Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri May 25, 2012

It's "Techno Week" in Detroit, events start tonight

The Detroit electronic music festival comes to Detroit for the 13th year. Today, the festival is known as the "Movement Electronic Music Festival" and the festivities kick off tonight with a free, co-sponsored event at 8 p.m. outside of the Detroit Historical Museum (5401 Woodward Avenue). Festival organizers say Keith Kemp will open for "Detroit Techno legend" Carl Craig.

Tomorrow, events shift to Hart Plaza for three days of music with, as the Detroit News reports, more than 100 acts on six stages - including a headlining appearance by Public Enemy... "yeeeeeah booooy!":

Among this year's highlights are Public Enemy, performing its first Detroit show in more than a decade; U.K. dubstep producer SBTRKT; up-and-coming hip-hop producer araabMuzik; tandem duo Major Lazer, featuring producer-DJs Diplo and Switch; and homegrown mainstays Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen and Jeff Mills.

The festival comes at a time when electronic dance music, or EDM, has become the driving force of pop music, underscoring major hits by Rihanna, Pitbull, Katy Perry and more.

In a sign of the city's acceptance and support for the festival, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing proclaimed this week "Detroit Techno Week" in the city - among the reasons: Whereas, Last year nearly 100,000 from the region and across the globe converaged on Detroit for the Music Festival; Festival organizers said they welcome Mayor Bing's acknowlegement of the festival:

 “This proclamation serves as an endorsement of the tremendous talent and energy so many in the Detroit Techno community has put forth to represent Detroit and its rich musical heritage to its fullest both locally and abroad over the last 30 years.”

Tickets for the event are $45 for the day and $80 for the whole weekend. Here's a promotional video of the event from festival organizers