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History Comments Share. Neon signs advertise various brands of beer, and framed drawings of musicians line the space above the bar. featured heavily in my early adult life in Ann Arbor. Taylor Michaels gets a wristband from Aaron Roy at the entrance to the Blind Pig. The Blind Pig represents the old form with new content - wine and grogs, no super-firewater. aww, i'll always have fond memories of this place. “It’s just laid back and relaxed — not pretentious,” agreed Laura Cooney, another local. See more of The Blind Pig A2 on Facebook. A little Damn Arbor history for you, gentle reader. Martin Bandyke is the 6-10am morning drive host at Ann Arbor’s 107one, WQKL-FM. It's definitely worth a listen. Episode 28 is all about the Blind Pig and what happened last time it was sold. A2 history! The label is now based in San Francisco. If you have fond memories of the 8 Ball and Pig, then you have to listen to this episode of Ann Arbor Stories. ! Check out upcoming events at the Blind Pig - Ann Arbor's legendary live music club. Ann Arbor Institutions: We Brought Back All the Shirts Seth November 27th, 2020 at 12:50 PM A lot of our favorite places in Ann Arbor were hurting with the pandemic and no football traffic, so we partnered this fall with Underground Printing to do a t-shirt a week for the places we love. The Blind Pig A2, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Not Now. Blind Pig is a phenomenon in the Ann Arbor area, and in fact in the entire area of southeast Michigan. Didn't explore much. Rick's got Phish, too. On a personal note, the Bang! Thursday, March 30, 2017 The history of the Blind Pig on Ann Arbor Stories With news that the Blind Pig/8-Ball and their liquor license are up for sale, I can think of no better time than to dive into the history of the establishment. A blog about life, Ann Arbor, and life in Ann Arbor. (This post was revised to correct a typo and to remove a reference that included masked profanity.) Saw Dave Mathews Band play there back in like 92 or 93, if i remember correct, before that became the huge success that they are now. Though there is some hope that some bar/music venue may stay at the site considering the liquor license is also for sale. The partners renovated an old downtown Ann Arbor building and named the combined cafe/club after illegal after-hours gathering places, referred to by the slang term blind pig, another name for a speakeasy. We're just a vessel. “It’s an outlet for all kinds of music,” she said. Chakro: It's not closing... this is just a story about the club itself. Safe too. The Ark - Ann Arbor. When it comes to live music venues, few will tough it out through five decades. R.E.M. October 3, 1989 Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI. As far as the U-M goes, “we only need 400 (students) to wander down here for a show to sell out.” In the battle between Ann Arbor and Detroit for student business, Ann Arbor tends to win most of the time, Berry added. 22K likes. It was a blow to see the building was up for sale back in February. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy, © 2013 MLive Media Group All rights reserved (About Us). Create New Account. “I like it that it’s kind of grungy. As far as the decor goes, it's pretty typical, and definitely old-school. 1 year ago at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. Blind Pig (venue), a music venue in Ann Arbor, Michigan, US Blind Pig Records, San Francisco, US blues record label; Blind Pig, whiskey- and rum-flavoured ciders by HP Bulmer “For a small venue the sound is pretty good, and they have good prices on drinks, which is important,” added Ruby Hurliman, from the downriver Detroit area. Cooney agreed, adding that the Pig is “a good place to dance without the stereotypical Necto bump-and-grind thing. Forgot account? It’s a more mature way to dance,” she said. Most people don't know this, but we started this website back in 2010 when all of the original contributors were living together in a rental on 3rd at Liberty. To enter, customers must first pass muster at the door ("Fake I.D.s and underage drinking don't happen here like they do elsewhere. Mirrors make the club look bigger, red plush carpeting on some of the walls probably improve the acoustics. Fortunately, Rich Retyi's got a great Ann Arbor Stories for us. “People come here because of who's on the stage more than because it's the world- famous Blind Pig,” he explained. The Blind Pig: Ann Arbor, MI: Apr 12, 2018 The Dirty Notion / J. Navarro & The Traitors / The Slackers: The Blind Pig: Ann Arbor, MI: