Harpos Concert Theatre is a music venue located at 14238 Harper Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. It is known as a venue for Heavy Metal and Industrial Rock. It was built in 1939 for the Wisper and Westman circuit as the Harper Theatre. It was built for about $290,000 and was designed in Art Moderne style by Charles N. Agree.
There is an 80-foot vertical sign on the front of the theatre that spells out "HARPOS," adapting the old Harper Theater sign. There are murals in the lobby and auditorium by Thomas di Lorenzo. It was converted to a Rock club in 1974.
On February 19, 2017 Ruzvelt made an official public announcement on Facebook that he is the new owner of the legendary Harpos Concert Theatre in Detroit. And is in the process of booking most of the national and local heavy metal, rock, punk, and alternative acts. The venue is also available for rental events. The Legendary Blondies will be presenting most of the concerts. He is very excited and looking forward to many future concerts and events. Some of the local rock bands that have performed there over the years include Adrenalin,DC Drive,The Buzztones, The Look, Barooga Bandit,Teezer, The Almighty Strut,Bitter Sweet Alley,Tilt, Toby Redd,The Mutants, The Torpedos, Art in America, Alcatraz, R.U.R.,The Teen Angels, Pendragon, Mariner,Salem Witchcraft, Millerz Killerz, Quarterflash, Vendetta, DC Hawks,The Frost, Seduce, Ezra,Heavens Wish,Halloween,Savage Grace, Flash Kahan, Dave Gilbert, Rob Tyner, Weapons, Motor City Rockers, Detroit Blues Band, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, The Polish Muslims, The Rationals, Madam X, Sponge,Ted Nugent National Rock bands who have performed there over the years have included Average White Band, Anvil, Ambrosia, Angel City, Alvin Lee, Armored Saint, Anthrax, Autograph, Ace Frehley, Allan Holdsworth, April Wine, Accept, Arch Enemy, Agnostic Front, Alice In Chains, American Head Charge, Bang Tango, Biohezard, Black Label Society, Brand New Sin, Bret Michaels, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Billy Rankin, Black 'N Blue, The Byrds, Burton Cummings, Blackfoot, Blue Oyster Cult, The Bastards, Blood Sweat and Tears, The Box Tops, Buffalo Springfield, Bo Diddley, Babylon A.D., Brian Setzer, B 52's, Big Audio Dynimite, Billy Burnett, Black Oak Arkansas, Bill Brufford, Bruce Cockburn, Badfinger, Blotto, Buck Cherry, Captain Beefheart, Canned Heat, Coney Hatch, Carmine Appice, Cheap Trick, Coal Chamber, Corrosion of Conformity, Chastain, Celtic Frost, Carcass, Cathedral, Cavalera Conspiracy, Clutch, Clarence Clemons, Carl Palmer, Charlie Sexton, Children of Bodom, Crossfade, Candlebox, Cannibal Corpse, Cinderella, Chevelle, Crowbar, Chimaira, Clearlight, Cradle of Filth, Dirty Looks, Dangerous Toys, The Dickies, Deicide, Disturbed, Doro Pesch, Dark Funeral, Down, Dope, Divinyls, Devil Driver, Drowning Pool, Dark Tranquility, Dokken, Duke Jupiter, Dead Kennedys, Del Fuegos, Dave Mason, Danzig, Devo, Dickey Betts, Death, Dee Dee Ramone, Dream Theatre, DRI, Dread Zeppelin, DIO, Donie Iris,Edgar Winter, David Allan Coe, Dimmu Borgir, Exodus, Exciter, Evanescence, Evergrey, Entombed, Fight, Firehouse, Forbidden, Flaw, Full Blown Chaos, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Fastway, Frank Marino, Fear Factory, Fiona, Firefall, Foghat, Frankie and the Knockouts, Girlschool, Gary U.S. Bonds, Gary Moore, Guess Who, Grace Jones,Golden Earring, Gentle Giant, Gary Glitter, Grim Reaper, Guiffria, Godsmack, Gwar, Great White, Galactic Cowboys, Green Jelly, Ginger Baker, Greg Allman, Gene Clark, Greg Kihn, Georgia Satellites, Genitorturers, House of Pain, Hanzel und Gretyl, (Hed) Pe, Hatebreed, Hate