The main stage, sponsored by The LaFontaine Automotive Group, will be under the big top in the Riverside Beer Garden, with live music until midnight on Friday and Saturday! Families are welcome until 9pm both Friday and Saturday evening!
Stay tuned for our 2014 Entertainment Lineup!
2013 LaFontaine Mainstage Lineup
For over fifteen years this multi-talented native Detroiter has graced and dominated Michigan’s most attended events. She has performed over two hundred shows a year with grace and stamina. Her voice is strong, commanding, melodic and smooth. She tells her stories with incredible delivery and leaves her audiences wanting more.
Performing Friday, Aug. 16
Hailing from Joplin, Missouri, The Ben Miller Band is a one-of-a kind trio that combines the frenetic energy of bluegrass, the soul of the delta blues and the haunted spirit of Appalachian mountain music. Band members Ben Miller, Scott Leeper, and Doug Dicharry create a unique and modern sound while continuing the tradition of blending together many different musical styles, which has long been a trait of their native Ozarks. 2013 has been a great year for The Ben Miller Band, and has seen them touring in support of ZZ Top in the United States and Europe and featured on CMT Edge.
Performing Saturday, Aug. 17, 10:40pm
Dragon Wagon is Michigan Roots music at its finest! Each performance is built on originality, fun, and expert musicianship, quickly making the band one of Michigan’s premier bluegrass outfits. Dragon Wagon’s honest sound and genuine crowd connection never disappoint, and appeal to all audiences. The combination of mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass and drums guarantees an infectious energy that gets every crowd dancing!
Performing Saturday, Aug. 17, 9:05pm
The Third Coast Kings are an eight element proper deep funk and soul outfit from Michigan. They make it a point to remain true to the style and technique of playing proper deep funk and soul to a live audience that might otherwise only be heard on dusty 45s. They are proud to be a part of the growing number of acts putting the right kind of funk back onto the stage, bringing the hot heat to wherever they perform, like only the Kings can. These cats will put the dip back into your hips and the jive in your stride. Performing Friday, Aug. 16, 8:00pm
Motor City Josh
Josh is a straight up singin’, guitar slingin’, songwriting, crowd-pleasing Blues man. Son of a preacher man and woman, at 35 Josh has achieved incredible success and proves to be one of the most skillful yet animated Blues performers around. An absolute entertainer, Josh manages to keep everyone happy no matter what their age, race, or music taste – Everybody loves him!
Performing Friday, Aug. 16, 10:55pm
Black Jake & the Carnies
Led by the pied piper of the macabre, “Black Jake”Zettelmaier, these nontraditional ne’er-do-wells disinter traditional instruments from their folky tombs and imbue them with new unnatural life. Jolts of punk, ragtime, blues,and circus music course through every fiber, creating a rampaging crabgrass monster of dynamic energy you just can’t ignore. Friend and foe alike can’t help but marvel at their foot-stomping, genre-throttling licks. Performing Saturday, Aug. 17, 7:40pm
Jill Jack’s magical connection to her audience is the result of her generous artistry. By combining her gifts as a conceptual visionary with a warm gathering of musical influences, Jill touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics. In her hometown of Detroit, Jill needs no further explanation. She’s been lauded in equal measure to her talents: Since 1997 she’s won 35 Detroit Music Awards (see full list) in every conceivable category that applies to a singer-songwriter. Much of this provincial success is due to her charming stage presence and emotive songwriting. It’s simply called connecting, and it’s the bounty of a true songwriter open to all of life: her own defeats, victories, hopes dashed, dreams fulfilled, her muse, her loneliness, her misplaced love and her romantic successes.
Performing Suday, August 18, 3:40pm
Joshua Davis was raised in the folk tradition: the music, the social movements, the land. He writes songs that blend the roots of American music with gritty rock n’ roll and vintage soul. Performing Songwriter Magazine called the result, “Some of the liveliest and most rocking roots music around. His music is steeped in ragtime blues, sweet jazz and real country but Davis’s broad schooling in the cultural, political and musical roots of American tradition has resulted in more than a simple retelling of universal themes. Dubbed, “the Michigan version of the Great American Songscape” (Chris Reitz, Elderly Instruments), his catalog is a seamless snapshot of American past and present.
