Motown on the River at Elizabeth Park in Trenton

Relive the golden-record days of Detroit's Motown music scene on July 29, 2017 when this all-new live music event heads downriver for a day of family fun.

Nothing beats some outdoor tunes with the family and southeast Michigan has plenty of those. But put that right by the water and mix in tons of recognizable, danceable hometown Motown music? Now that’s music to our ears. And that’s what you’ll find at the all-new Motown on the River event, heading to Elizabeth Park in Trenton July 29, 2017.

This year’s fresh event shakes it up with a new genre of tunes, replacing the long-time New Country on the River music fest that came before it. The lineup spans a whopping seven total hours of tunes set against the backdrop of the scenic Detroit River.

Prepare to be star struck, kids. Motown music hit makers including The Velvelettes, The Contours and Jr. Walker’s Allstar Band are all set to grace stage. But this festival wouldn’t be complete without paying respect to other well-known hometown legends, too. Talented local musician Alexander Zonjic performs a The Temptations tribute with Serieux. There’s also a revue featuring Mark Scott, the lead singer of The Miracles.

Rain or shine, the show must – and will – go on. Be sure to pack umbrellas and ponchos for little ones just in case. Also, guests are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets, as the music festival is outdoors and seating is not provided.

Expect an array of food for sale provided by vendors, ranging from chicken and fish to carnival eats. If you have a picky eater on your hands, you’re welcome to bring in a cooler into the park; just note alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

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Admission for Motown on the River is free for all ages, but there’s a $5 parking donation fee. While park officials anticipate enough on-site parking for all attendees, free parking is available in downtown Trenton. There’s no shuttle service provided for that option, though, so be prepared to stroll.

Elizabeth Park opens to the public beginning at noon. The tunes start at 1 p.m. and the show closes after the final performance, around 9 p.m.

For more information on Motown on the River event in Trenton and other summer festivals in southeast Michigan, check out the Metro Parent calendar.

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