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Anita Baker returns to hometown of Detroit

Last show in Motor City was in 2008


Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published June 8, 2022

July 22 will be a huge night in the Motor City when Anita Baker brings nearly four decades of hits back to her hometown. Little Caesars Arena will host the Detroit-raised diva and eight-time Grammy winner, marking her first Detroit-area show since she stopped by DTE Music Center in Clarkston, Michigan, north of Detroit, in 2010. 

Her last concert actually in  Detroit was when she played the opening show at the Sound Board at Motor City Casino in October 2008. Prior to  that, it was a gig at the Fox Theatre in July 1995. 

Porno for Pyros in Chicago

Porno for Pyros, fronted by Lollapalooza founder and Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell, will perform at an official Lollapalooza “Aftershow” at the Metro in Chicago on July 30. Porno for Pyros doesn’t play a lot of shows these days, so this one will be a must-see for fans. 

The band reunited in 2020 after a long hiatus in order to perform as part of Lollapalooza’s Lolla2020 livestream, a COVID-19 friendly event that fans watched at home.

Jimmy Eat World tour

Jimmy Eat World are heading out this fall on the “Something Loud Tour.” 

Originally from Mesa, Arizona, Jimmy Eat World broke out in 2001 with their album Bleed American and followed it up with the chart-topping Futures in 2004. 

The trek begins at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on Sept. 8, leading into a show at Kemba Live! in Columbus, Ohio, the following night as well as a show at Saint Andrew’s Hall in Detroit on Sept. 11. They will also be on the bill of Riot Fest in Chicago on Sept. 18. Charly Bliss will open the headline shows. 

Melvins add tour dates

Melvins have added an additional 43 dates that will follow their summer “Electric Roach Tour,” which will make a stop in Detroit at El Club on July 3. 

“The Five-Legged Tour” kicks off on Sept. 5 and runs all the way through the end of October with a stop at The Vogue in Indianapolis on Sept. 23, The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids on Sept. 24, and A&R Music Bar in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 26. 

Helms Alee and Harsh Mellow open the Detroit show while We Are the Asteroid will open the other three shows. Melvins’ early work played a key part in the development of sludge metal and grunge in the ’90s.

Emo festival in Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s Riverbend Music Center is the place emo fans will want to be when the “Is For Lovers” festival stops there Sept. 8. 

The festival will be split across three stages, with a headlining set from Descendents and performances from Bayside, The Wonder Years, Hawthorne Heights, Senses Fail, Story of the Year, Emery, Knuckle Puck, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Crimson Apple, Bad Luck and Mint Green

“Every single band playing is one we either grew up loving, have played alongside or simply enjoy hanging out with,” Hawthorne Heights frontman JT Woodruff said in a release. “We wanted the lineup to be diverse, inclusive, and created with a simple goal: love and community.” 

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