Legendary Motown Recording Artist Stevie Wonder to Perform Free Concert For Detroit's 300th Birthday - Detroit 300 Announces Details for July Festival

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Detroit 300 Inc.

    DETROIT, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wonder of Detroit is coming home.
 In a press conference earlier today at Music Hall, Detroit 300 Inc. announced
 that legendary Motown recording artist Stevie Wonder will headline the free
 Celebrity Homecoming Concert at Detroit's Hart Plaza on July 21.  In a
 greeting taped Saturday in Los Angeles, Wonder expressed excitement at having
 the opportunity to share in Detroit's 300th birthday celebration.  In addition
 to Wonder, Detroit 300 announced Birthday Festival appearances by Della Reese
 and confirmed 13 of 20 Tall Ships(R) for Sail Detroit.
     "The addition of Stevie Wonder to the Birthday Festival is of major
 significance to our celebration.  We wanted to create a world-class
 celebration that features the best of Detroit's talent and heritage, and that
 is what we have done," states Edsel B. Ford II, Chairman for Detroit 300.
     The celebration surrounding Detroit's official birthday, on Tuesday,
 July 24, is a series of events from July 13-29 that includes Sail Detroit,
 Sounds of Detroit, and the Ford Parade of Historic Tall Ships(R).  Detroit is
 the first Midwest city to celebrate a tricentennial.
     The Detroit 300 Birthday Festival begins with observing the maritime
 heritage that fostered the growth of the city in its early years.  "Sail
 Detroit," which will be presented by Ford Motor Company, July 19-22, will
 feature over 20 tall ships docked for public viewing on both the Detroit and
 Windsor, Ontario sides of the Detroit River.  Ships announced today included:
 Appledore IV, Concordia, Gaff Schooner Red Witch, The Grand Nellie, HMS
 Tecumseth, Madeline, Mist of Avalon, Pathfinder, Play Fair, Pride of
 Baltimore II, St. Lawrence II, True North of Toronto and U.S. Brig Niagara.
 Sail Detroit, a first for the city, culminates with the Ford Parade of
 Historic Tall Ships(R) on July 22.
     Spotlighting Detroit musical talent heard around the world, "Sounds of
 Detroit," July 20-22, brings the Wonder of Detroit and features a wide range
 of Detroit artists including jazz, rhythm & blues, electronic, gospel and
 more.  It begins with "Jazz Detroit: Swing, Bop & Beyond," presented by MGM
 Grand Detroit Casino, in Hart Plaza on Friday, July 20.
     On Saturday, July 21, the "Celebrity Homecoming Concert" features
 legendary Motown Recording artist Stevie Wonder, performing a live, free
 concert in Detroit's Hart Plaza, which will also be simulcast in Windsor's
 Riverside Plaza.
     Stevie Wonder has not only influenced the musical talents of Motown and
 other rhythm & blues recording artists for more than four decades; he has also
 influenced artists from such diverse genres as rock, jazz, hip-hop and
 electronic.  Celebrities yet to be announced will join Mr. Wonder to salute
