Updated September 22, 2020
A MESSAGE FROM ANDREW BUELOW:
Dear Block subscribers and ticketholders:
You are wonderful! You have been so amazingly patient and understanding, and we are grateful for your support. It only takes a situation like this to underscore what matters most in life. I’m sure you miss attending live concerts at our listening room for the musically curious as much as we do! Unfortunately, The Block remains closed in compliance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-176. However, we continue to move forward with rescheduling concerts and creating virtual content for you.
On this website you will find the latest updated schedule of Block performances. In most cases, we have opted to postpone and reschedule concerts rather than present them virtually. We think you’ll agree that being with the performers in the room itself is an essential part of The Block experience. In most cases that just does not translate well into the digital realm.
Solo classical artists are an exception, as the virtual performances captures the nuance of these performances in a special way—different from the live experience, but with its own legitimacy. So on Saturday, November 14 we will offer a Virtual Concert featuring the amazing pianist Claire Huangci, and we hope you will join us for that.
Reluctantly, we have cancelled the previously announced concerts featuring Take3 and singer Karen Marie Richardson’s tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, there being no viable dates for rescheduling them during the span of the season. We will try to re-engage them next season.
However, we have been able to reschedule the balance of the 2020-2021 season to take place after the New Year. It is our hope that by then our region of the state will have advanced to Phase V of the Michigan Safe Start Plan and that we will be able to reopen the venue to smaller, physically-distanced audiences. We will keep you posted.
As you know, in just seven years The Block has become a vibrant gathering space for uncommon live music and a vital part of the downtown’s resurgence. With your help, we are doing everything we can to preserve that legacy.
Andrew C. Buelow