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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

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Comerica Cityfest takes place just outside the Fisher Building.

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.

Culture

Comerica Cityfest is a celebration of city life and all of the great cultural aspects provided by local artists, jewelers and merchandisers.
The Cityfest Art Gallery presents “Detroit id,” billed as a division of the psyche that is totally unconscious and serves as the source of instinctual impulses and demands for immediate satisfaction of primitives needs. Basically, it is an outstanding gallery show in the Second Avenue entrance of the Fisher Building. Detroit id is curated by Gwen Joy and will feature 16 artists including Carl Oxley III, Johnny Bee Badanjek, Kristin Beaver, Leni Sinclair, Rico Africa, Robert Sikora, Scott Allen, Sean Bieri, Matt Gordon and Niagra.

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 kick off with Rain Check Wednesday, bringing back the bands that were rained-out last year, with headlining NYC hip-hop veterans De La Soul. Other music highlights include folk/alt/roots/rock band, The Avett Brothers, timeless pop/rock performer and producer, Todd Rundgren, Aussie electro-pop sister duo, The Veronicas, and five-time Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist, Buddy Guy. Just announced is Detroit’s own “Ghostbuster”, Ray Parker Jr.

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.

 

2009 Comerica Cityfest Music Schedule
 
MAIN STAGE
JAZZ & BLUES STAGE
PURE DETROIT STAGE
NEW CENTER PARK STAGE
Wed. July 1st

Platinum Pied Pipers (7:00 p.m.)

De La Soul (9:00 p.m.)

In The Tradition (Noon & 1:00 p.m.)

Jazzhead (5:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.)

The Mazpodz (8:30 p.m.)

Lisboa (5:00 p.m.)

Mean Mother (6:00 p.m.)

Electric Firebabies (7:00 p.m.)

Bear Lake (8:00 p.m.)

The Silent Years (9:00 p.m.)

Mike Posner (10:00 p.m.)

Jennie Knaggs and the Sureshots (6:00 p.m.)

Madison Opera (7:00 p.m.)

Magic Shop (8:00 p.m.)

The Hentchmen (9:00 p.m.)

Thurs., July 2nd

Handsome Furs (7:00 p.m.)

The Avett Brothers (9:00 p.m.)

Green T (12:30 p.m.)

The Spangler / Tope Organ Trio (2:30 p.m.)

Joey Spina Band (5:00 p.m.)

Lola Morales wsg Sean Blackman (7:00 p.m.)

The Motor City Horns with The Brothers Groove and Johnnie Bassett (9:00 p.m.)

Croff Family Band (5:00 p.m.)

Uncle Paulie's Block Party (6:00 p.m.)

Will Sessions (7:30 p.m.)

Michna - DJ (8:30 p.m.)

Michna with Raw Paw - Live (9:30 p.m.)

The Hosts (6:00 p.m.)

Citizen Smile (7:00 p.m.)

Charlie Slick (8:00 p.m.)

I Crime (9:00 p.m.)

Fri., July 3rd

Erin McCarley (6:00 p.m.)

Matt Kearney (7:00 p.m.)

Todd Rundgren (9:00 p.m.)

The Courville Concert Choir (12:30 p.m.)

Angelo Primo (2:30 p.m.)

Bugs Beddow Band (5:00 p.m.)

Tricia Moore Quartet (7:00 p.m.)

Kimmie Horne (9:00 p.m.)

Marco Polo and the New Vaccines (5:30 p.m.)

The Rogue Satellites (6:30 p.m.)

Childbite (7:30 p.m.)

Deastro (8:30 p.m.)

Silverghost (9:30 p.m.)

Lies Unknown (6:00 p.m.)

Bootsey X and the Lovemasters (7:00 p.m.)

The Ruiners (8:00 p.m.)

The Wrong Numbers (9:00 p.m.)

Sat. July 4th

21:03 wsg Chris Clark (2:00 p.m.)

Bettye LaVette (5:00 p.m.)

Paula Valstein (7:30 p.m.)

The Veronicas (9:00 p.m.)

GEQ (12:30 p.m.)

Sandra Bomar & The Jazz Experience with The Paul Keller Trio (2:30 p.m.)

Tumbao Salsa (5:00 p.m.)

Dennis Coffey Quartet (7:00 p.m.)

The Party Stompers wsg Gino Washington (9:00 p.m.)

1592 - reggae (3:30 p.m.)

DJ Subtonic (5:00 p.m.)

Millions of Brazilians (6:00 p.m.)

Girls! Girls! Girls! Featuring Carolyn Striho, Rachel May & Vivian George (7:00 p.m.)

Lightning Love (8:30 p.m.)

Bump (9:30 p.m.)

Electric Lions (6:00 p.m.)

Ben Cyllus (7:00 p.m.)

Dooley Wilson (8:00 p.m.)

Doop & The Inside Outlaws (9:00 p.m.)

Sun., July 5th

Ray Parker Jr. (3:30 p.m.)

Buddy Guy (6:00 p.m.)

Musique Noire (Noon)

The Rumpshakers (2:00 p.m.)

Jesse Palter and the Alter Ego (4:00 p.m.)

Rodney Whitaker Quartet (6:00 p.m.)

For The Love Of Mojo: A Tribute to the Electrifying Mojo featuring Rick Wilhite, Marc Duncan, Kenny Dixon Jr. and Carl Craig Curator Carl Craig (2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.)

Hayley Jane (4:00 p.m.)

Gretchen Wolff (5:00 p.m.)

Silent Violet (6:00 p.m.)

The Blueflowers (7:00 p.m.)

 

Source: ComericaCityfest.com

 

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