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Thursday, 19 June, 2008 11:45 PM

Celebrate the First Days of Summer on Detroit's Riverfront at GM River Days: June 20 - 23, 2008

Festival to feature Art on the River, a Tall Ship, DTE Energy Parade of Lights and DSO performance

Michelle Branch will perform on the Bank of America stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 21st.

Brian McKnight will perform on the Bank of America stage at 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 22nd.

DETROIT – The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, The Parade Company and General Motors are helping metro Detroiters and visitors officially kickoff the summer on Detroit’s revitalized Riverfront at GM River Days on Friday, June 20. The celebration will continue throughout the weekend and culminate on Monday, June 23 with the 50th Annual Target Fireworks. GM River Days takes place on Friday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Free to the public, GM River Days features family-friendly entertainment, including last year’s signature event, the DTE Energy Parade of Lights. Other returning favorites include GM Cool Events, the Parade Company Discovery Zone, Ultimate Air Dogs, Pooch-a-Palooza Pet Walk, carnival and helicopter rides, delicious food and incredible live music performed on six different stages. The Bank of America National Stage will feature performances by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Rick Springfield, Michelle Branch, The Verve Pipe, Jack Ingram, Dave Mason, Brian McKnight and many more. A full lineup of musical acts is available at www.gmriverdays.com.

The Michigan.org Fun on the Water activities will include a historical tall ship: The Highlander Sea. This amazing 154-foot schooner will dock at Rivard Plaza during the festival and allow visitors to explore the ship with free educational tours. Also taking to the water during the festival is the Detroit River Cruise, APBA Gold Cup Race exhibitions, Diamond Jack River Tours, Coast Guard boats and jet ski demonstrations.

On land, a new 5K Saturn Fun Run, presented by Health Alliance Plan, and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame interactive sports exhibit will have festival-goers working up a sweat. Bank of America’s new exhibit will feature NASCAR simulators and the UAW-GM motorsports exhibit will feature a radio control race track. Local emerging artists will have the opportunity to display artwork alongside professionals in the first-ever Art on the River. Tri-Centennial State Park and Harbor will be a new festival site featuring activities by Huron-Clinton Metroparks and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The Quicken Loans Cooling Station, located inside the GM Wintergarden, will allow festival-goers to beat the heat and enjoy Pure Michigan Green Days, a gathering of nearly 20 environmental exhibits and presentations on greenway initiatives, pollution prevention, conservation and environmentally-friendly products.

Located on Rivard Plaza, The Parade Company Discovery Zone will include games, merchandise giveaways and family-friendly entertainment featuring AM 910 Radio Disney on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Kids Stage. Children can transform themselves into pirates at the Arrrghs and Crafts Pirate Cove where they can join the Pirate Parade, led by a Swashbuckler in a mini pirate ship float, three times a day. Ladels Children’s Book Boutique in Corktown, Detroit will also perform storytelling and puppet shows for children in a tented theater. Show times will be posted outside the theater’s entrance.

The 50th Annual Target Fireworks, produced by The Parade Company, will wrap up GM River Days in grand style on Monday, June 23. The Target Fireworks is one of the largest fireworks displays in the country and can be viewed for miles along the Detroit International Riverfront. The Official VIP Rooftop Party atop the Miller Parking Garage offers an evening filled with spectacular entertainment, food, games and activities for children and the best seats in the city for the Target Fireworks. Tickets are $175 with all proceeds benefiting The Parade Company. For more information, please visit www.theparade.org or call 313.432.7831.

General Motors is once again the headlining sponsor for River Days. Additional sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Bank of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Compuware Corporation, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, Detroit Regional Chamber, DTE Energy, EDS, Great Lakes Beverage, Health Alliance Plan, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Otis Elevator Company, Pepsi Bottling Company, Quicken Loans, Sani-Vac, Securitas and Sprint. For more information on GM River Days please visit www.gmriverdays.com.

 

Bank of America Performance Schedule

Friday, June 20th
5:30 p.m. Pathé Jassi’s World Experience
7:00 p.m. Detroit Symphony Orchestra
8:45 p.m. Rick Springfield
10:15 p.m. Taproot
Saturday, June 21st
5:30 p.m. Korin & Augie from The Hard Lessons
6:30 p.m. The Deadstring Brothers
8:00 p.m. Michelle Branch
10:00 p.m. The Verve Pipe
Sunday, June 22nd
4:00 p.m. Gospel on the River II
6:30 p.m. Jack Ingram
7:45 p.m. Larry Lee and Back in the Day
9:00 p.m. Brian McKnight
Monday, June 23rd
6:00 p.m. Shirock
7:15 p.m. Stewart Franke
8:30 p.m. Dave Mason

 

Sprint R&B Stage Schedule

Friday, June 20th
11:00 a.m. Todd Weston (House)
12:30 p.m. Darnell Kendricks (Smooth Soul)
2:00 p.m. Charlie Kemp Ensemble (Jazz)
3:30 p.m. DJ Seoul (Electro)
5:00 p.m. Suai (R&B/Pop)
6:30 p.m. Nadir – Distorted Soul (Funk/Soul)
8:00 p.m. Sky Covington (Neo Soul)
9:30 p.m. Larry Fratangelo’s One Nation Band (World)
Saturday, June 21st
10:00 a.m. Neil V. (Techno)
11:00 a.m. Doc Holiday (Neo Soul)
12:30 p.m. Loba Aku (African Jazz)
2:00 p.m. Pamela Wise Trio (Jazz)
3:30 p.m. Jesse Palter (Jazz)
5:00 p.m. T. Linder (Techno)
6:30 p.m. Midtown Underground (Soul)
8:00 p.m. The Billie Holiday Review Featuring Sky Covington (Jazz)
9:30 p.m. HotSauce (R&B)
Sunday, June 22nd
10:00 a.m. Joshua Adams (House)
11:00 a.m. Big Joe Hix (House)
12:30 p.m. Portai Posha (Soul)
2:00 p.m. Cool Moose Orchestra (Jazz)
3:30 p.m. Mifune (Afro Beat)
5:00 p.m. Persuasion (R&B)
6:45 p.m. The Macpodz (Jazz Fusion)
8:30 p.m. Impact 7 (Solid)
 

