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A dozen must-catch acts at this year's Movement festival
Detroit’s Hart Plaza has the beat — or, rather the beats — again for Memorial Day Weekend.
The Movement electronic music festival celebrates its 19th year with 91 acts from around the world playing on five stages, as well as afterparties that will keep the dance floors in clubs around the city busy until dawn each day.
It is, as always, a lot to navigate — the proverbial so much to hear/so little time conundrum. Movement’s programming is so good it’s hard to make a bad decision, but here are a dozen acts you won’t want to miss (and if your dancing shoes hold up all weekend long...).
• Official Movement Opening Party: Ghostly International has curated the stellar lineup for this seven-hour bash starting at 9 p.m. Friday at the Marble Bar, 1501 Holden St., headlined by Matthew Dear and featuring Kim Ann Forman, Shigeto with Pablo R. Ruiz and more. Tickets are $30.
• Clark Warner: One of Detroit’s own gets things going at noon Saturday -- just as he did at the inaugural festival in 2000 -- kicking off not only the festival but also a Detroit Love package that wraps with two hours of Carl Craig at 9 p.m.
• Too $hort: The veteran West Coast rapper has an extensive catalog of albums to draw on, as solo artist and collaborator, for his 6 p.m. Saturday set on the Red Bull Music stage.
• Ectomorph: The Detroit duo brings its unique history and analog sensibilities to close the Saturday party on the Underground Stage with a 10 p.m. set.
• Claude VonStroke: The Cleveland DJ/producer and Dirtybird Records founder headlines the Movement main stage for the first time at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
• Origins Elevation: Techno innovator and Movement mainstay Kevin Saunderson curates a daylong event Sunday on the Stargate stage, showcasing son Kweku as well the Saunderson Brothers, Kenny Larkin, Kink and others.
• Tiga: The Juno Award-winning impresario from Montreal spins for two hours at 6 p.m. Sunday on the Pyramid Stage.
• Loco Dice and the Martinez Brothers: The Bronx duo and Dice (Tunisian-born producer/DJ/rapper Yassine Ben Achour) team up for a rare collaboration set spanning a variety of electronic styles at 10 p.m. Sunday on the Movement main stage.
• DJ Premier: Houston-born Christopher Martin, of Gang Starr fame and half of PRhyme with Detroit MC Royce da 5’9”, brings nearly 25 years of heritage in the game to his 8 p.m. Sunday set on the Red Bull Music stage.
• Inner City: The Kevin Saunderson-led group sports a new lineup (including longtime member Tommy Onyx, Grammy Award-winner Dennis White and Saunderson’s son Dantiez) to play its early techno crossover hits “Good Life” and “Big Fun” and more in a live set to celebrate the troupe’s 30th anniversary at 9 p.m. Monday on the Movement main stage.
• Diplo: The hitmaking L.A. producer and remixer (Beyonce, Madonna, The Weeknd) closes things down at 10:30 p.m. Sunday on the Red Bull Music Stage.
• Wu-Tang Clan: The nine surviving members of the famed and mythic hip-hop collective are slated to regroup to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its landmark album “Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” at 10:30 p.m. on the Movement main stage.
If You Go: Movement runs Memorial Day weekend, noon-midnight Saturday, May 26, 1 p.m.-midnight, Sunday and Monday, May 27-28, at Hart Plaza, Detroit. Tickets are $85-$470. Visit movement.us for full details.
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