Charivari is named for the local high school social club from the early '80s which predates the arrival of techno. The song "Sharevari" by the group A Number of Names. "Sharevari," which is largely considered the first Detroit techno tune, was also named after it. Please enjoy this video of "Sharevari" on The Scene, even if you've already watched this dozens of times by now. One more time can't hurt you.
"The brand was revived in 2014 as a multi-day festival," a press release for the event states. "Consisting of two stages in Milliken State Park its initial year, Charivari grew to include an additional stage and moved to its new home of Belle Isle in 2015. Last year's event was attended and enjoyed by an all-ages crowd of about 15,000."
This initial lineup looks so killer, especially considering the low ticket price: Juan Atkins, Kai Alce, Eddie Fowlkes, Alton Miller, Terrence Parker featuring Merachka, Ataxia, Delano Smith, Golf Clap, Stacey 'Hotwaxx' Hale, Patrice Scott, DJ Godfather, Norm Talley, Rick Wilhite, Detroit Techno Militia and Al Ester.
Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...