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.
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.