Power Center

121 N. Fletcher Street
Ann Arbor
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Opening in 1971, the Power Center was designed by architects Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo, formerly associates of Aero Saarinen. The theatre's interior was designed by Jo Mielziner, and echoes his work in the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center. The building was designed during a very innovative period in theatrical architecture. Known as "modern classical," the Power Center combines massive concrete columns and mirrored glass with ancient forms. The audience's seating area is modeled after the Greek theatre at Epidarus, while the stage was an experimental combination of proscenium arch and thrust. No seat in the Power Center is more than 80 feet from the stage.

The spacious, soaring lobby, which features tapestries by Roy Lichtenstein and Pablo Picasso, is frequently used for receptions and information booths during conferences.


Event Datesort descending Featured Artist(s) Additional Artists
Blues at Power 04/15/1972 Son House
Mance Lipscomb
Robert Pete Willliams
John Fahey 06/17/1972 John Fahey Ed Holstein
Virginia Klemens
Benefit for George McGovern 11/01/1972 Phil Ochs
Diesel Smoke & Dangerous Curves
Luther Allison 01/20/1973 Luther Allison
The Mojo Boogie Band
David Bromberg 01/24/1973 David Bromberg
Terry Tate
John Hartford / Norman Blake 01/26/1973 John Hartford
Norman Blake
Tim Buckley / Randy Newman 04/11/1973 Tim Buckley
Randy Newman
Modern Jazz Quartet 11/15/1973 Modern Jazz Quartet
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/30/1974 Duke Ellington
Jaki Byard
Harry Carney
Paul Gonsalves
Ray Nance
Russell Procope
Cootie Williams
Carlos Montoya 11/19/1974 Carlos Montoya
John Prine 01/16/1975 John Prine
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band 04/09/1975 The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
McCoy Tyner Quintet 11/02/1975 McCoy Tyner
Junie Booth
The Cecil Taylor Unit 04/15/1976 Cecil Taylor
Benefit for The Ark 06/13/1976 David Amram
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Paul Geremia
John Prine
Leon Redbone
Lydon Hardy
Diana Marcovitz
Owen McBride
Bryan Powers
Jay Unger
Steve Goodman 10/01/1976 Steve Goodman
Vassar Clements
The Gary Burton Quartet 05/13/1977 Gary Burton
Dexter Gordon 10/21/1977 Dexter Gordon
Sam Rivers Trio 02/10/1978 Sam Rivers
Leroy Jenkins
Sam Rivers Trio 02/11/1978 Sam Rivers
Leroy Jenkins
Steve Goodman 02/16/1978 Steve Goodman
Warren Zevon 05/24/1978 Warren Zevon
The Cecil Taylor Unit 11/10/1978 Cecil Taylor
2nd Ann Arbor Folk Festival 01/06/1979 David Bromberg Tony Barrand
Alice Gerrard
Norman Kennedy
Utah Phillips
Gamble Rogers
Mike Seeger
Detroit Jazz Artists on Tour 02/24/1979 Marcus Belgrave
Ron English
Griot Galaxy
Sam Sanders
Lyman Woodard