Hip Hop Weeklies

May 5, 2008

With the variety of concerts that occur in Michigan, it’s easy to overlook the weekly events that are happening here. This is why I decided to choose three of my favorite weekly Hip Hop events and let everyone know about them. “Elevation,” “The Next Big Thing” and “Throwback Thursdays” are three surefire ways to satisfy your Hip Hop fix. Whether you like to dance, to go out and have a drink with your friends or to chill and listen to good music, each one of these nights is the place to be.

First up we have Elevation. Hosted by Buff 1 with resident DJ’s Graffiti and Benny Ben, this is a night that I never miss. Dubbed the Chill Lounge, you’ll hear Hip Hop, Soul and Breaks all night long. Besides great music, Elevation also offers one of the few remaining Hip Hop open mics in Michigan along with monthly guest performances. This Sunday (May 11) is going to be no exception with a special guest performance by Invincible, which you definitely don’t want to miss it.

What: Elevation
Every Sunday
Firefly Club (637 S. Main St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104)
Buff 1
Graffiti & Benny Ben
$3 before 11pm, $5 after
21+ w/ID

P.S. If you’re not in the Ann Arbor area Elevation also goes down in Lansing and Los Angeles, CA. While I haven’t made it out to either of these Elevations yet, I’m sure that they are just as live as Ann Arbor. (Editor’s Note from William Ketchum III: Elevation Lansing is pretty official too; an Othello performance is always worth the ticket.)

What: Elevation Lansing
Every Sunday
Rendezvous (226 E. Grand River Avenue Lansing, MI 48906)
$3 for 21+, $5 for 18+
18+ w/ID

What: Elevation West
Currently on Hiatus

Up next is “The Next Big Thing” with Uncle Paulie, DJ Benny Ben and DJ Dez. While I personally can’t make it out to this one every week, when I do make it out it never disappoints. This night is a must for those who love Detroit Hip Hop, you will be sure to hear some gems from your favorite Detroit artists as well as other classic Hip Hop both old and new. Each week also features a different live performance by some of Michigan’s most talented artists.

What: The Next Big Thing
When: Every Tuesday
Where: Northern Lights Lounge (660 W. Baltimore Detroit, MI 48202)
DJ’s: Uncle Paulie, DJ Dez & DJ Benny Ben
Doors: 9pm
Cover: $5
Ages: 21+ w/ID

Last but certainly not least is “Throwback Thursdays” with Athletic Mic League’s Trés Styles and’s Resident DJ, DJ C4. While this is a newcomer to the scene, it still holds its own amongst the other events. Throughout the night you’ll hear 80’s and 90’s Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Funk with a little Top 40 Dance mixed in. With no cover and drink specials all night, there’s really no reason to miss it.

What: Throwback ThursdaysWhen: Every Thursday
When: Every Thursday
Live @ PJ’s (102 S. First St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104)
Host: Trés Styles
Doors: 10pm
Cover: FREE
Ages: 21+ w/ID


  1. Joe says:

    I heard they gig Friday’s at Geecha Bleu or whatever that spot is around the corner from the pig

    May 8th, 2008 at 4:14 am

  2. d_enajetic says:

    Here’s a dope monthly.

    3rd Thursday
    Quality Michigan Hip-Hop
    (Every 3rd Thursday of the Month)
    3087 W 12 Mile Rd.
    Berkley, MI 48072

    Hosted by Tasherre D’Enajetic
    Sounds by DJ PrimeMinister

    May’s Lineup

    May 13th, 2008 at 7:03 am

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