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Plan Your Weekend: January 30-31

Friday, January 30, 2015

Download of the Week

“Window” by Gosh Pith Gosh Pith

Here’s what we know: The latest from Detroit's haze-pop duo Gosh Pith is another promising, slow-burn track begging for summer's arrival. Produced by Chris Koltay,"Window" hits on a beat-inspired, guitar-driven format. The Internet loves it, and so do we.

Plan For the Weekend w/ Culture City

Ann Arbor Folk Fest @ Hill Auditorium | Ann Arbor

Friday, January 30th at 6 PM and Saturday, January 31st at 6 PM

The first Ann Arbor Folk Festival took place in 1977, and since then it’s grown in scope and depth. The range of genres and styles is large, the sense of tradition when all the evening’s performers join together in song at the end of the Saturday show even stronger. All funds raised through the Festival benefit The Ark, Ann Arbor’s non-profit home for folk, roots, and ethnic music. The two-day fest features performances this year from the likes of Yonder Mountain String Band, Amos Lee, Ani Defranco, and local guitar hero Laith Al-Saadi.

Dustbowl Revival wsg The Jalopy Brothers @ The Huma Room at Hopcat | Detroit

Friday, January 30 at 8 PM

The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. Some call it string band-brass band mash up. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show teaming up with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens, or Bob Dylan and The Band jamming with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in 1938. It’s infectious, joyous music – a youthful take on time-worn American traditions. Local cats The Jalopy Bros round out the ol' timey vibes.

Dawn of Midi: Dysnomia @ Trinosophes | Detroit

Saturday, January 31at 9 pm

Listenable and insane. That’s the electroacoustic sound Dawn of Midi spent years shaping, culminating in their most mesmerizing work to date: Dysnomia. The Brooklyn-based trio, a multinational group composed of bassist Aakaash Israni (India), pianist Amino Belyamani (Morocco), and drummer Qasim Naqvi (Pakistan), performs sets that are as rhythmic as a seamlessly mixed DJ set, casting spells on crowds in the same way the group’s favorite modern classical and electronic artists have for decades. Their carefully cultivated aesthetic incorporates such wildly divergent influences and interests as Aphex Twin, the Police, Can, and the video game Ms. Pac-Man. “A work of lunatic genius.” (Village Voice).

Nain Rouge Graphic N0vel SIgning @ Green Brain Comics | Dearborn

Saturday, January 31 at Noon

The Nain Rouge Graphic Novel, richly illustrated by renowned comic book artist, Patrick McEvoy, was written long before the city’s current economic woes. It is based in a financially challenged Detroit and centers around the 300-hundred year old legend of a red dwarf who appears as a harbinger of doom, often before negative events. Two teen friends learn of his curse and seek to drive him from the city with the power of positive thought and action. Swing down, snag a copy, and get it signed by Nain Rouge writer Joseph Bastian.

Palmer Park Winter Fest & Dog Fashion Parade

Saturday, January 31st at 1 PM

One of Detroit's most beautiful winter playgrounds, Palmer Park, will be filled with magical fun, cold-weather recreation, and a delightful array of animals for its 4th Annual WinterFest and Doggie Fashion Parade. The park will come alive with cross-country skiers, snow shoe travelers, hikers, bonfires, live music in the warm-up tent, arts and crafts, refreshments, and much more free family fun. Old-fashioned horse and carriage rides will travel through the woods, ice skaters will slip and slide on Lake Francis, and crowds will gather for the afternoon's highlight when People for Palmer Park, the event organizer, presents its 4th Annual Doggie Fashion Parade with its new partner, the Michigan Humane Society.

Super Happy Fun time Burlesque 2 Cliff Bell's | Detroit

Sunday, February 1st at 7 PM

More than just a burlesque show, Super Happy Funtime is a live band/circus/vaudeville/comedy spectacular that defies the genre. All original music, scathing satire, a 300lb male stripper, lap dances from popular historical figures like Jesus and Michael McDonald; one never knows what to expect at an episode of SHFB! This nationally touring burlesque production is based out of Grand Rapids and is heading to Detroit for one night only!