JUNE 14-17, 2018

DMW commissions, produces, presents and markets a full spectrum of performances; music, dance and theater. Showcase stages offer opportunity to up-and-coming artists, invigorating the pipeline of next-gen talent. Cultural organizations, restaurants and retailers are invited to add to the fun by offering performances and activities whether on-site or in their own location.

Most importantly, the Detroit Music Weekend brings together the fans and supporters of each participating artist, performing company, and organization. Collectively, this begins a new narrative that we are a unified Metropolitan region using the arts to create productive working relationships between the city and suburbs.

Detroit Music Weekend proclaims it to the world: 

“Detroit is open for business!!!

The city is on a path to success, and the performing arts are a key component to this success.”

  • Finally! An event that joins together the incredible array of musical talent that the world knows and loves us for – and harnesses this ‘power of many’ to build an incomparable economic development engine for the city
  • June 2017: the very first Detroit Music Weekend draws tens of thousands of fans into Downtown Detroit for 4 days of stellar events including over 15,000 in the Entertainment District for a day of free-to-the-public concerts.
  • The festival brings blockbuster business to the area’s rapidly growing restaurant and retail sector. Businesses get a huge revenue bump with tens of thousands of new customers flooding the area. (And they’re still thanking us!)
  • Unified representation of the arts & culture sector simply transformed its public perception showing how strong and diverse our creative sector really is
  • Over four hundred performers. Dozens of excited sponsors, cultural organization exhibits and fun activities. And we’re just getting started
  • Let’s get to know each other: BREAK DOWN SILOS! Rock ‘n roll fans, meet fans of Motown. Electronic fans meet fans of classical, R&B, hip hop, opera and everyone else – because when Detroit gets together, there is nothing we can’t do.




Founders of Detroit Music are partnering with the City of Detroit, Detroit City Council, Detroit Entertainment District Association, Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Carr Center, Detroit Opera House, Motown Museum, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, R&B Music Hall of Fame, and over 40 arts organizations to create an annual destination weekend in Detroit.

Detroit Music will commission, produce and present a full spectrum of Metro Detroit’s performing arts with showcase performances and concerts. The weekend will also be filled with cultural exhibits from Detroit’s finest not-for-profit museums and galleries in addition to highlighting all the new restaurants and retail in downtown Detroit.

For the Inaugural weekend, the Board of Trustees and staff of Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts will serve as the producing entity. This is a familiar structure to Music Hall’s production of the Detroit Jazz Festival from 1991-2005.

Most importantly, the Detroit Music Weekend harnesses individual cultural organizations’ lists of supporters into a single, unified marketing approach – signaling the beginning of a new era for a collaborative Detroit. It’s time for a new narrative and a performing arts-based cooperative that unites the city and its suburbs with durable, productive working relationships.

Who is behind this effort


Fifth Third Bank • Lear Corporation • Motown Museum • Detroit City Council • Creative Many Michigan • Paradise Valley • United Sound Systems • R & B Music Hall of Fame • Michigan Opera Theatre • Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts • I Heart Radio • Detroit Entertainment District Association


Tina Bassett · Leland K. Bassett · Marvin Beatty · Wayne BrownJanice Cosby · Ara Darakjian · Dr. David DiChiera · The Honorable Debbie Dingle ** · David Di Rita · Sonal Dubey · Hon. Mike Duggan ** · Cameron B. Duncan · Byna Elliott ·Anthony Elliott · Jessie Elliott · Sue Ellen Eisenberg · Carol Friend · Linda Finkel · Gordon Follmer · Tatiana Grant · Ed Gordon · Janet Girodat · David Girodat · Ann Hall · Karen Healy ·Council President Brenda Jones ** · Danialle Karmanos · Peter Karmanos · Hon. Damon J. Keith ** · Don Manvel · Jill Miller · Steve Miller ·  Juanita Moore · Faye Nelson · Alex L. Parrish ·Vincent Paul · Gail Perry-Mason · Vivian Pickard * · Dr. William Pickard · Roy Roberts · James Settles · Matt Simoncini · Governor Rick Snyder ** ·  The Honorable Debbie Stabenow ** Robin Terry · Donna Vanneste · Jeff Vanneste · Jim Vella · Ed Welburn · Tobin Williams     * Host Committee Members ·  **Honorary Chairs  




