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Saturday, 10 July, 2010 3:07 PM

PREVIEW: Bret Michaels, Sammy Hagar and Adam Lambert among the headliners at 11th Annual Common Ground Festival

Other headliners for this year include Alice Cooper, Buckcherry, Ludacris and The Machine (Pink Floyd)

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

A look at the 10th Annual Common Ground Music Festival in 2009.
by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

LANSING, Mich. -- The 11th Annual Common Ground Music Festival will take place from July 12 through 18 at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing, Mich. This year's headliners are Bret Michaels, Adam Lambert, Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Buckcherry, Ludacris and The Machine (performing Pink Floyd). Tickets are $32 for each day or $11 on the last day. A special seven day ticket is being offered for $99. There will be a special fireworks show on the final day of the festival, July 18.

The Common Ground Festival is unique in that it features mostly national bands on two stages. It also features lots of food vendors, outdoor activities for the kids and much more. The festival is located along the banks of the Grand River in downtown Lansing. People from all walks of life and ages will attend the festival. It is truly something for everyone to enjoy and it only comes once a year.

For 2010, the Common Ground Music Festival will revert to a split location. The Captial Region International Airport stage will be on the west side of Adado Riverfront Park while the Pearle Vision stage will be on the ground of the new Market Place development near the new Lansing City Market. Fans can access both stages via a short walk down the east side of the Grand River. (Click here for a printable version of the festival map).

Buckcherry is a hard rock band from Los Angeles. The band released it's self-titled debut album and its follow-up record, Time Bomb, in 2001. The group split up in the summer of 2002. Three years later, lead vocalist Josh Todd, guitarist Keith Nelson, Stevie D., Jimmy Ashhurst and Xavier Muriel formed a new band with the same name. The two released a new album titled 15 on April 16, 2006. Buckcherry's biggest hits include "Crazy Bitch" and "Sorry." The group released a fourth album, Black Butterfly, in September 2008 and will release another album, All Night Long, on Aug. 3, 2010. They will perform on the Capital Region Stage on Monday, July 12 at 9:30 p.m.

Adam Lambert is a singer, songwriter and actor from San Diego. In May 2009, he finished second on the eighth season of FOX's American Idol. He is known as the first openly gay mainstream pop artist to launch a career on a major label in the United States. His debut album, For Your Entertainment, was released in November 2009. Lambert is known for the song "Whataya Want from Me," which became his first top ten hit on the Billboard charts. This February, he performed his first solo concert in Indio, Calif. Lambert will perform on the Capital Region Stage on Tuesday, July 13 at 9:45 p.m.

Sammy Hagar, known as "The Red Rocker," is a rock singer, guitarist, composer and solo artist. He was the second of three singers for the group Van Halen and the original singer of the rock band Montrose. In 2007, Hagar was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is estimated that Hagar has sold 40 million copies of his 12 studio albums around the world. He is known for the No. 1 singles "Give to Live" and "Little White Lie." Van Halen released four No. 1 studio albums - 5150 (1986), OU812 (1988), For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991) and Balance (1995) when Hagar was a part of the group. He is currently the lead singer of a hard rock band called Chickenfoot. Hagar will perform on the Capital Region Stage on Wednesday, July 14 at 9 p.m.

Bret Michaels is a singer, actor, director, screenwriter, producer and reality television personality. He became famous as the lead vocalist of the metal band Poison. Michaels has released several solo albums and one single. He appeared on the VH1 reality show Rock of Love with Bret Michaels and was a judge on Nashville Star. Michaels won NBC's reality show Celebrity Apprentice 3. He released a new album, Custom Built, on July 6. This will be one of his first performances since a health scare in May when he was reported to have "a hole in his heart." Earlier this year, he released a duet with Miley Cyrus called "Nothing to Lose." Michaels will perform on the Capital Region Stage on Thursday, July 15 at 9 p.m.

Alice Cooper is a rock singer, songwriter and broadcaster whose career has spanned over 50 years. His concerts feature electric chairs, fake blood, boa constrictors and baby dools. He broke onto the international music stage with the 1971 hit "I'm Eighteen." Cooper is known for the top five hits "Poision (Gold)" and "Bed of Nails." In 2008, he released Along Came a Spider, his 18th solo album. The Rolling Stone Album Guide called Cooper the "most beloved heavy metal entertainer." He made an appearance on the season finale of American Idol and sang "School's Out." Cooper will perform on the Capital Region Stage on Friday, July 16 at 9:25 p.m.

