By Vinny Craig, Staff Writer
The new year has begun. The memories of the concerts and festivals of 2017 are in the past, making way for new adventures in the new year.
A lot of great acts are coming to the Detroit area to show their talents and entertain the crowd. From rock to country and new to old, here are the must-see concerts of 2018!
Greta Van Fleet
For all rockers out there, the up-and-coming Frankenmuth-based rock band Greta Van Fleet will be back in 2018 when they recently announced three shows at The Fillmore in downtown Detroit on May 22, 23 and 25.
The young rockers with the classic sound rocked Saint Andrews Hall late in 2017 to two sold out shows. When tickets went on sale in October, the tickets were gone within five minutes for both homecoming shows on the heels of a nation-wide tour. Detroit Free Press Pop Music Critic Brian McCollum put in his show review, “It’s been a long while since a Detroit show by a rising local rock artist generated this sort of gotta-be-there buzz—perhaps not since the White Stripes’ November 2001 homecoming at the Detroit Institute of Arts.”
While tickets for all three shows are likely to already be sold out, this is an opportunity to see a band that’s not at the top, but certainly will be. Check out places like Stubhub, SeatGeek, or Ticketmaster resales for tickets.
Movement Music Festival
The annual electronic music festival in Detroit’s Hart Plaza returns this Memorial Day weekend on May 26-28. This year’s festival is headlined by the 25th anniversary tour by famed rap group Wu Tang Clan, who will play on Memorial Day as the last performance of the action-packed weekend.
Previously, the festival has seen more than 100,000 people to the heart of Detroit for the festival despite Hart Plaza’s maximum capacity set at 40,000 people.
If you’re a festival goer who heads to Electric Forest or other electronic music festivals around the Midwest, add Movement to that list. The reinvigorated and youthful crowd brings a different taste to the already wildly successful dance party.
Since it’s opening, the Little Caesars Arena has been busy and it just got a little busier. The famed member of *NSYNC will rock the new arena on Apr. 2 as part of his 2018 North American tour.
This is the first solo act of Timberlake’s to hit the metro Detroit area since his 2014 Palace of Auburn Hills show.
Timberlake will be releasing the album to accompany the tour on Feb. 2, two days before his Super Bowl Halftime show.
The Detroit native and Cass Technical High School alum returns to where his roots started in 1996 as Jack White plays Little Caesars Arena on Apr. 19, his first show in Detroit since he took over the Masonic Temple in May 2014.
The Detroit show is just blocks away from the now defunct Gold Dollar where he started his career two decades ago. It will kick off an international tour for White that spans from April until August. The tour is to promote his third solo studio album Boarding House Reach which releases weeks before the tour begins.
Just recently White announced that his 2018 tour will be “100% human experience” and will not allow the use of cell phones. All cell phones and video/photo capturing devices will be put in a pouch that will be only be unlocked in certain areas of the venue.
Faster Horses Country Music Festival
The famed country music festival will return with a stellar lineup in 2018 at the Michigan International Speedway on July 20-22. The three-day country music experience fuses the festival culture of electronic music festivals with a country music twist.
Stars for the main stage acts were recently announced. Superstars Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Brantley Gilbert headline a lineup of up-and-comers and proven stars. Other acts performing are Brooks and Dunn, Bill Currington, Walker Hayes and many more.
Passes for the weekend go on sale Friday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m.