DETROIT RIVERFRONT CONSERVANCY ANNOUNCES FULL MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP, PROGRAMMING AND ACTIVITIES FOR 2018 GM RIVER DAYS
PRESENTED BY SOARING EAGLE CASINO AND RESORT

June 20, 2018

Festival to Include Nearly 50 Musical Acts, Air Show and Nonstop Family-Fun

DETROIT (23 May 2018) - The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy is thrilled to continue its tradition of showcasing local music as a centerpiece of its annual summer festival, GM River Days presented by Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. Nearly 50 local music favorites will perform during the 12th consecutive year of the three-day festival. Festival goers will also be treated to a gravity-defying aerial show performed by the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum.

Much of the musical excitement, which will include a host of new acts, will take place on the Michigan Lottery Stage and the Soaring Eagle Stage, where performances will range from rock, pop, indie and blues to alternative soul, party punk and of course, Motown. The Quicken Loans National Stage will feature an array of big music names, including classic R&B group Kool & the Gang along with tribute band Beatlemania Live! on Friday evening. Legendary funk sensation Morris Day and the Time will electrify the stage on Saturday, along with smooth R&B singer Donell Jones. The fun picks up again Sunday evening with the melodic sounds of multi-platinum soul singer Avant. Canadian R&B singer Tamia will also perform Sunday.

While the festival’s $3 general admission ($5 after 3 p.m.) includes access to all performances, VIP premiere seats are now on sale for the major headlining performances featured on the Quicken Loans National Stage. The tickets are $35 and can only be purchased in advance of the festival. Purchases must be made online at RiverDays.com/Music while quantities last.

QUICKEN LOANS NATIONAL STAGE SCHEDULE

Friday, June 22

1:00 p.m. Emcee for Tuskegee Airmen Museum Airshow 4:00 p.m. The Band Mint
5:00 p.m. Evrod Cassimy
6:00 p.m. Beatlemania Live!

8:30 p.m. Kool & the Gang

 

Saturday, June 23

3:30 p.m. Emcee for Tuskegee Airmen Museum Airshow 6:00 p.m. Brielle Lesley
7:00 p.m. Donell Jones
8:30 p.m. Morris Day and the Time

 

Sunday, June 24

3:30 p.m. Emcee for Tuskegee Airmen Museum Airshow 5:15 p.m. Notorious
7:00 p.m. Avant
8:45 p.m. Tamia

 

MICHIGAN LOTTERY STAGE SCHEDULE:

Metro Detroit’s R&B, reggae, rock & roll and country acts will fill the Michigan Lottery Stage, located along the Detroit Riverfront just east of Beaubien Street, featuring:

 

Friday, June 22
11:15 a.m. Katelynn Corll (Singer/Songwriter)
12:15 p.m. Jake McArthur (Singer Songwriter)
1:00 p.m. Emcee for Tuskegee Airmen Museum Airshow 2:00 p.m. Brother Son (Indie Pop)
3:30 p.m. Austin Scott (Country Americana)
5:00 p.m. Priscilla Price (Blues & Soul)
6:45 p.m. The Reefermen (Rock)
8:30 p.m. The Persuasion Band (High Energy Party Music)

 

Saturday, June 23
9:30 a.m. YOGA (Thrive Yoga Studio)
11:15 a.m. Natalie Lucassian (Alternative Soul)
12:45 p.m. I’m with Molly (Blues and Classic Rock)
2:15 p.m. The Dudes Party Time Band (Rock)
3:30 p.m. Emcee for Tuskegee Airmen Museum Airshow 4:45 p.m. TAVISTOCK (Rock/Classic Rock)
6:30 p.m. Melanie Rutherford & Phat Greasy (R&B/Funk) 8:30 p.m. Larry Lee & Back in the Day Band (Funk/R&B)

 

Sunday, June 24
11:15 a.m. Acoustic Ash (Singer/Songwriter)
12:45 p.m. Billy Gunther (Country)
2:15 p.m. Billy Brandt and the Sugarees (Americana Rock)
3:30 p.m. Emcee for Tuskegee Airmen Museum Airshow
4:30 p.m. New World Soul (R&B Soul)
6:00 p.m. Roots Vibrations (Reggae/Soca)
7:30 p.m. Ideeyah (Soul/R&B)
9:00 p.m. Bob Murray Band featuring Lenny Watkins & Tosha Owens (Blues/Soul)

