Candlebox 5/19 • Emerald Theatre
With 20 years of experience backing their platinum hooks and the recently-released fifth studio album Love Stories and Other Musings, Candlebox is once again ready to excite crowds. You can expect this contemporary hard-rock band, tinged with streaks of blues, jazz and grunge, to perform their hits from the '90s such as "Far Behind" and "Cover Me," while highlighting their newest releases in support of their new album. $20, all ages, doors at 7 p.m.; more info at emeraldtheatre.net.
B.B. King 5/23 • The Fox Theatre
B.B. King is undoubtedly the King of Blues. He and Lucille (his beloved guitar, for those who didn't know) will be making yet another Fox appearance. Catch him now if you haven't seen him, because even though Rolling Stone has ranked him sixth on the list of 100 greatest guitarists of all time, that just still doesn't do the man justice. He's been singin' the blues since the '40s (including a miraculous 50+ albums), and he hasn't lost a step. Doors at 7:30 p.m., more info at olympiaentertainment.com.
Motor City Comic Con 5/18-5/20 • Suburban Collection Showplace
For three days, drape yourself in your best sci-fi attire as you get lost in the dusty rows upon rows of comic books. Jump in line to meet the unmasked actors who have portrayed the likes of Batgirl, Eddie Munster, Superman, Gilligan's Island's Mary Ann, Star Wars' Lando Calrissian and the A-Team's Murdock – plus many more! Once you have fully indulged your inner nerd, feel free to wander over and bat your eyes at a Playboy covergirls Donna D'Errico and Cindy Margolis. For tickets and info go to motorcitycomiccon.com.
Tip a Tiger 5/17 • CJ Mahoney's
t's Thursday. You'll need a drink anyway. So, head over to CJ Mahoney's in Troy to meet Detroit Tigers Joaquin Benoit, Octavio Dotel, Andy Dirks and Jose Valverde from 6-11 p.m. And grab a drink and some food while you're at it. Plus, 101 WRIF, 94.7 WCSX and The New Soft Rock 105.1 will each be there with their own DJs! And the best part of all this is that all proceeds go to benefit youth baseball. Tickets are $16 online (tipatiger.com) or $20 at the door. Questions? Call 248.273.4600 or visit cjmahoneystroy.com.
west dearborn block party 5/18 • Downtown Dearborn
Enjoy musical performances from the Mega 80s, the Junction Groove and Tiny Lightning (three bands featuring six hours of live musical entertainment for only $5). And don't forget about the food at the hottest block party of the year! Local restaurants will be offering some of their best cuisine, and with the beer trailer smack dab in the middle of the action, you're bound to have yourself a damned good time! All the excitement will be happening from 5-11 p.m., only one block south of Michigan Avenue! Also, 94.7 WCSX will be broadcasting live, and all proceeds will go to support the Dearborn Education Fund and the International Association of Firefighters. More info at dearbornwestonline.com.
Gimme Shelter Fundraiser 5/20 • Berkley Front
Enjoy an evening of live music, raffles and sticky summer bar atmosphere at the Berkley Front. The bluegrass country tunes of Jennifer Westwood with the Waycross Georgia Farmboys, the soulful pop of Frankie D'Angelo and the bluesy Motown soul of Joey Spina will fill the bar with local sounds. These three musical natives of Detroit will be performing to benefit three animal rescues—Almost Home, Last Day Dog Rescue and Safari. Begins at 6 p.m. with a $5 suggested donation.
Lions Bocce Charity Tournament 5/23 • Palazzo di Bocce
Does the rare opportunity to enjoy a casual encounter with past and present Detroit Lions players and coaches sound like a blast? Then perhaps this charity event featuring the 7,000 year-old game of bocce ball may interest you. Four-person teams will compete for prizes while other participants and spectators enjoy a day filled with wine, food, silent and live auctions and celebrity players. Proceeds benefit Detroit Lions charities such as the Athletes with Disabilities Network. Starts at 2 p.m. For more info call 313-216-4000.