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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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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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. 

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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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