Metro Detroit entertainment Aug. 26 and beyond – The Oakland Press

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• The Sweetest Love Affair starring Ne-Yo and Trey Songz: Oct. 14, Fox Theatre, Detroit, $74+.

• Lil Nas X: Sept. 6-7, previously to be held at The Fillmore, moved to Fox Theatre, Detroit, $49.95+, additional tickets on sale.

• Boney James: Dec. 8, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino, Detroit, $48+.

• VaShawn Mitchell & Friends: Oct. 31, Sound Board, $35.50+.

• Eric Roberson: March 12, Sound Board, $40+.

On sale 10 a.m. Aug. 26

• Ladies Night Out starring Bobby Brown, Joe, El DeBarge and NEXT: Nov. 12, Fox Theatre, Detroit, $69+.

Note: Events are subject to change; check with venues for updates. Some events require masks, proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to event. Tickets on sale at,, or the XFINITY Box Office at Little Caesars Arena.


• Meek Mill: Aug. 26, Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, 2600 Atwater St., Detroit,, $75+.

• SWV, Jagged Edge: 8 p.m. Aug. 27, Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, 2600 Atwater St., Detroit,, $55+.

• Saliva, Chase Engel & the Night Shift: 7-11 p.m. Aug. 27, Diesel Concert Hall, 33151 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield,, $20+.

• Jackopierce: 8 p.m. Aug. 27, The Magic Bag; 22920 Woodward, Ferndale,, $22+.

• Carpenter Brut: 7 p.m. Aug. 28, The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac,, all ages, $25+.

• The Milk Carton Kids: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28, The Ark, 316 S Main, Ann Arbor, 734-761-1800,, $40+.

• 338th Army Band: 3 p.m. Aug. 28, Central United Methodist Church, 3882 Highland Road, Waterford Twp.,, free.

• Jake Miller: 7 p.m. Aug. 28, El Club, 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit,, $29.26.

• Deicide: 6 p.m. Aug. 29, The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac,, all ages, $25+.

• Kamasi Washington, BLKBOK: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31, Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, 2600 Atwater St., Detroit,, $15+.

• LO Live!-Matt Hires: 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 31, Children’s Park, Lake Orion,, free.

• Friday at Noon Concerts-Oakland University’s carillonneur: Noon-12:30 p.m., Fridays, Elliot Tower on Oakland University campus,

• From NYC-Samara Joy Dinner + Show: 6-8 p.m., Sept. 2, Blue LLama Jazz Club, 314 S. Main St., Ann Arbor,, dinner with show- $85+.

• Albert Cummings: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, The Token Lounge, 28949 Joy Road, Westland,


• East Meets West Classical with Chinese Erhu master Xiao Dong Wei and Japanese-born Steinway Piano virtuoso Yuki Mack: 7 p.m. Aug. 27, Palmer Woods Music in Homes & Gardens outdoors, adv. purchase only,, $54.67+ (includes dinner).

Concerts in the Park

• Friday Nights Downtown Music Series: 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays, through Aug. 26, Knight Amphitheater, Riverside Park, 3311 Squirrel Court, Auburn Hills,

• Friday Night Live-The Sax Maniacs: 7-9 p.m. Aug. 26, Center Street Gazebo in Center Street Park, north of Liberty Street, and south of Commerce Road, Milford,

• River Sight & Sound Concert Series- Air Margaritaville: Aug. 27 at Clinton River Park Gazebo, 1 Crocker Blvd., Mt. Clemens, Nightline is Sept. 24.

• LOLive! Gazebo Concert Series- Matt Hires: 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 31 at Children’s Park gazebo, 201 S Broadway, downtown Lake Orion,, free.

