The list of performers scheduled to pay tribute to the late great Aretha Franklin is growing. Of the artists and entertainers that will gather on Aug.30 at Chene Park Amphitheatre in Detroit for a tribute concert to called "The People's Tribute to the Queen," which has been organized by Franklin's family. Among those scheduled to perform are Gladys Knight, Johnny Gill, the Four Tops and Angie Stone. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission, with a limit of two tickets per person. The Detroit Free Press reports that demand for tickets was so high that all the event's tickets were given away less than an hour after they became available on Aug. 27. The Chene Park Amphitheatre box office is not distributing any tickets for the show, which will take place from 6-9 p.m.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the concert will be formatted into different tributes: R&B, All-Star, jazz, gospel and dance. Kern Brantley is the musical director for the R&B and All-Star segments. Ralphe Armstrong will lead the jazz segment. Musical directors Kurt Carr and Derrick Starks will oversee the gospel segment. Tony-winning choreographer George Faison will head the dance segment. The event will culminate with participants from all the tributes performing "Respect."
Franklin died of pancreatic cancer on Aug. 16 at the age of 76. The tribute concert in Detroit follows a two-day public viewing of Franklin at Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Aug. 28-29 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., as previously reported. The invitation-only funeral for Franklin will take place on Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.
As previously reported, Sony Music chief creative officer Clive Davis is planning an all-star tribute concert to Franklin that will take place Nov. 14 at New York's Madison Square Garden. The concert's participants are to be announced.
Here are the participants announced so far for "The People's Tribute to the Queen" in Detroit: