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Revision as of 03:26, 19 February 2020

Chene Park Amphitheatre
Chene Park Logo.png
Background Information




Rivertown, Detroit


2600 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207


(313) 393-7128


5000 seats, 1000 Lawn



Upcoming events


Chene Park Amphitheatre near Downtown Detroit is a unique waterfront venue and is the epicenter of live entertainment in the summer for metropolitan Detroit.


In the early 1980s, then-mayor of Detroit Coleman A. Young had a vision. He pictured the city of Detroit building an amphitheater along the riverfront near downtown. Young wanted a venue for Detroiters that would rival Pine Knob, now called DTE Energy Music Theatre located 30 miles north in Clarkston.

Realizing that such a venue would be vital to the redevelopment of the city’s waterfront, Young worked with then-President Jimmy Carter’s administration to purchase three parcels of land on the riverfront that had historically been used for shipping, docking and other mixed industrial endeavors.

Chene Park was the first of the three parcels of land to be developed. It was named for Charles Chene, a French immigrant who owned a strip of land along the shores of the Detroit River that extended into what is now just east of downtown. “The mayor determined that Detroiters lacked access to our riverfront, which at the time was largely industrial,” said Shahida Mausi, president of The Right Productions, which manages and operates Chene Park Amphitheatre. “Hart Plaza and The Renaissance Center had been built, but he envisioned the redevelopment of the riverfront stretching from the Ambassador Bridge to the MacArthur Bridge (Belle Isle Bridge).” Thus, in the late spring of 1985, under the auspices of the City of Detroit Recreation Department, Chene Park Amphitheatre opened, which at the time was only a stage and hill.

Today, the City of Detroit-owned Chene Park Amphitheatre Now named the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre seats 5,000 people, with the capability to seat an additional 1,000 on the hill behind the seating area. Located at 2600 Atwater St. (corner of Chene St.), Chene Park is one of the top 100 amphitheaters in the world, according to the Pollstar, the world’s most authoritative trade publication that covers the worldwide concert industry.

Season passes ($323) and single-show tickets ($29) for the venue's Wednesday Jazz Nights.

2020 Lineup

  • June 10 - Sheila E
  • June 21 - Isley Brothers and Chaka Khan
  • June 24 - Jonathan Butler and Rick Braun
  • June 27 – T.I. and Jeezy
  • July 1 - Tower Of Power
  • July 3 - Macy Gray and Joss Stone
  • July 8 - Avery Sunshine
  • July 15 - Gerald Albright and Kim Waters
  • July 22 - Kirk Whalum and Keiko Matsui
  • July 29 - PJ Morton
  • Aug. 5 - Najee (Live Recording)
  • Aug. 12 - Christan Scott and Eric Roberson
  • Aug. 19 - Peabo Bryson
  • Aug. 26 - Will Downing
  • Sept. 2 - Incognito and Maysa

See who's played at Chene Park from 1984-2001 at the Concert Database

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