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Monday, March 17, 2008

Detroit's Downtown Hoedown

On one of those 20/20 type shows the other night, they were interviewing a convicted murderer who was apparently schizophrenic at the time he committed the act. He spoke of topics in the variety of spaceships, aliens, voices telling him to do things, and finally, how he found himself at the "Hoedown at Hart Plaza in Detroit." I wasn't surprised at all. Spaceships, aliens, and Detroit's Downtown Hoedown fit into a nice category together, especially coming from a schizophrenic murderer. The belated point is that the Hoedown in Hart plaza is both bizarre and great, kind of like aliens and spaceships.

I know that people from all over metro Detroit come down to the city for all kinds of events, and yet the hoedown still seems like the most out of place. The hoedown, which is celebrating its 25th anniverary, must be a good time though, as it continues to succeed as an extremely popular event every May. According to multiple sources, it is widely recognized as the largest free country music festival of its kind in the world.

This year's hoedown is once again at Hart Plaza on the weekend of May 9-May 11 and it might be the most prolific hoedown in the 25 year history. The headlining acts including Jewel on May 9th, Trisha Yearwood on the 10th, and Gretchen Wilson closing out the festival on the 11th. In addition to the headliners, there will also be over 30 other acts throughout the weekend including performers from out of state, along with up and coming local artists.

So put on your cowboy boots and hat and you'll be ready to party with every country music fan within a 7 hour radius, and maybe even some schizophrenic criminals.

Jewel, Trisha Yearwood will Headline Detroit's Downtown Hoedown
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