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The 10th Annual Detroit Electronic Music Festival, known now as Movement (in its 4th year under direction of Paxahau), kicks off Memorial Day Weekend in the Motor City on 05.23.09, with pre-parties on Friday, 05.22.09. The 3-Day festival at Hart Plaza features performances from Afrika Bambaataa, Osunlade, Flying Lotus, Derrick May, Carl Craig, Al Ester, Detroit Beatdown, Los Hermanos, RJD2, Dennis Ferrer, Exchange Bureau, Z-Trip and more. Yet, it is the afterparty action this year that has us a bit excited, as the list of dope afterparties seems to keep growing, with many starting in the early evening and going all night… what? Is this WMC in Miami or something?All-weekend festival passes go up to $50 from $45 this Friday, 05.15.09. VIP passes $150. | Fusicology 09 Movement Festival Afterparty Guide | Check out the Flickr fun we had in 2007 and 2008


This year’s festival was more diverse than ever – and the afterparties lasted till the wee morning hours, a weekend full of house, techno, electro and soul, view photos.

Friday night started off the weekend with the Masters of House event with memorable sets dedicated to the late, great Ken Collier.  DJs included Delano Smith, Norm Talley, Minx and Al Ester (who danced behind the tables all night). The old Warehouse – still loud and fun.  Later, we headed to Trenchtown for the real techno – not that “euro” ish – at Underground Anthems Live with Keith Worthy, Patrice Scott (who killed a mid 80s classic set) and special guest DJ E-Man from NYC.

First day of Movement Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival on Saturday, which was all around organized and well attended, had us hollering at old school electro sets by Nucleus, Egyptian Lover, Peanut Butter Wolf and Pete Rock closing out the stage. That night we (tried to) roller skate at the Mohogani Music’s annual Soul Skate party with a 5 hour set by Kenny Dixon Jr aka Moodyman. It felt like the entire Detroit music family was there – present (and most on skates) were Amp Fiddler, Carl Craig, DJ Dez, Kai Alce, ‘Mad’ Mike Banks, Piranha, Stacey Pullen, Theo Parrish and many others, with a skating contest and hundreds of amazing skaters.

Later that night we went to hear Quentin Harris and Derrick May at the Hi-Tek Soul event at the legendary 1515 Broadway, spending some time bumpin to quality house and techno inside the infamous facility with nothing but a red light and a single strobe. To cap the night, Juan Atkins was having his loft party down the street with guest DJs Titonton and Kimyon, along with his infamous Metroplex drinks – they hit hard!

Sunday brought us back to the festival this time having us on the main stage in the VIP Red Bull area hearing the Lawnchair Generals, Miles Maeda and Mark Farina bump all evening. On our last night in the D, we got down hard at just 1 event – Sunday Skool with resident Stacey Pullen and guests from NY Mr. V and Dennis Ferrer @ the Shelter. Dark, hot, packed, sweaty goodness.  We missed the Shake it Down with Spank Rock and Peanut Butter Wolf but we needed the house fix before jetting back to Los Angeles. We also missed out on the Monday closing Motown Revival event Rick “The Godson” Wilhite put on with special guests Chicago’s Dajae and Glenn Underground.

Special thanks to Shelly O’Neill and Native Instruments, Jocelyne Ninneman, Paxahau staff, Nina Morena, Nancy Gavoor, Mike Clark, Monica Lockett aka DJ Genesis, Neveric, Nina Morena, Kimyon, DJ Munk and the Uni-Verse for the perfect weather in Michigan, which is always a crap shoot.  Till next year, we love you Detroit!