Nicki Minaj Fox Theatre • 7/17
The colorful singer and rapper from New York (by way of Trinidad & Tobago) is making her way to Michigan on Tuesday in support of her April release, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The album hit the American and UK charts hard – in addition to her Super Bowl XLVI appearance alongside Madonna and MIA – and she's been showing her versatility and ability to carve her own way (aside from superb appearances and collaborations with what seems like everyone over the past two years). There are few artists in the industry who can rap with such aggression, yet sing with such grace as Minaj – which is why catching her at a venue like the Fox will be a such a unique experience. Doors at 8 p.m., more info at olympiaentertainment.com.
Wyandotte Street Art Fair Downtown Wyandotte • 7/11-7/14
The 51st installment of the Wyandotte Art Fair (one of the state's largest fine art fairs) is coming your way from Wednesday through Saturday, showcasing 300 fine artists, 25 restaurants and tons of local merchants. Every year, this fantastic fair brings in nearly a quarter-million visitors to its children's activity area, DIA creative workshop, Riverfront Entertainment Area, food vendors and – new this year – Live Green Fair. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (with entertainment running until 11 p.m.). For more information, head over to wyandottestreetartfair.org.
Porter Robinson Elektricity • 7/13
As Porter Robinson's tour brings him to Detroit be sure to catch the bass beat and mindlessly let his electro throbs pound through your body and command your movements. Robinson's style of EDM will fully rid your mind of reality as you enjoyably submit yourself to the robotic takeover of your psyche that Robinson's music is known for. "I write my music chronologically, basically. I start with an intro beat, then make the breakdown, climax, etc.," he says. "I experience the song in the same order as the listener, and I think there's something to be said for that." At only 19, this rising star of EDM has already shared the stage with the likes of Deadmau5, David Guetta and Tiesto. "By opening on a lot of big tours, I've seen every level of touring from micro-clubs with early Skrillex to massive arenas with Tiesto," he says. "It's informed the way I play to each style of venue and it's helped me familiarize myself with the tastes and preferences of obscure markets like, for example, Saskatoon, Canada." Needless to say, his talent is not to be missed. Doors at 9 p.m., more info at elektricitymusic.com.
Foxy Shazam Machine Shop • 7/11
There are few rock n' roll acts these days that put together a dynamic live show in the vein of Foxy Shazam. The Cincinatti sextet bring their high-energy – and ridiculously high vocals of lead singer Eric Sean Nally – every night, and they've yet to fail in blowing the pants off the crowd in a metro Detroit performance. Doors for this 18+ show are at 7 p.m., tickets are $10 and more info is available at themachineshop.info.
Concert of Colors •Midtown • 7/12-7/15
Where else can you get George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, the Detroit Symphony with Wu Man and Eric Jacobsen, the Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue, DJ Captn20, Detroit Fire Guild Belly Dancers, Ben Sharkey and The Kreellers? The 20th anniversary of the Concert of Colors is again bringing you a beautifully diverse collection of music at several venues in Midtown (and for FREE, too). For more info, head to concertofcolors.com.
layzie bone & felicia • Bleu • 7/13
Layzie Bone and Felicia will be making a grand appearance at Bleu on Friday – bringing an even bigger party to one of Detroit's premier party locations. The hip-hop artist, CEO of Harmony Howse Entertainment and member of the Bone Brothers is bringing his fame, celebrity and style to Bleu for a rare Detroit performance. Drink specials, lingerie and music – a good time all the way around! Doors at 10 p.m., more info at bleudetroit.com.
Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper • DTE • 7/18
Is there a more perfect pairing for an evening of mayhem than local madman Alice Cooper and British barbarians Iron Maiden? The longevity that these two groups have experienced is both mind-blowing and a tribute to their work ethic and loyal fan base. Doors at 7:30 p.m., pavilion seats are $50 and $95, lawn tickets are $29.50 – and get your face melted off for free with attendance! More info at palacenet.com.