Music Hall Jazz Cafe

11 Apr

Interior Detail

Ceiling Detail

lounge area

On Thursday of last week we headed down to Cliff Bells to catch the Moth’s Story Slam. When we arrived the place was full and there was a line stretching across the front of the building, we needed an alternate plan…..Off to Music Hall;      The Jazz Cafe at Music Hall presents live music in an intimate setting Tuesday through Friday evenings in the lounge area pictured. The room itself oozes elegance, there isn’t a place you can sit where your eyes will not wander the walls and ceilings.  Happy Hour is from 5-7pm, there are free appetizers and drink specials.  The Jazz Cafe also serves food, enjoy dinner or dessert in this lovely setting.  Music varies from evening to evening, Ben’s Friends perform on the third Thursday of each month at 7pm.

I absolutely love this building, we were there the night it reopened after the restoration back in the 90’s, Mandy Patinkin performed, what a night! We have been here many times since, I have a sentimental attachment to this place.

Originally built as the Wilson Theatre in 1928 by Matilda Dodge Wilson , (think Meadowbrook Hall), Music Hall has been an active and vital part of Detroit history.  Matilda, widow of automobile pioneer John Dodge wanted to create a place in Detroit for what she called legitimate (live) theater, and she spared no expense doing so.  The exterior is done in  Art Deco style while the interior is  Spanish Renaissance. You may notice similarities to Meadowbrook hall as it was crafted by the same artisans.

One Response to “Music Hall Jazz Cafe”

  1. Dan April 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    I gotta see the music hall. I love the site.

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