“The Scene” with Nat Morris and Friends will create Detroit’s longest dance line during DLECTRICITY, the nighttime art and light festival on September 24-25, 7 p.m. to midnight in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, Beacon Park, and Circle Park.
Nat Morris was executive producer and host of Detroit’s historic daily dance show, “The Scene,” that aired on WGPR TV 62 from October 13, 1975 to December 31, 1987.
The Scene will take over DTE’s Circle Park for the event and each hour will feature different hustles and DJs, including Ron OJ, Tony Peoples, Hump the Grinder, DJ Mr. Entertainment, Gary Chandler, and other special guests.
Dancers from the three eras, early years, middle years and the final years will also be recognized and Morris says he will spotlight a few very popular dancers such as Yvonne Gooden, Cheryl Peoples, LaWanda, Fast Freddy Anderson, Moses Hepburn and Lorenzo Colston, to name a few. Staff who worked on the The Scene during its 12-year run and other WRPG-TV 62 crew who made the show possible will also berecognized at DLECTRICITY.
The Scene is undeniably a part of Detroit’s television history and dance culture. The Scene and Nat Morris are immortalized in several books that document the history of local Detroit television including; From Soupy to Nuts by Tim Kiska, 2005 – Momentum Books and TV Land- Detroit by Gordon Castelnero, 2006 – University of Michigan Press. The Scene has had a place at The National Museum of African American History and Culture (Smithsonian) in Washington D.C. since it opened to the public in 2016.
The show is also featured in two Museums in Detroit—in The William V Banks Broadcast Museum and Media Arts Center which is house in the exact studio where the show originated from on East Jefferson. There is also a State of Michigan Historical Marker on the building at 3146 E Jefferson that mentions The Scene. The building was listed in 2021 on The NationalRegistry of Historic Places.
DLECTRICITY features over 40 artists from Detroit and across the globe who have been commissioned to create stunning art, light and technology installations. Produced by MDI and presented by DTE Energy Foundation, the nighttime outdoor festival of art and light will take place in open, public spaces.
DLECTRICITY is free to the public and will awe attendees with cutting-edge installations of light, video, performance, and other unexpected works of art.
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