The Machine Shop -- Authentic Rock Experience in Flint, Michigan
An intimate venue located in Flint, Michigan, The Machine Shop is a hidden secret in the rock music genre and a surprising hot spot for several of the industry's biggest stars. The venue dubs its approach "live rock 'n' roll and outlaw country".
The Machine Shop History
The building currently occupied by The Machine Shop has long been a rock music destination; at one time, it was known as the Razzmatazz, a local night club emphasizing the rock genre. Kevin Zink eventually took over in hopes of implementing his vision of a top rock venue located right in Flint, Michigan, as he wanted locals to be able to see national acts without having to drive to Detroit or even farther. Since opening The Machine Shop, he has attracted several renowned artists, all by promoting an authentic vibe and a supportive community.
The Machine Shop Events
The Machine Shop is, first and foremost, a concert venue. The rock lounge hosts a variety of bands, including both local and national acts. Core Effect, Buckcherry and Halestorm have all performed there, as have a variety of other popular rock groups and solo artists. Check out the schedule of events to see which shows are coming up.
A rough-and-tumble town, Flint has a unique vibe that appeals to lovers of rock music. Many of the city's top attractions highlight its history in auto manufacturing. The Sloan Museum is a local favorite, featuring a variety of historic vehicles built in Flint, plus hands-on science exhibits. The city has a growing cultural scene, supported by the Flint Youth Theater and the Flint Institute of Arts. Bordering Thread Lake, the Flint Golf Club is the best place to hang out when the weather is warm. When they're not visiting The Machine Shop, local music lovers spend their time at The Whiting or Flint Local 432.
The Machine Shop Seating Layout
The Machine Shop is an intimate concert lounge that gives guests an up-close and personal experience with artists they'd normally only witness at stadium-based concerts or other large venues. The concert destination consists of an open space for standing right in front of the stage, plus several tables and seats where rock music fans can enjoy acts at their leisure. A merch table area is located behind this space; this is where guests can score clothing, posters and other items emblazoned with their favorite acts' logos. The venue has a full bar and a large parking area.
Kid Rock is a huge fan of The Machine Shop and has referred to the venue as "the last of a dying breed," and Stevie D. of Buckcherry compares the club to a muscle car: gritty and all American in the best possible way.
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