Wild Heat, Didn’t Stop the music from Flowing. Faster Horses 7th annual “Party of the Summer 2019″

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As the summer wines down, “The Party of the Summer” is heating things up. With the heat index of 100 plus degrees for two day of the Faster Horses along with the expected rain that is looming it way into Michigan. This wouldn’t stop the staff and crew from putting on the 7th Annual Concert celebration.

This year would be even special for the for the Faster Horses promoter along with staff and crew. Faster Horses was lucky enough to win the American Country Music award for best country festival. As Faster Horse winning this award was just for them icing on a big cake as they planned an even bigger event this year for country music fans around the world.

Michigan place host every year for the Faster Horses Music Festival. The Festival will take place over three day in the small town of Brooklyn Michigan. Faster Horses would make it home just outside turn three at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn Michigan.  This will be their home for the three days of wild country music, camping and other fun activities.

A’s opening day fast approached the crew began turning the quiet town once again into a redneck heaven as fan will call it home for the three day event. This year saw over 35,000 fans descend to Brooklyn Michigan. As Fan came in on day one you have a multiple option for the weekend events. First as a fan you could do the daily drive from wherever you were staying to the three day music festival. If you didn’t want to drive every day you had the chance to buy one of the thousands of campsite that the festival had to offer that where all close buy and within walking distance or by bus that Faster Horse crew offer to get you from the campsite to the festival grounds. You also had a chance to buy one of the special VIP campsites that put you even closer to the festival for a weekend of fun.brainsphotos_20190719_fasterhorses_20190719_dsc_0191_joes-photography-9893262089

But whatever you wanted to due there was a log of choices for the three day weekend. If you choose one of the thousands of campsite. You would never know what you get to see. As the fans at Faster Horses like to go all out. They would not only camp with friends to make one huge campsite that they would be partying all three days from night till day. But Fans would also bring their own personality to there site by showing off their flair of decorations
But most of the fun will come once the gate opened up noon every day for the festival. As fans came in one of the three gates at the festival grounds. There was a lot for them to see and do depending on what way you came in. We start with the gate close to the main stage and walk out from there. So as you came in from this gate you could start you day by grabbing your favorite band, Faster horses or other merchandises for yea to remember the three day event. While you close to the merchandise area you could walk right into the area that is made from Michigan area. Here you can buy all the products that are locally made in the great state of Michigan. Once you came out of the area you could not truly let the fun start. You had you choice of two great stage that will offer music from the three day. The first of which is the “The Next Nashville Stage” presented by DISH NETWORK.

The Next Nashville stage is where you will find the performance of main of the young stars that are hoping to make it big in country music. Then you have the Faster Horses Main stage with two towering video monitor walks that will show the performances of all the main act that was to come for the three days.

The music stages there were few other things to see or due. There were selfie station where you could take photographs to post on your social media, two huge water slide that will come in hand with the heat approaching 100 for the three days, a carnival swing ride along with ferris wheel. There also was a lot of places to get that cold beer, soda, food, or event a slushie flavor with your very adult beverage. Even the major sponsor of Faster Horses Anheuser Busch bought not just the cold drink. But they even set up a play area with games and there own self station. They also had on hand was one of there team of horses that has been seen on Tv.

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So as Day one official been kick of by “BOC”, Brian O’Connell with the proclamation of the opening of Faster Horses. This would see that day one would be off and running. To open the show the first act would be kicking off at The Next Nashville Stage present by Dish Network (They will sponsor this stage all weekend long).

The first performer on the stage would be Ross Ellis. Ross Ellis would open the stage with his hit single “Ghost”. He would then follow it up with other great hits bring his rock-n-roll style to The Next Nashville Stage. While Ross Ellis was on stage performing under a tent as the temperature outside would ready above 100 degrees Dee Jay Silver would start spinning some tune to open up on the main stage before the first act would take to it. He would also plan music in between act as well offering a late night party session on The Next Nashville Stage after all the main headliner where done on Friday and Saturday.rossellis_20190719_fasterhorses_20190719__joe0037_joes-photography-9893262089

So following Ross Ellis on The Next Nashville Stage would be the group Everette followed by Laruen Jenkins, Travis Denning and Levi Hummon, Each artist when on the stage about one hour apart from each other ruffly.