 Detroit's tricentennial.  The Celebrity Homecoming Concert is sponsored by
 DaimlerChrysler.
     The Sounds of Detroit finale, on the evening of Sunday, July 22, features
 an 800-voice gospel choir performing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
     "Detroit's 300th birthday is a party with a purpose," states Maud Lyon,
 Executive Director for Detroit 300.  Lyon continues, "We have a lot to
 celebrate, a great story to tell and much to share with each other as well as
 the country.  As we reach the cornerstone of our tricentennial year in July,
 Detroit will enjoy its finest hour.  With twenty tall ships making their way
 down the Detroit River and the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Della Reese and other
 Detroit artists, all of us will have a better sense of the incredible talent
 that made our city great."
     Following the events on the weekend of July 20-22 will be the "Pageant of
 Cadillac's Landing," presented by General Motors.  The event will recreate
 Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac's landing at the place the city began.  Cadillac
 will be greeted by Mayor Dennis Archer and a 50-man unit of the French Marine
 Corps.  The French-American Chamber of Commerce will conduct the welcoming
 ceremony and will also unveil their gift to the city -- a bronze statue of
 Cadillac that will be permanently installed at Hart Plaza.
     On Wednesday, July 25 at Chene Park, Spiritual Day will honor the "City of
 Faith" -- as it brings together 3,300 congregations and 120 denominations to
 celebrate spirituality, unity and healing.  Cardinal Maida has led the call
 for the interfaith celebration that will bring together more than 100 faith-
 based leaders from Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other faiths.
     The complete Detroit 300 Festival line-up includes:
     -- Concert of Colors Tricentennial Diversity Festival at Chene Park,
        July 13-15
     -- "Detroit 300 Day" at Comerica Park, July 18
     -- Sail Detroit and Ford Parade of Historic Tall Ships(R), July 19-22
     -- Family Festival, July 20-22
     -- Jazz Detroit: Swing, Bop & Beyond, July 20
     -- Celebrity Homecoming Concert, July 21
     -- Sunday Evening Concert, July 22
     -- Cadillac's Landing, July 24
     -- Spiritual Day, July 25 at Chene Park
     -- New Detroit Science Center Opening, July 29
     Edsel Ford also announced that a significant milestone in the public
 campaign has been reached: $25 million of the $27 million fundraising goal has
 been raised.  With an additional $2 million yet to raise, Ford urged all
 citizens to get involved in the campaign by purchasing a brick for the new
 Riverfront Promenade.
     The independent, non-profit Detroit 300 Inc. is responsible for leading a
 $27 million public campaign, creating a yearlong celebration of history,
 people and the future.  Appointed by Mayor Archer in 1998, Chairman Edsel B.
 Ford II heads the Detroit 300 Commission of 45 commissioners and Maud Lyon is
 the Executive Director.  For more information, visit www.detroit300.org .
 