Performing Sunday, Aug. 18, 2:20pm
Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys got its start in 2005. Just like rockabilly originators Johnny Cash, Bill Haley and Carl Perkins, this Michigan trio cut its teeth on steel-guitar driven country in the style popularized by Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and Webb Pierce. But the draw of the big beat was irresistible, and over time the band’s approach has become sharper and tighter. Not self-consciously retro, Delilah and the Lost Boys remain committed to hand-crafted American music that stands at the crossroads of creativity and craftsmanship, liberally drawing from honky tonk country, rockabilly and surf music.
Performing Saturday, Aug. 17, 4:50pm
Cameron Cheeks & the Noteworthy Soul Band
A collaboration of diverse musicians, inspired by the spirituality of music” NoteWorthy’s style is a fusion of old-school and new, and appeals to a wide spectrum of tastes. Whether they are playing a bluesy rendition of a classic hit or an original creation, NoteWorthy keeps it RAW, INTENSE and REAL! Performing Saturday, August 17 6:15pm
John Latini may have grown up in Queens, New York, but he’s as truly a son of Michigan as if he’d been issued a passport. It’s not just that this singing, songwriting, guitar-slinging, uber-performing bluesman seems to be a perennial nominee for every Southeast Michigan music award, and winner of many, including the Metro Detroit Songwriting Grand Prize in 2004 and the Detroit Blues Challenge winner in both 2008 and 2009, and songwriting honors in North Carolina and Texas.
Performing Friday, Aug 16,
Adam’s Ale is a convergence of like-spirited individuals and members of some of the longest standing, most loved bands in the Ohio music scene, such as: Ekoostik Hookah, Waterband, The Madison Crawl, and The Men of Leisure. Adam’s Ale is bright and uplifting, with heavy focus on remarkable dynamics and powerful lyrics. The warm sounds of the lead trombone provide whimsy, while highly danceable grooves and an unmistakable connection to each and every soul within earshot, make this band a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Performing Friday, Aug. 16, 5:25pm
Dave Boutette wsg Eric Santos
“A member of the legendary Junk Monkeys, Dave Boutette’s solo material rocks and rolls around in quieter pastures on the alt-country side of the fence. An accessible, folksy style permeates a substantial passel of impressive tunes-some soft and warm as the sun in the Midwestern sky, others bursting through the barn doors as anthemic, bar-slapping rockers all reflecting a wry, hearty sincerity.” -MetroTimes, Detroit
Performing Friday, Aug. 17, 4:00pm
The Devil Elvis Show is a rock & roll band from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area that specializes in performing Elvis tunes, among other similar types, in a unique and super-rockified way. Combining good ol’ rock & roll with elements of rockabilly, punk, soul, R & B, and modern rock, the band has something that appeals to anyone that enjoys a rockin’ good time.
Performing Saturday, Aug. 17, 2:00pm
Tall Cool One
Long time Ypsilanti rockers Kinks & the Krew bring their Robert Plant tribute to the Heritage Festival main stage.
Performing Saturday, Aug. 17, 3:25pm
Abigail Stauffer brings all of her experience to the stage. Chances are Abigail won’t break your heart, but she will add color to a black and white memory. Every song is a captivating showcase of confidence and vulnerability, naturally crafting a balance of pain, hope, and joy. Her music and live performances hold so much emotion for her and the audience– it’s hard to believe each song isn’t written specifically about you. Finally, an artist who writes about the things that really matter; Abigail will warm your heart and serenade your soul.
Performing Sunday, Aug. 18, 1:10pm
Chuck Whiting & His Rowdy Friends are a three piece string band offering up Hillbilly Blues and Western Swing, with songs about bourbon, strippers, and, of course, the road.
Aug. 18, Noon
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