Pontiac, Michigan used to be a vibrant city. It was in the northern part of the metropolitan area of Detroit, Michigan. In the 1970s, this whole area of southeastern Michigan was booming.
The car industry was in full swing and there were other industries that were flying high as well. For example, the music scene was a cornerstone of American music at the time. This is because of the rise of the Motown genre to prominence. This term, affectionately christened on the behalf of Detroit’s success with motors and automobiles, consisted of many black musicians playing rhythm and blues.
However, sometimes, good things must come to an end. The motor industry started to collapse, and racial tensions resulted in “White Flight,” causing many white people to move to the suburbs. The whole area began to suffer economically. Now a shell of what it used to be, the Detroit area, including the northern contingent of Pontiac, is a sparsely populated and mostly abandoned kingdom.
However, all is not lost. Many people who lived through (and are still living through) the economic crisis in this state are picking up the pieces in an effort to give the area rebirth.
With this salvaging effort, some southeastern Michigan natives are doing what they can to breathe life into the music scene. People are finding abandoned warehouses and performing shows in them. People are taking old churches and turning them into studios. And now, for the first time in a long, time, there is a glimmer of hope. These musicians (some who are working side jobs at allgoodtowing.com) are on the forefront of trying to bring Pontiac and Detroit back to the musical glory that it once experienced. If you’re ever in the area, make sure that you try to check out a show!