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Best Live Music Venues in Detroit, MI

Live music abounds throughout Detroit. The city has spawned a number of famous musicians, including Eminem, Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin. It draws even more great acts to its massive music venues, which are equipped to offer an unforgettable experience no matter what type of music you enjoy. You can find nearly every genre on the calendar at these locations. If you’re looking for live music to fill your calendar, check out the schedule at these incredible Detroit music venues.

The Fillmore Detroit

Best music venues in Detroit, MI
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2115 Woodward Ave, Detroit

The Fillmore Detroit, previously known as the State Theater, is a stunning historic venue that’s been at the heart of the city’s entertainment scene since 1925, when it opened as a movie house. An 80-foot ceiling and original Fillmore chandeliers create a stunning ambiance in the theater. Additional chandeliers hang in the lobby to offer an elegant welcome as soon as visitors are in the door. The Fillmore has a seating capacity of 2,900 spread across three levels of seating to accommodate large events comfortably.

The State Bar & Grill is located within The Fillmore for convenient drinks and dining before or after your show. The State Bar & Grill always opens at least two hours before the door time of all shows. The restaurant also has a separate entrance so you can still drop in for a bite even if the theater isn’t operating.

Saint Andrews Hall

431 E. Congress St, Detroit

Saint Andrews Hall was constructed in 1907 as a meeting place for the Saint Andrew’s Scottish Society of Detroit. In the 1950s, the hall became available for rentals, and other groups began hosting meetings, concerts, and other events in the building. Over the decades, this destination gradually transformed into a trending music venue that’s hosted the likes of Nirvana, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, and Paul Simon.

Saint Andrews Hall seats 1,000, so you can enjoy the feeling of a large concert without getting completely lost in the crowd. If you’re interested in an especially opulent experience, you can rent the Society Room on the upper level of the venue for your favorite show. This spacious lounge features an exclusive bar, private restrooms, and a direct entrance and line of sight to the main ballroom.

Majestic Theater

4140 Woodward Ave, Detroit

The Majestic Theater opened in 1915 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. This 1,100-seat venue has hosted live music in all genres since the mid-’80s. It’s hosted the Black Eyed Peas, Sheryl Crow, Sublime, Drake, Post Malone, and numerous others. The spacious venue features a stage that’s 40 feet wide and 28 feet deep as well as a 75-foot grid fly space. Two full-service bars provide patrons with ample access to beverages throughout the evening.

Aretha Franklin Amphitheater

2600 Atwater St, Detroit

The Aretha Franklin Amphitheater is a stunning waterfront venue that boasts 5,000 seats and 1,000 lawn spaces to accommodate massive crowds. The amphitheater has hosted everyone from 50 Cent to the White Stripes, with dozens of famous names on its roster. Situated along the shores of the Detroit River, the venue provides a comfortable space for warm-weather events. Standard amenities like food, restrooms, and parking are all taken care of in this refreshing open-air environment.

Fox Theater Detroit

2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit

When the Fox Theater opened in 1928, it was Fox Theater Chain’s flagship movie palace. In 1985, the theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1988, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark. This is the largest 1920s movie palace to remain standing, and it still boasts many of the lavish features that have stunned theater-goers for nearly a century. The Fox Theater makes an impression before you even step inside with its 10-story marquee and 18-foot letters spelling “FOX” on Woodward Avenue. The six-story lobby covers half a block, and the theater seats 5,048 patrons.

You’ll find breathtaking architecture and fascinating features everywhere you look in the Fox Theater. The lobby features a three-manual 13-rank Moller organ, which is the only one of its kind still in situ. The intricate floors are terrazzo inlaid with brass. Eight towering vermilion columns decorated with eagles, flowers, and glass jewels lead the eye upward to a blue ceiling decorated with Fox griffins.

The auditorium has a four-manual 36-rank Wurlitzer organ. The proscenium is adorned with animals, flowers, starbursts, and people, with a large elephant’s head above the center. If you can draw your eyes away from the beauty of the building itself, you can enjoy performances that have previously included the likes of Prince, Bob Dylan, and Cher.

Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

2645 Woodward Ave, Detroit

Little Caesars Arena is a multipurpose venue that’s home to the Detroit Pistons and Detroit Red Wings. When converted to a concert venue, the facility typically offers space for 14,000 to 15,000 fans along one side of the venue, including a top tier of gondola seating that hangs over the lower deck. For shows in the round, the capacity can increase to 22,000.

The arena has three restaurants: Sports & Social, Mike’s Pizza Bar, and District Market. You’ll also find several specialty stands serving up cheesesteak burgers, jumbo corn dogs, chicken tenders, nachos, popcorn, jumbo pretzels, and Little Caesars pizza. With over 1,000 Wi-Fi access points and a fiber-optic internet connection, Little Caesars Arena can handle as many photos, videos, and streams as fans can throw at it.  The theater has hosted performers such as Kid Rock, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, Justin Timberlake, and many more.

These music venues are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to beautiful places to watch live music in the city of Detroit. What are your favorite destinations? Let us know in the comments below or contact our team at Goodman Acker and fill us in on your favorites. We love it when we can provide the best local recommendations for entertainment to our clients.

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