Remembering the Lansing Civic Center: 1955-1999
One day back in 1955 a not-so-little venue opened for the first time that would only stay standing for 44 years.
In those few decades, the Lansing Civic Center was one of the hottest places in Mid-Michigan where we could see our favorite rock acts and familes could go to special events...and even circuses. It may have been intended as a convention center, but its popularity for great shows overshadowed that aspect and became known as an awesome concert venue.
HOW awesome you ask? Look at this partial lineup of music performers who appeared at the center:
BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS
BLUE OYSTER CULT
CROSBY, STILLS AND NASH
DANNY AND THE JUNIORS
DAVE CLARK 5
HALL AND OATES
J. GEILS BAND
JERRY LEE LEWIS
JOHNNY & THE HURRICANES
LITTLE ANTHONY AND THE IMPERIALS
MEN AT WORK
RONNIE JAMES DIO
SAM THE SHAM AND THE PHARAOHS
SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS
...an amazing lineup of stars over the years.
Once the new Lansing Center was built, the Civic Center was re-named Lansing Civic Arena in 1987. And then, seemingly all of a sudden, the center was TORN DOWN in 1999. It was located at 525 West Allegan Street in downtown Lansing, at the corner of West Allegan and South Pine Streets.
Send flowers and condolences to anyone you know – basically, to ANYbody who was fortunate to attend one of those legendary concerts...
Lansing Civic Center Memories
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Pine Knob, 1972-2000
Michigan's Forgotten Troubadour: Omo The Hobo
Michigan's Rock 'n Roll Garage Bands, 1960s