2019 marks the inaugural season for The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, Detroit’s premiere summer concert venue located along the Detroit River.
Formerly known as Chene Park, the venue was renamed as a permanent honor to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. The Right Productions, who manage and operate The Aretha, announces the lineup for the renowned Wednesday Jazzy Nights series plus select weekend shows.
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m. EDT. Music lovers can purchase tickets for the best summer concerts in the “D” at The Aretha Box Office and through www.ticketmaster.com. Regular Box Office hours start April 5th .
WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAZZY NIGHTS SERIES
The Wednesday Jazzy Nights series at The Aretha will include an all-star lineup including:
- Damien Escobar (June 5)
- 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 (Jully 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)
- Michael Franks (August 21)
The Jazzy Nigihts series kicks off Wednesday, June 5th and continues through Wednesday, August 21st. Many Detroit artists will be showcased.
Tickets are available starting at $19. Music lovers who purchase a Season Ticket get 12 shows for the price of 11 at $268– the best entertainment value f the summer.
VARIETY OF WEEKEND SHOWS NOW ON SALE
A variety of weekend shows at The Aretha went on sale today. On June 15th and 16th , The Aretha will celebrate Father’s Day with a doubleheader weekend featuring 13-time Grammy® Award nominated vocalist Charlie Wilson and special guests including five-time Grammy® Award Winner Lalah Hathaway.
UB40 BRINGS 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR TO THE ARETHA
In September 2018, UB40 released their 19th studio album and first studio album in five years, “For The Many”, and have embarked on a 38- date world tour starting March 2019.
UB40’s August 2nd performance at The Aretha in Detroit will be the band’s first U.S. tour stop.
“MY SEAT” LICENSES ON SALE
“My Seat” licenses are also on sale. A great option for music lovers, a seat license allows license holders to select and secure their preferred seats for all 2019 The Aretha shows.
With the purchase of a seat license, selected seat(s) will be held under the name of the license holder for up to three weeks before the show. If the license holder does not purchase the seat(s), those seats will be released for sale to the public. The cost of each seat license starts at $300.
The Aretha Box Office, located at 2600 Atwater, will be open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Aretha Box Office is located at 2600 Atwater in Detroit. Phone: 313-393-7128.
*Includes $4 facility fee. All shows are rain or shine. Events subject to change. Prices slightly higher day of show. Lighted and secure parking. The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre is a City of Detroit, Recreation Dept. facility, managed and operated by The Right Productions, Inc.
All images courtesy of The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre