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Diana Ross & the Supremes -- classicDetroit Music


Detroit has had tremendous impact on the world of music. Detroit bands such as McKinney's Cotton Pickers and the Jean Goldkette Orchestra pioneered early development of big band jazz in the 1920s. And legendary bluesmen such as John Lee Hooker moved to Detroit from the Mississippi Delta, working factories during the day and at night belting out what has become known as Detroit Blues. In the 1960s, artists such as Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and the Jackson 5 created the infamous Motown Sound. The MC5, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Bob Seger, and Ted Nugent thrust Detroit powerfully into the Rock and Roll scene of the 1970s. The musical ingenuity continued into the 1980s and 1990s as "The Belleville Three" fused disco, electronic dance, and house music into Techno, now a worldwide phenomenon. And of course, we can't forget the immensely popular fixtures of today's Detroit music scene, Kid Rock and Eminem!

Visit the pages below to find out more on Detroit's significant influence on the world of music and the major performance venues where you can catch a show while you're in town.



Music Heritage


Detroit Blues

Detroit Soul & Motown Sound

Rock & Roll


Major Venues

Chene Park

Comerica Park

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Ford Field

Fox Theatre

Jerome-Duncan Ford Theatre

Meadow Brook Music Festival

Orchestra Hall

Palace of Auburn Hills



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