Best free summer concerts in Detroit 2017
Thornetta Davis

The Summer concert season is in full swing and the Detroit area is bursting with shows. With many looking to get outside and enjoy the warm weather, a free outdoor concert is the perfect choice. With a large variety of free shows across genres over the next couple of months, there is guaranteed to be something to satisfy everyone. Here are just a few options that are coming up.

Uncle Sam Jam
July 7 thru July 9 @ 6:30 p.m.
Civic Center Park, 23101 Hall Road, Woodhaven, MI 48183

The city of Woodhaven will once again be hosting the eighth annual Uncle Sam Jam at Civic Center Park this weekend. Alongside Friday fireworks, carnival rides, a petting zoo, monster truck rides, a sideshow and a veterans village, there will be a free concert every night. Friday's show features music from Ask Mary, Artificial Agent and Ratt. Saturday's show is headlined by Uncle Kracker alongside performances from Triple The Trouble, Ezra and Paulina Jayne. Sunday is wrapped up with a show from Your Generation in Concert, Flat Tire Ambulance and Wisteria.

Rockin' On the Riverfront
Friday nights July thru August
GM Plaza, outside RenCen, 588 Jefferson Ct, Detroit, MI 48207

WCSX presents the Chevrolet Rockin' On the Riverfront downtown on Friday nights through the end of August. This is the free concert series twelfth season and the shows kick off on July 14 with Night RangerGeorge Thorogood will be playing on July 21, Loverboy on July 28. Gin Blossoms on Aug 4, 38 Special on Aug 11 and Everclear on Aug 18. Come early and bring a chair to get a good spot. Food and drink stands will be available.

Jazz On The River
Aug. 5 and Aug. 6 @ 1 p.m.
Elizabeth Park, 4461 Elizabeth Drive, Trenton, MI 48183

Wayne County Parks presents the 22nd annual Jazz On The River in Elizabeth Park. Come out with your blankets and chairs and find the perfect view. Tim Bowman and Michael Franks will be headlining on August 5 and Alexander Zonjic and his special guest Peter White will be headlining alongside Rachelle Ferrell on August 6.

Beacon Park Grand Opening
July 20 @ 8 p.m.
Beacon Park, 1901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

On July 20, DTE Energy will be opening Detroit's newest outdoor recreational space at Beacon Park. The debut will feature free live music from Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Thornetta Davis. Throughout the weekend, there will be a number of activities going on all day at the park including more music, games, sports and movies.

Summer Street Eats and Sounds
July 13 @ 4 p.m.
Grand Circus Park, 1601 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Come downtown to Grand Circus Park on July 13 for the Summer Street Eats and Sounds. The festival will feature live entertainment and a variety of local food trucks. The music will include Sky Covington accompanied by piano, as well as a number of vocal duos.