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The Blind Pig is a music venue in Ann Arbor, Michiganmarker. In one popular definition, the name comes from a slang term used to refer to police officers who had been bribed to ignore illegal speakeasy establishments in the days of prohibition .

The club was established as a home for blues musicians, although today it books predominantly 'indie' rock acts and local groups.

History

The Blind Pig opened in 1972. Tom Isaia and Jerry DelGiudice created it as a European-influenced cafe, complete with espresso/cappuccino, fresh baked goods, a full wine and beer list, and top-notch Blues entertainment. The partners renovated an old downtown Ann Arbor building and named the fusioned cafe/club after the illegal after-hours gathering place the Detroit Police had raided a few years earlier, touching off the 1967 Race Riots. DelGiudice started the still-operating Blind Pig Records recording label in 1975 to showcase music by many of the groups who performed regularly at the club.

Isaia and DelGiudice sold the venue in 1979 to Dave Whitmore, who in turn sold to Roy and Betty Goffett three years later. They doubled the club's space by renovating the rear portion of the building, opening the 8-Ball Saloon on the lower level and moving the stage to the more spacious top floor. The expansion made the venue more conducive to crowd-heavy rock shows, and acts such as Joan Baez, Bo Diddley and George Thorogood.

Since then, the Blind Pig has attracted a steady stream of up-and-coming acts, hosting shows almost every night all year round.

Trivia

  • George Thorogood filmed the music video for his song "Treat Her Right" at the Blind Pig.
  • The independent comedy The Four Corners of Nowhere was filmed in part in the main stage of the Blind Pig, and in the 8-Ball Saloon, located in the basement of the venue.
  • One of the venue's eccentric trademarks is an old-fashioned popcorn stand, from which patrons are permitted to help themselves to any amount of free salted popcorn at shows.
  • In 1989, a then-unknown Nirvana performed at the Blind Pig to their largest audience yet. In a televised MTV interview years later, they cited the Blind Pig as their all-time favorite venue to play. A tribute to the band created by the Goffetts lines a wall by the entrance to the club.
  • At a performance by California punk band The Circle Jerks, the excited crowd rioted and caused significant damage to the club's interior.
  • In February 2007, a riot nearly broke out at a performance by rapper Cage when a sold-out crowd was told via PA that the underage rapper had been denied entrance after failing to show ID and that the show was canceled. .
  • The Blind Pig was cited as one of the primary reasons for Ann Arbor's listing as the #7 "Campus Scene That Rocks" in a 2003 RollingStone Magazine feature.
  • Among the artists who performed at the Blind Pig early in their careers are 10,000 Maniacs, Everclear, Nirvana, No Doubt, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., The Rollins Band, Screaming Trees, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Soul Asylum, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots and local acts like MC5 and Iggy Pop.


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References

  1. Welcome to the Blind Pig
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  3. Anonymous. "Campus Scenes That Rock." Rolling Stone 20 Feb. 2003: 45-47. Chadwyck IIMP. ProQuest. 15 Mar. 2008. Keyword: "Blind Pig" "Ann Arbor".



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