Metro Detroit's Summer 2001 Sizzles With Musical Fun for the Entire Family

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Watts-Up, inc.

    PLYMOUTH, Mich., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 2 million people will
 enjoy extraordinary music, the great outdoors and outstanding company with the
 superb line-ups of six distinctive musical events hosted in southeast
 Michigan this summer.
     The full schedule and line-up were announced today by festival producer
 Michael Watts, president of Watts-Up, inc., of Plymouth, Michigan.  Dates and
 locations of these events are as follows:
 
     May 18-20:  BUDWEISER DOWNTOWN HOEDOWN, Hart Plaza, Detroit.
     Presented with Detroit Department of Parks and Recreation, Budweiser,
 Farmer Jack Supermarkets, and WYCD Radio.  Proceeds benefit the Detroit
 Recreation Department, and many local non-profit groups.  The three day event
 features national and local talent.  Attendance is free of charge.
 
     June 1-3:  V98.7 SMOOTH JAZZFEST, The Green at Southfield Civic Center.
     Presented with V98.7, this jazz showcase is sponsored by AAA Travel.
 Ticket prices vary each day and can be purchased by calling TicketMaster.
 Friday performances are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  The Saturday and
 Sunday shows are priced at $30 in advance, and $35 at the door.  Three day
 passes available for $60.  Event Hot Line is 248-855-2400.
 
     June 8-10:  FARMER JACK PRAISEFEST, Hart Plaza, Detroit.
     PraiseFest features The 19th annual McDONALD'S GOSPELFEST, and is
 sponsored by the Ford Motor Company.  Presented with Farmer Jack, McDonald's,
 Ford Motor Company, Northwest Airlines, the Michigan Chronicle, and Gospel
 Today Magazine.  In 1998 McDonald's GospelFest joined with the successful
 Farmer Jack Motor City PraiseFest to become the largest free gospel event in
 the world.  Attendance is free of charge.
 
     June 13-17:  PLYMOUTH COMMUNITY SUMMER FESTIVAL, Compuware Arena, Beck and
     M-14, Plymouth Township.
     This festival features free entertainment with Jill Jack, Forbes Brothers,
 Mudpuppy, Little Sunny Girl, Thornetta Davis.  Also featured are arts and
 crafts, a carnival and refreshments by Ginopolis Parthenon Restaurant.
 Attendance is free of charge.
 
     July 13-14:  FARMER JACK WYCD 99.5 FM COUNTRY JAM, Heritage Park, Taylor.
     This extravaganza is part of the City of Taylor Summer Festival.
 Presented with WYCD, Budweiser, Farmer Jack Supermarkets, and the City of
 Taylor.  Free entertainment provided by Clay Davidson, Collin Raye, and
 others.  Other features include a carnival, a casino tent, and a giant
 fireworks display on July 13.  Attendance is free of charge.
 
     August 10-11:  BROWNSTOWN SUMMER FESTIVAL at Thorn Park, Telegraph and
     King Roads, Brownstown Township.
     Entertainment includes free concerts and fireworks.  Attendance is free of
 charge.
 
     Selected entertainers for each event are listed below.  Please note the
 line-up is subject to change.
 
     Budweiser Downtown Hoedown is the inaugural festival of the summer season
 at Detroit's Hart Plaza.  Attendance at the 1998 Hoedown set a new record of
 one million.  The 2001 lineup features Tanya Tucker, Sawyer Brown, Mark
 Chesnutt, Sara Evans, Trick Pony, Kortney Kayle, the Kentucky Headhunters,
 Chris Cagle, Darryl Worley, the Clark Family Experience, and Lila McCann as
 well as local bands.
 
     The V98.7 Smooth JazzFest kicks off its third year with a list of top
 smooth jazz artists.  Friday performances feature Gene Dunlap Band, Joe
 McBride, and An Evening With Guitars and Saxes.  Saturday artists include Al
 Jarreau, Rick Braun, Kim Waters, Joyce Cooling, Bonafide, and David McMurray.
 Sunday's lineup includes the Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Walter
 Beasley, Down to the Bone, Alexander Zonjic, and Tim Bowman.
 
