Getting to know Saint Andrew’s Hall

by angela on March 11, 2016

LTYM Metro Detroit

photo credit: St. Andrew’s Hall

Three years ago we were lucky enough to bring the Listen To Your Mother (LTYM) show to Detroit. We have heard so many stories and met so many people.  We’ve learned so much.  When Angela A. and I first met to discuss the possibility of co-producing a live-stage show we didn’t really know what to expect. We didn’t know that each year the cast of readers in our show would become like family. We didn’t know that we would become friends with the vendors and sponsors and all the people that help make the show happen.

This is our third year co-producing Listen To Your Mother in Detroit and we thought it would be fun to tell YOU about some of our friends that have been with us since the beginning and help make our show pretty darn amazing.

First we’d like you to get to know our venue… St. Andrews Hall.

Three years ago before we knew where our LTYM show would be I went to a concert in Detroit and fell in love with the theater. I called the next day to ask how much it would be to have LTYM there. I spoke with a nice guy named Bruce. I excitedly told him my plans. It went something like this:

“I’m co-producing this live stage show and I’ve never done this before and I don’t know what I’m doing but oh my gosh I am in love with this theater and I would so love to have our show there and how much is it and do you think it’s possible?”

I mean I don’t think I took a breath I was so excited. Bruce Rothschild, the Director of Sales, was kind and patient while he explained that the theater I was interested in was pretty big and pretty expensive. He calmly suggested I think about a slightly smaller venue to start with and maybe grow into the bigger one. He said he had the perfect place in mind — St. Andrew’s Hall.

LTYM Metro Detroit

photo credit: St. Andrew’s Hall

Angela A. and I met with Bruce and toured the venue. He told us how it had hosted so many live acts:  Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Green Day, Alice in Chains, John Mayer, 21 Pilots, Megan Trainor, Fun and Limp Bizkit to name a few. Um, how cool is that? We were sold.

The space was/is rock and roll and history and full of so many stories, the perfect place for us to share ours.

Built in 1907, St. Andrew’s Hall was the historic meeting site for the St. Andrew’s Scottish Society of Detroit. The venue has been bringing trendsetting to music since the 80s and 90s, and LTYM stories since 2014. St. Andrew’s has three versatile rooms including St. Andrew’s main ballroom (where LTYM is held), The Shelter — ahem, where Eminem got his start on stage gradually working his way to superstardom (who knows what LTYM storyteller will follow in his footsteps?!) — and The Society Room which is currently getting a facelift and slated to be open in April 2016. In 2010 the venue expanded its nightly programming to offer opportunities for people looking for a non-traditional meeting and event space. As Bruce puts it, “St. Andrew’s offers “Three Floors of Fun” to see your favorite band or to host your next private event.”

Even though they had expanded to more “non-traditional” events, back in 2014 Angela and I weren’t so sure how the staff would respond to a show about motherhood in such a rock and roll venue.  Bruce admits they weren’t so sure either.

“I did not know really what to expect,” he said. “But the stories that the participants shared have made our staff laugh as well as shed a tear.”

And here’s the thing, Bruce and his staff may not have known what to expect, but they never made us feel like we weren’t just as important as the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Megan Trainor. Even when I was admittedly dorky and uncool and unsure and overexcited and giddy and nervous. “We applaud your determination to put on such a well crafted event and bring members of the community together to share such heartfelt stories,” Bruce told me. Their confidence in us and support helped us put on a great show year after year.

LTYM Metro Detroit

photo credit: St. Andrew’s Hall

And they are a lot of fun. Whether it’s jamming with the some of the guys while we set up the show or laughing at sound check, we have had a blast with them.

We can’t wait to hang out with the gang on the day of the show this year.

“St. Andrews Hall is privileged to be the home for LTYM again in 2016,”  Bruce said.

The feeling is mutual Bruce, the feeling is mutual.

For more information about St. Andrew’s Hall click here or click here for a virtual tour! Follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

To buy tickets for LTYM at St. Andrew’s Hall on May 1 click here!
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