Music at the The Garden Bowl and Majestic Stick

Nightlife — By clairesloan on September 14, 2010 at 5:52 pm

As it is the home of Motown, as well as several famous bands, Detroit’s night life is all about music. The Majestic Theatre is a great place to hang out at night and listen to great bands and DJs. Located in downtown Detroit at 4120 Woodward Ave, the Majestic Theater has two popular music venues, The Garden Bowl and The Magic Stick.

The Majestic Theatre was built in 1915 and over its long history, it has housed all sorts of venues and acts. Originally built to show films and live vaudeville acts, the theatre later became a church, a photo studio, and a trophy store. It was in 1987 that the Majestic began to feature live music and entertainment. The theatre doesn’t limit itself to one music genre; all sorts of bands play everything from jazz, reggae, rock, to blues.

The Garden Bowl, America’s oldest active bowling center built in 1913, is a 16-lane, glow in the dark bowling alley that features live DJs. Guests can bowl while listening to DJ spinning all sorts of music, from rock to punk to funk.

Upstairs, in the original second floor of the Garden Bowl, the Magic Stick is one of Detroit’s top live music venues (apparently this is where the White Stripes got their start). The Magic Stick also has ten billiard tables and a dance floor. Many magazine critics – including some from Rolling Stone – have deemed the Magic Stick the best place to see a live show.

The Majestic Theatre also has several places where you can get something to eat. The Majestic Cafe, open every day of the week except Monday, has great, affordable food for all diners. The cafe often has theme nights and national and local musicians.The Alley Deck offers good brunch food, and Sgt. Pepperoni’s, located inside the Garden Bowl, features delicious Detroit-style pizza, sandwiches, chicken dishes, and pasta, all at affordable prices.

Check out the Majestic Theatre’s website ( for more information, including show times.

[image: Diana Price Photography]

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