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Tune Town Brings the Party and the Music to Downtown Detroit Streets -- April 3-5
Local artists to perform throughout downtown Detroit districts all weekend
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Christy Howard will perform at Hart Plaza.
DETROIT -- To enrich the party atmosphere for this weekend's expected crowds in Detroit (April 3-5), the downtown business community is sponsoring Tune Town, a music festival designed to bring live music directly to the streets of five of downtown Detroit's most vibrant areas.
Bands and music artists from a variety of genres will bring the party outside by playing in the streets. More than 90 performances by local bands will be featured at one of five locations: Campus Martius, Paradise Valley (formerly Harmonie Park), Hart Plaza, Greektown, and Grand Circus Park. A complete band schedule is available at www.DowntownDetroit.org.
Longtime Detroit radio legend Jim (JJ) Johnson, who graced Detroit's airwaves for more than 30 years, will emcee many of the local musicians playing throughout the Motor City's hotspots. He will make rounds at all Tune Town stops and personally introduce the talented Detroit bands.
Tune Town locations will open at 11 a.m. on Friday and continue until midnight. On Saturday, bands will perform from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and then from 10 p.m. to midnight. On Sunday, the music starts up at 11 a.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. at all locations.
"We have an incredible lineup of bands from all over Metro Detroit and as far away as West Michigan," said Paul Childs, COO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. "We believe Tune Town will raise the party atmosphere downtown and encourage both local residents and visitors to share in the celebration during a special weekend in Detroit."
The Campus Martius area will house rock bands. On Friday, Red Star Redemption, The High Strung, Bear Lake, Lucky Brown, Brien Patrick and more take to the streets. Then over the course of the next two days more heavy hitters such as Stellar Drive, Guitar Army, Broadzilla, The Reefermen, Band B, Robin Horlock, Twin Pigs Nuroksol and more will play at that same location.
Paradise Valley (formerly Harmonie Park) will feature singer/songwriters, jazz, and soul artists like as Brandon Calhoon, Pato, Sky Covington, Half Whacked, Back to Back and more.
Fans of the blues and country should stop by Hart Plaza to see artists like Luther Keith, The Mickeys, Skin & Bones, Christy Howard, Whitey Morgan & The 78's, Doop & The Inside Outlaws, Tom Esperaza & The Boa Constrictors, Paul Miles, Erich Goebel and many more.
In Greektown, featured bands will play jazz, R&B, funk, and soul music. Artists include The Fffellaz, Third Coast Kings, Chris Ams, Four Finger Five, JStokes, 3 Of A Kind, Greta's Dream and many more.
Finally, the Grand Circus Park area brings everyone together with a variety of different artists from SKA to country, soul to funk, and rock to R&B, featuring artists and bands like Superdot, Nadir Distorted Soul, Righteous, Ultra Violet Hippopotamus, J Legardy, Great Divide, Whack The Mole, Tom Butwin and many more.
The entire Tune town band
schedule is available at
Source: Downtown Detroit Partnership
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