Michiganders who don’t relish backyard barbecues or woodsy adventures during Memorial Day weekend need not fret about finding alternate plans. A good portion of the state’s casinos have lined up music, comedy and more for the holiday.
Ever wished Rick Springfield could hear how great you sing about Jessie’s girl? Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo has you covered on May 28.
PlayMichigan has details on that show and many more, so get ready to stock those calendars!
Just the hits, please
Learning new art sometimes just isn’t the fit, OK? Like a favorite pair of worked-in slippers, sometimes we find comfort in the familiar. This OG writer often gets teased for “old-school” likes, but hey, I totally bought an MGMT compact disc … recently-ish. For the similarly hip, we’ve rounded up a few hits to check out, but read on for a full list. For those wishing to plan out further, be sure to check out our spring/summer calendar happenings here!
David Feherty (Four Winds New Buffalo)
Million Dollar Quartet (Hollywood Casino at Greektown)
Joel McHale (Island Resort Casino)
Steve Martin & Martin Short (Soaring Eagle)
Rick Springfield (Four Winds New Buffalo)
Joel McHale (Island Resort Casino)
The best along with the rest!
Just because some of the following didn’t yet make our classics/best hits list, doesn’t mean they aren’t worthy! Below, find ticket information and more for live entertainment hosted by Michigan casinos from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula. (That’s the other half of our state for any Wisconsin readers out there).
Four Winds New Buffalo
Silver Creek Event Center
The casino’s entertainment center requires ticket purchases for shows.
8:30 p.m. May 27 – David Feherty, former pro golfer on European, PGA Tour, $85 to $179 (top tickets include meet and greet)
9 p.m. May 28 – Rick Springfield. Jessie’s Girl. Enough said. Tickets: $50.15 to $69.00 (about 73 seats remained as of Thursday afternoon).
This bar sits at the center of the casino’s gaming floor and features live entertainment on weekends. No ticket purchase needed.
10 p.m. May 27 – DJ Jelliefish, hip hop, rock, etc.
10 p.m. May 28 – DJ 30X, 80’s and 90’s pop and house/EDM
The holiday shows open the pool area for the season. No ticket purchase is needed but outside food and drink aren’t allowed.
10 p.m. May 27 – Shock Roxy, pop/rock/funk
5 p.m. May 28 – Craig Turner,
10 p.m. May 28 – Serendipity, pop/rock hits from 60s, 70s and 80s
5 p.m. May 29 – Tony Fields & Doug Decker, R&B/soul/funk
Gun Lake Casino Wayland/Play Gun Lake Casino
131 Sportsbar & Lounge
Regular seating and VIP booths are available. Booth reservations cost $100 for a standard size fitting four people and $150 for a large that seats 12. If the food and beverage totals from the booths don’t equal the booking fee, the group gets charged the difference. So if your total was $75 at a standard booth, you’d also get charged $25. Full refunds are available to whomever booked 48 hours in advance. No cover charges were listed for the Memorial Day lineup.
9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. May 27 – Indigenous (Blues Rock)
9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. May 28 – Latin Night, featuring musical groups Super Bengala & Imperio S3
10 p.m. to 1 a.m. May 29 – PS Dump Your Boyfriend, hardcore/psychedelic rock, “spaced-out” funk
Reservations are encouraged for this casual, brew pub. Parties of six or more must call (269) 792-7791.
9 p.m. to 12 a.m. May 27 – Blue (Blues)
9 p.m. to 12 a.m. May 28 – Jake Stevens (Pop hits)
Hollywood Casino at Greektown
Music Hall Center
8 p.m. May 27 – Million Dollar Quartet, award-winning musical inspired by a one-time recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, $35-$45
Island Resort & Casino, Bark River/TwinSpires
Theatre-style showroom with seating for 1,315. Tickets required.
8 p.m. May 27 – Joel McHale, comedian, $38
8 p.m. May 28 – Joel McHale, comedian, $38
Club Four One
The casino’s entertainment venue offers free, live shows. No tickets needed.
8:30 p.m. May 27 – Outlaw’D, country music band
8:30 p.m. May 28 – Outlaw’D, country music band
Odawa Casino Petoskey
Victories Sports & Entertainment
Formerly the Ozone Night Club, the space has been revamped for sports watching and live entertainment. No tickets needed.
10 p.m. May 27 – Straits Shooters, four-piece cover band playing eclectic music mix
10 p.m. May 28 – Uncle Ugly, northern Michigan rock band
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Entertainment Hall in Mount Pleasant’s beloved venue.
8 p.m. May 27 – Steve Martin and Martin Short, “You won’t believe what they look like today!” (but probably you will if you watch “Only Murders in the Building,” etc.), $62, $94, $121 and $141