Steve Martin MotorCity Casino Hotel Sound Board • 6/28
Celebrity bands are typically beyond horrible, and offer up little more than stargazing while listening to an actor/actress filling their artistic screams for attention. And then there's funnyman Steve Martin. A true whiz on the banjo, this isn't his first rodeo (yes, that was an awful attempt at a banjo western joke). He's been playing since he was 17, and has incorporated music into his standup for years. Having played alongside some of folk and bluegrass' most celebrated musicians, he's more than earned his time in the (musical) spotlight. Starts at 8 p.m., tickets are $45-$65 with more info at motorcitycasino.com.
ARTWN Rustbelt Market • 6/28
If you have strolled through Ferndale in the past few weeks, you have probably already noticed the addition of a couple sculptures to the community. These sculptures are part of ARTWN—The Exhibit. The official launch of the exhibit, the event takes place Thursday, beginning at the Rustbelt. The "Black Tie and Sneakers" walking event will tour through the city to see the 11-piece sculpture exhibit. It will end back at the Rustbelt with cocktails and desserts with the music of the Nighthawks Jazz Orchestra. Sign-in begins at 6 p.m. with more info available at downtownferndale.com.
SRC The Magic Bag • 6/29
The late '60s Detroit-based band, The Scot Richard Case, is set for a reunion show this Friday. Started as a frat party staple and eventually moving on up to local Detroit and Ann Arbor venues such as the Grande Ballroom and the Palladium, they eventually took on opening sets for the likes of Jimi Hendrix, the Mamas and the Papas, the Rolling Stones and The Who. With their return to the stage they will give their '60s psychedelic, post-rock sound to Detroit like paisley prints and bell-bottoms never went away. Doors at 8 p.m., more info at themagicbag.com.
Piper's Alley Luau Piper's Alley • 6/30
Coconut tops, bikini's and shots—come celebrate the first annual luau at Piper's Alley in Clinton Township with Vito Galati's 40th birthday. Move your grass skirt to the rhythm of The Colin John Reggae Band from 8-11 p.m., followed by special guest DJs until close. Ladies, be sure to wear your favorite bikini top for free admission—the party starts at 8 p.m. For more info go to thepipersalley.com.
Thunderdrome The Dorais Velodrome • 6/30
Start your engines! (Or bike pedals.) Either one will do. The Thunderdrome brings back memories of childhood days of racing around the block and attempting to slap an engine on any potential object that could be used to win the neighborhood race. On Saturday, relive those glory days and grab your choice of moped, scooter, supermoto, motard, minibike, road bike or mountain bike and compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes. However, if you decide to take the passive path as a spectator, be prepared to indulge in the delicious satisfaction that can only come from some of the area's favorite food trucks. Be sure to stay for the after party—nothing gets better than music plus beer and wine. First race starts at 2 p.m., after party at 7 p.m., and if you plan on participating, be sure to register early at thunderdrome.com.
The Rocket Summer The Crofoot • 7/1
Poppy, upbeat and optimistic, The Rocket Summer is infused with blissful melodies and hyper instrumentals. The side-project of Bryce Avery who hails from Dallas/Fort Worth, this musical composition is perfect for the buoyant atmosphere of the bright sunshine of summertime. Be prepared for a stage performance full of energy and happy hooks that will keep ringing in your ears even after the last encore. Doors at 6 p.m., more info at thecrofoot.com.
Sarah McLachlan Meadowbrook • 7/1
Sarah McLachlan is known as more than the voice and face of those tear-jerking ASPCA commercials. Her status as one of the most talented and beautiful vocalists in the late '90s has more than contributed to the fact that she's sold more than 40 million albums to date. But now, she's back – and touring with a very unique accompaniment. In light of the extraordinary success of McLachlan's symphony orchestra performance at Red Rocks last summer, she's taking the show on the road! With a symphonic backing, she'll finally have an appropriate musical backdrop to her ethereal vocals, and will be wowing crowds here in metro Detroit. Doors at 7:30 p.m., tickets are $25 for lawn seats and $39.50-$49.50 for pavilion. More info at palacenet.com.