Day one main stage would see Tyler Rich kicking things off as fans piled in to get an up and close spot to see their favorite act. He would open with this sone “The DIfference”. Tyler Rich bring smooth country sound to the stage would be following up on deck by Lindsay Ell.

Lindsay would sport some neon shoes and have a crayola color guitar as she performed in the hot Michigan day sun. She would as one point during her performance would get into a guitar batter with her lead guitarist Dane Kinser. They would rift back and forth through most of Lindsay Ell songs list that she played.

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Following Lindsay Ell would be the high flying boys of LANCO. They would take the main stage by storm. Turning up the heat (which was already over a 100 degrees at this point) by revving up the crowd and getting them pump up with their songs. But as the crowd got even more pump up the boys of LANCO would draw upon their energy. Lead vocalist Brandon Lancaste would run from one end of the stage next with each part of the song they would sing, there wouldn’t be a spot that he didn’t run or walk to to keep the fans entertained. Even at one point getting on a giant duck to ride on with the help of the fans.  With LANCO heating things up with their big hit, Brett Young would be the one to make them all melt.

As boyish Brett Young would take to the stage, he would make the fans just melt their hearts. His soft voice would them wanting to smother him with their bodies as the song “In Case You Didn’t Know”. But then he would pick up the tempo getting the crow to sing along with a few of his greatest hits.

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Maren Morris would be the only girl of day one. She would strut her stuff like Barbra Streisand as started off singing at the back for the stage before walking down a light up a set of stairs. She would get the lady to help her sing some of her great his that she played during her performance.

Keith Urban would follow up Maren Morris to end day one at Faster Horses as night would follow on the crowd. Keith Urban would show case why this would be his second year at Faster Horses. Not just by playing his new tops his along wish some of his greatests song. Keith would show off his talents by playing his very one guitar riffs at the end of the long stage.marenmorris_20190719_dscn0156_joes-photography-9893262089

As Keith Urban would close out the night one day one the party wasn’t over as Dee Jay Silver would be hosting a night party on The Next Nashville stage just as Keith Urban finish is set. So for those that didn’t want the party to end they could hang out there for a while and keep the dancing going before they head back to the places they are calling home for the three day event.

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As the rooster would crow in the morning Day two started off with a bang. For those that wanted to do something for fun if they weren’t too hung over to help get the blood pumping once again for the days activities.

At 9 am Saw the 4th Annual Faster Humans Fun run. This annual event is where fans can not only come out and have some fun by getting their hearts pumping with a little run around the Michigan International Speedway, but it also help a great charity. This year’s charity would be the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For a $20.00 each racer got to run around the track plus a pancake breakfast and t-shirt. They also had the chance to win prizes as fan came out dress not only in normal running gear but also in costumes of all shapes and sizes. All the money from this race is donated to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help fight cancer.

As the Faster humans would run the track to kick off day two. The stage would heat thing up once again even as mother nature was about to break her own heat record across the state.

Day two would open up with Dillon Carmicheal on The Next Nashville Stage. He would be followed up by WaterLoo Revival, Davisson Brother, SongWritters StormJam and Matt Stell.

The main stage would open up once again with DEE Jay Silver spinning the tune just before Danielle Bradbery would take the stage. Danielle Bradbery was the winner of the 2013 (Season 4) of the Voice. She would heat things up with her own version of the song “Shallow”. While she heated things up, she knew how to dress for the hot weather that Michigan was having and wasn’t going to let ups. She would get the fan going by coming out in jeans and a sport bra to help keep herself cool as she sang her hit song and moving to every inch of the stage.

