99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown Presents 30th Anniversary Concert, 6/8-10 - Detroit
A new concert experience awaits Detroit's country music fans at the 30th annual 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown, presented by Ram Truck Brand, Arby's and Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. 99.5 WYCD officially announced this year's lineup, led by four-time, 2011 ACM winner, Miranda Lambert, this morning on The All New Dr. Don Morning Show and simultaneously on www.wycd.com. The weekend-long event will move to a new location for the first time in 30 years, the secure, expansive grounds surrounding Comerica Park, and will be held tonight, June 8 through June 10, 2012.
"The 30th anniversary of the WYCD Downtown Hoedown marks a tremendous milestone for this iconic Detroit event and offers an ideal opportunity to enrich the overall experience for attendees," said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of CBS Radio Detroit. "We had outgrown our previous riverfront location but remained 100 percent committed to keeping the WYCD Downtown Hoedown in the city of Detroit. We can provide the best of everything on the user-friendly grounds surrounding Comerica Park. People feel it's very safe and truly enjoy attending sporting events and concerts there. The layout also allows for much larger and more elaborate staging and better visibility for fans to enjoy the performers. Attendees will also have easier access to concessions; cleaner, more plentiful restroom facilities; and opportunities to take a break in the shade of the Comerica Park concourse."
The official 2012 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown main stage artist line up:
Friday, June 8:
"We have three fantastic days of entertainment lined up with mega-stars like Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, Dierks Bentley and Chris Young," said Tim Roberts, Program Director and Operations Manager at WYCD. "With over 40 bands, our three stages and new bigger main stage will provide our fans with a fantastic country music experience and the ability to also head over to Comerica Park for concessions and fun!"
Troy Gentry, of superstar duo Montgomery Gentry, said: "We played the Hoedown our first year out on the road, so going back to Detroit to play it again on the 30th anniversary makes it even more special."
For the first time ever, the local talent lineup will be voted on by listeners. Information about the 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown local talent contest can be found on the station's website, www.wycd.com.
2012 marks the first year that the 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown will be a ticketed event. A limited number of 30th anniversary, 3-day passes, for only $30, will go on sale this Friday, March 16, at 10 a.m., while supplies last. Weekend passes are available at all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, or service fee free at the Joe Louis Arena, The Fox Theatre and Hockeytown Authentics in Troy box offices. Advance individual day tickets and VIP PARTY PIT Passes will be available at a later date. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit Beaumont Health System's Healthy Heart Check student heart screening program.
Debuting in 1983, the annual event has played host to such legendary country artists as Hank Williams, Jr., Brenda Lee, Tanya Tucker, Mel Tillis and Willie Nelson, revered megastars Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire and Big & Rich, and today's most popular breakout country and crossover bands like Rascal Flatts, Lonestar and Lady Antebellum.
For more information, visit http://wycd.radio.com/shows/wycd-downtown-hoedown.