The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre Salutes Fathers June 15 and 16

The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre Salutes Fathers June 15 and 16
Gifts will be given to hundreds of fathers attending Father’s Day show

Detroit, June 7, 2019 – Fathers are a big deal at The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, Detroit’s premiere summer concert venue located along the Detroit River. Hosting the legendary R&B singer Charlie Wilson, The Whispers and Lalah Hathaway, The Right Productions, who manages
and operates The Aretha, is continuing to change the narrative about Fathers and Father Figures. For the second consecutive year, The Right Productions will give gift bags to the first 500 fathers who enter the venue doors June 16. Fathers and their loved ones are welcomed to purchase tickets at The Aretha Box Office and through Tickets are available starting at $46.*

A range of gifts provided by several local contributors will be awarded during the show. Armond Harris at Jabs Gym will gift 500 fathers with a one-month gym membership. Other contributors include: American Cancer Society, Comcast/Xfinity, ECS/McDonalds, House of Pure Vin, Samsung and T-Mobile East Jefferson. In past years, dads were awarded gifts such as:
hotel stays, a wardrobe makeover, a new grill, hats, car wash packages, wine and autographed swag.

“My sons and I continue in our mission to change the narrative on Fathers, and we celebrate them in a big way,” says Shahida Mausi, President, The Right Productions, Inc. “Our team includes great men who will spend their Father’s Day helping to salute fathers. We are grateful for the generous contributors who supported our vision.”

Notching ten No. 1 singles, 13 Grammy Award nominations, a New York Times best-selling memoir and ongoing sold-out, coast-to-coast arena tour, Charlie Wilson is a signature voice. Hits include: “Charlie Last Name: Wilson,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Can’t Live Without You,” ”You Are” plus countless hits as lead singer of The Gap Band. Joining Charlie Wilson that weekend will be R&B group The Whispers (Saturday June 15) and vocalist Lalah Hathaway (Sunday June 16). Ranked among Pollstar’s Top 100 Amphitheatres, The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, formerly Chene Park Detroit, is uniquely located on an international waterway with Canada as its backdrop. The formal renaming and unveiling of the venue’s new marquee was took place May

Thousands of music legends and the hottest acts have performed on this renown stage since its opening in 1985. The Aretha employs more than 300 persons over the 2019 summer season.

The Wednesday Jazzy Nights series at The Aretha will include an all-star lineup including:
Jonathan Butler and Kirk Whalum (June 12); Kenny G (June 19); Black Violin (June 26); Loose Ends and Rahsaan Patterson (July 3); Superstars of Jazz Fusion featuring Roy Ayers, Miki Howard and Lonnie Liston Smith (July 10); Robert Glasper and Christian Scott (July 17); PJ Morton and Dwele (July 24); Najee (July 31); Rose Royce and Con Funk Shun (August 7); DOUBLE VISION REVISITED featuring Bob James, David Sanborn & Marcus Miller with guests Billy Kilson and Larry Braggs (August 14); and Michael Franks (August 21). The Jazzy Nights series kicks off Wednesday, June 5th and continues through Wednesday, August 21st. Many Detroit artists will be showcased. Tickets are available starting at $20.* Weekends at The Aretha will feature some of the hottest acts. Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will hit The Aretha stage on July 5th. Grammy® Award nominated vocalist Maxwell will take The Aretha stage with Corinne Bailey Rae on July 27 th . Famous reggae band UB40 will bring its 40 th Anniversary Tour to The Aretha and will be joined by roots reggae band Steel Pulse on August 2 nd . Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington will perform August 8 th .

On August 9 th , music lovers can step back into the 80’s as the Lost 80’s Live tour returns featuring A Flock of Seagulls, The Tubes, The Motels, Bow Wow Wow, The Vapors, Wang Chung, Real Life, Animotion, Farrington + Mann (Original members of When In Rome UK), Boys Don’t Cry and The Escape Club.

Grammy® Award winning singer Anthony Hamilton will be joined by 12-time Grammy® Award nominated vocalist Ledisi and singer-songwriter Tweet on August 10 th . Seven-time Grammy® Award Winner Gladys Knight and soulful vocalist Will Downing will appear on August 11 th . A new show has been added. R&B crooner Tank will be joined by Lyfe Jennings at The Aretha on Saturday, July 6. Tickets for this show go on sale Friday, June 7.

Additional shows will be announced soon. *Does not include $4 facility fee. All shows are rain or shine. Events subject to change. Prices slightly higher day of show. Lighted and secure parking is available. The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre is a City of Detroit, Recreation Dept. facility, managed and operated by The Right Productions, Inc. About The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre. Located at 2600 Atwater in the heart of downtown Detroit, The Aretha is the epicenter for live summer entertainment in the Motor City. This renown waterfront amphitheatre boasts 5,000 seats and 1,000 lawn spots for concert goers. More than 40 events are held at the venue and 150,000 guests visit each summer. The Aretha Box Office is open on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Phone: 313-393-7128. Tickets can be purchased anytime online through Concertgoers can download The Aretha mobile app in the iTunes App Store or Google Play to receive news about The Aretha events. For more details, visit and follow The Aretha on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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