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Next to brave the heat would be Mitchell Tenpenny. He looked like he was ready to jump into a redneck country pond sporting colorful shorts. He would get the crowd going with his song “Drunk Me” which would fit into the theme of Faster Horses and the party that is brings. Following Mitchell Tenpenny would be Morgen Evans.mitchelltenpenny_20190720_fasterhorses_20190720__joe1104_joes-photography-9893262089

Morgen Evans hailing from Australia would make his new home in Tennessee. He would be one main band on stage for his performances. He would do this by playing his guitar and using an instrument that not only would play back music, but also allow him to record as well. He even told the fans at one point that if he screwed up it would also be on tape as well so everything he sang was record live as he did it right there on stage.

As Morgan Evans played on stage in the background the staff and crew of Faster Horses started to worry as they saw a fast approaching storm system coming into their radar view. So as they watch they made the choice for fan safety due to the high winds that were coming with it to stop the event for a few hours to let it pass by. So as Brian O’Connell would make the long walk down the stage fan knew what was coming even to their disappointment. He would tell the fans that they are doing a mandatory evacuation from the festival grounds and that everyone should head back to their cars or campsite to wait out the fast approaching storm. The fan did so calmly head to the exits, so they could go to their cars. Fans were told to watch Faster Horses Social Media account for when they were able to return to the grounds. As they all where gone mother nature hit Brooklyn Michigan wish high wind that would down power line and trees in the surrounding area. Even a few people post that they lost their tent in the high winds on facebook groups site for the festivalmorgenevens_20190720_fasterhorses_20190720__joe1179_joes-photography-9893262089

So around 8 pm the fans were notified by social media that they could start returning to head in at 8:45 pm. This would push back all the artist for both stage back about 3 hours giving everyone a small break. As the crew would make there way around to make sure there wasn’t anything that need repaired after the storm fan began to line up once again. This would leave Randy Houser to be on the main stage to get the crowd pumped up once again. To do this Randy Houser would play hit song “Boot On” and other songs like “Like A Cowboy”. While Randy Houser got them going back on the main stage. Matt Steel would get the crowd pumping over on The Next Nashville Stage. This gave way to the dueling of two stage for fan to pick which one they wanted to go back to.

After Randy Houser performance the boys of Old Dominion would come to the main stage. They were pumped to get the fan going before the main headliner. They would start their show with the song “Snap Back”. Lead vocalist Mathew Ramsey would sing his way down to the end of the stage then would be followed shortly by Brat Trsi for a guitar battle at the end of the stage.

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To end out the night of musical entertainment would be Toby Keith. He would close out the main stage.

As the final day approach look like this will be the day mother nature might pass us by from the bad weather that hit the day before. On Sunday fun day was the last day of the festival. Here would be the day that you could also see beside the live music like the nights before. But would also place host to the Hustle and Muscle classic car and truck show starting at noon.

This time it would see the main stage open up with Cassadee Pope. She would come out on stage and make everyone melt in to arms. She did this by two ways sing her song “Take Me Home” that got everyone going and wearing a sexy long flannel redneck looking shoot with her boots on. She was ready to kick her heel up and take name in the outfit. Special as she move from one hit song to the next.

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While Cassadee would finish her set, this would see The Next Nashville Stage open up with Caylee Hammack followed by SeaForth, Kassi Ashton and Hardy. For the fans that visit the Dish Network booth who sponsored The Next NashVille Stage they had the chance to enter a drawing all weekend long to sit in on a special Question and Answer with the performer Hardy.
Hardy not only would play his show on The Next Nashville Stage, but doing his special one on one session with Faster Horses Fans (winner of the Dish Network Contest) would get a try of him signing a few tunes while answering all their questions. The question range from what do you like doing on your time off to what you ready along with what was your favorite Singer growing up. This was just a few of the things that were asked.

While Hardy was putting on a special performance for a selected fans. On the main stage saw Michael Ray performing. He would get the fan jumping and dancing int here spot with his hit songs “Kiss You In The Morning,” “Think A Little Less,” “One That Got Away” and “Her World Or Mine,”hardy_20190721_fasterhorses_20190721__joe2285_joes-photography-9893262089

After Michael Ray was Dylan Scott. Dylan would keep the energy up for the fans by playing his hit song. He would at one point take the time to just walk down with two of his band mate as if they were going to hang out and just party with about 40,000 of their closest friends. Then he would take to the stage exploring every inch of it to make sure that all of his fans got to see him no matter where they might be sitting or standing. He would finish is night by singing his hit song “My Girl”.

