Detroit House-heads celebrated the city’s techno roots at Charivari last weekend.

The festival was located on the scenic eastern peninsula of Belle Isle, near the lighthouse. It was a picture perfect affair that had the eclectic diversity of the Jazz Fest; Detroiters of all ages and backgrounds gathered to enjoy the beautiful day and smooth beats. I had the pleasure of watching a dance battle between a family of five that could have been on America’s Got Talent.

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Vendors lined the shore overlooking Canada and sold Detroit made goods.

Three stages rotated local DJs playing electrifying house it was impossible not to catch a groove. My personal favorite set was Golf Clap, a Detroit based house and techno group. Bryan Jones and Hugh Cleal turned up the funk and closed Saturday night with a bang!

Charivari represents everything to love about Detroit; diversity, community, and techno. Belle Isle was the perfect setting the river’s breeze cooled the crowd and a breathtaking sunset was the cherry on top of a wonderful summer day. Charivari was an occasion to appreciate the city’s vibrant culture and exceptional state park.

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