Downtown music venue ranks among top 25 in US


Apashe plays at The Stache at The Intersection in downtown Grand Rapids. Photo via

A music venue downtown has cracked the top 25 on a national ranking of club venues due to its ticket sales last year.

The Intersection in Grand Rapids achieved its highest ever year-end ranking on Pollstar’s “Year End Ticket Sales” chart, landing at No. 22 out of 200.

The venue, which has an 835-capacity showroom and a 400-capacity front lounge called The Stache, reported ticket sales of 114,656 in 2016. The Stache is ranked separately at No. 141, with ticket sales of 20,335.

The Intersection’s main showroom ranks above well-known clubs such as The Neptune in Seattle and The Fillmore in San Francisco, which had ticket sales of 101,610 and 100,249.

“This is the first year we have finished the year in the top 25 for ticket sales for reporting clubs in the world,” said Scott Hammontree, talent buyer and partner, The Intersection and The Stache. “(It’s) really an amazing accomplishment for a club in a secondary market.

“We were the highest-ranking club in the state of Michigan.”

The Intersection

The Intersection has provided West Michigan with well-known local and national live music and entertainment acts for more than 40 years.

It has featured artists such as Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Snoop Dogg and Gavin DeGraw.


Pollstar is a trade publication that has covered the worldwide concert industry for 30 years.

It supplies in-depth information to concert promoters, booking agents, artist managers and facility executives.

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