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Oakaloosa music festival comes to Historic Fort Wayne

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DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

Detroit's Historic Fort Wayne will be the site of the first-year music festival Oakaloosa on Saturday, July 27, 2013. The festival will feature national headlining acts, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Girl Talk, as well as spotlight and celebrate some of Detroit's newest and brightest musical stars.

A music festival with a purpose, Oakaloosa is the region's first fully philanthropic music festival. A percentage of every dollar raised will be put towards the restoration of Historic Fort Wayne in order to help return the Fort to its previous glory and preserve it for future generations to admire and enjoy.

Oakaloosa is organized and supported by Detroit Sports Zone, Inc., a non-profit group committed to exposing people of all ages to sports, cultural arts, mentoring, life-skill development and character building activities. Additional proceeds from the festival will be used to support the youth sports and mentoring programs provided through Detroit Sports Zone, Inc.

"We're utilizing a unique and historic Detroit space, Fort Wayne, to bring together different genres of music to show Detroit something they've never seen before," said Adam Bleznak, Program Director for the Oakaloosa Music Festival. "For us, this festival is all about boosting the city, having a good time and giving back."

Boasting two stages, Oakaloosa will present DJ mash-up artist Girl Talk and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's 20th anniversary reunion tour. The reunion tour is the first time all five original members of the Grammy-winning rap group have performed together since the '90s. Other featured artists include homegrown talent, such as Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Trick Trick, Robert James, Royce Da 5'9", Dj A.M.F., Kaleido, Ro Spit, Hir-O, Freddy Todd and Paulina Jayne. Additional artists will be announced closer to the festival.

Festival passes are $45 each and are currently available through Oakaloosa.com. From 12 p.m. to midnight, Oakaloosa attendees will enjoy non-stop music from this historic location. The stages will be set up near the barracks and the Detroit River, with the open field available to festival goers.

"We are excited that the Oakaloosa Music Festival will be hosted at one of our hidden gems," said Alicia C. Minter, Director of Detroit Recreation Department. "Not only will this event showcase national and local artists but a percentage of the proceeds will directly support improvements for Historic Fort Wayne that will preserve the facility now and for the future."

For more information and to stay up to date with all Oakaloosa announcements, visit Oakaloosa.com or follow "Oakaloosa" on Facebook and Twitter

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