When: Fri., Nov. 16, 9 p.m. 2012
Out of the original Belleville Three—the men credited with the invention of Detroit techno—Kevin Saunderson was the last to start making original music. But he made up for his late start with a string of stylistically diverse releases that proved him a more aesthetically flexible musician than his high school classmates Juan Atkins and Derrick May. He dabbled in hard-edged, Atkins-style techno minimalism and in the acid-house sounds that had started coming out of Chicago around the time he began recording in the mid-80s, but his best-known and most influential work was part of his pioneering experiments in making electronic music pop friendly. His production for diva-fied techno/house/R&B group Inner City—specifically the immortal 1988 single "Good Life"—landed Saunderson on the Top Ten in the UK and paved the way for a wave of club-pop artists to bring techno to the American charts in the early 90s. Like Atkins and May, Saunderson has remained active, and recent videos of his live sets prove that his taste for experimentation remains undiminished. —Miles Raymer Richie Hawtin headlines; Kevin Saunderson, Gaiser, and Ean Golden open.