By Eden Baniel
That the music scene within Detroit is not as much of a thriving industry as it once was is a common misconception. Yet, in truth, the music that has filled the Metro Detroit area can still be heard in the current theaters and venues that exist today as they continue to gain popularity with both old and young generations.
Music has been a staple of Detroit’s history since the early-to-mid twentieth century when the Detroit Symphony Orchestra was revived, and the diversity that spanned the Metro Detroit area allowed for rich cultures and voices to make their ways into the heart of the city.
As the birthplace of the Motown Sound and Techno, Detroit has seen many artists come to succeed within its walls by introducing new sounds into the music stratosphere, while allowing genres such as Classical, Blues, R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Rock & Roll to still flourish. From Marvin Gaye to Eminem, hundreds of artists have found their voices in the Detroit region and have risen to fame because of their opportunities in the city.
Many of the highly notable musicians and recording acts that found success after building their homes in Detroit include Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, and Diana Ross & the Supremes. Even Madonna, a University of Michigan alumna, wrote some of her early hits in the Detroit region, as did Detroit-native and 90’s pop star Aaliyah.
You may be surprised to learn that the rich history Detroit shares with music is still embodied within its current theaters, along with the artists that continue to perform within them. Venues such as the Fillmore Detroit, the Magic Stick, St. Andrew’s Hall, Orchestra Hall and Cliff Bell’s continue to showcase acts ranging from up-and-coming artists to some of the world’s most notable musicians to date. These are only a few of the many venues that speak to the thriving music scene within Detroit today. Indeed, the roaring music that has filled the streets of Detroit since the early 1900’s still exists – all you have to do is listen.
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