Written by lashr1999 on 18 Aug, 2006
We had told another friend that we would wake up early today so we could head to the tour early and try to find free parking before the crowds get there. Our plan was to meet up at 9 AM. My other friend…Read More
We had told another friend that we would wake up early today so we could head to the tour early and try to find free parking before the crowds get there. Our plan was to meet up at 9 AM. My other friend said this time was too early to get up on a weekend and kept trying to make the time later, while we kept on saying 9AM. This kept on back and forth until we reached a compromise of 10 AM. Well wouldn’t you know it we work up way after 10AM because of all the partying the day before. We were embarrassed, our other friend was waiting for us with the I told you so look. Anyway, we did end up finding parking and the traffic was not as bad as we had expected. We got to the concert and missed the first acts.
I came to Detroit to see the Vans Warped Tour. For those that do now this is a music and extreme sports event that tours different states created by Kevin Lyman in 1994. Vans has sponsored the tour since 1995. The tours focus on extreme sports has declined over the years and the tour focuses mainly on the music now. In terms of music, when the tour first started out punk rock and ska were played. Now, pop punk and alternative acts have joined the fray.
In 2002 when warped was held in Detroit the concert ran out of food and water. The concert became a miserable experience for those that attended. This year’s tour was more prepared. The venue was bigger in that more streets were closed of and there was more room to move around. It was estimated that 20,000 people came to the show. The sprinkler systems mid-park helped to cool people off. There were 8 stages and 2 main stages.
In total over 60 acts performed for 30 minutes each from 11AM to 9 PM. Here’s a list:
Armor For Sleep
Bullet for My Valentine
Down to Earth Approach
Eight Fingers Down
Everytime I Die
From Autumn to Ashes
Gatsby's American Dream
Gym Class Heroes
Handcuffs and Heals
He is Legend
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Less Than Jake
Manic Sewing Circle
Motion City Soundtrack
My American Heart
Protest the Hero
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Saves The Day
Saves The Day (Acoustic)
Secret Lives Of The Free Masons
Senses Fail (Acoustic)
So They Say
Street Drum Corps
Stretch Arm strong
The Academy Is..
The Blackout Pact
The Early November
The Fully Down
The Living End
The Modern Day Saint
The Pink Spiders
The Vincent Black Shadow
Tip The Van
We are the Fury
Several bands are playing at once but the area is set up to prevent music from one stage disrupting other active stages. You have to pick the band you really want to see and walk or run to catch the act. There is a festival atmosphere there are different merchant and food booths set up around the park. Some tables offered promo cd’s to introduce you to some new bands.
When we arrived Silverstein was playing. We caught the last 2 songs in their show. The crowd was huge and hyped up, lots of crowd surfing going on. After they finished, we caught The Living End, an Australian punk-flavored rockabilly band. I had never heard of this group before and they were awesome, the crowd loved them. I have to say I loved seeing and hearing the guy playing the stand up bass. It was different.
Next we caught Less than Jake.
These guys gave a fun performance and really knew how to get the audience involved in the performance.
I have no idea why there was a mosh pit for a ska band? The band wanted to form a circle pit. They made jokes about it saying that one of there friends said they never heard about it and it sounded obscene and how today they were going to show him what one was. Basically, all you are supposed to do is a group runs around something in a circle and head back. For Detroiters for some reason a crazy few were smacking people on the head when doing this. Probably a Detroit anger management issue I guess. Truthfully, I just stepped to the side no reason to be injured during a vacation.
Helmet rocked their classic 90’s songs Milquetoast and Unsung. With this performance there was an appropriate mosh pit in the middle. There was a crazy guy in a sack that that everyone was looking it. He was gyrating and dancing crazy. It was painful but fun to watch.
