May is finally here, Detroit is calling from a distance and everyone’s getting ready for Movement this Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-27). Circo Loco will be different from the year before because instead of having just a great line up, it will also be dedicated to musician Arthur Russell. Arthur was is an important person to know when discussing the beginning stages of electronic music. Meeting pioneering beatnik Allen Ginsberg in in the 1970′s would be the start of Arthur Russell’s creative take on finding a new sound. Ginsberg would only be the first of many infamously talented people that Russell would work with throughout his life, such as Larry Levan, Bob Dylan and electronic genius Francois K. From the mid 1970′s through 1980′s while living in New York, Arthur was known for writing and producing his own disco tracks, being one of the first artists playing in what we all know so well today as the underground new york scene. Arthur died in the early 1990′s from Aids but lives on through the old school scene he helped flourish. A few of Arthurs funky tracks are “Schoolbell/Treehouse” and “Go Bang” which has been mixed by Francois K.
Circo Loco will be at the indoor/outdoor venue TV Bar Detroit and will be teaming up with Go Bang to turn TV Bar into not only a space for DJs to play simultaneously but also add art installations based on Russell.
John Connell and his Go Bang team had this to say about the upcoming art being contributed to the celebration:
“Go Bang is an opportunity to celebrate our culture and history in the dance music world and showcase the work of a true pioneer. It is a celebration of the genius of Arthur Russell. The photographs and unreleased music of Russell as well as archival footage has been carefully gathered and curated by our team.”
The line up for the Circo Loco: Celebrates Arthur Russell includes Detroit natives Carl Craig, VisionQuester‘s Ryan Crosson and Lee Curtiss along with Simon Baker, Ryan Elliot, Kim Ann Foxmann, Richy Ahmed vs. Russ Yallop and many more. The profits will go to YouthVille Detroit and Detroit Techno Foundation. So come support Detroit, electronic history and a true artist who will live vicariously though his music forever.
Here’s a cinematic tribute to the 70′s with the Circo Loco Promo Video.