The Cass Corridor event featured immensely skilled musical acts.
Firefighters were worried about the live wires dangling over the heads of festival-goers.
The group is led by the rhapsodic and rebellious singer Boots Riley, who was born in Chicago but lived in Detroit until he was 6.
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The Rafael Statin Quintet reeled their solos off as if the scales were tattooed on their fingers.
The Detroit-formed band strummed their strings with a folk rhythm and honky-tonk bite as the crowd reveled in the superb acoustics of the small and intimate Michigan Avenue bar in Corktown.
The Detroit-born rocker made his long-anticipated debut at the Fox Theatre, not far from where he once bussed dishes and made pizza in his youth.
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The 2014 Detroit Artist Fellowship was for artists working in film, music, theater and dance.
Much of the crowd was on its feet for the songs, and tributes to their late brother and Jackson 5 frontman Michael were found across the venue.