The Best Concert Venues in Detroit

Waterfront venues, golden-era theaters, and intimate playhouses make Detroit's venues as much a part of its entertainment scene as the performers themselves. Spend time marveling at renowned architect C. Howard Crane's 1920s-era movie halls; throw a few strikes in a century-old bowling alley-turned-concert venue; or soak up some summer sun at one of the area's outdoor music palaces. 

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    Chene Park Amphitheatre in Detroit
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    Seats for 5,000, lawn seats for 1,000, and a prime riverfront location make this outdoor venue a warm-weather hub. Visit during the summer season for a robust lineup (Bryson Tiller, The S.O.S. Band, and Eric Benét all made appearances in 2016), including a weekly Wednesday jazz night.  

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    The Fox Theatre

    The Fox Theatre in Detroit
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    Another C. Howard Crane creation, this movie hall was built in 1928 to replace the city's smaller Fox Washington Theatre. The lobby alone takes up half a city block; after successful renovations in the late 1980s, the theatre was designated a National Historic Landmark. Today, the hall hosts concerts and special shows, including Sesame Street Live (January 2017) and John Oliver (December 2016).

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    The Detroit Opera House
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    Architect C. Howard Crane designed the Detroit Opera House, a 2,700-seat hall that opened in 1922. Occupying one full city block in the middle of the city's main entertainment district, the Italian Renaissance-style beauty has been renovated several times and today is the official home of the Michigan Opera Theatre.

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    The Fillmore in Detroit
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    Massive chandeliers line the 80-foot ceilings at this grand concert venue. Originally built as a movie hall in 1925, the glamorous space now houses countless performers each year—The Avett Brothers, Adam Devine, and Dita Von Teese are all on the lineup for winter 2016/2017.  

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    City Theatre

    This intimate, 430-person venue hosts off-Broadway style plays and comedy shows year-round. The hall is located within Hockeytown Cafe, a Red Wings-themed bar serving house-made soups and chilis, 18 draft beers, and the signature Hockeytown Twisted Mac & Cheese—a creamy bowl of baked mac topped with pulled pork. 

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    The concert venue at Caesar's Hotel and Casino holds up to 5,000 people for classic performances (Styx, Billy Ocean, and Donny and Marie are all on the 2016 roster) and traveling shows (Dancing With the Stars: Live! makes its Detroit appearance in January 2016). 

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    Each summer, Eddie Money kicks off the season with a Memorial Day concert at this amphitheater located in Clarkston, Michigan. Enjoy the summer weather with outdoor concerts through September. 

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    The Majestic/Magic Stick

    This three-in-one entertainment center includes a historic theater (The Majestic was designed in 1915 by C. Howard Crane), the century-old The Garden bowling alley, and a second basement music venue (the Magic Stick was developed in the '90s, after the theater removed 8 lanes from The Garden). 

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    This 67,000-square-foot casino and hotel complex in downtown Detroit contains three spaces for live music: Soundboard, a 2,400-person theatre; Chromatics, an intimate lounge with free live music nightly; and Radio Bar, a space for house DJs and live DJ broadcasts. 

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     This art deco-era movie palace opened in 1928 in the suburbs of Detroit. It fell into disrepair until 2004, when Worldwide Entertainment bought and renovated the elaborate space. It now hosts performers such as The Black Keys, Lady Gaga, Sara Silverman, and Adele. 

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    Saint Andrew's Hall

    Built to house Detroit's Scottish Society in 1907, this iconic hall is now known for hosting legendary musicians—Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, and Paul Simon have all played here.