Sharing & Celebrating the sonic city we love

Join Detroit Sound Conservancy on a bus tour of some of Detroit’s most important musical sites, past and present. In the process, you will learn about our nonprofit vision, mission, and goals through the process of cultural preservation at sites like the famous jazz venue The Blue Bird Inn. After this tour you will not just know more about Detroit’s music, people, and geographies, but also will learn more on how you can play a part in preserving and celebrating Detroit’s musical legacies.

Tours are by appointment only. To book a tour please contact us at or call direct at 313-757-5082

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Potential Itinerary

Paradise Valley

Beatrice Buck’s Paradise Valley Park

Dilla’s Delights


Cafe Mahogany

Virgil Carr Center

Hastings Street


St. Andrew’s Hall

Music Hall Center for Performing Arts

Gem Theatre

Michigan Opera Theatre

1515 Broadway (now Paramita Sound)

Music Institute

National Theatre ENDANGERED

Woodward Corridor

Fillmore (formerly The State)

Fox Theatre

Serengeti Ballroom

Bankle Building

Orchestra Hall

Gotham Hotel

Garden Theater

Majestic Theatre

Graystone Ballroom

Cass Corridor and Midtown

Gold Dollar

Zoot’s Coffee House

Detroit Public Library

Walter P. Reuther Library

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American HistoryThe Majestic /

Magic Stick

New Center

Northern Lights Lounge

United Sound Systems ENDANGERED

The Woodward

Underground Nation

Stanley Hong’s

Old West Side

Blue Bird Inn

West Side

Grande Ballroom

Son House’s Grave

Hip Hop Shop

Detroit Music Center

Baker’s Keyboard Lounge

Menjo’s Complex

East Side

Club Heaven

Simpson’s Records

Conant Gardens

Archer Records

Raven Lounge



Motor Lounge


Detroit Threads

Lo & Behold

North End

Ruth Ellis Home

Phelp’s Lounge

Apex Bar

One Mile

Motown Museum

Exhibit 3000 at Submerge

Previous Tour Highlights




Guest griots: Luis Resto and Curtis Lipscomb


Detroit Sound Tour: Allied Media Conference
On June 30, 2012 the Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC) with Pont Productions put together a music tour of Detroit for the Allied Media Conference. On this guided off-site driving tour of legendary Detroit music places, conference attendees explored the landscape of Detroit’s music history through the stories of some of the city’s music griots. That tour was led by Jocelyne Ninneman and Carleton Gholz with a set of griots that included Cornelius Harris (Alter Ego Management), Michelle McKinney (Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History), SupaEmcee, and Adriel Thornton (Fresh Corp). You can see images from the 2012 Allied Media Conference tour here.

Updated October 2019

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