Classic country and rock this weekend at Lake St. Clair Metropark

The Daily Tribune

  • By Mitch Hotts
  • Posted: 07/05/12
  • Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township is hosting a three-day concert series featuring classic rock and country artists that will serve as an appetizer for Detroit Navy Week and observance of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 coming in September.
  • For this weekend, the lineup includes .38 Special along with the Outlaws, Lorrie Morgan, Joe Diffie, Aaron Tippin and others in a waterfront performance at the Metropark formerly known as Metro Beach.

  • “We’ve constructed a stage on the east end of the beach, not in the swimming area, but on the grass right near the water, so this will be a lakeside show,” said Thomas Knuth, park manager.
  • The entertainment leans to classic country music with Morgan, the daughter of country legend George Morgan, who is known for her collection of hits including “Trainwreck of Emotion,” “Five Minutes” and “Something in Red.”
  • Likewise, Diffie has recognizable tunes such as “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Third Rock from the Sun” and others, while Tippin and his Florida-rich baritone is known for his many hits such as “Where the Stars and Stripes Fly,” “You’ve Got to Stand for Something” and “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio.”
  • Fans of the Southern rock bands .38 Special, headed by Donnie Van Zant, will want to see them play their breakthrough tunes like “Hold On Loosely” and “Caught Up in You,” and the Outlaws’ “There Goes Another Love Song” among others.
  • Tickets are $15 at all TicketMaster outlets including Wal-Mart, and at the park, and there’s a $5 daily vehicle entry fee.
  • Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday for the show and the music will start around 5 p.m.
  • Flint-based Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys will play their brand of country music 7 p.m. and .38 Special goes on at 9 p.m.
  • On Saturday, gates open at 1 p.m. with music starting at 3 p.m. Local country artist Joey Vee goes on at 5 p.m., followed by Lorrie Morgan at 7 p.m. and the Outlaws at 9 p.m.
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