Detroit Techno Tour 5.24.14

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The DSC is pleased to be hosting a Detroit Techno Tour on Saturday, May 24th, for those in town for Movement Electronic Music Festival this Memorial Day weekend in Hart Plaza. Our co-host, Andrew Virden, has been a friend and sonic ally for years. He was a Founder of the Detroit Movement Guide and the […]

Dalphond Conserves Sounds / Stories

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Photo above: DSC Vice Presidents LaVell Williams and Denise Dalphond in front of the Blue Bird Inn, Detroit. Conferences are not just for talking heads and academic circles. The conference can be a primary method of telling musical stories and documenting oral histories. The conference is also an effective tool for public exploration of themes […]

Boston Globe on DSC

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DSC Founder Carleton Gholz and co-Vice President LaVell Williams were interviewed by the Boston Globe for the Boston Loves Detroit fundraiser in Boston on Saturday, March 22. It’s not all a Motown story,” says LaVell Williams, vice president of DSC. “Motown is wonderful, but there’s a lot more out there that’s dying off that no […]

Dig Boston on DSC

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DSC Founder Carleton Gholz was interviewed by Dig Boston‘s Chris Faraone for the upcoming Boston Loves Detroit fundraiser on Saturday, March 22. In the interview, Gholz says: The DSC is not a nostalgia trip. We care about the past because we want to know how we got where we are and where we are going […]

Boston Loves Detroit w/ Mike Servito

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BOSTON LOVES DETROIT w / MIKE SERVITO 22 March 2014 See Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1415484858699719 Social Studies Boston and the Detroit Sound Conservancy are proud to present a special night of dance music featuring Brooklyn-based, Detroit-raised, DJ Mike Servito. Now in his 20th year as a DJ, Servito grew up in the belly of Detroit’s […]

Preserving the Graystone Legacy

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What ever happened to the Graystone Ballroom? For those who remember, or were lucky enough to be around during the heyday of the vibrant, African American community known as Paradise Valley, they know how important the Graystone was to Detroit. It was one the area’s main attractions. The Graystone Ballroom was a famous Detroit entertainment venue […]

Conference on Detroit Sound May 23, 2014

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We are pleased to announce the First Annual Detroit Sound Conservancy Conference on Detroit Music. CONSERVING SOUNDS: TELLING STORIES Friday May 23, 2014 at the Detroit Public Library. Our goal is to increase knowledge of Detroit’s vast musical legacy through education and reflection. The presenters and panelists are encouraged to explore a wide range of […]

“Jazz mentoring hitting the right notes in Midtown” by Grandison

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One of our advisers and future contributors, Veronica Grandison, wrote a great article this week exploring the current state of musical mentoring in Detroit. At one point she says: “Whether it’s breaking out the sax to help a student practice scales, conducting private lessons, or leading a band, musicians play an important role in music […]

Preserving United Sound Systems

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United Sound Systems (USS) was the site of numerous well-known recordings, including those by the most popular artists of many genres. Jazz greats like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, blues legends like John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, Motown stars such as Jackie Wilson and Smokey Robinson, soul singers such as Aretha Franklin and Isaac […]

Why We DetroitWiki

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The Detroit Sound Conservancy believes that Detroit preservationists need an accurate, sourced, linked, serviceable history of their city. We have been attempting to build such a useable past for Detroit music since 2012 via the DetroitWiki. The goal here must be to take musical minutia – the arcane knowledge of musical anthropologists, record collectors, and […]