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Kid Rock’s New Lab Brings Music Learning to Detroit

Posted on Wednesday, November 07 2012 in Culture

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Kid Rock. Photo Credit: Olympia Entertainment


Kid Rock continues to be one of Detroit’s most vocal supporters, as he celebrates the city in his lyrics. The new song “Detroit Michigan” from his upcoming album “Rebel Soul” is a tribute to the city and its musical heritage—available exclusively via Pure Michigan at Michigan.org through Nov. 19, 2012. It seems Kid Rock is everywhere lately. During the World Series he teamed up with Quicken Loans to narrate the Opportunity Detroit commercial that promoted growth in the Motor City.

Kid Rock does more than pay lip service to the Motor City, though—he puts his money where his mouth is. Back in August Kid Rock donated $250,000 and an interactive music lab to the Detroit Historical Museum’s Allessee Gallery of Culture.

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Kid Rock

The Kid Rock Music Lab will feature an interactive gallery that covers more than 100 years of Detroit music, including jazz, blues, gospel, funk, rock, pop, techno and hip-hop. Visitors will get a glimpse into the music that defined the Motor City and spoke of cultural moments and struggles such as the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War.


  • Highlights of the 1,400-square-foot exhibit will include:
  • Name That Artist – Sample Detroit’s Greatest Hits and guess the singer.
  • Kid Rock Picture Stop – Play in Kid Rock’s band and have your picture taken.
  • Concert Stage – Feel what it’s like to be on stage, in concert with Kid Rock, Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger or The Supremes.
  • Mix Your Own Music Station – Experiment with sounds and vocals to create your own song.
  • Detroit Music Trivia – Test your knowledge.



What rocks more than giving back to your hometown and spreading the gospel about Detroit? From BadAss Beer to Made in Detroit (and all the way north to Pictured Rocks), few wave Michigan’s flag more proudly than Kid Rock.

The Detroit Historical Society has taken many steps to update the Museum. You can browse through Visit Detroit's Flickr page: Detroit Historical Society - Museum Renovations gallery for a glimpse of the new features.


Do you have a favorite Kid Rock song?

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