Blue Bird Inn Groundbreaking Ceremony and Annual BBQ

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Please join Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC) at our annual community BBQ, and celebrate us breaking ground for the rehabilitation of the historic Blue Bird Inn!

The event will take place on Sunday, September 10, from 2-5pm outside the Blue Bird Inn, located at 5021 Tireman Avenue, Detroit, MI. 

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The free community event will be an opportunity to gather and celebrate with live music  and delicious BBQ provided by The Cardinal Foundation. The Cardinal Foundation, run by Ron Cannon, operates a weekly food distribution program in the Tireman Neighborhood (where the Blue Bird Inn resides), serving healthy and complete meals to homebound seniors. 

This year, the annual BBQ also serves as a groundbreaking ceremony as our general contractor Wilcox Business Consulting (WBC) starts the process of rehabilitating the Blue Bird and creating the future home music heritage performance, programming and cultural education. WBC is led by Harold Wilcox III – a Detroit native who has been working in the construction industry for 15 years with a distinct passion for the city’s music, history and sustainability. DSC is excited to partner with WBC to preserve the history of the Blue Bird Inn and create an intergenerational community gathering space. The ceremony will also include remarks from DSC on the ongoing work as well as a libations ceremony to commemorate our ancestors. 

The celebration will feature music performances from local artists Jon Dixon Live and Sabetye and highlighting Detroit’s lineage ranging from Jazz to Techno and foreshadowing the intergenerational and innovative spirit of future programming at the Blue Bird Inn.

You don’t want to miss this exciting party of food, fun and community spirit as we work towards the return of a world-class and musician-first venue and cultural heritage center. 

The event is free and open to the public – donations to the building project are welcomed and can be made at

Please be sure to bring your own chairs. For more information, contact Detroit Sound Conservancy at (313) 757 5082 or

Thank You to Our Sponsors! This program is supported in part by Michigan Arts and Culture Council, Detroit Regional Chamber, The National Trust for Historic Preservation and The Kresge Foundation.   

About Detroit Sound Conservancy 

Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC) is an archive and cultural advocacy organization devoted to the preservation and celebration of Detroit music. Through archival practices, education programs, performances and rehabilitation initiatives, DSC expands access to and evidence of the history that proves Detroit is the most influential musical city in the world. Detroiters innovated techno, funk, rock and jazz, and have shaped nearly every musical genre, from punk and rap to soul and blues. Across generations, deep commitment and fearlessness mark the essence of the Detroit sound. DSC spreads its resources to support archival practices that amplify this cultural spectrum and safeguard its history—of people, movements, legends and lore. Through this work, DSC preserves the vivid memory of musical movements, uplifts the agency of artistic legacies, counteracts reductive representation and puts listening at the center of community.

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