Spring is here and the month of May is always popping in Detroit. Aside from Movement Festival Weekend [more on that coming soon] check out some of our top staff picks for this month.

Speaking of the biggest music weekend of the year, don’t miss the opportunity to explore some of our top staff picks going down before the Movement Festival officially kicks off Downtown at Hart Plaza. Everything from Murals and Sliders happening in Highland Park to the Detroit’s biggest and baddest block party with Adidas for The Do-Over.

Nique Love & NLR Exp. // Annamaria // Lu Fuki & Divine Prov.

Friday, May 17th 8pm-12am

Art of Armageddon Beachparty -1517 Putnam Detroit, MI

The super cool Armageddon Beachparty Lounge is one of the coolest hidden gems in Detroit. Co-owners and curators of Art of Armageddon Beachparty have transformed the space into an art gallery and venue in Woodbridge neighborhood. The experience will feature Nique Love Rhodes & The NLR Experience, Annamaria, Lu Fuki and Divine Providence.

$10 Cover

Murals and Sliders IX

Saturday, May 18th 7pm-11pm

Midland Annex Gallery – 333 Midland St Highland Park, MI

This should be a fun night with lots of dope ass art from JIMBO, Cydney Camp, FFTY and many more. Food for your belly’s provided by Master Chef Fresh and sounds by Gulley to help you dance off those damn burgers.

$10 Cover

The Slideshow Series: ‘God Said Give Em Drum Machines’

Tuesday, May 21st 7pm-9pm

Red Bull Arts Detroit – 1551 Winder St Detroit, MI

The new documentary “God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines” with Kristian Hill and Jennifer Washington follows legendary Detroit artist who “invented” Techno. The documentary tracks the culture, political, personal and racial dynamis that have impacted music for the last 30 years. In an amazing presentation of images, you’ll get to see the work of the director thus far as the film is still a work-in-progress. Be prepared for deep dialogue at the end.

More information here

Makings of You: A Spiritual Art Experience

Friday, May 24th – Sunday May 26th 6pm-11pm

Midland Annex Gallery – 333 Midland St Highland Park, MI

This three-day art installation will focus on themes of identity and transformation through visual, performing and healing arts. A majority of the installation has been inspired by pioneer singer/songwriter Curtis Mayfield. Guest are invited to reflect upon who they are and who we are as a collective. Each day will feature something new and exciting, topics and talks led by community members will include ancestral healing, sacred movement and Herbal Allies.

Tickets range from $8-$13, check out how to purchase here.

The Do-Over Detroit Block Party

Sunday, May 26th 2pm-10pm

The Belt – 1260 Library Street Detroit, MI

If you want to go to something low-key or chill… then this ain’t the party for you! The Do-Over is returning to Detroit for The Annual Belt Alley Block Party presented by Adidas Originals. Every year this party packs The Belt with thousands of people and always includes a heavy hitting DJ list. There will be a mystery guest DJ** (stay tuned!) that will promise to be sending shock waves through downtown Detroit mixed in with some classic block party music.


Featured image credit, Bre’Ann White.