DTE Energy Music Theatre
Originally known as Pine Knob Music Theatre (due to its proximity to the nearby Pine Knob ski area and golf course) when it opened in June 1972, the 15,040-seat amphitheater (6,189 seats in Bud Light Pavilion; 8,851 on the United Shore Lawn) recently celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012.
Palace Sports & Entertainment purchased Pine Knob in 1990, revamping the venue with various improvements, all while continuing to give its fans one of the busiest and most diverse performance schedules its fans expect. The venue became DTE Energy Music Theatre in 2002 when DTE Energy purchased the naming rights to the amphitheater.
I love going to DTE! They always have a great line up every year and the general admission lawn seats are affordable enough you can see a few shows during the season. Lots of parking and the bathrooms are kept clean. Beer prices go up as the show progresses but that's pretty standard.
Solid venue. We have seen many concerts here and love when they do 20 dollar lawn tickets. Fun! Getting out of here can be a real pain despite the traffic control. Plenty of food and drink options but they are expensive. Sadly this is expected at this point. Choices are bud/bud light and limearitas. Some other craft beers. Mix drinks. Nachos, pizza (hungry howies I think), burgers etc.... They sell blankets and umbrellas and ponchos for when the weather is lame. There are also small lawn chairs for rent. Pro tip.. There is a car pool lot across the street from the main entrance you might be able to get into. Its a small walk to and from the gate but you can quickly exit the area from here by making a right turn out at the end of the night.
I love the concerts here. I don't know why the staff can be so mean to people. I was smoking a cigarette and one lady told me to go back to my seat. I said I'm smoking and she told me to get back to your seat. I went back to my seat after I finished smoking.
Very hilly. Expect to climb stairs and or the lawn. Drinks are expensive. Pregaming in the parking lot seams to be cool, bring solo cups to drink out of.
Beautiful setting! The Jeep Ivy Lounge was the perfect start to the show. The friendly staff is on the ready to help guide you to whatever you need. I enjoyed my entire experience at DTE...drinks were a little pricey but that is to be expected! Food was excellent and worth the price.