Kip Moore would be next one stage. He would turn thing up even more by playing his hit song “Wild One”. As he sang his hit song he made everyone feel welcome by walking over every inch of the stage. He even stop at one point to walk over and hang out with the sign language interpreter. Here as he sang his song she would dance and sign out the word to the music he was playing as he swung his arm around her. Just before he left her to move to the other side of the stage he would plant a big wet kiss on top of her forehead. I am sure at this point all the fans out there wish it was them getting the kiss. As he sang his song on stage which we all know can take a toll on the body and you need to stop and take a drink of water from time to time. Well Kip Moore did it redneck style as he walked past his microphone stand. Kipp took a big drink from a bottle of Jack Daneil’s old #7 whiskey and without a beat keep singing his song.

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Following up Kipp Moore would be the grammy award winners of the Brothers Osborne, who for one of them looked like he just step off of a viking ship. Tj and John Osborn would put the stage on fire as they play there hit song “Shoot Me Straight” As they played one stage they must have been too fired up. Cause old Michigan mother nature say well let’s put a damper on this mood, as she down poured for a little while with rain. But that didn’t stop the brothers, as fan stay in there spot splashing away in the rain cause the Brother Osborn to play even harder for the fans as they them self got wet also.

The rain would slow to small mist as they would finish their set just in time for the Zac Brown Band to come to the state to finish out the night performances. As he finishes out the show fireworks would be launch to signal the end of the Faster Horse Music Festival.

So with mother nature trying to play a big role in this year fun at Faster Horses with heat indexs of well over a 100 degrees and throwing in some while wind and crazy rains. The fain and band still put on the biggest show in Michigan.

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You can see while this event had one the American Country Music award for Best Concert Festival. Cause if you have never been here then you miss out. It like if the aliens had landed here on earth, their only reason they came was to join everyone at Faster Horses for the biggest Party Of The Summer.

See you all next year for another wild list of great acts and performances.

 

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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

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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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.

Kick Roaring good time-Faster Horses 2018

The aliens have arrived at the biggest country music party of the year.  As Faster horses came rolling into Brooklyn Michigan for the biggest part of the summer.  Scott Deforest and Kyle Kosciolek thought why not liven thing up by wearing a blow up costume of aliens holding their humans.  This was just a few of the site you get to see over the three day festival of country music.

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Faster Horses Music Festival is a three day music festival that took place in Brooklyn Michigan at the Michigan International Speedway. This festival bring together list of both National act to those that are hoping to be on the top stage of national performers for a music festival that is out of the world.  

Beside music there are lot of thing you could due at the three day festival.  First off if this was your first time one of the biggest thing you can do is spend your day camping at one of the 5 different campsite along with the special vip camp site. This is where the party would continue and start each day of the music festival.  The campsite range in price from low to high. The biggest would be the vip camping site that allow those that want to do camping close to the festival in special teepee style tents. Some of the other thing you could do was a big of shopping weather it be something made right here in Michigan or that fabulous music and festival merchandise.

You could also take in some of the annual fun at the festival like take a ride down the big water slide, ride the ferris wheel , play video game, due a bit of line dancing and playing a few of the lawn game they had.  There was also a corn hole tourment that went on as well location in what they call the beach area. There you could also play some beach volleyball as well. If this wasn’t something you want to do or play, you could take in on playing some softball or even play the big dart board with soccer velcro balls.  

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There also was some special thing you could due while at the Faster Horses Music festival was take part in the faster humans ride. Where contest could run around the Michigan International Speedway. They were also welcome to wear whatever they wanted during the event so they could win prizes (contest winner category Fastest Human, best costume and more).  This year Faster Horse Humans runs also partner with the Foundation for flint witch each $20 donation runner would get a free t-shirt plus a pancake. All the proceeds would go to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund in order to help out the water crisis in Flint Michigan.

