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JR JR to Launch Beacon Park Summer Concert Series with Free Weekend Show

JR JR, Detroit’s own indie pop duo, is back in the city for a free concert at Beacon Park.

The Downtown Detroit Partnership, which operates programming for the public space, tapped the group to launch its summer concert series Saturday, June 16.

Members Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott said they are both excited and nervous—the concert will be their first performance in Detroit since May 2017.

The Detroit Pistons fans said they’re happy to witness and be a part of the city’s evolution. The basketball team returned to the city in 2017 after playing in Auburn Hills for nearly 30 years. The move, which brought the NBA franchise to Little Caesars Arena alongside the Detroit Red Wings, makes Detroit the only U.S. city with four major sports teams in its downtown core.

The sports and entertainment venue anchors the live, work and play development that is The District Detroit, which is delivering $1.4 billion in new investment to Detroit, with the arena, the Mike Ilitch School of Business and the Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion.

“It’s cool to have the Pistons right here. We’d love to work more out of the Masonic and go to a game afterward,” Zott said.

Epstein said concertgoers on Saturday can expect to hear new tracks and old favorites.

“You should come if you really want to see some dudes sing some harmonies,” Epstein said, smiling. “We’re gonna have a lot of fun.”

Formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., the duo is most known for their folk elements and matchless harmonies. The duo’s Billboard hit, “Gone,” appeared in recent comedy films, Bad Moms and Sausage Party, and is accompanied by a stunning video that has garnered about 2.5 million YouTube views to date. There’s also the pair’s socially conscious track, "We Almost Lost Detroit,” which is a cover of Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jackson's 1977 song. The accompanying video for that song features shots of popular city landmarks and hometown brands, like McClure's Pickles.

Detroit’s own Inohs Sivad and her fellow Is Revolution band members, along with psychedelic pop band, Wild Belle, will open the JR JR show at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to live music, Saturday festivities will include craft beer and cocktails, lawn games, food trucks and an open-air Night Market. The bazaar vendors will include Finch Finery, All Things Detroit, A Serendipity Cakery, Crystalline Dream, Nakee Butter, Pretty Girls Posh Couture, Detroit Respect and Fabulous Detroit. Lumen Detroit, the park’s new restaurant, will also be open for dinner.

The three-part concert series at Beacon Park will continue July 21 with a free show by pop band SAINT MOTEL. The event will commemorate the park’s first anniversary—DTE built the 1.2-acre park, which opened to the public along Grand River and Cass Avenue in July 2017. Details about the third show, planned for August 18, will be announced soon.

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About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is a dynamic urban destination in the heart of Detroit. One that includes something for everyone—a dense neighborhood experience with a variety of developments alongside Detroit’s premier sports and entertainment venues. Connecting downtown Detroit to growing nearby neighborhoods such as Midtown, Corktown and Brush Park, The District Detroit is having a dramatic economic impact on Detroit and is a driving catalyst of the city’s remarkable resurgence. The District Detroit will deliver $1.4 billion in new investment to Detroit including the new Little Caesars Arena, Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University and Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion. Additionally, new office, residential and retail spaces will continue to add momentum to Detroit’s amazing comeback for years to come.