Culture City Weekend Calendar: Gatsby Lawn Party, Dally in the Alley and Historic Indian Village Yard Sale

Download of the Week

Coming Home to Texas“ by Leon Bridges


Low-key southern soul revivalist Leon Bridges and producer  MICK just dropped a mixtape outta nowhere called Coming Home To Texas. The freee album is comprised of  re-worked songs from Bridges’ debut record with fellow Texans and iconic MCs such as Slim Thug and Bun B with samples from Geto Boys and UGK. Strike a pose. Looking for a song to throw on while tearing apart your wardrobe? Dig this jam, it’s latest from one of Detroit’s most promising party soundtrackers, the art-pop breakout wunderkind, Duane the Brand New Dog.

This Week’s Calendar

Tal National @ DIA’s Friday Night Live | Friday, September 11 @ 7 & 8:30

Tal National is one of West Africa’s most dynamic bands. They deliver big drums and gleaming guitars with high-life-esque melodies. It’s a can’t-miss show (two, really) for you serious, globally minded music heads.

Dally in the Alley @ Cass Corridor | Saturday, September 12 @ 11 AM to 11 PM

Nearing in on 40 years of Cass Corridor cultural celebration, Detroit’s neighborhood block party, Dally in the Alley, presents a magical melange of bands, artists, and vendors that together create a singular vibe one can only experience at this one-day festival of arts and community.

Detroit Gatsby Lawn Party @ Palmer Park | Sunday, September 13 from 11 Am to 5 PM

For one day, Detroit’s Palmer Park will be transformed and transported to the 1920s.  Attendees will dress in flapper-era fashion and enjoy food, cocktails and camaraderie to celebrate the past, present, and future Detroit.  

Folks & Blues DAY @ Lo! and Behold Records & Books | Sunday, September 13 @ 5 PM

A folk and blues day party is going down in Hamtramck to help support the ongoing efforts of mainstay musician, store owner and label head Richie Wholfeil. The man is on a  mission to not only unite people through old-time Americana, bluegrass, gospel, hollers, and deep south blues, but to record those local musicians who carry the tradition of playing it.

Architecture & Nature: Designing  for Today’s Urban Landscape @ Culture Lab Detroit| Friday, September 11 @ 6:30 inside the DIA

Culture Lab Detroit fosters conversations and collaborations between Detroit and the international design community. Through public discussions, exhibitions, public art projects, and creative partnerships, Culture Lab Detroit explores the vital role of culture in the mindful regeneration of the city.

KUPERUS & MILLER: Discreet Vulgarities @ Simone DeSousa Gallery | Friday, September 11 @ 6 PM

Adult. make the kind of noisey, cerebral, nocturnal, rawkus electronic music that’s appreciated in Detroit but adored by fans in South America and throughout Europe. The Ghostly International recording artists are also accomplished visual artists and this exhibition presents a much-anticipated opportunity to delve into the other creative corridors of their ongoing artful collaboration.  

Fashion D.Fined @ Detroit Historical Society | Friday, September 11 @ 6 PM

Enjoy this captivating new exhibit with drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live models featuring Detroit designs. If you like what you see, then peruse the pop-up shops showcasing items from Detroit Denim, Peacock Room, Will Leather Goods and more!

The Thurston Moore Band @ The Loving Touch | Sunday, September 13 @ 9 PM

What do you need to know? Thurston Moore is one of the most influential musicians in modern music, having helmed the iconic  90s band Sonic Youth. He’s been putting out solo stuff since 1995 and his new material shows no sign of slowing down  

Historic Indian Village Yard Sale | Sat. & Sun. September 12 th & 13th @ 9 PM

Here’s a hoity treasure hunt. See and purchase items from some of the coolest homes and, undoubtedly, homeowners, in Detroit.


Image credit: Leon Bridges

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Travis Wright

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