Let’s take a short tour of the best venues in Michigan for heavy music. There are some great shows coming up, and it is your duty as a metalhead to make it to one or 10. Check the clubs’ webpages for upcoming shows, or hit them up all in one place at MoshPitNation.com.
- The Intersection
Regularly brings fantastic shows to their main room. They also do some smaller local and regional shows on the front room stage inside The Stache. Head there for these upcoming shows: We Came as Romans, Mushroomhead, The Devil Wears Prada, GWAR, Monster Magnet, The Black Dahlia Murder and Devil Driver.
- The Pyramid Scheme
Kickass shows from bands you’ve probably heard of like Obituary, Saint Vitus and Agent Orange coming up. And they do a superior job of bringing you amazing bands you may not have heard of like Orange Goblin, Holy Grail and Gates of Slumber, which all on the upcoming docket.
- Mulligan’s Pub
Always-free shows in Mulligan’s Otherside, bring you the best of local and underground metal, rock and indie music. Mulligan’s has been the best local bar for consistent metal in GR for a couple of years. And they have cheap-as-hell, strong drinks.
- The Orbit Room
A mainstay of GR for big national shows, The Orbit Room’s back in action this fall with the likes of Five Finger Death Punch, Danzig, Coheed & Cambria, Asking Alexandria/All That Remains/Sevendust/Emmure and, of course, Lamb of God/Killswitch Engage/Testament. See you in the pit!
- The DeltaPlex
For the occasional giant show, The DeltaPlex delivers. For instance, Rob Zombie and Korn shows were just announced for November. Check out their calendar online.
- Mac’s Bar
Mac’s hosts the occasional regional touring band, and also regularly features local metal. They’ve run OgreFest in April for several years featuring the best of local Michigan metal bands.
- Uli’s Haus of Rock
Uli’s runs metal and rock shows on most weekends, and is a favorite “corner bar” in Lansing. Occasionally they host touring bands, but usually keep it about the local party.
- Club Envy
Bringing some touring bands through, and putting on bigger local shows regularly, Club Envy has brought the metal back to their stage. They are going to host a killer Halloween party with local bands covering your favorites like Slayer, Killswitch, Parkway Drive and more.
Regularly featuring hard rock and metal from around Michigan, the 411 Club is Kalamazoo’s best spot for a show. The sound is great, and they have great food too!
- Planet Rock
Kicking it back into high gear, Planet Rock has some great shows on the docket, including Sevendust, Dope, Eye Empire, Taproot and more.
- The Machine Shop
A foundation of metal in Michigan, The Machine Shop has delivered amazing touring bands for years and years. The sound is awesome, the atmosphere is ideal and the drinks are cheap. Upcoming shows include Hatebreed, Mushroomhead, Blue Felix, Kill Devil Hill and Motionless in White.
If you’re up for a road trip and want to see some shows that don’t come through West Michigan, check out what Detroit’s got going on at these fine venues.
- The Fillmore
- St. Andrews Hall
- The Shelter (in the lower level of St Andrews)
- The Majestic Theatre / The Magic Stick
- The Token Lounge
- The Crofoot / The Pike Room
- Royal Oak Music Theater
- DTE Energy Music Theatre / The Palace
The best Michigan venues for heavy music