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Looks to the Future with New Ownership, an Expanded Menu, and a Renewed Commitment to Showcasing Live Music

With a rich legacy written about in song and spanning four decades, The Hamilton Street Pub is without doubt a pivotal jewel in the crown of the Old Town Saginaw Entertainment District. Since the mid-1970s it has served as a vital venue for featuring live original music, up and coming new artists emerging in the region, as well as significant national acts; and today it stands as the only venue left in Old Town that regularly showcases live entertainment.

03rd August, 2017 | 0 Comments

Legendary Rockers Return to Saginaw

The first time I saw KISS perform was back in 1974 inside a metal pole barn located in (of all places) Asbury Park, New Jersey, which ironically is Bruce Springsteen’s hometown. KISS had just released their debut album (in my opinion, still their best) and one year later in 1975 they set a record as being the first band to sell out The Saginaw Civic Center (now known as the Dow Event Center).

16th August, 2016 | 0 Comments


Even though it took months of diligent work to pull together, the Hamilton Street BASH appeared like an oasis forming a link to a legendary musical strip and the bands and artists that helped define the sound of our region for over three decades. Featuring a laundry list of 27 pivotal & defining groups performing upon 3 stages over 3 days, a fitting acronym for the BASH could easily be BANDS ALIVE on the STREETS of HAMILTON.

14th August, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Crisis of Non-Conformity

The Mongrels: Tim Avram, singer, guitarist; Shane Swank, drums; Charlie Klein, guitar, singer; Joe Balbaugh, bass guitar, singer.

21st June, 2016 | 0 Comments

June 7, 2016 Concert Review

It’s not a stretch to imagine how good music can be when you are listening to the masters of popular music. Whether it is jazz, blues or rock n’ roll Stevie Winwood, Walter Becker and Donald Fagan are masters of their craft. They cannot be readily put into one genre or another when they blend so many diverse elements seamlessly into an earthy brew of funk, jazz, blues or rock.

10th June, 2016 | 0 Comments

Over the Saginaw River and through the hood more than 7,000 country rock fans travelled to the Dow Event Center last Thursday night to see Brantley Gilbert’s Blackout Tour. This monstrous tour promoting his latest album Just As I Am -Platinum Edition began last November in Amsterdam.

01st February, 2016 | 0 Comments

The rock gods smiled on Michiganders last Thursday evening when our presence was graced by the Drones World Tour of English Alternative rock band Muse. Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena was transformed into a surreal 360° whirlwind complete with rotating stages, dropped transparent image displaying curtains and a full circle central ceiling monitor.

17th January, 2016 | 0 Comments

Final Performances Play May 15-17

Pit & Balcony Theatre deserves a collective standing ovation from the regional community for bringing such a courageous, engaging, illuminating and undeniably entertaining musical as Next to Normal to life on their stage.

30th April, 2015 | 0 Comments

Band Live @ the Dow Event Center

Bob Seger is a true American Icon. At 69 years of age he is showing no signs of fading into the goodnight of his career. It’s been a long road since those halcyon days in the mid to late sixties when Seger was punching out those funky rock & roll anthems like East Side Story, Heavy Music, 2+2=?, Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man and Lucifer – songs that were axiomatic for building the foundation that defined the  ‘Michigan Sound’ as much as the work of such contemporaries as The MC5, The Stooges, and The Amboy Dukes.

04th December, 2014 | 0 Comments

David Strouse Benefit Performance at St. Presbyterian Church Sets High Standard

Although the sun was shining through the stained-glass windows of First Presbyterian Church and basketball finals involving both the University of Michigan & Michigan State were raging on television screens across the Great Lakes Bay on this fine Sunday afternoon, unfortunately diverting  attention from the miraculous home-court display about to take place, Saginaw born and Los Angeles based David Strouse treated approximately 150 fortunate attendees to a compelling and breathtaking performance of musical dexterity on March 30th, performing the works of Chopin, Bach and Beethoven, along with several more obscure works, in a special Benefit Concert for the Music Endowment Fund at the church.

03rd April, 2014 | 0 Comments

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