The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy announced details yesterdayregarding Detroit’s unofficial kickoff to summer, the 11th Annual GM River Days presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort on June 23-25, 2017. This year’s GM River Days will include new activities, entertainment and restaurants, as well as the return of festival favorites on land, water and in the sky.
“GM River Days brings Detroiters and visitors together to enjoy our beautiful riverfront,” said Matt Cullen, Board Chairman, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. “Earlier this year, we announced plans to add even more park space to improve community access to the riverfront. Our goal is to continue to provide a vibrant waterfront for everyone to enjoy.”
“For more than a decade, GM River Days has celebrated the transformation of the Detroit riverfront into a world-class gathering place,” said Mark Wallace, president & CEO of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. “The Detroit RiverWalk brings out the best in our community, and GM River Days is a great time for us to gather together and enjoy this great city.”
“GM is proud to continue to support a wonderful organization and a Detroit summertime tradition,” said John Blanchard, director of local government relations, General Motors. “GM River Days is a great way to bring Detroiters, as well as people across the region, together for a fun-filled weekend.”
Headlining National Music Acts
This year’s festival will feature a star-studded music lineup on the Quicken Loans National Stage including rock superstar Ann Wilson of Heart along with local tribute band FiftyAmpFuse on Friday evening. Soul sensation The Isley Brothers featuring Ron Isley, along with Grammy-nominated Soul and R&B singer Freddie Jackson will perform on Saturday night. Grammy-winning R&B group 112 will perform on Sunday evening along with Grammy-nominated R&B singer Joe. VIP premier seats are available for purchase during the headlining concerts. Tickets cost $35 and include admission to the festival. Tickets can be purchased online through RiverDays.com. A full music lineup of more than 50 music acts across four different stages will be announced in the coming weeks.
New Festival Activities
Adventure seekers will get a thrill on the all-new 30-foot high massive slide in the William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor. Riders will go through a pitch-black tube that quickly drops them at a steep, 40-degree angle with speeds up to 20 mph for a nominal charge. Motorcyclists are invited to park their bikes for free on Atwater Street between St. Antoine and Rivard starting at 6 p.m. on Bike Night on Friday, June 23. Bikers and their passenger will receive free admission wristbands to rock-n-roll with Ann Wilson of Heart for the evening if arriving on a motorcycle.