French Montana • St Andrews • 3/6
Making the honor of XXL Magazine's 2012 Freshman Class, Moroccan-born and Bronx-based rapper French Montana has been noted as one of the fastest rising stars in rap. French Montana made his way onto the mainstream radar after guest-starring on songs with rappers like Max B and Rick Ross. Montana appeared on tracks like "Pop That." His highly anticipated debut album, Excuse My French, dropping next month, and has attracted considerable attention from big names in the industry, signing to both Bad Boy Records and Maybach Music, although Montana even runs his own label, Cocaine City Records. The album will feature production by both Diddy and Rick Ross, two of rap's greatest moguls. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 7 p.m. Hit saintandrewsdetroit.com for more info.
Mardi Gras • Majestic Theatre • 3/9
Catch Danny Daze (pictured), Terravita, Photek, Aux 88, Matt Clark and Calico, Jesse James, K@tdog, Kev Kush and Will Munaco as they celebrate the second birthday of Detroit’s own Dirty 313ctronic inside the Majestic Theatre. With four world class headliners performing on one stage as well as five show openers, the night is sure to be one hell of a dance party. In fact, that last time Dirty 313ctronic booked a party in Detroit, they packed the house full of EDM loving Detroiters. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25-$40. Check majesticdetroit.com for more info.
Summer Set • Crofoot • 3/9
The Summer Set are the hottest thing out of Arizona. The Scottsdale based pop-punkers are on the road again, anticipating the release of their new album Legendary, which is slated for release on 4/16, following their 2011 album Everything's Fine. The group has a flair for the comedic, with a track record of doing fast-paced covers of songs by other artists—from Usher's "Love In This Club" to Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me." Their cover of Kiss's "I Wanna Rock and Roll All Nite" was featured on Punk Goes Classic Rock in 2010. Catch them in Pontiac. Tickets are $15 in advance and doors open at 6 p.m. Check out thecrowfoot.com for more info.
Chris Tucker • Fox • 3/9
Chris Tucker has had a lengthy career as a comedian and actor, first starting out on Def Comedy Jam back in the '90s. Tucker reached mainstream success for the first time as Smokey in the Friday series, and also appeared in films such as The Fifth Element, Jackie Brown and Dead Presidents. Tucker is probably best known, however, for his role as Detective Carter in the Rush Hour series, one of the highest-grossing comedy series of all time. The third installment of the series in 2006 made Tucker the highest paid actor in Hollywood at the time. With all this, it's pretty clear Tucker knows how to keep a crowd laughing. His 2011 show in the D sold out, and you won't want to miss this one. Tickets prices vary. The show starts at 8 p.m. See ticketmaster.com for more details.
Citizen Zero • UDetroit Café • 3/16
These guys rock. Not only are they gaining major recognition for their talent, but they found the strength to keep going after the death of band member and brother, Matt Dudley. While deciding on whether Citizen Zero should keep going was not an easy choice, their newest member Sammy Boller was the perfect fit. With their sophomore EP Life Explodes receiving quite the buzz, there's no denying that they're on their way. Be sure to check them out, you won't be disappointed. Doors open at 8 p.m. For more info visit udetroitcafe.com.
Wigs 4 Kidz • Barrister Gardens • 3/6
Fashion and charity collide as expert wig-maker Terrence Davidson delivers 10 custom wigs to children who have suffered hair loss as a result of medical disorders. Davidson's client list includes pop-sensation Nicki Minaj, singer Patti Labelle and supermodel and talkshow host Tyra Banks. After receiving the wigs, the children will take to the runway to show off their new looks as part of the fundraiser. The evening will also include a strolling dinner and live music by Danny D. Regular admission prices are $30; see ww.wigs4kids.org for more info.
Fluid • Bleu • 3/8
A world class night club tends to hold world class events. And a night at Bleu never dissapoints those looking for one hell of an EDM ride. This Friday will be no different for fans of both electronic music and the city's best club. Featuring YOS (pictured) along with Shawn Michaels and Aboudi Issa, the night is sure to heat up the freezing cold city of Detroit. Mixed drink specials will be available all night and patrons can get in free before 11 p.m. with an RSVP. Bachelor and bachelorette party specials are available as well. Doors open at 10 p.m. More info: bleudetroit.com.