Exhibit Closing 2000/2020: Celebrating 20 Years of the Electronic Music Festival in Detroit

May 30 2021 | 6:00pm to 10:00pm

$15 Members 

$25 Non-Members  

 

From Hart Plaza to Legend’s Plaza at the Detroit Historical Museumsafely celebrate techno music in Detroit and the closing of our exhibition, 2000/2020: Celebrating 20 Years of the Electronic Music Festival in Detroit 

 

Listen to DJ Stacey Hotwaxx Hale spin on Legend’s Plaza and shop pop-ups from local vendors before a panel discussion and film screening.  

 

Detroit Techno legend Carl Craig will take the stage with photographer Doug Coombe, filmmaker Tim Aten and Paxahau’s Sam Fotias for a discussion about the festival up through this 20-year milestone moderated by WDET personality, Chris Campbell “DJ Cambeau.”

 

Following the panel, see an exclusive screening of the film The Drive Home and explore the exhibition 2000/2020: Celebrating 20 Years of the Electronic Music Festival in Detroit alongside curators Tim Price and Rita Sayegh before it closes on June 27!  

 

Food will be available for purchase from A Taste of Motown food truck!  

 

Event Timeline: 

6-8PM: DJ Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale  

8-9 PM:  Panel Discussion with Chris Campbell "DJ Cambeau," Carl Craig, Doug Coombe, Tim Aten and Sam Fotias 

9-10PM: The Drive Home Film Screening  

 

The Drive Home 

The Drive Home is produced by Pilot Pictures and Hogpath Productions. The Drive Home captures the historic nature of the 2000 Detroit Electronic Music Festival – a 3-day electronic music festival held on Detroit’s Hart Plaza that cemented the city as Techno’s capital. The film shows the people, both on and offstage, who made the event possible. From the organizers, artists and more than 1.5 million fans – this film is comprised of 50 artist interviews, live performance footage and historic footage. 

 

DStacey “Hotwaxx” Hale 

For as long as there is music and those who faithfully dance, there will always be a need for the Godmother of House Music, DJ Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale. Detroit’s 1st Female of House Music plays dancefloor bangers and orchestral melodies with live music fusions. Hotwaxx Hale has made a massive impact in the American music culture, whether it’s playing in famous theaters like the Apollo, or legendary underground dance music clubs like ‘Studio 54,’ and ‘The Warehouse.’ She also has an international presence, which includes past performances in London, Ibiza, France, Mexico, Berlin, Amsterdam, Toronto, and across the USA. Hotwaxx Hale is the first female DJ who played house music on the radio in Detroit in the late 80s and after several decades continues to play a major role in curating the soundtrack of our lives. Thriving in the city that started techno, she somehow maintains a perfect flow by tastefully blending house and techno with funk, hip hop and Motown soul, which is why she continues to have a diverse, multi aged, devoted following.  

 

EVENT UPDATE

The Detroit Historical Society has released new details about its highly anticipated closing event for 2000/2020: Celebrating the 20 Years of the Electronic Music Festival in Detroit. Hosted on the weekend traditionally reserved for Detroit’s legendary electronic music festivals, the May 30 closing event is designed as a celebration of Detroit’s electronic music, its people, and its history.  It will feature music by DJ Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale, and a panel discussion moderated by WDET personality, Chris Campbell “DJ Cambeau.” The event will also include a screening of The Drive Home, a documentary about the 2000 Detroit Electronic Music Festival that started it all, and of course the Detroit Historical Museum will be open allowing guests to chat with guest curators Rita Sayegh and Tim Price and see the exhibition before it sunsets in late June.

The line-up for the panel discussion shifted this week after Detroit Techno legend Derrick May decided not to attend.  “Derrick stepped back when it appeared that his presence would distract from the spirit of the celebration,” said Tracy Irwin, Chief Exhibitions and Enrichment Officer.  “This project and our exhibit, 2000/2020: Celebrating the 20 Years of the Electronic Music Festival in Detroit has been about the history of the festivals and the vibrant community that grew around them. We all agree that this history is bigger than one person and by stepping aside, Derrick ensures that the closing celebration will reflect that history and remain as vibrant and joyful as the festivals themselves.” The panel will feature industry giants Carl Craig, Doug Coombe, Paxahau’s Sam Fotias and filmmaker Tim Aten.

The entertainment industry has been hugely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s a good sign that Kevin Saunderson, a featured panelist at our May 30 event, has been invited to get back on stage and spin for an upcoming gig. Sadly, the show is the same day as the closing event for 2000/2020: Celebrating 20 Years of the Electronic Music Festival in Detroit, so he will no longer be joining us on the panel. We are excited that Kevin will once again play live and will miss him at our event, but the show will go on! Carl Craig will anchor the panel, DJ Stacy “Hotwaxx” Hale will be spinning and  Kevin’s spot is being filled by photographer Doug Coombe. We look forward to welcoming Kevin back to the Detroit Historical Museum soon. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about Saunderson’s legacy, you can check out our Encyclopedia of Detroit here: https://detroithistorical.org/learn/encyclopedia-of-detroit/saunderson-kevin

 

Members: Remember to log in to receive discount! Discount will be applied at check out. 

 

Thank you to Paxahau for their support of this event! 

 

 

Ticket Prices
Description
Price
Member
$15
Non Member
$24