A Sampling of invited SE Michigan Performing Arts Organizations


A Man Can Change

Academy of Russian Classical Ballet

Aletia Droba

All the worlds a stage

Anonymous Dance Crew

Argentine Tango Detroit

Ballet Americana

Ballet Detroit

Barefoot Productions Theatre

Biba Bell

Big City Dance Center LLC

Carr Center

Center of Music & Performing Arts (COMPAS)

Chamber Music Society of Detroit

Chinese Folk Dance of Metro Detroit

Companeros de Flamenco / Michelle Millman

Dance Dynamics

Dasan Mitchell

Deadly Dames Burlesque

Dee Watkins / Isisraks Dance

Detroit Actors Theatre Company

Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings

Detroit Children's Choir

Detroit Concert Choir

Detroit Institute of Music (DIME)

Detroit Public Theatre

Detroit Rep

Detroit Tap Repertory

Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy

DSO Civic Jazz Ensemble: need contact there

Eisenhower Dance

Erika Stowall / Big Red Wall Dance Company

Flint School of Performing Arts

Flint Youth Theatre

Garage Cultural

Geiger Classic Ballet Academy

Grosse Pointe Dance Center

Grosse Pointe Theatre

Haleem Rasul Hardcore Detroit

Hardcore Detroit

Harriet Berg

Heritage Works

Hilberry Theater

HNM Dance Company

Intrinsic Theatre Company / Monster Box Theatre

Jazz & Spirit Dance Theatre of Detroit

Jennifer Harge

Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company

Kristi Faulkner Dance

Lakes Area School of Highland Dance

Legacy Dance Studio LLC

Lethal Rhythm Dance Crew

Link School of the Arts

Lisa LaMarre / LaMarre & Dancers

Lisa McCall / LM Productions Ent. Group

Living Arts

Luna Dancers

Marygrove Theatre/Dance


Meadow Brook Theatre - Oakland University

Michael Means

Michelle's Academy of Dance & Perf Arts Ctr

Michigan Ballet Theater

Michigan Classic Ballet

Michigan Dance Project / Kathy King

Michigan Opera Theatre

Michigan Philharmonic

Michigan State University Community Music School

MoreDances / Janet Clayton

Mosaic Youth Theatre

Motor City Brass Band

Motor City Dance Extension

Motor City Youth Theatre

Mt. Zion Dance Company

Northville Ballet Theatre

Oakland Choral Society

Opera Modo

People Dancing

Performance Network

Planet Dance

Plowshares Theatre Company


Pure Existence Dance Co

Rackham Choir

Raices Mexicanas

River Raisin Dance Academy / Centre for the Arts

Rochester School of Dance

Rosemarie Floyd School of Dance / TMB Ballet

Ryan Myers-Johnson

Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers

Shakespeare in Detroit

Southwest Dance / Living Arts

Sphinx Organization


Spotlight Dance Works

St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook


Stereo Junkies Crew

Take Root Dance

Taylor Dance

The Hinterlands

The Purple Rose Theatre Company

The Ringwald

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill (Canton Village Theatre)

Timberlane Dance

Tipping Point Theatre

Two Muses Theatre

UD Mercy Theatre co

United Sound Systems

Valentina's School of Ballet

Water Works Theatre

Wild Swan Theater

A Sampling of invited SE Michigan Cultural offerings

826 Michigan, Inc.

Alfred Berkowitz Gallery

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Anton Art Center

Arab American National Museum

Artrain, Inc.

