Flint’s Machine Shop Presents Trapt’s “Life in Your Own Hands Tour”

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Looking to kick off this weekend with some live music? Check out the Machine Shop Concert Lounge in Flint.

On Thursday, the music venue will host Trapt’s “Life in Your Own Hands” tour with special guests Sons of Texas, Guns Out at Sundown and Poynte.

On Friday, 711 Entertainment presents an evening of live music with Givensix, Bro-Bot, Mercy Beach and The Distorted Waltz.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

The Machine Shop is located at 3539 S. Dort Highway in Flint. Buy tickets and learn more here.

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A Hidden Gem in Flint: The Machine Shop

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Located along Dort Highway in Flint, The Machine Shop has developed a reputation big enough to draw performances from the likes of Kid Rock and Aaron Lewis.

“We’re bigger than most (locals) probably realize,” says Kevin Zink, who opened the live music venue in 2002. “People fly in from all over to see their favorite artists play here.”

Each year, The Machine Shop books about 150 shows ranging from local bands to some of the biggest names in rock and country — names like Blake Shelton, Eric Church and Scott Wieland (the former frontman of the Stone Temple Pilots).

Zink attributes the venue’s success to the “blue collar, Flint vibe that permeates through here” and the loud, fun crowds that frequent the establishment.

It’s not uncommon for artists to take advantage of the intimate feel of the small venue – which has a 550-person capacity – and mingle with the crowd before and after their shows, says Justin Sprague, a local guitarist who has played at the Machine Shop since its inception.

Justin Sprague of Sour Jane

Justin Sprague of Sour Jane

“There are no bad seats in the house,” says Sprague, who currently plays with the rock band Sour Jane. “It is almost as if the ticket holder is getting a VIP show every night.”

Several upcoming shows are generating considerable enthusiasm, says Zink, noting that Saturday’s Black Stone Cherry concert is nearing capacity. The Hollywood Undead (May 16) and Pop Evil (May 30) shows have already sold out, and there’s been buzz around both Hatebreed and Granger Smith’s upcoming performances, on May 17 and June 12, respectively.

“And we’re always trying to bring in new artists,” Zink adds. “We’ve got David Nail coming in (today), and we’ve got Young Guns (May 12) and We Are Harlot (May 20). We average between two and four shows a week.”

For more information about The Machine Shop, at 3539 S. Dort Hwy., visit www.themachineshop.info or call 810-715-2650.

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The Machine Shop Celebrates 13 Years with What It Knows Best: Live Music

Sour Jane will join Hinder and Charm City Devils for a special St. Patrick's Day performance.

Sour Jane will join Hinder and Charm City Devils for a special St. Patrick’s Day performance.

The Machine Shop Concert Lounge sure knows how to throw a party. The Flint-based music venue kicked off its 13th-anniversary celebration Sunday, and is touting a lineup that carries on through the end of the month.

On Tuesday/St. Patrick’s Day, Hinder will take the stage with special guests Charm City Devils and Sour Jane.

On Thursday, Red will perform with special guests Islander and 3 Years Hollow.

On Friday, Will Hoge will visit the Machine Shop along with special guests Bullwhip and Mandi Layne and the Lost Highway.

The Saturday show, featuring headliner All That Remains, is sold out.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows. The Machine Shop is located at 3539 S. Dort Highway in Flint. Buy tickets and learn more here.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Weekend with Live Music at Flint’s Machine Shop

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If you’re in the mood to take in some live tunes, Flint’s Machine Shop Concert Lounge has you covered this weekend.

On Saturday, March 14, 711 Entertainment presents the groups Givensix, ANA and the Mercy Beach CD Release.

On Sunday, March 15, the group 10 Years takes the stage with special guests Otherwise, the Glorious Sons and Luminoth.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows. The Machine Shop is located at 3539 S. Dort Highway in Flint. Buy tickets and learn more here.

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Flint’s Machine Shop Presents It Lies Within’s ‘Get Your Feet Wet Tour’ This Weekend

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Flint’s own It Lies Within takes the stage as the band brings its “Get Your Feet Wet Tour” home to the Machine Shop on Saturday, March 7.

The metalcore band exploded on the scene with their energetic live performance and positive based message.

After quickly earning a few opening slots for larger national acts at the Machine Shop, the band immediately hit the studio and prepared for the road. Touring full time since 2011, these guys are inching their way and becoming recognized on the national circuit.

Special guests at Saturday night’s show include Conquer Divide, Meridians, After the Minor, Final Confession and Our Vices.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows. The Machine Shop is located at 3539 S. Dort Highway in Flint. Buy tickets and learn more here.

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Big Damn Band, Free Beer & Hot Wings on Tap at the Machine Shop

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The Machine Shop Concert Lounge has a little something for everyone this weekend.

On Thursday, check out The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band with special guest Bert Danger and the Flatheads. The Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band is strong on authenticity, playing music that blends blues, ragtime, folk, country and other traditional styles with the sleek modern energy of do-it-yourself, homespun, punk fueled rock.

On Friday, Banana 101.5 FM presents the “Free Beer & Hot Wings” Morning Show … at night! Then on Saturday, the Machine Shop presents Scott Weiland and the “Wildabouts Master Blaster Tour” with special guests The Last Internationale and Stockton.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows. The Machine Shop is located at 3539 S. Dort Highway in Flint. Buy tickets and learn more here.

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Come out of the Cold for Live Music at Flint’s Machine Shop

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Flint’s Machine Shop has a hot lineup all weekend to help beat this winter deep-freeze.

On Friday, Feb. 20, Josh Thompson performs with special guests Dani Vitany and Ten Hands Tall and Wreckless.

On Saturday, Feb. 21, the Machine Shop hosts the sold-out show “Snocore – 2015 Winter Music Tour” featuring the groups Flyleaf and Adelitas Way with special guests Framing Hanley and Fit for Rivals.

Then, enjoy an acoustic evening on Sunday, Feb. 22, as Kevin Martin, voice of the group Candlebox, takes the stage with Bobby Amaru of Saliva, with special guest Russell Wayne.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows. The Machine Shop is located at 3539 S. Dort Highway in Flint. Buy tickets and learn more here.

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