Next we caught the The Sound, a Swedish based group. This group may have been my favorite of the show and I hadn’t heard of them before. There performance was very high energy. My friend Sachin who plays the drums commented how the dual drum performance during their show was very innovative. The crowd was rocking out when the lead singer sang Living in America. I did get their cd a week later. I have to say this is one act you have to hear in concert to appreciate. Their cd sounded ok but in concert it is spectacular.
We took a break to walk around and get some much needed hydration. There were a mix of people here to see the tour. There were people with tattoos, mohawks and cool tees. There was a white guy with a kill whitey sign pointing at himself. A lot of people were like us during this part of the show sitting around on the pavement trying to rest and keep cool. No fx was the next band we caught. I have to say they were a disappointment. They spent most of the show talking and trying to make the audience hate them and talking how they did not believe in religion.
They didn’t do what must fans wanted which was perform and play their songs. I wish I had run to catch Aidens performance instead but the thought of walk in the hot sun to get to the other stage made us stay where we were.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts ended our evening. She played opened with her classic Bad Reputation and then sang Crimson and Clover. Her energetic performance of I Love Rock 'n' Roll was my favorite.
She included material from her new album Sinner such as the song Backlash and the songs Riddles. Her song Riddles is pretty good and make you think she sings "Don't claim that you represent me because I don't believe a word that you say" and sings "Clean skies, baby, healthy forests, no child left behind wake up people!"
We ended the evening eating at the Pegasus at the Greektown casino. The food was pretty good. One this you have to try is the cheese. They put some type of alcohol on it the light it and a flame bursts out in front of you. It’s pretty cool. I wonder if there were any accidents with women with lots of hair products in their hair. Anyway, we decided to call it an early night on account of my 6 AM flight back home. All in all Warped tour was fun and exhausting and worth the trip. Tell me about your Warped experiences if you have been to one. Anyone else go to the one in Detroit?
Written by lashr1999 on 14 Aug, 2006
210 South Fifth Street
near the university
This Middle Eastern restaurant just opened about 2 months ago and is quite close to the university. It is a small restaurant with some good middle eastern food. We ate some appetizers of Kibbeh and Dolma. Kibbeh are…Read More
210 South Fifth Street
near the university
This Middle Eastern restaurant just opened about 2 months ago and is quite close to the university. It is a small restaurant with some good middle eastern food. We ate some appetizers of Kibbeh and Dolma. Kibbeh are tasty oval shaped balls stuffed with ground lamb and yogurt. Dolma is similar to the Greek stuffed grape leaves. They are vine leaves stuffed with rice and ground meat. Dolma is a bit dryer than the Greek grape leaves. The food was good and the waitress kept asking what we needed.
After eating, my friends smoked the hookah, which is a traditional Middle Eastern smoking pipe. The tobacco smoke is filtered though some water at the bottom. The smoke comes in a variety of flavors, such as apple and watermelon. My friends tried and enjoyed the apple flavor. I didn’t try it, since I don’t smoke, but it was funny watching them make smoke rings and pretending they were smoking a bong.
My friends were trying to figure out how to relight the coal for the pipe when a Middle Eastern gentleman from the next table helped them light. He stated that to enhance the flavor we should order some mint tea, which we did. We talked about various places to travel, how Detroit had changed, and how he always wanted to have a house on the water and now he had two. When the tea did come, my friends said the gentleman was right.
Now, when school is out, you can sit down and actually hear the conversation since the place is new and not crowded. I suspect once September rolls around, the place will start getting buzz from the college kids close by, across the street, and the place will be packed.
220 E Ann Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
This is a pretty cool hands on museum geared towards kids. One the first floor you can create you own floor plans for a house and build a chimney. You can learn how a toilet works by…Read More
220 E Ann Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
This is a pretty cool hands on museum geared towards kids. One the first floor you can create you own floor plans for a house and build a chimney. You can learn how a toilet works by flushing a toilet that is cut in half. We laughed since it brought to mind a certain episode of jackass. Walking around you find out how gears and brakes work by turning wheels and pushing different buttons.
