If you've heard
of long established music conferences, like South
by Southwest in Austin and CMJ Music
Marathon in New York, you know them as being week-long music orgies that bring
together far-flung elements of the music community, from labels and managers to
people who license music for ringtones, to talk shop and rock out. Each night
features scores of shows at various music venues, with a wide range of musical
genres and more bands playing at overlapping times than any sane music fan can
digest. This is not limited to nightlife, as daytimes too are filled with panel
discussions and conventioneering.
Detroit Rock City is getting a music conference all its own the first annual
Motor City Music Conference or MC2.
And if you don't care about having a compact, negotiable downtown area, Detroit
is the perfect city to host a large and ambitious music conference. No place in
the history of human civilization has spawned more seminal and significant movements
in different music genres than Detroit. From Motown to the MC5 and Stooges to
funk and techno, Detroit has birthed a wealth of gargantuan music happenings.
This week, the industry will visit, and Detroit will showcase its own bands
as well as many huge acts from beyond our borders. Moby, the Black Keys, the Reigning
Sound, And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, and others are bringing their
tours to the Motor City to take part in the MC2. Local acts abound, of course,
including the Paybacks, Derrick May, the Sights, Thunderbirds Are Now!, and hot
newcomer Lee Marvin Computer Arm. Detroit could have a damn good music conference
if it didn't look further than the city limits for acts
but the mix of locals
and national acts will make this a must-see.
Every conceivable music venue
in the city and environs will host shows Wednesday through Saturday night. Badges
are available for purchase, and they're pretty affordable. (As low as $40 and
topping out at $100 for the entire conference.) One badge gets you into any show
you want to see, as long as you get there before it fills up.
to the live performances, attendees have the chance to attend a variety of interesting
panel talks featuring well known artists, running the gamut of issues in the music
business from how to get signed to the role of the IPod. (All such events will
be held at the Cobo Event Center.) The coming together of established artists
and up and coming, fans and insiders, locals and out-of-towners, make this conference
an important happening for the music industry, and a pretty hot week in Detroit.
Nicholas Hill, special to thedetroiter.com.
of concerts and panels, purchasing a badge, and more, go to the MCMC website.