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Outdoor concert venues like DTE Energy Music Theatre offer summer music and ambiance

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Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017 3:37 pm

The last time Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band played at the DTE Energy Music Theatre was 21 years ago, back in June 1996.

 Of course, back then the venue was known as Pine Knob, and has been Michigan’s most popular outdoor concert theatre since it opened in 1972.

 Seger is just one of dozens of performances planned for this summer at DTE Energy Music Theatre, and his concert was sold out to fan groups before they ever hit public sales. He added a second concert, this time at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Sept. 23, his 17th appearance at this venue.

 Whether you’re into the “old time rock ‘n roll” of Bob Seger or the down-home rap of Kid Rock, Detroit’s reputation as a music powerhouse makes Michigan a popular destination for national performances of all kinds.

 This year, look for Bruno Mars, Bob Dylan and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill to hit local stages this summer, at many metro Detroit area venues.

 Headlining at The Palace in Auburn Hills will be Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull on June 28, New Kids on the Block on June 29, Queen + Adam Lambert on July 20, Bruno Mars on Aug. 12 and Tim McGraw & Faith Hill on Sept. 8.

 The Outlaw Music Festival at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on July 8 will include appearances by Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Sheryl Crow. Look for Kid Rock at the debut concert at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, replacing the Joe Louis Arena, on Sept. 12-13, 15-16 and 19-20.

 Appearing at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, will be Metallica on July 12.

 Other notable indoor concert venues include The Fillmore, St. Andrew’s Hall, Masonic Temple, The Fox Theatre and the Royal Oak Music Theatre.

 Here are some of the most popular outdoor music venues near Detroit, perfect for a summer evening concert under the stars:

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston


 DTE Energy Music Theatre is Michigan’s most well known and attended outdoor theatre, accommodating up to 15,000 concertgoers. Discount tickets can be found all over southeast Michigan, making this an affordable venue to see artists from pop to rock, classic hits and alternative rock.

Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, Rochester Hills


 Located on the campus of Oakland University, this venue holds 7,700 concertgoers, plus family friendly shows and events.

Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Sterling Heights


 Acquired by Palace Sports & Entertainment in November 2015, this theatre joins the company’s growing list of venues it manages in the Detroit area. It’s a smaller version of DTE Energy Music Theatre, holding 7,200 people with both lawn and pavilion seating.

Comerica Park, Detroit


 Comerica Park, home to the Detroit Tigers, is also an outdoor concert venue seating up to 41,575 visitors. Metallica will be hitting the stage here on July 12.

Soaring Eagle Casino, Mt. Pleasant


 Although it’s a drive up I-75, this casino also features an outdoor venue for concerts. Notable acts coming this summer include Lionel Ritchie on June 26, Lindsey Buckingham on July 6, Keith Urban on July 20, Santana on Aug. 8 and Brad Paisley on Aug. 12, to name a few.

Brief history of DTE Energy Theatre, formerly Pine Knob

 Originally built by the Nederlander Organization in the early 1970s, the DTE Energy Music Theater used to by known as Pine Knob Music Theatre because of its proximity to the nearby Pine Knob ski resort and golf course in Clarkston.

 Pine Knob Music Theatre’s grand opening was on June 25, 1972 with a concert by Andy Williams. However, a few days before Williams’ appearance, a pre-opening concert featured teen idol David Cassidy.

 The venue’s name was changed to DTE Energy Music Theatre in 2001, when DTE Energy purchased the naming right to the amphitheatre in a 10-year $10 million transaction.

Source: theconcertdatabase.com

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