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Local Detroit Music Scene

The Motor City is the legendary epicenter of Motown Records, founded by Berry Gordy, who launched the careers of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Supremes, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Temptations, The Four Tops and many other hit Motown acts of the 1960s.

Eminem, the best selling recording artist of the 2000s, is from Detroit. Other notable acts who have made history from the Detroit music scene include Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, The Romantics, Aaliyah, The Spinners, Jackie Wilson, Mary Wells, The Capitols, Suzi Quatro, The Contours, Earl Klugh, Edwin Starr, J.D. Souther, Inner City, The White Stripes, Mario Winans, MC5, Parliament, Rare Earth, Wilson Pickett and Was (Not Was). The local music scene is covered by Detroit Free Press.

Detroit Music Acts

Adrienne Iversen * Altered Seed * Barely Small * Bigg Reez * Blue Stahl * Brian O'Neal * Celldweller * Core Effect * David Gerald * Electric Six * HafLife * Insane Clown Posse * K.G. * Kairos * Koffin Kats * Mike Dorn * MoonCityDJ * Myron Christy * Neil Paradox * Octaveone * Psychopathic * R. Jones * Sarana VerLin * Spirits of Another Day * Susan Calloway * To Be Juliet's Secret *

Detroit Local Music Scene History

Rolling Stone put the spotlight on Detroit in its January 24, 2020 issue for the story "Detroit Music Found Its New Soul." The article credited the local scene's pressing plants, innovative studios and offbeat festivals as factors for its vibrance. The article mentioned the Third Man Records pressing plant, owned by Jack White.

The Detroit Free Press published an article by pop music critic Brian McCollum on March 25, 2018 that provided an overview of the current label signing out of the region. The list included Bazzi of Atlantic Records, who gained fame by doing pop covers on YouTube and Vine, has relocated to Southern California. Other local artists mentioned included Greta Van Fleet on Lava/Republic/Universal, Tegan Marie on Warner Nashville, Quinn XCII on Columbia, Neisha Neshae on Roc Nation, Payroll Giovanni on Def Jam and Billy Raffoul on Interscope.

Over 40 bands made up the line-up of the Dally in the Alley Festival, held September 12, 2015 at NCCU. The 2015 line-up included Alley Stage headliner Cold Men Young, Forest Stage headliner Brinae Ali, Garden Stage headliner Pink Lightning and closing the Electronic Stage was K-HAND. Additionally, the Ann Kennedy Community Stage featured a fashion show, poetry, painting and various cultural music.

A website called Detroit Sounds Like This debuted in 2013 to showcase new original music acts from Detroit. The site documents the Motor City's continuation as a development center for innovative music, as the city has been a catalyst for Motown, punk and techno in its history. The pays close attention to developments in electronic, house, funk, soul and hip hop music, as well as rock, indie and jazz. The site lists local events and new music releases. The site was written about in this Ashley Woods article 7/30/2013 in the Huffington Post.

Louder Than Love is a documentary about Detroit's music history. It features Alice Cooper and other musicians from the area. The Grande Ballroom is one of the focal points. Filmmaker Tony D'Annunzio was interviewed by Bloomberg Television about the film. He says the local scene is still vibrant after decades of being at the forefront of new trends from Motown to Bob Seger to Madonna. The film focuses more on the late sixties. The video interview can be viewed at

The Detroit Jazz Festival was held at J.P. Morgan Chase Main Stage in Downtown on August 30, 2013. The main attractions were Danilo Perez and Macy Grey. Perez is a pianist from Panama, as his band is called Panama 500. He toured with iconic bop artist Dizzy Gillespie. This festival was written about in this Mike Stratton article 8/30/13 on

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