May 2011

Detroit's Grande Ballroom

Used to be something great for music

Detroit used to be one of America’s biggest music cities.  And one of its most iconic music venues, called the Grande Ballroom, hosted many of the most well-known acts ever to visit the Motor City. Beginning as a tame hardwood-floored dance hall in the 1920's, in the 1960’s, the Grande Ballroom became a hotbed of psychadelic and countercultural activity, hosting both national and international acts.  Now, the Grande Ballroom has fallen the way of many of Detroit’s massive and ornate buildings—it lies dormant with a For-Sale sign on its front.  Like a lot of Detroit, its future, if it has one, remains uncertain.

Hot Upcoming Concerts in Detroit

People of Detroit (as well as visitors to the area), you are in for a treat! The next few weeks are loaded with concerts featuring talented musicians, from artists we’ve loved for decades to new favorites. Here are a few upcoming concerts in Detroit that are simply not to be missed.

Gladys Knight

On May 14, Gladys Knight, the one and only Empress of Soul, will be performing at the Fox Theater. Known for hit songs like “That’s What Friends Are For” and “Next Time,” Knight has one of the most powerful voices in history, and it would be a treat to see her perform with it.

Bob Seger