Harpos

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Harpos
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Background Information

Established

1980

Music Genre

Rock, Metal, Punk, Alternative

Location

14238 Harper Avenue Detroit, MI 48213

Phone

(313) 824-1700

Website

https://www.harposlive.com

Events

Events

About

Everyone knows Harpos, whether they caught a show by Iron Maiden, Megadeth, or other big metal acts there in the '80s, or just drive by the place on I-94. It's an iconic landmark of Detroit’s music scene.

Opened in 1939 as the Harper Theatre, it was designed by Charles N. Agree in Art Moderne style. The theater was complete with an 80-foot vertical sign spelling out the theater's name. The Harper cost about $290,000 to build, and was at the time one of the most modern-looking theaters to open in Detroit. It also featured murals in the lobby and auditorium by Thomas di Lorenzo.

It was converted into a rockclub in 1974, and as Harpos Concert Theatre in 1980. Harpos became the premier venue for heavy-metal and industrial rock bands in Detroit at the time.

Unfortunately, the club has earned a bad rap in recent years thanks to an inconsistent sound system, sticky floors, and nasty bathrooms — not to mention past violence near the theater, and some not-so-great rumors about management.

On February 19, 2017 Ruzvelt Stevanovski owner of the legendary Blondies made an official public announcement on Facebook that he is the new owner of the Harpos Concert Theatre in Detroit. Using his past experience as the owner of Blondies, Ruzvelt plans are to bring Harpos back up to the top of hole-in-the-wall concert clubs in the Motor City.

Under Ruzvelt's ownership, Harpos will host all genres, but will primarily book heavy metal bands, with some alternative and electronic shows mixed in.


Photos

  • Now
  • Then
  • Original Lobby
  • The Room

  • External Links

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