Babyface Ray, The Old Miami Barfly Awards, Umphrey’s McGee and more things to do in Metro Detroit this week | What’s going on | Detroit
Select events happening in Metro Detroit this week. Submit your events at metrotimes.com/calendar. Be sure to check venue websites for COVID-19 policies.
Thursday January 27: Along with 42 Dugg, Babyface Ray is probably Detroit’s hottest new rapper. And now Ray is about to release a new album, Face, that might push him over the top. Over the past six months, the “Unfuckwitable” rapper has released songs with Mozzy, Icewear Vezzo, Pusha T, Trippie Red and Big Sean, and recently released the single “Dancing with the Devil.” The Detroiters will have the chance to preview the material at Saint Andrew’s on Thursday ahead of the new disc’s release date on Friday. —Kahn Santori Davison
The show starts at 8 p.m.; the Saint-André room; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com. Tickets start at $20.
Friday January 28 and Saturday January 29: The seemingly touring and long-running Midwestern jam band known for their virtuoso playing, massive catalog and inventive mixes of covers – like, say, Beck’s “Loser” in Radiohead‘s “National Anthem” or “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins,” or “Electric Avenue to Hell” (a deliciously silly fusion of Eddy Grant’s “Electric Avenue” and AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”) – is back in the Motor City with a pair of back-to-back performances.An official afterparty featuring Chicago and Nashville-based fusion quartet Kick the Cat will take place at Ferndale’s Otus Supply beginning at 11:30 p.m. Friday with live painting by Jody Bauman. —Lee DeVito
Starts at 8 p.m.; The Fillmore; 2115 Woodward Avenue, Detroit; 313-961-5451; thefillmoredetroit.com. Tickets start at $25.
Miami’s Past Barfly Awards
Saturday January 29: Now that sounds like good, clean entertainment at one of Detroit’s most divisive bars. The Old Miami curates a comedic selection of some of its best customers – “the people who have kept us open for 42 years!” the venue says, adding, “Guaranteed to be one of the most talked about events of the year.” The event is hosted by Jimmy Doom, the writer, actor, former punk rocker, occasional Metro timetables contributor, and man of the city (from the Detroit belly), so we know it’s going to be a night loaded with laughs. Dress code is black tie. Just try your best. That’s what Old Miami has been doing since it opened in the Cass Corridor in 1980. —Lee DeVito
Starts at 9 p.m.; 3930 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-3830; facebook.com/theoldmiami. Tickets are $5.
Saturday January 29: Get ready to dance, or just sit back and mope like the goth kids do, through the excessive fog machine at Detroit’s minimalist electronic and darkwave DJ party. “Detroit’s Chillest Social Club” and resident DJ Justin Carver deliver an evening of “dark, mournful, romantic sounds of touching pop, cold wave, zimna fala, and more.” If you know, you know. —Randiah Camille Green
Doors open at 10 p.m. at the UFO Factory; 2110 Trumbull St., Detroit. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Saturday January 29: Wale is set to take the stage this weekend for the Detroit leg of his Under a Blue Moon tour. The “Poke It Out” rapper has released his seventh studio album, Folarin IIlast October, which was revered by hip-hop fans and critics alike as one of the best rap albums of 2021. The album followed his 2012 mixtape, Folarinwhich featured the single “Bad” featuring Tiara Thomas (which was also featured on her 2013 album the gifted and had an official remix with Rihanna). The 30-city tour will stop in Detroit on Saturday. Guapdad 4000 and Cam Wallace are also on the bill. —Alex Washington
Starts at 8 p.m.; the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-83309700; majesticdetroit.com. Tickets start at $29.99.
Sunday January 30: Run for the hills, run get your liiffee at the Fillmore for an evening of conversation with Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson. Although best known as the vivacious vocalist of the legendary heavy metal band, Dickinson holds many other badassery titles including pilot, beer brewer, New York Times Top 10 bestselling authors, motivational speakers and international fencers. The evening is divided into two parts. During the first half of the show, Dickinson will regale audiences with stories of his explorations of the world. It’s essentially like a cross between a comedy show, a motivational speech, and a satirical performance peppered with anecdotes about his time on the road with Maiden. (He’s been known to burst into Maiden acapella songs mid-sentence.) The second half is a question-and-answer session where attendees can get up close and personal with the singer. Well, not too close, because we’re still in a pandemic, but yeah. —Randiah Camille Green
Doors 6:30 p.m., show starts 7 p.m. at the Fillmore Detroit; 2115 Woodward Avenue, Detroit; thefillmoredetroit.com; Tickets start at $35.
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