See Swinging Detroit - My Family Travels

The history books can tell us all about her splendor and glory.  We all saw her in the news.  We saw her thrive, and we saw her fall.  The redemption of Detroit has been a long one, but she will thrive again.  It may sound hard to believe, but it takes a city as strong and willing as Detroit to redeem herself to her former glory.  It won’t be easy.  We are working twice as fast with three times the spirit to make her shine again.  If you don’t believe me, see for yourself.

We know she can swing; she has the largest jazz festival in the world.  The thirty-fourth annual event takes place Labor Day weekend 2013.  Over four days, you will be serenaded by the sweet soul of 100 acts singing out across five stages.  Think you can’t afford it?  It’s free.  We in Detroit watch out for each other.  Companies based in Detroit, like Chrysler and DTE Energy, sponsor the event to keep it open for all to see and hear.  Come see Grammy winning pianist Danilo Perez and dozens of other stunning artists from around the nation. This extravaganza is directed by Christopher B. Collins, who ensures all are ready to play their hearts out just for you.

There’s more than jazz.  Motown music really made the city shine in the twentieth century.  Today, Kid Rock and Eminem both are proud to call Detroit their home.  You can see the place where Stevie Wonder and the Supremes started at the Motown Museum.  Though Detroit is the well-known home of Gospel and Hardcore Punk, it is also the origin of Techno music.  No matter what your taste is, you’re sure to find your beat in the heart of Detroit.

Do you like cars?  The North American International Auto Show is for you, based right here in Detroit.  This city is the headquarters of Chrysler, GM, and Ford.  We earned the name Motor City.  Only at the auto show can you preview the latest models and designs of the future.  Stop by in January for the 2014 show, where you will be able to see concept cars, celebrities, and all the latest models.

As if music and cars aren’t enough, Detroit also has a tremendous display of artwork.  Let yourself go and take a stroll around the Detroit Institute of Arts.  The DIA has been around for 128 years, and it’s not going anywhere.  Its collection rates among the top six in the nation.  It holds countless pieces of Asian, graphic, European, African, Islamic, and American art.  This historical and cultural gem is bound to bring enjoyment to even the smallest art enthusiasts.

If you love music, come see Detroit.  If you enjoy architecture, the fine arts and a good time, stop on by and see Detroit. Come see her.  Come see Detroit.

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