Detroit music artists in Paris safe; fliers face delays

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

The impact of the terror attacks in Paris on Friday was felt by Metro Detroiters in the French capital or planning trips there.

A techno music event featuring artists with Detroit ties was canceled Friday and the artists are safe, they said on social media.

The “Detroit Love” show had been scheduled at the Virgo club with performances from Motor City legends such as Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson and Terrence Parker, according to www.residentadvisor.net.

“Due to the horrifying events happening in Paris, tonight’s Detroit Love event will not be taking place,” Craig wrote on his Facebook page. “Stay safe, our Parisian brothers & sisters.”

More than 100 people were killed in separate attacks. The worst carnage was at a concert hall hosting an American rock band, where scores of people were held hostage and attackers ended the standoff by detonating explosive belts.

On his Facebook page late Friday night, Saunderson said he was with Craig and “our hearts are broken for the people of Paris and France. We mourn with all the world the senseless loss of life witnessed tonight and we mourn for our loss of freedom, trust and a easier way of life and love.

“Friday November 13 2015 will be remembered as a dark day. We are not leaving anytime soon since all the borders have been closed and there is a curfew, but we are safe and send love to all.”

With the country on lockdown and under an emergency, Air France said passengers should expect delays due to French border controls. The airline said it is maintaining flights to and from France.

All Delta Air Lines flights scheduled to operate between the U.S. and Paris were continuing as scheduled as of 8 p.m. Delta is the largest airline at Detroit Metro Airport.

“Delta’s Operations team continues to closely monitor the situation and will update flight crews and customers in the event of any adjustments to scheduled flights,” read a statement on it website.

Delta and its joint venture partner airlines, Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, have also issued advisories for customers who need to adjust Paris-related travel, according to the post.

Meanwhile, Detroit Metro Airport officials said late Friday night they were not expecting any immediate major impact on departures or arrivals from France.

“I think it’s pretty much business as usual,” spokesman Michael Conway said. “Obviously when something like this happens, it makes everyone more alert. If you have a flight to Paris, I would certainly check the flight status.”

The attacks are also spurring other Metro Detroiters to action.

The Islamic Center of America in Dearborn plans a candelight vigil Saturday night honoring the attack’s victims, executive administrator Kassem Allie said.

mhicks@detroitnews.com

Bloomberg News and The Associated Press contributed.