Originally opened in 1979 by Vietnam veteran Daniel Overstreet, The New Miami was opened as a place for veterans to have a home with free admission given to those who served. While the name of the bar does nod to the city in Florida, Miami actually stands for “Missing In Action MIchgan”. Over time, the bar has played host to many of the bands on the scene while connecting to other happenings around Wayne State University and the Cass Corridor.
After opening as the New Miami, the bar changed its name to the Old Miami. Either way, the venue has been a staple on the Detroit music scene since its opening, offering opportunities for a range of local and national acts from punk to heavy rock to soul, hip-hop, and r&b.