Round off your summer with the hometown feel of a classic Corn Roast and County Fair. Complete with an artisan fair, games and face painting for kids and live music. And you know your favorite officer of the law that you love to hate? The one that pulled you over? Well get ready for your redemption as you soak him in the dunk-a-cop booth. When that tires you out, refuel with some food—a lot food; because what is a county fair without both a pie eating contest and a corn eating contest? All proceeds benefit the Royal Oak Farmer's Market improvements. Fun takes place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., so don't miss it!
ppc poker run 2012 Plymouth • 8/9
The Plymouth Pub Crawl Poker Run for 2012 is here! And for only $10, you get drink specials at all locations, a complimentary appetizer (from 5-7 p.m.) at each location – and the first 300 people to sign up get a free PPC t-shirt. The grand prize that's up for grabs is a one-night stay and dinner for two at Motor City Casino, and although more prizes are available, that's a pretty killer top prize! Sign-up, rules and regulations available at all locations (Panache, 336 Main, EG Nick's, Penn Grille, Sean O'Callaghan's and Ironwood Grill).
Sugar hiccup Royal Oak Music Theatre • 8/11
What are the odds that you'd get to see Sugar Hiccup and DJ Quig in metro Detroit for only $6? This Saturday, those odds are pretty damned good. Are you a fan of trip-hop? What about dancing your ass off? If you're not a regular to Sugar Hiccup, it's about time you acquaint yourself. Expect dancing, great music, throwing back a few drinks and one hell of a good time. Doors at 9 p.m., more info at romtlive.com.
My Morning Jacket Meadowbrook • 8/14
My Morning Jacket encompasses a world of sound any listener can escape to. Their country-style roots rock has smooth vocals that overlay hints of southern strings. It creates a feeling of poetical loneliness that hazes over melodic lullabies. Need to get psyched for the concert? Listen to "One Big Holiday" on repeat on your way over to Meadowbrook before you get ready to dive into their long set of Americana rock. Music starts at 7 p.m., more info at palacenet.com.
Neon Trees Magic Stick • 8/14
After nearly a decade together, it's fairly safe to say that this dynamic post-punk soul-pop Utah-based four pack has their ducks in a row. Having grown critically and commercially, they are once again returning to Detroit – and being that they're known for having one hell of a live show, this is something you're not going to want to miss. Plus, you'll finally get to see "Everybody Talks" live, and if you're anything like us, you haven't been able to get that tune outta your head in weeks. Doors at 7 p.m., more info at majesticdetroit.com.
Dirty Projectors Crofoot Ballroom • 8/15
Even if you're not a fan of the Dirty Projectors' unique harmonizing (which you'll be pleasantly surprised to find less of on their fantastic recent release, Swing Lo Magellan), you're in store for a very energetic and lively show from these six Brooklynites. Having taken the indie world by storm with their 2009 release, Bitte Orca – although it was, in actuality, their eighth proper release – they've only stepped up their game since. Doors at 8 p.m., more info at thecrofoot.com. (Oh, and be sure to keep an eye on RDW's social media channels for a slew of tickets that we'll be giving away for this show!)
Hal Sparks The Magic Bag • 8/17
Sparks might currently star in Disney XD's Lab Rats, but his resume is far from juvenile. He's hosted his own radio show, The Hal Sparks Radio Program, predessesed Joel McHale on E!'s Talk Soup, played on the TV show Queer as Folk and made his acting debut in Dude, Where's My Car?. And while he's here, you can expect a comedic conversation about why women are superior to men, ironic relationship happenings, sexting and activist-fueled comedy. And if he tickled your fancy the first time, stay for the second show and listen to his comedy all over again! Doors at 7 p.m. for first show and 10pm for the second show. More info at themagicbag.com.