8 Things to Do This Weekend (Aug. 5-7)

Goo Goo Dolls concert and Daniel Eachus stand-up — plus Jazz on the River music festival
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Sofar Sounds hosts pop-up concerts at “secret” venues. An intimate live performance will be held in Corktown this Friday. // Photograph courtesy of klabeck

Daniel Eachus

This up-and-coming improv artist and stand-up comedian has appeared in Comedy Central’s annual stand-up showcase, Up Next, and on Sirius XM’s Comedy Central Radio. He has also placed first in a smattering of comedy competitions, including the Sacramento Comedy Festival. Clips from his Dry Bar Comedy special, A Mild and Skinny Guy, have racked up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. $15+. Aug. 4-6. Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Royal Oak; comedycastle.com

Sofar Sounds

Join a global community of music lovers dedicated to intimate live performances for a “secret” concert in Corktown this Friday. Organized by Sofar Sounds, which brings artists and audiences together in unique and unexpected venues, the specific program for the night is a surprise, but attendees can expect two or three short, captivating sets from musical, spoken word, comedy, or dance performers. $18. Aug. 5. Corktown (exact address revealed 36 hours before the show); sofarsounds.com

 

The Plastic Bag Store

The Detroit Puppet Co. is partnering with Cinema Lamont for the latest installment in its outdoor summer series: a showing of Robin Frohardt’s The Plastic Bag Store. The film incorporates imaginative puppetry, shadow play, and a handmade set to weave a dark and comedic commentary on society’s extreme plastic waste. Guests are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets. Popcorn and beverages will be available by donation. No cost. Aug. 5. Detroit Puppet Company, 2221 Carpenter Ave., Detroit; detroitpuppetcompany.com

NYO Jazz

The talented young musicians of Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz will take your breath away when they perform at Orchestra Hall this Friday, as part of the ensemble’s debut tour of the U.S. The evening’s program features a diverse set of jazz songs, including a newly commissioned piece by jazz composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue. There will also be a special appearance by Grammy-nominated vocalist Jazzmeia Horn. $20+. Aug. 5. Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; dso.org

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The Goo Goo Dolls play Mihcigan Lottery Amphitheatre on Aug. 7. // Photograph courtesy of 313 Presents

Museum at the Market Downtown Walking Tour

Enjoy fresh produce from the Rochester Farmer’s Market and some local history on this half-mile walking tour hosted by the Rochester Hills Museum. Staff will share little-known bits of town history, such as information on its oldest buildings and the time a local business owner dressed up like President Taft as a marketing strategy. No cost. Aug. 6. Rochester Farmer’s Market, 202 E. Third St., Rochester; rochesterhills.org 

Jazz on the River

Jazz on the River returns from a two-year hiatus to celebrate its 25th anniversary this weekend. This two-day music festival promises a lineup of local R&B, jazz, and soul acts. There will also be special performances from Grammy Award-winning artists George Benson and Stephanie Mills. No cost. Aug. 6 and 7. Elizabeth Park, 4461 Elizabeth Drive, Trenton; waynecounty.com

Goo Goo Dolls

The Buffalo, New York-based band rose to prominence in the late ’90s with radio smashes like “Slide” and “Iris,” which ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012 chart. Alternative rock band Blue October will open the show, which follows canceled concerts in both 2020 and 2021. $29.50+. Aug. 7. Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre, Sterling Heights; 313presents.com

Pack Walk

Take your pup out on the town and meet other dog lovers on this walk along Detroit’s Riverfront. The event is organized by Metro Detroit dog boarding, daycare, and grooming service Canine to Five, but you don’t have to be a client to participate. All leash-friendly dogs are welcome — just don’t forget to bring water and poop bags! No cost. Aug. 7. Valade Park, 2670 Atwater St., Detroit; detroitriverfront.org

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