The scene in Detroit is definitely alive and kicking and bars like the Works, Grasshopper Underground, and TV Bar have been a blessing with their weekly offerings of electronic music. A ton of events are thrown in these venues and techno fans in Detroit often frequent each multiple times per week, and although they are good establishments with lovely decor, the repetitiveness of frequenting them can leave one wishing for a change of scenery.
I remember myself feeling like this years back when parties were thrown at Motor Lounge and The Chop Shop. It seemed like every event was at one of those two venues until one day, they both disappeared. On top of that, with crack laws shutting down raves, electronic events were becoming scarce all around. I later found myself wishing for Motor to be back and desiring to party at the Chop Shop once again. It took their demise for me to really realize how important they were.
We all know that there are not many people in Detroit anymore and the financial situation is horrible. I feel that we really need to give props to the clubs, bars, and “other” venues that provide underground music with a proper avenue. These places could easily bank off of Top 40/Club music but instead they choose underground electronic music and that makes them fucking awesome. Don’t take them for granted like I did years back. Appreciate that a scene is here, because it won’t last forever. Bars change and so does the music. Take it in now.