"The 80's Shall Never Die!" Experience the rockin' 80s with Skeleton Krew on July 3rd.
Returning to the Field of Flight this year after a year absence will be the ever popular Skeleton Krew. This local Battle Creek band will light up the stage this year with their terrific and rocking 80's showcase. This showcase will feature multiple sets made famous by bands from AC/DC to Whitesnake, with minimal downtime in between.
Skeleton Krew has been a major hit in the community since their formation in 2007 by Bart Walker & Kerry Johnson, both of which toured with their own glam-rock bands in the 80's. The name Skeleton Krew was chosen because the band, at the time, was only a three piece band and literally a "skeleton crew".
- Bart Walker (Drummer)
- Dave Luna (Vocals)
- Paul Stein (Lead Guitar)
- Kerry Johnson (Bass Guitar) **Kerry has been our Event Sound System guy for many years via BC Sound Company**
Make sure you come on out for this ROCKIN' 80's show on July 3rd by the local band that always places at the annual Wheels of Thunder Battle of the Bands competition (including numerous first place wins).....SKELETON KREW!
Megan Rae (Macher) was born on January 30th, 1996 in Kalamazoo, MI. By the age of two, her parents discovered that Megan Rae had an uncanny ability to memorize lyrics, and sing on key. As she got a little older, it became clear to her family and friends that Megan Rae had been blessed with the gift of song. Megan Rae’s passion for music and her singing ability grew stronger with each passing day, and at six years old she made her first public appearance when she sang the National Anthem at a Kalamazoo Kings baseball game in front of over 3,000 people. She became a regular guest soloist for both the Kings, and the Kalamazoo Wings semi-pro hockey team.
Annual trips with her father to his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA took an interesting turn when her dad was reunited with his cousin, singer/songwriter/musician Ron ‘Hookstown’ Brown, at a family reunion. Brown had a small recording studio in his home, and when he heard Megan Rae sing for the first time he knew that he was hearing something special. According to Brown, “I’ve been writing, playing, and recording music for many years, and I wasn’t expecting anything more than making a fun little CD of cover songs as a keepsake for Megan. But when she started singing, I just couldn’t believe that big, powerful voice was coming out of that little girl! I knew we had to do something more, so we started writing songs for her”. That’s how it all started. Now fast forward to 2014.
Megan Rae is only 18 years old, but she has accomplished much for someone so young. At the age of 13, she began work on her self-titled debut album. The album was produced by Robyn Robins, keyboard player and founding member of Bob Seger’s ‘Silver Bullet Band’. Robins brought in past and present Silver Bullet Band members Alto Reed (sax), Shaun Murphy (background vocals/harmonies), Drew Abbott (lead guitar) for recording. He also reached out to Paul Warren, Rod Stewart’s long time lead guitar player, who gladly contributed his incomparable skills to the project. And if that weren’t enough, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad not only played and sang on the album, he also wrote one of the cuts (“Such A Good Thing”). Singer/songwriter/musician Vince Melamed, who has written several hit songs including Trisha Yearwood’s signature number one, “Walkaway Joe”, also wrote one of the cuts (“Truth’s Been Told”).
Megan Rae traveled to L.A. to shoot a music video for the first single from her CD. It was filmed and directed by Jim Shea. Shea has photographed and/or shot videos for Brad Paisley, Eagles, Jackson Browne, Barbara Streisand, Olivia Newton John, and many, many other super stars. The video has aired on TCN (The Country Network), and Megan Rae has been featured on RFD T.V.’s “Michigan Magazine Television”. At the age of 16, she was named by the official magazine of The Country Music Association (Close Up) to their coveted annual list of “Who New To Watch”, along with Kip Moore, Dustin Lynch, Casey James, Thomas Rhett, Eric Paslay, and several other rising country music stars.
Regular trips to Nashville resulted in Megan Rae performing at some of the most famous honky tonks in the world, including Tootsies, The Stage, Layla’s, the legendary Bluebird Café, and others. In the fall of 2012, with the help of her father, Randy Macher, and his friend Paul Rogers (Drummer for the band ‘Project 32’), the Megan Rae Band was formed. Since then, Megan Rae and her incredibly talented band have rapidly developed a very loyal following and ever increasing fan base.
For now, music lovers in Michigan who are interested in finding out more about this young, shooting star can catch a live show. However, after graduating from high school in June of 2014, Megan Rae’s destiny will call her south to Nashville, where she will continue pursuing her dream.
Get ready to experience the ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK EXPERIENCE with the famous Midnight Special band. You'll have TWO chances to experience the band that was well received following last year's event. If you like songs from the 70s & 80s, then make sure that Wednesday, July 2nd (8:30-10:30 PM) & Thursday, July 3rd (8:30-10:30 PM) are marked down on your calendars.
This experience will be one of the most unique concert experiences we've ever had at the Field of Flight. This completely immersive concert experience will delight all in attendance. If you were alive in the 70s & 80s, you will relive those days with this authentic concert re-enactment. If you were born after those decades, then you will get to experience those decades through North America's Most Electrifying Classic Rock 'n' Roll Concert!
Complete with special effect lighting, smoke, fog, a staged setting and amazing rock clothing of the era, the band will perform a selection of legendary rock anthems by Queen, Styx, Boston, Journey, Elton John, Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Pink Floyd and many more.
What is even more amazing? Kids, be ready. If you ever dreamed of being a rock star of the 70s & 80s then you may get your chance to experience that dream. During the show, the band will perform a "Guitar Hero" segment where kids are invited up to the stage to jam with the band.
Midnight Special is an amazing band that has performed thousands of show for 36 years (that's right, they're from the 70s themselves) and they are an actual, very popular, band themselves. Their Classic Rock experience is just one of the many concert types they offer. All of their music is performed LIVE with no tracks or artificial intelligence...in other words...No Cheating! You won't want to miss this Amazing Rock Experience and High Energy Show of Non-Stop Epic Classic Cuts!
-Kurt Dobkins ("KD")
-Gregg St. Charles
-Joey Von Richter
-Jeff "Jeffro" Koehnke
-David K. Geoffries
Long Time by Boston
Lady by Styx
Fortunate Son by CCR
More Than a Feeling by Boston
Booking Contact: ArmEntertainment.com
Country Fans, we hope you are ready for a GREAT concert experience featuring Billy Sloan, a "Southern born and bred" country singer and his band. He will be on Center Stage on July 4th from 8-9 PM and 9:30-10:30 PM.
Billy Sloan's voice range goes from floor to heaven and nothing is out of his comfort zone when it comes to his singing. This amazing performer insists that 90% of the music he performs with his band is "real country", something that is hard to find in the Northern parts of the United States. If you are a true country fan, then you are in for a real treat. Billy and his band will perform cover songs and add their own twist to them. In addition, they will also perform original material, which is even better than the covers they do. It's these original songs that have been sweeping the nation ensuring everyone has heard of Billy Sloan.
Billy's vocals, and his original material were critiqued by some of Nashville's top executives. Billy is well on his way to becoming a mainstream country star. Billy presently is signed by the record label TMG and will be releasing a new album this Spring. Make sure you listen to his music on Facebook & Reverbnation!