(Photo courtesy of John VanderHaagen on Flickr under CC license)
(Photo courtesy of John VanderHaagen on Flickr under CC license)

BY ASHLEY SWORD, Guest Writer

Celebrating their 40th anniversary, DTE Energy Music Theatre, previously known as Pine Knob, is still rocking each summer. After four decades, DTE continues to be one of the largest outdoor venues in the country.

Click to view the list of bands performing this year.

After anxiously sitting in your car for nearly two hours in backed up traffic on I-75, you spot the large green sign with exit 89 plastered across it. Your heart begins to skip a beat as you realize you have finally arrived.

After parking, you realize that trying to find your vehicle at the end of the night will be like finding a needle in a haystack. You continue to make your way towards the front ticket gates alongside hundreds of others and as you enter through your eyes dart towards the lawn to find an open area to sit.

This experience is familiar to those who have attended a concert at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. UM-Dearborn student Caitlyn Szykowski describes it as “an experience unlike any other.”

The venue remains to be successful because of the big name artists who return to their stage each summer. These artists bring in hundreds of thousands of people who continue to generate revenue for the establishment which plays a major role in keeping it going. “People from all over the state come here to see what it has to offer,” said Szykowski.

This summer DTE is expected to draw in all types of music lovers ranging from rock to rap and country. Throughout the next few months, artists of all genres will be taking the stage in front of thousands each weekend.

“Nothing beats a concert at DTE on a summer night. You enjoy the evening with friends while listening to great music outdoors,” said Jessica Krisko, UM-Dearborn student.

Below is a list of some of the artists performing at DTE that you won’t want to miss:
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  • Eddie Money – May 25
  • Drake – May 30
  • Brad Paisley – June 16
  • Ted Nugent/REO Speedwagon – June 28
  • Toby Keith – June 29
  • Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour – June 30
  • Neil Diamond – July 3
  • Def Leppard/Poison – July 7
  • Dave Matthews Band – July 10
  • Santana – July 15
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  • Iron Maiden with Alice Cooper – July 18
  • Rascal Flatts – July 20
  • Mayhem Festival: Slipknot, Slayer – July 22
  • The Temptations – July 27
  • Pitbull – July 28
  • Big Time Rush – July 31
  • Wiz Khalifa – August 5
  • Kelly Clarkson/The Fray – August 10
  • Barenaked Ladies – August 11
  • Jason Aldean – September 13

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To purchase tickets and view the full list of events this summer, check out their website at palacenet.com.

DTE Energy Music Theatre is located at 7774 Sashabaw Rd Clarkson, MI 48348.

  • Bob

    Excited for Rascal Flatts!!!