Elektricity • 10/12
Brian Transeau, better known by his stage name of BT, has been at the forefront of electronic music and technology for the better part of two decades. Having produced a plethora of platinum artists in addition to having scored films and video games, the multi-talented musician is making his return to metro Detroit this Friday. Doors at 9 p.m. (the 18+ event runs until 2 a.m.) with tickets only costing $10. More info at elektricitymusic.com.
13th Anniversary Party
Smalls • 10/12-10/13
The Hamtramck bar and music venue will be celebrating its lucky thirteenth anniversary on Friday and Saturday, featuring a ton of fantastic live performances (in addition to the 25th anniversary of the Trash Bats on Saturday, you'll get Troubleman and Break Anchor, while Friday features local juggernauts Wilson with Goldern Torso, The A-Gang and Cadaver Dogs). Both nights are all ages with doors at 8 p.m., tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. More info at smallsbardetroit.com.
Crofoot Ballroom • 10/11
New wave legend Adam Ant has been a musical chameleon throughout his career – from glam-rock to alt-rock and everything in between. Adam and the Ants were a theatrical punk outfit in late '70s Britain, and when he went on a solo path, he was able to incorporate several genres into his dynamic performances and albums. With a rare studio release scheduled for early 2013, this show promises some unique performances and theatrics. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 the day of. Doors at 8 p.m., more info at thecrofoot.com.
Great Lakes Chili Cookoff
Kellogg Park • 10/14
Downtown Plymouth is welcoming the annual Great Lakes Regional Chili Cookoff, as it does every year, but it's also going to be pulling out all the stops by including a motorcycle show, live bands and tons more. The charity event (benefitting Habitat for Humanity and the Penrickton Center for Blind Children) will feature the chili challenge from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and the motorcycle show from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with sponsor, vendor and food booths open the entire time. For more info, go to greatlakeschili.com.
The Barber of Seville
Detroit Opera House • 10/13-10/21
The prequel to The Marriage of Figaro, this universally popular comic opera features music by Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage). Set in 17th century Spain, this classic actually premiered nearly 200 years ago in Rome. More info at michiganopera.org, with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. on 10/13, 10/17, 10/19, 10/20 and 10/21.
Magic Bag • 10/11
Oklahoma native JD McPherson is bringing his rock/R&B unique hybrid to Ferndale on Thursday, and when we say R&B, we're talking rhythm and blues – the kind of musical amalgamation that is inspired by everyone from Art Neville to Little Richard, Led Zeppelin and the Wu-Tang Clan. Taking things back to the roots of both rock n' roll and R&B, this is a rare opportunity to see a true artist at work. Doors at 8 p.m., tickets are $15. More info at themagicbag.com.
The Psychedelic Furs
Royal Oak Music Theatre • 10/17
Going strong since '77 (with a decade-long break in the '90s), The Psychedelic Furs have managed to keep their talent intact and sounding sharp. The alt-rock, new wave sextet caught their big break with "Pretty in Pink" – something you'll remember from the titular 1986 John Hughes film. Brothers Richard and Tim Butler will be marching the band into Royal Oak at 7:30 p.m., with special guest The Lemonheads opening. More info at romtlive.com.