The Necto (nightclub)

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The Necto is a popular nightclub attraction located on Liberty St. in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan.[1] Although the venue may appear small from the outside, it is actually a multilevel establishment. The Necto’s main floor has two full service bars, seating and a large dance floor. Located on the lower level is the Red Room, a separate section of the club with an additional dance floor, seating and full service bar. The nightclub also has an outdoor patio seasonally opened with a full bar. Anywhere from 1,000-3,000 guests flow in and out of the club on any given weekend night.

The Necto continues a long legacy of the building as a nightclub and music venue. Originally opened in the mid-1970s as “Chances Are” then as “The Second Chance”[2] the bar was a tour stop for up and coming live music acts in the late 70s and early 80s such as The Police, Cheap Trick, Bob Seger and many more. In the late 1980s "The Nectarine Ballroom" was opened in the space and the building was remodeled around 1991.

In 2001, under new ownership the venue was reintroduced as “The Necto”. URB magazine awarded Necto best new club of 2002. The club is well known for playing host to theme nights and international touring DJs since 2001, such as Steve Aoki and Avicii. The theme nights include Factory, "Recreation", College Night, Pride, and Frequency.[3]

Currently the club is open five nights a week, Monday, Wednesday through Saturday.[4]

The Necto entrance

Factory Mondays[edit]

Mondays at The Necto are geared towards the gothic community of Southeast Michigan. The night features a variety of alternative dance music spun by DJ Jinx. The music selection includes Synthpop, Electronic body music and industrial music. More commonly known artists featured on this night are Nine Inch Nails, Mindless Self Indulgence, Rammstein, and the occasional 80s era club song.

Subculture, is a weekly drum and bass & dubstep night featuring DJ Matt Clarke of Detroit Dubstep in the Red Room.

Rumba Wednesdays[edit]

Dj Candela and Dj Walter Urena will be in the mix all night spinning the hottest Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton, Reggae, Zouk, Kizomba and Dance Music.[5]

College Night Thursdays[edit]

On March 26, 2015, the redesigned College Nights were launched. Every Thursday, experienced DJs from the University of Michigan spin student favorites and, accordingly, the local university and college students make up the crowd on this night.[6] Previously, they were called Transport Thursday and had DJ Knowledge playing Top 40, Throwback, Pop & Dance mixes. Prior to that incarnation, the resident DJ from 2004 - 2007 was DJ Binzo.
A collective of DJs from MEDMA,[7] a University of Michigan[8] student group, hold a monthly residency in the Red Room called Impulse. On April 9, 2015, the student organization held a concert with an Australian DJ known as Lancelot, with support from local artist Golf Clap and MEDMA member Endash.[9]

Pride Fridays[edit]

Locally known as "Gay Night", Fridays are geared towards the LGBT community. The night features upbeat energy electronic dance music. DJ Jace plays the main floor and DJ Mark performs in the Red Room.

Frequency Saturdays[edit]

Saturdays are generally the most packed and popular nights at The Necto. This is considered Southeast Michigan's biggest club night of the week. DJ Hardy and MC Yoda play Top 40 and dance hits for the crowd. The resident DJ from 2002 - 2007 was DJ Binzo.

Special Event DJ performances & live bands[edit]

Notable names that have performed DJ sets at Necto:

Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Autoerotique, Avicii, Bad Boy Bill, BT, Carl Craig, Cazzette, Charles Feelgood, Chris Cox (DJ), Christian Smith, Christopher Lawrence, Chuck Flask, Colette, Cosmic Gate, Crystal Method, Darren Emerson, D-Twizzle, Dayhota, Disco D, Dave Seaman, deadmau5, Deniz Koyu, Derrick May, Derrick Carter, DJ BK, DJ Dan, DJ Heather, DJ Irene, DJ Skribble, DJ Sneak, Donald Glaude, Eddie Halliwell, Fedde Le Grand, Felix Da Housecat, Frankie Bones, Goldie, Green Velvet, Hardwell, Harvard Bass, Jason Huvaere, Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills, John Acquaviva, Josh Wink, Judge Jules, Kenneth Thomas, Kevin Saunderson, King Britt, Kris Wadsworth, Laidback Luke, Layo & Bushwacka, Luciano, Magda, Hernán Cattáneo, Marco V, Mark Farina, Mark Knight, Martin Solveig, Matthew Dear, Max Graham, Minx, Mistress Barbara, Mr C, Paolo Mojo, Paul van Dyk, Pete Tong, Porter Robinson, Richard Humpty Vission, Richie Hawtin, Sander Kleinenberg, Seb Fontaine, Stacy Pullen, Steve Aoki, Sultan, Sydney Blu, Tall Paul, Terrence Parker, The White Panda, Tiga, Tim Deluxe, Timo Maas, Tommie Sunshine, UR, Wolfgang Gartner, and Zedd.

Live bands that have performed at Necto: Mayer Hawthorne, VNV Nation, Ashes of Soma, Deastro, Evans Blue, Faderhead


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Coordinates: 42°16′45″N 83°44′33″W / 42.27928°N 83.74243°W / 42.27928; -83.74243