Mason Bates's KC Jukebox

Juan Atkins, Godfather of Techno

Studio K Lounge

Detroit techno collides with a string orchestra when legendary "godfather of techno" Juan Atkins DJs over arrangements by Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates.

Thu. Jan. 30, 2020 7:30p.m.

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Production Information

  • Genre

    The Reach

  • Price Range

    $20.00 – $35.00

  • Runtime

    90 minutes

Juan Atkins in a white turtleneck and yellow sunglases.


Detroit techno collides with a string orchestra when legendary "godfather of techno" Juan Atkins DJs over arrangements by Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates.

With a career spanning 40 years, iconic pioneer Juan Atkins was instrumental in the sound of early techno through his Cybotron project quickly followed by his founding of the seminal Detroit electro label Metroplex.  He continues to inspire current generation artists through solo projects as well as high profile global collaborations including Dub techno legend - Moritz von Oswald and a forthcoming relaunch of the Cybotron project partnering with Kraftwerk co-founder - Wolfgang Flür.

This rare U.S. performance features performances by Grammy®-nominated ensemble Inscape under conductor Richard Scerbo as well as a Detroit inspired DJ performance from Jukebox resident – DJ Justin Reed.
Enter the Kennedy Center REACH, where Studio K transforms into an immersive, designed space curated by our own Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates. Mason showcases innovative new music and electronica with his signature blend of theatrical lighting, projections, and stagecraft.

About the Club at Studio K
The Club at Studio K is D.C.’s newest destination to experience the very best in contemporary music and culture. Showcasing a dynamic mix of rising stars and highly celebrated artists working in the genres of comedy, contemporary music, Hip Hop, jazz, and new music in an intimate setting, the Club at Studio K is a creative hub and hang space for artists and audiences alike.

Tickets at our high-top tables are available for purchase by calling the box office at (202) 467-4600.

Cutting Edge Music

Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates is renowned for fusing innovative orchestral writing, imaginative narrative forms, the harmonies of jazz, and the rhythms of techno into his genre-bending creations.

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

KC Jukebox is presented as part of The Irene Pollin Audience Development and Community Engagement Initiatives.

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