When you hear the name Charivari, for those that know, you think of a strange track by A Number of Names. A pre-techno, post-disco, industrial new wave dance track, for matters of categorization, that was an inspiration to electronic music, as well as most future music overall. What most outside of Detroit don’t understand is the essence of Charivari: the party, the people, and the vibe.
For those that really know, Charivari is a festival in Detroit. A summer party that represents the people of this beautiful city. With high ticket prices that are used to lure out of towners, most festivals have attracted in a vibe that really does not represent what Detroit is truly about. At this festival, you can see where the futuristic elements of House and Techno were born. This is the pre-rave Detroit, the foundation. An evolution of a young 80’s social club. A foundation that, for most of the world, gets lost in the dirt with the dinosaur bones.
Well this weekend, you can expect the archeologists to resurrect these bones once again, and show you what this city is really about. Belle Isle, family, and fun, the classic Detroit family reunion, but this time, marketed to the masses to show you what this city and its music really represents.
This is a time for future producers, DJs, dancers, and music collectors to see where it all started and where it is going. An education for the real and the brave, for those that care, want to learn to care, or just want to fucking dance.
This weekend expect to see Delano Smith, Terrence Parker, Earl McKinney, Mike Huckaby, Stacey Hale, Gary Chandler, Alton Miller, Shake Shakir, DJ Godfather, Rick Wilhite, as well as many other locals. If you are not there, then it just wasn’t meant to be. I’ll definitely be rolling up with crew. Family reunion time!