Aretha Franklin tribute concert at Chene Park sells out: Here's who's performing

Tribute concert is a sell out at Chene Park

DETROIT – More than 30 performers will take the stage at Detroit's Chene Park Thursday night to honor Aretha Franklin.

The musical tribute to "The Queen of Soul" is set for Thursday, Aug. 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Some highlights of the tribute concert will include:

  • Franklin’s son, Eddie, and her granddaughters Gracie and Victorie Franklin will render a special tribute. 
  • Filmmaker Tyler Perry will introduce actress Jenifer Lewis, who will perform a piece written for the Queen. Remarks will be delivered by Judge Greg Mathis and actress Erica Peeples. Shahida Mausi, President, The Right Productions who manages Chene Park and has known Franklin for decades, will provide special acknowledgements. 
  • An All-Star tribute with Kern Brantley as Musical Director. Performances from: Regina Belle, Raheem DeVaughn, Johnny Gill, Dave Hollister, L.J. Reynolds, Angie Stone, Tweet, Detroit’s Keith Washington and The Four Tops. 
  • A “Respect” finale featuring all participants will close the event. 

Here's who's slated to perform:

  • Cherri Black
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • Doug Carn
  • Jean Carne
  • Kurt Carr
  • Steffinie Christian
  • Angela Davis
  • Raheem DeVaughn
  • George Faison
  • Minister Louis Farrakhan
  • Gwen Foxx
  • The Four Tops
  • Eddie Franklin
  • Gracie Franklin
  • Victorie Franklin
  • Johnny Gill
  • Beth Griffith-Manley
  • Kimmie Horne
  • Santita Jackson
  • Dr. Bobby Jones
  • KIKO
  • Alise King
  • Gladys Knight
  • L'Renee
  • Jenifer Lewis
  • Tasha Page-Lockhart
  • LJ Reynolds
  • KiKi Sheard
  • Angie Stone

Ralphe Armstrong Band and Kern Brantley Band will accompany the celebrants. Other participants will be announced once confirmed.  

Full coverage: Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul

How to get tickets

Tickets are required for admission to this free event. Tickets will be available online through beginning Monday, August 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

In honor of the Queen, Ticketmaster will waive all fees.

Guests are allowed a maximum of two (2) tickets via Ticketmaster digital-mobile tickets. Visit the Chene Park website ( for more details.

UPDATE: All tickets have been claimed.

About Chene Park Detroit:

Located at 2600 Atwater, Chene Park Amphitheatre is a 6,000-seat canopied venue facing the Detroit River in the heart of downtown Detroit. Chene Park is a City of Detroit, Recreation Department facility, managed and operated by The Right Productions, Inc. All events are rain or shine. Lighted and secure parking available. 

About the Author:

Ken Haddad is the digital content and audience manager for WDIV / He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter and various other newsletters. He's been with WDIV since 2013. He enjoys suffering through Lions games on Sundays in the fall.