Mac’s Illustrious Story
Clare Mackenzie aka Mac could never have imagined that his beloved saloon would turn out to be a nationally recognized music venue! Started in the forties, Mac’s has been an institution in the Michigan bar scene ever since, but it wasn’t until 1995 when all that changed. Kenny Knot, a Mac’s regular and semi famous midwest punk rocker and founder of ETCH MAGAZINE, began booking underground music per the request of owner Paul Fata. Lucky for the world that Kenny had an enormous talent for booking and an extreme knowledge base of cutting edge music ! Thus began Macs fore into the world of Music!
Since, Macs has hosted some of the worlds most influential acts! from metal to punk, from electro to folk, ska to roots, Macs abilities know no boundaries! succesfully plunging into any genre it is Macs chameleon like nature that makes her so popular. From Mastodon, Macklemore, Frontier Ruckus, the Devil Wears Prada, Papadosio, BoomBox, The Polish Ambassador, Agent Orange, Man Man, Mustard Plug, Viva Le Vox, BoomBox, Captured by Robots, and Manchester Orchestra just to name a scintilla! With a critically acclaimed roster spanning decades, Macs has repeatedly worked her way into the rock n roll North American touring scene and has been a fixture in pollstar and billboard ever since. Hosting such a diverse mix of national music is mac’s strength however carving a midwest niche for herself was a long and arduous process, much akin to the distillation of a fine scotch or the character and complexity achieved in the creation of an artisinal beer, but it has made her famous.
Macs has one more aspect which keeps them coming night after night, tour after tour, year after year… the ENERGY! No other bar or venue can compete with the buzz of Mac’s Bar! the grimy floor- intimate atmosphere- and signed promo shots paired with whirling guitars, bass drums, rubbing shoulders, beautiful women, whiskey, beer foam and crowd screams of joy all combine to envoke the much beloved musical spirit that is MACS! A downright staple in the Midwest and Michigan bar scene Macs has been a favorite for singles + drinkers + music buffs college students and thrill seekers alike for decades! and will continue to comfort and amaze in the years to come. Come in and feel the Buzz.