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. 

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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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KenbannerJulyladyantibellumSaginaw Michigan- On Friday Feb 8 2018, Ken Shelton Ken Shelton Promotions  announce a huge great concert event will be hitting Saginaw Michigan.

On July 21 in Saginaw Michigan at Ojibway Island Park Lady Antebellum will be live on stage playing there country and Grammy Hits Like “Hello World. Along side them will be will be Drake White & The Big Fire and Ferranti.

This will see a return to country music to the great island space in Saginaw Michigan. country music hasn’t been on the island since the loss of the KCQ free concert. So this will be great to see with the  soft country music of Lady Antebellum to the high flying Ferranti will being a night of fun and entertainment.

Also this will be the return of Lady Antebellum to Michigan since they play the huge festival of Faster Horses Music Festival in Brooklyn Michigan.  If you never seen them in concert you be in for one wild ride.FasterHorsesMusicFestival_MichiganEvnetMagazine_3525_20160717(Faster Horse Festival 2016)

So don’t forget to get your ticket they will go fast.

Ticket for this event began with reserved Seats near stage-$55.00, General Admission-$35.00. Ticket say for Lady Antebellum Fan Club Pre-Sale Wednesday Feb 13th at 10:00a.m. Then Tickets to the General Public Friday Feb 15th at 10:00a. All tickets can be bought at Etix.com

Common Ground Music Festival Present I Love the 90’s Tour on June 7th in Lansing Michigan

Common Ground Music Festival presents I Love The 90’s at Cooley Law School Stadium on Friday, June 7th. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Common Ground Music Festival with a throwback night featuring your favorite 90’s artists.

The lineup features 90’s rapper Vanilla Ice known for his hits “Ice Ice Baby” and “Play That Funky Music”, “It Takes Two” rapper Rob Base, “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper CoolioKid N PlayAll 4 OneYoung MC, and C&C Music Factory ft. Freedom Williams.

“The mid-Michigan community has supported Common Ground for 20 years, which is quite the achievement so we felt it necessary to celebrate that by throwing it back to the music that was relevant when the festival began. It’s also a great way for Common Ground, MiEntertainment Group, and the Lansing Lugnuts to collaborate and expand the musical offerings in downtown Lansing” says Jenna Meyer, Partner and Marketing Director for MiEntertainment Group.

Tickets for June 7th go on-sale to the public on Friday, January 25th at 10:00 AM EST. Tickets can be purchased online at www.commongroundfest.com or at the Cooley Law School Stadium Box Office M-F 10am to 5pm.

Common Ground Music Festival is a separate ticketed event, and a 2019 festival pass will not grant admission to June 7th at Cooley Law School Stadium. 

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

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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   http://fasterhorsesfestival.com .

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.

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Electric Forest 2019 Season Line up Announced

Well with the new year just around the bend. Festival are starting to book there performance artists for the up and coming new year. Which is a time to go bigger and bolder then ever.

On Dec 4 2018 Electric Forest did it first shot across the bow of the festival world with announcing there list of performers.  This year that have some major headliners for the three day event along with a special three day showing of one of the crowd favorite band (The String Cheese Incident), they will put on different performances each night.

For those that might be asking what is Electric Forest. It’s a four day music festival in Rothbury Michigan.  The festival bring together artist from all walk of life and all areas of music. The festival all it fan to stroll through a the festival grounds to take in music from one of the four stage that has live entertainment that arrange from EDM (Electric Dance Music ) to more modern rock, rap, country.  The festival also is where fans come from all over the world to Michigan  in order to share there stories and life travels and show off the the other fans where their artistic style outfits. fan can also see great art installation along with watch live art unfold in frond of there eye. You can even take a walk into the past by visit the Hanger and see the old era item wither it be old school arcade to WII tattoo and Message parlor and more.  The Forest also offer 4 days of camping for it fans that always start lining up on Wednesday the day before the festival ground open.

So if you never been to it you might want to get your ticket fast. As like most year you find that the festival will sell out quickly. But if you like to see what happening before then for music line up then see the graphic below or by going to the link https://electricforestfestival.com

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Shooting for the Stars: 1st Annual Bay City Country Music Festival 2018

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The Country stars were aligned for the first ever Bay City Country Music Festival that ran from June 22-23 2018 in Bay City Michigan.  Wenonah Park would play host for the first ever annual country music festival two day event. It would place hose to many local band that have plays show all over Michigan. There were two top Nashville acts that would headline this year event. Thompson Square on Friday June 22 and then Frankie Ballard on June 23. All this was sponsor by La Fontaine of Birch Run Michigan

The event was the brainchild of Ken Shelton Promotions. He came up with the idea when see other huge event in Michigan that people had to drive hours away and spend tons of money on. He when ask by other new interview why he thought this would be great for Mid-Michigan. He say Bay city was the perfect spot cause of the friendly people that show their support to all the local band that played at the park. He said I wanted to do a event that could not only bring something to our small part of the world but also give you the feeling as if you was at a big event like those that you have to drive our away.

