Top 10 Most Anticipated Acts of Charivari Detroit 2015
Last year’s inaugural Charivari music festival was a celebration of Detroit dance music history and culture. This historic event bridged the gap between generations of local dance music lovers. From the early scenesters with their families in tow to the new wave of twenty-somethings who are keeping the local music landscape fresh, there was something for everyone. This labor of love is even bigger and better this year, expanding to the lush landscapes at Belle Isle with more than twice as many artists and stages on the docket. All ages are welcome to this free event – wear your dancing shoes because the music will be top-notch. Here are our top 10 most anticipated acts for the second annual Charivari. You can view the full schedule here and site plan here.
And as the tagline says, Let Yourself Go!
Eddie Fowlkes (Plays Land Stage on Saturday from 9-10 p.m.)
With a recent smokin’ release on Defected, there’s no doubt Eddie will be playing with fire on the dancefloor as he blends a variety of musical styles like a smooth operator. The godfather of technosoul and unsung hero of Detroit techno will be closing out the Land Stage on Saturday night and then throwing down at the official after party later at Populux. Be sure to catch this living legend, as his sets are always incredibly memorable and chock-full of dancefloor gems.
Detroit Techno Militia (Plays Band Shell on Sunday from 3-4:30 p.m.)
If you’ve never seen these guys play, you’re in for a real treat. These quick-mix ninjas will flip records faster than you can say “Detroit Techno Militia.” Their high-energy DJ sets are intoxicating yet fleeting; it’s always a whirlwind of excitement to see DTM do the damn thing and it’s always over in a flash. Wear your comfy sneakers for this one because you’ll be bouncing nonstop.
Norm Talley (Plays Band Shell on Saturday from 8-9 p.m.)
Veteran producer Norm Talley will embody the spirit of Charivari as he performs a medley of hypnotic techno and deep house. Spinning records since before our sandbox days, Norm’s catalog will create a sense of nostalgia and excitement as he plays both old favorites and cutting edge dance anthems.
Sonic Natives (Plays Red Stage on Saturday from 8-9 p.m.)
Al Ester, Earl “Mixxin” McKinney, Chris Habbibian and Melvin “DJ Magic” Tuck comprise the supergroup Sonic Natives. Their official tagline, “TUNES that MATTER by DJs who BANG!!” suggests boogie shoes are a must for their set Saturday night as well.
Golf Clap (Plays Red Stage on Saturday from 8-9 p.m.)
Deep house duo Golf Clap needs no introduction. These cats have been slaying the local scene for a couple years now and they just get better with every performance. Expect a lot of sub-bass that will be “Belle Isle Big” from the boys behind Country Club Disco. Oh, and wear your best golf gear if you feel so inclined!
Juan Atkins (Plays Band Shell on Saturday from 9-10 p.m.)
Creator of the term “techno” and one of the founding fathers of the genre, Juan Atkins will be headlining the main stage on Saturday with his futuristic style of dance music. Expect to be transported into outer space with cosmic sounds full of subterranean basslines and alien-inspired synths.
Saunderson Brothers (Play Red Stage on Sunday from 9-10 p.m.)
Sons of legendary techno producer Kevin Saunderson, Dantiez and Damarii are carving their own path to dance music stardom. Each have their own style, as evidenced in their recent Movement Festival performance. Catch them close out the Red Stage on Sunday night and you’ll see what all the hype is about.
Sherif (Plays Land Stage on Saturday from 3-4 p.m.)
Sherif’s DJ style is BIG and keeps dancefloors on their toes. Performing his unique brand of tech-house, the Slur Records boss will unleash pulsating rhythms that will resonate with partygoers of all ages.
The Ghita Sisters (Play Band Shell on Sunday from 1-2 p.m.)
Monika and Andrea Ghita have been turning heads with their deep and soulful mixes. The youthful sister duo has brought something fresh, fun, and exciting to the Detroit music scene. Blending deep house, funk, disco and beyond, the Ghita sisters fuse these genres to create an engaging experience geared towards the dancefloor.
Loren (Plays Red Stage on Sunday from 5-6 p.m.)
Loren showcases imported sounds from the deepest depths of the underground in Europe, Chicago, and of course, Detroit. Her mixes are intellectually constructed with subtle hints of sexy. “Been going through crates all day at home trying to put something real special together,” she posted on her Facebook page. Join in on the birthday vibes, as Loren will be celebrating her 21st birthday!