2014

Belle Isle Bandshell

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The Bandstand on Belle Isle was a popular attraction for a highly musically developed Detroit from its construction in the late 1800s. On summer and spring weekends it hosted many popular music groups, evolving with the times from classical and big band ensembles through to the emergence of jazz in the 50s to soul and funk in the 60s and 70s. The Bandshell was the home of the Detroit Concert Band, who performed a varied repertoire at over 50 concerts a year in the 1940s and 50s. They were such a prominent icon on Detroit’s early music scene that their very own practice field was built for them, allowing them to exercise their drills and march to the Bandstand. The 1970s was the Bandstand’s heyday, and it often hosted free jazz, soul, and classical concerts on weekends over through spring and summer, sometimes stretching into autumn. It was in this period that the Bandstand was upgraded to a new, larger Bandshell complete with integration of new amplification technology. It was a popular venue for promoters, such as the famous John Sinclair who put on experimental and electronic events after his return to the music business. Unfortunately, the Bandshell was unofficially closed as a venue in 1980, and has since fallen into neglect and is rarely used.

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