Interview with Johnny Anton, Owner of The Token Lounge

For the next installment in our series of interviews with independent venue owners, we spoke with Johnny Anton about his venue, The Token Lounge in Westland, Michigan.

The Token Lounge originally opened its doors in 1971 and was purchased by Johnny Anton (who at the time was the owner of another well-known Michigan live music venue, Blondies) in 1993. The venue had been closed for some time when Johnny purchased it but after renovating the space, he went about making The Token Lounge an integral part of the Michigan live music scene. We spoke with Johnny about what drove him to own music venues, the history of The Token Lounge, and how the Covid pandemic impacted the venue.

You can see our coverage of Humble Pie’s show at The Token Lounge here.

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Phil grew up in the UK and loved listening to and playing music from a young age. He moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, falling in love with the city and its music scene. He enjoys nothing better than spending time with musicians, whether it be watching them perform, talking to them for the website or reading their autobiographies.