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Autorama, Corktown Music Festival and Detroit Symphony Orchestra Classical Roots | Things to do | Detroit

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  • Autorama returns to the Detroit Convention Center.

Select events happening in Metro Detroit this week. Submit your events at metrotimes.com/calendar. Be sure to check venue websites for COVID-19 policies.

Corktown Music Festival

Friday March 4 and Saturday March 5: The annual Hamtramck Music Festival will not return to its usual time in early March this year. Instead, some HMF organizers decided to hold another festival in its place, called the Corktown Music Festival. Taking place across four venues – PJ’s Lager House, Nancy Whiskey, The Gaelic League and Two James Spirits – this new incarnation will host over 70 acts over two days. Hamtramck Music Fest 2020 has only just arrived before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down, and in 2021 the event was moved to summer, leading the festival board to vote against its resumption in March. All good. The Corktown version will be equally rowdy at the time, featuring performances from LadyWarship & Warhorses, Lu Fuki & Divine Providence, the Cult of Spaceskull, and more. The full lineup and schedule are available at facebook.com/corktownmusicfestival.
—Randiah Camille Green

Wristbands for the weekend are $20 and give attendees full access to both days. They can be purchased online and at PJ’s Lager House on the day of the event or in advance at Found Sound in Ferndale, Village Vinyl in Warren and Dearborn Music in Dearborn and Farmington. Proceeds will go to 4 Paws 1 Heart, a non-profit organization that raises money to help rescue homeless dogs and cats.

Classical Roots of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Friday March 4 and Saturday March 5: The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will host its 21st annual Classical Roots Concert and Celebration Gala Friday and Saturday. The annual program honors African American composers, musicians, educators and leaders and raises funds for the DSO’s African American Music and Musician Development Program. This year’s program honors DSO Director Dr. Glenda Price and the late conductor and arts advocate Michael Morgan. Friday’s performance includes pianist Lara Downes, conductor William Eddins and the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, while Saturday’s orchestra includes the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with world-renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.
—Randiah Camille Green

The Friday performance begins at 10:45 a.m. and the Saturday performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Orchestra Hall; 3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org. Tickets start at $15. Saturday’s concert will also be webcast for free on dso.org and on Facebook. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 application required to attend.


From Friday March 4 to Sunday March 6: Hot Rods! Trucks! Motorcycles! People who are serious about hot rods, rejoice. It’s the return of “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show,” Autorama, after being canceled last year due to COVID-19. This year’s event marks the 69th edition of the world famous custom car event and will take place at Detroit’s Huntington Place (the venue formerly known as TCF Center/Cobo Center/Cobo Hall…if you know , you know). For three days, 800 of the most “chopped, piped, dropped and decorated” custom cars will roll through the Motor City. Special guests this year include Chip Foose from the reality show Overhaulin and WWE Hall of Famer Sting.
—Randiah Camille Green

Hours of operation are Friday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Huntington Place; 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit; 313-877-8777; website huntingtonplacedetroit.com. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under 5.

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