Detroit's Winter Blast announces music lineup with Thornetta Davis, Laith Al-Saadi, and more

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Courtesy of Quicken Loans Winter Blast Weekends

Detroit's 14th annual Winter Blast festival announced a musical lineup that features rock, blues, dance music, and more.

The event — now dubbed Quicken Loans Winter Blast Weekends, and is now free to attend — will be held across four weekends in downtown's Campus Martius Park on Jan. 19-21, 25-27, Feb. 8-10, and 15-17.

Headliners include Thornetta Davis, Detroit's "Queen of the Blues," along with The Voice finalist Laith Al-Saadi on the Michigan Lottery Stage. More than 30 other artists will also be featured, including DJs Ryan Richards and Gary Chandler as part of a showcase presented by Movement Music Festival. Other acts include Paulina Jayne, the Ruiners, and Christina Chriss and Joey Fava of pop-punk band Kaleido, among others.

Oh yeah, also — that 30-foot winter slide? It's free to ride this year. You can catch that on the weekend of Feb. 8-10.

The full music schedule, subject to change, is below.

Weekend 1

Saturday, Jan. 19
6-7:15 p.m. Paddlebots (Progressive Soul-Pop)
7:45-9 p.m. Black Note Graffiti (Rock/Alternative)
9:30-11 p.m. Movement Music Festival presents DJ Ryan Richards (Electronic)

Sunday, Jan. 20
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Half Light Music (Alternative Rock)
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Thornetta Davis (Funky Rockin’ Soul Blues)

Monday, Jan. 21
6-6:45 p.m. Christina Chriss & Joey Fava of Kaleido (Acoustic)
7:10-8 p.m. Alise King (R&B Soul)

Weekend 2

Friday, Jan. 25
4:30-5:30 p.m. Violet Soul (Pop/Funk)
6-7:15 p.m. Maiyana Davis (Blues Rock)
7:45-9 p.m. The Gasoline Gypsies (Original Rock)
9:30-11 p.m. Paulina Jayne (Country/Rock)

Saturday, Jan. 26
6-7:15 p.m. DownRiver Dan & The Billies (Blues Rock)
7:45-9 p.m. The Roadwork Crew (R&B/Funk)
9:30-11 p.m. Laith Al Saadi (Soulful Rock & Blues)

Sunday, Jan. 27
6-6:45 p.m. Emma Guzman (Singer-Songwriter/Americana)
7:10-8 p.m. Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men (Rock)

Weekend 3

Friday, Feb. 8
4:30-5:30 p.m. Acoustic Ash (Singer/Songwriter)
6-7:15 p.m. Tomorrow the World (Rock/Alternative)
7:45-9 p.m. Yvette Meadows (Jazz/R&B)
9:30-11 p.m. Dragon Wagon (Americana/Bluegrass)

Saturday, Feb. 9
6-7:15 p.m. The Ruiners (Punk/Garage/Rockabilly)
7:45-9 p.m. Liquid Monk (Electronic, Dance)
9:30-11 p.m. Movement Music Festival presents DJ Gary Chandler (Electronic)

Sunday, Feb. 10
6-6:45 p.m. Church Mice (Alt Rock/Rock Americana)
7:10-8 p.m. Joe Jaber and The Last Divide (Americana, Rock)

Weekend 4

Friday, Feb. 15
4:30-5:30 p.m. Sami Mei (Pop)
6-7:15 p.m. Over The Sun (formerly The Wall Clocks) (Brit Rock)
7:45-9 p.m. J Canady & The SoulNyce Band (Funk/Soul/Jazz)
9:30-11 p.m. Roots Vibrations (Reggae/Soca)

Saturday, Feb. 16
6-7:15 p.m. Cold Tone Harvest (Americana/Alt-Country)
7:45-9 p.m. Rev Marc Falconberry (Blues)
9:30-11 p.m. Larry Lee and The Back In the Day Band (Funk/R&B)

Sunday, Feb. 17
6-6:45 p.m. Keynote Sisters (Acoustic Variety)
7:10-8 p.m. Ali McManus (Soft Rock/Pop)

More information is available at winterblast.com.
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