MOTOWN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION:
Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, The Clark Sisters, Jennifer Holliday, Tasha Cobbs, Marvin Sapp, The Williams Brothers, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, classical artist Audrey DuBois Harris, soprano Alice McAllister Tillman, Franklin’s son Edward Franklin, the Aretha Franklin Orchestra and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir will perform at the private celebration of life.
The Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Atlanta, will deliver the eulogy. He did the same at the funeral for Franklin’s father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, in 1984
David Sutherland The 1940 Cadillac LaSalle used to bring Aretha Franklin out to her public visitation here at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday. According to the Detroit Free Press this was the same hearse used for Aretha’s father, Rev. C. L. Franklin, David Ruffin (of The Temptations) and Rosa Parks. — at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Related: Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be four-day event, include three days of viewings.
By KURT NAGL
A free Aretha Franklin tribute concert is scheduled for Thursday night at the 6,000-seat Chene Park ampitheater.
A star-studded lineup of performers is set to perform next week in Detroit at the funeral service and separate tribute performances for legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who died last week in her Detroit home.
The Aug. 31 funeral service for Franklin, 76, at Greater Grace Temple includes a stunning cast set to make it one of the biggest celebrations of life in the city's history.
Scheduled performers at the invite-only service include Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia and Jennifer Holliday, the Detroit Free Press reported, citing Franklin's family. Others in the lineup are:
FUNERAL AND VIEWING
When: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday
Where: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Who can attend: The viewing is open to the public
When: Noon-4 p.m. Aug. 30
Where: New Bethel Baptist Church, 8430 Linwood
Who can attend: This viewing is limited to members of the congregation
When: 10 a.m. Aug. 31
Where: Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. Seven Mile Road
Who can attend: The service is limited to family, friends and selected guests.
Bonus: Owners of pink Cadillacs — featured in Franklin's hit "Freeway of Love" and popular among Mary Kay reps — can park their vehicles outside the church and attend the funeral, according to an online solicitation.
The night before, a free and open to the public show is scheduled at the 6,000-seat Chene Park amphitheater on the Detroit River.
The roster of performers includes The Four Tops and Gladys Knight. Per a news release sent out by the venue, the others include: Cherri Black, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Doug Carn, Jean Carne, Kurt Carr, Steffinie Christian
Although the show is free, tickets are required. They will be available on Ticketmaster beginning 10 a.m. Monday. Guests are allowed a maximum of two tickets and, "in honor of the Queen, Ticketmaster will waive all fees."
Franklin performed at Chene Park in 2015, according to the release.
The show will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Another musical tribute show is being planned for 6 p.m. Monday at the Detroit church where Franklin got her start, with some of the biggest names in gospel music scheduled to perform, church pastor Robert Smith Jr. said. It is free and open to the public.