Mar 23, 2018 Electric Six: The Blind Pig: Ann Arbor, MI: Jan 20, 2018 Adventures With Vultures / Brother Elsey / Great Expectations / Honey Monsoon: The Blind Pig: Ann Arbor… The larger room soon became a destination for local acts and touring bands such as Joan Baez, Bo Diddley, George Thorogood, REM, 10,000 Maniacs, Sonic Youth, Soul Asylum, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam and even Nirvana. The Pig’s not fancy, and that’s fine — in fact, some say the funkiness is part of the charm. Size is key to the Pig's success and longevity, said Berry, as is the club's proximity to the U-M. “A 400 (person) capacity allows us to survive on local music when the pickings are slim on the national touring circuit. If you haven’t been to the Pig in a while, don’t worry — it probably hasn’t changed much, except for one thing. Related Pages. Simple theme. Not bad. The Blind Pig A2, Ann Arbor, Michigan. sad to see it go. Many locals who have moved on such as Brophy Dale, Al Hill, as well as Drivin' Sideways, The Jim Tate Band, and all my favorite locals. This is one of the few places that can accommodate a crowd of 100-200 people that actually want to dance,” he said. Powered by, The history of the Blind Pig on Ann Arbor Stories. For more information on the Blind Pig, go to www.blindpigmusic.com or call 734-996-8555. We can adjust to ups and downs mainly because of our size.”. Sections of this page. ** Blind pig may also refer to: . We drop the hammer," Berry said). The Blind Pig A2, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Roger LeLievre is a free-lance writer who covers music for AnnArbor.com. I love DMB!! The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of MLive Media Group, You are viewing this article in the AnnArbor.com archives. Blind Pig - Old Form New Concept, Ann Arbor Sun, October 27, 1972 Way back last spring Ann Arbor's only true Blind Pig opened its now infamous underground speakeasy to the boogiers of the community. The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor's historic music club located downtown! Okay, who else besides me remembers seeing the Chickasaw Mudd Puppies at the Pig in around 1991? The Blind Pig, 208 South 1st Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States 7349968555 . #OnThisDay January 5th, 2013 @citizenzero played the Blind Pig! We are grad students, townies, and derelicts. But I really enjoyed the show, being so close to talent is so special wow. Aw man, bummed I missed DMB! The legendary status of the room is a byproduct of that. The Pig’s not fancy, and that’s fine — in fact, some say the funkiness is part of the charm. 208 South First Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104 or. Tom Isaia and Jerry DelGiudice created it as a European-influenced cafe, complete with espresso/cappuccino, a unique and varied food menu, including home made soups, Italian biscotti, crostini, a full wine and beer list, and top-notch Blues entertainment. The tour was for s… until they came to the Pig, which sold out because the week before, Soundgarden told THEIR sold-out crowd to come back next week to catch ‘their friends in a band called Nirvana,’” Berry recalled. #citizenzero #rockclub #musichistory #blindpig #annarbor #michiganmusic #venue #concert #livemusic For Andrew Christopoulous of Grand Rapids, who drives over the club about once a month, the size of the Blind Pig is just right. But I like the blind logo inside the bar. I don't recall REM ever playing at the Blind Pig, although I DO recall them playing at Joe's Star Lounge on Main Street. Jump to. Copyright 2010–2019 Damn Arbor. The things that make the Blind Pig so ideal for smaller acts such as the Ann Arbor Soul Club make it perfect other kinds of music as well — great sound, a decent-sized dance floor and an unpretentious atmosphere that makes it easy to let your hair down. In 1981, a local couple, Roy and Betty Goffett, bought and then expanded the business by purchasing an adjacent building and bringing the stage from the basement to the upper level. We don't look the other way. First time in Ann Arbor but the parking was super convenient i stay 4 hours or so, maybe three got charged $6. The bar and main seating area are up front, close to First Street, and the dance floor and stage are at the back. Can't wait to see you live again, hopefully soon! The 8 Ball is down a flight of stairs to the basement. The 8 Ball Saloon is open 7 Days a Week @ 3pm. : ). Conversely, when the local scene is sparse, we can usually fill in the gaps with a billion tours available to us. 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