Enjoy a Live Performance on Stage at Detroit Music Hall

Watching a live performance on a stage has unfortunately become a dying pastime.Detroit Music Hall-6 I got a chance to see the Detroit Music Hall on a guided tour with DetroitShoppe. What an amazing building with such a rich history of Detroit and the Music/Theater Industry. Laura Raisch was our tour guide, and she was so knowledgeable about the building’s history and even had plenty of personal stories of her interactions with past performers at the Music Hall.

Laura Raisch - tour guide

Laura Raisch – tour guide

Music Hall Lobby

Music Hall Lobby

Music History in the Jazz Cafe

display in Jazz Cafe

The Music Hall started in 1928 as The Wilson Theatre by Matilda Dodge Wilson. She was married to one of the Dodge brothers (John) and was influential in getting the Music Hall, and Meadowbrook Hall built. The Music Hall was updated recently to reflect the atmosphere of the 1920’s original architecture. They even discovered the beautiful ceiling that was under the paint. Who would want to cover up that ceiling? This tour is in the second building that I have been in recently that somebody painted over the ceiling. Are they crazy?

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Detroit Music Hall-7This building has hosted acts like Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, and Ray Charles in the Jazz Cafe. The Main Hall has hosted performances from ballet companies to philharmonic orchestras. While I was on the tour, we got to see some auditions for the Joffrey Ballet Company. Hopefully, these little girls did well in their auditions.Detroit Music Hall-2Detroit Music Hall-3

Watching these auditions and hearing all the stories of artists that have been here in the past made me realize that I have been missing out on some great culture here in downtown Detroit. As I finish writing this piece, I am perusing this year’s season brochure and have already picked up a couple of tickets for Sleeping Beauty performed by the Russian National Ballet on May 1. Come on and join me! Culture awaits you!


  • Natasha 20March2016 at 5:21 PM Reply

    The Jazz cafe looks like my kinda place. I’m from Michigan so I will have to get to Detroit next time I’m home!

  • danyroko 19March2016 at 1:01 PM Reply

    Detroit is not know internationally for its culture, that`s why I`m happy every time I`m discovering a new unexpected side of a town! Thanks for sharing

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