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.
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!
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”.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
World Famous Wallendas return to Michigan to perform at the Shrine
Circus, 2013 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
History and Evolution of the Michigan State Fair, and the Fifth
Third Bank Michigan State Fair, a Private Entity, LLC
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.