Major details of a memorial concert and benefit celebration for the late Aretha Franklin scheduled for Friday at her namesake venue have changed. 

The event “How I Got Over – Classical Goes to Church: A Benefit Concert to Aretha Franklin” with Richard Smallwood and Karen Clark-Sheard is postponed. Refunds can be obtained at the point of purchase. 

Instead, the memorial will move from the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre to the grounds of the venue. A celebration of her life will go on as a free event with live music and appearances including the Detroit Youth Choir, Judge Greg Mathis, Fox 2 Detroit personality Huel Perkins, Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, Franklin’s granddaughter Grace Franklin, her background vocalists and other guests. 

Franklin’s family will honor several area pastors with a Living Legends Award as well. 

The musical dedication starts at 7 p.m. Friday and is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. A VIP reception starts at 6 p.m. The $50 ticket to this includes hor d’ourves, beverages and a meet and greet with special guests. Tickets are on sale via

The event aims to raise funds and awareness for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Cancer and the Aretha Franklin Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded to Detroit high school students and is managed by the Minerva Education and Development Foundation. 

For more information call (248) 556-2647. Call the Aretha box office at (313) 393-0292. 

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