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Modern-day Detroit beatdown DJs: Detroit club and radio DJs of the 1970s and 1980s, perhaps most famously Ken Collier and Electrifying Mojo, are known for playing a unique blend of funk, disco, and Italo/hi-NRG music that bridged the gap between the decades and inspired the first techno records. This left-leaning approach to DJing – which is more about matching the feel of the music rather than just the tempo – has become known as “beatdown.” It defines the particular flavor of Detroit electronic music that developed throughout the ’90s into the early 2000s. Culminating in the now-sacred Detroit Beatdown Volume Onethe compilation included tracks from beaten torchbearers like Delano Smith, Mike “Agent X” Clark, And Norm Talley. All three of them are playing this Friday at Marble bar (1501 Holden St., Detroit), for a showdown in 21st century Detroit. Eddie Fowlkes, one of the creators of Detroit techno, brings even more heaviness to the bill. Tickets and more information available through Resident Advisor. —Joe
“Judy” at Spot Lite with special guest Natasha Diggs: The powerful dance music of LADYMONIX And Outstanding are back with their series “JUDY” has Light spot (2905 Beaufait St., Detroit; spotlitedetroit.com) this Friday, and they’re bringing a special guest Natasha Diggs with me for the ride. Rimarkable absolutely killed her set at Boiler Room Detroit last month, and LADYMONIX perpetually keeps it going at her various residencies and appearances across the city, so you know this night is going to be a dose of house music heaven. It’s a night you won’t want to miss, so collect your tickets in advance via RA to guarantee your place on the dance floor. -Broccoli
Two titans of the Detroit underground: Here at the Local Buzz desk, we’ve covered many of the results of Interdimensional Transmissionsand also the Paxahau team. What would happen if the kaleidoscope, world-building computer sensibilities mixed with the full production values and curation of Paxahau? Well, you won’t have to ask yourself any more questions, since the second (annual?) edition of the collaborative party in the teams’ warehouse will take place at Tangente Gallery (715 E. Milwaukee Ave., Detroit) this Saturday. With a bill too busy to list everyone, highlights include the techno titan DJ Osa thrilling live set of To the 88a set of fences Josh wink, and look at the future of techno from Huey Mnemonic, Child of the Black Moon And otodojo. Also, get ready for some outdoor sets! Tickets and more information available via View Tickets. —Joe
Salim Washington will perform at Cliff Bell’s: You never know who you might see live on a Saturday night in Detroit, and this weekend in Cliff Bell (2030 Park Ave., Detroit; cliffbells.com), there’s a show that promises to be nothing short of remarkable. As the first international visiting professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University, Salim Washington is a highly respected scholar and practitioner of black music, and as a composer and reed player he plays the flute, tenor saxophone, oboe, and bass clarinet. He will play two sets: one at 7:30 p.m. and the other at 9:30 p.m., and we recommend arriving early. More information and tickets are available on the Cliff Bell website. -Broccoli
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