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AJ's Music Café Hosts 240-hour 'Assembly Line Concert'

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A.J. O'Neil, the owner of AJ's Music Café in Ferndale, Michigan, will host a 240-hour music event dubbed the "Assembly Line Concert" in order to support the ailing Detroit three automakers.

The concert, which starts at 5 pm on Friday, March 20, will run until March 30, the day before President Barack Obama must decide if Chrysler and GM should be given more financial aid or forced into some form of bankruptcy. The concert will be broadcast via the Web and features 240 acts, from unknowns to local artists Stewart Francke and Martha Reeves.

"There is a lot of integrity in this town. People feel this is a place we want to be part of," O'Neil said. "The concert is to show the world we have something of a fight in us here in Detroit."

O'Neil has invited famous Detroit performers Bob Seger, Kid Rock and Eminem to perform, hoping they will make surprise appearances at the event. He also invited Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and President Barack Obama.

A stage will be built inside the café to accommodate the performers, and all three Detroit automakers will display vehicles outside the café during the concert. O'Neil hopes the concert will receive national and worldwide attention.

"That's why we are doing this March 20 through 30, because the deadline is March 31. My hope is we have millions of pledges by then so they can go before Congress and say, "look - we have all these work orders," O'Neil said.

O'Neil had previously organized the "Danny Boy" event, a 50-hour marathon in which musicians played or sang the song "Danny Boy" to support local charities. He also recently began offering free coffee to customers who promise to buy American cars, setting up a website where people can make pledges to the cause.

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