February 17, 2007
The Blind Pig
The Blind Pig has been hailed as one of the best music venues in the country. The intimate bar setting helps create a concert experience unlike any other. Where else can you be so close to the artist that he can unplug his acoustic guitar, turn off the mike and finish the concert completely unplugged? Here the singers interact with the audience during the show and stand at the door talking with each fan as they leave the show.
The Blind Pig has hosted many bands in their early days, including Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana. In fact, in a televised MTV interview, the members of Nirvana cited the Blind Pig as their favorite venue in the country.
I recently went to the Blind Pig to see a band that I knew from home, and like always, I was very impressed. Brett Dennen, a folk based singer, is somewhat different than the usual rock bands that headline there, played until 12:30 and then stayed around until 2 just talking to fans. At one point, he brought a woman on stage to dance with him while the bass player provided a mambo beat. It wasn't your typical music show.
"Showing an even mix of local talent and the occasional larger act, the Pig is still the hippest place in town and stands as a testament to the area's rich cultural heritage." A show at the Blind Pig is definitely something that everyone in Ann Arbor should experience at least once.
Click here to check out the Blind Pig's website.