Amid retirement talk, Aretha Franklin to headline Detroit music fest

The festival also will feature a handful of ticketed events, going on sale in April, including shows from retro-soul artist Mayer Hawthorne, hip-hop DJ D-Nice and the 2017 R&B Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A June 9 gala at the Detroit Opera House will celebrate Franklin's career, with singers joining an all-star Detroit band led by seasoned session players such as Kern Brantley (Lady Gaga), Nate Watts (Stevie Wonder) and Luis Resto (Eminem).

Bree Birr
Top 5 Most Influential Music Cities

Ever wondered where your favourite music originated?

Where some of the  most popular Genres were born and nurtured?

Here we list the top 5 global cities that have helped shape music as we know it. Have you visited any of these places?

Maria Petrenko
Detroit: Welcome to 'Music City' USA

It’s called the “Motor City,” but Detroit could just as easily be known as the “Music City.”

As the birthplace of the Motown sound and where techno beats first originated, Detroit offers a diverse mix of world-renowned music events throughout the year. It has several celebrated music shrines, most notably the Motown Museum and the United Sound Systems Recording Studios.

Motown Museum announces $50 million expansion

The Motown Museum on Monday announced a $50 million expansion that aims to transform the complex into "a world-class tourist destination" along West Grand Boulevard.

The 50,000-square-foot project will rise around the existing museum, housed in the humble Hitsville, U.S.A., building where Berry Gordy Jr. launched the careers of stars such as the Supremes, Temptations and Stevie Wonder. The project comes as Henry Ford Health System leads a neighborhood revitalization effort in the area.

Maria Petrenko
Group seeks Detroit music museum, 'music city' branding

hy doesn't Detroit take advantage of its vast musical heritage?

It's a question that's been asked for years by locals and visitors, perplexed that a place widely regarded as one of the world's historical music capitals does so little to officially celebrate it.

Now a high-powered new organization is ready to get the ball rolling, with plans to step up the branding of Detroit as a music center and ultimately construct a downtown museum spotlighting the region's musical history.

Maria Petrenko