Wayne State University’s music department will get a monetary boost this Saturday -- with your help.
Presented by Steven Anthony Productions, Synergy, a celebration of Detroit’s musical talents, will feature DJs Jenny La Femme, Chrome, and Refugee with Naif on percussions at Elysium Lounge.
“In this recession, even students who are relatively secure economically may find it difficult to pay university costs,” says promoter Steve Mansour. “Through the support of individuals and events such as Synergy, the Wayne State Department of Music will be able to assist more students in fulfilling their dreams and creating the next generation of musicians.”
A portion of the proceeds from Synergy will benefit the WSU Department of Music.
“Local talent is the future of Detroit,” Mansour says. “If we support local (musicians), the environment around Detroit becomes stronger. With the amount of people moving out of Detroit and the state, this provides local talent a reason to stay and represent Detroit.”
Tickets are available at neptix.com.
9 p.m. Saturday, Elysium Lounge, 625 Shelby, Detroit, 313-962-2244. $15.
Dust off your Jordan’s, Air Force 1s, Chuck Taylors and Vans and prepare to compete in the first Kickoff sneaker contest at iLounge in Pontiac.
“The whole concept is to bring sneaker heads out,” says promoter Nhan Tran of FiveStarzEnt, a self-proclaimed sneaker head who recently camped out for four days at Burn Rubber in Royal Oak to score a pair of Nike Air Yeezys. “I’ve seen a lot of shoes and I just want to see something different.”
Cash prizes for the flyest kicks are $200 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. Nail salon gift certificates will also be available for the ladies.
For $10 advance tickets, call Tran at 248-622-6734, Shawn Shina at 248-933-3273 or Kylie Spears at 248-298-9291. Ticket prices double at the door.
10 p.m. Saturday, iLounge, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac, 248-333-2362. $10 in advance, $20 at the door. 21+men, 18+ ladies.
Though summer is just heating up, Crave’s Fuse series is coming to an end.
“This is the long awaited but greatly dreaded conclusion of the Fuse Party series,” says promoter Zach Kashmola.
Fuse, which represents a fusion of food and entertainment, began in March and was produced by Kashmola and promoter Jasmin Medar.
For those who have never been, Kashmola describes the event as an indoor/outdoor party with a “great upscale crowd.”
This week’s session incorporates a runway hair-and-style competition featuring European Tanning and Salon, Coral Beach Tanning & Day Spa, Silk Salon, Raving Beauty and Cool Blue Salon.
“The audience will crown the winner that they like the best and they will receive a $1,000 cash prize and recognition as a trendy-style award winner of Dearborn.”
Sounds will be provided by DJs Dano and Rocboy.
10 p.m. Saturday, Crave Lounge, 22075 Michigan, Dearborn, 313-227-7283. Ladies free. $15 men.
The Royal White Party
While white parties are a dime a dozen now-a-days, DJ David Boji has come up with a way to differentiate his from all the other monochrome affairs around the city – take the party to the water.
“White parties have become sort of a cliché over the years as promoters struggle to continually come up with new and fresh party themes for their event,” says Boji, host of the first Ultra Cruise Festival 2009 white party. “We will defeat this overused party theme by hosting our white party on a $10 million dollar white yacht.”
Boarding on the Ovation yacht begins Sunday at 1 p.m., and it will cruise Lake St. Clair from 1:30-6 p.m. Boji, along with DJs Captn 20 and Prevu and percussionist Jared Sykes will provide the rhythms for the daytime sail.
“I have been strategically waiting for the right time to throw one, and I did not want mine to be the same as other typical white parties from the past,” Boji says.
All tickets to board the three-level, four-deck boat will include complimentary hors d'œuvres like cheeses, fruit, veggies, pastries and chocolate-dipped strawberries, lobster cobbler and more.
1-6 p.m. Sunday, Ovation Yacht - Jefferson Beach Marina, 24400 E. Jefferson, St. Clair Shores. $40.
Rosie O’ Grady’s makes a move
Rosie O’ Grady’s is making moves from West Troy in Ferndale where it's been since 1997 to a 14,000-square-foot building at Nine Mile and Allen Thursday.
“We’re moving this on down the street so that we can have a larger location and a patio,” says a manager at Rosie O’ Grady’s. “We’ve been wanting to remodel this (location) and the owner decided to purchase a new building and start from scratch.”
The vacant building on West Troy will be turned into a Mexican restaurant.
Thursday, Rosie O' Grady's, 279 Nine Mile, Ferndale.
“With a complete makeover and remodeling done to the Comedy Castle, this will insure that the fresh paint and carpet smell stays that way for awhile,” says owner Mark Ridley.
The Comedy Castle will soon join the ranks of the Bosco in Ferndale which went smoke free on July 4.