In the early 1960’s, the area known as Cass Corridor (the area bound by I-75, Lodge Freeway, Woodward and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd) became home to the most concentrated poverty in the State of Michigan, and one of the most poverty stricken area’s in the nation. With much of that reputation in the past, the Cass Corridor has become an important part of the Detroit rock scene and a popular hang out.
One of the larger venues for national acts is The Masonic Temple (billed as the world’s largest). The Dally in the Alley is ongoing music festival held there each summer. More recently, the Cass Corridor has become hold to the annual Marche Du Nain Rouge. Cass Tech High School, a Detroit public school, was where Diana Ross and many other greats received their secondary education.
Culturally, the Cass Corridor is one of the most significant districts of the city. The artistic community is closely knit and has produced a plethora of significant artists (see the Tribes of the Cass Corridor website for a comprehensive listing). This includes some of the most significant musical endeavors to come out of the Motor City. Detroit’s famous Gold Dollar rock dive was located in the heart of the Cass Corridor. Many of Detroit’s bands got their start playing here including the White Stripes, Brendan Benson and the Electric Six. Only a few blocks down and a few decades back stood the headquarters of Creem Magazine. The predecessor of Rolling Stone and the first rock journal, Creem brought us some of the greatest rock critics to ever live including Robert Christgau and Lester Bangs.
Bars in the Cass Corridor:
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