When you walk upstairs different piano keyboard notes are played. My friend kept hopping up and down the stairs. There is an organ that you play with sandals that sound like the tubes the Blue Man’s group plays. My friend was considering taking of their slippers to better play this. There is a large keyboard that you jump on to play notes it was cool to see people doing this. There is a tornado wind tunnel that forms a mini tornado inside it and a wand that can form a soap bubble around you.
A computer exhibit can show you how to design, advertise and market a pen. Also cool was creating a code so you friend on the other end could for example touch their nose or stand on their toes. On this level there is a general store were you can see old advertising posters and prices for various items, here you could see how much 10c could buy you back in those days and try a working antique radio.
Bottom line is that this museum is hands on fun for kids and the parents that take them. We just stumbled upon the museum after eating and having a few drinks. Since we had nothing to do we went in and we had a good time. Admission is $7 and free for those under 2 years old.
200 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Bd’s Mongolian Restaurant introduces you to a pretty cool, interactive dining experience. You create you own dish from ingredients that are provided. You can choose to follow the suggested recipes the restaurant provides or go off…Read More
200 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Bd’s Mongolian Restaurant introduces you to a pretty cool, interactive dining experience. You create you own dish from ingredients that are provided. You can choose to follow the suggested recipes the restaurant provides or go off on your own and make your own savory creations. They provide fresh meats such as pork, seafood, chicken, and beef. You can add in vegetables such as carrots, mushrooms, onions, and different salads. Top off your dish with a variety of pastas, dry spices, and sauces.
Once your raw creation is ready, you hand off your dish to one of three master grillers, who cook your dish on a 7-foot community grill with other patron’s dishes. You get to watch as your dish sizzles and is seared to perfection on the grill, and the grillers chant as your meal is cooking. The grillers have to be experts to keep everyone’s dishes from blending together.
Once the dishes were ready we walked to an outside table. The food was great, and if it isn’t, you have no one to blame but yourself! A cold beer complemented the meal. The service was great, as we were taken to our table and given our refreshments immediately. Since you prepare the food, the service can be as slow as you are.
The concept of this type of dining comes from centuries ago, when the ruler Khan organized hunting parties in Mongolia. They would hunt several days then gather and celebrate their successes. They would gather together, slice meat and vegetables with their swords, and cook the food on their overturned shields. Khan and the best warriors would sit above the people and eat from a large grill.
One thing to remember is that if you are allergic to anything you should tell the staff and the griller. That way the griller can cook your food separately.
Written by MJB1103 on 08 Sep, 2005
If you get a chance, go to see Downtown Royal Oak. This is truly one of our best walking towns.
Park your car in a structure or lot and start the walk up and down Main Street and Washington Street. You will find a mishmash of…Read More
If you get a chance, go to see Downtown Royal Oak. This is truly one of our best walking towns.
Park your car in a structure or lot and start the walk up and down Main Street and Washington Street. You will find a mishmash of shops selling anything from boutique wears to heavy-metal leather goods. Hair salons to jewelry shops, trendy to classical to resale, it's all here.
There are tons of restaurants in case you are hungry: Mongolian BBQ, Beruit Palace, Fuddruckers, Memphis Smoke, Little Tree (sushi), and the list goes on and on. There are diner-style hamburger joints all the way to elegant Italian. Goodnight Graceies is a cigar bar, whereas just a few blocks away, you'll find Tom's oyster bar. Every taste can really be satisfied. There are many great dessert places as well, like ColdStone creamery, Astoria bakery, and Stucci's, just to name a few. If you want coffee, there are plenty of coffee houses, too.
There is the Royal Oak Music theater that is host to many concerts and shows, as well as the Main Art theater for the artsy film buff.
Royal Oak used to be the "city next door." If you couldn't afford a new house in a neighboring city, Royal Oak would have an affordable option. All that has changed. Now the city has hit its "the place to be" status, with high-priced homes and new loft condos going up everywhere. If you don't live there already, it'll cost ya to get there now.
