Detroit has some of the best places to experience live music, like The Fillmore, the PJ’s Lager House, Emerald Ballroom, and more.
PJ’s Lager House
1254 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
This little gem is located in Corktown just down the road from the MGM Grand. The owner, PJ, is a hands-on. You’ll probably find him serving food and drinks. The place is very clean, the musical guests are solid, but fans say that the acoustics are not ideal. Visit on a weekend for the best lineup of acts. On some evenings you can see four bands for between 5 and 8 bucks. Bonus! The freshly battered onion rings are out of this world.
The Fillmore Detroit
115 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
The former State Theater holds about 3500 people. Pretty good acoustics and is a great place to see bands before they “hit it big”. Everyone from Smashing Pumpkins to Jerry Seinfeld have played the Fillmore as their last step before the Big Stage.
31 North Walnut Street
Mount Clemens, MI 48043
In Mt Clemens, the EB plays host to everything from country to rock to comedy shows. The Emerald is the shining gem of downtown Mt. Clemens.
4120 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Located in Midtown. Shoot pool, bowl and see great “alternative” acts such as Guided by Voices, local faves The Gories and Brendan Benson…Don’t expect Justin Beiber anytime soon.
22920 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220
In Fabulous Ferndale. Besides their weekly Brew and View (figure it out, yet?) and their sometimes lame line-up of regular acts, the MB does get some damn good acts such as Blanche and Alejandro Escovedo. And it’s quite simply, a great place to see live music.
10215 Joseph Campau Street
Hamtramck, MI 48212
Hamtramck. Gritty, seedy (in a good way) and definitely the most bang for your buck! Where else can you go these days and see five bands in one night, drink beer and have enough money left for White Castle?