This pavilion was located in the Irish Hills area in Onsted/Brooklyn. It operated in the 1950's and beyond. In it's earlier years, it featured the big band sound like Stan Kenton at a place called Allie's. Later on, it hosted many prominent rock and roll acts such as The Amboy Dukes, The Stooges, Bob Seger, The Electric Prunes, Frigid Pink, The Rationals and many others at the Pavilion. All Detroit/Michigan Rock Royalty. The Walled Lake Casino had those acts back then too.
Allie & Helen Luckhardt ran the Wampler's Lake Pavilion (then called "Allie's Place") from 1945-65, featuring many performers from their era and the Big Band music they loved so much: Louie Armstrong, Les Brown, Duke Ellington, Harry James, Stan Kenton, Freddie Martin (with Merv Griffin), Vaughn Monroe and many others.
Being between Detroit & Chicago, it wasn't difficult at all to get these Big Band names to perform at Wampler's. When Rock & Roll became the latest musical taste, operating the pavilion became less fun and more of a chore for the Luckhardt's...therefore, they sold the building and business in 1965.
After closing down, the pavilion was demolished and a storage facility was built. To see a sad - but glorious - reminder of something that was once great, check out the photo gallery below to see a baker's dozen of some of the great Rock 'n Roll acts that played at Wampler's Lake Pavilion. Read More: HISTORIC MICHIGAN ROCK VENUES: Wampler's Lake Pavilion