Detroit Renames Street After Queen Of Soul Ahead Of Free Concert

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Aretha Franklin’s home town of Detroit has named a street after her ahead of a free concert this weekend.

A section of Madison Street, between Brush and Witherell, was named for The Queen of Soul on Thursday. The area is the heart of a performing arts district that includes the Detroit Opera House.

Franklin told a crowd gathered at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts that she knew she would “get weepy” by the honor.

The 75-year-old Franklin, who is atop Rolling Stone’s all-time greatest singers list, thanked the Detroit City Council for the honor, which she called magnificent. She went on to recall her youthful days skating at the Arcadia Ballroom and singing at the Flame Show Bar.

The street-naming launched four days of events for the inaugural Detroit Music Weekend, designed to showcase the city’s artists.

As the headliner, Franklin will be performing a free show on Saturday.

Vince Paul of Detroit Music Hall, who helped to organize the festival, is pretty excited about it.

“We’re tickled; we’re delighted!” he told WWJ’s Mike Campbell. “I just feel that if you live in Michigan and you have an opportunity to see what is possibly her final performance, in Detroit on Madison Avenue, for free…yeah. You should be here.”

“You don’t want your grandkids saying, like, what? You missed out on that? I don’t want to be that guy.”

The iconic singer in February announced she would retire this year, with one more album planned.

[Get festival details at detroitmusicweekend.org.]

© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Detroit

Best Places To See Indie Rock In DetroitIt's called Detroit Rock City for a reason.
Guide: Best Barbecue In Metro DetroitSometimes, nothing hits the spot like good barbecue.
Best Ice Cream Shops In Metro DetroitIt's getting warm outside! Take advantage of it.

Watch & Listen LIVE