Sharing & Celebrating the sonic city we love

This is a deep dive, mission-driven, joyful journey into Detroit’s varied musical histories. This tour will explore everything from hip hop to country, musical historic districts, oral histories, and the challenges and opportunities of cultural preservation in Detroit. After this tour you will not just know more about Detroit’s music, people, geographies, and stories, but you will also be able to play a part in preserving and celebrating Detroit’s musical cultures.

Tours are by appointment only. To book a tour please contact us at or call direct at 313-444-8242

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Potential Itinerary

Paradise Valley

Beatrice Buck’s Paradise Valley Park
Dilla’s Delights
Cafe Mahogany
Virgil Carr Center
Hastings Street


St. Andrew’s Hall
Music Hall Center for Performing ArtsGem Theatre
Michigan Opera Theatre
1515 Broadway (now Paramita Sound)
Music Institute
National Theatre ENDANGERED

Woodward Corridor

Fillmore (formerly The State)
Fox Theatre
Serengeti Ballroom
Bankle Building
Orchestra Hall
Gotham Hotel
Garden TheaterMajestic Theatre
Graystone Ballroom

Cass Corridor and Midtown

Gold Dollar
Zoot’s Coffee House
Detroit Public Library
Walter P. Reuther Library
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American HistoryThe Majestic / Magic Stick

New Center

Northern Lights Lounge
United Sound Systems ENDANGERED
The Woodward
Underground Nation
Stanley Hong’s

Old West Side

Blue Bird Inn

West Side

Grande Ballroom
Son House’s Grave
Hip Hop Shop
Detroit Music Center
Baker’s Keyboard Lounge
Menjo’s Complex

East Side

Club Heaven
Simpson’s Records
Conant Gardens
Archer Records
Raven Lounge


Motor Lounge
Detroit Threads
Lo & Behold

North End

Ruth Ellis Home
Phelp’s Lounge
Apex Bar
One Mile
Motown MuseumExhibit 3000 at Submerge

Previous Tour Highlights




Guest griots: Luis Resto and Curtis Lipscomb


On June 30, 2012 the Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC) with Pont Productions put together a music tour of Detroit for the Allied Media Conference. On this guided off-site driving tour of legendary Detroit music places, conference attendees explored the landscape of Detroit’s music history through the stories of some of the city’s music griots. That tour was led by Jocelyne Ninneman and Carleton Gholz with a set of griots that included Cornelius Harris (Alter Ego Management), Michelle McKinney (Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History), SupaEmcee, and Adriel Thornton (Fresh Corp). You can see images from the 2012 Allied Media Conference tour here.

Updated June 2018

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