     The Farmer Jack Motor City PraiseFest featuring the McDonald's GospelFest
 is celebrating its 19th year as the oldest continuously-running gospel music
 festival in America.  Some artists in this year's line-up include Kirk
 Franklin, Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers, Trin-I-Tee 5:7, Natalie Wilson,
 Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee & the Gospel Warriors,
 and Natalie Wilson & the S.O.P. Chorale.  Local artists, choirs, and dancers
 are featured.
 
     The Plymouth Community Family Festival features an upbeat roster of
 entertainment that includes Country Line and Square Dancers, Thornetta Davis,
 Mudpuppy, the Imperial Swing Orchestra, Forbes Brothers, Jill Jack, Black
 Market, and Little Sunny Girl and the UV Rays.  Family fun includes a fine
 arts and crafts area, children's activities, and a full carnival from Wade
 Shows.
 
     The 2001 Farmer Jack WYCD 99.5 Country Jam has been added as a prominent
 component of the annual Taylor Summer Festival.  The 2001 line-up features
 Grammy-award winner Collin Raye, and new comer Clay Davidson, as well as a
 strong line-up of country, rock and blues, artists, fireworks, and a carnival.
 
     The free Brownstown Summer Festival features Commander Cody and the Lost
 Planet Airmen, and Detroit favorites Mudpuppy, on August 10.  Giant fireworks
 and The Forbes Brothers and the Kentucky Headhunters end the event on
 August 11.
 
     In addition to these outstanding summer events, Watts Up also produces The
 Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular, the oldest and largest
 international ice carving competition in North America.  The 2002 event will
 be held January 16-21, 2002.
     To find out more information about Watts-Up, inc., or any of these events
 please visit the website at www.wattsupinc.com .  You may also phone the event
 Hot Line at 734-453-9157.
     Many events are produced in cooperation with local municipalities and
 civic organizations.  In addition, the events have generated proceeds for
 numerous not-for-profit groups.  Corporate sponsorships allow most of the
 events to be presented with no admission charge.
 
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    PLYMOUTH, Mich., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 2 million people will
 enjoy extraordinary music, the great outdoors and outstanding company with the
 superb line-ups of six distinctive musical events hosted in southeast
 Michigan this summer.
     The full schedule and line-up were announced today by festival producer
 Michael Watts, president of Watts-Up, inc., of Plymouth, Michigan.  Dates and
 locations of these events are as follows:
 
     May 18-20:  BUDWEISER DOWNTOWN HOEDOWN, Hart Plaza, Detroit.
     Presented with Detroit Department of Parks and Recreation, Budweiser,
 Farmer Jack Supermarkets, and WYCD Radio.  Proceeds benefit the Detroit
 Recreation Department, and many local non-profit groups.  The three day event
 features national and local talent.  Attendance is free of charge.
 
     June 1-3:  V98.7 SMOOTH JAZZFEST, The Green at Southfield Civic Center.
     Presented with V98.7, this jazz showcase is sponsored by AAA Travel.
 Ticket prices vary each day and can be purchased by calling TicketMaster.
 Friday performances are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  The Saturday and
 Sunday shows are priced at $30 in advance, and $35 at the door.  Three day
 passes available for $60.  Event Hot Line is 248-855-2400.
 
     June 8-10:  FARMER JACK PRAISEFEST, Hart Plaza, Detroit.
     PraiseFest features The 19th annual McDONALD'S GOSPELFEST, and is
 sponsored by the Ford Motor Company.  Presented with Farmer Jack, McDonald's,
 Ford Motor Company, Northwest Airlines, the Michigan Chronicle, and Gospel
 Today Magazine.  In 1998 McDonald's GospelFest joined with the successful
 Farmer Jack Motor City PraiseFest to become the largest free gospel event in
 the world.  Attendance is free of charge.
 
