Vanity Ballroom

Address: 
14301 E. Jefferson Avenue
City: 
Detroit
Region: 
Michigan
Country: 
USA
Postal Code: 
48215
Open: 
1929-1980's
Capacity: 
2,000

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The Vanity Ballroom was designed in 1929 by Charles N. Agree as a flamboyant venue in which to socialize, dance and hear music. The ballroom was a major venue for bands of the 1930s and 1940s, such as those of Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Red Nichols, Russ Morgan, Art Mooney, Woody Herman, and Pee Wee Hunt. The Vanity billed itself as "Detroit's most beautiful dance rendezvous."

The ballroom was closed in 1958, but reopened in 1959 until the early 1980's for one night a week only. It was eventually completely shuttered and although it played a bit part in Eminem's movie, 8 Mile, it remains closed and dilapidated.

Concerts

Event Datesort ascending Featured Artist(s) Additional Artists
A Birthday Celebration 12/12/1987 Hysteric Narcotics
The Orange Roughies
Slaughterhouse 12/05/1987 Slaughterhouse
Circle Confusion
Spahn Ranch (MI)
Funhouse 11/14/1987 Funhouse
The Hypnotics
Tanjent Image
Akwabatz
Scott Campbell 11/07/1987 Scott Campbell
Before or After
Anton James
Fly Away Hair
Scott Morgan 09/12/1987 Scott Morgan Minus One
Scott Morgan 09/11/1987 Scott Morgan Minus One
The Blanks 08/29/1987 The Blanks Little Monsters
Western Bloc
Trash Brats 08/08/1987 Trash Brats
The Batboys
Inside Out
Tanjent Image 08/07/1987 Tanjent Image
Before or After
Extra Senses
Kuru 07/31/1987 Kuru Kill the Cancer
Christopher Nigel
Scott Campbell 07/25/1987 Scott Campbell
Funhouse
No Trend
Angry Red Planet 07/24/1987 Angry Red Planet
The Generals
Murder Style
The Gories 07/18/1987 The Gories
Hysteric Narcotics
Sleep
Deathcorp 07/17/1987 Deathcorp
Ugly But Proud
Beer on the Penguin 07/10/1987 Beer on the Penguin
Crossed Wire
Tanjent Image
Radio 9
The Look 08/25/1984 The Look Earthmen
Marcus Belgrave / Donald Walden 05/31/1981 Marcus Belgrave
Donald Walden
Robert Gordon 05/23/1981 Robert Gordon
Steve Nardella
The Rockabilly Cats
Marcus Belgrave / Donald Walden 05/17/1981 Marcus Belgrave
Donald Walden
Marcus Belgrave / Donald Walden 04/26/1981 Marcus Belgrave
Donald Walden
Marcus Belgrave / Donald Walden 04/19/1981 Marcus Belgrave
Donald Walden
Art in America 04/18/1981 Art in America
Ragnar Kvaran Band
Maruga & the Soda Jerks
The Sillies 04/17/1981 The Sillies
Hoi Polloi
The Sophisticates
Static
Woody Herman & His Thundering Herd 10/04/1980 Woody Herman
Dagwood 04/23/1972 Dagwood
The Früt
Stillwell

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