Guitarist/vocalist Al-Saadi performs an authentic blend of blues, soul and classic rock, with Guitar World magazine calling him a cross between “Danny Gatton and Buddy Guy at their best.”
A Homecoming favorite, Al-Saadi has played the festival previously, as well as on stages across the country working with legends like Taj Mahal, Luther Allison, Buddy Guy, Son Seals, Gregg Allman and B.B. King.
Al-Saadi’s most recent album, “REAL,” climbed to the top of the blues chart for five weeks. Al-Saadi also had four singles in the Top 10 iTunes singles charts. His albums “In The Round” and “Long Time Coming” spent time at the top of the rock and album charts.
Entertainment Weekly has called Al-Saadi “a power performer who is so legitimate and memorable.” In 2006, Guitar Center crowned him one of the top four blues guitarists in the United States.
An Ann Arbor native, Al-Saadi studied jazz at the University of Michigan School of Music.
Al-Saadi’s concert is free, as is admission to the festival, now in its 37th year, held the first full weekend of August at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill. The festival runs Aug. 5 to 7 this year.
In addition to three days of live music, the festival features food, free and affordable family activities, high school reunions, a carnival, and fireworks displays on Saturday and Sunday nights.
This year, the event will incorporate activities inspired by the Healthy Dearborn initiative, including a family-friendly bike ride on Saturday morning, kayaking and canoeing on Saturday, and a 5K Fun Run on Sunday.
The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day.
The event provides an annual fundraiser for many Dearborn-based nonprofit groups that serve the community. More than 30 organizations work with the Dearborn Community Fund and the city to be part of Homecoming.
Beaumont Health is the festival’s presenting sponsor.