We have chosen two very distinct music flavours of the Midwest, a combination of Chicago and Detroit singing the blues with a twist of Motown! These 2 great cities are steeped in music heritage that you can still experience today.
While the blues was certainly born in the Deep South, it found fresh impetus in Chicago between the Thirties and Sixties, when the likes of Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy were active in the Windy City. Known for its artsy vibe and scenic boulevards, and anchored by the central square of the same name, Logan Square is one of Chicago’s up-and-coming neighbourhoods that retains a small-town vibe. Blues lovers just might find their happy place at family-run Rosa’s Lounge, featuring top-notch blues music seven nights a week. Don’t let the low-key space fool you; Rosa’s was named the best blues club in Chicago by the New York Times. You’ll find a little more room to move and groove at Concord Music Hall, a newer and larger space, where a diverse musical calendar includes big names and intimate aftershows alike; hear hip-hop one day and bachata or electronic the next.
Continue your holiday in Detroit. The contribution of Michigan’s largest city to the American musical tapestry should never be underestimated. Acts as diverse as Eminem, the White Stripes and Iggy Pop all found their feet in this Midwest metropolis, while Madonna grew up in the suburb of Rochester Hills. However, Detroit’s biggest gift to the world will always be Motown. The mould-breaking soul record label was founded here by Berry Gordy Jr in 1959, and was based in the conurbation until 1972. This record label broke down racial barriers with a slew of soul-meets-pop singles recorded by legendary Detroit artists like The Supremes, The Temptations, and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Its operational hub lives on at 2648 West Grand Boulevard, as the Motown Museum where visitors can follow the footsteps of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder into the legendary Studio A. The Motown Museum, which recently underwent a 50,000-square-foot expansion, is a must-see for its memorabilia and a chance to stand in Studio A. Some of the biggest Motown shows took place downtown at the Fox Theatre, where you can still attend concerts. Other major venues include St. Andrews Hall, a well-known rock venue that also brings in soul-influenced artists, and The Majestic theatre, which includes two stages, a pizzeria and a bowling alley
Chicago-Definitely check out Wrigley Field. If I were you I would dedicate that day to Lakeview (where Wrigley Field is), Lincoln Park the neighborhood and the zoo, and the Old Town/Gold Coast. Best way would be to take the train up to Wrigley and work your way down.
Day 1-4 Chicago
Day 5-7 Detroit