Tyler Perry mediated the love of Hometown at a Thursday Tribute Concert to Celebrate the Legendary Aretha Franklin
"There is no place in the world that could send anyone to Detroit, Michigan," Perry told a boisterous crowd in the city's Chene Park. "Aretha looks down at the floor, smiling."
The film director was one of many celebrity guests on a festive night on the banks of the River Detroit when the Queen of Souls, who grew up in the city calling her home, was honored with a warm and vibrant musical tribute. Detroit singers and dancers were featured in an event broadcast to audiences around the world via an online stream.
It was a beautiful summer night on the eve of Franklin's funeral, and the informal, cozy atmosphere enhanced the community and family feel of the event.
Fans on hand, many of them wearing Aretha t-shirts and buttons, were the lucky 6,000: tickets for the free concert had been in a few minutes when they were released on Monday.
Chene Park operator Shahida Mausi called the evening a chance to pay "tribute to the people"
Delays at the entrances meant a half-empty amphitheater as a show They conceded half an hour late, but the venue eventually filled up.
The show, which was quickly organized by the singer's family after her death on August 16, was a journey through Franklin's many musical shades. Rod Dixon's performance of the aria "Nessun Dorma" was followed by passages that recalled Franklin's advances in jazz, blues, and pop standards.
Dancers from Lisa McCall's company played a soulful interpretation number for Franklin's recording of "Mary Do not You Weep."
The performances were consistently solid, but the show took its life on as it went on, including a hot section of Aretha Soul classics from self-bred singers like Tasha Page-Lockhart ("I never loved a man") and Cherri Black ("Natural Woman")
Rev. Jesse Jackson , Minister Louis Farrakhan, Franklin's sons and performers from Pe rrys OWN drama "The Haves and the Haves" was one of the main characters. Also present were NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Brenda Jones and the Detroit City Council's US Representatives, Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., And Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
The show ended with an all-star ensemble performance of "Respect."
Demont Pinder works on a portrait during an Aretha Franklin tribute concert at the Chene Park Amphitheater in Detroit on Thursday, August 30, 2018. [Photo: Ryan Garza, Free Press of Detroit]  More Aretha Franklin:
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