DETROIT -- Major names and faces in Detroit music rubbed elbows on the first day of Detroit's Movement Electronic Music Festival on Saturday, including co-sponsor Kid Rock and headliners Plastikman and Juan Atkins.
After "chillin' " at Cheli's Chili near Comerica Park earlier in the evening, a cigar-smoking Rock rolled in with former Detroit Red Wing Chris Chelios and the Detroit Tigers' Johnny Damon while Plastikman (aka Richie Hawtin) was dazzling techno fans with an elaborate light show.. Eschewing an opportunity to perform on the Underground Stage sponsored by his Made In Detroit clothing line, Rock instead hung with electronic luminaries Atkins and Eddie Fowlkes.
Most of the estimated crowd of 35,000 -- Movement's best single-day tally under the current producers Paxahau -- was unaware of Rock's visit but still had a splendid day in bright sunshine, dancing and twirling to a lineup that included live performances by Scion and Niko Marks and DJ turns by John Acquaviva, Josh Wink and Onur Ozer. Excision and A-Track, meanwhile delivered a charged set on the Red Bull Music Academy Stage.
Hawtin's inventive hour-long Plastikman set lived up to the hype generated by other performances -- including the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April -- as he triggered a series of loops, samples and beats from behind a conical, 12-foot-tall LED light wall whose trippy array of images obscured Hawtin from view for most of the show. The lights also engulfed nearby buildings across Jefferson Avenue during a couple of songs, while Hawtin came out from behind the screen at the end of the night to play one song in full view of the crowd and offer a quick thanks for its response to what's likely to be the most elaborate performance of the Movement weekend.
Movement continues from noon-midnight Sunday and Monday at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. Tickets are $35 per day. Visit www.movement.us for information