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POPULUX An electronic music revolution

POPULUX

4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Price Level:   
  • Live Music
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Cards Accepted

Tags: midtown, The Majestic, populux, electronic-dance-music, the-magic-stick

The Detroit music scene is one that is constantly evolving. Our city gave rise to some of the most important contributions to genres like jazz, gospel, R&B, rock, and punk. Techno music was born in Detroit, and has been experiencing a resurgence in recent years.

To meet the increasing demand, longstanding rock music venue the Magic Stick recently transformed into an Electronic Dance Music (EDM) club called POPULUX. EDM is a broad term that encompasses a variety of electronic music genres, from techno and house to dubstep and trance.

It’s easy to take a spot like the Magic Stick for granted when you can go anytime you want, but this place was well respected around the country as a rock music venue. They’ve hosted some incredible shows over the years. It’s perfectly understandable that fans were sad to see it changing into something different.

Take heart: the Majestic Theater will continue to host rock shows like The Sonics, Dance Gavin Dance, and The Royal Blackbirds. The new direction of POPULUX gives Detroit music lovers more variety. You no longer have to wait for Movement to roll around to see some of the hottest EDM artists from around the country performing live.

Majestic owner Dave Zania and Amir Daiza, who partnered on the POPULUX venture, completely transformed the space with a $300,000 renovation. Floor-to-ceiling pillars inlaid with LED neon set the scene, along with an expanded stage and state-of-the-art light show capabilities. There’s also a new outdoor deck – just in time for the warmer weather – where you can dance the summer nights away.

POPULUX hosts EDM performances every Friday and Saturday, with some weeknight shows mixed in.

This Friday you can catch Kevin Saunderson, one of the father’s of techno music, performing live. He’ll be joined by the fresh and dynamic beats of Yos, and several other DJs. There’s an upcoming show by Australian artist Hayden James, who adventurously pushes the boundaries of what defines electronic music, incorporating the organic sounds of piano, drums and vocals.

Later in May, you can witness the interactive, orchestral sounds of Dan Deacon or watch techno pioneer Carl Craig artfully mix world beats and jazz with electronic music. It’s a heck of a lineup for a new club (for any venue, really).

The majority of shows cost about $10, but a few tickets go as high as $20 in price. There are free shows as well (free!). Stop by their website for a full list of upcoming performances and to buy advance tickets.


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