Arts and Scraps

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

Brighton Art Guild

Brighton Arts and Culture Commission

Cabaret 313

Cantata Academy Chorale

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History *

Cinetopia *

College for Creative Studies

Cranbrook Art Museum

Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research

Cranbrook Educational Community

Cranbrook House and Gardens *

Cranbrook Institute of Science

Creative Many Michigan:

Culture Source: Hillary / Brand & Community Strategist

Detroit Artists Market

Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3)

Detroit Historical Museum

Detroit Historical Society

Detroit Institute of Arts *

Detroit Is It *

Detroit Public Television

Detroit Music Foundation *

Detroit Repertory Theatre

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Detroit Zoological Society Ron Kagan


Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House - Henry Ford Estate

FAR Therapeutic Arts & Recreation *

Focus: HOPE Community Arts Department (CAD)

Friends of Historical Hamtramck

Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

Grosse Pointe Art Center

Grosse Pointe Historical Society

Grosse Pointe War Memorial

Holocaust Memorial Center

Image and Arts Council of Troy

Leslie Science and Nature Center

Lorenzo Cultural Center *

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts *

Meadow Brook Hall

Michigan Dance Council

Michigan Science Center *

Michigan State University Community Music School


Motown Museum:

Northville Art House *

Oakland University Art Gallery

Paint Creek Center for the Arts


Pro Musica of Detroit, Inc.

Scarab Club

The Ark

The Art Experience, Inc.

The Arts Alliance

The Berman Center for the Performing Arts

The Community House

The Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation

The Freer House

The Henry Ford

The Jewish Hour Radio Program

The Michigan Theater Foundation

The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art

The Scrap Box

Troy Historic Village

Two Twelve Arts Center

U of M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

U of M School of Music, Theatre and Dance

University Musical Society

University of Michigan Detroit Center

University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities

University of Michigan Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

University of Michigan Libraries

University of Michigan Museum of Art

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design

Village Fine Arts Association

Wayne State University Public Radio

WRCJ 90.9 FM

* Participating 

All artists, groups, cultural orgs, and district locations are invited to participate. If you have not received our email invitation yet,

it's because we don't have your email. So click here and send us your information and we will be sure to add you


Site Location

Additional Visual Arts Exhibits & Performances, Discounts and more!!!

  • Showcase Tent 

  • Cultural Pavilion 

  • Family Fun Exhibit

  • Red Carpet Promenade

  • Madison Central Stage 

  • Music Hall Center 

  • Paradise Valley

  • 3Fifty Terrace

  • Restaurant and Retail Village

  • Grand Circus Park

  • Detroit Opera House

  • Q-Line

Invited Restaurant and Retail participants within 500 yards of main stage

7 Greens Detroit Salad Co.

A-Loft Detroit

Angelina Italian Bistro

ASHE Supply Co *

Bleu Detroit

Bonobos *

Broderick Grille

Broderick Tower Apartments

Centaur Bar

Centre Park Bar

Cheli’s Chili Bar

Chrome Bar and Grille

Citizen Yoga

Cornerstone Barrel House

Colors Restaurant

D Shop

Detroit Beer Company

Détroit Is The New Black

Detroit Seafood Market

Dilla’s Delights *

DOH Parking Garage

Downtown Louie’s

DSE Detroit

Elwood Bar

Gameday Detroit

Hastings Street Apartments

Henry the Hatter

Himelhoch Apartments

House of Pure Vin *

iVape Detroit

John Varvatos

Jose’s Tacos

Kit & Ace

Kraemer Design Group

La Casa Cigars and Lounge

LoveLifeSwagger *

Moosejaw *

Nike Store

Park Avenue House

Punch Bowl Social


Rusted Crow Detroit

Samsung Virtual Reality *

Simmons & Clark Jewelers *

Small Plates



Steve’s Deli

The Skip

Shinola Hotel

Strohs *

Under Armour

Vault of Midnight *

Texas de Brazil

The Ashley

The Hudson Cafe

The Town Pump Tavern

Vertical Wine Bar

Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine

Warby Parker

Whiskey Disco

Will Leather Goods *

Wright & Co.

Wurlitzer Hotel

Z Lot

* Participating 

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