     June 13-17:  PLYMOUTH COMMUNITY SUMMER FESTIVAL, Compuware Arena, Beck and
     M-14, Plymouth Township.
     This festival features free entertainment with Jill Jack, Forbes Brothers,
 Mudpuppy, Little Sunny Girl, Thornetta Davis.  Also featured are arts and
 crafts, a carnival and refreshments by Ginopolis Parthenon Restaurant.
 Attendance is free of charge.
 
     July 13-14:  FARMER JACK WYCD 99.5 FM COUNTRY JAM, Heritage Park, Taylor.
     This extravaganza is part of the City of Taylor Summer Festival.
 Presented with WYCD, Budweiser, Farmer Jack Supermarkets, and the City of
 Taylor.  Free entertainment provided by Clay Davidson, Collin Raye, and
 others.  Other features include a carnival, a casino tent, and a giant
 fireworks display on July 13.  Attendance is free of charge.
 
     August 10-11:  BROWNSTOWN SUMMER FESTIVAL at Thorn Park, Telegraph and
     King Roads, Brownstown Township.
     Entertainment includes free concerts and fireworks.  Attendance is free of
 charge.
 
     Selected entertainers for each event are listed below.  Please note the
 line-up is subject to change.
 
     Budweiser Downtown Hoedown is the inaugural festival of the summer season
 at Detroit's Hart Plaza.  Attendance at the 1998 Hoedown set a new record of
 one million.  The 2001 lineup features Tanya Tucker, Sawyer Brown, Mark
 Chesnutt, Sara Evans, Trick Pony, Kortney Kayle, the Kentucky Headhunters,
 Chris Cagle, Darryl Worley, the Clark Family Experience, and Lila McCann as
 well as local bands.
 
     The V98.7 Smooth JazzFest kicks off its third year with a list of top
 smooth jazz artists.  Friday performances feature Gene Dunlap Band, Joe
 McBride, and An Evening With Guitars and Saxes.  Saturday artists include Al
 Jarreau, Rick Braun, Kim Waters, Joyce Cooling, Bonafide, and David McMurray.
 Sunday's lineup includes the Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Walter
 Beasley, Down to the Bone, Alexander Zonjic, and Tim Bowman.
 
     The Farmer Jack Motor City PraiseFest featuring the McDonald's GospelFest
 is celebrating its 19th year as the oldest continuously-running gospel music
 festival in America.  Some artists in this year's line-up include Kirk
 Franklin, Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers, Trin-I-Tee 5:7, Natalie Wilson,
 Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee & the Gospel Warriors,
 and Natalie Wilson & the S.O.P. Chorale.  Local artists, choirs, and dancers
 are featured.
 
     The Plymouth Community Family Festival features an upbeat roster of
 entertainment that includes Country Line and Square Dancers, Thornetta Davis,
 Mudpuppy, the Imperial Swing Orchestra, Forbes Brothers, Jill Jack, Black
 Market, and Little Sunny Girl and the UV Rays.  Family fun includes a fine
 arts and crafts area, children's activities, and a full carnival from Wade
 Shows.
 
     The 2001 Farmer Jack WYCD 99.5 Country Jam has been added as a prominent
 component of the annual Taylor Summer Festival.  The 2001 line-up features
 Grammy-award winner Collin Raye, and new comer Clay Davidson, as well as a
 strong line-up of country, rock and blues, artists, fireworks, and a carnival.
 
     The free Brownstown Summer Festival features Commander Cody and the Lost
 Planet Airmen, and Detroit favorites Mudpuppy, on August 10.  Giant fireworks
 and The Forbes Brothers and the Kentucky Headhunters end the event on
 August 11.
 
     In addition to these outstanding summer events, Watts Up also produces The
 Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular, the oldest and largest
 international ice carving competition in North America.  The 2002 event will
 be held January 16-21, 2002.
     To find out more information about Watts-Up, inc., or any of these events
 please visit the website at www.wattsupinc.com .  You may also phone the event
 Hot Line at 734-453-9157.
     Many events are produced in cooperation with local municipalities and
 civic organizations.  In addition, the events have generated proceeds for
 numerous not-for-profit groups.  Corporate sponsorships allow most of the
 events to be presented with no admission charge.
 
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