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Outdoor concert lovers rejoice! A new pop-up concert venue is coming to downtown Detroit.

The Riverside Station Detroit will have a socially-distanced design — a reflection of how the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped how we do live entertainment.


An empty parking lot will be transformed into the outdoor venue and will be complete with a stage and pod-style viewing area that allows up to six people to watch the show from their designated area. The design is similar to how a drive-in theater might look, without the cars.

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People will be able to order food, drinks, and merchandise from a web-based app and have their orders delivered to their designated area.

Riverside Station Detroit will be located at 701 W. Jefferson Ave. – east of the Riverfront Towers apartment complex and west of the former site of Joe Louis Arena.

Produced and programmed by The Crofoot Presents, a Pontiac-based music venue and concert promoter, the first concert to be announced at Riverside Station Detroit is scheduled for Friday, May 7 featuring national alternative indie rock band Mt. Joy. Local act Michigander is scheduled to open the show.

“It’s a safe way to allow people to get together and see music,” says Dan McGowan, the managing partner of The Crofoot Presents. “It will feel much like a music festival with a large stage and a checkerboard of pods in front of it. We’re very excited to have the potential to do a whole season of these kinds of events.”

According to McGowan, the outdoor venue can accommodate around 400 pods, which are surrounded by low fencing on three sides with an opening on one side for an entrance.