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Kid Rock to hold public Block Party before Comerica Park concerts

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Kid Rock is hosting a carnival as well as concerts this weekend at Detroit's Comerica Park.

The Clarkston-based rocker will hold an open-to-the-public Kid Rock Bad Ass Beer Block Party before the shows on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13, in the stadium parking lot on the northwest corner of Woodward Avenue and Montcalm Street. Attractions will include a 10-story ferris wheel, carnival midway-style games and a mechanical bull; proceeds from all will go to the Kid Rock Foundation, which donates money to charitable causes both locally and nationally. DJs will play music through a 360-degree sound system, while a Bad Ass Beer Tent will feature Rock's signature brew along with Little Caesar's pizza, taco trucks and hot dog vendors.

Rock's Made In Detroit clothing company, which has an office in Comerica Park, will be selling its wares along with official Rock tour merchandise.

The Block Party starts at 2 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday, running until showtime, which will be approximately 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the concerts are currently sold out, but promoters are expecting to release some seats by mid-week once they begin to construct the staging and inspect sight lines.

While the Block Party will be the concerts' official pre-show bash, Rock isn't the only one hosting parties those days. Cheli's Chili Bar near Comerica Park's right field entrance will be running an outdoor beer garden with live music, while the Town Pump Tavern's Rock Block and Tent Party at 100 W. Montcalm will include amateur pole dancing competitions, mechanical bull riding, karaoke and a Pamela Anderson lookalike contest -- open to both men and women -- to win tickets to the concerts.

Both venues will keep their festivities going during and after the concerts, while the Detroit Club Reflxtion, [cq] is hosting after parties both nights at 1500 Woodward Ave.

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