• Uptown Friday Night Concert Series: 7-9 p.m. Fridays, through Sept. 30, Fountain Stage, Macomb Place, Mt. Clemens,

• Live at The Pavilion-Live music: 6-10 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 27 with J2C on Aug. 27, Hotel Royal Oak Pavilion, 811 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak,

• Summer Concert Series: 5-8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through season, Festival Park Gazebo, The Village of Rochester Hills, Rochester Hills, Bring lawn chair, blanket, free.


• Oxford Revival: 5-10 p.m. Aug. 24-27, Centennial Park, presented by local churches, featuring live music, keynote speakers and youth programs, For information, email, all ages, free.

• Dragon on the Lake: Aug. 25-28, event features art, music, children’s activities and vendors and activities. The lighted boat parade on Lake Orion lake starts at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 26, at Green’s Park, Lake Orion,

• Novi Taco Fest and Novi Fine Art Fair: 4-11 p.m. Aug. 26, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 27 and noon-8 p.m. Aug. 28, Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk, 44425 W. 12 Mile Road, Novi, (near Emagine Theatre), strolling Mariachi bands, three stages of entertainment, $5 per person, per day or $10 for a 3-day pass, in advance, includes both events, free parking, Cultural food and beverages to purchase. The Novi Fine Art fair is a juried art fair,

• Michigan Made Fest: 4-8 p.m. Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 27 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 28, on the grounds of Canterbury Village, Orion Twp.$5 adv., $8 at door, $5 parking, veterans and active-duty members with military ID get in free, as well as children younger than 5,

• Hazel Park Art Fair: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 27 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 28 at Green Acres Park, 620 W. Woodward Heights, Hazel Park, artists and food vendors, live music,

• The Michigan Renaissance Festival: Weekends, Aug. 20-Oct. 2, 12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly, Themed weekends include Highland Fling-Aug. 27–28 and Vikings Invasion is Sept. 3-Labor Day, Sept. 5.

• Pontiac Praise Festival: 1-7 p.m. Aug. 28, on the grounds of Wisner Stadium, 441 Cesar E Chavez Ave., Pontiac, featuring live gospel music, free food, children’s activities and backpack giveaway, vendors,  presented by The Emerge with H.O.P.E. Foundation, along with The Lions Den Praise Festivals,

• St. John Lutheran Church’s 23rd Family Praise and Picnic in the Park: 11 a.m. Aug. 28, at the band shell in Rochester Municipal Park, free picnic lunch, ice cream, family activities and entertainment. Attendees can exhibit special car, truck, tractor, and motorcycle, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m., no entry fee. Vintage vehicles should use the North Park Entrance off Griggs Street. Also, the “Red, White, and Cute” Wheels Parade is planned at 1 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the St. John Lutheran Church and School campus at 1011 W. University Drive, Rochester, 248-402-8000 or

• Romeo Peach Festival: Sept. 1-5, carnival, live music, car shows, arts and crafts, and food vendors, fireworks at 9:30 p.m. (dusk) Sept. 2, parade at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 5,

• Detroit International Jazz Festival: Sept. 2-5, downtown Detroit, free admission. For artist lineup, visit

• Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats & Eats: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 2-4 and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 5, downtown Royal Oak,, $5 before 3 p.m. and $10 after 3 p.m., parking options at

• Hamtramck Labor Day Festival: Noon to 10 p.m., Sept. 3-5. Parade is 1:30 p.m. Sept. 5, music, food, artists, Hamtramck Yacht Club Canoe Races, Joseph Campau from Caniff north to approximately Carpenter, Hamtramck,, free admission.


• “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations”: Through Aug. 28, Detroit Opera House,

• Meadow Brook Theatre auditions for children in “A Christmas Carol”: Sept. 10, at the theatre in Wilson Hall, on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. Fully vaccinated children (ages 5-13) who will not reach 14th birthday before Oct, 25 (1st day of rehearsal) may audition. Auditioners should arrive at the theatre starting at 9 a.m. to sign-in. They will be reading from the script onstage in groups. No prepared pieces, singing, or dancing required, bring a photo to submit. Rehearsals will be after school and on weekends with Monday as a day off. The play will run Nov. 18-Dec. 24, with school matinees beginning Nov. 15, 248-370-3308,

• “Nutcracker-The Magic of Christmas” Open Auditions: Noon, Sept. 24, Rhythm Pointe Dance Academy; 50685 Mound Road, Shelby Township, 586-726-9565, Tickets are required for the performance at the Fox if cast in the ballet.