 

EDS International / Americana Stage Schedule

Friday, June 20th
11:00 a.m. The Random Family (Acoustic)
12:30 p.m. Matt Ratza & The Strangers (Americana)
2:00 p.m. Fiddlers ReStrung (Country)
3:30 p.m. Horse Cave Trio (Country-Billy)
5:00 p.m. Michael May & The Messarounds (Roots)
6:30 p.m. Company of Strangers (Country)
8:00 p.m. Pathé Jassi’s World Experience (Trinidad Jazz)
9:30 p.m. The Basiks (Reggae)
Saturday, June 21st
10:00 a.m. Mark Richardson & Tequila Town (Country)
11:00 a.m. Mark Richardson & Tequila Town (Country)
12:30 p.m. Longneck Stranger (Country)
2:00 p.m. Justine Blazer (Country)
3:30 p.m. Tumbao Bravo! (Latin)
5:00 p.m. Like Water Drum & Dance (African Dance)
6:30 p.m. XD WEI (Japanese Traditional)
8:00 p.m. Domingo (Flamenco Jazz)
9:30 p.m. Sunkwa (African Jazz/Pop)
Sunday, June 22nd
10:00 a.m. Cass Woodman & The Caddies (Pop)
11:00 a.m. Cass Woodman & The Caddies (Pop)
12:30 p.m. Black Jake & The Carnies (Crabgrass)
2:00 p.m. Billy King & The Idylls (Country Pop)
3:30 p.m. Kielbasa Kings (Polka)
5:00 p.m. The Lash (Modern Celtic)
6:45 p.m. Shout Sister Shout & Steppin’ In It (Folkgrass/Rag)
8:30 p.m. The Bronk Brothers (Modern Country)
Monday, June 23rd
10:00 a.m. DJ Magic Mike Young (World Beat)
11:00 a.m. Tree of Life Nomadic Jewels/Ninke Nanka Drum & Dance (World Dance)
2:00 p.m. Nite Flight (Reggae/Island)
3:30 p.m. The Fffellaz (Progressive Jazz)
5:00 p.m. Moment’s Notice (R&B)
6:30 p.m. Black Bottom Collective (Soul)
8:00 p.m. The McKinney Zone (Jazz)

 

Compuware Rock & Blues Stage Schedule

Friday, June 20th
11:00 a.m. Pete “Big Dog” Fetters (Blues)
12:30 p.m. Rachel May & Billy Reedy (Acoustic Rock)
2:00 p.m. Harmonica Buzz (Acoustic Blues)
3:30 p.m. Broadzilla (Detroit Rock)
5:00 p.m. David Gerald & Insurrection (Blues)
6:30 p.m. The Robin Horlock Band (Pop/Rock)
8:00 p.m. The Tim Diaz Band (Americana)
9:30 p.m. The Howling Diablos (Funk)
Saturday, June 21st
10:00 a.m. Jenning Cummings (Acoustic)
11:00 a.m. Liquid Motor Comission (Detroit Rock)
12:30 p.m. The Tom Butwin Band (Rock)
2:00 p.m. Frankie D’Angelo & Brandon Calhoun
(Acoustic Rock)
3:30 p.m. Joey Spina (Blues/Rock)
5:00 p.m. The Orbitsuns (Psycobilly)
6:30 p.m. Band B (Rock)
8:00 p.m. Flophouse (Funk/Rock)
9:30 p.m. Universal Temple of Divine Power
(Detroit Rock)
Sunday, June 22nd
10:00 a.m. Paul Miles (Acoustic Blues)
11:00 a.m. Jam Samich (Jam Rock)
12:15 p.m. The Candy Band (Children’s Rock)
1:30 p.m. Monkey Jacket (Rock)
3:00 p.m. Superdot (Ska)
4:30 p.m. Rev. Marc Falconberry (Blues)
6:00 p.m. Reefermen (Rock)
7:30 p.m. Hotness (Rock)
9:00 p.m. Rev. Right Time (Funk)
Monday, June 23rd
10:00 a.m. Cass Woodman & Caddies (Rock)
11:00 a.m. Cass Woodman & Caddies (Rock)
12:30 p.m. Psychild/Robert Noll Blues Mission
(Blues Rock)
2:00 p.m. Nuroksol (Rock)
3:30 p.m. The Christy Howard Band (Blues Rock)
5:00 p.m. Laith Al-Saadi (Blues)
6:30 p.m. The Twistin’ Tarantulas (Rock-a-Billy)
8:00 p.m. Barbara Payton (Rock)

 

Chevy Stage Schedule

Sunday, June 21st
11:00 a.m. J3
12:45 p.m. David Shelby
2:30 p.m. Whitey Morgan
4:15 p.m. REDHILL
6:00 p.m. Willie Nash

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Stage

Located within The Parade Company Discovery Zone at Rivard Plaza, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Stage will feature family-friendly entertainment provided by AM 910 Radio Disney each day of the festival.

 

 

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