Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Plans Annual GM River Days


DETROIT —  Zip lines, an airshow, and national music acts from Motown legend Gladys Knight and R&B group Bell Biv Devoe, among others, will be new additions to the ninth annual GM River Days presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, which takes place June 19-21.

“We’re excited to add these new enhancements to an already fantastic event,” says Mark Wallace, president & CEO of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.

2015 marks the fifth year GM has signed on as the title sponsor of the event. Music acts include Paul Rodgers, founding member of Bad Company; seven-time Grammy Award winner and Motown legend Gladys Knight; R&B singer-songwriter Chanté Moore; Bell Biv Devoe, a trio of members from the 1980s act New Edition; a trio of members from the 1980s act New Edition, Jagged Edge, Grammy-nominated R&B group; and Dave Hollister, R&B vocalist and previous member of Blackstreet. Tickets cost $35 and include entrance to the festival.

There will also be an air show over the Detroit River on Saturday and Sunday, staged by the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum. Festivalgoers will can get a view of the Detroit River from the Milliken State Park with rides on two new Zip Lines. Riders will get to fly 300-feet across the sky with the first-ever zip line in the state park. It allows two people to zip simultaneously on two lines 34 feet in the air. Tickets will cost $15 for one ride or two for $25.

More than a dozen eateries will offer dining options throughout the weekend, including Atwater in the Park, Bert’s Market Place, Coach Insignia, Famous Dave’s BBQ, Detroit Marshmallow Company, Eskimo Jack, Detroit Fish and Shrimp, RiverWalk Café, Baja Smoothies and more.

Admission to the festival is free before 5 p.m. Friday, June 19. For a full schedule of events and activities, visit