Sounds of Our Town 2019

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We are proud to announce that our Executive Director Dr. Carleton Gholz will be traveling to Wollongong, Australia this fall to participate in “Sounds of our Town.” “Sounds of our Town” will explore the role of popular music heritage in the revitalization of cities that have experienced industrial decline. Featuring panelists involved in popular music […]

From Stonewall to Heaven 2019

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As part of our ongoing community engagement surrounding the restoration of the Club Heaven Sound System, we are excited to partner with LGBT Detroit and Hotter Than July for “From Stonewall to Heaven.” How have members of the LGBTQ+ community maintained the experience of performance and expression for 50 years? How has the experience of […]

Call & Response 2019

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Call & Response June 14, 2019 – August 25, 2019 Exhibition Dates: Friday, June 14 – Sunday, August 25, 2019 Performance, Panel Discussion, and Reception: Saturday, August 3, 2-6 pm https://stamps.umich.edu/exhibitions/detail/call-response Celebrating the legacy of sonic resistance in Detroit and beyond, Call & Response features the work of Romare Bearden, Chakaia Booker, Tony Cokes, Saffell […]

MotorCity Makeover 2019

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Having purchased The Historic Blue Bird Inn at 5021 Tireman, we now will focus our efforts on cleaning up and securing the property, as well as building relationships with our new neighbors and community partners. In that spirit, we will be participating in MotorCity Makeover this year on May 18, 2019 from 10 am to […]

LaVell Williams, 1967-2018

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For LaVell Williams (1967-2018) from Detroit Sound Conservancy on Vimeo. LaVell Williams, who mentored a generation of music lovers in Detroit and around the world, died peacefully early Saturday, October 27th, at 12:03 am at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak surrounded by loved ones. He was 51 and a longtime resident of Roseville, Michigan. LaVell […]

Remembering Terry Jean Pollard

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Terry Jean Pollard was known in the Detroit jazz community as “the queen of the vibes” for her mastery of the instrument. A Detroit bred pianist/vibraphonist, Pollard was a powerhouse performer who started out playing at jazz clubs around the city including a famous stint with the Billy Mitchell band at the Blue Bird Inn […]

KIP:D Planning Grant Awarded by The Kresge Foundation

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Very grateful to The Kresge Foundation for believing in our sonic vision for The Blue Bird neighborhood and community. The planning begins now thanks to their support. Detroit Sound Conservancy will conduct community engagement and initial design for the redevelopment of the Blue Bird Inn, an iconic jazz club on Detroit’s west side, into a […]

Organization of American Historians 2018

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Stop, Look, and Listen: Sound and Film Conservancy and African American History [The following is a description of a panel to be held April 13th, 2018 in Sacramento at the Organization of American Historians Conference. Read more about the conference here.] This roundtable discussion imaginatively engages with the conference theme of “The Forms of History” […]