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EL CLUB ADDS ART & VARIETY TO DETROIT’S MUSIC SCENE

EL CLUB ADDS ART & VARIETY TO DETROIT’S MUSIC SCENE

El Club, Detroit’s newest all-ages music venue, opened last month with a stage, lights, supreme sound, a VIP seating area, an outdoor patio and a list of music acts on the programming list.

Graeme Flegenheimer owns the space, which is located in the former Mexicantown Fiesta Center, near Clark Park, and brought on Virginia Benson as the talent buyer, Pepe Z as the chef and Kyle Thousand to manage the bar.

Originally, El Club housed a bank that was built around 1912, but later turned into a dance hall and now a place for all ages to enjoy quality music.

“I was a kid sneaking into concerts since I was 10 and music and art should be accessible to all ages, not looked at as a commodity to solely sell booze on,” he said.

The entertainment includes bands and musical acts of all backgrounds, including 80’s punk band X, Detroit music legends The Gories, Booker T. Jones and La Santa Cecila.

“We are an inclusive space for all ideas, artists and curators,” Flegenheimer said. “We aim to provide a quality experience from service to sound for our patrons.”

The food and beverage menu was created to remain affordable and approachable, with wood oven pizzas, salads, soups, slow cooked meats, a brunch menu and a cocktail menu that ranges between $6 and $8. Signature drinks include the avocado margarita, cucumber mule, and rhubarb daiquiri. The venue houses three fully stocked bars in addition to nonalcoholic options.

El Club aims to continue booking quality shows and hopes to eventually set up an after school arts program for kids in the neighborhood.

Visit elclubdetroit.com for more information on shows and hours and follow El Club on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Erica N. Rakowicz/After 5

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