On September 7th over 700 Detroit-area Yelpers us for our
biggest bash yet: Yelp Turns It Up To 11! at the legendary Fillmore! The night
was filled with amazing eats, delicious drinks, fabulous interactives and sweet
tunes from loads of local bands and DJs.
Guests raised their goblets of rock and toasted with
tastings of: Hard Luck Vodka’s candy flavored libations, High Liquors' slate of
premium vodka, rum, tequila and whiskey, Pearl Vodka’s delicious Red Berry and
Wedding Cake, L.Mawby’s incredible sparkling Michigan wine, and Ferndale’s
B.Nektar Meadery who served up the finest mead in the land. For those wishing
for a taste of something non-alcoholic Vitaminwater was on hand to rehydrate
while The Coffee Beanery got us going with a jolt of caffeine!
Throughout the night guests sopped up that booze with eats
like: Green Dot Stables’ lamb gyro sliders, Cliff Bell's monstrously flavorful
mac and cheese, BlackFinn’s bacon wrapped meatloaf, Zoup!’s slate of delicious soups like chicken pot pie and
lobster bisque, cookies from Just Baked, creamy tastes of Peteet's Famous Cheesecake, and the "Dirty Lassie" from Treat Dreams, a Bailey’s ice cream with Thin Mint Girl Scout
Of course we couldn't crank this 'ish up to 11 without some
stellar local tunes, right? On the main stage Matt Jones & the
Reconstruction kicked things off with a Daytrotter approved sound, duo
Passalacqua brought fresh beats on bikes (check out their new video here!), and headliners, The Sights, fresh
off a US tour supporting a little band you may have heard of called Tenacious
D, closed things out by melting our faces off. Plus, DJ Chuck Sipperley threw
down between bands while DJ Skeez worked the decks in the lobby
all night long.
If that wasn’t enough to keep our guests further entertained there
was life sized Connect Four, Robot Fight Club, corn hole, and zippy cars
compliments of i3Detroit, the hardcore Detroit Derby Girls rolled around
showing off their stuff all night, the know-it-alls of Great Lakes Trivia
tested Yelpers’ smarts with some brain bending trivia, Evan Wojtowicz wowed us with live art, Alchemy Henna and Rodan
+ Fields fancied everyone up while Sweet Bikes and their stationary bike races
worked everyone up into a sweat. WHEW! Sounds fun, right? Luckily Doug Coombe
Photography, Shutterbooth and Velocity Cow were on hand to document this
But we couldn’t have done it all alone. A world of thanks
must be sent out to: Ashleigh, Krysten, Klint, Pat and the rest of the staff at
the Fillmore for helping the event run SO smoothly, our food and drink sponsors
for introducing everyone to such outstanding treats, all our bands and DJs for
keeping our hips swaying and toes tapping all night, our excellent
entertainment for testing our smarts, athletic prowess and gaming skills (not to mention keeping
us pretty!), all our check-in helpers, Nicole W and Danny W from Yelp Chicago for traveling to town to help, and our photographers and videographers for helping us recap all
Want to relive all the fun? Check out the photos from Doug
Coombe here. Want to check out all the stellar reviews (or write your own)?
Read up here. Not enough? You’re going to want to watch the amazing video from
Velocity Cow here:
Thanks to everyone who made it out and enjoyed the
festivities. And extra props to those who donated and helped us raise $1000 for
our nonprofit beneficiary, Real Life. My Music, an organization dedicated to
bringing music and arts education to inner-city kids. WHOO!
Until the next event, SYOY!
Community Manager Yelp Detroit