• BBAC art exhibits: Sabrina Nelson –”I Had a Prayin’ Grandmother”;  Birmingham Society of Women Painters – “Expanding Our Views” Deborah Eyde – “Marrow” and art by students of Andrea Tama, Aug. 26-Nov. 3, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S. Cranbrook, Birmingham, Gallery Hours are  9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

• Michigan Water Color Society-Top 30 Traveling Show: Through Aug. 30, Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens,

• “Waste Not Want Not” by Deborah Hecht: Exhibit through Aug. 31, Woods Gallery, Huntington Woods Library, 26415 Scotia, Huntington Woods, 248-543-9720,

• “Where it All Began” paintings by Detroit native Josh Moulton: Opening reception is 6-9 p.m. Sept. 1, exhibit through Oct. 1, The Gallery at the Anchor Building at Trader Todd’s Marina, 24030 Jefferson, Saint Clair Shores, tradertoddsmarina/events, 586-776-5650.

• Photo Prize: Annual City of Southfield competition public exhibition and online voting, through Sept. 2, Southfield City Hall, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield. Vote at The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in September and featured in the City’s 2023 calendar.

• BBAC fall youth and adult classes: Enrollment is open for all ages and skill levels, classes begin Sept. 12 (adults) and Sept. 19, 2022 (youth), Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S. Cranbrook, Birmingham,

• Tyrrell Winston “A Tiger’s Stripes”: Through Sept. 25, Also, “Whatever Gets You Through the Night”-Selections from the Mott-Warsh Collection and Tunde Olaniran-“Made a Universe” exhibits through Sept. 25, Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills,

• Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Detroit, digital art exhibition: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. through Oct. 16, (extended) at Lighthouse ArtSpace Detroit (Harmonie Club), 311 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit, 1-844-307-4644,, $39.99+; 24.99+ for ages 16 and younger.

• “Conscious Response-Photographers Changing the Way We See”: Through Jan. 8, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, advanced reservations are required to visit the museum, 313-833-4005,

• Van Gogh’s Artistic Roots-The Hague School and French Realism: Exhibit through Jan. 29, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 313-833-4005, advanced reservations are required,

• Farmington Hills Public Art Program featuring 61 local artists: Farmington Hills City Hall, 31555 W. Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills,, 248-699-6709. On exhibit during business hours 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

• “Community, Love, and Family”: Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery, 33 East Adams Ave. Detroit,

• Centennial Ceramic Tile Mural: 350 community members crafted ceramic tiles depicting their love of community parks, 4.5 feet high and 20 feet wide, on exhibit at Thelma Spencer Park, 3701 John R Rd, Rochester Hills,,


• Denise Lutz novel debut and photography: 6-9  p.m. Sept. 9, Robert Kidd Gallery, 107 Townsend St., Birmingham, with Denise Lutz, author of “Thumbs”, live music by Oliva Dear,

Call for artists, musicians

• The Troy Community Chorus is looking for adult singers in all vocal ranges: Rehearsals begin Sept. 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the choir room at Athens High School, 4333 John R Road, Troy, Auditions not required, register from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 6, Sept. 13 and Sept. 20, $35/person or $60/couple, all members must provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For information, contact Dale Christensen, at 248-828-8627 or by email to,