Once a year in the summer, they have a huge flea market/garage sale held in the main parking structure off Washington. There are four floors of treasures to shop the whole weekend long.
The Farmer's Market on 11 Mile, just east of Main Street, is open every Saturday morning. Farmers will come with their veggies, fruit, chickens, and eggs. There's a baker usually with fresh bread, and once in a while, you get flats of flowers and potted plants, depending on the season.
Thursday evenings in the summer bring out all the motorcycles, and they park up and down Main Street for viewing.
They have Mark Ridleys Comedy Club and plenty of bars and nightclubs for all the night owls and dancers. Check out the upstairs at Sangrias for a party good time!!
The city of Royal Oak sits between 10 and 14 Mile roads from south to north and from Woodward Avenue to Campbell road from west to east. Currently, lodging is not available in the city, but not for long. They have plans for a beautiful luxury hotel right there on Washington Street.
Written by CraigK on 21 Jun, 2004
There is an area in the city’s center the locals call Greektown. It runs from Randolph to St. Antoine along Monroe Street and its about two city blocks long. The area might be small but since it hasn’t undergone the decay that the…Read More
There is an area in the city’s center the locals call Greektown. It runs from Randolph to St. Antoine along Monroe Street and its about two city blocks long. The area might be small but since it hasn’t undergone the decay that the rest of the city center has experienced, it can give the visitor a sense of how things used to look when there area was young and bustling with newly arrived immigrants.
As we wandered around the area looking for a place to eat (these days it’s filled with shops, bars and restaurants), we found the crowds to be surprising light even though it was the start of Memorial Weekend. We passed a host of Greek restaurants, but decided on Pizza Papalis. It has apparently earned some best pizza awards from a few local publications and it turned out to be a good bet.
Speaking of bets, the Greektown Casino dominates the area. I’m guessing that most of the pedestrian traffic we saw in Greektown that night was generated by people who came to the area looking to make a wager or two. Gambling isn’t my thing so we skipped the casino, but judging from the tourist pamphlets, there are slot machines, blackjack tables and all the other creative games they’ve devised to separate you from your hard earned cash.
The Atheneum Hotel is located on the eastern edge of Greektown and, along with the casino, serves as an upscale anchor to the area. We didn’t stay there (rooms were running over $200 a night), but we did drop by just to have a look. The lobby that evening was filled with teenagers on their way to the prom in one of the ballrooms upstairs. As you enter, to your left, you see a stylish bar that opens into the lobby. To your right, off towards the corner, are the bathrooms that come in handy if you are walking around the area with kids. Just act like you’re staying there and no one will question you.
If you're in the area and happen to collect Hard Rock pins, or happen to be a fan of Hard Rock Café cuisine, the café is located on Monroe Street, not exactly in Greektown, a couple of well lit blocks east of the Atheneum Hotel.
Street parking is available but limited. Don’t wander off and park too far away. You are, after all, in Detroit. There is a pricey parking garage on the east end of Greektown and at least one pay parking lot on Monroe Street. It’s easy to find because there is a guy on the street with an orange flag waving customers into the lot. The cost is about $6-7, but the location makes it a decent value since Greektown is less than ½ a block away. If you’re close to a People Mover Station, cough up 50 cents and hop on board. There is a Greektown stop.
Written by CraigK on 14 Jun, 2004
I ended up in downtown Detroit on Memorial Weekend with my family (don’t ask why, it’s a long story). The kids were kind of scratching their heads over my choice in weekend getaways. All their friends were heading to the beach or the…Read More
I ended up in downtown Detroit on Memorial Weekend with my family (don’t ask why, it’s a long story). The kids were kind of scratching their heads over my choice in weekend getaways. All their friends were heading to the beach or the lake and they end up in an urban center with a dubious reputation. What can I say? I love big cities and Detroit seemed like a good challenge.
