Common Ground Festival hit high Notes with fans for it 20 year on June 27-30 2019

What do you get when people come together for a 4 day Festival. You get the Common Ground Festival that is held at the Adabo RiverFront Park in downtown Lansing Michigan.  The festival bring to get people from all ages and different music background an enjoyment.  

Common Ground Festival bring in multi-genre performs for the 4 day festival arrange from rock-n-roll with hip hop, country, Electronic (EDM) and Rap. For a wild weekend of great performances from many different artists. The event also brings in food vendors and merchants for fan to buy great item of the event to take home to remember it along with drink and eat all day.fans_20190629_commongroundfestival_20190629__joe9370_joes-photography-9893262089

For the 20 year of the festival it ran from June 27-30 2019 providing each day with a different set of headliner and artists. Each day the festival would open up at 4 pm and run till after 11 pm. The festival offers two stages, the first one being the main stage that is sponsor by the Auto Value (automobile part company) and the second being the Sparrow stage.  

On Thursday June 27 saw the opening day of the festival. On this day was a variety of artists.  Opening the day up on the main stage Ali Manus follow her up was Arlo Mckinley & The Homesome Soun, City Colour and the Grammy winning Brandi Carlile. 

Over on the Sparrow stage for thursday at was Motherfolk, Mike Main & The Branches, Rober Randolp & the Family Band to round out this day of music. Friday would bring the next round of artist this time with more of Electronic or EDM (Electronic Dance Music) style. The bands that would be on this day would be the following. Main stage act starting at 4 would be Cookn followed by Carlie Hanson, Playboi Carti and main headliner Zedd. While over on the sparrow stage you would have Juliana Hale, Jack Harlow , Young Gravy and Elephante to around out the night. 


Saturday would bring country night for the event. This would see some of the huge Grammy winning artist and a much older crowd for this day event.The stay would start with Eric Chesser bring his sold full country voice to the main stage. Follow him up would the wild but fun Clare Dunn. Who has open for some of the biggest names in country music like Florida Georgia Line. She took the main stage by storm with her rock and roll style of country music.  ericchesser_20190629_commongroundfestival_20190629__joe8734_joes-photography-9893262089

Follow Clare Dunn, would be the energetic Chris Jansen. He would come out and get the crowd jumping and sing to his favorite tune. As Chris would Jump and fly around the stage singing he would even play his harmonic for the crowd. At one point he made one little fans night. Just before for his song “Good Vibes”. He brought up a little boy to the stage who was on his dad shoulder watching all the music that his Saturday main stage. He was wearing Chris Jansen “Good Vibes” shirt. While on stage he would tell that his is one of the reasons why he loves to perform for the crowds is how much his fans get involved in the music both young and old.

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As Chris Jansen would wined down his performance for the night headliner Cole Swindell would take to the main stage for the night performance. Over on the Sparrow Stage would saw the Swift Brother, Rachel Curtis and the Huge Grammy winner and country Texan Tracy Lawrence. tracy_lawrenc_20190629_commongroundfestival_20190629__joe9244_joes-photography-9893262089

On Sunday, which is the last day of the four day weekend of music would bring something more younger generation this year with rap style of music. The lineup for this would be on the main stage Sway Boi, Trap Manny and A Boogie wit DA Hoodie. Sparrow stage would offer Hitman ft Klaverflav, Kelsey Lynn, 2 Live Crew and Big Boi to end the day and close out the festival. 

Overall the event offer a great lineup of different styles of music and genre that will bring a wide array of people. Common Ground Festival offer a great way of seeing huge act at affordable prices all under one roof. 

So if you miss out on this years performance you have to wait till 2020 as they bring in even more great music, food, vendors and more. 




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Boots kick out the rain as the Sun Shine on the Annual Bay City Country Music Festival 

As Michigan was pounded by mother nature wrath rain leading up to the Annual Bay City Country Music Festival on June 21,2019. The fans of the festival said not this weekend as they kick mother nature out with their boots and say bring on the sun shine we are ready to get down and party like the country foulk we are. 
Sure enough old mother nature say ok, As Todd Micheal Band took to the stage with their opening sone by Michigan Very own Frankie Ballard “Young And Crazy. They would bring their own Mid Michigan flair to the event by playing a few of their own songs as well. 

This would get the join jumping and singing along to a few of their favorite songs, while Todd Michieal sing with his soulful style of country music. But waiting on deck would Be J Hartley that is ready to kick the door down for his home town of Bay City Michigan.

J Hartley would open up his set by playing “Friends in low places” by Garth Brooks. This would get his fan screaming his name as he moved in his original roots of music and performing his own style and new recording song “John Wayne”. This would keep the night going as the sun starting to set for the great night of entertainment that was yet to come.

