An observance by Carleton Gholz with a libation from Jahra McKinney Morris Mitchell, a musician, DJ, and promoter, as well a founding member of party production crew True Disco Productions and a pioneer of Detroit’s Black LGBT dance music scene, died on April 5, 2023. He was seventy years old. Mitchell began his public musical […]
Honoring LaVell Williams for 2022 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
2022 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage: Detroit Sound Conservancy Honors LaVell Williams (1967-2018) In celebration of 2022 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, Detroit Sound Conservancy honors Co-Founder LaVell Williams (1967-2018). #AudiovisualHeritageDay #WDAVH2022 In celebration of 2022 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, Detroit Sound Conservancy honors Co-Founder LaVell Williams (1967-2018) who died four years ago this […]
DSC Remembers: K-Hand
The inimitable, pioneering DJ and producer Kelli Hand, the First Lady of Detroit, has passed on. Our hearts go out to the family, friends and fans of K-Hand. Kelli was a singular figure in dance music history, helping to lay the groundwork for Techno to take over the world. She blazed trails for women in […]
In Memoriam: Karen Hudson Samuels
We are saddened to report that Wednesday, February 9th, 2021, we lost our friend and new boardmember, Karen Hudson Samuels. Karen was a cultural warrior who fought tirelessly to preserve and uplift Black Detroit history. She was a role model, mentor, inspiration and friend to so many. With DSC, she served as chair of our […]
The Advocate: Jim Stone 1965-2020
Jim Stone, musician, DJ, promoter, and activist, has died at the age of 54. Detroit Sound Conservancy pays tribute to this advocate for Detroit music.
In Memoriam: Lee Simmons
Lee Simmons, Detroit Sound Conservancy Board Member and nephew of Mary and Clarence Eddins who once owned the Blue Bird Inn, has died of COVID-19.
Dan Sicko Collections Fellow
We Are Hiring A Collections Coordinator Applications from qualified Wayne State University School of Information Sciences students and recently graduated students DUE Friday, April 24th, 2020. See below for more details and instructions. Overview In partnership with Wayne State University’s School of Information Sciences, Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC) — a grassroots, do-it-yourself, nonprofit mobile museum […]
LaVell Williams, 1967-2018
LaVell Williams (1967-2018), Detroit Sound Conservancy’s Board President, who mentored a generation of music lovers, is remembered in this obituary.
Remembering Terry Jean Pollard
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 […]
Heaven Sound System: Preserving
In 2017, the Detroit Sound Conservancy, in collaboration with Audio Rescue Team, Haute To Death and other partners, will rehabilitate the sound system to Club Heaven. We will have more details to share early in the new year. Far too many of DJ Ken Collier’s “children” at Heaven were directly affected by AIDs. In addition, […]