favorites, Commune Lounge and Café Habana will be closing their doors to make way for new comers Monk, a Belgian Beer Abbey, and Craft. Bastone Brewery will also be expanding to two levels.

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Monk will occupy the space formerly home to Café Habana for the past nine years. But don’t be to sad though as Union Brewery, LLC, the owners who have invested $300,000 to make the new spaces possible, have future plans for a new, bigger space elsewhere in Royal Oak for Café Habana.

“It wasn’t without hesitation that we closed Café Habana,” said David Ritchie, operating partner, Union Brewery, LLC. “Café Habana has always had very solid sales, but we decided to move forward with our plan to strengthen the Belgian theme that Bastone Brewery was built on.”

An expanded kitchen, new doorways, a new sit-down counter and flat screen TV’s will revamp the new space for Monk. The layout will feel similar but will feature new banquettes and tables flanked with lantern style lighting and wood reaching 10 feet high along its walls. Patrons will notice the largest change come nicer weather as Monk will feature a new outdoor patio along Fifth Street with 36 new seats.

The dinner only establishment will open at 4 p.m. daily. The beer list will include Bastone’s craft beers along with an extensive selection of bottled Belgian beer and french wines. The menu will focus on chef-created burgers, mussels, frites, and waffle sandwiches.

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The lower level of the building, formerly Commune Lounge, will be a step back in time as it captures the look and feel of the 1970s. The new concept, Craft, will create a space with inspiration from vintage record players, bicycles, Edison bulbs, wood panels and will feature a wall of old speakers behind the bar. A new stage will offer live music on Wednesday and Thursdays. Both Friday and Saturday nights will continue to welcome a DJ.

“We want it to embody the craft of musicians as well as the craft of beer, spirits and unique cocktails,” said David Ritchie.

Bastone beer will still flow from the taps along with an array of other craft beer cocktails, craft spirits and absinthe.

The expansion of Bastone will see six tables added to the main floor and a second level that will overlook the bar and have a capacity of 20. Vinoteeca Wine Bar will not see any changes except to its menu which will be new sometime this year.

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