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.

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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.

Fires Fly’s- Flint Firebirds On A Roll Wednesday Jan 31 2018

The fires of the game seem to start dying out on the Flint firebirds as the season look to be ending. However just like the great bird of life and out of it ashes raised an even greater bird, so to have the Flint firebirds are starting to rise out of the ashes. On Wednesday Jan 31 2018 saw the firebirds hopes of make it to a play off game.

The firebirds started the game with the first goal of the night playing ageist the Saginaw Spirits on a power play. That is how the first period of the game would end. The Second period would find the firebirds in a fight for there life as the Saginaw spirit would come back and score a goal in the second period to tie up the game one to one.

As the struggle went on for the puck would hit the half waypoint of the game. It saw the Saginaw spirits score their second goal of the night to go one up on the Flint firebirds with a very heart fight as their goalie would put his heart behind every block shot that the Saginaw would throw at him before they score.

As the second period would end and the last started the Flint firebirds saw their heart sink. As the last period began to close it saw what make the Firebird as a animal that can be never counted out. Coming out of the ash of possible loosing the game Flint in the last minutes to score a tie goal pushing the game into over time.

The Firebirds rose out of the ash to start the five-minute sudden death over time period with the first score would win the game. As the spirit would get the puck to start it the Flint firebirds wouldn’t allow that by stealing the puck and scoring the winning goal to steal the home ice back form the spirits. This would start a weekend run for the Flint Firebirds. Cause on Friday they would to fight Sarnia Sting.

The firebirds would take the fight to Sarnia by winning game 3 to 2 on home ice. As the firebirds would rise to keep the winning streak going they then when on to rematch the Saginaw spirit on their home ice on Saturday Feb 3 2018. But this time the spirit would be too much of a match for the Flint firebirds by loosing the game 3 to 2. This would stop the snap the three game-winning streak that the firebirds were on.

So as the season begins it slowly draw to the 2018 play off season can we see the firebird make a come back just the great bird for which it named after or will it just be the end of the season, as we watch the rest of the season go on. We will have to see what happens and if they can pull a comeback.

Now for those that never have been to a hockey game before the Flint Firebird would be a great team to start with. There home ice is located in the great state of Michigan and the city of Flint. Their playing field is called the Dort Federal Event Center. The Flint Firebird offer great price packages for ticket. This year they even saw something new for them with teaming up for home game with the eastern food bank. Allowing fans, and those that never been to a game to bring non-perishable food item for discounts on tickets. Each home game offer different promotions nights, for example on Wednesday happen to be college and the firebird would give discount on hot dog and other great items for you to enjoy the night of the game. So if you’re looking for something to do be sure you go and check out the flint firebirds. There new home game will be on lover day Wednesday Feb 14. 2018 with the puck dropping at 7 pm.