 

SOARING EAGLE STAGE

The best of metro Detroit’s classic rock, country, funk and soul bands will play on the Soaring Eagle Stage, located along on the GM Plaza in front of the Renaissance Center, featuring:

 

Friday, June 22
11:45 a.m. Banjoelectric (Global Electro-Folk)
1:00 p.m. Emcee for Tuskegee Airmen Museum Airshow 2:15 p.m. Taneen (Pop/R&B)

3:45 p.m. Michon Young (Jazz/R&B)
5:15 p.m. Red Herring (Rock/Blues)
6:45 p.m. Roadside Rick & The Breakdowns (Classic Rock & Blues) 8:30 p.m. Crazy Babies – Ozzy ReBourne (Ozzy Ozbourne Tribute)

 

Saturday, June 23
11:30 a.m. ROCKET(!!!) MAN (The Groove)
1:00 p.m. Terri Schuh (Neo-soul R&B)
2:30 p.m. Christian Vegh Band (Blues Rock)
3:30 p.m. Emcee for Tuskegee Airmen Museum Airshow 4:45 p.m. Blackmail (Rock/Funk)
6:30 p.m. The Ruiners (Party Punk/Rock)
8:30 p.m. Frijid Pink (Rock/Classic Rock)

 

Sunday, June 24
11:30 a.m. Sami Mei (Pop/Indie)
1:00 p.m. Drew Schultz & the Broken Habits (Soul/Motown) 2:30 p.m. Nadir Omawale (Funk)
3:30 p.m. Emcee for Tuskegee Airmen Museum Airshow 4:45 p.m. The Gia Warner Band (Rock/Americana)
6:30 p.m. Alise King (R&B)
8:30 p.m. Stone Clover (Paddy Slag)

 

Flagstar Bank Kids Zone

The Flagstar Bank Kids’ Zone, located at Rivard Plaza, will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday of GM River Days between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Families will be able to enjoy the carnival atmosphere and a range of activities and entertainment for free. Kids’ Zone is produced by The Parade Company. This year’s activities include: a monster mural, craft stations, sand art, face painting, magic shows, puppet shows and themed fun brought to you by the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center and the Detroit Children’s Museum.

 

Puppeteer Mary Ellen Clark will also entertain kids with an interactive show designed to thrust the audience into the fun. Additionally, kids will have their pick of events on the Meijer Kids Stage including magic, humor and animal shows.

MEIJER KIDS STAGE SCHEDULE:

 

Friday, June 22

12:00 p.m. Michigan Science Center Stage Show
1:00 p.m. Emcee for Tuskegee Airmen Museum Airshow 2:00 p.m. Cool Tricks and Funny Stuff Magic Show
3:00 p.m. Michigan Science Center Stage Show
4:00 p.m. Cool Tricks and Funny Stuff Magic Show
5:00 p.m. Michigan Science Center Stage Show
6:00 p.m. Cool Tricks and Funny Stuff Magic Show
7:00 p.m. Michigan Science Center Stage Show

 

Saturday, June 23

11:30 a.m. Michigan Science Center Stage Show
12:30 p.m. Cool Tricks and Funny Stuff Magic Show 1:30 p.m. Puppet Show
2:15 p.m. Cool Tricks and Funny Stuff Magic Show
3:00 p.m. Michigan Science Center Stage Show
3:30 p.m. Emcee for Tuskegee Airmen Museum Airshow 4:30 p.m. Puppet Show
6:00 p.m. Michigan Science Center Stage Show
7:00 p.m. Cool Tricks and Funny Stuff Magic Show

 

Sunday, June 24

11:00 a.m. Cool Tricks and Funny Stuff Magic Show 12:00 p.m. Michigan Science Center Stage Show
1:00 p.m. Cool Tricks and Funny Stuff Magic Show
2:00 p.m. Michigan Science Center Stage Show
3:00 p.m. Cool Tricks and Funny Stuff Magic Show
3:30 p.m. Emcee for Tuskegee Airmen Museum Airshow 4:30 p.m. Animal Magic

5:30 p.m. Michigan Science Center Stage Show 6:45 p.m. Animal Magic

 

RiverWalk Buskers presented by the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

GM River Days is pleased to welcome back a popular cast of

buskers and street performers along the

RiverWalk! These performances will be located at the GM Fountain area and on the RiverWalk west of

Rivard Plaza.

