It’s a busy Detroit music weekend and if you’re not up north at the lake, you should probably point your car in the direction of the Detroit River. It’s there you will find somewhere near 100,000 people dancing all over the hot concrete of Hart Plaza.
Electronic music fans have descended on Detroit every Memorial Day weekend since 2000, when the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival, or DEMF, was held. Now called Movement, the festival is still widely referred to as DEMF, pronounced Demph.
The festival began today at noon and runs through Monday. Scores of after parties will be held all over the city throughout the weekend, being as big a draw as the festival itself.
Highlights include sets by two of the ‘Belleville Three’, Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins. Derrick May isn’t on the official lineup but who knows what could happen. The three met at a Belleville High School and are credited with inventing techno music.
Detroit is considered the birthplace of techno music and rightfully hosts one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world. Visit the Movement website for a full schedule.
Gypsy Punks Tonight
Travel north a few blocks up Woodward tonight and you’ll find a party at the Fillmore no less raucous or sweaty than what’s happening on the river. Self-proclaimed gypsy punks Gogol Bordello will be playing tonight at the venue formerly known as the State Theatre. Dancing and revelry will be on high as the band has the reputation of being one of the best live acts of the past ten years.
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