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Detroit's Downtown Hoedown makes big changes for 30th year

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The Downtown Hoedown is making some major changes for its 30th anniversary.

The three-day festival -- sponsored by Detroit country radio station WYCD and featuring headliners Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young and more -- is moving locations, from Hart Plaza to the parking lots around Comerica Park, and dates, from mid-May to June 8-10. It will also for the first time be a ticketed event.

Weekend passes, priced at $30, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 16, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Beaumont Health System's Healthy Heart Check program for students. Individual day tickets and VIP Party Pit passes will be available at a later date.

The Hoedown will feature three stages with more than 40 bands, according to WYCD program director Tim Roberts, and the station will assemble a local lineup based on a listener vote. Acts booked so far, meanwhile, include:

June 8 -- Josh Gracin, Edens Edge, Andy Gibson, Dustin Lynch and JT Hodges;

June 9 -- Dierks Bentley, Montgomery Gentry, Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, The Farm, Tyler Farr, Katie Armiger and Glen Templeton;

June 10 -- Miranda Lambert, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, Kip Moore, Craig Campbell and Thomas Rhett.

More information and updates will be available at www.wycd.com.

Web Site: www.wycd.com

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