Voted by the MetroTimes Annual Readers’ Poll in 2006 as “Detroit’s Best Music Festival,” the Comerica CityFest, formerly the Detroit TasteFest, is rapidly gaining speed as the hippest thing going on in Motown all year. CityFest is a free outdoor street festival during July 4th set in the urban canyon of Detroit’s New Center area, and flanked on either side by the renowned Motown Museum & Studio A, and the Submerge Records & MetroPlex Studio. Just up the street is the original United Artists Studio, and around the corner begins the neighborhood where most of the Motown greats lived and/or recorded. *Proceeds from the vendor sales directly benefit public neighborhood works such as parks, street clean-up, economic development, and youth media centers and programs.
Yet, for 19 years this festival has been keeping new music and culture alive downtown, witness last year’s amazing performances from artists such as Common, Amp Fiddler, J*DaVeY, Waajeed, Suai, Ray Davies, Havana, Amadou&Miriam, and Mike Huckaby, as well as previous years with The Brazilian Girls and Platinum Pied Pipers. With 4 great stages full of free music, over 40 restaurants to samples from, and dozens of local artists and indy retailers peddling choice finds, CityFest is a no-to-be-mised situation. This year, Fusicology is proud to join CityFest as a media sponsor and talent presenter! Book your ticket now to experience acts like Femi Kuti & Positive Force, DJ Ron Trent, The Wailers, Lupe Fiasco, Carl Craig’s Demon Days / Planet e Showcase feat. Recloose & Detroit Live, Tanya Morgan, RenSoul.com Detroit Hip-Hop-SoulJam, Ayro & Arnold, Exchange Bureau, and more…. plus the 2nd volume of the Official J Dilla Tribute Series for Ma Dukes!
Written by Jocelyne Ninneman for Fusicology