He also remembers punk band Circle Jerks’ near-destruction of the Pig in the early ‘80s. Sections of this page. Blind pig may also refer to: . The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of MLive Media Group, You are viewing this article in the AnnArbor.com archives. Neon signs advertise various brands of beer, and framed drawings of musicians line the space above the bar. DelGiudice started the stil… The pair purchased an abandoned furniture store and named it Blind Pig after a slang term for police officers that had been bribed by speakeasy proprietors during ‘20s prohibition. Blind Pig is a phenomenon in the Ann Arbor area, and in fact in the entire area of southeast Michigan. The Blind Pig A2, Ann Arbor, Michigan. The money allowed Malcoun to become an angel investor, as well as co-found Cahoots, a co-working tech hub in Ann Arbor. 208 South First Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104 In an Ann Arbor where nightspots seem to constantly change, the Blind Pig has been a cultural touchstone for almost 40 years. Blind Pig New Year Pop Up Shop None of the items shown below are available for sale anywhere else, so take advantage and place your order today! I lived in a house on 3rd at Liberty with several of the other Damn Arbor founders. It's definitely worth a listen. To enter, customers must first pass muster at the door ("Fake I.D.s and underage drinking don't happen here like they do elsewhere. Ann Arbor’s venerable Blind Pig is a place with plenty of history, probably because it’s been around long enough to see it happen, and maybe even stir up a little notoriety itself. always liked the Blind Pig. As far as the decor goes, it's pretty typical, and definitely old-school. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy, © 2013 MLive Media Group All rights reserved (About Us). We can adjust to ups and downs mainly because of our size.”. Fortunately, Rich Retyi's got a great Ann Arbor Stories for us. As far as the U-M goes, “we only need 400 (students) to wander down here for a show to sell out.” In the battle between Ann Arbor and Detroit for student business, Ann Arbor tends to win most of the time, Berry added. #citizenzero #rockclub #musichistory #blindpig #annarbor #michiganmusic #venue #concert #livemusic Mirrors make the club look bigger, red plush carpeting on some of the walls probably improve the acoustics. ANN ARBOR, MI -- The music venue in Ann Arbor that’s played host to acts ranging from Otis Rush and Nirvana to KRS-One is set to reopen this week. The 8 Ball Saloon is open 7 Days a Week @ 3pm. Jason Berry, who handles booking for the club, remembers the 1989 Nirvana show, as well as another act that just about destroyed the place. History. The Blind Pig, 208 South 1st Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States 7349968555 Aw man, bummed I missed DMB! Simple theme. And whatever happened to those guys? We facilitate and strengthen the ongoing relationship between the artist and their fans. One.Be.Lo performs at the Blind Pig on Wednesday. 3,428 Followers, 248 Following, 250 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from The Blind Pig A2 (@blindpig_annarbor) Create New Account. If you haven’t been to the Pig in a while, don’t worry — it probably hasn’t changed much, except for one thing. I moved back for grad school in 2009. When it comes to live music venues, few will tough it out through five decades. The Blind Pig opened in 1971. featured heavily in my early adult life in Ann Arbor. A little Damn Arbor history for you, gentle reader. We drop the hammer," Berry said). Copyright 2010–2019 Damn Arbor. Martin Bandyke is the 6-10am morning drive host at Ann Arbor’s 107one, WQKL-FM. The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor's historic music club located downtown! R.E.M. The label is now based in San Francisco. Edit. But I really enjoyed the show, being so close to talent is so special wow. Related Pages. Log In. When it opened, the Blind Pig was a café by day and a club by night, featuring blues music performed by some of the greats, including Koko Tayler, Boogie Woogie Red, Hound Dog Taylor and Roosevelt Sykes. This is one of the few places that can accommodate a crowd of 100-200 people that actually want to dance,” he said. We don't look the other way. Press ... Sign Up. Rick's got Phish, too. With news that the Blind Pig/8-Ball and their liquor license are up for sale, I can think of no better time than to dive into the history of the establishment. The Blind Pig A2, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 22K likes. Naturally, we spent a great deal of time at the 8 Ball and Pig and have a lot of fond memories there. First time in Ann Arbor but the parking was super convenient i stay 4 hours or so, maybe three got charged $6. “I like it that it’s kind of grungy. The legendary status of the room is a byproduct of that. The Blind Pig, 208 South 1st Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States 7349968555 . Chakro: It's