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WAKING WINDOWS FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE GUIDE: DAY THREE

Day Three of Waking Windows switches from the vibe from Day Two with styles of rock n roll, punk and lo-fi all on display at El Club. Attendees should brace for irrepressible performances from eminent musicians on the contemporary circuit. PLAYGROUND DETROIT’s Hailey Dukes top picks for the final day of Waking Windows to catch […]

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WAKING WINDOWS FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE GUIDE: DAY TWO

Day Two of Waking Windows Festival line-up is appropriately named, “Hip- Hop, R&B/ Funk Dance Party,” taking a rhythmic turn with an impressive roster of contemporary Detroiters and visiting veterans. PLAYGROUND DETROIT’s Hailey Dukes gets down to it to help guide all your two-steps and best dance moves to some of the top performances of […]

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WAKING WINDOWS FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE GUIDE: DAY ONE

For the first time, Waking Windows Festival is coming to Detroit after its origins in Vermont. After it’s debut pit-stop in the Motor City it will soon continue to Portland, Oregon.  El Club will host the new three-day music festival in Southwest Detroit from July 21st-23th 2017.  To help navigate through this incredible weekend line-up, check […]

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INTERVIEW: WAKING WINDOWS FESTIVAL CO-FOUNDER NICK MAVODONES III

Taking an idea or place laying quietly dormant and giving it new life is a process  often witnessed in the city of Detroit. Waking Windows co-founder Nick Mavodones III has mirrored this concept in developing the Waking Windows Festival seven years ago in Vermont- and it’s now hitting Southwest Detroit’s El Club on July 21-23th […]

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MOONRISE FUNDRAISER FOR MAYORAL CANDIDATE INGRID LAFLEUR FEAT. MGUN, HAUTE TO DEATH & MORE

Mayoral Candidate Ingrid Lafleur does it all but now she needs you to help make a difference in the community of Detroit! A native Detroiter, Ingrid Lafleur has spent years building the community through her work as a curator, community activist, teacher, speaker, local arts advocate and founder of AFROTOPIA. A spiritual leader in tune […]

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EL CLUB LAUNCHES KICKSTARTER TO OPEN THE VERNOR CAFE IN SOUTHWEST DETROIT

El Club is an all-ages music venue located in Southwest Detroit; owner Graeme Flegenheimer opened the doors to what was once the “Mexican Fiesta Center” in May 2016, and since has been committed to providing an inclusive space for diverse and exciting programming. On the block that the venue occupies, there is a corner building […]

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VEGAN PUNK CHEF CLARA CAKES HOSTS SPECIAL POP-UP DINNER SERIES TO CELEBRATE HER VEGAN COOK BOOK RELEASE

Local foodies rejoice for more opportunities to taste a fresh variety of innovative recipes at El Club. Since opening in 2016 Pepe Z Pizza, brainchild of Chef Matt Ziolkowksi, has introduced a culinary staple at the new venue in Southwest Detroit saving clubgoers from the late night food desert that many Detroiters are so painfully […]

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PLAYGROUND PICK // JAMES LINCK TO PERFORM FAREWELL SHOW AT EL CLUB WSG DR ILLINGSWORTH, JAWS THAT BITE & EDDIE LOGIX

On January 13, Detroit sends James Linck off to the Golden State with a soiree presented by Sound and Silence Magazine at El Club.  Accompanied by local beat buffs and vocal visionaries, Linck will share the stage with some of Detroit’s emerging and established talent in a beautifully stacked lineup. Cousin Mouth, Doctor Illingsworth, Eddie […]

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HIP-HOP QUEEN LIZZO IS BRINGING THE HEAT WITH NEW EP OIL COCONUT OIL AT EL CLUB

Girl power powerhouse and maven of hip-hop divinity Lizzo has made a reputation of spitting fire, truth and authentic rhymes that embody a big girl in a small world. Her trajectory, propelled by her religious upbringing in Detroit and her inspired move to Houston, Texas, is still taking shape, leaving any and all doors open to […]

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PLAYGROUND PICK // TWIN PEAKS ROCKS DETROIT FROM CHICAGO AT EL CLUB

Chicago five-piece lo-fi DIY rock darlings, Twin Peaks, are no strangers to churning out riotous and anthemic jams. Cadien James, Clay Frankel, Jack Dolan, Conner Brodner and Colin Croom are chasing the tail of their third and most well-rounded record Down In Heaven released earlier this year. Known for their disheveled psychedelia, Twin Peaks found […]

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PLAYGROUND PICK // WE ARE SCIENTISTS WSG TART LIVE AT EL CLUB 11/30

Post indie survivalist sweethearts, We Are Scientists formed thirteen years ago as a time killing lark on a college campus in California. While many acts from the same blissful era of upbeat minimalist rock have since faded into voluntary obscurity, Keith Murray and Chris Cain’s playful approach and riotous beats have kept their infectious sound […]

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PLAYGROUND PICK // STRANGER THINGS COMPOSERS KYLE DIXON & MICHAEL STEIN LEAD QUARTET SURVIVE PERFORMING ON NOVEMBER 5 EL CLUB

Detroit is no stranger to electronic music. This weekend on Saturday November 5th, El Club hosts experimental synth quartet S U R V I V E. Fresh off the release of their “RR7349”album, Kyle Dixon, Michael Stein, Adam Jones and Mark Donica continue to put an inventive twist on a throwback sound. Earlier this year band members […]

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