Some of the other thing can you can do was on Sunday see the Hustle & Muscle Classic car and Truck Show. This would bring in all type of cars and truck for everyone to see from all ears of time. There even was a hearse on hand showing off the fans with a special guest (DEAD Bob as we like to call him).

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But the biggest draw for the three day festival would be the music and the parting. This year was a lucky year for Faster Horses that we only had one bad day at the event due to weather.

This was would happen friday after when some bad storm started moving across Michigan. Weather would prompt the Faster Horses crew and staff to take some precaution and the fan safe into account. So on friday due to the weather approaching the the staff would stop the event for a few hours to let the bad weather roll through. They had all fans run to there campsite and or cars to wait out the storm for there safety.  But overall the nice warm sun came out for all three day to make the festival the place to be.

How ever for the three day festival this wasn’t there only thing to worry about. With what everything that has happen at other festival this year they wanted to take a bigger safety precaution. So the staff at Faster Horses would put on add security at this year vent. This would including baggage check, car searches as well as metal detectors.  You may think this was a bit of overboard for the three day festival but for the fans it didn’t bother them whatsoever. The fan took is as that they were being watch out for so they could party hard.

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They could party as hard they want to all three days with whatever they wanted to drink. As alway the major sponsor of the event Budweiser was on hand selling all the beer you could drink all day long but they weren’t the adult beverage on hand. You could also party with Smirnoff  or even was able to try something new this year was a slushy. For $20 you got yourself a special Faster Horses mug with one of two flavors drink either strawberry or margarita. This would help keep you cool in the warm sun. But if the weather was to warm for yea there was a free water fill station that you could use all festival long to stay hydrate along with cooling station to keep you a little cool as well.

We all know partying is hard work and that beside getting thirsty you might be get a little bit hungry.  There was a good variety of food on hand from hamburger to hot dogs, two different style pizza (one by a store and the other by fire pit oven on the spot), bbq pig roast right on the spot for you to enjoy and a few different food truck (one of which included a grilled cheese gourmet truck).  So there was plenty of food for yea to choose from.

Everything that you could see and do at the event along with eat or drink. The true part of the event that everyone came to see was the music.  This year event was even bigger then ever with music performers. So some 70,000 fans flock to the event to see now only the three main headliner (Blake Shelton, Brook & Dunn,Florida Georgia Line) but the cast of what is call the Next Nashville star. These star would play on the Next Nashville Stage.

So let’s start with the performers on the Next Nashville stage. Friday you were able to see Jamson Rodgers (pm),Austin Burke (1:50pm), Meghan Partrick (2:45pm), Dylan Schneider(3:50pm and then to end friday Next Nashville stage preformers would be Jillian Jaqueline (5:10 pm). Saturday would see Riley Green (1pm)starting off the day event following up by Deta Rae (1:50pm), The Wild Feathers (2:45pm), Cale Dodds (3:50pm),  Songwriters Storyjam (5:05 pm) and Charlie Worsham (6:40pm) would finish that day. Sunday would bring James Barker Band (1pm), Filmore (1:50pm), Brown & Gray (2:45pm), Nikki Lane (3:50pm), Brandon Lay (5:05pm) then the last ask for the season on the Next Nashville stage would be Jon Langston to get the crowd rocking before they head to the main stage for the performances.

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The main stage that tower over the crowd of waiting fans would start it’s on all three day with Dee Jay Silvers on 2:55 pm. Friday nation act would be Jordan Davis (3:25pm), Raelynn (4:40pm), Midland (6:10pm), Brantley Gilbert (7:50pm) and following up with the Huge act of Blake Shelton (9:40). Please note that on friday the time are delayed by two hours due to rain storm. Saturday act would included Walker Hayes (3:25pm), Locash (4:40pm), Chris Janson (6:00pm), Billy Currington (7:40 pm) follow up by the alway popular Brook & Dunn.  The final performance would be on sunday to end the Faster Horses fun of music, drinking and party with friends. The act would be Ashley Mcbryde (3:25 pm) who had a soul foul sound with her old style country music. Following her up would be Parmalee (4:40pm), Tyler Farr (6pm), Dustin Lynch (7:40pm) would get the crowd rocking and rolling just in time for Florida Georgia Line (9:30pm) to take the stage to keep the party going all night long just in time to end the night to a great fireworks display.

