DEARBORN, Mich. – “WAR,” the longtime feel-good funk and rock band, is in the spotlight on the Main Stage at this year’s 33rd Annual Homecoming festival in Dearborn August 3-5.
The band members, favorites at festivals across the country, will engage the audience as they join in singing and dancing to “The World is a Ghetto,” “All Day Music,” “Spill the Wine,” “The Cisco Kid,” “Low Rider,” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” at Ford Field Park in Dearborn on Saturday, Aug. 4, starting at 8:30 p.m.
WAR has 14 Top 40s hits.
They have toured all over the world and play an eclectic array of festivals, including the “Summer Sonic Festival” in Japan in 2009.
Lonnie Jordan, founding band member, states that the music of the band brings people together for peace, love and harmony.
The music is influenced by jazz, rock, funk, soul, R&B and Latin genres and is enjoyed across cultures and generations.
For more information on WAR, visit www.wartheband.com.
Contemporary hits and 80’s and 90’s rock music will be performed by local band Riot House on Sunday, Aug. 5. They take the Main Stage at 8:30 p.m.
For more information on Riot House, visit www.riothouserocks.com.
Starting off the Main Stage festivities on Friday, Aug. 3 from 8:30 – 10 p.m. will be Dearborn’s Rhythm & Blues Blast! Featuring Thornetta Davis and Laith Al-Saadi.
Davis was the 2011 Detroit Music Awards outstanding Blues/R&B vocalist and had played at Homecoming multiple times. Also returning to the festival, singer and guitarist Al-Saadi masterfully fuses rock, blues, R&B, and jazz to form a unique style.
Additional musical entertainment throughout the weekend includes Friday acts Dr. Pocket at 6 p.m. and The United Snakes at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s stage entertainment features the Players Guild of Dearborn at noon, Mustard’s Retreat at 3 p.m., Barry Rickey at 5 p.m. and the Bomb Squad at 6 p.m.
Sunday’s stage entertainment features Mustard’s Retreat at 3 p.m., Junction Groove at 4 p.m, Pete “Big Dog” Fetters Band at 5 p.m. and Fifty Amp Fuse at 6 p.m.
Oakwood Healthcare is the presenting sponsor of the 2012 Homecoming festival. The City of Dearborn and the Dearborn Community Fund, a nonprofit organization, are the organizers of the annual family-friendly event.
All shows at Homecoming are free and all are invited to stay for fireworks on Saturday and Sunday nights.
The festival features a variety of food booths operated by nonprofit groups that raise money for their community activities, beer and wine coolers for purchase, free children and family activities, a carnival, three entertainment stages and class reunion picnics from all of Dearborn’s high schools.
For more information, visit www.cityofdearborn.org or call 313-943-2285.