Club Heaven, a primarily Black LGBT club, gave life. But it was not alone. Explore the venues, promoters, and DJs of the City’s historic club continuum.
Since its founding in 2012, Detroit Sound Conservancy has been committed to preserving the memory of Detroit’s contributions to global dance culture. In 2017, this commitment deepened with the gift of the Club Heaven Sound System. As part of our community engagement and eventual activation of the system, we have organized source materials below from our collections and online that begin to tell the breadth of Detroit’s “underground” (predominantly Black, queer, and not celebrated outside of its community ecosystem during its heyday) musical story in a local, national, and international context, from the days of disco to the rise of the Movement Festival.
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Back Street (formerly Escape)
Off Broadway East
DJs, Performers, Pools, and Promoters
A partial list of local DJs, performers, and promoters who were seminal to the formation and flowering of Detroit’s underground dance culture.
Duane “In The Mix” Bradley
John “Jammin'” Collins
Dance Detroit (formerly Disco Pool Detroit)
Scott “Go Go” Gordon
Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale (Professional website)
Midwestern Dance Association
Steve Nader (1955-2011)
Cynthia “DJ Cent” Travis
United Dance Music Association
Between the Lines
A partial list of DJs and performers beyond Detroit who were seminal to the formation and flowering of Detroit’s underground dance culture.