Introduction to Detroit Music

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Detroit’s music scene didn’t begin and end with Motown. The history of the music here is diverse and dynamic, echoing the ebbs and flows of the city. Detroit music has been as influential as any city in the country, and the city shows no signs of slowing down. Though Detroit got its groove with big name acts like Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and The Supremes and The Temptations, the city that gave the world these classic voices is still home to a range of extraordinary songs and sounds. Detroit is also the birthplace of techno music. With this mix of genres still influencing local artists today, Detroit is chock-full of young talent, incredible voices and DJ sets that never end.

A visit to Detroit isn’t complete without treating yourself to live music – Detroit once attracted historic names in jazz and still bares the venues they tooted their horns at, including Cliff Bells, a downtown venue, and Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in the Livernois neighborhood. Big acts still find their way to Detroit today, whether they’re taking the stage at the Fox Theatre or joining local acts at street music fairs like Dally in the Alley.

Detroit’s voices and sounds are the simplest way to prepare for a Motown adventure and enjoy your time in the city. With the cities creativity on the rise and the abundance of young talent, it looks as if Detroit's musical future will be as bright as its past.

Cover photo courtesy of Don3rdSE via Flickr

Detroit's Music Legacy

Introduction to Detroit Music

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