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With a top-notch, hit-filled roster of national performers and a showcase for a number of local music acts, Rockin’ Country Music Festival sets the stage to be a premier event of the fall when it debuts in the picturesque outdoor setting of Heritage Park in Taylor on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8 and 9.
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The festival begins at 4 p.m. on Sept. 8 and at 2 p.m. on Sept. 9.
Tickets are on sale through the festival’s official website at www.rockincountrymusicfestival.com.
General admission tickets for each day are $25 adults/$12 kids 10-under. Special standing-room pit passes are $35 each day. Two-day festival passes are $39 adult/$20 kids 10-under for general admission and $59 for special standing-room pit passes. Special VIP packages are also available which provide access to a VIP Rockin’ Country Club, GA/Pit access, VIP Parking, early access to the festival, VIP Entrance, a private bar, private food vendors, air-conditioned restrooms and smartphone charging stations.
VIP packages are $65 each day or $99 for the two-day festival.
Heritage Park, known as Taylor’s “Jewel of the City,” will be transformed into an intimate concert venue with a state of the art production, allowing fans up-close access, and it will feature a comprehensive array of amenities for festival-goers. The park’s address is 12111 Pardee, Taylor, MI 48180 and it is located at the corner of Pardee and Northline Road. Its 400-plus acres will provide ample parking for festival-goers.
“This is a great opportunity for Taylor to showcase one of our proudest assets, beautiful Heritage Park, to the entire region. It is a fantastic setting for outdoor concerts with great ambience yet it has plenty of room to host large gatherings comfortably. Fans attending the Rockin’ Country Music Festival will love Heritage Park as much as they enjoy the music,” said Mayor Rick Sollars. “The great lineup of entertainers will appeal to every country music fan, but it has special appeal to our Downriver area since one of the members of the headlining band, Trevor Rosen of Old Dominion, is from neighboring Woodhaven.”
The full schedule of musical entertainment and stage times is still being finalized and will be announced when finalized.
Headlining Friday’s bill is legendary musician and actor Billy Ray Cyrus, who counts his signature tune, “Achy Breaky Heart,” among his 16 Top 40 hits. In total, he has charted 35 singles and he continues to receive critical acclaim as an actor, writer and executive producer in film and TV. Billy’s album Some Gave All skyrocketed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Albums Chart, where it stayed for 17 consecutive weeks – an all-time record for a solo male artist. The release’s patriotic title track went on to earn him the prestigious Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment.
Also appearing on Friday will be up-and-coming trio The Railers, who were recently picked by Rolling Stone Magazine for its first “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know,” while their latest single, “11:59 (Central Standard Time)” was a Top 10 most added country single in April. The band’s single “Kinda Dig The Feeling,” may sound familiar as it was featured in the TV series “Nashville.”
Leading the talented lineup on Saturday is Old Dominion, who was named 2016 ACM New Group of the Year, ACCA Breakthrough Group of the Year, AIMP Songwriter Artist of the Year and Music Row Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The band showcased their country charm with a rock and roll grit on their Gold charting, first full length album, Meat and Candy, which contained the Platinum hit, “Break Up With Him,” along with the Gold hit, “Snapback,” and the single, “Song For Another Time,” which hit #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay and MediaBase charts. They recently performed their fast-rising hit, “No Such Thing As a Broken Heart,” at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
The group’s highly anticipated new album, Happy Endings, drops on August 25.
Saturday’s performers also include a collection of talented, young singer/songwriters. Breakout artist Carly Pearce has been named an “Artist to Watch” by such publications as Rolling Stone Country, The Huffington Post and Country Living. She recently celebrated her first Top 40 country hit, “Wasn’t That Drunk,” and was selected as a CMT Listen Up “17 for 2017” artist. Rachel Lipsky showcased her southern rock and brass knuckles country sound with her party single, “Ready Set Whiskey,” which made her a finalist in UnSigned Only’s International Songwriting Competition and helped her notch IMEA’s Country Female Vocalist Award.
Rockin’ Country Music Festival is sponsored by the City of Taylor. WYCD-FM/CBS Radio Detroit is the festival’s exclusive radio partner. For more information on Rockin’ Country Music Festival, please visit www.rockincountrymusicfestival.com.