Carly Pearce would take the stage next and being the hottest female Nashville country star that is on the rise and the only lady of the night. She would open her show with “Careless” from one of her albums into to “Closer to you” from her newest album. She would keep the atmosphere jump by playing a variety of her very own song. She would even sing one of her song that was co-wrote with her fiance Michael Ray. As the sun would set on Carly Pearce who all the fans keep calling back stage for another was to bring up Chase Rice.              

Chase Rice would be the head liner that would come on to keep the fans happy and dancing at day turn tonight. Chase would open up with “Lions”. He would bring to the stage a style of old school country music to the Bay City Country Music Festival. As he played he would even at one point give his band a time out as he sat down on a stool and strummed his guitar. But that wouldn’t be the highlight of chase night as one young couple would make his night even bigger. As Chase would begin to sing his song “Eye on You” . One person in the crowd as an even bigger surprise for the love of his life. 

While a friend was video the moment as chase started to sing their favorite song , Mathew Peaphon got down on one knee and asked the love of his life Samantha Engelhardt to married him. At his point, Chase saw what was about to happen while he keep singing. He would run back and grab his camera as the proposal would take place and video tape it as well to be shared across the world wide web. Even as the show would go on this wasn’t the end of there night. Chase would bring them both on stage to sing one last song for them before signing a bunch of fan merchandise for them and asking them to join him back stage for a celebratory drink. This would end the great day of warm wither for Day one of Annual Bay City Country Music Festiva

Day two would come in quickly as the warm weather would shine even brighter on the Annual Bay City Country Music Festival. As people line up to see their favorite artist on Saturday June 22 2019. You could tell that this is going to be another great night of music. 

First to set to perform for their fans would be the Steve Armstrong & the 25cent Beer Band. He being a Mid Michigan native Steve Armstrong would get the join jumping right off the bate by playing his very own song I miss My truck. This would get the join rock and rolling. As his fans would start singing along..  

Following him up on this short night of entertainment would be Jimmy Allen. Who if you never seen before would be an artist to watch on the rise of the Nashville charts. Jimmy Allen would keep the join jumping by playing “American Heartbreaker”. As Jimmy would sing along on this very warm day he would at one point stop for a big to take off his white coat that made all the girls scream his name. He also asked the fans to raise there glasses to the sky for what god has given everyone and himself. Following him up would be Billy Currington.

Billy Currington who has 11 #1 hits to his name would get the join even more jumping playing his guitar. He would start of his set with “Pretty Good At Drinking Beer”. As he played he keep the stage on fire never slowing down one bit. He would do a mix of old school country to more modern fast beat rock-n-roll style country. This would get everyone up on there feet and dance the night away as the sun would finally set on the last day of the annual bay city country music festival 

This would draw the day to a close of a fun filled, warm weather performances by some very great new an up and coming artists along with some great headliners. So if you miss out you have to wait another year for the Annual Bay City Country Music Festival brought to you by Ken Shelton Promotions. But what can we expect to see next year for this event from Ken Shelton and his team. Maybe he bring in a third day of great music with even bigger headliner and Next Nashville star. So be on the lookout for come next from Ken Shelton Promotions. 

A big Thank you to Ken Shelton Promotions for bringing the Bay City Country Music Festival series and bringing country music and their followers to an area that doesn’t get many chances to host great big stars.



Previously Announced Acts Include Headliners Toby Keith, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band Alongside Brothers Osborne, LANCO, Kip Moore, Maren Morris, Cassadee Pope, Michael Ray, Mitchell Tenpenny, Brett Young And More  

Nashville, TN – May 28, 2019 – ACM “Festival Of The Year” Faster Horses Festival announced the red-hot DISH Presents Next From Nashville Stage lineup today. The festival’s second stage, built for the most buzz-worthy new Nashville acts, will host must-see artists including Kassi Ashton, Dillion Carmichael, Davisson Brothers, Travis Denning, Ross Ellis, Everette, Caylee Hammack, Hardy, Levi Hummon, Lauren Jenkins, Seaforth, Matt Stell, Rachel Wammack and Waterloo Revival. Previously announced acts for the three-day “Party Of The Summer” include headliners Toby Keith, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band alongside performers Brothers Osborne, LANCO, Kip Moore, Maren Morris, Cassadee Pope, Michael Ray, Mitchell Tenpenny, Brett Young and more. Fans can visit to purchase passes.

The “multidimensional entertainment event” (Toledo Blade) was also recently named the 2019 ACM “Festival Of the Year”. The win follows seven years of the “state’s biggest country music event, drawing 40,000-plus annually for three days of music, camping and partying” (Detroit Free Press). Praised by Billboard as “not just another music festival,” the festival has created a unique culture of loyal fans, returning year after year for a world-class lineup and special sense of community.  

