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ANNOUNCED: The Aretha Franklin Ampitheatre Summer Concert Series Lineup

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 Regular Box Office hours start April 5th .


The Wednesday Jazzy Nights series at The Aretha will include an all-star lineup including:

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.


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.

Grammy® Award nominated vocalist Maxwell will take The Aretha stage with Corinne Bailey Rae on July 27th .

Grammy® Award winning singer Anthony Hamilton will be joined by 12-time Grammy® Award nominated vocalist Ledisi and singer-songwriter Tweet on August 10th .

Seven-time Grammy® Award Winner Gladys Knight and soulful vocalist Will Downing will appear on August 11th.


Famous reggae band UB40 will bring its 40th Anniversary Tour to The Aretha and will be joined by roots reggae band Steel Pulse on August 2nd .

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 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.

Concertgoers can download The Aretha mobile app in the iTunes App Store or Google Play to be the first to receive news about The Aretha events.

For more details, visit and follow The Aretha on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

*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

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