The O.N.E. Mile project focuses on Detroit’s North End, the city’s unofficial cradle of Funk, where artists like Dr. Funkenstein, the infamous alter ego of George Clinton, got his start.  John Lee Hooker, Smokey Robinson, Bettye Lavette, and B.B. King – are just a few of the Soul and R&B artists who regularly played along Oakland Avenue, the North End’s main drag. The venues that featured the sound, invented the style, and accommodated the crowds are all but gone. Most recently, an aggressive citywide blight remediation campaign has threatening to erase the last vestiges of the North End’s former cultural hot spots. But throughout the adversity, the people and the neighborhood’s creative capital have remained strong. This is the major inspiration for the O.N.E. Mile project, which aims to transmit a narrative about Detroit’s successes and its global influence on vanguard musical genres.

 

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