Jazzin' at the Vanity celebrates revitalization of the historic venue with a free 2-day festival

Staff Pick


  • Albert Duce/WikiMedia Commons

What do Duke Ellington and the Velvet Underground have in common?

Both performed at an Aztec-themed venue on Detroit’s east side. Opened in 1929 and shuttered in 1958 and again in 1988, the Vanity Ballroom remains a historic fixture along the Jefferson-Chalmers business district. To celebrate the heritage of this Detroit neighborhood, the Jazzin’ on Jefferson series returns with Jazzin’ at the Vanity, a free two-day jazz and blues festival serving as a kickoff to the Vanity’s revitalization and restoration efforts. The event will offer a marketplace, food, visual art experiences, children’s activities, and historic tours, as well as performances by Ralphe Armstrong, Allen Dennard, Mahogany Jones, Marion Hayden Detroit Legacy, Thornetta Davis, and more.

Jazzin' at the Vanity begins at noon on Saturday, June 29, and 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 30; Located on Jefferson Avenue between Newport and Lakewood Streets, Detroit; jazzinatthevanity.com; Event is free and open to the public.

Get our top picks for the best events in Detroit every Thursday morning. Sign up for our events newsletter.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.