Weekend in Review: Jazzfest and Tour Detroit

Alex Calhoun —  September 7, 2009 — Leave a comment

Friday night started the weekends festivities off with a trip down to the Jazzfest for Chick Corea and Stanley Clark. Holy shit that was off the chain! I have never see anybody play bass like Stanley Clark. It was just totally fantastic. What does this have to do with techno? Overall, jazz has had a powerful influence on many genre’s of music, including some of the predecessors of techno, like funk, disco, and avante-garde rock. The jazz influence is quite noticeable in certain sub-genre’s of electronic music, especially Chicago house. Anyway, I felt privileged to see these two legends play, and was glad I made it down there for it.
Saturday we trekked down to the 5 Elements gallery for the latest installment of Tour Detroit. After seeing Monty Luke tear shit up last weekend, I was definitely looking forward to seeing him again. This party was a real miss however. There was like no crowd, just a very small group of some “arty” types who were in their own worlds. The venue could be all right, but with all the lights on in the backroom illuminating all the stacks of chairs, I felt like I was in a school cafeteria. The music was some really sleepy house and semi-ironic vocal tracks, but nothing that really made me want to dance. We didn’t even end up staying for Monty Luke’s set, that place just sucked the life right out of us with it’s overall dullness.
Keep your eye’s open for a mid week review, Terrance Parker is playing at THC in Hamtramck on Wednesday, something definitely not to be missed.

Alex Calhoun


Alex Calhoun is a writer, vinyl collector, and lover of all things odd and electronic. He currently lives in the Detroit Metro area.
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