• Motown Museum’s Amplify the Sound of Detroit program applications: Through 9 p.m. Sept. 2. Participants will take part in three months of artist development to win the title of “Amplify Sound of Detroit Artist of the Year” and the grand prize, which includes $5,000, studio time, performance opportunities and professional coaching from music industry executives. Open to solo vocalists and vocal groups from Metro Detroit, ages 16+. Selected semi-finalists will participate in artist development sessions approximately once per week, both virtually and in-person from September to December at Hitsville NEXT on the Motown Museum Campus, 2658 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. Participants can apply at

• Canvas Pontiac regional art competition: Submissions accepted for murals in downtown Pontiac. Artists can submit drawings, paintings, photographs, and digital art into any of four categories: photography, handcrafted, which includes digital art and NFTs, automotive themed, and mural proposals. Entries accepted through Aug. 31, $50 fee, with proceeds to benefit Canvas Pontiac’s mission of fostering the arts in Pontiac, The 2021 Canvas Pontiac awardees will be displayed on 8’x10’ canvasses throughout downtown.

• 24th Annual Fine Art Show applications: The Livonia Arts Commission is now accepting applications for the juried fine art show to be held Oct. 1-22 at the Bennett Civic Center Library. The deadline for artists to apply is Sept. 2. Artists may submit up to 10 entries, with a cost of $35 per entry for each of the first two, and $10 per entry for any additional. Cash prizes of up to $700 (for Best of Show),


• Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle: J Chris Newberg-Aug. 25-27; Michelle Wolf-Aug. 28, at 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak,, 248-542-9900, ages 18+, prices vary.

• One Night Stans:James Camacho-Aug. 25-27; Luke Null-Sept. 1-3, at 4761 Highland Road, Waterford Twp., OneNightStans.Club, 248-249-1321, prices vary.

• Comedy Bang! Bang! starring Scott Aukerman: 7 p.m. Aug. 27, Royal Oak,, ages 18+, $39.75+.


Mary J. Blige’s ‘Good Morning Gorgeous’ tour contest: For a chance to win a pair of concert tickets to a stop on Mary J. Blige’s ‘Good Morning Gorgeous’ tour, enter drawing at by Sept. 8.


•  “Beast” (R  “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris”: Aug. 26+, Farmington Civic Theater, 33332 Grand River Ave., Farmington,, 248-474-1951, $8.50+ gen. Adm., $5.75 matinees.

• “Saturday Night Fever”: 10:30 p.m. Aug. 26, The Maple Theater, 4135 W. Maple Road, Bloomfield Twp., 248-855-9091,, $6+.

• Friday Night Films: Through Aug. 26, outdoors at New Center Park. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movies start at dusk, 2998 W Grand Blvd., Detroit, 313-420-6000,, free.

• “Labyrinth” Celebration with Goblin King Players: Doors at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26-27, masquerade party from 6:30-8:30 p.m., costume contest, “Labyrinth” movie plays at 8:30 p.m. at the Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit, 313-537-2560,, $25+.

• Tom Lee’s “The Great Zodiac Animal Race”: 2 p.m. Aug. 27, Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts,, free with registration.

• Movie Nights in the D, a free outdoor movie series: 7 p.m. Thursdays through August at Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit,

• “Minions: The Rise of Gru”: 4 p.m. through Sept. 1, Milford Independent Cinema, Milford,, $5+.

• Metroparks Movies in the Parks: Parking opens at 6 p.m., movie starts at dusk. Bring blankets or chairs to movies at Willow Metropark. At Stony Creek Metropark enjoy a drive-in style movie. Bring snacks and drinks or picnic dinner. “Space Jam, A New Legacy” is Aug. 27, at Willow Metropark; “Jungle Cruise” is Sept. 3, at Stony Creek Metropark and “Spiderman No Way Home” is Sept. 17, at Stony Creek Metropark. Free entry with Metroparks daily or annual pass entry to the park. If inclement weather, the event will be canceled,


• Oakland Uncorked: 7-10 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Twp. Local wine distributors will pour their vineyards’ wines for tasting and area restaurateurs will serve their signature dishes. Event features entertainment, silent auction and vendors, hosted in partnership by the Oakland County Farmers Market, Oakland County Parks, Clarkston SCAMP and the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce,

• JARC Annual Fundraiser: 5-8:45 p.m. Sept. 18, M1 Concourse, Pontiac, (entrance off Woodward), strolling dinner, open bar, JARC presentation, music by Gin Blossoms, dessert reception, 248-940-2617,, tickets are $180.

