Culture Canvas: Detroit’s lesser-known art scene

Hey, it’s Micah! Welcome back to another edition of Culture Canvas. For those who are reading this newsletter for the first time, thanks for taking the time to check it out!

Readers, I need some help.

The NFL Draft is coming up at the end of the month and expected to draw large crowds. The city has invested in signage and touted a display of massive cleat installations painted by Detroiters. But I’m looking to highlight some lesser-known artists and exhibits that help shape Detroit’s arts and culture scene. If you have any tips, send me an email at mwalker@bridgedetroit.com. 

Speaking of Detroit artists, I recently attended my first concert of 2024: The Stoop Lee show at the Magic Stick, who performed alongside fellow artist and TikTok star Curtis Roach. 

Before the show, I did my research on the Detroit natives, including listening to some of their songs on Spotify. I liked the chill vibe of Lee’s “Cerulean City” with fellow rapper Dayo Gold and “Sweetbabyrae,” as well as the indie pop vibes on his newest EP “Dundee.” It takes me back to early 2010s indie acts like Foster the People, MGMT and Empire of the Sun. 

As for Roach, I wanted to look beyond his 2020 viral hit, “Bored in the House.” I liked the Tyler, the Creator vibes of “Commas” and “Stressed Out,” as well as “Hooptie Doo,” a catchy collaboration with Lee. 

Hearing their songs live was even better. Roach kept the crowd entertained with songs like “I’m Good” and “007 with the Afro.” He even busted out an impromptu performance of the Bobby Caldwell classic, “What You Won’t Do For Love.” 

“I don’t know where that came from and I’m sorry,” he said at one point, in response to the audience’s cheers. 

The friendship between Lee and Roach was evident when they took the stage to perform together. 

I talked with both artists before and after the concert for a story on how they’re making a mark in Detroit’s music scene. Check out my story and the awesome photos by  BridgeDetroit contributor Quinn Banks. 

As always, have a wonderful week! 

Until next time,

Micah 


313 Scene

  • The Carr Center, a Midtown institution dedicated to promoting and presenting Black artists, is in danger of shutting down, reported the Detroit Free Press. The center has suffered multiple setbacks since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, including rising costs and significant debt. 
  • Artist and writer Kyle Daniel-Bey has teamed up with artist and activist Jonathan Rajewski to create Entry Points, a Hamtramck-based residency that covers housing costs and utilities for returning juvenile lifers, providing them with  opportunities to exhibit visual art or publish their writing. 
  • Nigerian rapper Rema, known for his hit single “Calm Down” with Selena Gomez, is one of the headliners for Afro Nation Detroit, which takes place Aug. 17-18 at Bedrock’s Douglass Site. The afrobeats festival also features co-headliner PartyNextDoor as well as Detroit rapper Kash Doll. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

What’s Going on in the D?

  • The Detroit Public Library is getting ready for the solar eclipse with several events this week, including crafting from  4-5 p.m. Thursday at the Parkman branch, 1766 Oakman Blvd. Guests will use recycled CDs to paint their own suncatchers and receive a pair of special eclipse glasses.
  • For sports fans, the Detroit Tigers home opener is at 1:10 p.m. Friday against the Oakland Athletics. Tickets start at $87 on Ticketmaster and $99 on the MLB website.
  • Pop/R&B singer PinkPantheress is taking her “Capable of Love” tour to St. Andrew’s Hall at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $146 on Live Nation. 
  • Performing arts space and venue The Jam Handy is hosting the free Detroit Zine Fest from 12-6 p.m. Saturday. Guests will be able to design and write their own zines, or self–published booklets. 

Before you go, here’s the music video for Stoop Lee’s song “Timeskip.”


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