Live Music Venues in Detroit for Every Fan

September 21, 2018  |   Story by Stephanie Angelyn Casola  |   Photos by Detroit Jazz Festival, Movement Electronic Music Festival, Sound Board by Bill Bowen, Majestic Theatre

Motown may have put Detroit music on the map, but the story only starts there. We’ve curated a go-to list of places that appeal to Detroit music fans. Hear here, Detroit:

Detroit Music Venues

The Stadiums & The Classic Venues

If you’re looking for the biggest names in music, check out the lineup at Ford Field. Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and Beyonce & Jay-Z have all made stops at the Detroit Lions’ home field. In the summer months, Comerica Park even hosts classic rock bands and country favorites. And now that Little Caesars Arena is up and running, you will see a lot of big acts take the floor there. Every seat in the house at Little Caesars Arena is great.

Across from Comerica Park, the Fox Theatre and The Fillmore host acts that are on the cusp of becoming mega-stars. Check out a concert at one of these historic theaters for a full Detroit experience. And the Masonic Temple in Midtown was recently saved from demolition by none other than Jack White. Buy tickets to this venue to see your favorite edgy acts.

Outdoor Music Venues

Set on an international waterfront, Chene Park Amphitheater draws in dancing audiences from seats to lawn to those docked in the water. Come summer, crowds also head north to stretch out on the lush lawns of Meadow Brook Amphitheatre and Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill, and the rolling hills of DTE Energy Music Theatre where the lineups can drift from pop to rock to country and everything in between. Back on the waterfront, Hart Plaza and West Jefferson Park will be go-to festival destinations from the first beats of Movement in May through Mo Pop in July and the Detroit Jazz Festival Labor Day weekend.

Music Halls for Big Gigs

For an overall experience, Detroit’s Sound Board at MotorCity Casino is the place to see a show and stay all night. It’s all worth it to enjoy a morning at the spa. Or, take in dinner and a deep dive into Detroit soul or R&B at the versatile Vegas-caliber Andiamo Celebrity Showroom.

Musicians have had to earn a place onstage at Detroit’s St. Andrews Hall or The Majestic Theatre Center. From medium-sized to mega rooms these are home to bands staking their claim or the fans declaring “I saw them first.”

Small Clubs with Jams

Looking for a more intimate spot to hear your favorite performer? Small’s in Hamtramck isn’t only a great spot to see and hear live music, it’s also run by musicians including Dave and Melody Malosh. Making waves for a while now, MOCAD offers up the unexpected songwriters among modern art, while Ferndale’s Loving Touch balances local and national up-and-comers between the doors of its billiards and bar room.

Looking to keep it live, loud and mostly local? PJ’s Lager House, Old Miami, Northern Lights Lounge and Tires are also good bets. Head over to Eastern Market for a sonic treat and coffee at Trinosophes, or up town to Marble Bar for classed-up cocktail to go with that punk band or world-class DJ. Jack White brought his Detroit-born Third Man Records right back home to the Cass Corridor and added a stage. Judging by its opening and events, this is one small spot to keep an eye on. Over in his former stomping grounds, Southwest Detroit, a new all-ages Detroit music venue, called El Club, hosts up-an-coming acts and musically-themed parties.

 

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Hart Plaza
    1 Hart Plaza, Jefferson Avenue at Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226313-877-8057Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Detroit Jazz Festival
    1 Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI 48226Highlight on map | More Details
  3. MotorCity Casino-Hotel
    2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-237-7711Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Andiamo Dearborn
    21400 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48124313-359-3300Highlight on map | More Details
  5. The St. Andrew's Hall Shelter & The Society Room
    431 E. Congress St., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-8961Highlight on map | More Details
  6. The Majestic Theatre
    4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-833-9700Highlight on map | More Details
  7. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
    4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-832-6622Highlight on map | More Details
  8. Fox Theatre
    2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-471-3211Highlight on map | More Details
  9. PJ's Lager House
    1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-4668Highlight on map | More Details
  10. The Fillmore Detroit
    2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-961-5451Highlight on map | More Details
  11. The Old Miami
    3930 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-831-3830Highlight on map | More Details
  12. Northern Lights Lounge
    660 W. Baltimore St., Detroit, MI 48202313-873-1739Highlight on map | More Details
  13. The Masonic of Detroit
    500 Temple Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-638-2724Highlight on map | More Details
  14. Comerica Park
    2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-471-2000Highlight on map | More Details
  15. Ford Field
    2000 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48226313-262-2000Highlight on map | More Details
  16. Little Caesars Arena
    2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-471-7000Highlight on map | More Details
  17. El Club
    4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit, MI 48209313-279-7382Highlight on map | More Details
  18. Third Man Records
    441 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48202313-209-5205Highlight on map | More Details