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Best Concert Venues In Ann Arbor

August 5, 2011 5:47 PM

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The Ark

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To some, Ann Arbor is just a college town. But beyond the land of the Victors is a rich music legacy. James Osterberg became Iggy Pop here. Madonna was just another freshman at U of M before she became a pop star. And Detroit legend Bob Seger was so inspired by his hometown that he wrote “Main Street” all about A2. The great artists of Ann Arbor past are buoyed by the amazing venues where you can see music in Ann Arbor today.

Blind Pig

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Blind Pig

208 N. First St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Legendary. The place has become a haven for emerging bands just before they hit mass popularity. R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, and Stone Temple Pilots all played here before they found fame. And so did a band named Nirvana, playing a legendary show in their infancy, which cited the venue as their favorite still after making it big. The place oozes vintage rock ‘n’ roll. With a classic, intimate feel, the Blind Pig is an essential for the Ann Arbor concert-goer.

The Ark

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The Ark

316 S Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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The Ark is the center of folk music in Ann Arbor. In existence since 1965, The Ark has been a venue long identified with the strong folk and individual expression of Ann Arbor. There’s no place where you are more likely to find talented acoustic performances on any night. And with a location right in the center of Main Street’s most happening zone, The Ark is an unbeatable experience.

Power Center

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Power Center

121 Fletcher Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Opened in 1971, the Power Center is one of the most architecturally-stunning buildings in Ann Arbor. Featuring striking glass windows, giant spiral staircases and tapestries of Roy Lichtenstein and Pablo Picasso, the Power Center could double as an art museum. But come inside and you’ll find an excellent venue featuring diverse music performances. Sized to be more intimate than the larger music halls in the area, but large enough to bring a big event feel to its concerts. From hip-hop to indie to classical, the Power Center brings beauty, musical variety, and a great experience.

Hill Auditorium

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Hill Auditorium

825 North University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI
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A landmark of the University of Michigan campus, the Hill Auditorium remains the most historic concert hall of Ann Arbor. Opened in 1913, the hall has hosted everyone from Leonard Bernstein to Bob Marley. But what stands out the most about Hill is its acoustics—perfect. Within its massive dome of a ceiling, the sound of the music is just as good in the back as it is in the front. Music has never sounded better than it does at Hill, so no matter what the performance, it is an essential of the Ann Arbor music scene.

Michigan Theater

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Michigan Theater

603 E Liberty St.
Ann Arbor, MI
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For most in Ann Arbor, the Michigan Theater is just a movie theater. But behind the theater’s classic marquee and shining lights is a theater that transforms into a classic music venue. Intimate and nostalgic, the Michigan Theater boasts a feel that transports you back to an earlier time. But sporting a top notch sound system, the experience of hearing a concert there is top rate quality. Able to hear everything from the Ann Arbor Symphony to “The Legends of Rock & Roll,” the Michigan Theater brings a unique and ageless sonic experience.

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