The Griot, a vinyl-centric bar in Midtown, officially opens today

Sweet amp and cool tunes. Photo via Facebook.

Only in Detroit (or maybe Japan) could a vinyl-oriented jazz bar actually be a wholly awesome thing, and not some hipster nonsense. The Griot Music Lounge officially opens today at 4 p.m. Looks like their liquor license came though. It's located at 66 E. Forest, Detroit — around the corner from the N'Namdi, just a block or so away from MOCAD.

John Taylor, the man behind the venture, is a behind-the-scenes kind of guy who's had a lot to do with many of your favorite records in the last decade-plus in Detroit. If you regularly visit local record stores, you've undoubtedly seen him carrying a large stack of records with him up to the register. "What did you find?," he will ask — not in any way to bemoan what he missed out on, but in a rare, true spirit that is simply about celebrating music.

That's the impulse that animates his new venture. It is a very rare spot, and we will cover it in detail shortly. In the meantime, if you're not a jerk and you love Detroit's rich music history, head over there before there's a line out the door.

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Mike McGonigal

Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...
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