I’ve heard stories about being careful where you go in the Motor City. This point was driven home the first night we were there and I found myself a little too far north of Comerica Park. I decided to turn around, but instead of making a U-turn, I turned left into a side street to "make the block." Half a block off of Woodward the street got dark and lots of guys were hanging around the corner. You get the scene. It ain’t Disneyland. The moral of this story is: when in downtown Detroit, keep to the well-lit streets and know where you’re going. It can get dodgy quick.
I’m going to have to come back to Detroit in a couple years to see what kind of progress has been made in the city’s center. The area seems to be revitalizing and people are (slowly) moving back. With the addition of the casinos and the large-scale development up and down Woodward Avenue (Compuware's new headquarters is in the Woodward corridor), progress downtown has a chance. For those interested in the city’s architecture and want an insight into the struggle Detroit is having in saving it’s past, a good place to start would be detroityes.com.
I suggest visitors take a ride on the Detroit People Mover (during the day) for a tour of Downtown. It only costs 50 cents and it makes a full loop around the city’s center, getting people to Greektown, Comerica Park or the convention center quickly and efficiently. It also offers a panoramic vista of downtown. From the tram’s elevated position you can see a lot of crumbling buildings, but just as many under new construction for office space and apartments. When I was there, there was a visible police presence onboard. For a little helpful research on the people mover, try www.thepeoplemover.com.
I am a big fan of public transportation. However, unlike Chicago, New York or even Los Angeles, the rest of Detroit’s public transit system seems like an afterthought, designed to move people that don’t have a choice in how they get around. There’s not even a public shuttle to get people from the airport into the city. That being said, you must have a car if you plan on visiting.
Written by RyanFltAttdt on 17 Dec, 2002
Have you ever wanted to go up in the air, not as high as a jet, but high enough to give a different view on things? Well, I did, I have, and I want to tell you about it. Who knows. You may want to…Read More
Have you ever wanted to go up in the air, not as high as a jet, but high enough to give a different view on things? Well, I did, I have, and I want to tell you about it. Who knows. You may want to try as well.
In Waterford, Michigan there is an airport, Oakland Pontiac International. No scheduled service, just a business/cargo/personal airport. One of the busiest in the state. At PTK, there are many different companies, as well as a variety of planes for any enthusiast to see. DaimlerChrysler flies an A319 into the airport, sometimes direct from Germany. Sports teams land there when they play local teams, Volkswagon of America has a base there.
Also, there are smaller operators, some of whom offer what are called "Discovery flights". One of which is American Flight. You can go in there, and tell them you would like to take one of these Discovery Flights, and they will get you signed up. A certified pilot takes you up in one of a number of different aircraft types, all single engine prop, from a Cessna 172 to a Piper Arrow. You can do a basic flyover of the area, or if there is a specific area you want to see, they are usually accomodating.
When I go up, I like to point turns over my mother's house. It is a real thrill to be up in the air looking down at everyone and everything. Most rides are about 1 hr long, and you can bring a camera and take pictures from the air. It is very exciting. A must try for those of you who love planes, or know someone who does. I took my girlfriend on our first date on one of these flights, and the smile on her face was, and still is, priceless.
If you don't live near here, check with your local airport. Not the majors, like Detroit or Chicago, but the smaller local ones usually have some sort of variation on this theme. Happy Flying!
Written by tiltedhalo on 01 Dec, 2001
The largest outlet mall in this area is Birch Run located on I75 at exit 136. Bircch Run is run by Prime Outlets and boasts being one of the largest outlet malls in the US with over 147 outlet shops. I spent 2 full…Read More
The largest outlet mall in this area is Birch Run located on I75 at exit 136. Bircch Run is run by Prime Outlets and boasts being one of the largest outlet malls in the US with over 147 outlet shops. I spent 2 full days at the mall and STILL didn't see everything I wanted to see. All of the standard outlets are here (Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Maidenform, etc) as well as a host of outlets that are hard to find elsewhere such as Spiegel, Bed Bath and Beyond and even Bose. I didn't come home as rich as I left but my suitcases were bulging with new clothes. Spiegel typically runs a 50% off the last marked price on all the clothing. Be prepared to spend time digging through piles and racks to locate your treasure.