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So Ken Shelton Promotion would bring together a few big name local band that have hit the big stage along with with two top acts like Thompson Square and Frankie Ballard. Who both would very happy to play the small low cost event in Bay City Michigan.

After making the announcement of the event on his Facebook page, it was apparent that people was ready to see this come to Mid-Michigan. People already started asking his company to hold ticket for them. But as soon as they went on sale both night VIP ticket was selling out fast. With Frankie Ballard selling out with in the first few day and then Thompsquare a few days later. So people had to turn there site to general admission ticket, that would got both on sale at the State Theater in Bay City as well as at the gate the day of.

As the days roll on you could see that people what all a buzzed for the event as the news feed for the event was rolling with question on who were the other band that will be playing as well.  

So people began to prep for the big day even though it look like mother nature might show everyone some love with good weather. How ever that wasn’t the case, even though on friday she would give us a small but over cast friday. She would leave everyone know last even that she was watching at the main act took to the stage with small sprinkle of shower would come down but it wasn’t enough to drown out the show. On Saturday she gave everyone nice sunny sky’s’ most of the day but later on a few sprinkler just like someone was just water their lawns would come down in order for the crowd to pop up there umbrellas. But even that would stop the fans from coming out.

Fans began to line up for staring about 3:00 pm on both day so they could get good seats for the shows. They all came ready with their boots, hats and other gear to party all night long.

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As the gates open up at 5pm on both day at 5:30 it saw little town hopeful Jessica Goik (Bay City Michigan) sing the National Anthem to the waiting crowds on both nights. Jessica has been singing the National Anthem all across Michigan at Sporting Event, Concerts  and more.

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Following her up on friday would be the first band of the night. It was Mandi Layne & Lost Highway band who would get the joint jumping to a wide array of music. She sang a few of her original works as well some of the country favorite of other artist.  

Next to take to the stage was Kari Holmes. Kair would play her top hit as well as crowd favorite that would keep the energy pump up. She even at one point in between song to point out where her booth was so everyone could come up and get her autograph by making fun of her own banner saying that it kind of look like something you see for someone selling real estate. This would get everyone laughing an even more excited to hear her music.  Todd Michael band who was found in Saginaw michigan. Following them was Kin Faux who would draw their inspiration of music from old country like Johnny Cash and other great giants. The would sing with a mission of trying to put western back into country music.

As the local band would draw to a end for Friday night it was Thompson Square turn. They came out like a bang, getting the crowd pump up with there music. They would play their hit song “Make it Rain” which you could hear them say as the solo instrumental part of the song was playing that they shouldn’t have start with it cause as they did mother nature say OK and lest it sprinkle as they played there song. But that would keep the crowd from getting up dancing and singing along to their favorite it that Thompson Square would play.

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Saturday June 23 would bring a whole new array of musical talent to the Wenonah bands stage. Jessica Goik would once again start off the day performance with the National Anthem. Following her would be a old band who play the stage for many year in bay city. How ever according to the lead singer this would be there last appearance in bay city. It would be Randy Badour & The Matt Ryan Band playing their favorite hits from there CD.  After them would come Tweed & Dixie would get the joint jumping by playing there version of Rock-n-Roll country Music. They would be playing the stage after opening up the earlier weekend for the rock-n-roll band Quiet Riot who play at Ojibway Island in Saginaw Michigan.

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Rocking to the country music of Tweed & Dixie, they would be followed up by local favorite Steve Armstrong & 25-cent beer band. On deck after Steve Armstrong would a Bay City local boy who made it big in Nashville. He grew up and graduated from Garber High School and it was J. (Joey) Hartley. J Hartley would have a few fans in the audience sporting singing to show how much they love him.

Frankie Ballard would be that last act to perform for the crowd for this year Bay City Country Music Festival. Frankie Ballard would come out sporting a 50’s style outfit that you would see the singer Frankie Avalon wear. He sang song from all of his CD and top number one hits. Even at one point going back in time by singing Tennessee Ernie Ford “16 tons” song. This would get the crowd singing along to it as well.