 

Area 1 (GM Fountain):

 

Friday, June 22

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. George Tait, Living Statue

 

Saturday, June 23

12:00 p.m. – 1 p.m. Hoaloha Polynesian Group, Storytelling

of the Polynesian Culture through Music & Dance

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Raices Mexicanas de Detroit, Ballet Folklorico

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuskegee Airmen Airshow

4:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. George Tait, Mind Tapped

 

Sunday, June 24:

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Michigan Center for Capoeira, Capoeira Demonstration

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. TITANIUM, Barbershop Quartet

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Audacious Hoops, Hula Hoop Performance

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuskegee Airmen Airshow

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Motor City Street Dance Academy, Dance Performance

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Ballet Folklorico de Detroit, Ballet Folklorico

7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. The Vibe Man John Davis, Vibrophonist

Area 2 (RiverWalk west of Rivard Plaza):

 

Friday, June 22

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Detroit Circus, Circus-style performances

(Stilt walking, aerialists, fire-breathing, acrobatics, juggling)

 

Saturday, June 23

12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Detroit Circus, Circus-style Performances

(Stilt walking, aerialists, fire-breathing, acrobatics, juggling)

 

Sunday, June 24:

12:00pm – 8:00 p.m. Detroit Circus, Circus-style Performances

(Stilt walking, aerialists, fire-breathing, acrobatics, juggling)

 

Air Show by the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum

 

The air show, a crowd favorite, will return over the Detroit River for its fifth year. Staged by
the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum, performances will be at 1 p.m. on Friday and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The show is slated to feature both military and civilian performers showcasing a wide variety of aircraft and flying styles. Billy Werth will headline with aerobatic performances in his Pitts S-2C aerobatic biplane. The U.S. Air Force's 14th FTW will send a four-ship formation of T-6A Texan IIs from Columbus AFB in Mississippi on for a fly-by on Friday. The Tuskegee Museum will team up with the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association in Windsor to feature World War II aircraft including the Tuskegee North American AT-6, the Canadian Harvard, a Stearman biplane, and several later-developed de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunks. The Tuskegee Museum's own four-ship formation of U.S. Air Force Academy TG-7A motorgliders (the only glider formation team in North America) will round out the lineup. The air show will feature emcees at all festival stages. This is one of the very few airshows in all of North America that features mostly local performers.

 

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will provide a variety of hands-on activities, including a rock climbing wall for children and adults in the William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor during the festival. Guests can stroll through the park and talk with wildlife and fish experts, foresters, and conservation officers. There will also be a laser gun trailer to educate families on hunting. Booths will be set up across the park with education games tables, live animals and fishing demonstrations. Festivalgoers will also have a chance to try their hand at archery and other outdoor skill challenges.

 

Coast Guard Cutter Tours

 

A fixture on the Detroit River since 1874 and a unique representation of Detroit’s distinction as being an international border, the United States Coast Guard will have a presence this year at GM River Days. The USCGC BRISTOL BAY (WTGB-102) will be onsite and free to tour during the festival. The cutter will be docked at GM Plaza. Tours take place on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  The primary mission of USCGC BRISTOL BAY (WTGB-102) is icebreaking. The 140-foot cutter, which is homeported in Detroit, conducts its icebreaking mission in the Great Lakes.

 

Detroit Marriott – The Official Hotel of GM River Days

As the official hotel sponsor of GM River Days, the Detroit Marriott invites families to explore the Detroit Riverfront during the festival and stay downtown in guest rooms with floor to ceiling windows featuring spectacular views of the city and river. For reservations, visit DetroitMarriott.com or call 1-800-352- 0831.

 

The 2018 GM River Days presented by Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort starts Friday, June 22 at 11 a.m. The event spans from the William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor to the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Terminal & Dock, just past the Renaissance Center. Festival hours are 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Conservancy charges $3 (and $5 after 3 p.m.) to help underwrite programming and operational costs. Festival admission is FREE before 5 p.m. on Friday, June 22. Visit RiverDays.com for a full lineup for events.

GM River Days presented by Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort is supported by Bacardi, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, Eagle Security, Flagstar Bank, Imperial Beverage, Lagunitas, Made in Detroit, Meijer, MetroPCS, Michigan Lottery, Nathan’s, Pepsi, Quicken Loans, Shorts Brewing Company, Tito’s Vodka and Traverse City Whiskey.

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