The festival also will feature a handful of ticketed events, going on sale in April, including shows from retro-soul artist Mayer Hawthorne, hip-hop DJ D-Nice and the 2017 R&B Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A June 9 gala at the Detroit Opera House will celebrate Franklin's career, with singers joining an all-star Detroit band led by seasoned session players such as Kern Brantley (Lady Gaga), Nate Watts (Stevie Wonder) and Luis Resto (Eminem).
It’s called the “Motor City,” but Detroit could just as easily be known as the “Music City.”
As the birthplace of the Motown sound and where techno beats first originated, Detroit offers a diverse mix of world-renowned music events throughout the year. It has several celebrated music shrines, most notably the Motown Museum and the United Sound Systems Recording Studios.
The public voting portion of the Detroit’s 100 Greatest Songs project has closed. We’re busy tallying the votes, and we will begin unveiling the Top 100 songs on May 8, with the reveal culminating when the final Top 10 songs are announced at the Concert of Colors at Orchestra Hall on July 16. Meanwhile, you can peruse our ballot of 500 entries here or listen to most of the songs below.
The Motown Museum on Monday announced a $50 million expansion that aims to transform the complex into "a world-class tourist destination" along West Grand Boulevard.
The 50,000-square-foot project will rise around the existing museum, housed in the humble Hitsville, U.S.A., building where Berry Gordy Jr. launched the careers of stars such as the Supremes, Temptations and Stevie Wonder. The project comes as Henry Ford Health System leads a neighborhood revitalization effort in the area.
hy doesn't Detroit take advantage of its vast musical heritage?
It's a question that's been asked for years by locals and visitors, perplexed that a place widely regarded as one of the world's historical music capitals does so little to officially celebrate it.
Now a high-powered new organization is ready to get the ball rolling, with plans to step up the branding of Detroit as a music center and ultimately construct a downtown museum spotlighting the region's musical history.