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Friday, 30 August, 2013 9:53 PM

Marshall Crenshaw, George Bedard, Stewart Francke headline Fifth Third Bank State Fair Roster of Michigan Music Stars

Graphic credit: Michigan State Fair, LLC.

The Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair comes to Novi, Mich. from Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2.

 

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NOVI, Mich. -- Michigan is famous around the world for the talent and diversity of its musicians, and the 2013 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair will offer a terrific array of the regions finest--and most fun--live entertainers, this Labor Day Weekend, Friday August 30 through Monday September 2 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue in Novi. Tickets are on sale now through the website at www.michiganstatefairllc.com.

The 2013 State Fair, now a private entity, will be a time to celebrate all the magnificent products, people and music of our great state. The common thread for all the music offered on Fair stages this year is Michigan roots!

Saturday night headliner and Berkley native Marshall Crenshaw burst on the national scene in 1982 with his self-titled debut album in 1982, which was was hailed by critics as a pop masterpiece and included the breakout hit “Someday, Someway”.

Friday’s headliner, beloved Michigan son Stewart Francke, originally hails from Saginaw, and now resides in Royal Oak. His first album, Where the River Meets the Bay (1995), contained the hit single, "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," made famous through its use as an episode theme for the TV show Melrose Place.

Francke has sold over 50,000 copies of his 11 albums as an indie artist, nationally. His latest, Heartless World, includes a duet with Bruce Springsteen, entitled “Summer Soldier (Holler If Ya Hear Me)”. He has also recently released his much anticipated memoir, “What Don't Kill Me Just Makes Me Strong”, the moving story of his battle with leukemia, a bone marrow transplant, and recovery.

Closing out the fair on Sunday evening is crowd-pleasing rockabilly kingpin George Bedard, a stalwart staple of the Ann Arbor and Detroit musical landscape since the 1970s. The highly entertaining George Bedard and the Kingpins have few peers in the world of rockabilly, blues and old school rock-n-roll.

Opening acts for the three evenings of the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair will include Ryan Dillaha & The Medicine Men, hailing from Downriver, this outfit serves up a potent mix-- call it Detroit Americana call it soulful folk rock and roll, but whatever you call it, raise a glass and bring your dancing shoes! The western side of the state will be delightfully represented by Grand Rapids-based Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys. This fan favorite trio cut its teeth on steel-guitar driven country, but also draws liberally from honky-tonk, rockabilly and surf music. Upcoming Plymouth singer-songwriter Steven Mullan will also perform, he’s been electrifying audiences across the Midwest, and been described as “rhythmic, soulful, and a little torchy” (Erie Times News, PA). Another fun and dynamic opening act will be Detroit-based See Jane Rock, a killer blend of pop and rock with a dash of Motown soul, fronted by 15 year old twins Sydney Taylor and Mia Paige.

In the evening, the stage will feature two main acts Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Other talented local performers will take the stage throughout each day, Friday through Monday. Please visit www.michiganstatefairllc.com for a complete schedule.

The Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair is hoping to launch a new tradition with the first-ever Michigan State Fair Choir, comprised of members from various community and church choirs. The choir will be performing "Made in the USA", an eclectic medley of songs and styles enjoyed across the various regions
of the United States, on Saturday.

The World Famous Wallendas return to Michigan to perform at the Shrine Circus, 2013 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair!

The most famous family in circus history, the Wallendas, will bring an all-new troupe of performers to Metro Detroit on Labor Day Weekend for the Shrine Circus, presented by Brighthouse at the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair! Rick Wallenda, eldest grandson of founders, Karl and Helen, will proudly present his troupe of daredevils, in a rare local performance since the family appeared at the 1962 Michigan State Fair. The Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair is Friday, August 30-Monday, September 2, at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave in Novi.

The Wallenda’s 1962 performance during the Shrine Circus at the Michigan State Fair Coliseum was marked by tragedy. During a performance of their famed seven-person chair pyramid, a man on the wire faltered and the pyramid collapsed. Three men fell to the ground, killing Richard Faughnan, son-in-law of founder Karl Wallenda; and nephew Dieter Schepp. Karl injured his pelvis, and his adopted son, Mario, was also injured.

“Our family is honored to be returning to Michigan, and looking very forward to introducing our new troupe to all at the Michigan State Fair. Thanks so much to the Detroit Shriners for inviting us!” says Rick Wallenda.

Just returning from the inaugural tour of Cirque Musica arena tour, the Wallendas will present their new troupe. Touring world-wide, the Wallenda troupe is still led by Rick Wallenda. Wallenda has performed on three continents during his forty-year career, and on more than one occasion participated in a recreation of their trademark gigantic seven-person-pyramid. As the patriarch, he leads the troupe to each destination, as his grandfather Karl once led the fabled original group.

The original family patriarch, Karl Wallenda, was born in Germany in 1905 to an ancient circus family, and began performing at the age of 6. While still in his teens he answered an ad for a “hand balancer with courage”. His subsequent employer schooled him well in the role of circus performer. In 1922, Karl put together his own act with his brother Herman, Joseph Geiger, and a teenage girl, Helen Kreis, who eventually became his wife and current family troupe leader Rick Wallenda’s grandmother.

The act toured Europe for several years, performing some amazing stunts. When John Ringling saw them perform in Cuba, he quickly hired them to perform at the world famous Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus. In 1928, they debuted to rave reviews at the Madison Square Garden and the crowd gave them a standing ovation.

The History and Evolution of the Michigan State Fair, and the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair, a Private Entity, LLC

The original Michigan State Fair, which debuted in Detroit in 1849, was one of the first statewide fair events to take place in the United States. It moved permanently to its home at the Michigan State Fairgrounds on Woodward Avenue in 1905 and was staged there until 2009, when it was discontinued by a resolution of the state government, due to ongoing budget issues. The 2013 Michigan State Fair is being produced by a private entity, and presented with title sponsor Fifth Third Bank. The 2013 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair has a deep commitment to the ongoing development and support of agriculture, small business and family entertainment, while preserving the legacy and beloved traditions of the original State Fair. For more information on the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair, please visit www.MichiganStateFairLLC.com.

Source: Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair

Related Story: The Michigan State Fair begins on Aug. 28 with its biggest music line-up ever

 

 

Graphic credit: Michigan State Fair, LLC.

The World Famous Wallendas will perform at the Fifth Third Michigan State Fair.

 

 

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