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Friday, 10 June, 2011 2:16 AM

American Idol Lee DeWyze Among Headliners in 7th Annual FREE “Summer in the Park” Series at Campus Martius Park

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Lee DeWyze will perform at Detroit's Campus Martius Park on July 22, 2011.

 

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DETROIT — American Idol 2010 Season 9 Winner Lee DeWyze is among the headliners who will rock the seventh annual FREE “Summer in the Park” entertainment series this summer at Campus Martius Park, Detroit 300 Conservancy President Bob Gregory announced today. Presented by Compuware and WDIV Local 4, Summer in the Park is an 11-week program packed with music, comedy, art, fashion, local fare and family fun that begins June 14 and runs through Aug. 30.

“We are poised once again to turn Woodward Avenue, in and around Campus Martius Park, into an incredible free celebration with something for everyone to enjoy,” Gregory said. “Summer in the Park has become a tradition that pulls visitors from within and outside the region to enjoy our wonderful city. Guests are welcome to come to the Park to enjoy special lunchtime activities, listen to music, relax on our beautiful lawns, or simply take in all of the sights and sounds that downtown Detroit has to offer.”

Summer in the Park includes the “Lunchtime Arts” underwritten by Charter One, an 11-week concert program that features some of Detroit’s best musical talent, the “4th Fridays in the Park” entertainment series, and Healthy Moves. Taking place the fourth Friday of every month between June and August, 4th Fridays in the Park is a day-long celebration with a full line-up of activities including music, comedy, food, fashion, family entertainment, movies, and more. Presented by Real Detroit, DeWyze is slated to perform July 22 as part of 4th Fridays in the Park.

The 4th Fridays in the Park series has received the summer’s highest “best of events” rating from the Detroit Free Press and boasts national and Detroit music stages that showcase a wide variety of music and entertainers.

“With its superb landscape, spectacular fountain and the surroundings of the downtown Detroit skyline, Campus Martius Park is a truly unique entertainment venue,” said

Howard Hertz, President of the Detroit Music Awards (DMA). “This year’s Summer in the Park entertainment series is peppered with incredible variety that will appeal to even the most fickle music fan.”

DMA stars will again be prominently featured in 4th Fridays in the Park events. The Detroit Music Awards JamFest, presented by Health Plan of Michigan, June 24 finds Sean Blackman, 2011 DMA Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Instrumentalist leading an exciting ensemble of award winners and nominees dance party-style from 8:45-10:30 PM.

Additional musical acts that will perform at the Park this summer are the Wall Clocks (June 24), The Ralphe Armstrong Show (July 22) and ensembles from the Detroit Jazz Festival Summer Institute with jazz master drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts (Aug. 26). More details will follow in the near future.

New to the Summer in the Park this year is a comedy series on 4th Fridays at Happy Hour hosted on the McDonald’s Stage and presented by Joey’s Comedy Club from 4:30-7 PM, a fashion show featuring Motor City Denim Company’s Joe Faris of “Project Runway” fame and featuring jewelry collections from Detroit’s Richard Wright of Wrighteous Denim (June 24), and Fun for Children, a program sponsored by Magic Radio 12-3 PM on 4th Fridays beginning June 24.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit presents Healthy Moves, with Tai Chi 5:30-6:30 PM on Tuesdays, June 14-Aug. 23 and Yoga 9-10 AM on Saturdays, June 18- Aug. 27.

Campus Martius Park would like to thank its 2011 “Summer in The Park” sponsors: Compuware, City of Detroit, McDonald’s, Health Plan of Michigan, Marketing Associates, Ernst & Young, Charter One, Quicken Loans, WDIV Local 4, Real Detroit, WCSX (94.7 FM), WRIF (101.1 FM), Magic (105.1 FM), Hines, Westin Book Cadillac, Greko Printing, Hard Rock Café, Synergy Media 7, Inside Detroit, Blumz, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, and Honors.

About Campus Martius Park

Campus Martius Park, Detroit’s Gathering Place and the centerpiece of revitalization in downtown, is a legacy gift to the city of Detroit from the Detroit 300 Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that has raised over $20 million to design, construct, and operate the Park through businesses, foundations, and individual donations. The nationally recognized Campus Martius Park is the recent recipient of The 2010 Urban Land Institute’s Amanda Burden Open Space Award. Program Planning for the Park was by Project For Public Spaces and the Park’s designer was Rundell Ernstberger Associates, LLC. For more information, contact the Detroit 300 Conservancy at 313-962-0101 or visit www.campusmartiuspark.org.

Source: Detroit 300 Conservancy / B E R L I N E

 

Photo credit: B E R L I N E

Sean Blackman will entertain crowds on June 24, 2011 at Campus Martius Park.

 

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