JUKE JOINT JUMPOFF: FLAPPERS & FEDORAS

Flapper's & Fedoras: Juke Joint Jumpoff- (Friday Night) This event will start off "nice and easy"..and "dignified" with a sit down dinner and mid tempo juke joint tunes from the DJ and our resident impresario and band leader, Jeff Ponders II and his band.

But baaaby as we finish dinner, the foot stomping shall commence!  Get your vintage fly gear together and get ready for a one-of-a-kind musical experience, journeying through the ages, that you won't forget! 

"Suge Avery Sing Off" - Harpo who dis woman?! 🤣 SISTAAAAAAH, YOU'VE BEEN ON MY MIIIIIIND! During the Juke Joint Jumpoff, we'll have a karaoke style Suge Avery sing off and crown the crowd's best Suge!

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JOKERS R' WILD: SPADES TOURNAMENT

Jokers R'Wild Spades Tournament (Thursday Night) Get your trash talk ready and get ready to slam some cards on the table! In this precursor to the Juke Joint Jumpoff, we will harken back to our ancestor's time with this fried chicken and fish fry event that will end WITH A TROPHY & MAJOR bragging rights!! YOU KNOW HOW WE DO!

*(No worries, we'll have a vegan option, for the veggie loving trash talkers.😉)

REALITY IS WILD: AUGMENTED REALITY REAL ESTATE TOUR

Augmented Reality Real Estate Tour - Take a one-of-a-kind guided bus tour to see the Idlewild of the past, present, and the future come to life with the aid of augmented reality through our sponsor Brand XR. Imagine what used to be on the sites of the now closed clubs Paradise Club and Flamingo Club, and where the likes of W.E.B. Dubois and Madame CJ Walker, Aretha Franklin, Jackie Wilson, Joe Louis, Della Reese, and many more vacationed, relaxed, strategized, created family legacies, and danced the night away.

Also, see areas where you too can be a part of the renaissance and own property in historic Idlewild to create memories and legacies for you and your family.

Black & Wild Packages

All packages include 3 day, 2 nights hotel stay, roundtrip transportation, all meals and the marquis events, Jokers R' Wild and JukeJoint JumpOff. We also have packages for a la carte optional activities and options for open bar at both events! ShopPay Installment plans available!

Partner Highlights

Just like us, a few of our partners are a part of our entrepreneur and tech community. Here's a little more about them.

Transportation Partner

First Love Tours

First Love Tours is our transportation partner. It is a 2nd generation motor coach company, specializing in state to state and local travel for family, community, and corporate events. Its is is the only black owned, female owned motor coach company in the city.

Our Resident Bandleader

Jeff Ponders II

Born in Detroit, multi-instrumentalist/producer Jeff Ponders II has captivated audiences across the world with his provocative, soulful approach to music. Jeff honed his skills under the tutelage of jazz masters Donald Walden, Marcus Belgrave, and Wendell Harrison. His resume includes performances and recordings with heavyweights across many genres, including James Carter, Robert Glasper, Mike Phillips, Keyshia Cole, Bebe Winans, Eric Roberson, and John Legend.

A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania Jeff, advises large brands and maintains intimate engagement in the entrepreneurial community. A serial entrepreneur, he regularly advises entrepreneurs and growth-stage businesses on strategy, customer development, branding, marketing, and product development.  Today, he pulls from his diverse experiences to support early-stage startups as a venture capital investor with Invest Detroit Ventures

Augmented Reality Partner

Brand XR

Brand XR is a really awesome tech start-up that is a part of our Detroit tech community. They are a no-code Augmented Reality platform and award-winning XR creative studio. Their lead investor is Morgan Stanley and their AR partners include. Brand XR has worked with brands like NASA, NBA, Tik Tok, Microsoft, and more. Brand XR brings murals to life, brand experiences, and packaging to life in dynamic never seen before ways.

Brand XR is partnering with us to bring to life Idlewild's past, present, and future in an exciting way using AR. AND, Idlewilders on the trip will receive the special edition Black to Idlewild augmented reality t-shirt! Talk about a major conversation piece!