Global Dance Festival Royal Oak Music Theatre • 7/18-7/19
This two-day dance-a-thon features the hottest names in EDM at one of the best venues for taking in live music (you didn't vote them metro Detroit's Best National Acts Concert Venue for nothing). Above & Beyond, Mord Fustang and Wolfgang Gartner headline Wednesday night's lineup (with support from hometown hero YOS), with Thursday night bringing you Knife Party, Dillon Francis and Emalkay (plus Cybernetik R3volt). Get your fill on both nights or head down for just one – the choice is yours, and you can't go wrong either way. And make sure to check out the GL&M Dolls while you're there! More info at romtlive.com and globaldancefestival.com.
Nero Elektricity Festival Grounds • 7/20
If there's one set you're not going to want to miss at this year's IDentity Festival, it's Nero. Sure, there are a plethora of EDM artists who will be taking over the city of Pontiac this weekend, but Nero's DJ set (they're an electronic group out of London, preferential to drum & bass, dubstep and house) will bring the crowds out for sure. The Festival Grounds are located at 10 Water St. in Pontiac. Tickets are still available, and for more info, head over to idfestival.com or elektricitymusic.com.
Mark Farina The Grasshopper Underground • 7/21
Mark Farina will be back at the Grasshopper Underground to play an entire set of requests. Whatever song will get you on the dance floor, he will play. Farina has been placed on the top DJs in the World lists by URB, MUZIK and BPM magazines. His jazzy urban house beats will hypnotically make you close your eyes and eccentrically move with the rhythm. If you start practicing your dance moves now, you may be able to pick up the ladies with your newly acquired fly steps. Doors at 8 p.m., more info at thegrasshopperunderground.com.
Elzhi St. Andrew's Hall • 7/21
The multi-talented Detroit-based rapper will be at St. Andrew's Hall on Saturday, showcasing the unique and complicated rhyme schemes, alliteration and other poetical devices of his raps. He teaches life lessons in his songs as he raps about his own life experiences that have shaped and led him to become the successful rapper he is today. His most recent album, eLmatic (produced by Will Sessions), has the musical influences of their hip-hop-funk sounds with Elzhi's genius rap lyrics layered on top of it. Don't miss this night of addictive lyrics and hip-hop. Doors at 8 p.m., more info at livenation.com.
Aaron Lewis Royal Oak Music Theatre • 7/22
Slip into the Royal Oak Music Theatre to hear Mr. Lewis perform and you'll slip into a country summer day dream of cut-off jeans, bare feet and dancing in the back of a pick-up with your high school sweetheart. His debut single, "Endless Summer," has made its way up country charts and into the hearts of many country-loving listeners.Enjoy the relaxing pleasure of country music as you soak in his fresh music. Doors at 7 p.m., more info at royaloakmusictheatre.com.
outasight Tonic Nightclub • 7/22 We're pretty sure, at this point, you're familiar with the hit "Tonight Is the Night" by Outasight. Well, it's your opportunity to check out the man behind the music (straight out of Yonkers!) at Tonic this Sunday – which, by chance, happens to be the hot night in Pontiac (it did, after all, win Best Sunday Night in metro Detroit in our Best Of issue for 2012). Doors at 8 p.m., more info at tonicdetroit.com.
50th Anniversary Cadieux Café • 7/22
The best date bar (by my vote, at least) has a reason to celebrate this Sunday! After 50 successful years of providing an unique bar experience, they are still cooking up mussels and serving up beer with enthusiasm. And might I add, they are the only feather bowling bar in the United States. As you perfect your feather bowling skills, Artificial Agent with special guest Lurch will be providing the tunes for this evening's debaucheries. For more info please call 313-882-8560.