“Faster Horses is special for so many reasons,” said Brian O’Connell, President of Live Nation Country Touring. “We built this event from zero. The blank field was our canvas, all we had was our imagination and passion for our work. To be awarded with an ACM Award for those efforts, I could not be more proud of the incredible team that created and sustains this event. We are also so thankful to the ACM’s and it’s members. We could not be more fired up to head into our seventh year.”

For more information on Faster Horses, visit, Twitter @faster_horses, Instagram @fasterhorsesfestival and join the conversation on Twitter, #FasterHorses.

Faster Horses Festival is part of Live Nation’s premiere family of country music festivals across the country, including Watershed in George, WA; Country LakeShake in Chicago, IL, Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale. FL and Seven Peaks Music Festival in Denver, CO. Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Live Nation Concerts, Ticketmaster and Live Nation Media & Sponsorship. For additional information, visit 

Common Ground Music Festival 2019 line up headline with Brandi Carlile



Lansing, Michigan – The final headliner is here for the 2019 Common Ground Music Festival; Brandi Carlile will be headlining Thursday, June 27th at Adado Riverfront Park in downtown Lansing.

GRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Brandi Carlile, will be bringing her multi-genre style of music to Lansing, MI for Thursday night of the 20th anniversary Common Ground Music Festival. She was the most nominated female artist and third-most nominated artist overall at the 61st GRAMMY Awards in 2019 with six nominations including Album Of The Year (By The Way, I Forgive You), Record Of The Year (“The Joke”), Song of the Year (“The Joke”), Best Americana Album, Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance. The nominations cap off a breakthrough year for the acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer, whose music through the years has been categorized in several genres, including pop, rock, alternative country, and folk. She has said of her style, “I’ve gone through all sorts of vocal phases, from pop to blues to R&B, but no matter what I do, I just can’t get the country and western out of my voice.” Among her accolades the track “Everytime I Hear That Song” from her sixth studio album By The Way, I Forgive You, was listed on Former President Barack Obama’s year end playlist in 2018. Most recently, Carlile joined forces with Sam Smith on a new duet version of “Party Of One” and released a duet with Maren Morris “Common” featured on Morris’ new album Girl. 

Joining the lineup on Thursday is Canadian singer-songwriter City and Colour. With 3 JUNO Awards under his belt — including two SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR awards (2009, 2012), 3 Double Platinum and 1 Platinum-selling studio album in Canada, Green’s latest and 5th studio album If I Should Go Before You debuted #1 on the Top 200 Soundscan, City and Colour’s third consecutive chart-topper in Canada. The LP also made serious waves internationally debuting at #16 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart and #5 in Australia where Green’s LP Little Hell went GOLD. In 2014, Green collaborated with international superstar P!nk on a project titled You+Me. The duo’s acclaimed Platinum-certified debut, Rose ave., debuted at #4 on the U.S. Top 200 Chart, #1 in Canada, #2 in Australia culminating in memorable performances on The Ellen Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Green’s latest offering, an intimate live collection titled Guide Me Back Home, is a beautifully recorded and meticulously curated album recorded during his sold-out 2017 Canadian solo tour.

Also hitting the stage on Thursday, June 27th will be triple GRAMMY nominee American funk and soul band Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Described by NPR as a band with “irresistible rock ‘n’ roll swagger” and included on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 greatest guitarists of all time Robert Randolph and his band will be a set you won’t want to miss. Fans can also catch performances by folk / rock / indie group Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound, Michigan based pop-rock band Mike Mains and The Branches, and Ohio natives Motherfolk on Thursday evening. 

Single Day Tickets for Thursday, June 27th are on-sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at

Faster Horse runs its way into its seventh Year of the bigger party of the summer on July 19,20,21 2019


It was official announce it 2019 line up for what is call the biggest party of the summer. This year line up is going even bigger then ever for the seventh year of the event. .  The top act for this year event that will be headlining the show are Toby Keith, Keith Urban and the Zac Brown band. Along with these top headliner 21 other artist where announce to join the fun. They are  Brothers Osborne, Danielle Bradbery, Old Dominion, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Evans, Randy Houser, LANCO, Kip Moore, Maren Morris, Cassadee Pope, Michael Ray, Tyler Rich, Dylan Scott, Mitchell Tenpenny, Brett Young and Dee Jay Silver.

Ticket for this year event goes on sale January 25 2019 and can be bought at .

If you never been to a Faster Horses part of the summer there is a lot of thing to due. For one beside the big act that have named for this year event along with the pre-acts for the main stage. There a lot of music that runs all over the festival grounds.  Starting with what is all the Next Nashville Stage that see a lot of performers that played the tent stage that have sense moved on to the big main stage.  Fasterhorese2018__20180722__JOE_9644__Joe's Photography_Michigaaneventmagazine

Beside music there are many thing you can do while at this year event. So of which are learning to line dance, taking a ride on the small carnival they have at the event.  You also can get a chance to due some huge shopping with a Michigan Made Vendor section that bring in vendor from all over Michigan selling thing that have been made right here in our great state. If that doesn’t wear you out, there a lot of other thing you can due like take in some of the great food offer.

