Reaching toward a rock star is a popular way to let them know that you appreciate their musical work and aren't afraid of their baby-like hands. Get close to the action with this GrouponLive deal to see Mickey Avalon with Millionaires and Ajax at The Crofoot in Pontiac. For $20, you get two general-admission tickets on Friday, June 29, at 7 p.m. (up to a $39.25 value, including all fees).
When Mickey Avalon's self-titled album debuted in 2006, the outlandish, highly personal lyrics he rhymed over hip-hop beats earned him a legion of fans. At one concert, Mickey stripped down to low-cut pants, inspiring LA Weekly to describe him as "shirtless and skinny, ugly and pretty" and in a class of his own as the "world's greatest glam rap star." His breakout not only leased his life a second act after a childhood and early adulthood addled with drug addiction, but it also sparked a new dance sensation, which he labeled the "Jane Fonda." The routine follows a simple guitar melody that floats through hip-hop beats as Mickey counts out the steps: "one, two, three, four, get your booty on the dance floor." In April, Mickey released his follow-up effort, Loaded. The lead track "Girlfriend" retains the abrasive yet brash voice from its predecessors as it weaves a punkish riff through a refrain about an adolescent relationship's ultimate question: "Who likes who more?"
Before Mickey takes the stage, the Huntington Beach duo Millionaires plugs in its infectious brand of electropop to jumpstart The Crofoot's dance floor and power any sonically powered blenders in attendance. Melissa and Allison's latest mixtape, "Your Girl Does Party," shows that since they first messed around with Garageband software in 2007, they have kept a laser-like focus, even after performing life on MTV's TRL and penning theme songs for Teen Cribs and A Double Shot at Love. Also performing is Michigan native and MC Ajax, who throttles a precise, rapid-fire flow.