Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Announces Headliners For River Days Festival


The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy (DRFC) has announced the GM River Days festival from June 23-25 will feature a musical lineup including Ann Wilson of Heart and a local tribute band FiftyAmpFuse on Friday evening.

Soul group The Isley Brothers featuring Ron Isley and Grammy-winning soul and R&B singer Freddie Jackson will perform Saturday night, and Grammy-winning R&B group 112 will perform Sunday evening along with Grammy-nominated R&B singer Joe.

“For more than a decade, GM River Days has celebrated the transformation of the Detroit riverfront into a world-class gathering place,” says Mark Wallace, president and CEO of the DRFC. “The Detroit RiverWalk brings out the best in our community, and GM River Days is a great time for us to gather together and enjoy this great city.”

The festival will also include a 30-foot slide in the William G. Milliken State Park, and motorcyclists are invited to park their bikes at no cost on Atwater Street, between St. Antoine and Rivard streets, beginning at 6 p.m. for bike night on Friday, June 23. Bikers and their passenger will receive admission wristbands to see Ann Wilson’s performance if arriving on a motorcycle.

Other activities include the carnival-themed Flagstar Bank Kids Zone, produced by The Parade Co., and hands-on activities including rock climbing and archery hosted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The MetroPCS Zip Line will also be available for $15 per ride, and an airshow will return to the riverfront for the third year. Staged by the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum, performances will be at 1 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Food will be provided by the Soaring Eagle Cuisine Machine at the Pepsi Taste of Detroit Food Court. More than a dozen local establishments will present a variety of dining options, including Soaring Eagle Cuisine Machine, AA Ice Cream, Amicci’s Pizza, Andre’s Louisiana Seafood Sandwich Shop, Atwater Bistro, Beans & Cornbread, Big Mike’s Mexican Grill, Build-A-Burger, Bowlder’s Concession Smoothie & Lemonade, Detroit Shrimp & Fish, Doggs Your Way, Famous Dave’s, The Smoke N Pig, Jackson’s Five Star Catering, Mercurio Foods, Mr. Deep Fried, Niko’s Gyros, Sister Love Treats Italian Ice, and Panda Express.

Tickets for the event can be purchased here.

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