Summerfest closing out the season with a big party: Detroit Style!

DETROIT (WXYZ) - What better way to end the Summer In The Park Season than, of course, with a big party: Detroit style.

That's what organizers decided to do when they created Downtown Detroit Summerfest.

Part of that will include the last concert of 4 th Fridays Series, one of several events which make up the Summer In The Park Season.

They have lined up a great list of musical artists to get the party started right including Eliza Neals and The Band.

You can hear her strong vocals and music which is a mix of Blues, Jazz, a little bit of Rock and a bit of Soul at noon Friday at Campus Martius Park.

"I feel honored to do it because they have so many bands here in Detroit and to have the last slot on the last day…end with a bang… close it out with a bang,"  said Neals.

She has gained a large following locally and also around the world.

"I travel all over," said Neals.  "We're getting a lot of airplay in the Netherlands… Germany… London."

For Neals, who grew up in Southfield and went to Wayne State University, there is nothing like playing in your hometown.

"I love coming home. I see all of my friends," said Neals. I know all of the musicians here. We all see each other its like a party. Just great camaraderie in Detroit."

Others taking the stage are The Nyce Band at 5:00 p.m. and The Infatuations at 7:00 p.m.  Both perform at Campus Martius.

The legendary Jamaican band The Wailers will take the Cadillac Square stage at 9:00pm.

"We always try to make that August event a real party time and really close out big…from 12-9," Njia Kai, Summer In The Park Programming and Special events Director.

Kai told 7 Action News there is a lot to do in the Downtown area Friday and Saturday.

"While there are other activities going on at Capital Park and Paradise Valley Park and over at Cadillac Square will have all of the good and shopping that folks have gotten used to,"  said Kai.

According to organizers, Summerfest will have plenty for the little ones to do too.   Dancers will be performing, there will be balloons,  and hands on art.

"We've been able to really step it up this year and we appreciate that Quicken Loans has really spearheaded this activation of downtown and really enlivened the whole place," said Kai.

Summerfest ends Saturday at 11:00pm.

 

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