Detroit City Distillery and D. Cipher are collaborating to welcome “Rock the Block”, this Thursday, September 23, at the distillery from 5 pm to midnight.
The free street music and fundraising festival is dedicated to supporting the Detroit music community and its contribution to the city’s culture and nightlife. The event will take place outside of 2462 Riopelle St. in Eastern Market with live bands, DJs, visual arts and local vendors.
Two Detroit DJs, Blaaqgold and Donavan Glover, will team up to headline the festival alongside Detroit-raised, Los Angeles-based DJ House Shoes. The NLR Experience and BC Keez are planning a jam session with musicians from Detroit featuring hip-hop, jazz, soul, funk and rock. Legendary J Hearns will open the festival.
âSince our inception, we’ve been deeply committed to supporting our local community of musicians,â said Nique Love Rhodes, co-founder of D.Cipher. “This block party is a celebration of the return of live music this summer and is a way to continue our efforts to advance a strong music economy here in the city.”
D.Cipher serves as an amplifier within the music community – connecting musicians with resources to develop their careers and connect communities to music by activating cultural centers with live music.
They do this by providing musicians in Detroit with paid performance opportunities, artist workshops and masterclasses, as well as jam sessions and networking opportunities. The organization is opening a co-working space for musicians which will include a rehearsal space and production labs that will serve as a place where they can meet and collaborate.
Rhodes notes that the coronavirus pandemic illustrated the importance of infrastructure within Detroit’s (and national) music industry. âA lot of musicians lost money because they weren’t able to perform, so they had to look to other sources of income. There were grant opportunities for other art forms, but there were not many resources for musicians to supplement their lost income at the time.
Funds raised by the festival will help D. Cipher provide resources and opportunities to the Detroit music community, including a sound hub for musicians.
D. Cipher has invested just over $ 50,000 directly into the pockets of Detroit musicians, “Rhodes said.” This work is important and essential to our community. It enlivens the culture and soul of the city. Can you imagine Detroit without music or without the musical contributions the city has made to the world? ”
âThe music community is vital to who we are as a city. ”
Cocktails will be available for purchase from the Detroit City Distillery, food from the Midnight Temple and Soo Fraiche Grill, and art, music and clothing from a host of local vendors.
Instead of loading the blanket, D. Cipher asks for donations to either online or via CashApp $ dciphermusic. All donations will support D. Cipher’s mission to build a more sustainable music economy.
D.Cipher’s “Rock the Block” is made possible with support from Detroit City Distillery, Midnight Temple, Red Bull Detroit, District 5 and Black Leaders of Detroit.