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Here's a selective list of what we think are the best afterparties (of more than 50 scheduled) off the festival grounds. Sure, we've probably missed some good ones, but who cares?
FRIDAY, MAY 23
Masters of the House: A Tribute to Ken Collier
Featuring Delano Smith, Charles Hicks, Al Ester, Norm Talley, Minx, Mike Clark, Pirahnahead, Genesis
When rock-funk band Was (Not Was) played in Detroit earlier this month, Don Fagenson (nee: Don Was) verbally paid tribute to Ken Collier, a DJ and producer who joined with both local and national DJ-musicians to shepherd disco mixing out of gay clubs into the global dance mainstream more than 25 years ago. Collier also helped remix early Was (Not Was) tracks.
Friday night's "Masters of House" makes good on an urge that's lasted more than a decade (Collier died in 1996) to commemorate Collier's memory and legacy; the latter has continued long after Heaven, the club at Seven Mile Road and Woodward Avenue where he held his longest residence, sadly became a McDonald's. Hosted and DJ'd by those who knew and adored him, the party features artists who understand a key component to what made DJs like Collier so important: The ethical relationship between DJ and dancer. Don't wait until Sunday to attend church.
Level 10 (formerly The Warehouse), 2999 Woodbridge St. (between Joseph Campau and McDougall streets), Detroit 10 p.m-4 a.m.
OTHER FRIDAY PARTIES:
Official Movement '08 Kick-off Start the Feed presented by Paxahau, Proper Modulation and CPM. Featuring Efdemin, Ryan Elliott, K.atou, Transduction Research, Van Valen (aka Odd Dots), Madam Modesty, Jason Short & Clint Stewart, Farzana, Vacuum and E. Spleece
Bleu Room Experience, 1540 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 9 p.m.-4 a.m.
Tequila & Techno presented by Mixworks. Featuring Los Hermanos, Buzz Goree, James Pennington, Claus Bachor, D. Wynn, Derek Plaslaiko, Sporeprint, Infinityone, Mr. Joshooa
The Works, 1846 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 10 p.m.-??
The Fuzion of Science & Techno presented by Fuzion Productions. Featuring Juan Atkins, Eddie 'Flashin' Fowlkes, T. Linder, Mike Grant, DJ Body Mechanic, Mike "Agent X" Clark, Delano Smith, Norm Talley, Terrence Parker, John Collins, Scan 7, Bruce Bailey, Minx, Alton Miller, Reggie 'Hot Mix' Harrell, DJ Seoul, Rick Wilhite & Kenny Dixon, Jr. and Theo Parrish
Detroit Science Center, 5020 John R, Detroit; 6 p.m.-midnight
SATURDAY, MAY 24
Soul Skate 2008
Music by Kenny "Moodymann" Dixon Jr. with special guests.
Last year, only a month after the closing of New York City's last indoor, wooden-floored skating rink, musician and DJ Kenny Dixon Jr. invited Movement festival fans to join him at Northland Skating Arena for a night of "Grown-folks people skating to grown-folks music." Last year, the event brought more than 1,000 people together for an international, polyracial, multigenerational party that put smiles on faces and permanent dents in a few behinds.
Known as Moodymann on his eclectically funky dance records for his label Mahogani Music, Dixon Jr. has normally promoted his Afro instead of his face — the shape of his hair forms the logo for many of his records and he regularly performs behind a screen that only shows his head's shadow. Although this has led to a dearth of serious writing on the artist, it has not led to dance floor obscurity: Dixon's records have become staples in the global dance underground.
Northland Roller Skating Center, 22311 W. 8 Mile Rd., Detroit. 11 p.m.-4 a.m.
OTHER SATURDAY PARTIES:
Too Far Gone... No Way Back presented by Interdimensional Transmissions & Dethlab. Featuring ADULT., Perspects, Dethlab, Cowboy Mark, Motor, Derek Plaslaiko, Mike Servito, BMG of Ectomorph, Patrick Russell, Carlos Souffront
1440 Gratiot Ave. (rear entrance, second floor), Detroit; 9 p.m.-9 a.m.
The Other 9 to 5 presented by Volatl. Featuring Adultnapper, Camea, Miss Fitz & K.atou, [A]pendics Shuffle, Lunatik, Tony Kasper, Dave Powers, Jason Patrick, Dirtybird, Josh Surma, Hakita, Philip Stone
Bert's on Broadway, 1315 Broadway, Detroit; 9 p.m.-5 a.m.
Hi Tek Soul presented by RMA Transmat & Blubuni. Featuring Derrick May and Quentin Harris
1515 Broadway, Detroit; 10 p.m.-??
Friendly Integration presented by Detroit Underground, Hej, & Blankcod. Featuring Agaric, Acid Circus, Drumcell, Richard Devine, Phoenecia, Christian Wunsch, Museum, Mark Verbos, Loetech, Derek Michael, Acidpimp, Jerry Abstract, Ian Hind, Quantazelle, DBit
The Works, 1846 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 9 p.m.-??
Contakt presented by Minus and Traktor Scratch. Featuring Richie Hawtin, Troy Pierce Hearttrhob, Marc Houle and Gaiser along with Traktor promotions
St. Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 11 p.m.-4 a.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 25
Temporary Tattoos presented by Cheap Sunglasses. Featuring Martin Landsky, Jamie Jones, Bruno Pronsato, Mikael Stavostrand, Derek Plaslaiko, Taimur & Fahad
Oslo, 1456 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 8 p.m.-4 a.m.
Revolution presented by Beretta Music. Featuring Troy Pierce, Reference, Ryan Crosson, Lee Curtiss, Seth Troxler, Marko Furstenberg, Arthur Oskan, Keith Kemp, Alland Byallo, Joshua Harrison
The Works. 1846 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 10 p.m.-??