War to headline 2012 Homecoming

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn
War will hit the Main Stage at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4, preceding the fireworks.

Dearborn festival Aug. 3-5 also features Riot House,
Thornetta Davis, Laith Al-Saadi

DEARBORN – 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 Aug. 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 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Ford Field Park.

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, go to www.wartheband.com.

Contemporary hits and ’80s and ’90s rock music will be performed by local band Riot House Aug. 5. They take the Main Stage at 8:30 p.m.

For more information on Riot House, go to www.riothouserocks.com.

Starting off the Main Stage festivities will be Dearborn’s Rhythm & Blues Blast! Featuring Thornetta Davis and Laith Al-Saadi from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 3.

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 fuses rock, blues, R&B, and jazz to form a unique style.

Additional musical entertainment throughout the weekend includes Aug. 3 acts Dr. Pocket at 6 p.m. and The United Snakes at 7 p.m.

Aug. 4 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.

Aug. 5 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 Aug. 4 and 5.

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, go to www.cityofdearborn.org or call 313-943-2285.