Photo Credit: Christopher Soltis

That magical time known as Movement is mere days away, and anticipation has officially reached critical mass. Sound and stages are being set up in Hart Plaza, as techno tourists from around the globe get ready to take on Detroit for three days of dancing and round-the-clock revelry. We’ve already highlighted many notable names on the lineup, as well as our picks for prime afterparty action, so we wanted to share some non-festival events that deserve a little love and a lot of respect. Save some energy and make your way to one (or more!) of these fine non-festival offerings:

Red Bull Music Academy and Movement Festival present Synesthesia
Thursday, 7-11pm @ Red Bull House of Art
1551 Winder St., Detroit, MI 48207

If you’ll be in town in time, head over to the Red Bull House of Art, where they will be showcasing a new batch of talent on Thursday night. Featuring local artists Bethany Shorb, Matt Abbott, Jerry Abstract, and Jeedo X, who will each perform live, in addition to debuting their visual installations, “showcasing the music influenced by their own art and fellow respective artists — a submersive, abstract experience that brings each creative process full circle.” Event is free and open to the public.

More info HERE

Detroit Sound Conservancy Presents: Conserving Sounds, Telling Stories
Friday, 10am-6pm
Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

The Detroit Sound Conservancy’s first conference on Detroit music will feature local, national, and international journalists, scholars, archivists, and sound activists presenting papers on the history and culture of Detroit music. Topics will include the history and practice of Detroit music journalism, historical designation efforts related to Detroit music history, Wiking about Detroit music, Detroit’s historic ballrooms, the history of Detroit radio mix shows, and the compelling need to attend to Detroit’s diverse musical legacies. Presenters will also discuss music genres such as jazz, blues, Latin, house, techno, rock, punk, and more. Event is free and open to the public.

More info and full conference schedule HERE

PANEL DISCUSSION: The Detroit-Berlin Connection
Friday @ 4pm
MOCAD, 4400 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

The first in a new annual discussion on the undeniable Detroit-Berlin Connection, this panel serves to tell the story of how Berlin counterculture has transformed the city over a 25-year period, since the fall of the wall and the reunification of the capital, with the help of a common language everyone could understand: Techno. The Detroit-Berlin Connection project is an attempt to return Berlin’s transformational energy back to the city of its origin: Detroit.

Partners traveling to Detroit in the project include Tresor/Kraftwerk Berlin, newthinking, WOMEX /Classic:NEXT / C3 Festival, Holzmarkt cooperative, Clubcommission, Das Musicboard and other projects from Berlin; Underground Resistance, Model D, Paxahau/Movement, and other creative progressive projects from Detroit.

The program will include presentations by the representatives of the organisations involved in art/entrepreneurship efforts key to the city’s revitalization over the past 25 years. A panel discussion featuring Berlin and Detroit participants will follow, along with a Q&A session and a chance for the public to mingle with the speakers.

The event is free and open to the public.

More info HERE

Ableton Movement Workshop @ Detroit Modular w/ Thomas Faulds and Guests
Friday, 7-10pm
20300 Civic Center Dr., Suite 1103, Southfield, MI 48076

The Detroit Ableton User Group will be partnering with Ableton for an evening of workshops and public presentations from local artists, Ableton representatives and Certified Trainers for a three hour session on exploring composition, sound design, production techniques and performances utilizing Ableton Live, Max for Live, and Push. The workshop will feature demonstrations, Ableton giveaways, and presentations from local artists and Ableton experts who will share some unique music making approaches. In addition there will be a modular synthesizer showcase and presentations about some new innovative modular technology. Event is free and open to the public.

More info HERE

Music Heritage Bike Tour
1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207
Saturday, 1-5pm

Music originating from Detroit has been innovative and impactful, spanning many genres that include techno, rock, rap, soul, punk and, of course, Motown. This tour will take in many relevant sites, including the Masonic Temple and Michigan Theater, St. Andrews Hall and Chin Tiki, Cobo Hall and the Motown Museum. There will be a stop at the Detroit Historical Museum for a visit to the Kid Rock Music Lab, which touches on many historic venues and much-loved Michigan-bred artists. Before heading back to the Wheelhouse, we will stop in at PJs Lager House, a venue that hosts many current local and touring bands for a quick bite to eat (limited menu options included in price of tour). Mileage: Approx. 12. Cost: $45 (includes bike rental)

Reserve HERE

 Techno in the 313 Bike Tour
1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207
Monday, Noon-4pm

This tour will bring the beats that electrify Detroit to life. Spend an early afternoon in the saddle visiting Detroit’s historic electronic music sites, including The Music Institute, Underground Resistance HQ and the Packard Plant. This tour is recommended for more experienced cyclists. Mileage: 16 or 21, depending on ability of group. Official event of Movement. Cost: $40 (includes bike rental)

Reserve HERE

Past Movement Monday Features:

Innovator’s Edition

British Invasion

Hometown Heroes Edition with Keith Kemp

Boss DJs

Live Acts


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