Hecklers beware: Rockhead Pub's Comedy Quarry doesn't like you. The venue embraces comedians and the audiences who love them, but will use a giant stage hook to remove anyone who attempts to ruin the night with their own untested musings. Because of this, crowds can bask in the sharp witticisms of regional, national, and international stand-ups without interruption. The club gives back in other ways, too—it hosts fundraising shows for local charities and Twitter caption contests for its followers.
Tony Roney set out to conquer the comedy world in 1990. Today, he oversees a vast network of comedians, many of whom are veterans of showcases on such channels as Comedy Central, BET, and HBO. But he's not just a businessman?he also regularly gets audiences rolling in the aisles with his long-form comic stories and his 200-person skateboard. The three-time guest of BET's Comic View is joined at Comic Vibe showcases by talent from all across the Detroit area. That talent may well include some big or soon-to-be-big names: Roney worked with stars including Mo'Nique and Mike Epps on his documentary Da Comic Vibe.
What was once the meeting spot for the Saint Andrews Society of Detroit now hosts the hottest live acts and dance parties, including performances by Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Iggy Pop. The Main Ballroom sports a tricked-out sound-and-lighting system, a VIP balcony, a hardwood dance floor, and a bar more than 35 feet long. The lower level of The Shelter lives up to its name, as red curtains and a cabaret offer an escape to mellower pastures. Upstairs at The Burns Room, patrons chill out on lounge furniture under chandeliers while savoring views of Congress and the RenCen.
As part of famed San Francisco promoter Bill Graham’s chain of venues, the rock ‘n’ roll pedigree of The Fillmore Detroit comes with the name. The historic venue—built in 1925 as a movie house—beams with classic opulence as fans shake their tail feathers on a hardwood dance floor under an 80-foot ceiling adorned with chandeliers and film reels once used as frisbees.
The King of Rock and Roll never relinquishes his throne as four of the country’s top Elvis impersonators team together for Elvis Lives, a multimedia musical tribute to one of music’s premier icons. Endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, which holds the copyright on blue suede shoes, Elvis Lives stars a quartet of bona fide dead ringers, all of whom are winners of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and pay homage to four memorable eras of the pompadour-sporting legend’s career. Fans can swoon and shout as they catch a glimpse of tadpole Elvis and his centrifugal pelvis, movie-era Elvis, leather-jacket “comeback” Elvis, and shimmering, sequined-jumpsuit “Vegas” Elvis. The lavishly-produced show quantum leaps across a memorable career with classic songs sung spot-on, delighting fans and warming the heart of the real Elvis as he watches from the rafters.