not closing... this is just a story about the club itself. Check out upcoming events at the Blind Pig - Ann Arbor's legendary live music club. The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor's historic music club located downtown! Many memories. Tom Isaia and Jerry DelGiudice created it as a European-influenced cafe, complete with espresso/cappuccino, a unique and varied food menu, including home made soups, Italian biscotti, crostini, a full wine and beer list, and top-notch Blues entertainment. FILL THE HORN!! Blind Pig - Old Form New Concept, Ann Arbor Sun, October 27, 1972 Way back last spring Ann Arbor's only true Blind Pig opened its now infamous underground speakeasy to the boogiers of the community. The bar and main seating area are up front, close to First Street, and the dance floor and stage are at the back. So while the raid of a blind pig did have something to do with sparking the Detroit riots, it would be a stretch to say that the Ann Arbor nightclub was named after that raid. Didn't explore much. They also built an additional bar, the cozy 8 Ball Saloon, downstairs. Can't wait to see you live again, hopefully soon! It’s a more mature way to dance,” she said. **NOTE: The Deluxe Cuff Knit Caps are custom made and any orders containing this item will not ship until late February or early March 2021. Create New Account. Blind Pig was formed in 1977 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, by Jerry Del Giudice, owner of the Blind Pig Cafe, and his friend Edward Chmelewski. Roger LeLievre is a free-lance writer who covers music for AnnArbor.com. or. aww, i'll always have fond memories of this place. Jump to. The “Blind Pig” spot — named after the club — aired Sunday, October 18th, during an NFL game and featured owner Joe Malcoun discussing how difficult it’s been for venues, bars and … We are grad students, townies, and derelicts. The Blind Pig represents the old form with new content - wine and grogs, no super-firewater. Forgot account? A blind pig is a type of speakeasy.. I almost referred to us as the "Original Peaches" but decide against it. Michigan, as of Saturday, had 144,897 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, 7,010 of which have resulted in death. Conversely, when the local scene is sparse, we can usually fill in the gaps with a billion tours available to us. 1 year ago at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. The tour was for s… until they came to the Pig, which sold out because the week before, Soundgarden told THEIR sold-out crowd to come back next week to catch ‘their friends in a band called Nirvana,’” Berry recalled. Local: Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI, USA Data: 03/10/1989 Formação: Kurt Cobain (Vocal e Guitarra) Krist Novoselic (Baixo) Chad Channing (Bateria) … But I like the blind logo inside the bar. 22K likes. was at Joe's for sure. Blind Pig (venue), a music venue in Ann Arbor, Michigan, US Blind Pig Records, San Francisco, US blues record label; Blind Pig, whiskey- and rum-flavoured ciders by HP Bulmer Powered by, The history of the Blind Pig on Ann Arbor Stories. ** For Andrew Christopoulous of Grand Rapids, who drives over the club about once a month, the size of the Blind Pig is just right. It was a blow to see the building was up for sale back in February. “It’s an outlet for all kinds of music,” she said. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see. Setlist: School • School • Scoff • Love Buzz • Floyd The Barber • Dive • Polly • Big Cheese • About A Girl • Spank Thru • Token Eastern Song • Negative Creep • Blew sad to see it go. I love DMB!! The Pig’s not fancy, and that’s fine — in fact, some say the funkiness is part of the charm. Ann Arbor Institutions: We Brought Back All the Shirts Seth November 27th, 2020 at 12:50 PM A lot of our favorite places in Ann Arbor were hurting with the pandemic and no football traffic, so we partnered this fall with Underground Printing to do a t-shirt a week for the places we love. In the late 2000s the label started a reissue vinyl series, featuring reissues from its back catalog on 180-gram high quality vinyl. History Comments Share. Live Music Venue. : ). The stage is blah too. October 3, 1989 Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI. Saw Dave Mathews Band play there back in like 92 or 93, if i remember correct, before that became the huge success that they are now. Though there is some hope that some bar/music venue may stay at the site considering the liquor license is also for sale. (This post was revised to correct a typo and to remove a reference that included masked profanity.) ! Episode 28 is all about the Blind Pig and what happened last time it was sold. As great an improvement as it is, a Blind Pig without cigarette smoke just doesn’t seem the same, somehow. In 1981, a local couple, Roy and Betty Goffett, bought and then expanded the business by purchasing an adjacent building and bringing the stage from the basement to the upper level. “People come here because of who's on the stage more than because it's the world- famous Blind Pig,” he explained. “The fans just started tearing the place apart after the show,” he said. Nice to hear the Pig's history summarized.