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Thursday, 2 July, 2009 2:24 AM
Comerica Cityfest Turns 21 and is Ready to Party Fourth of July Weekend 2009
DETROIT – Comerica Cityfest 2009, formerly Tastefest, is setting the stage to deliver a festival that’s as big and bangin’ as ever, with the best tunes and tastes in Detroit from Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 5. The five-day, FREE event is turning 21 this year and is of age to party for a great cause, raising funds for the development and beautification of Detroit’s Historic New Center.
Last year, hundreds of stoked and soaked festival-goers took cover in the Fisher Building when a torrential summer downpour cut the opening day short. Little did they know that Cityfest staff was already planning Rain Check Wednesday for 2009. The festival plans for clear skies on Wednesday, July 1 for a belated kick-off performance by hip-hop veterans De La Soul, while local stars The Silent Years, Jazzhead, Magic Shop, The Dead Bodies and others will reprise their ’09 schedules on the Pure Detroit, Park and Jazz stages.
Five-time Grammy-award-winning blues guitarist Buddy Guy will close the festival on Sunday, July 5, with selections from his recent Grammy-nominated album Skin Deep and old favorites such as Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues, Feels like Rain and First Time I Met the Blues.
In addition to the great music, Comerica Cityfest 2009 will once again transform West Grand Boulevard into the area’s largest al fresco taste event, featuring cuisine diversity that is distinctly Detroit. Rounding out the returning Cityfest favorites are the 2nd Avenue Street Market, Cityfest Gallery, Modern Skate course, and other Cool and Kids Stuff Galore.
Comerica Cityfest 2009 will maintain its extended hours offering a great time in New Center from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The festival will also continue its green initiative that was announced last year, including banning Styrofoam, encouraging the use of green products such as Green Safe, selling 100% organic cotton festival t-shirts and drastically reducing water usage through better distribution practices.
“New Center Council and Comerica are pleased to bring back this great summer tradition and keep it free to the public, especially during these difficult economic times,” said Michael Solaka, New Center Council president. “Great food, music and culture make Detroit a special place, so it’s important for the image of Detroit and the vitality of the New Center district to continue this festival.” New Center Council also reminds the public that all net proceeds from food and beverage purchases support the free entertainment at Cityfest and community-based services provided by the Council year around.
Founded in 1989 as a fundraiser for New Center Council, the annual music, food and cultural event has been continually improved and reinvented. It was renamed Comerica Cityfest in 2007 to reflect the event’s maturing into a celebration of city life: a locally and nationally recognized cultural experience offering a diverse mix of restaurants, musicians, merchants, artists and children’s activities.
Admission to Comerica Cityfest is free. “Taste” tickets are $10 for 16 tickets. For updates and additional information about Comerica Cityfest 2009, please visit www.comericacityfest.com or call 313.872.0188.
Comerica Cityfest could not happen without the generosity of its sponsors which include Comerica Bank, Budweiser, Pure Detroit, HAP, Farbman Group, Henry Ford Health System, Jones Lang LaSalle, FOX WJBK-TV and Detroit LISC.
Comerica Cityfest Fills Detroit’s Historic New Center with Kids Stuff and Culture Galore
DETROIT – Comerica Cityfest 2009, formerly Tastefest, is the place Fourth of July Weekend, July 1 – 5, to get a serving of cool Kids Stuff and Culture Galore. Kid bands will rock the New Center Park Stage each afternoon, Hardcore Detroit will try their newest break-dancing tricks and the Cityfest Art Gallery will feature some of the area’s best emerging and established artists.
Kids Stuff Galore sponsored by Meijer
Comerica Cityfest 2009’s Kids Stuff Galore is sponsored by Meijer and will be the ultimate place to rock kids’ worlds. The afternoon session will have three workouts with Punk Rock Fitness, where kids can hula-hoop their way to a mini six-pack. In between workouts, Farmer John’s Barnyard Express will bring out a gaggle of animals for demonstrations and petting. Each day will end with “Kids Rock Cityfest,” featuring performances from local kid bands RipChord and Paul Green School of Rock House Band on the New Center Park Stage.
New this year, kids can challenge each other to oversized old-school games including checkers, a rope maze, connect four, tic-tac-toe and hightower. Comerica Cityfest is also bringing back Par Tee nine-hole put-put golf course after its three-year hiatus. Other family favorites will fill the festival including Kevin Collins and the African Drummers, Pistons Shoot-out, rock climbing, and the Modern Skate Park.
Comerica Cityfest is a celebration
of city life and all of the great cultural aspects provided by local artists,
jewelers and merchandisers.
The Detroit LISC Second Avenue Street Market will give a festival-goers a sampling of Detroit’s diverse merchants such as 323 East – An Art Boutique, By Worjloh, D’jenne Beads & Art, Exclusive Styles, Flo Boutique, Middle Kingdom, Modern Skate and Surf, Offin River, Perfect Touch massages, and Vaidehi Design henna tattoo artists.
New Center Council sponsors a City Living tent offering visitors a glimpse of city life with housing sale and rental booths and community development organizations. Stop by to learn about properties in Historic Boston Edison or join organizations such as Detroit Synergy, Motown Soup, or Transportation Riders United.
Back by popular demand, Hardcore
Detroit will drop a mat and show-off some of their newest break-dancing
routines throughout the festival.
Comerica Cityfest 2009 will maintain its extended hours offering a great time in Detroit’s Historic New Center from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. For updates and additional information about Comerica Cityfest 2009, please visit www.comericacityfest.com or call (313) 872-0188.
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