2016 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival

June 29 - July 4, 2016

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Center Stage Acts


Hour 24 on Center StageComing to the Battle Creek Field of Flight as part of the Epic Proportions Tour (EPT) is the Canadian band "Hour 24". This band has the phenomenal vocal range of Rachel Mayer, and now they will be making a stop to perform in Battle Creek on July 1st. So don't miss their live concert at this year's Field of Flight on July 1st.



Gabe Kubanda on Center StageAcousting Indie Pop Star Gabe Kubanda will be making a stop in Battle Creek for the Field of Flight on July 1st as part of the Epic Proportions Tour (EPT).

This Arizona based indie star certainly knows music and everyone will enjoy his live acoustic performanceGabe is a talented singer/songwriter/musician that just has a love for music. As he continues to perfect his craft, it is no doubt that he is a major player heading for the big leagues. Whether it's a heart felt song that he wrote or a popular song that he is covering, everyone will surely enjoy his talent and stage presence.

Make sure you look for his sophomore album "FlowFailPrevail", which will be released in March 2015.


In 2008, three musicians met on Craigslist and began recording their first EP "The Secret". Since then, the band, which became known as "Halocene" opened for platinum selling artists Blink 182 and Fall Out Boy.....all without a label or management. This business-driven band will be stopping in Battle Creek to perform as part of the Epic Proportions Tour (EPT) on July 1st during the Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival.

Halocene Band on Center StageComing to us form Phoenix, Arizona, Halocene is a band consisting of members Addie Nicole, Cash Hart, Brad Amick, Austin Amick & Justin Polizzi. This Pop/Rock/Barbie Metal band plans to "make it loud" in Battle Creek prior to our weekend air show. Besides opening for platinum selling artists, the band has released numerous albums including 2011's "Can You Hear Us Now?" which features the hit song "Sometimes". That one lead single launched the band into internet stardom along with numerous of their covers. This lead to the band going out on their own US Tours.

In 2014, they released their album "Make It Loud", an album that spans multiple genres but features lyrics that are personal and close to the heart.

Their concerts prove to be a fun and enjoyable time for everyone involved. With amazing talent, hard work and perseverance, this Halocene gives it all they have and just love performing. Don't miss Halocene at this year's Field of Flight on July 1st.


Returning to Battle Creek after a few year's absence is one of the most popular bands in the Battle Creek area...THE EDGE! This time, they're bringing a new vocalist along, the amazing Jackie King. Festival goers may recognize The Edge, a band that has appeared here numerous times INCLUDING the time they were our "Happy Hour" act opening for the Huge Double Concert in 2004 that featured Eddie Money and The Grand Funk Railroad.

The Edge began in 1980 as a five piece rock band and has evolved into a ten piece rhythm and blues ensemble. This version of the band includes:The Edge Featuring Vocalist Jackie King on Center Stage

  • Jackie King lead vocalist
  • Jim Oliver acoustic guitarist
  • Kjell Croce rhythm guitarist
  • Bob Wentworth lead guitarist
  • Andy Merrild bass guitarist
  • Bill Wentworth saxophonist
  • Jay Wentworth trumpeter
  • Brian Borders trombonist
  • Jeff Dallavalle keyboardist
  • Ron Taylor drummer

The band has performed on and off at the balloon championship for many years as well as the at the Battle Creek World’s Largest Breakfast Table, the Albion Festival of the Forks and the Marshall Blues Festival

So make sure you catch THE EDGE Featuring Jackie King on July 2nd!


Megan Rae on Center StageMegan 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

Megan Rae on Center StageAnnual 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 2015. 

Megan Rae is only 19 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”, and Ty Herndon’s number one, “What Mattered Most”, also wrote one of the cuts (“Truth’s Been Told”)

Megan Rae Band on Center StageMegan 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”.  This small town Michigan girl has quickly emerged from the Midwest region as one of the most talked about female vocalists in years.  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.

Megan Rae’s dynamic live show features a mix of old and new country favorites, classic rock standards, and her own original material, allowing her power, range, and vocal maturity to shine.

Notable Quotes:

“I believe in my heart that she (Megan Rae) will go far, EXTREMELY far”. ~ Taylor Swift

“Megan has the stuff!  She not only belts out the songs from her pretty lips but feels and expresses the music so the listeners can go on the journey with her…she’s a tender-hearted little gal in this big world with a lot to say…I am proud to have performed with her doing background vocals on her songs   along with Shaun Murphy.  How could anybody do anything but love her?  She’s great!” ~ Mark Farner…Formerly of Grand Funk Railroad

“Not since perhaps the Eagles stepping up to support Richard Marx’s debut in the 80’s, can I remember this level of support and peer acceptance for a new artist coming from such industry legends”. ~ Jim Della Croce…Mgr/Publicist Pathfinder Management and The Press Office Nashville

See Megan Rae on Center Stage on Friday, July 3.

Website at: www.meganraemusic.com
Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/meganraeband
Spotify: http://www.reverbnation.com/meganraemusic


Nashville Recording Artist Brenda Loomis will be performing at the Field of Flight on Friday, July 3rd with her talented band. Brenda, and her band, are well known throughout the region and perform terrific country concerts all over.

Brenda Loomis herself is an original country music recording artist and has worked with numerous stars including: Josh Gracin, Tim McGraw, Darryl Worley, Zac Brown Band, Chris Young, Justin Moore, Bret Michaels, LeAnn Rhimes, Montgomery Gentry, Lee Brice, Ricky Lynn Gregg, Leroy Parnell, Andy Griggs and Confederate Railroad, Allen & Ashcraft, Aaron Tippin and many more. Her vocals are unmatched and while she continues to sing with many other artists, she also fronts her own “smokin’ hot band”.

Brenda and her band perform a high energy country and classic rock show that includes covers of some of your favorites as well as some originals. Their performance is showmanship at its finest. Not only is Brenda’s voice unmatched, but her band features some amazing talent including:The Brenda Loomis Band
Paul Loomis: Keyboard & Harmony Vocals
Bob Cottom: Bass Guitar & Harmony Vocals
Jason Kime: Drums & Vocals
Billy Moran: Lead Guitar & Vocals
Jody Chelf: Acoustic Guitar & Vocals

So make sure you don’t miss your chance to experience this wonderful concert on Friday, July 3rd.


Post 530 and Ted Nugent Guitarist Verne Wagoner on Center StageOn July 4th, Center Stage will come alive with a LIVE CONCERT by popular band POST530!

Former Ted Nugent & DC Hawks guitarist Verne Wagoner fronts the band alongside the FAMOUS guitar he played as lead guitarist for Ted Nugent in fast paced years as a rock performerVerne, along with singer, bassist and keyboard player Larry DePaoli, singer and guitarist Dean Frantz and Drummer Robert Ramos perform a concert that is different than the typical rock band sound. What you get instead will be a completely unique, high energy classic rock and blues show that is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. This high energy twist will surely get spectators dancing in the grass and singing along with some favorite tunes, all with a little POST530 twist. The experience is something that will not want to be missed.

So make sure you grab a seat and see POST530 in concert on the 4th of July!