Concerts happening in Detroit during the week of Thanksgiving 2018
Courtesy of Louis the Child

It’s Thanksgiving time and that means it’s time to feast! And while visions of a delicious meal topped off with pumpkin pie dance through your head, consider that Detroit has a musical feast on tap for Thanksgiving week too, including shows from two acts that are longtime hometown heroes. Here are our picks for who to see during the holiday week, and there’s not a turkey in the bunch.

Nov. 20 @ 7 p.m.
Saint Andrew’s Hall – 431 E. Congress St. – Detroit

Adam Aminé Daniel’s dreams of being a hoops star went out the window when he was cut, twice, from his high school basketball team. A good thing too; that’s when the Portland-based rapper got serious about his career in music. Now his shows are routinely selling out; all the more reason to catch this performance before he really blows up.

Louis the Child
Nov. 21 @ 9:15 p.m.
The Masonic Temple – 500 Temple St. – Detroit

Louis the Child is named after an ancient German king and that’s only fitting since group members Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett have proven to be kings of the electronic music scene. Currently in the midst of their Dear Sense Tour and promoting their just-released Kids at Play EP, here’s another act that is selling out their shows all over the country.

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Generation Axe
Nov. 21 @ 6:30 p.m.
The Fillmore Detroit – 2115 Woodward Ave. – Detroit

A show featuring guitar master Steve Vai would be enough to pack the house but for this Generation Axe show Vai is bringing fellow guitarists Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) and Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders) with him. This Thanksgiving eve blowout will almost slice the turkey for you.

Nov. 21 @ 7 p.m.
Saint Andrew’s Hall – 431 E. Congress St. – Detroit

These Detroit rockers had a big hit with “Plowed” in 1994 and they’ve scored platinum and maintained a loyal fan base ever since. It’ll be a hot show as these local favorites play a career-spanning set but the band knows it’ll be another cold night for Detroiters in need. Fans that bring a charitable donation of new men’s socks or underwear will really be demonstrating the Thanksgiving spirit.

Echo & the Bunnymen
Nov. 23 @ 7 p.m.
The Fillmore Detroit – 2115 Woodward Ave. – Detroit

“Bring on the Dancing Horses"! It’ll be almost 35-years to the day since Echo & the Bunnymen released this favorite that they are sure to play this evening. The long running Liverpool-based band has 40 years under their belts all told and still feature original vocalist Ian McCulloch. The band’s new album The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon features re-imaginings of their classic songs including “Horses.”

Uncle Kracker
Nov. 23 @ 7 p.m.
Royal Oak Music Theatre – 318 W. Fourth St. – Royal Oak

Undoubtedly the big moment during this show will come when Kid Rock alumni Uncle Kracker performs his double platinum hit single “Smile,” a cut that served as a precursor to the success that the singer now enjoys working in the country music field. This day-after-the-holiday show is billed as Uncle Kracker’s Thanksgiving Hangover Bash, an event that the Detroit star has been hosting for eight years now.

Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute
Nov. 24 @ 7 p.m.
The Majestic Theatre – 4120 Woodward Ave. – Detroit

Cleverly named after the Talking Heads album Stop Making Sense, this seven-member tribute band plays all the Talking Heads' big hits and favorites. Expect to hear “Psycho Killer,” “Take Me to the River,” “Wild Wild Life,” “And She Was,” “Road to Nowhere,” “Once in a Lifetime,” “Burning Down the House” and more. Start Making Sense have also been known to cover some of David Byrne’s solo work as well as cuts by Talking Heads spin-off group Tom Tom Club.

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