Fifty Grande recently published a feature that detailed the coolest venues to see live music that you probably never heard of, and a Michigan spot made the list. “Some American venues have taken old spaces and turned them into truly unique places to watch live music: underground caves and sunny wineries, former salt mines and abandoned baseball parks, and more,” they explain.
Michigan certainly has no shortage of great places to catch a concert. This is especially true in the warmer weather months when the pavilions and shed amphitheaters are open. However, many of them are in the greater Detroit area, or within 60 miles.
Furthermore, there are now a variety of music festivals throughout Michigan, representing all genres of music. Still, there’s one venue that Fifty Grande recognized as an under the radar gem for live music.
Kalamazoo State Theatre – Kalamazoo, MI
On South Burdick Avenue in Kalamazoo, you will come across a 1,500-capacity venue that hosts a a great mix of shows throughout the year.
“A visit to the Kalamazoo State Theatre is pure magic,” they say on their website. The theatre notes on their intimate size and atmosphere allow fans to truly feel the experience they are in. “Renowned architect John Eberson designed our theatre in 1927 to create the feel of a Spanish garden,” they explain.
The Kalamazoo State Theatre has been the home to some big-name concerts over the years as well. Jackson Browne, Britney Spears, and The Temptations have all played this historic theatre.
What Shows Are Coming Up?
The fall lineup in Kalamazoo offers all sorts of entertainment. Grace Potter will bring her Mother Road Tour there on Wednesday, October 4. If you are in the mood for some laughs, Pete Davidson will perform a comedy show on Saturday, October 21. Lastly, the second to last stop Buddy Guy’s Damn Right Farewell tour will also be at this Michigan theatre.