Palace Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) enjoyed its most robust August for concerts in its 22-year history when The Palace, DTE Energy Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Music Festival combined to host 17 sold out shows during the month.
An astounding 12 of the 19 shows DTE Energy Music Theatre hosted in August were sellouts, including Maroon 5 with V.V. Brown (August 5); Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival (August 6); Shinedown with Chevelle, Puddle of Mudd and more (August 7); Kid Rock (August 13, 14 and 15); Zac Brown Band (August 18); REO Speedwagon/Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (August 20); J. Geils Band with The Rockets (August 21), Rihanna with Ke$ha (August 22); Green Day with A.F.I. (August 23); and Toby Keith with Trace Adkins (August 29).
In addition, Meadow Brook Music Festival hosted capacity crowds for comedian John Pinette (pavilion only, August 7), Honda Civic Tour featuring Paramore with Tegan & Sara (August 15), comic Jim Gaffigan (August 20) and David Gray/Ray LaMontagne (August 26), and The Palace entertained a full house for teen heartthrob Justin Bieber (August 15).
The organization’s 17 sold out concerts in the month of August has only been bettered once in its history, in July of 2001, when the three venues combined to host 19 sellouts.
“Our August concert schedule was special and featured an incredible number of top-level acts covering a wide variety of entertainment,” said Alan Ostfield, President and CEO of PS&E. “This fully-loaded line-up combined with good weather to provide amazing concert experiences at our venues for the hundreds of thousands of concert fans who attended, and we thank them for their patronage and remarkable support.”
PS&E ownership includes The Palace and DTE Energy Music Theatre, as well as the management of Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University. Combined, PS&E’s Michigan venues average 300 events and 3.5 million guests annually.
The Palace has been voted Arena of the Year eight times by Performance magazine, twice by Pollstar magazine and is listed annually among North America’s top-grossing arenas. Voted “Best Outdoor Concert Venue” in Pollstar’s 2000 Readers’ Poll, DTE Energy Music Theatre has been listed as the nation’s most attended amphitheater by Amusement Business/Billboard each of the 19 years of PS&E ownership.