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Wednesday, April 25,2012

New in town

Zeppelin's Music Hall

by Allison M. Berryman

Zeppelin’s Music Hall, Lansing’s newest entertainment venue, offers both a spotlight for local musicians and a safe place for teens to hang out.  

Located on East Michigan Avenue, Zeppelin’s is a small, all-ages club that includes a live music room, movie lounge and private rehearsal rooms. Since the club opened in early April, it has already been nicknamed the CBGBs of Lansing, after the legendary New York punk rock bar: Many of Zeppelinīs live shows include local rock, punk, alternative and metal bands.

“I’m trying to bring something into Lansing where there is a voice,” said Zeppelin’s owner, Michael Malott. “Basically, I’ve dubbed this club as the CBGBs of Lansing because it’s got a lot of New York style, flair and feel to it. It’s just like a very comfortable, big living room.”

One of Malott’s main objectives in opening Zeppelin’s Music Hall was to give local teenagers a place to experience the Lansing music scene in a secure environment. It is the only venue in Lansing that gives teen bands an opportunity to perform for a live audience. Because it is usually an all-ages club (unless posted otherwise), Zeppelin’s does not serve alcohol. 

“There is a need for a venue here in Lansing that allows teens and (hosts) all-age shows because there isn’t one right now,” Malott said. “I’d rather have the kids here in the venue, listening to their friends play music rather than have them out there drinking and driving.”

The opening of Zeppelin’s Music Hall was also an opportunity for Malott to showcase his collection of music memorabilia, which includes signed contracts, posters and original art. 

“The place has a lot of very unique music memorabilia. There are several hundred stage passes that are framed and on the walls. We’ve got Stevie Nicks’ stage-worn jacket down there. It’s kind of like the low-budget Hard Rock Cafe of Lansing.”

Besides featuring live music, the venue also shows cult films in their basement movie lounge, as well as hosting art exhibits featuring local artists. 

“It’s a welcoming type place," Malott said. "It has cool stuff going on, and it gives people an opportunity to do something else in the city that they might not have had an opportunity to do before, especially the younger people.”

Zeppelin’s Music Hall 

2010 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

(517) 580-8722

8 p.m.-close Thursday-Sunday

All ages welcome


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