Put on your wig hat to benefit Gilda’s Club
By RACHEL MAY • FREE PRESS LOCAL MUSIC COLUMNIST • June 4, 2009
Clown wigs, Afro wigs, mullet wigs, beehives. You name it. Anything goes at the Detroit Wig Out, set for Saturday at the Magic Stick in Detroit. Live music, burlesque performances, a wig walk and an animated crowd of wig wearers are all part of the fun.
“There’s no big revelation behind it besides a quirky idea,” says event coordinator Melinda Clynes. “I also think it’s a really good time to do something silly and crazy where people can do what they want and take on another personality. In the midst of all this bad news, sometimes you want to stop thinking about it for a while and just be kooky.”
Music will include the punk-influenced bluegrass sounds of Black Jake & the Carnies, the stripped-down stylings of Dale Beavers & Bootsey X and electro-pop darlings Silverghost.
DJ Adam Stanfel will spin vintage wax tracks of music that was recorded in Detroit by Detroiters. “He’s got an amazing record collection,” Clynes says.
In addition, the lovely ladies of Spag will perform traditional burlesque. A wig walk featuring 10 models wearing exquisite wigs will take place outside on the alley deck, weather permitting.
Horror movie host Creepy Clyde will be the evening’s emcee.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Gilda’s Club of Metro Detroit, a nonprofit organization that aids cancer patients and their families. “I thought it was appropriate for Detroit Wig Out, since a lot of cancer patients lose their hair,” Clynes says. “And Gilda Radner had a number of famous looks that were accentuated by wigs.”
Have a wig that needs a little taming? No worries. Flip Salon in Ferndale is hosting a Wig & Wine event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday so folks can have their wigs styled.
Wig or not, everyone is welcome at Detroit Wig Out, but a $2 surcharge will be added to the $10 admission price for those without wigs.
Doors open at 8 p.m.; music begins at 9. The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward, Detroit. 313-833-9700. For more: www.detroitwigout.com.