on the Riverfront lineup makes waves among music fans
summer series of six free classic rock concerts set to begin July
13 in Detroit
credit: Rockin' on the Riverfront
2012 edition of Rockin' on the Riverfront kicks off on July
13 and runs through August 17.
– The 2012 General Motors Rockin’ on the
Riverfront summer concert series will transform GM Riverfront
Plaza with a highly anticipated lineup of classic rock all-stars
sure to capture crowds of music fans again this season.
Beginning July 13 and spanning six consecutive Friday evenings,
Rockin’ on the Riverfront offers more than free concerts.
Located in the heart of the city, between the GM Renaissance Center
and Detroit River, the event has become a summer destination for
dining and entertainment in Detroit.
In partnership with Detroit’s Classic Rock Station 94.7
WCSX-FM and the new Soft Rock 105.1 FM, Rockin’ on the Riverfront
will amaze rock audiences with Friday night shows from 8 p.m.
to 10 p.m. July 13 through August 17.
Leading the line-up this year will be a stellar double bill featuring
none other than John Waite and Detroit’s own Sponge. Waite
is known for such enduring hits as Missing You and When I See
You Smile. Sponge made a name for itself nationally with such
hits as Molly and Wax Ecstatic. See both bands July 13.
The full schedule of bands performing at this year’s Rockin'
on the Riverfront summer concert series will include:
13: Sponge and John Waite (Molly; Missing You)
20: Starship (We Built This City, Nothing’s Gonna
Stop Us Now, Sara)
27: Ace Frehley (former KISS guitarist)
3: Lou Gramm of Foreigner (Cold as Ice, Hot Blooded)
10: The Sweet & The Tubes (Ballroom Blitz; She’s
17: Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad and Marshall
Crenshaw (We're An American Band; Someday, Someway)
94.7 FM will sponsor concerts on July 13 and 27 and August 10. WCSX
94.7 FM and WMGC Soft Rock 105.1 FM will co-sponsor the concerts
hosted on July 20, August 3 and 17.
“Summer doesn’t officially start in downtown Detroit
until the Rockin’ on The Riverfront stage is set,” said
Doug Podell, afternoon personality at WCSX. “Where else can
we count on seeing some of the most talented and enduring performers
in rock n’ roll, for free, and set against the iconic GM Renaissance
Center on one side and the Detroit River on the other. You really
have to experience Rockin’ on the Riverfront to experience
summer in the Motor City.”
Admission to the concerts is always free and no advance tickets
are necessary. Viewing space is offered on a first-come, first-served
basis. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and
blankets. In addition, boaters on the Detroit River are welcome
to anchor near the riverfront and enjoy the shows from the water.
Andiamo Detroit Riverfront will provide refreshment and food concessions
at several locations across the plaza. Outside food, beverages or
coolers will not be permitted. Andiamo Detroit Riverfront and Joe
Muer Seafood will accept dinner reservations before and after the
concert and both restaurants offer outdoor patios overlooking the
Detroit River and Rockin’ on the Riverfront stage.
Convenient parking is available for $5 per vehicle, starting at
5:00 p.m., at the GM surface lot at the intersection of St. Antoine
and Atwater streets, adjacent to the GM Renaissance Center.
The Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center is offering two viewing
packages. The Andiamo Riverfront package includes a four-course
dinner and overnight accommodations. The Joe Muer Seafood package
includes a four course dinner, overnight accommodations and breakfast
at forty-two degrees north. For reservations specify the package
and call 1-800-352-0831 or visit detroitmarriott.com.
Use promotional code D60.