As far as Summer festies go, leave it to Metallica to play host to the grittiest line up of the summer, in no better setting than Belle Isle overlooking the ruin porn of Detroit on shore. Add the Red Hot Chili Peppers as the other headliners and you already have a full-throttle experience. Indulge your inner headbanger with the contemporary hard-rock stylings of Rise Against, Deftones, Dropkick Murphys, Gogol Bordello, Japandroids, Silversun Pickups and many more. Or pull out your glow sticks for a second stage of heavy dance and dubstep artists including BASSNECTAR, Destroid, and Datsik among others and you have a musical experience that flexes its Detroit muscle. There are also plenty of other activities taking place throughout the festival. Revelers can check out 100 classic hot rods and custom bikes at the Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, catch a film handpicked by Lars Ulrich at the Hit The Lights Films tent or roll through the Metallica Museum. Festival-goers can also watch high-flying tricks all day long at the 2013 Vans Damage Inc. Stage + Vert Ramp. Expect online coverage from your fellow music nuts at the Current following the fest. For more information, activities list and hotel accommodations visit the website. $150 general admission / $750 VIP. Belle Isle, Detroit. www.orionmusicandmore.com—JG
Following my Detroit Gallery Crawl piece in October Current highlighting contemporary art galleries in Detroit, it seems only fair to highlight the visual arts galleries in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
Explore the art scene As the weather in Michigan turns cool, if you are curious about Detroit’s art scene and in the mood for a short 45 minute road trip, now is a great time to head downtown. When I began exploring Detroit several years ago, my hunt for significant art and artists was more
The CoOp’s community-focused approach is music to our ears “The vision was, honestly, to bring people together,” says Frances Master, one of six UM students who operate The CoOp, a space inside Openfloor Studio (231 S. State St.). Undeniably, it is refreshing to hear that motivation for creating opportunities to experience live music, as that’s