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The music that played on both stage would range from old style and soul foul country that would fill the heart with warmth to rock-n-roll country that was heart thumping music. This would get the crowd pump up and partying all night long as the main stage would close down and start to open up the after party on  Friday and Saturday with DEE Jay Silver (DJ) down in the next Nashville stage.

So if you never been to a Faster Horse you missing out on one wild ride that is truly why they call it the party of the summer. But just don’t take our word for it check out some of the picture below of the performers and fans having a blast.

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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It’s a bird, a plane, no it’s a arrow? Motor City Comic Con 2018

Nerds, geeks, movies lover and sport fans. The 2018 Motor City Comic con was the place to be in Novi Michigan this year. It was another big year for Motor City Comic con with over some 55,000 fans descended to the Suburban Collection Show Place for the annual event.

It place host to 42 special media guests, 229 comic artists with a wide array of talent to 107 different vendor and 36 crafters that was on hand for the three day event. So everything on hand there was a lot to see and do.  Just like fans where able to see a lot so where the artist as they could talk with there fellow comic artist that where on hand, like we was able to do before the event even took place by getting the chance to interview Robert  Pope. He was artist that we was got to interview the week of the event. Robert Pope is a artist out of the great state of Georgia . He love to draw from a early age and drew his inspiration for different comic book and other comic medias. He drew for companies like DC Comic, The Peanuts gangs. You can see some of the question we was able to ask him at the end of the article.

With all this thing that was on hand there was some sad new that blew a small sadness to the event this year. One of the biggest Media star for a special 40 anniversary had a passed away the Sunday before the event. But this still didn’t put a damper on the event, Motor City Comic Con made the best of it.

The passing of actress Margaret Ruth Kidder who played Lois Lane from the original superman movies, was going to be on hand for the 40th anniversary of the movies. So to show there support not just of the movie but of her career. They took the time to decorate her space with flowers and everything for fan to remember her. They even got a huge blow up picture of her that people could come by and sign along with a special guest book that was sent to her family after the event had ended.

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But even with that loss at the event there was a few great gift at the event. First one was that Tom Welling from the TV Smallville and Lucifer. He brought with him just for Friday only was Michael Rosenbaum (plays Lex Luthor from Smallville). Rosenbaum cam in to share the spot like with Tom and event sit in on his panel for Friday.  If you was lucky to sit in on the panel you might got a great treat for doing so. As Tom and Michael came out on stage first thing Michael ask was there a wireless microphone anywhere then he saw it down on the floor where fan where able to walk up and ask question. So instead of staying on stage Michael walk down and took over the fan wireless microphone. As fan where light up he said he was going to help them ask there question to the both of them.

Some of the question where ask was like what was your funny moment in Smallville. Tom would tell the young fan who was being hugged by Michael waiting for the answer was that it was the time that Michael was playing his farther in a episode. Tom would set the scene by explaining that when we walk on set he saw two huge crane that Micheal would be harnessed into for the shot to show him flying in.  Micheal would then take over by explaining what had happen to make it funny.  It’s the fact that he was to come flying in and then land perfectly in front of Tom and say his line. How ever as he would explain that as he would come flying it for some reason he start twisting in the rigging and doing a bit of acrobats that would have tom laughing so hard. That when he landed and Micheal would say his line Tom said that he just crack up even more and that it took about 5 take in the show of him flying before they got right form the laughing.

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There were many media stars on hand and each had there own panel through the weekend.  There was one media star who could be there cause she broke her leg and her doctor told her that she could fly in. How ever even with not being able to show. She tweeted that she is sending a ton of free stuff that will be given away at her panel for all her fans, each item was sign with a special note.

