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 […]

The Sights’ Christmas Potluck Waltz December 21, 2013

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Our founder, Carleton S. Gholz, will be emceeing this year’s annual Christmas Potluck Waltz this Saturday. From the Facebook event page: “For the third consecutive year, the Sights will fill Detroit’s stocking with the finest in live, local rock and roll. In the spirit of The Band’s The Last Waltz, the Sights’ Christmas Potluck Waltz […]

MODEL Z. June 22, 2012

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MODEL Z. June 22, 2012

From all of us here at the DSC we want to thank everyone who attended and supported on June 22, 2012 at our Model Z party. Through this fundraiser we were able to raise some much needed funds for some basic bills for the organization. Special shout outs to Model D. (http://www.modeldmedia.com/) for supporting with food, drink, and raw muscle; Dion Fischer for booking the magnificent talents of Swimsuit, Little Princess, Danny Kroha, and Windy & Carl; and our fantastic DJs Lauren, Jon, Ben, Dion, Aaron, and Windy.

Press Release June 2012

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Detroit Sound Conservancy Formed to Preserve, Share Detroit Music History Scholar seeks to unite musicians, fans, industry with community conversations, preservation projects DETROIT (June 20, 2012) — Every day, lovers of Detroit sound lose another hero. Every day, lovers of Detroit sound lose another landmark. Every day, lovers of Detroit sound lose the opportunity to […]

Stirring the Blue Bird to Sing

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Originally published in Model D. Tuesday, April 24, 2012 and written by Carleton Gholz Stirring the Blue Bird to sing: Introducing the Detroit Sound Conservancy Every day lovers of Detroit sound lose another hero. As I write this, I have heard that Michael Davis, bass player for the seminal Detroit rock band the MC5, has passed away. In a […]

DSC 2: Blue Bird Inn Meetup

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The first meeting of the Detroit Sound Conservancy was a raging success. First meeting up at the wonderful Avalon bakery on Willis in the Midtown area of Detroit and discussing possibilities for our burgeoning group. Then going over to the now defunct (infamous jazz club) the Blue Bird Inn and taking pictures to mark what we hope will […]