Eternal, Hypocricy, Head East, Heaven, Helloween, Hammerfall, Honeymoon Suite, Helix, Huey Lewis and the News, Humble Pie, Heavy Pettin, In Flames, Ivory Tower, Iron Maiden, Iron Butterfly, Insane Clown Posse, Iced Earth, INXS, Ill Nino, Ian Hunter, Incantation, John Entwistle, Jackyl, Johnny Winter, Joe Lynn Turner, Johnny Van Zant, James Brown, Jim Caroll, Jack Bruce, Junior Walker and the All Stars, Joe Perry, Joe Butcher Axis, John Mayall, Joe Satriani, Joe Ely, John Hiatt, Jason and the Scorcherers, Joan Jett, Joe King Caraco, Kings X, Katakysm, Kim Mitchell, Keel,The Kingbees, Keith Emerson, King Diamond, Kyuss, Killswith Engage, The Kinks, King Kobra, Krokus, Kick Axe, Kix, Leslie West, Lacuna Coil, Little Feat, Lamb of God, Lillian Axe, Lita Ford, Lizzy Borden, Luther Allison, Loudness, Lee Arron, Life of Agony, LA Guns, Leon Russell, Megadeth, Metal Church, Manowar, Michael Schenker Group, Murphys Law, My Sisters Machine, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Mercyful Fate, Mahogany Rush,Massacre, Mick Taylor, Marshall Tucker Band, Ministry, Moonspell, Mastodon, M.O.D., Morbid Angel, Mushroomhead, Meshuggah, Monstrocity, Misfits, Marduk, Max Webster, Motorhead, Marillion, Meatloaf, Molly Hatchet, Nazareth, Night Ranger, Nikki and the Corvettes, Nils Lofgren, Nile, Nightwish, Nick Lowe, Napalm Death, Nuclear Assault, Overkill, Obituary, Outlaws, Orleans, The Outfield, Opeth, Otep, Orgy, Ohio Players, Prong, Prism, Paul Rodgers, Poison, Paul Dianno, Pop Evil, Powerman 5000, Primer 55, Pearl Jam, Plasmatics, Pat Travers, Platinum Blonde, Poison Dollys, Pantera, Pro-Pain, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Quiet Riot, ? and the Mysterians, Queensryche, Ratt, Red Rider, Robin Trower, Ravin, Rory Gallagher, Ronnie Montrose, Rare Earth, Ron Wood, The Ramones, Rick Emmett, Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford, Rockpile, Riot, Rory Galagher, The Radiators, Rick Derringer, Rough Cutt, Rob Zombie, Sabastian Bach, Spin Doctors, Slaughter, Saxon, The Stranglers, Shawn Phillips, Sheriff, Steve Hackett, Steppenwolf, Savoy Brown, Steve Forbert, Shooting Star, Santana, Spirit, Steve Marriot, Storm Troopers of Death, Slipknot, Sevendust, Slayer, Survivor, Sacred Reich, Sepultura, Skinlab, Suffocation, System of a Down, Sick of it All, Static X, Samael, Six Feet Under, Saliva, Symphony X, Stryper, Superjoint Ritual, Smile Empty Soul, Shinedown, Silvertide, Steel Breeze, Soilwork, Suicidal Tendencies, Shock Paris, Saigon Kick, Savatage,Spencer Davis, Talas, TKO, The Tubes, 38 Special, Testament, Trivium, Theory of a Deadman, Type O Negative, Thought Industry, Tyketto, Teenage Head, Tommy Tutone, Ted Nugent, Twisted Sister, U2, Uriah Heep, UFO, Vince Neil, Vanilla Fudge, Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Voi Vod, Vader, Vortex, Wrathchild America, W.A.S.P. Wendy O Williams, Warriors, Warrant, Wishbone Ash, Warren Zevon, Y&T, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zebra and many others. Warrant recorded their live CD "Warrant Live 86-97" at Harpos on November 22, 1996 Corrosion of Conformity filmed their DVD Live Volume at Harpos on April 20, 2001 Black Label Society filmed their live DVD "Boozed, and Broken Boned" at Harpos on September 14, 2002 Hip Hop acts who have performed there: Snoop Dogg, L.L. Cool J, Montell Jordan, Lil' Kim, Run DMC, Salt-n-Pepa, Vanity, Vanilla Ice, Whitechapel, Tech N9ne, Hopsin, Gorilla Zoe, Twista, ICP, Boondox, Twiztid, King Gordy and others Esham, the originator of Detroit's own Acid Rap, who some consider to be the Godfather of Detroit hip hop, is the first known rap artist to perform a hip hop show at this club in the early 1990's