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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The Aretha Franklin Amphitheater

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 including a weekly Wednesday jazz night.  

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The Fox Theatre

Exterior of 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 which have included "Sesame Street Live" and John Oliver 

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Detroit Opera House

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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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 Fillmore

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 examples of performers over the last few years. 

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The Colosseum at Windsor

The concert venue at Caesar's Hotel and Casino holds up to 5,000 people for a variety of performances (Pitbull,  Blink-182, Trevor Noah and Lee Brice are all on the 2018 roster) and traveling shows.

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The Majestic/Magic Stick

The Majestic/Magic Stick
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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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DTE Energy Music Theatre

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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MotorCity Casino Hotel

Motor City Casino Hotel
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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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The Royal Oak Music Theatre

Royal Oak Music Theater
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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

St. Andrews Hall in Detroit
 St. Andrews 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. 

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