Entertainment

Motown may have migrated west in the 1970s, but the legacy and the mystique of Detroit musicianship are stronger than ever. Whether you're a rocker, a hip hop head, a club kid or jazz aficionado, Detroit serves up the best offering for your musical palette.

Sporting events. Music venues. Comedy houses. Theatre. So many choices. Better start making plans now.

Music

  1. Rock
  2. Soul
  3. Hip Hop
  4. Electronic
  5. Jazz
  6. Classical

Rock

Detroit is experiencing a rock renaissance including Grammy winning White Stripes, nationally-known acts like the Von Bondies and local favorites the Paybacks, the Henchmen, the Dirtbombs, the Electric Six, and the Sights. Detroit bands are daring, in your face and everything rock n' roll set out to be.

Best places to see rowdy bands:

Magic Stick
4140 Woodward Avenue
313.833.9700
www.majesticdetroit.com

The Lager House
1254 Michigan Avenue
313.961.4668
www.lagerhousedetroit.com

Small's
3642 Caniff, Hamtramck 
313.873.1117
www.smallsbardetroit.com

Soul

Motown set the tone for Detroit as a musical powerhouse. "Detroit Soul" is a popular T-shirt slogan for good reason. Soul music is alive and well with Detroit as one of the hottest spots for emerging talents, dipping and borrowing beat structures and colossal chords.

Who's got Detroit soul? Name check these risings acts:

  • Kem
  • Dwele
  • The Black Bottom Collective 
  • Inohs Sivad
  • The Platinum Pied Pipers

Hip Hop

Thanks to Eminem everyone knows the real action goes down south of 8 Mile Road. Detroit hip hop has earned national attention from Marshall Mathers, but hip hop culture runs deep in Detroit, dating back to the days of fashion mogul Maurice Malone's Hip Hop Shop. Open mics and battles are held with platinum artists D12 and Obie Trice turning up in the crowd. Slum Village, OneBeLo, the Athletic Mic League, Invincible and Finale are among the hot rising voices among Detroit emcees.

Best places to stop for Hip Hop:

St. Andrew's Hall
431 East Congress
313.961.6357
www.standrewshall.com

The Fillmore Detroit
2115 Woodward Avenue
313.961.5451

Good Life Lounge
630 Woodward Avenue
313.962.4508

Electronic

Detroit spawned an entire genre of electronic dance music popularly referred to as techno. Internationally-known Detroit record labels like Planet e, Underground Resistance, Transmat, KMS, 430 West, and Ghostly International pop up at events around the city. The annual electronic music festival celebrates this legacy and keeps the spirit of the pioneers kicking through giant speakers across Hart Plaza during Memorial Day weekend. Capacity crowds fill the outdoor venue, celebrating all dance music.

Where to find a DJ:

Oslo
1456 Woodward Avenue
313.963.0300

Corktown Tavern
1716 Michigan Avenue
313.964.5103
www.corktowntavern.com

Bleu Room Experience
1540 Woodward Avenue
313.222.1900
www.bleudetroit.com

Envy
234 West Larned
313.962.3689

The Works
1846 Michigan Avenue
313.961.1742

Jazz

Before Motown, Detroit was a jazz town. Jazz musicians like Teddy Harris, Norma Jean Bell, Marcus Belgrave and Geri Allen keep the spirit alive in smoky haunts around the city.

Best places to cool out to Jazz:

Baker's Keyboard Lounge
20510 Livernois Avenue
313.345.6300
www.bakerskeyboardlounge.com

Bert's Jazz Marketplace
2727 Russell Street
313.567.2030

Harlequin Cafe
8047 Agnes
313.331.0922

Classical

Conductor Neemi Jarvi is at the helm of the orchestral maneuvers of Detroit's Symphony Orchestra.

Max M. Fisher Music Center
313.576.5100
www.detroitsymphony.com

The Detroit Opera House features internationally renowned dance troupes and a top tier opera season. 

The Detroit Opera House
1526 Broadway
313.961.3500
www.motopera.org

Sports & Outdoor Activities

  1. Where to Go Outside & Play
  2. Sports for the Spectator

Where to Go Outside and Play

Belle Isle
East Jefferson at East Grand Boulevard

Chene Park
Atwater and Chene
313.393.0292

Clark Park
1130 Clark Avenue
313.297.9328

Historic Fort Wayne
6325 West Jefferson
313.833.1805

City Sports Center, Inc. 
3701 East Lafayette Street
313.567.2423

Hart Plaza
313.877.8077

Sports for the Spectator

Cobo Arena
310 Civic Center Drive
313.983.6616

Comerica Park
2100 Woodward Avenue
313.471.BALL

Ford Field
2000 Brush Street
313.262.2000
www.fordfield.com

Joe Louis Arena
600 Civic Center
313.983.6606

Detroit Lions 
www.detroitlions.com

Detroit Pistons 
www.nba.com/pistons

Detroit Red Wings 
www.detroitredwings.com

Detroit Tigers 
http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com

On Screen

  1. Local Film Theaters
  2. Detroit and its Neighbors on Film

Local Film Theaters

For fantastic films, the Detroit Film Theatre is chock full of selections all semester long. 

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave
313.833.7900
www.dia.org/dft

Detroit Science Center IMAX
John R. at Warren
313.577.8400
www.detroitsciencecenter.org

Detroit and its Neighbors on Film:

8 Mile
Out of Sight
Robocop
True Romance
The Virgin Suicides
Grosse Pointe Blank
Standing in the Shadows of Motown
The Island
Gran Torino
Rosie O'Donnell's "America" 
Hilary Swank in "Betty Ann Waters"
Drew Barrymore in "Whip It" 

Check out more at www.michiganfilmoffice.org/Made-in-Michigan/Film/Default.aspx

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