One of the biggest draw this year for media star was Stephen Amell from the TV show Arrow. His panel was fill to the max with fans that got a great answer to there waiting question that they wanted to ask him. He even during his panel would drop a few hint for what the next season of arrow will offer ask one of the fan ask him a question about what is next to come for him. He went on to answer the question and then drop the hint that in the new season he is planning on wearing the signature green arrow goatee. If you ever seen the original green arrow comic and in cartoons, the characters would wear a goatee. How ever he was very adamant that no matter what he would not wear the dopey  arrow hate with the feather tuck in it (think of robin hood outfit).

There where many other panel that went on through the event that you would get little nugget like the one Stephen Amell drop.  But if you wasn’t meet them in there panel you get the chance to stand in line to get there autograph of that favorite item you have or buy one of there personal photo they all offered.

You also was able to buy your own special photo op with each of the media stars that was on hand.  But with the media star you still was able to do a lot. You could do a bit of shopping as well from the hundreds of vendors on . Some of the item you could been lucky to buy was the rare toy or your very own hand drawn comic art from of one of the artist that was on hand.

Some of the artiste who where on hand when they weren’t signing art,they was drawing it for everyone to see. Like this artist who use chalk as her medium to draw out huge works of art. Just like the one she was doing during the comic con.

There was a lot to see and do, but let’s not forget about all the fans that was on hand as well to see beside the artists and media guests. Fans came in all shape and size even a few cam dress up in there favorite costumes (to become a cosplayer) for everyone to see.  You could see fans dress up every day of the event but on Saturday was the biggest day for those fans that want to do some extra to show off. There was a cosplay contest (costume contest) that they could enter for a chance to win thousand of dollar in prices.

The contest took place at near the end of the event.  This saw hundreds of fans dress up in there cosplay outfits each of them that enter would come on on to stage where they could show off what they where wearing and even made.  They also had the chance to talk or do a small skit to show off there cosplay.  One of the lucky winner of the the contest on Saturday was a group who played out He-Man and mater of the universe.

But Saturday wasn’t the only day for costume contest. Sunday saw another contest for cosplay but this time it was for the small one. The contest on Sunday was the little kid. This would always a wide array of costume little one.

So if you missed out on this one you have to wait another for the Motor City Comic Con.  Motor City Comic Con will be head on May 17-19 2019 and will be the 30th Anniversary.  We can hope that it will be even bigger then this year cause also while we was at the event we learn that the Showcase was being upgraded by building new section to the location.

We will see everyone there and what new thing will come.

Gallery:

Interview with Robert Pope

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Question:  What got you into doing comic art?

Answer: I got into doing art when I was younger. I was always seeming to draw different characters. But it wasn’t till I look at the old peanuts comic strips that I truly wanted to make this what I wanted to due.

He would also tell yea some of of this other influences was the Loony Tunes and Walt Disney.

Question: How due you come up for the ideas when doing a comic book.

Answer: Most of the time I follow  script but event then it hard to draw something. Sometime you have to come up with your idea. Cause unlike with television show when you see a action the screen would fade to black and then you see the what happen. Drawing a comic book I have to remember that when you see the cause of something cause of the way you ready it you have to do it in a way that you flip the page you see the action that had happen.

He would give example of the Willie coyote and road runner show. Where you see Willie strap him self to a rocket and it would fire then screen would go black and you next see the road runner as the rocket would fly bu just in time for Willie to be hit by a rock or something. This is what he would explain would be the hard party in drawing a comic book.

Question: What you like about going to Comic Cons?

Answer:  The thing I like about going to them is meeting fans. Having them come up and having them ask me how I got me start. I love tell fans how I got my start. I also love it when I hear from fan as they talk to other artist on how they got there start as well.  Learning that how we each differ in the ways we got our starts. This is what I like about going to Comic Cons. Seeing the interaction between fans and other artists.

As we finished up our out talk and getting a wide array of answer to the question we ask we wanted to end with this one.

Question: With the use of Digital media and internet Do you find that the way comic book and print media are changing?

Answer:  Well even with the wide array of thing you can ready on the internet when it come to comic book. I still see that the print media will still be around. The reason being that as comic book are created the internet. That the publisher and writer still do a printed virsin for there own vaults, like in the case of DC Comic. They print thousands of comic booth for for digital media and print. But each one of them had a printed copy that a person can walk into there vault and see.