 

SOURCE Detroit 300 Inc.
    DETROIT, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wonder of Detroit is coming home.
 In a press conference earlier today at Music Hall, Detroit 300 Inc. announced
 that legendary Motown recording artist Stevie Wonder will headline the free
 Celebrity Homecoming Concert at Detroit's Hart Plaza on July 21.  In a
 greeting taped Saturday in Los Angeles, Wonder expressed excitement at having
 the opportunity to share in Detroit's 300th birthday celebration.  In addition
 to Wonder, Detroit 300 announced Birthday Festival appearances by Della Reese
 and confirmed 13 of 20 Tall Ships(R) for Sail Detroit.
     "The addition of Stevie Wonder to the Birthday Festival is of major
 significance to our celebration.  We wanted to create a world-class
 celebration that features the best of Detroit's talent and heritage, and that
 is what we have done," states Edsel B. Ford II, Chairman for Detroit 300.
     The celebration surrounding Detroit's official birthday, on Tuesday,
 July 24, is a series of events from July 13-29 that includes Sail Detroit,
 Sounds of Detroit, and the Ford Parade of Historic Tall Ships(R).  Detroit is
 the first Midwest city to celebrate a tricentennial.
     The Detroit 300 Birthday Festival begins with observing the maritime
 heritage that fostered the growth of the city in its early years.  "Sail
 Detroit," which will be presented by Ford Motor Company, July 19-22, will
 feature over 20 tall ships docked for public viewing on both the Detroit and
 Windsor, Ontario sides of the Detroit River.  Ships announced today included:
 Appledore IV, Concordia, Gaff Schooner Red Witch, The Grand Nellie, HMS
 Tecumseth, Madeline, Mist of Avalon, Pathfinder, Play Fair, Pride of
 Baltimore II, St. Lawrence II, True North of Toronto and U.S. Brig Niagara.
 Sail Detroit, a first for the city, culminates with the Ford Parade of
 Historic Tall Ships(R) on July 22.
     Spotlighting Detroit musical talent heard around the world, "Sounds of
 Detroit," July 20-22, brings the Wonder of Detroit and features a wide range
 of Detroit artists including jazz, rhythm & blues, electronic, gospel and
 more.  It begins with "Jazz Detroit: Swing, Bop & Beyond," presented by MGM
 Grand Detroit Casino, in Hart Plaza on Friday, July 20.
     On Saturday, July 21, the "Celebrity Homecoming Concert" features
 legendary Motown Recording artist Stevie Wonder, performing a live, free
 concert in Detroit's Hart Plaza, which will also be simulcast in Windsor's
 Riverside Plaza.
     Stevie Wonder has not only influenced the musical talents of Motown and
 other rhythm & blues recording artists for more than four decades; he has also
 influenced artists from such diverse genres as rock, jazz, hip-hop and
 electronic.  Celebrities yet to be announced will join Mr. Wonder to salute
 Detroit's tricentennial.  The Celebrity Homecoming Concert is sponsored by
 DaimlerChrysler.
     The Sounds of Detroit finale, on the evening of Sunday, July 22, features
 an 800-voice gospel choir performing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
     "Detroit's 300th birthday is a party with a purpose," states Maud Lyon,
 Executive Director for Detroit 300.  Lyon continues, "We have a lot to
 celebrate, a great story to tell and much to share with each other as well as
 the country.  As we reach the cornerstone of our tricentennial year in July,
 Detroit will enjoy its finest hour.  With twenty tall ships making their way
 down the Detroit River and the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Della Reese and other
 Detroit artists, all of us will have a better sense of the incredible talent
 that made our city great."
     Following the events on the weekend of July 20-22 will be the "Pageant of
 Cadillac's Landing," presented by General Motors.  The event will recreate
 Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac's landing at the place the city began.  Cadillac
 will be greeted by Mayor Dennis Archer and a 50-man unit of the French Marine
 Corps.  The French-American Chamber of Commerce will conduct the welcoming
 ceremony and will also unveil their gift to the city -- a bronze statue of
 Cadillac that will be permanently installed at Hart Plaza.
     On Wednesday, July 25 at Chene Park, Spiritual Day will honor the "City of
 Faith" -- as it brings together 3,300 congregations and 120 denominations to
 celebrate spirituality, unity and healing.  Cardinal Maida has led the call
 for the interfaith celebration that will bring together more than 100 faith-
 based leaders from Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other faiths.
     The complete Detroit 300 Festival line-up includes:
     -- Concert of Colors Tricentennial Diversity Festival at Chene Park,
        July 13-15
     -- "Detroit 300 Day" at Comerica Park, July 18
     -- Sail Detroit and Ford Parade of Historic Tall Ships(R), July 19-22
     -- Family Festival, July 20-22
     -- Jazz Detroit: Swing, Bop & Beyond, July 20
     -- Celebrity Homecoming Concert, July 21
     -- Sunday Evening Concert, July 22
     -- Cadillac's Landing, July 24
     -- Spiritual Day, July 25 at Chene Park
     -- New Detroit Science Center Opening, July 29
     Edsel Ford also announced that a significant milestone in the public
 campaign has been reached: $25 million of the $27 million fundraising goal has
 been raised.  With an additional $2 million yet to raise, Ford urged all
 citizens to get involved in the campaign by purchasing a brick for the new
 Riverfront Promenade.
     The independent, non-profit Detroit 300 Inc. is responsible for leading a
 $27 million public campaign, creating a yearlong celebration of history,
 people and the future.  Appointed by Mayor Archer in 1998, Chairman Edsel B.
 Ford II heads the Detroit 300 Commission of 45 commissioners and Maud Lyon is
 the Executive Director.  For more information, visit www.detroit300.org .
 
 SOURCE  Detroit 300 Inc.