Aretha Franklin was in a Southfield hotel in 2013, debuting with new music as she began to play "everything and everyone," said reporter Susan Whitall, who was there. Videographer Max Ortiz caught the improvised performance.
Max Ortiz and Lauren Abdel-Razzaq, The Detroit News

The tickets to the free Aretha Franklin tribute concert are within five minutes of each other Availability available. mark the first event in a series of one-week honors, concerts and visitations culminating in the funeral of the Queen of the Soul.

Fans can pay their homage to Franklin while she's in the Charlies H. Wright Museum or watching her seven-hour funeral in front of the Greater Grace Temple, as several artists pay tribute to their careers. Anyway, here are all the details you need to know about their four-day farewell.

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Public Visitation [19659013] When: 9-21pm Tuesday and Wednesday

Where: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 East Warren Ave. in Detroit

To know: The Queen of the Soul will be in the museum so visitors can pay their respects. Additional security will also be available during public visits and the funeral, which is private.

Sightseeing in New Bethel

When: Lunch – 4pm Thursday

Location: New Bethel Baptist Church, 8430 Linwood, Detroit

To Know : The third visit was next to the two public visits to the Wright Museum, but officials say entry will be very limited.

More: New Bethel recalls Aretha

Tribute Concert

UPDATE: Tickets are sold out

When: 6pm – 9pm Thursday [19659010] Where: Chene Park Amphitheater, 2600 Atwater Street, Detroit

To know: Tickets to the show are free and will be released on Monday at 10pm on Ticketmaster, with a border from two tickets per person. "In honor of the Queen, Ticketmaster will waive all fees," according to Chene Park's website.

Lineup: Cherry Black, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Doug Carn, Jean Carne, Kurt Carr, Stefanie, Christian, Angela Davis, Raheem DeVaughn, George Faison, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Gwen Foxx, The Four Peaks Eddie Franklin, Gracie Franklin, Victorie Franklin, Johnny Gill, Beth Griffith-Manley, Kimmie Horne, Santita Jackson; Bobby Jones, KIKO, Alise King, Gladys Knights, L & Renee, Jenifer Lewis, Tasha Page-Lockhart, LJ Reynolds, KiKi Sheard and Angie Stone.

More: Aretha Franklin's granddaughter shares tribute on social media


When: 10 o'clock on Friday

Location: Greater Grace Temple, 23500 West Seven Mile Road Detroit

Although the funeral will be by invitation only, the public will be able to see it from a large screen in front of the Greater Grace Temple.

Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, pastor of the Greater Grace Temple, said the funeral could take up to seven hours. There will also be an extensive amount of security.

"Three members of the Secret Service were here today to check all the entrances and exits and perform a preliminary check to familiarize themselves with the building," said Ellis. "There will also be safety on the rooftops and the sniffing dogs will be in the church very early on the day of the funeral."

In her hit "Freeway of Love," Aretha Franklin sang happily about cruising in a pink Cadillac. At 8.30 am on the day of their funeral, more than 100 pink caddies are expected to arrive outside the church, and the owners are allowed to attend the private funeral, said the church's first wife, Crisette Ellis.

More: Pink Cadillacs Set Course for Aretha Franklin's Funeral Artist Expects : Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson are among the Stars from around the world Music – gospel, pop, country, opera and R & B – traveling to Detroit to pay homage to Franklin.

Complete list of listed artists

Among the speakers is Smokey Robinson, one of Franklin's childhood neighbors of Detroit's Northrend, along with Clive Davis, her former record company boss, Bishop TD Jakes, pastor of the Potter's House in Dallas, Pastor Jim Holley, pastor of Detroit's historic Little Rock Baptist Church and actress Cicely Tyson

Full list of people who speak up

Political figures expected : One of the confirmed ones is the former President Bill Clinton. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were also invited, but on Friday afternoon they had not confirmed this.

Political figures expected to celebrate the celebration include former US Attorney General Eric Holder, Governor Rick Snyder Mike Duggan, US Representative Brenda Lawrence of Southfield, Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, and the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton

The eulogy is held by Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr., pastor of the Salem Baptist Church in Atlanta. Ellis will co-officiate with Rev. Robert Smith, Jr., pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church.


Where: Woodlawn Cemetery, 19975 Woodward Ave. in Detroit

Knowledge: Franklin is being detained at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit with her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin; Brother Cecil Franklin; Sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; and nephew, Thomas Garrett

More : New mural appears in honor of Queen of the Soul

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