These Detroit-Inspired Playlists Will Brighten Your Day

Modified: May 01, 2020 | Story by Katie Susko | Photos by Royal Oak Music Theatre by Mark Nader

One of the side effects of COVID-19 has been canceling or postponing large events, including concerts and music festivals that everyone looks forward to. But there’s good news! Our musical friends here in Detroit have created playlists to keep spirits high during these trying times. Inspired by your favorite Detroit music venues and music festivals, of course.

Playlists for Detroiters, by Detroiters

Movement Electronic Music Festival

Movement has been postponed until September, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start preparing now. This techno music fest takes place every year in Hart Plaza, in heart of the city where techno started.

Movement 2020 playlist on Spotify

Movement 2019 Rewind playlist on SoundCloud

Majestic Theatre

The Majestic Theatre in Midtown features alternative and indie bands of all genres. They plan to put out a playlist of Majestic Theatre alums every week to keep Detroit’s musical spirit alive.

Majestic Alum playlist on Spotify

Majestic Alum – Indie on Spotify

Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House

The Detroit Opera House showcases some of the most impressive opera talent in the country every year. If you’ve never seen a live opera performance, it’s truly something to put on your bucket list. But for now, you can listen to some of the best opera tunes, selected by Arthur White of Michigan Opera Theatre.

Download the Michigan Opera Theatre playlist

Sound Board at MotorCity Casino

The Sound Board has hosted comedians and musicians alike, such as Melissa Etheridge, Vanessa Williams, JB Smoove, Margaret Cho, Boyz II Men, Patti LaBelle, Brandi Carlile and more. They’ve created two playlists: Shelter in Playlist is upbeat with tons of throwback tunes, while the Sound Board 2020 Easy Listening playlist provides chill vibes for the perfect night in.

Royal Oak Music Theatre

Over in Royal Oak, the Royal Oak Music Theatre hosts some of the best upcoming acts as they tour the country. They’ve created a fun, alternative playlist for the month of March, plus a playlist to get you in the mood for Mo Pop 2020 this summer.

March playlist on Spotify

Mo Pop 2020 playlist on Spotify

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues





  1. 1
    Movement Electronic Music Festival
    Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI 48226
    248-584-1646
  2. 2
    Detroit Opera House/Michigan Opera Theatre
    1526 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-961-3500
  3. 3
    MotorCity Casino-Hotel
    2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
    866-782-9622
  4. 4
    Royal Oak Music Theatre
    318 W. 4th St., Royal Oak, MI 48067
    248-399-2980