• Fashion & Food at the Vineyard Fundraiser: 1-4 p.m. Sept. 18, Youngblood Vineyard, 61829 Ray Center Road, Ray,, $50+.


• Beacon Park’s Summer Events: Night Market dates are 6-11 p.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 27,; Family Fun Days are 1-5 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 28, free activities for all ages, music, arts and storytelling to fitness, crafts and stage performances.

• Dinosauria exhibit: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Sept. 5, $14+ zoo admission plus $6+ exhibit admission, parking is $8,

• “Pulse” illuminated forest trail: Most nights, Thursdays to Sundays, through Sept. 11, Glenlore Trails, 3860 Newton Road, Commerce Twp., purchase tickets at, gen. adm. $25+, $15 ages 4-12, free for younger than 3, $20 for 65+.

• Cranbrook on the Green-Artist-Designed Mini-Golf: Through Sept. 25, Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, 248-645-3323,, $15 adults, $8 for ages younger than 12.


• Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Institute of Science: 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, 248-645-3323,,

• Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, 313-494-5800, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., reserve timed tickets at, $25+ gen adm.

• Automotive Concept Art Exhibit: Through Sept. 10, Royal Oak Historical Society Museum,, $10+ donation.

• Self-guided tours of Cranbrook Gardens summer hours, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through September, self-guided garden tours are free. House tours are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through Labor Day weekend, $20+ gen adm.,

• Motown Museum offers abbreviated walking tours of portions of Hitsville U.S.A., including Studio A and the museum’s campus, with anticipated full tours to resume on Oct. 1,

• Motortown Revue outdoor art installation: Through Oct. 31, walkable installation along the Detroit Riverwalk, presented by Motown Museum in partnership with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. Guests must bring a headset or earbuds to hear about the installation,

• Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Permanent exhibits include the famous Streets of Old Detroit, the Allesee Gallery of Culture, Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad, Detroit: The “Arsenal of Democracy,” the Gallery of Innovation, Frontiers to Factories, America’s Motor City and The Glancy Trains,, gen. adm. is $10.

• Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R. St., Detroit,, 313-577-8400, museum gen. adm. is $18+. The center participates in Museums for All and Blue Star Museums. With Museums for All, patrons show their SNAP EBT card and picture ID, general admission tickets are only $3/person for up to four people in their party, in-person only. Blue Star Museums is a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families through Labor Day, Sept. 5, in-person only.

• The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Ford Rouge Factory Tours Monday-Saturday, purchase tickets online, prices vary,

• Ford House: Historic estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores. Timed entry, COVID-19 precautions,, 313-884-4222. Ticket prices vary.

• Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive, Rochester, Timed tours beginning at 11 a.m. Friday to Monday. Adult $18, seniors, military $15, youth (6-12) $10. Members, OU Students, free for children ages 5 and younger, reservations at

• Orchard Lake Museum: 1-4 p.m. first, second, fourth and fifth Sundays and third Fridays, or by appointment, 3951 Orchard Lake Road Orchard Lake, 248-757-2451,  Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society,

• Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is open for public drop-In hours and tours, noon-3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills,, $5/adults; $3/seniors and students.

• University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 South State St, Ann Arbor, 734-764-0395,

• Sloan Museum of Discovery: 1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint,, 810-237-3450, admission prices vary.

• Michigan Activity Pass: Available for card holders of all Michigan public libraries, for free or discounted admission to more than 450 locations, including historic sites, cultural attractions and state parks,

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