Hip in Detroit, the name says it all, and there’s a strong chance you’ve heard or seen it at some point in the past four years. What started as an outlet to combat Detroit’s negative publicity has grown into an example for other regional news and media sites aspire towards. HipinDetroit.com is a blog that tells real stories from real Detroiters and highlights the happenings in a city known for it’s rich local scene.
HID is a place where you can get information on the real happenings of what is going down in the city, stripped of the predictable filler others might add for sake of content. You won’t find coverage of bottle service club parties, instead HID focuses on featuring grassroot events, non-profits fundraisers and local music shows. We have two talented women to thank for this: Sadie Q. and Christie Laabs.
Sadie is vivacious and has an ability to be your best friend in an instant. She is knowledgeable on a wide range of music both locally and globally. You can hear the passion in her voice as she declares her love for artists ranging from James Linck to Kanye West. Chirstie, the yin to her yang, is quiet, but certainly has something to say. Their voices intertwine wonderfully, and their taste illuminates the local Detroit music scene.
“We only throw one event a year,” Sadie tells me, referring to their birthday party, which they use to show love to people that support them all year long.
“Our rule is to never has the same bands play,” that is “except for Chris Jarvis (Ancient Language), we repeat him because he is always the DJ between bands, but this is going to be the first year he’s performing himself. He’s amazing and actually did our flyer this year.”
Everything about this event embraces the local culture from the unconventional venue of Zeke’s BBQ, “They don’t have shows here, only for special occasions, the place is awesome and the dude that owns it owned Small’s bar in Hamtramck for 10 years,” to the entertainment ”The event is one of the first times that all the different people that follow our stuff have to be in one room.“
The aspect I personally am most excited about this year is their raffle. Each attendee gets a ticket and a chance to win one of 25 prizes from some of the hottest brands in the city.
“When your number is picked you can choose whatever you want from the list so you don’t get stuck with something you don’t want.” These are no whistles or pens with a logo on it, but substantial gifts worth more than the price of admission. The most savvy party goers will get to this event early to claim their prizes, picking a first, second and third place choice if something they want is taken.
Over the past four years, Hip In Detroit has recognized and help built an artist community in Detroit.
“We covered the rise of a lot of stuff, seeing artist grow,” As well as “going from 3 competitors to 50.” For the next four years and beyond, Hip In Detroit plans on expanding their reach with video content and keeping the local love churning.
Their birthday party is an event you truly do not want to miss. From the lineup to the prizes and the smell of BBQ, this is a night made for embracing Detroiters.
Words by Milan Boyer