-Tom IsaiaInventor. Most people don't know this, but we started this website back in 2010 when all of the original contributors were living together in a rental on 3rd at Liberty. The Blind Pig A2, Ann Arbor, Michigan. I’m very proud to be a part of that. I saw Boogie Woogie Red, Koko Taylor,Luther Allison, Keb Mo, Flock of Seagulls, and many more. “Nirvana's tour stop at the Pig went so well (singer) Kurt Cobain declared us his favorite venue on the planet. The ad made its debut on Sunday, October 18, … Okay, who else besides me remembers seeing the Chickasaw Mudd Puppies at the Pig in around 1991? “For a small venue the sound is pretty good, and they have good prices on drinks, which is important,” added Ruby Hurliman, from the downriver Detroit area. The larger room soon became a destination for local acts and touring bands such as Joan Baez, Bo Diddley, George Thorogood, REM, 10,000 Maniacs, Sonic Youth, Soul Asylum, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam and even Nirvana. Accessibility Help. On a personal note, the Bang! Cooney agreed, adding that the Pig is “a good place to dance without the stereotypical Necto bump-and-grind thing. Saint Andrew's Hall. #OnThisDay January 5th, 2013 @citizenzero played the Blind Pig! The Biden campaign recently ran an ad featuring Ann Arbor, Michigan venue the Blind Pig and its owner Joe Malcoun. It is merely the result of bringing in what the people want to see for see for a very long time.”. The 8 Ball is down a flight of stairs to the basement. Thursday, March 30, 2017 The history of the Blind Pig on Ann Arbor Stories With news that the Blind Pig/8-Ball and their liquor license are up for sale, I can think of no better time than to dive into the history of the establishment. That’s would be good news for Ann Arborite Melissa Landry, a frequent Pig-goer. The club was opened by two University of Michigan seniors, Tom Isaia and Jerry Delgiudice, in 1971, according to a chronology posted on its Web page. “I think that's true for every room in the country. Not Now. I don't recall REM ever playing at the Blind Pig, although I DO recall them playing at Joe's Star Lounge on Main Street. See more of The Blind Pig A2 on Facebook. The Blind Pig: Ann Arbor, MI: Apr 12, 2018 The Dirty Notion / J. Navarro & The Traitors / The Slackers: The Blind Pig: Ann Arbor, MI: Mar 23, 2018 Electric Six: The Blind Pig: Ann Arbor, MI: Jan 20, 2018 Adventures With Vultures / Brother Elsey / Great Expectations / Honey Monsoon: The Blind Pig: Ann Arbor… A blog about life, Ann Arbor, and life in Ann Arbor. The Pig gives the impression of being solid and familiar, like it’s been around for a while and has no plans to go anyplace else soon. “It’s just laid back and relaxed — not pretentious,” agreed Laura Cooney, another local. Ann Arbor’s venerable Blind Pig is a place with plenty of history, probably because it’s been around long enough to see it happen, and maybe even stir up a little notoriety itself. The things that make the Blind Pig so ideal for smaller acts such as the Ann Arbor Soul Club make it perfect other kinds of music as well — great sound, a decent-sized dance floor and an unpretentious atmosphere that makes it easy to let your hair down. But Ann Arbor just keeps on trucking. The Pig’s not fancy, and that’s fine — in fact, some say the funkiness is part of the charm. See more of The Blind Pig A2 on Facebook. The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor's historic music club located downtown! “I like it that it’s kind of grungy. We're just a vessel. Safe too. If you have fond memories of the 8 Ball and Pig, then you have to listen to this episode of Ann Arbor Stories. In 2017, Malcoun joined a group of investors to purchase the Blind Pig … A2 history! 22K likes. The Ark - Ann Arbor. Size is key to the Pig's success and longevity, said Berry, as is the club's proximity to the U-M. “A 400 (person) capacity allows us to survive on local music when the pickings are slim on the national touring circuit. Log In. Never the Pig. Rich Retyi, DelGiudice is spelled with the i before the u, so you've pronounced it incorrectly. Taylor Michaels gets a wristband from Aaron Roy at the entrance to the Blind Pig. Not bad. It’s got a lot of personality,” observed Ann Arborite Bill Melville, who was in the club recently to catch the monthly DJ gig from Ann Arbor Soul Club. or. The partners renovated an old downtown Ann Arbor building and named the combined cafe/club after illegal after-hours gathering places, referred to by the slang term blind pig, another name for a speakeasy. Fortunately, Rich Retyi's got a great Ann Arbor Stories for us. For more information on the Blind Pig, go to www.blindpigmusic.com or call 734-996-8555. 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