Aretha Franklin delivers one more — and one last? — triumph on a Detroit stage

On a downtown stage Saturday night, Aretha Franklin did what she’s been doing since her childhood in a church just up the street: using her vocal gifts to wow an adoring Detroit audience.

With the sun setting behind her and thousands packing into all the nooks and crannies along Madison Street, the iconic hometown star served up a 105-minute performance to top the inaugural Detroit Music Weekend festival...

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Tuxedo at Detroit Music Weekend, 5 Things To Know

Tuxedo was a long time in the making. And it proved as good a fit as the duo of Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One could hope. The two first conceived the idea of Tuxedo and its throwback funky dance-pop sound a decade ago, even before Ann Arbor native Hawthorne blew up with “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out” in 2008...

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Detroit street now known as Aretha Franklin Way

Detroit — The Queen of Soul is now king of the road. Surrounded by fans, the legendary singer had a city street named after her Thursday evening. A section of Madison, between Brush and Witherell, is now known as Aretha Franklin Way...

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Detroit street renamed Aretha Franklin Way

Ahead of the free Detroit Music Weekend headlined by Aretha Franklin, the city of Detroit honored the Queen of Soul by renaming a street in her honor. Aretha Franklin Way will now run along Madison Ave. at Brush Street.

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