Dilla Day Detroit
By Steve Furay
Special to the Michigan Citizen
Dilla Day Detroit, the official annual Detroit celebration of the life and music of the late hip hop producer J Dilla, will take place with a concert Feb. 7 at The Fillmore on Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit. Dilla Day Detroit will feature performances from hip hop legends De La Soul, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson and Slum Village. The concert takes place on the birthday of the late producer, who passed away Feb. 10, 2006, and will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 – $100.
On Feb. 9, the Dilla Youth Day Detroit will be held at noon at the 5e Gallery inside Midtown’s Cass Corridor Commons, providing free workshops and entertainment during the day for youth and adults. The event will feature a Sonic Maker Space designed to help youth learn new skills in working with technology, music and media creation. Workshops will include printmaking, video creation and beat-making, with documentary screenings, art showings and performances taking place until 8 p.m. Special guest speakers will include Sabir Bay, who represents the Univeral Zulu Nation under the direction of Afrika Bambaataa, and Amp Fiddler, the Detroit soul and funk musician who first helped guide the career of J Dilla.
Cass Corridor Commons is located at 4605 Cass Avenue in Detroit.