Detroit Rocks: 27 Musical Acts Set for Comerica Park Hockeytown Fest


From Dec. 27-31, the Coke Zero Fan Zone will offer 27 musical acts and several Detroit-based restaurants during the Hockeytown Winter Festival in front of Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.

The five-day event leads up to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“The expansive list of musical and family-oriented entertainment, along with interactive games and diverse food offerings, provides a great experience for people of all ages,” says Tom Wilson, president and CEO of Olympia Entertainment.

The festival will feature musicians and bands on two stages, one in the Molson Hockey House and the other in the Detroit Red Wings Experience. They include:

  • Barbara Payton     
  • Big Pappa & The Machine
  • Chit
  • Corktown Popes
  • Covenant Which Doctors
  • David Shelby
  • Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys
  • Half Light Music
  • Jedi Mind Trip
  • Jennifer Westwood
  • Jody Raffoul
  • Kaleido
  • Killer Flamingos
  • Laith Al-Saadi
  • Larry Lee & the Back in the Day Band
  • Los Gringos
  • Otto Vector
  • Persuasion
  • Polish Muslims
  • Stewart Francke
  • SuperLast
  • The Infatuations
  • The Muggs
  • The Reverbmen
  • Thornetta Davis
  • Tom Butwin Band
  • Toppermost

The event will also bring several Detroit-area restaurants on-site. Palm Palace, a Mediterranean chain in the metro region, will offer chicken shwarma, ground lamb sandwiches, and Mediterranean pizza pockets. Jackson Five Star Catering will have kiosks selling pulled-pork sandwiches and fried fish; Vintage Catering will offer smoked turkey legs, and Polish Village Café will showcase its take on traditional Polish dishes.

On Dec. 30 and 31, fans will be able to take photos with the Stanley Cup. Also on-site will be Phil Pritchard, the NHL’s “Keeper of the Cup.” Alumni of the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs will be available for autographs and Q&A sessions at various locations throughout the Coke Zero Fan Zone.

The Zone will be free to ticketholders to that day’s hockey games at the Hockeytown Winter Festival. Admission for non-ticketholders is $5 each day.