Aretha tribute concert tickets sell out in minutes
Tickets to the Aretha Franklin tribute concert at Chene Park sold out within minutes of becoming available Monday on Ticketmaster.
Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. on the website and were completely gone within 10 minutes, promoter Chandra Lewis said.
A representative for Chene Park did not immediately return a request for comment. The tickets were given away for free, and Tickemaster waived fees.
The venue did post on Instagram, saying it is working on a livestream of the event. It also said in a post on Facebook that those interested in the event should "avoid scammers and fake tickets that are being sold."
"... Do NOT share or post photos of your tickets/or bar code anywhere," the post warned.
The concert, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, will bring together many of the Queen of Soul's old Motown friends and even feature some of her family members.
Scheduled to perform are Gladys Knight and The Four Tops; L.J. Reynolds (of the Dramatics); Dee Dee Bridgewater; KiKi Sheard; Johnny Gill; Angie Stone; Aretha's son Eddie Franklin and granddaughters Victorie Franklin and Gracie Franklin.
Also announced: Cherri Black, Doug Carn, Jean Carne, Kurt Carr, Steffinie Christian, Angela Davis, Raheem DeVaughn, George Faison, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Gwen Foxx, Beth Griffith-Manley, Kimmie Horne, Santita Jackson, Dr. Bobby Jones, KIKO, Alise King, L’Renee, Jenifer Lewis and Tasha Page-Lockhart.
Accompanying the artists will be the Ralphe Armstrong Band and Kern Brantley Band.
For those that didn't get tickets to Thursday's concert, a gospel tribute will be held 6 p.m. Monday at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit. That is where Franklin got her start singing and where her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, was the longtime pastor.