Across the other side of the highway is Michigan's fun town Frankenmuth. Frankenmuth is a great place to shop for antiques, have a german brew and not to be missed is Bronners Christmas Wonderland - the largest Christmas Store in the world! Open 361 days of the year, Bronner's features over 50,000 trims and gifts.
Bronner's Silent Night Memorial Chapel is open daily for viewing and meditation. Every evening from dusk to midnight, Bronner's ½-mile long Christmas Lane glistens with thousands of twinkling lights. Over two million people, including 2,000 group tours, visit Bronner's attraction annually
If that isn't enough shopping then travel south about 25 miles to Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills (Exit 84). Great Lakes Crossing is Detroits premier shopping destination and since it's just 15 minutes outside of the city it's convenient at any time of the year. The mall blends theme entertainment and dining with more than 200 exciting, value-oriented and regular-priced stores. Great Lakes Crossing has six-themed and architecturally distinctive areas in a 1.4 million square foot structure. Some of the exciting places include Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World (five football fields worth of outdoor gear and shopping fun), GameWorks (hi-tech indoor playland developed by Steven Spielberg's guidance), Alcatraz Brewing Company (a prison-themed restaurant complete with a miniature Golden Gate Bridge), Rainforest Cafe, Neiman-Marcus Last Call Clearance Center and Harley Davidson merchandise outlet.
If you don't want to drive all the way to Birch Run for your outlet wares and want a change from Great Lakes then travel up I23 to Howell and visit the Kensington Valley Outlets. Again with over 80 outlets you'll be busy for the day. I had a difficult time entering this outlet when I went since I made the mistake of driving right through Howell on I23. A smarter move is to take the I96 exit towards Lansing and then you can't miss the complex. Once again, you will find all of your favorite outlets here. Don't miss the Hot Dog Construction Company for the best "dogs" in Michigan.
550 Forest AvPlymouth, MI
While walking around I saw the Thee Dog Bakery they have excellent looking cakes, cupcakes and cookies except they are made for dogs. If you did not see the name of the store you would probably take these goodies home to…Read More
550 Forest AvPlymouth, MI
While walking around I saw the Thee Dog Bakery they have excellent looking cakes, cupcakes and cookies except they are made for dogs. If you did not see the name of the store you would probably take these goodies home to eat yourself. I brought an assortment of cookies for 10$ for my dog and even got him a personalized cookie for $1.Don’t let the look of the cookies fool you the ingredients they contain are actually healthy for dogs. They use whole grains, peanut butter, apples, canola oil, carob oats, carob, honey and other natural ingredients. The chocolate looking covering, which could make your dog sick if it actually was chocolate, is actually carob. Carob is actually high in vitamins and minerals which are good for your dog.The concept of the Three Dog Bakery started in 1989 when 2 guys had the idea to make healthy dog treats. They had discussions with vets on the ingredients to use. Then they tried different recipes and feed it to their three dogs and then to other neighborhood dogs. They then opened the bakery selling the products their pets liked. Later other franchises like this one in MI opened.While there they were making wafers for dogs. These were the same yummy wafers that My friend Jess from Ohio’s mother makes that you can use for ice cream, except they don’t have the added sugar of liquorish drops in it. The owner said that they are made to be healthy fir dogs but humans can eat it as well. She gave us one of the wafers to try. They tasted good but they didn’t have sugar in them. When I got home I left some of the cookies out on the table. I told them to take one. After they all finished eating, I told them that they had eaten a dog cookie. They didn’t believe me until they saw the wrapper. They had thought it was a diet cookie without the sugar. My dog enjoyed the remaining cookies later on.