About Pine Knob
DTE Energy Music Theatre
Once the largest open-air amphitheater in the United States, the venerable and venerated DTE Energy Music Theatre, located just 40 miles from Detroit, Michigan, is one of the most famous and well-frequented outdoor concert venues ever. Here’s what you need to know about this very special place.
History of the DTE Energy Music Theatre
Opened in 1972, the DTE Energy Music Theatre has seen it all. Originally known as Pine Knob Music Theatre because it was so close to the Pine Knob ski resort, the name changed in 2001 when DTE Energy bought naming rights – but most older fans still just call this place “the Knob”.
This venue has been renovated and updated over the decades to bring it into the modern era. Several refits have seen state-of-the-art sound systems, video screens, and other amenities added so that contemporary music acts can give their fans the concert of their lives.
Who Has Played at the DTE Energy Music Theatre?
The list of luminaries that have played at this venue is astronomical. A better question and one that’s easier to answer might be “who hasn’t played at the DTE Energy Music Theatre?” For more than 40 years, this amphitheater has attracted all the big-time acts of the day. We’re talking Eddie Money, Chicago, Linda Rondstadt, Bob Seger (the street the venue is on is named after him), Kid Rock, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, and more. It’s also a music festival mainstay – Lilith Fair, the Warped Tour, Lollapalooza, Ozzfest — it goes on and on and on.
What Makes DTE Energy Music Theatre Events So Special?
DTE Energy Music Theatre events are always a fantastic time. Thanks to its large capacity of around 7200 pavilion seats and space for another 8000 on the lawn you can make a day of it. The best part? You’ll never be out too late at a DTE Energy concert. Because of a local noise ordinance, all shows have to be over by 11 PM. Just in time for the after-party!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is DTE Energy Music Theatre located?
DTE Energy Music Theatre is located in Independence Township, Michigan, approximately 40 miles northwest of Detroit.
What kind of events does DTE Energy Music Theatre host?
DTE Energy Music Theater events are only concerts, which for the record are all the rave. Artists such as Green Day, J. Geils Band, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, and more, have played at this venue over the years.
Which team is playing at DTE Energy Music Theatre?
As this is venue is an amphitheater, there is no team playing here.
Where can I park for free at DTE Energy Music Theatre?
Parking at DTE Energy Music Theatre is free. Although technically, each ticket includes the price of parking at the venue - which is a $4 one-off charge. The official parking lot is right next to the amphitheater and opens at 4:00 for most shows.
What is the seating capacity of DTE Energy Music Theatre?
DTE Energy Music Theatre can host up to 15,274 fans in the pavilion and on the lawn.
Who owns DTE Energy Music Theatre?
Palace Sports and Entertainment owns the amphitheater.
How do I get to DTE Energy Music Theatre using public transport?
The amphitheaters location can lead to a lot of traffic, and fans wishing to avoid that on public transport won’t have many options. Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll have a few bus routes that’ll drop you right by the venue. You can also catch a cab to DTE Energy Music Theatre concerts, and if you’re lucky, some hotels offer shuttle services to the venue.