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Coral Gables – Point After

Grand Rapids – 28th St.

Speaking of the scar disco has placed on our society, anyone remember the Coral Gables on 28th just west of the train overpass near Breton? I recall seeing the horn section from Earth Wind & Fire play there. As I recall, this club went through a handful of make-overs until its ultimate demise. Of course, back in those days Coral Gables was an entertainment behemoth with locations in Kalamazoo, Lansing, Saugatuck and several others including I believe Manistee. If you attended college in the 70s, you were accustomed to seeing concert posters advertising bands touring all their locations.   Whistle-Stop

It was Coral Gables – Point After and before Coral Gables it was The Grotto, then after Coral Gables it become Electric Avenue that was a dance club that existed during the 80s, I think at some point in the early 90s, it became “Dick’s Resort,” then sat vacant a bit, then got demolished.

6 Responses to Coral Gables – Point After

  1. Donald Shelton says:

    I was the drummer in a band called One Eighty from mid-1978 to mid-1983. We played Coral Gables in Grand Rapids on a regular basis back then. In fact, we took the gig as the “house” band one year and stayed there for the whole summer, getting short-term leases at an apartment complex in the area.

    Interesting times…

  2. Biz Bisard says:

    Coral Gables (aka The Gables) were all over Michigan. The pizza parlor in Owosso? It was Coral Cables Il Forno room.

    In the mid seventies I played in a 7 piece (3 horns) show band, Wingspan. We played a 2 or 3 week gig one summer at the Gables in Saugatuck. THAT was sweet! A lil’ rehearsal and then a bunch of time cavorting at Oval beach in Lake Michigan. Our motel even had a nice lake for skinny dipping after a night’s work. We also did a 1 nighter at the one east of the MSU campus on Grand River in East Lansing. We played several weeks over a 4 year period at Alex’s Point After (where the Lansing Lugnuts stadium is now, I believe.) I think the Point After was part of the Coral Gables family. It was frequented by many state legislators – our tax dollars at work?

    In the early 70’s when I lived in Kazoo I’d bicycle to the Gables (I think it was on King’s Highway) with my flute to jam with several suspicious folkie types in the small room next to the BIG rock n’ roll room there.

    Was there a Gables on Woodward in Berkley north of downtown Detroit? We played a week or so at whatever club was there. It sure seems like it was a Coral Gables. Like I said, the Gables were all over Michigan back then. Any left?

    • Kris Lacy says:

      Yes, there was one on Woodward in Royal Oak / Berkeley. I worked there in 1970-71. What a great time!!

  3. Steve hall says:

    Oh man, Coral Gables (Kalamazoo)! Some great bands went thru there. I’m 62, so I don’t remember many of their names, but one guy, Joe Savage, played there numerous times ( use to carry a python around with him thru the crowd as he sang). I also remember seeing Herman’s Hermits there (just the Hermits…no Herman). Also a band called The Beginnings (a Chicago cover band).

  4. Gary Oshust says:

    Gables was also a pizza parlor in Owosso and Prudenville.

  5. gaylene says:

    do you remember Brandi, waitress, at Coral Gables, in late 70s and early 80s?
    some of the old gang are trying to hook up and any help you can give me would be most appreciated.

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