The room is small and the sound of the drums crashing echoes throughout the whole venue. Fans press towards the stage, without being trampled or uncomfortably pushed together. The performer is close enough to touch and interacts with the crowd as if they are all old friends. People stand, either near the stage or near the bar. On this cold winter night in Pontiac, MI, a band starts their set and the fans pack into the room. Larger arena shows are nice, but smaller venues make for more intimate shows. Thankfully, both types of venues can be found in Michigan if you know where to go.
Larger venues are able to pack in more people and make more money, which is great if that’s what you’re looking for. These types of venues are definitely on the larger side of the scale for concert locations in Michigan. The Little Caesars Arena sits approximately 20,000 people on its own. Other larger venues in Michigan such as DTE Energy Music Theater sits 15,274 people according to their website. While not as large as the Little Caesars Arena, DTE Theater can still easily fit a good-sized crowd for a show.
Larger venues are also able to house more well-known artists and bands that they know will bring in a good crowd. Artists such as Harry Styles, Bruno Mars, and Maroon 5 are making their way to the Little Caesars Arena and Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, and Kelsea Ballerini are among the list of performers coming to DTE this summer. Other larger scale venues in Michigan include Van Andel arena and the Meadow Brook Amphitheater. Van Andel is located in Grand Rapids and can seat 10,834. The Meadow Brook Amphitheater can seat 7,700 and is located in Rochester Hills.
Coming to Van Andel arena this summer are popular, well-known artists such as Brad Paisley, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Fall Out Boy, Machine Gun Kelly, and Elton John. The full schedule for upcoming shows at this location can be found on the Van Andel arena website. Meadow Brook Amphitheater is also having performances by Khalid, Nick Jonas, and Jason Mraz, their schedule is also available online.
Smaller venues might not be able to bring in crazy popular artists, but they do give lesser known musicians a place to perform without the overwhelming crowd sizes that come with DTE or Meadow Brooke. These venues are also able to house other sorts of events and to give local singers and bands a chance in the spotlight. There are a lot of smaller venues located in Pontiac and Detroit and tickets are never usually as crazy expensive as they would be at one of the larger arena shows.
Not to mention, these smaller venues constantly have some sort of performance going on all the time. Whether it is a local band on the rise or a musician that people might know, just not as well as Harry Styles or Bruno Mars, concert goers can always count on a smaller venue to find something of their interest. Smaller venues, while helping lesser known artists to gain popularity and stage experience, also help to broaden the crowd’s music tastes. With tickets being on the cheaper end, it is easier to be able to attend shows for genres of music not typical to normal playlists created.
Some of the more well-known smaller venues in Michigan include The Fillmore in Detroit, St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, The Crofoot in Pontiac, and the Magic Stick in Detroit. The Fillmore has a seating capacity of 2,200, not an insanely huge arena, but still big enough for some artists with a larger fan base. Artists such as ASAP Ferg and X Ambassadors are coming to the Fillmore in the near future.
The Crofoot is a smaller space in Pontiac and is made up of three different venues in one building. The space is used for concerts of different genres, obviously, but also for weddings and other live events. While concerts at The Crofoot are mostly standing room, The Crofoot Ballroom can fit 1,100 people. The Pike Room at The Crofoot has a capacity of 250 and The Vernors Room can hold 75 people. The Crofoot has hosted more local bands in the past and artists who are still on the come up. Their schedule is online and tickets to shows can be purchased both online and at the door.
Saint Andrew’s Hall is slightly larger than The Crofoot but smaller than The Fillmore. With a seating capacity of 1,000, Saint Andrews is able to host slightly more popular musicians who have a bigger fan base than local bands might but not as huge of a fan base as say, Harry Styles does. Singers such as Andy Grammar, James TW, MAX, and Madison Beer will all be performing here later in the year.
Whether it’s a Maroon 5 show at Little Caesars Arena or a James TW concert at Saint Andrew’s hall, there’s a concert for everyone and a concert venue to fit everyone’s criteria. Concerts don’t have to mean thousands of people and seats way up in the nosebleeds, it can mean a room full of maybe 70 fans standing by the stage. Luckily, Michigan has concert venues for both of these kinds of shows.