They called it Paradise Valley, in Detroit's Black Bottom. It was a 66 square block area on the near east side of Detroit's downtown and from the 1920s on it was where the vast majority of the African American population of Detroit lived. By the 1940s it was teeming with the new immigrant blacks from the South who had moved north for good paying jobs in factories beginning two decades earlier on Henry Ford's promise of $5 per day.
The living conditions weren't great: overcrowded tenements and row houses, but in the center of it all, on Hastings Street, you could find some great fun. And all the great jazz and blues clubs of Detroit: the Flame Show Bar, Three Star Bar, Forest Club. And you could also find the great Detroit blues musicians, there too: John Lee Hooker, Big Maceo Merriweather, Bobo Jenkins, Baby Boy Warren, Calvin Frazier, Boogie Woogie Red.
Now, there is Harmonie Park. At the corner of Gratiot & Randolph is the gateway to Harmonie Park & the Entertainment District.
It is the prime location to continue the great legacy of Paradise Valley. Located at the heart of a new and exciting entertainment district in Detroit, Harmonie Park is surrounded by the countries second largest theatre district (only New York has more theatre seats), and the incomparable Grand Circus Park. Within walking distance is The Fox Theatre, The State Theatre, The Opera House, The Music Hall, The Gem & Century Club, Hockeytown, Ford Field, Comerica Park, the new Hilton Garden Inn and a number of restaurants, bars and pubs.
The second annual "Detroit Paradise Valley Music Festival" will take place on July 19,20,21 at Paradise Valley Park.
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