Ludacris is a rapper and actor who was born on Sept. 11, 1977. He is the co-founder of Disturbing tha Peace, an imprint label distributed by Def Jam Recordings. Ludacris has won the Screen Actors Guild, Critic's Choice, MTV, and Grammy Awards during his career. He has released seven studio albums with the latest, Battle of the Sexes, on March 9. Ludacris has appeared in films Crash, Hustle & Flow, Fred Claus, Max Payne and Repo Men. He has also appeared on television shows Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The Simpsons. Ludacris is known for the No. 1 singles "Stand Up" and "Money Maker." He will perform on the Capitol Region Stage on Saturday, July 17 at 9:30 p.m.

One difference from last year's festival is that there will no country music performers this year. Darius Rucker, Trailer Choir and Hunter Brucks performed at the festival. Bret Michaels is on the line-up for this year, but he is mostly known for his work in the metal group Poison.

Uncommon Club Single-Day Tickets allow access to the members-only private areas of the festival near both stages, table and chair seating, complimentary hors d'oeuvres (between 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm), reduced drink prices, wait staff service, exclusive restrooms, special Festival entrance, and preferred parking. Those tickets are $125 for each day of the festival.

Individual single-day general admission tickets for July 12 – 17 and are $32 per day. Tickets for Sunday, July 18 are $11 for the day. Children age ten and under are admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

All Common Ground Music Festival tickets are limited and available at the following locations:

Star Tickets outlets (all tickets except VIP passes)

Common Ground office in the Lansing City Market at 901 N. Washington Ave., Lansing (Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Festival box office locations: Grand Ave. and Saginaw St. (11 a.m. -- 10 p.m.), City Market Drive (4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

Online at: www.commongroundfest.com

By phone: 800-585-3737

For more information on Common Ground Music Festival, visit www.commongroundfest.com.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Pearle Vision stage at the Common Ground Festival in 2009.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Outer Vibe & MSU Community School of Rock will return to the Common Ground Fest on Friday, July 16.

 

2010 COMMON GROUND FESTIVAL LINE-UP

Adado Park - Lansing, Mich.

 
CAPITAL REGION INT'L AIRPORT STAGE
PEARLE VISION STAGE
SAND BAR (AIRPORT)
SAND BAR (MARKET)
Monday, July 12, 2010

Drowning Pool (6:45 p.m.)

Jackyl (8:00 p.m.)

Buckcherry (9:30 p.m.)

Jeremy & Josh Sprague
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Allison Iraheta (7:30 p.m.)

Orianthi (8:25 p.m.)

Adam Lambert (9:45 p.m.)

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (7:15 p.m.)

Max Weinberg Big Band (9:15 p.m.)

Corey Crowder
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Trevor Hall (7:30 p.m.)

Sammy Hagar (9:00 p.m.)

Root Doctor (6:45 p.m.)

Rebirth Brass Band (8:00 p.m.)

Jimmy Cliff (9:30 p.m.)

Don Middlebrook
Dan Rodriguez
Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cinderella (7:15 p.m.)

Bret Michaels (9:00 p.m.)

Neon Trees (7:15 p.m.)

Civil Twilight (8:30 p.m.)

Cavo (9:45 p.m.)

Blue Coyote
Bear Lake
Friday, July 16, 2010

TESLA (7:30 p.m.)

Alice Cooper (9:25 p.m.)

Finding Clyde (7:15 p.m.)

Hobbastank (8:15 p.m.)

Sick Puppies (9:45 p.m.)

Outer Vibe

MSU Community Music School Rock Camp

Poor Boy Relief
Saturday, July 17, 2010

WardSkillz w/ BIG PERM, Yung Rich and .KOM (7:30 p.m.)

Three 6 Mafia (8:15 p.m.)

Ludacris (9:30 p.m.)

Mitt Giraud (8:00 p.m.)

Mindi Abair and Peter White (9:30 p.m.)

Lyric'le
Spinnaker
Sunday, July 18, 2010

Gregg Rolie (of Santana and Journey) (7:00 p.m.)

The Machine performs Pink Floyd wsg Lansing Symphony Orchestra (9:00 p.m.)

Source: CommonGroundFest.com

 

Map courtesy of CommonGroundFest.com

 

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