But before you end your day at the festival be sure you check out merchandise tent to buy your favorite t-shirt, mug, hat and more. So pack your cloth and tent and get ready for the biggest party of the summer.


The New Kids of the Comic Con Block: Michigan Comic Con 2018 Review


The beginning of a new era as has started its Journey to a new place in the comic book world.  Michigan Comic Con took place on Aug 17-19 2018 at Cobo hall in Detroit Michigan.

This was the first year for MIchigan Comic Con. It bring together for the love of comic, book, cartoon, toys and movies.  For the start of this year event they brought out a small group of comic artist as well as movie, tv, film and voice over actors. Some of the feature guest star that was on hand to meet their fans was John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the ring and Slider), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Ray Park (Star Wars) Jewel Staite (Firefly), Lea Thompson (Back to the future), Michael Biehn (Terminator), Renee O’Connor (Xena), Austine St John (Power Ranger) and Voice over actor Kevin Conroy (Batman), Charles Martinet (Mario & Luigi), Maile Flanagan (Naruto), Jeremy Shada (Adventure time), Billy West (Futurama), Linda Larkin (Princess Jasmine), Paige O’Hara (Princess Bell) along with YaYa Han (cosplayer expert).


With each of the actors and actress that were on hand that the fans got to meet. There was chance to get up and close personal with them and get their autographs or personal photos taken with them as well just like other comic con. You also had the chance to check out there panel as well to learn a little about them or ask question about their careers or what they got coming up.

There was also many other panels as well like a medieval combat sports that show the history and how combat of the age of steel where fought. Another room was for young kid so they could go in and do a big of art making as well giving parent a bit of time to sit down and relax a bit.  

As usual there was a huge cosplay contest (for those that don’t know what cosplay is, it where people dress up or make home costume of their favorite characters from mainstream media). This always get a lot of great costume for contest some which could be seen below. Cosplay tend to spend year on making their costume and so just day each bring their character to life and portraying them the way they could have them act.


Now if the panels or the contest wasn’t for you then it was possible to also due a bit of shopping as well. There was many artist along with vendor on hand selling all them hard to find items or the next issue of the comic , book, drawing, or toy.  Some of the items that were on sale for people to buy was also hand made for that special touch.

So there was a lot to see and due. If you miss out you just have to wait one more year to see if it make it way back to us. One good thing is that even though this year was small comic con at Cobo Hall they have lot more room to grow from adding more panels with all the available space along with add more media star along with vendor. We can hope that next year they that artist alley will next up two more room to make it even huge. That way people will get more choice to thing they want to buy along with help finding that hard to find items.

We see what happen and what next year bring to this great event. So check out some of the photo below.

The Crowd Roars at Sold out Brett Young concert on Aug 11 20189

On Aug 11 2018 Ken Shelton Promotion brought to the little town of Bay City Michigan Brett Young Concert. It didn’t take long for this show to be sold out not just in VIP ticket but also general admission ticket as well.

People came from all over Michigan and even the surrounding state to see the huge performance of Brett Young on the little Wenonah Park Stage. But before Brett Young would take the stage there was some great warm up act that would get the crowd pump up for his performance.

To start the show was the star-spangle banner sung by Ken Shelton own daughter (who earn her spot to sing this honor).

But the first band to start off the concert  would be the Todd Michael Band.  Playing there version of modern rock and roll country that would get the people standing and clapping to the word. He would also not only play a few of there original song but some of the crowd favorite from other artist as well. Following up his performance he would then walk down to sign autographs and take photo with his fans.

Cj Solar would then take the stage bring a bit of a southern country style to the stage with a big hair rock looking band. They would rock the way into the heart of there fan and those that came out to see Brett Young.

As the Cj Solar would end there music night in bay city. Brett Young would be about to take the stage. But to keep the crowd pump up in between set a Dj would keep everyone going.

Brett Young would come on to the small stage with a pumped up energy from the crowd who started call his name just before he would come on stage. He would be sporting a blue shirt and jeans ready to rock the night away. As he performed to the crowd that would get up out of there chairs and began to dance in the spot they had pick out for the the concert. The music would keep them going for one while wild at the sold out show.

This major concert was brought to you by Wilson Ford. Along with great music there was a variety of thing to eat. From great BBQ by That’s Guy’s BBQ to pizza and mexican food as well. For drink there you have the option of soda to one of the the two beer stations and mix drink need.

So over all you had the a chance to get great food while have fun listening to wild night of music. If you miss this show you have to drive far away to Brett Young while he is on his tour.

But if your looking for another big concert in the small town Bay City Michigan. You can check out Kip Moore on Sept 13 2018.