Jack White kicks off tour, Dearborn’s Ramadan Suhoor fest is back, hip-hop in Eastern Market and more things to do | Things to do | Detroit



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Jack White returns to Detroit Friday and Saturday to kick off his new tour.

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Jack White

Friday April 8 and Saturday April 9: Like many of us, rock star Jack White seems to have emerged from the pandemic shutdowns as a bit of a changed man, now sporting a dyed blue Elvis-esque haircut and reportedly teaming up with a new team. But while most of us were locked into Netflix and playing Nintendo, the Motor City native was busy recording not one but two new full-length solo records – the first being, Fear of the Dawnwill be released on Friday, while the second, Entering Heaven Alive, will be released on July 22. If the first singles are any indication, the first seems to be a louder, more electric and eclectic attempt (tracks like “Taking Me Back” and “Fear of the Dawn” see White turning his guitar amp apparently at 11. , while “Hi- De-Ho” will feature a Cab Calloway sample and a feature from rapper Q-Tip), while the latter will be a quieter, more acoustically driven effort (with “Taking Me Back” reprised as a more folk version). White has also dubbed his upcoming tour “The Supply Chain Issues Tour,” which isn’t just a brutal response to the economic woes we are all experiencing; he recently shot a video at his Third Man Records Pressing facility in Detroit, urging the major labels — Warner Bros., Universal and Sony — to invest in rebuilding their own vinyl record production plants. The tour kicks off in Detroit with double dates at White’s beloved Masonic Temple; the Sugar Tradition and Olivia Jean are also on the program both nights. —Lee DeVito

Doors at 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays in the Masonic Temple; 500 Temple Street, Detroit; 313-832-7100; themesonic.com. Tickets start at $50.

Art, Beats + Lyrics

Friday, April 8: Celebrating 17 years of hip-hop and urban art in cities across the country, the traveling pop-up Art, Beats, + Lyrics comes to Detroit for the first time on Friday. The one-day festival features work by more than 50 visual artists, music performances and plenty of booze. The festival is hosted by Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey (hence the drink) and curated by the arts organization Cult Creative. It started in 2004 as a local Atlanta art show and over the years has grown into a national festival featuring acts like Kendrick Lamar and Snarky Puppy. Friday’s show will feature an appearance by Southern rapper Bun B and art from ArrrtAddict (aka Lisette Correa) and Charly Palmer, who recently did a cover for Time magazine. —Randiah Camille Green

Doors will open at 7pm on Friday, April 8, and the event will run until midnight; Eastern Market, Detroit. Entry is free, but you must RSVP at artbeatsandlyrics.com. Must be 21 years of age or older to participate.

Ramadan Suhoor Festival

Friday 8 April to Sunday 30 April: The Ramadan Suhoor festival is back after a two-year hiatus and this year it’s taking over Dearborn’s parking lot in Fairlane Town Center with over 50 food trucks and vendors. The outdoor culinary spectacle is held in honor of Ramadan, when Muslim practitioners fast from dawn to dusk. As such, the festival takes place from 11pm to 3am (worshippers can eat before and after Lent every day). “Suhoor” is the meal eaten before sunrise during Ramadan to persuade Muslims during their fast. Although the festival is relatively new, as of 2018, it draws thousands of people a day from the Midwest and even Canada. And it is not only visited by Muslims. Everyone from self-proclaimed foodies to night owls or those just wanting to learn more about Ramadan is welcome. —Randiah Camille Green

The festival lasts from April 8 to April 30 every Friday and Saturday from 11pm to 3am; ramandansuhoorfest.com. There is an entrance fee of $1.

The potency test

Saturday April 9: In another life, Benjamin Sobczak was a rapper who fronted the hip-hop group Mice & Musicians. Now a cannabis lawyer for Michigan-based cannabis chain Pleasantrees, his love of music hasn’t gone away. Sobczak and Pleasantrees help raise the next generation of local musicians with the Potency Test, a new battle of the bands-style competition in which the winner earns $5,000 in cash and studio time. Participating performers include Pontiac rapper Arie KD, Lansing rapper Kwaj, Battle Creek singer-songwriter Sam Luna, Detroit hardcore band Adventurer, Brighton rock band V*A*S*E* and Kalamazoo singer-songwriter Grace Theisen. The six acts will be judged by three guest judges: “White Boy” Rick, the former FBI teen informant recently released from prison, whose story has been told like a Hollywood movie and a cameo from Eminem on the Starz show. BMF, which also launched its own cannabis brand, The 8th; Chad Nicefield, frontman of rock band Wilson; and Pontiac City Councilor Melanie Rutherford, who is also a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter. All proceeds will also go to charity. —Lee DeVito

Event kicks off Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 PM in the Crofoot Ballroom; 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-858-9333; thecrofoot.com. Tickets are $5.

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