Top Metro Detroit Events for April 2024

Save the dates for comedy shows, film screenings, performances, and more.
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RAIN - A Tribute to the Beatles comes to Detroit's Fox Theatre on April 18. // Photograph courtesy of 313 Presents

Mariah the Scientist

Known for raw, emotional lyrics that read like a diary entry, up-and-coming R&B artist Mariah the Scientist began writing songs during her time as a biology student at St. John’s University in New York. Her latest album, To Be Eaten Alive, was released in October and is the singer-songwriter’s first to chart on the Billboard 200 list. Expect to hear singles like “Bout Mine” and “From a Woman” when the rising star makes a stop at The Fillmore this month. April 1. $64+. The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; livenation.com

Kane Brown

Blending country, pop, and R&B influences with ease and charm, Tennessee-based singer-songwriter Kane Brown hit country airwaves via his 2014 single “Don’t Go City on Me.” But it was the artist’s 2018 album Experiment that put him on the map, thanks to radio-friendly hits like “Lose It” and “Homesick.” Singer-songwriter Tyler Hubbard and country-rock act Parmalee will join the award-winning artist on stage. April 4. $65+. Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com.

Ilana Glazer

The comedian, actor, and writer is best known for portraying a fictionalized version of herself in the Comedy Central series Broad City. Following the show’s conclusion in 2019, Glazer recorded her first stand-up special — 2020’s The Planet Is Burning — and starred alongside Pierce Brosnan and Justin Theroux in the horror film False Positive, which she also co-wrote. Choose from two showtimes when Glazer brings her irreverent brand of comedy to Royal Oak. April 7. $44+. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. 4th St., Royal Oak; royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Brit Floyd brings their version of a Pink Floyd concert to Detroit’s Fox Theatre on April 11. // Photograph courtesy of 313 Presents

Brit Floyd

Celebrate the moving and profoundly influential catalog of British rock band Pink Floyd at this new production from one of the most successful tribute bands of all time. Fans will find every element of Pink Floyd’s iconic Division Bell Tour captured here, down to the circular projection screen and dazzling laser light show. The show will include selections from The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Wish You Were Here, and many more albums. April 11. $24+. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com.

The Quilted Palette

Behold the latest innovations in contemporary quilting at this exhibition at the Northville Art House. Showcasing a blend of traditional quilting methods and modern techniques, the display is presented by Paradigm, a southeast Michigan quilters’ group. A reception will kick off the exhibition on Friday, April 12, at 5 p.m. April 12-May 11. No cost. Northville Art House, 215 W. Cady St. Northville; northvillearthouse.org.

All Things Equal: The Life and Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

This new play by Tony Award-winning playwright Rupert Holmes follows the storied career of the late Supreme Court justice, played by actor Michelle Azar. Witty, fascinating, and surprisingly funny, the production offers a chance for audiences to get acquainted with an American icon and the personal tribulations that shaped her groundbreaking professional career. April 13. $72+. Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; broadwayindetroit.com.

Andrea Bocelli

The legendary Italian tenor will celebrate his 30-year career with a string of live concert dates this year. Bocelli got his first taste of fame in 1994, when he won the newcomers division of the 44th annual Sanremo Music Festival in Italy. Since then, the vocalist has recorded 15 solo studio albums, won seven World Music Awards, and sold more than 75 million records worldwide. His 1999 album Sacred Arias is the best-selling solo classical album of all time. April 14. $131+. Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com.

Dance Film Series at the Detroit Opera House

Join a welcoming community of dance enthusiasts to view filmed performances from An American in Paris, Anything Goes, and 42nd Street at this Tuesday-evening tradition. Expect snacks, beverages, and plenty of lively discussion. April 16. $10. Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit; detroitopera.org.

Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles

Enjoy faithful performances of the iconic band’s most beloved works, including selections from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and the famous Magical Mystery Tour, at this spectacular tribute show. Beatles fans will delight as the stage presence, costumes, and personalities of the original Fab Four enhance the band’s note-for-note performances. LED technology, high-definition screens, and multimedia content give the show a 21st-century touch. April 18. $25+. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com.

Kathy Griffin

The Grammy and Emmy Award-winning comedian and actor rose to fame thanks to her hit reality television series, My Life on the D-List, which aired on Bravo between 2005 and 2010. With nearly two dozen stand-up specials and six Grammy Award-nominated comedy albums to her name, Griffin holds a Guinness World Record for her vast catalog of work. The titan of comedy will perform in a uniquely intimate setting when she arrives at Royal Oak Music Theatre during her My Life on the PTSD-List tour. April 19. $49+. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. 4th St., Royal Oak; royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Wayne State University’s 95th Annual Spring Dance Concert

Witness creative and inspiring performances from Wayne State University dance students as they celebrate the conclusion of the academic year. Intended to reflect the movement of the modern era, the works were developed in collaboration with guest artists and feature a diverse array of dance techniques from all over the world. April 19-21. $25. Hilberry Gateway, 4715 Cass Ave., Detroit; wayne.edu.

The Stylistics and The Spinners

Philadelphia soul meets Motown blues at this double-bill performance at Detroit’s Music Hall. The Stylistics released a dozen smash R&B hits during their early-’70s heyday, including “Stop, Look, Listen (to Your Heart)” and “You Make Me Feel Brand New.” The show also features Ferndale’s own The Spinners, whose 1966 Motown single “Truly Yours” hit Billboard’s R&B chart at No. 16. April 20. $40+. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison St., Detroit; musichall.org.

Waxahatchee

Led by singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, this indie folk project — named for a creek near Crutchfield’s hometown of Birmingham, Alabama — garnered widespread acclaim in 2020 with the release of its fifth album, Saint Cloud. Appearing on year-end “best of” lists in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and more than a dozen other publications, the album was praised for its emotionally raw depiction of an artist struggling with addiction. Crutchfield and company will promote their newest album, Tigers Blood, when they arrive at the Majestic Theatre this month. April 21. $35+. Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; majesticdetroit.com.

Mama Mia! is coming to Detroit’s Fisher Theatre April 23-28. // Photograph courtesy of Broadway in Detroit

Mamma Mia!

Treat the entire family to one of the longest-running and best-loved shows on Broadway when this story of love, friendship, and identity lands on the Fisher Theatre stage this month. Featuring a soundtrack of infectiously catchy hits by ABBA and set on a sunny Greek island, the feel-good tale follows a young woman’s quest to find her father on the eve of her own nuptials. April 23-28. $42+. Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; broadwayindetroit.com.

Route 66

This nostalgic musical revue starts in 1950s Chicago and travels along the iconic “Main Street of America” to the California coast, showcasing 34 beloved rock ’n’ roll road-trip hits along the way. Audiences will be sure to recognize “King of the Road,” “Beep Beep,” “Little GTO,” and many more. April 24-May 19. $37+. Meadow Brook Theatre, 378 Meadow Brook Road, Rochester; mbtheatre.com.

Ronny Chieng

Malaysian-born comedian and actor Ronny Chieng got his big break when he landed a correspondent role on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show in 2015. Since then, Chieng has released two comedy specials for Netflix and lent his culturally conscious funny bone to a smattering of major films, including Crazy Rich Asians, M3GAN, and Joy Ride. April 27. $39+. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; ticketmaster.com.


This story originally appeared in the April 2024 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. To read more, pick up a copy of Hour Detroit at a local retail outlet. Our digital edition will be available on April 5.