Opening around 1974 as Todd’s Sway Lounge, owned and operated by couple/business partners Bobby Calvert & Dan Campbell, this east side venue was a LGBTQ friendly establishment that started booking bands following the success of Bookie’s by the late 1980/early 1981. According to Scott Campbell, the owners were concerned about booking too many bands and ruining the establishment for its gay patrons.

The band often had a mix of DJs, dance nights and then rock acts. Todd’s also became important in the evolution of electronic music and techno in Detroit. Also, as times evolved, as punk gave way to hardcore and then metal and hairbands, Todd’s would book a range of local and national acts ranging The Feisty Cadavers to The Trash Brats to Cannibal Corpse. After closing as Todd’s in 1992, it reopened for about a year as the Marquee before closing again in 1993.

Calvert died of AIDS at the age of 42 in 1986.

In 2015, a Todd’s reunion took place and was written up for the Metro Times.

A partial schedule of shows is available the Concert Database website.

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  1. My sister was a bartender there. Scott demaeght was also a bartender both up and downstairs. I was there for a wedding between a Billy Bull and Michael Otto. My sister and Marla were the flower girls. Lol. They came out dancing with nearly shaved heads, They had someone who was a Russian orthodox priest do the vows up on the stage. Bill and Michael jumped over a broom. Then everyone started dancing. Lol…I can tell more stories. Gotta love the 80s.

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