Don’t Forget the Motor City

Detroit means Motown, baby!!!! You get it, ritht? “Mo(tor) Town. As in henry Ford. You’d be surprised who doesn’t realize that. Anyway, any music lover absolutely must see The Motor City at least once. The MoTown sound started here, but the city is also home to lots of Gospel (and its Hall of Fame). And let’s not forget KISS wrote their classic Detroit Rock City for this town too.

More recently, Detroit is the birthplace of techno. In the late 1980s, artists Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins created this electronic sound. Seems fitting for a place so rife with engineering. Here are a few tips to get you about on your trip through Detroit.

Your first stop must be- has to be the Motown Museum. Period.

Next, consider seeing the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Did you know it was here? Well, it is.

And don’t think about missing one of my favorite museums anywhere (and I live in Washingotn DC- home of the Smithsonian): the Henry Ford Museum. This private collection offers a lot for the music enthusiast. You’re likely to spot a revolutionary war drum (like the one in the famous portrait to the right). Other collections include some of Edison’s earliest recording devices, which would later record and immortalize music. At one point, the museum also hosted over a dozen cars beloning to rock starts (i.e. John Lennon, and Elvis Presley). Be sure to call the museum to see if these music items (and others) are on display.

Suggested Stays:

The Motorcity Casino.

The Leiland Hotel (home to the City Club- the city’s Industrial Music nightclub.

Select Artists from Detroit, or got their start here:

John Lee Hooker
The Supremes
Insane Clown Posse
Kid Rock
Aretha Franklin
Wilson Pickett
George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars
Alice Cooper
Marshall Crenshaw
Grand Funk Rail Road
The Knack
Ted Nugent
Iggy Pop & the Stooges
Mitch Ryder
Bob Seger
Don Was (Not Was)
The White Stripes
Juan Atkins
Mike Banks
Carl Craig
Richie Hawkin
Derrick May
Kevin Saunderson
James Carter
Regina Carter
Milt Jackson
Four Tops
Funk Brothers
Jackson 5
James Jamerson
Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
Marvin Gaye
Stevie Wonder
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
The Temptations
Slum Village
Anita Baker
Joe Weaver

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