Detroit electronic music legend Carl Craig is a booster of the Comerica CityFest — and of outdoor music in Detroit in general.
That’s why he’s hosting a 10-hour version of his Demon Days performance concept today to help kick off the festival.
“I love outdoor events, period,” says Craig, 38, who was the original artistic director for Detroit’s annual Memorial Day electronic music festival. “In Detroit especially, it’s really necessary to do ’cause there’s not enough club life and night life. So you might as well have outdoor events.”
Beginning at noon on the Pure Detroit Stage, Craig’s Demon Days will feature 10 hours of music from DJs Recloose, S2 and Gamall, a surprise guest— “A very sly DJ from around Detroit that we all know and love,” according to Craig — and a Detroit Live set featuring Craig with Motor City jazz legends Marcus Belgrave and Wendell Harrison, as well as Kelvin Scholar from Q Tip’s band.
“It’s electronic music, but in a jazz way,” Craig explains, “where they groove and they solo in a way that they have always done with jazz music, but within an electronic setting.
“I just want it to be very interesting and fun, and a great party.”