Nothing’s going to stop the 2012 Chevrolet Rockin’ on the Riverfront! The GM Riverfront stage will continue strong with the renowned band Starship featuring Mickey Thomas on July 20. The concert presented in partnership with Detroit’s Classic Rock Station 94.7 WCSX-FM and the new Soft Rock 105.1 FM will rock the riverfront stage starting a 7:30p.m.
Forming in the early 1980s, Starship scored major hits across the U.S.Lead singer Mickey Thomas made a name for himself in the 1970s with duel solo albums and collaborations with many rock and roll legends including his role as lead vocalist for The Jets. However, Mickey’s best-known achievements come from his harmonies with the Elvin Bishop Group; specifically, “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” a No. 3 single in 1976.
After a run on his own and with The Jets, Mickey joined both previous band mates and new additions to form Starship. They went on to perform several duets with Grace Slick, ultimately gaining greater influence in the band. Starship’s hit songs “We Built This City” and “Sara” from the album Knee Deep in the Hoopla reached No. 1 in 1985. Featured in the film Mannequin, Starship’s 1987 song “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” also reached No. 1.
Local band Solid State will open the evening at 7:30 p.m. and Starship will rock the stage at 9 p.m.
Rockin’ on the Riverfront, spanning six consecutive Friday evenings beginning July 13, offers more than free concerts. Located in the heart of the city, between the GM Renaissance Center and Detroit River, the event has become a summer destination for dining and entertainment in Detroit. Upcoming shows include: Ace Frehley on July 27; Lou Gramm of Foreigner on August 3; The Sweet & The Tubes on August 10; and Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad and Marshall Crenshaw on Aug. 17.
Admission to the concerts is always free and no advance tickets are necessary. Viewing space is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. In addition, boaters on the Detroit River are welcome to anchor near the riverfront and enjoy the shows from the water.
Andiamo Detroit Riverfront will provide refreshment and food concessions at several locations across the plaza. Outside food, beverages or coolers will not be permitted. Andiamo Detroit Riverfront and Joe Muer Seafood will accept dinner reservations before and after the concert and both restaurants offer outdoor patios overlooking the Detroit River and Rockin’ on the Riverfront stage.
Convenient parking is available for $5 per vehicle, starting at 5:00 p.m., at the GM surface lot at the intersection of St. Antoine and Atwater streets, adjacent to the GM Renaissance Center.
The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is offering two viewing packages. The Andiamo Riverfront package includes a four-course dinner and overnight accommodations. The Joe Muer Seafood package includes a four course dinner, overnight accommodations and breakfast at forty-two degrees north. For reservations specify the package and call 1-800-352-0831 or visit detroitmarriott.com. Use promotional code D60.
Fans are invited to watch FOX2 in the Morning every week to enter a FOX2 EXPOSED contest for a chance to win a VIP prize package, which includes two (2) VIP access wristbands and lanyards with front row seats, dinner for two (2) at Andiamo Detroit Riverfront in the Rockin’ on the Riverfront VIP section (the evening of the concert only), overnight accommodations for two (2) at The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center (the evening of the concert only), free parking in the Beaubien Garage located on Beaubien Street (the evening of the concert only) and a band meet-and-greet (if available). To enter, access the online contest entry form on the MyFoxDetroit.com and follow instructions. Questions for the Starship contest will be read on Monday, July 16.
The 2012 Chevrolet Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert series is sponsored in partnership with Detroit Classic Rock Station 94.7 WCSX-FM, the new Soft Rock 105.1 FM, Volunteer Energy, Belle Tire, Quicken Loans and WJBK FOX2.
For updates and information, visit www.facebook.com/RockinontheRiverfront and www.facebook.com/GMRenCen or www.gmrencen.com.