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He would keep the joint jumping all night long. But beside the music there what as few other thing you could. For example if you wanted to you could due a bit of shopping buy all the band item that each one offer to the fans on both days along with getting that item singed.  There was also two other vendor on hand one selling jewelry for the ladies to pick up or if you want to you could go walk over to the country store and buy that cowboy hat or belt with your hand stamp on it. There also was a variety of food vendors on hand. So if you was hungry you could buy everything taco, BBQ, pizza, hamburger and fries to Kettle corn and regular popcorn.

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But if you was thirsty for the adult beverage there was the beer tent. That offered everything from cold beer to a few mix drink or shot of alcohol if you wish. There was a lot for yea to do whether it be the bands or the food and if you miss out you have to wait another year to come out to the event.  

That right it’s already being planned for next year. Ken Shelton Promotion all ready post that June 21-22 2019 for Wenonah Park Band Shell Bay City Michigan. So we look forward to see who will show at the top act for next year performances. So start planning your trip for next year. It will  soon to be one of the biggest event in Michigan. 

Below is a gallery of some of the event.

Don’t forget ticket are on sale for Shelton Promotion next big concert as Ken bring Brett Young to Bay City on Aug 11 2018. You can buy ticket for this event at the State Theater in Bay city Michigan

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Back in Time (Bringin Back the 80s Fest) Frankenmuth 2018 (apirl 20-21)

Let’s travel back in time to the old days of big hair, break dancing and cartoons from the 80’s. That right we are setting the time machine to travel back to the 80’s for a wild night of fun, entertainment and wild big hair along with great costume form that ear.

The annual 80’s festival was held on April 20 and 21 2018 in Frankenmuth Michigan. 80’s is a annual tradition that help support cancer related causes. The event was started by Jill Zehnder family, Jill pass away in the 1999 at the age of 42 after battle with cancer. The event was the creation of Jill daughters and with the help of cousin Shelley VanWormer and husband Tim Rogner. All of 80’s fest proceed go to cancer related causes that too Jill away from her family.

This year 80’s festival was once again filled with great thrills of fun and entertainment. On Friday April 20 saw that start of this annual event with the door opening up at 6 pm. This day was open to every one of all ages. Friday saw the first of the two-day costume contest that people could enter wearing many different type of costume, mostly of which was from the 80’s. The costume contest was hosted by along with sponsored by the radio station Mix 106.3 with Annie Mc the contest.

Following up the costume contest on Friday was the band Rock Star. Their performance would feature great song from the big hair band of the 80’s. Some of which where from the group of like Quiet Riot, Journey, Deff Leopard and more. They would keep the joint jumping all night long till the end of the first day of the festival at midnight.

With day one of the festival ending, soon it will see the second day of the event. As Saturday rolled in 80’s festival saw a sold out event on this day with it’s biggest crowed ever. This day was set up for all us adult to be kids again (Saturday was the night it was only available to 18 and over). Once again Mix 106.3 would host the big costume contest that contestant would wear a wide array of costume mostly form the era. But Saturday would also be the host of two band instead of just one. The first band to go on was SlickJimmy, they would take the stage twice this night the first was to get the crowd that came rolling in before the costume contest was to take the stage. Then they follow up the contest with another great performance of music before the main act would take the stage. As SlickJimmy would close out their performance on Saturday with the crowd jumping and pump up sign to some of the great song from the past. The energy would stay pumped up, as the main act of the night would take to the stage.

The group Square Pegz would be the headlining act for the night. Square Pegz would be one of the longest running act that have preformed at 80’s festival. They would rock the joint all night long as the crowd would sign away to song like 99 red balloons and more.

But even with the band there were still many other things to due for both night of the festival. First for those that were brave enough, you could wait for one of the great hairstyle ladies to tease, comb and hair spray your hair to make it look like it did in the 80’s. They did it all from wild big hair that always took a lot of hair spray to keep it up to Mohawks that would be a blast from the past. Next to them all weekend you could also buy your favorite 80’s festival t-shirt or other item of the era. Also in the main tent as you come into the festival there were the K.I.T.T and Delorean cars for yea to look at.

In the main tent you were also if you didn’t wish to stay in was where you could get great food all night long and dance to a Dj that would keep the music going and the small dance floor hoping all night long. There was also a self station where you could walk up and get your picture taken that was then text to you that you could post on all your social media platforms. The event also had a section set up for yea to relive some of the past 80’s era magazine, toys, ad and more. Here you would also be able to play some of your old favorite game from Sega, Nintendo and Atri.

So if you mist out on the wild ride of the 80’s this was your chance to get to have some fun all night long with listen to music, looking at the wild cloth and costume from the era while supporting a great cause. Now you will have to wait till see if it return next year and what bigger thing the crew will bring to make the 80’s Festival in bigger.

Below you find some of the photo from both night of the festival.