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There are still plenty of tickets available for tonight�s 7:30 concert of Earth, Wind and Fire plus Chicago at DTE Energy Music Theatre � a benefit night for the nonprofit Woodward Dream Cruise when concertgoers can ogle classic cars as well as rock stars.The two groups, both tied to the cruising-car era, are to come onstage together to start the performance, then split for separate sets, then reunite to close the show together around 10:40 p.m., a concert spokesman said.

Classic car owners will be able to display their vehicles in a roped-off area outside the west gate.Concert organizers when they planned the event early this year didn�t anticipate tonight�s conflict with the big fireworks event in downtown Detroit, said Bryant Fillmore, spokesman for Palace Sports & Entertainment, which operates DTE Energy Music Theatre.�When I saw those fireworks on the calendar, I went, �Oh no, which concert is that going to conflict with?� It turns out, it�s this one,� Fillmore said.He said at 1 p.m.

that about half of the seats had sold at DTE Energy Music Theatre, which has a capacity of more than 15,000 fans � 8,800 lawn spots ($24.50 including parking), and 6,400 pavilion seats ($59.50 to $79.50).

A portion of the proceeds of tonight�s ticket sales goes to support Woodward Dream Cruise Inc., the nonprofit group of eight cities � from Ferndale to Pontiac � that stage the annual Dream Cruise of classic cars on Woodward Avenue.

It is set for Aug.

15.If tonight�s concert sells out, the Dream Cruise would realize about $40,000, Dream Cruise officials have said.

The cities aren�t risking anything by holding the concert, however, because the event was organized by CBS Radio, which owns the oldies station WOMC-FM (104.3) based in Ferndale, an original organizer of the Dream Cruise, and by Palace Sports and Entertainment, said Dale Dawkins, vice president of the Dream Cruise operating board and former mayor of Bloomfield Hills.�I know they moved the fireworks to tonight.

They were supposed to be Monday and then there was this Baptist convention in town,� Dawkins said today.

�But whatever happens (in the volume of ticket sales), happens.

It all helps us� defray the public costs of staging the Dream Cruise, he said.The date of the fireworks was moved �a couple of months ago� to accommodate the convention, confirmed Tony Michaels, president of the Parade Company, the nonprofit group staging tonight�s fireworks in Detroit.

Michaels also is the part-time executive director of the Woodward Dream Cruise board and its only paid employee.To buy tickets, visit the box office at the Palace of Auburn Hills today until 6 p.m.; or the box office at the East Plaza of DTE Energy Music Theatre anytime up to and during the concert.Contact BILL LAITNER: 586-826-7264 or [email protected]



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