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The DSO’s outdoor stage offers an open-air living room with musical vibes fit for the versality of the city

Whether you’re into mellow, jazzy sounds or pulsating rock ‘n’ roll vibrations to pump up that summertime serotonin—Sosnick Courtyard has sound experiences that will brighten your musical palette on breezy summer nights.  

Located at 51 Parsons Street, next to the DSO parking deck and across from Orchestra Hall, the 15,000 square foot outdoor hub was envisioned as a space where music and performance were catalysts in bringing people together for a good, communal time in Detroit’s Midtown corridor. That vision continues with live music that ranges from techno to blues and world music; hip-hop to string ensembles; and DJ sets often paired with pop-up art installations.  

Sosnick adds all the elements we love about summertime in the D: being outside with good music, good drinks and eats, connecting with friends, and a community experience that welcomes strangers to become new acquaintances. 

Located in Detroit proper, trips to Sosnick are accessible via bike, the QLine, or a brief walk. If you're driving, the DSO parking deck and street parking along Cass and Parsons are seconds away. Reserve a VIP table or bring your lawn chairs and blankets for an evening of music, live from the DSO’s outdoor stage.  

It’s a beautiful sight.


After-work reflection with yoga and music: 

Six Mile Strings delivers a soothing soundtrack as Detroit Yoga Lab guides you in mindful movement. Follow-up the evening with a trip to Fresh Rootz Juice for refreshment and balance or if you’re in the mood for a sweet treat after the sweat, Cold Truth has the goods when it comes to soft serve ice cream—vegan style.  

Sound Experience: Yoga & Music with Six Mile Strings   

Refreshing Treat: Fresh Rootz Juice; Cold Truth Soft Serve Vegan Ice Cream


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Grabbing food from a nearby restaurant in Downtown Detroit then heading over to the courtyard for some live jazz. Dine first or take your food to-go and enjoy: 

Sosnick is a beautiful backdrop for date night, an artsy outing with friends, or quality family time. This July, make plans for a hearty or light dinner at Oak & Reel, Mad Nice, or Ima Noodles before heading to the Courtyard for round two of The Detroit City Jazz Orchestra Plus’s installment of The Music of Stevie Wonder Vol. 2.  

Sound Experience:  Detroit Jazz Orchestra Plus: The Music of Stevie Wonder Vol. 2  

Dine: Mario’s RestaurantOak & Reel; Mad Nice; Ima Noodles

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An evening of spoken word and R&B sounds:  

If you’ve experienced our Poetry & Music series inside the CUBE, bringing the party outside is an amplified experience. With the city as your backdrop, grab eats from neighborhood spots like Selden Standard, Honest John’s, or Barcade and get comfortable in Sosnick for an evening of real talk fused with pulsating musical performances.  

Sound Experience: Poetry & Music: Summer Grand Slam featuring DJ Stayce J and a line-up of Detroit's talented poets  hosted by La Shaun ‘Phoenix’ Moore 

Fun Feast: Selden Standard; Honest John’s; Slows To Go; Royale with Cheese;  Sy Thai

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A summer dance party with cultural sounds from local and national artists: 

Catering to multiple musical genres, programming in Sosnick Courtyard has something for everyone to move and vibe to. Making her DSO Summer debut, New Orleans-based rocker Grace Gibson hits the stage with an electrifying performance that merges the roots of rock with modern soul and Delta blues. Because summer nights can get unpredictable, a few local quick bites that will add to the fun of a Saturday night out include Condado Tacos and Barcade. 

Sound Experience: Rock ‘n’ Soul with Grace Gibson 

Quick Bites: Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery Detroit; Rocco's Italian Deli; Condado Tacos; Barcade 

Summer in Sosnick Courtyard