The average person might think 130 acts performing on five stages over three days more than 36 hours of music is more than enough. But "enough" doesn't fly when one of the world's largest electronic music festivals is in town. More is what Detroiters and other fans of these sounds want, and more is what they'll get. The Movement '06 satellite party scene kick-starts with pre-fest events on Friday and doesn't quit until sometime the following Tuesday. Think you can handle it? Yeah, we'll see you in the small hours, alright?
The official kick-off belongs to Paxahau, the promotions group putting on the festival. The party features Canadians Matt Jonson and Konrad Black both will perform live plus special guests to be announced. At Bleu, 1540 Woodward Ave.
Up Woodward a few blocks, Blackbx, Ghostly International and Urb Magazine combine forces to host Untitled's festival pre-party. The event will feature four of the group's original residents: Matthew Dear, Ryan Elliot, Derek Plaslaiko and Mike Servito. At the Iodent Building (in a space above Centaur), 2233 Park Ave.
Also on Friday, Barettamusic rolls out Commence, a party featuring Airport Society (Brian Kage and Ryski), Retail (Ryan Crosson and Seth Troxler), Luke Hess and others. At McCarthy's Pub, 600 W. Fort St. Another pre-festival event called Live Wrong combines barbecue with music from more than 16 live performers and DJs. Featured artists include Traxx, Audio Matrix, Tim Baker, Frankie Vega, Punisher vs. Sassmouth and Matt Caputo. At Corktown Tavern, 1716 Michigan Ave.
The top event is the Minus label's Min2Max party, part of the Windsor-based company's North American Bus Tour. Richie Hawtin heads a lineup that includes Magda, Troy Pierce, Marc Houle, Gaiser and Heartthrob. At Masonic Temple, 500 Temple Ave.
Also on Saturday, Detroit vet Anthony "Shake" Shakir headlines a strong lineup of talent at Canniball, a slight variation on the Cannonball events held during previous festival weekends. Other highlights include a live set by Perspects, and DJ sets by BMG of Ectomorph, and Plaslaiko. At Oslo, 1456 Woodward Ave. Another bash worth seeking out is Drogues et Filles, featuring The Cynic, Vacuum, Seth Troxler and special guest, Parisian producer Ark. At Fi-Nite Gallery, 100 Plum St., between Brooklyn and Trumbull, one block from old Tiger Stadium.
Closer to the festival grounds the same night, Wild Kingdom brings together SCAN 7 (live), Thomas Barnett, the Green Hornet, Trench and others for a top-floor event at the Pontchartrain Hotel, 205 W. Congress St.
Wilder still should be Endzone, a party featuring the reunion of Prototype 909, a late '90s techno trio made up of Taylor Dupree, Dietrich Schoenemann and Jason Szostek. The event also includes Scotland's Neil Landstrumm, Tony Rohr, Adam X and others. At Motor City Live (second floor of the Book Bldg.), 1249 Washington Blvd.
If you're still upright, Sunday awaits.
The Berlin-based Perlon label and Paxahau offer up three DJ favorites Sammy Dee, Zip and Dandy Jack plus local debuts for live performers Audio Werner and Melchior Productions. The event is at the Masonic.
Women take center stage for Girls Gone Vinyl, an event featuring Jennifer Xerri, Marissa Guzman, Jenna Brown, Ray Prasad and others. At the Buzz, 546 E. Larned St.
At Oslo, Organic presents UK house legend DJ Harvey, Stacey Pullen and the group's residents Mike Huckaby and Michael Geiger.
You want more house music? The place to be is the Souldega and Sampled event, featuring 23 artists including DJs Sneak and Fred Everything; and live performers Jeremy Ellis and John Arnold playing on four different dance floors at Envy, 234 W. Larned St.
Or more hard techno? Try Shift, a huge party featuring Sweden's Adam Beyer, Oregonian Bryan Zentz, live performances by Neil Landstrumm and Side Four (Schoenemann and Rohr), Punisher vs. Sassmouth and about a dozen others playing DJ sets. At the Works, 1846 Michigan Ave.
Or how about more of everything? Then your choice should be All You See is Black, Ghostly/Spectral's party featuring live performances from Bodycode (aka Portable) and, from Hamburg, Germany, Lawrence, making his Detroit debut. DJ support from Carsten Jost (Hamburg) and tag team action from Dear and Elliot are also on the bill. At the Bankle Building, 2944 Woodward Ave.
Of course, you might want to just go bowling. And you can with Substance 3, at the Majestic Theater Center The Garden Bowl will be live while techno and electro fans rave in the complex's other venues. Artists include Ben Sims and Mark Broom in the Majestic; Daniel Bell, Someone Else, DJ Spinoza and Plaslaiko in the Café; and Berliners Modeselektor and Smash TV, Atlantan Richard Devine, Windsor's Kero and others performing upstairs in the Magic Stick.
Too wired for sleep? No prob. Keep dancing the morning away at Need I Say More, a party that starts at, you'll note, 7 a.m.
The event features Butane, an up-and-comer minimal producer from St. Louis, and California-based (a)ppendics shuffle. Both artists release music on Germany's Mo's Ferry imprint. Also appearing: Crosson, Troxler and others. Breakfast buffet until 9 a.m. At Agave, 4265 Woodward Ave.
Keep shaking your way back downtown to Seismic Peoplemover, an all-day party that begins at noon. The event features DJ sets from Richard Devine, Punisher vs. The Overfiend, Greg Mudge, Rob Barrett and others; and live sets from Cozmic Spore, Colin Zyskowski and Andy Toth. At Foran's Pub, 612 Woodward Ave.
Also Monday, L.A.'s Greyboy heads a Ubiquity showcase at the Buzz Bar that includes Detroit's Jeremy Ellis and John Arnold and Rojas/Ramon/Santiago from Puerto Rico.
Someone, somewhere, somehow will be rocking someplace next to speakers. Thousands of others will be out cold.
Movement '06 is here, and it's huge. But there's also another electronic music festival in Detroit this weekend. Deep Groove Ventures' Tech-Plosion 2006 occurs over four nights at Bert's Warehouse Theater in Eastern Market (2739 Russel). Friday, May 26, features DJ Micro, Nigel Richards, DJ Assault and Jessie James. Juan Atkins headlines Saturday, with support from DJ Funk and DJ Surgeon, and Sunday's event features DJ Dan, DJ Irene, Johnny Vicious and William Novah. Tech-Plosion closes out Monday with DJ Icey, Jen Lasher and Godfrey. Tickets are $20 per night and available from groovetickets.com. For more information on Tech-Plosion, including events at Campus Martius, Bert's Marketplace and Bert's on Broadway, visit techplosion.com. The Subterraneans is a column based around Detroit dance culture. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
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