As music fans in the city (and around the world) look forward to Movement, Detroit's electronic music festival, we'd like to offer some classic advice from R & B crooner R. Kelly to keep in mind as you plan your weekend: "After the show it's the after party."
After parties are one of the best traditions of Movement, electronic music festival that will take over Hart Plaza for its 13th year this Memorial Day weekend. After the shows ends each night, Detroit's normal 2 a.m. bar closing time gets shoved aside at parties that won't shut down until dawn.
Whether you're looking to hear an act that didn't make it into the official lineup or just want to keep dancing, musicians, bars and promoters sponsor events all around the city. Below, we've highlighted some of our top choices, but fortunately, there's a dozen more to choose from. With attendance expected to be more than 100,000 over the three-day Movement festival, the city's clubs and bars are sure to be jam-packed.
So rest up, avoid heat exhaustion at the festival and check out some of our favorite picks for Movement after parties (and a few pre-parties) in the gallery below.
Saturday: Love The D With Mark Farina
After his daytime set at Movement, legend Mark Farina will perform at the <a href="http://www.sampleddetroit.com/?p=1038" target="_hplink">Park Bar Saturday night</a> with Border Patrol and Dimitri Max. Plus, a mysterious special guest...
Thursday: Dirty 313ctronic BBQ On Belle Isle
Free music, free food, need we say more? Dirty 313ctronic Productions is throwing a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/321342174590757/" target="_hplink">pre-Movement party BYOB BBQ</a> on Belle Isle Thursday night. It starts at noon and wraps up at 9 p.m.
Sunday: Girls Gone Vinyl
<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/314259008648318/" target="_hplink">Girls Gone Vinyl</a>, coming back to Movement for its sixth year, proves it's not all about the boys. The lady DJs Camea, Stacey "Hotwaxx" Hale, Modesty and more will tear it up Sunday night at Flat 151 downtown.
Saturday: Soul Skate 2012
And now for something different: how about a techno skating party? No kids allowed, obviously, at <a href="http://www.movementafterparties.com/soul-skate-2012-at-northland-roller-skating-center/" target="_hplink">Soul Skate 2012</a>, a party at Northland Roller Skating center that goes until dawn, and hopefully attendees are coordinated enough to skate after a day of dancing.
Saturday: Bass Kitchen, The Ascension
Chill out with Emancipator, Ana Sia and Boombox at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/216890731756022/permalink/217732835005145/" target="_hplink">Bass Kitchen: The Ascension at the Majestic</a>. We don't know what a bass kitchen is, but we like it.
Friday Pre-party: RE|FORMATION, The Future Sound of Worship 4
Want some gospel with your techno? <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/250496001704888/" target="_hplink">RE|FORMATION: The Future Sound of Worship 4</a> is the world's largest (they say) Christian electronic dance music worship service. And happening right in Sterling Heights! The event, which includes sets from Terrence Parker, DJ Rodimus, DJ Ecliptik and more, starts at 6 p.m., so you can still get to bed at a reasonable hour before Saturday and Sunday's madness.
Sunday: War Horse
<a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/292946794113193/" target="_hplink">War Horse</a>, an event by Cosmic Falls Wildlife Sanctuary, takes place at McShane's Irish Pub. A whole slew of DJs will be on hand, including Gavin Russom, Eric Duncan, DJ Nature and Jonni Darko. Come for the music, stay for the 2 a.m. BBQ.
Saturday: Beretta Music Presents Ten Years of Techno
On Saturday night, Detroit's Beretta Music techno label will <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/257053747722484/" target="_hplink">celebrate 10 years with an all-night party</a> at The Works, with free shuttle service from Hart Plaza thanks to the Detroit Bus company. They've got a long, solid lineup, with Assyrian techno star Aril Brikha, Omar-S, Ryan Crosson, Seth Yender, Adam Jay, Keith Kemp, Joshua Harrison and more. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/basic_sounds/5778954641/ " target="_hplink">by basic_sounds</a>.</em>
Sunday: Horse Lords And Rock Music At PJ's Lager House
Need a techno breather? A dance break? Don't go home, go to PJs Lager House for a change of scenery and "<a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/218284621614034/" target="_hplink">filthy rock music</a>" from Baltimore's Horse Lords. and local acts K9 Sniffles and Roach Clip.
Saturday: Voyage Royale IV
If you want the party to never end, really, because you're on a boat in the middle of the Detroit River, there's an event for that. The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/215382151911466/" target="_hplink">Voyage Royale IV on the Detroit Princess Riverboat</a> will cruise along with Danny Tenaglia as Captain -- if you don't know the DJ, check out his <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/215382151911466/" target="_hplink">epic bio</a>. If you don't want a DJ for a captain, we can't help you.
Saturday: Dirtybird Detroit
Dirtybird Records comes to Detroit's historic City Club for a <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/240593799352833/" target="_hplink">Movement after party</a> with a long lineup of artists including Claude VonStroke and Justin Martin, as well as "sweaty bass-lines, off-kilter ideas and bass-driven funk." The party won't stop until 6 a.m.
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