Bands/Musicians Detroit Funk Bands List

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List of Detroit funk bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as funk solo artists from Detroit are included as well. It's always interesting to see where famous bands got their starts, so use this list to discover some great Detroit music that you've never heard before. The funk bands and artists below have played their music all over the world, but they all were formed in Detroit. If you think the best Detroit funk band is missing from the list, then feel free to add it at the bottom so it's included with these other great acts.

List features bands like Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin.

If you want to answer the questions, "Who are popular funk bands from Detroit?" and "Which funk bands started in Detroit?" then this list will answer your questions.
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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Detroit Funk Bands List
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Detroit Funk Bands List
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Detroit Funk Bands List
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Detroit Funk Bands List
Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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The Miracles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Detroit Funk Bands List
Doo-wop, Disco, Rhythm and blues

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George Clinton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Detroit Funk Bands List
Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Edwin Starr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Detroit Funk Bands List
Psychedelic soul, Disco, Rhythm and blues

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Norman Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Detroit Funk Bands List
Psychedelic soul, Disco, Pop music

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James Jamerson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Detroit Funk Bands List
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk

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Ray Parker, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Detroit Funk Bands List
Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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Bass Brothers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Detroit Funk Bands List
Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues, Alternative rock

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Was (Not Was) is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Detroit Funk Bands List
Pop music, Rock music, Dance-rock

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THE VIKINGS is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Detroit Funk Bands List
THE VIKINGS Pop Rock, Smooth soul, Pop music

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Val Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Detroit Funk Bands List
Disco, Pop music, Dance-pop

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Raydio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Detroit Funk Bands List
Raydio Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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“Detroit Block Party” is the onlytitle appropriate for The Infatuations first full-length album. TheInfatuations are simply… Detroit. This band is a celebration of every sonicmovement borne of the Motor City; the well-craftedpop-soul of Motown, to the sheer in-your-face bravado of Parliament Funkadelic,to the raw untamed energy of the MC5.  Imagine you are at a summertimeblock party with every milestone Detroit-produced band, the jam session at theend would bring you The Infatuations. Danceable, unforgettable catchypop-rock-soul-n-funk, that hits the craft sonic signatures of decades of MotorCity styles, but with a modern flair. The new singles evoke current culture andbuild on the cornerstones and high-water marks of their industrial renaissancehometown.

Like the band’s live performances, the album isdiverse, fun, soulful, gritty, and always positive and uplifting in tenor.Their songwriting also provides rich storytelling in the tradition of CurtisMayfield or Marvin Gaye. It gets you on your feet like Rare Earth, hits youlike The MC5 and grooves you like P-Funk.

The Infatuations’ range of appeal is forefront in theacts they’ve shared the stage with in the last year… from George Clinton andthe P-Funk All-Stars to Third Man Records’ breakout artist Willy Moon, to HereCome The Mummies to Mike Posner. Indeed the band is a perennial favorite on thesummer festival circuit, reliably proving time and time again that allgenerations and cultures like to get up and dance! 

The Infatuations live performance is electric,energetic, and engaging. These guys are so musically tight you couldn’t wedge asheet of paper in between their hooks and modulations. Still, they radiatewarmth and inclusiveness, making the audience gel as a community for theduration of the set. Singer Caleb Gutierrez, guitarist Christian Draheim,bassist The Wolf, guitarist Nick Behnan and drummer Robert Myers draw new fansinto the “family” during every set. “Reliably fun and top-quality” according topromoters, “I can dance to every song, they’re familiar yet new”. 

In 2014, The Infatuations brought home 5 DetroitMusic Awards out of an astounding 14 nominations across multiple categoriesincluding Outstanding Live Performance. "You want to know how Detroitactually parties…watch The Infatuations," says Gnyp, from 93.9 FM TheRiver. "The Infatuations are a must-see band”.