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Down in the Alley: Frauenthal's Alley Door Club pairs local music with local beer

Written by  Marla Miller
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Created as a speakeasy-style venue to hear live blues in downtown Muskegon, The Alley Door Club even had an alley door entrance when it kicked off 11 years ago.

During a time of year when there is not a lot to do in Muskegon and there aren’t many people around, Alley Door’s longevity is a testament to its success. The club added craft beer to the lineup last year and will celebrate another season with local and regional musicians and beer on tap from West Michigan breweries. For those who don’t like beer, there’s also a full bar. 

The bands play 7-10 p.m. and fans access the club through the Hilt Building doors off Western Avenue. Purchase tickets at the Box Office and ride the elevator to the third floor for a casual, low-key atmosphere with dancing and fun.

The brainchild of Bill Bodell, former technical director at Frauenthal Center, the club was started as a way to showcase various bands and shake off winter as well as offer an alternative to the bar scene to a more mature crowd. This year’s lineup has bands for all ages and tastes and new music to experience. 

“It is exciting to be launching another year of The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center,” said Ricki Levine, Frauenthal Center’s managing director. “It is a chance to get together with old and new friends and chase the winter blues away.”

Tables may be reserved, with admission included, for $55 for a four-top and $80 for an eight-top. Reserved tables are limited and sold on a first come basis.


The Alley Door Club

Frauenthal Center, 425 West Western Ave., Muskegon

2nd and 4th Fridays, through April 

7-10 p.m., $7

Doors open at 6 p.m. for happy hour and $1 off drinks

frauenthal.org, (231) 727-8001



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