Aretha Franklin Memorial Concert to Feature Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, Ron Isley, More: Report

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Aretha Franklin performs onstage during the "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" Premiere Concert during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City Music Hall on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Following Aretha Franklin‘s open-casket viewing and prior to her funeral in Detroit, the city’s Chene Park will host a memorial concert for the soul legend, as the Detroit Free Press reports. Franklin was born in Detroit and died there last week surrounded by her family. Sources told DFP that Gladys Knight, Johnny Gill, Ronald Isley and Karen Clark-Sheard were among the planned performances at the free outdoor concert, but TMZ has obtained a reported list of 23 scheduled musical performers:

The Four Tops
Gladys Knight
Johnny Gill
Ron Isley
Kiki Sheard
Kurt Carr
Jean Carne
Doug Carn
Ronnie McNeir
L.J. Reynolds
Tasha Page-Lockhart
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dr. Bobby Jones
Jenifer Lewis
George Faison
Angie Stone
Raheem DeVaughn
Gracie Franklin
Eddie Franklin
Victorie Franklin
Santita Jackson
Ralphe Armstrong Band
Kern Brantley Band

TMZ also reports that Louis Farrakhan will be attending the event. Prior to Franklin’s death, legendary music executive Clive Davis was planning a tribute concert for the singer, songwriter, and pianist was announced for November, which is slated to be held at New York’s Madison Square Garden in November.


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