Chene Park Amphitheatre

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Chene Park Amphitheatre
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Background Information




Rivertown, Detroit


2600 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207


(313) 393-7128


5000 seats, 1000 Lawn


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 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.

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

Chene Park Amphitheatre, 2018 concert schedule

  • June 6: Will Downing with Mark Mixx & Tha Street Cartel (Wednesday jazz series)
  • June 9: Jhene Aiko
  • June 13: David Sanborn with Tim Bowman (Wednesday jazz series)
  • June 16: Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky & Mike, with Silk
  • June 20: Jody Watley with Mike Phillips (Wednesday jazz series)
  • June 23: Erykah Badu and Nas
  • June 27: Branford Marsalis (Wednesday jazz series)
  • June 30: The Whispers with the Dramatics and Midnight Star
  • July 11: Norman Brown with Bobby Caldwell (Wednesday jazz series)
  • July 14: Patti LaBelle and Kenneth (Babyface) Edmonds
  • July 18: Boney James with Sean Blackman (Wednesday jazz series)
  • July 25: Kamasi Washington with Zo! And Carmen Rodgers (Wednesday jazz series)
  • Aug. 1: Peabo Bryson with Thornetta Davis (Wednesday jazz series)
  • Aug. 8: Damien Escobar with 313 the Live Experience (Wednesday jazz series)
  • Aug. 15: Jean Luc Ponty with Will Holton (Wednesday jazz series)
  • Aug. 22: Raheem DeVaughn with the Hamiltones and L’Renee (Wednesday jazz series)
  • Aug. 29: Rachelle Ferrell with Lin Roundtree (Wednesday jazz series)

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