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Posted on: March 28, 2017

Sebastian Bach, Warrant and Sponge to headline Taylor Summer Festival concert lineup (Podcast)


The 2017 Taylor Summer Festival is right around the corner, and the City of Taylor is proud to announce its concert lineup and tentative schedule. The festival will be held from Thursday, June 22, through Sunday, June 25, with the Masco Taylor Summer Festival Fireworks display scheduled for approximately 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 24.

This week's podcast includes promoter Julie Law discussing the event with host Dr. Paul Reeves, Mayor Rick Sollars and Karl Ziomek.


The Friday Festival Concert will be co-headlined by Sebastian Bach and Warrant, with special guest Sponge leading off the night. The Friday night festival concerts in the Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion have become a staple of the annual summer festival, and doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are VIP $35 (preferred stage-front seating, dinner and two drink tickets); $10 presale general admission and $15 GA at the door (GA tickets are standing room – no lawn chairs allowed).


Other spotlight features of the festival include:

  • Thursday, June 22 Free Movie Night in the Sheridan Center
  • Friday, June 23 Toddler Day at the Carnival ($10 armbands, noon-3 p.m.)
  • Saturday, June 24 Taylor Color Fest Run ($25 for adults; $5 for 5 and unders; registration 9 a.m. with run at 10)


  • Saturday, June 24 94.7 WCSX Cane Pole Fishing Derby (9 a.m. Coan Lake area)

The Taylor Summer Festival is presented by the City of Taylor and 360 Event Productions. Sponsors include Masco, Lee Family Dental, Taylor Chevrolet, Community Choice Credit Union, Comfort Suites, UAW Region 1A, DTE Energy, West Side Beer Distributing and Vicar's Trailer Sales.

Here’s an inside look at the band lineup:

FRIDAY NIGHT: Sebastian Bach (formerly the lead singer of Skid Row)

Celebrated rocker Sebastian Bach is recognized globally as a vocalist, television star, actor and beyond. Bach hit the spotlight in the late 1980s as the iconic frontman for mainstream heavy metal / hard rock act Skid Row. Since his departure from Skid Row in the mid ‘90s, Bach still remains one of the most relevant rock figures in pop culture today, with three solo records, network television appearances on MTV, VH1 and CMT, guest appearances on Gilmore Girls, Trailer Park Boys, Californication and other popular television shows, and several acting stints on and off Broadway. Bach’s most recent album, Give ‘Em Hell  impressively, landed on the U.S. Top Hard Rock and Top 200 Billboard charts, proving his prowess decades after his initial debut. Bach’s upcoming Harper Collins memoir 18 And Life on Skid Row is set to release December 6. He will also appear in new upcoming seasons of the Gilmore Girls and Trailer Park Boys via Netflix this fall.


Glam metal band Warrant formed in 1984 in Hollywood and experienced success from 1989 to 1996 with five albums reaching international sales of over 10 million. The band first came into the national spotlight with their Double Platinum debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich including the single “Heaven,” which reach No. 1 in the Rolling Stone and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band continued its success in the early 1990s with Double Platinum “Cherry Pie” After over 30 years, the band is still recording music and performing, now with ex-Lynch Mob lead vocalist Robert Mason.


A Taylor Summer Festival favorite, Sponge returns for the third straight year. The band has proven to be one of the Motor City's heaviest hitters after gaining international notoriety with their debut album "Rotting Piñata,” "Plowed" and "Molly (16 Candles)." Sponge received massive airplay on radio stations from coast to coast and were in heavy rotation on MTV. Both “Plowed” and “Molly” hit No. 5 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts, catapulting “Rotting Piñata” to Gold, and ultimately Platinum status. Having shared stages the world over with Guns N’ Roses, Nickelback, Iggy Pop, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Kiss, to name just a few, Sponge continues to be one of rock’s most sought after live acts.  Front man Vinnie Dombroski captivates audiences with his powerful voice, heart-on-his-sleeve lyrics and high-octane stage presence.


Take a handful of your favorite ‘80s songs, a splash of some retro fashion, a pinch of panache and an eye-popping video spectacle in the background and what do you get? The Mega 80's, of course! Since their emergence onto the Detroit music scene, the Mega 80's have taken southeast Michigan by storm. Now veterans of the 80's cultural milieu, they are still rocking as hard as ever. Lead vocalist for the Mega 80's, Carey Denha, has been the vocalist of Going Public, a Michigan State Universtiy band he played in when he attended the university in the 90's.


Rockstar is the ultimate ‘80s hair band experience, recreating the sights, sounds, energy and excitement of an arena style rock show. You’ll hear all the great hair band hits of the ‘80s performed so well you’ll think you’re listening to the original artists themselves: Quiet Riot, Journey, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Poison, Motley Crue, Cinderella, Night Ranger and many others.

2017 Taylor Summer Festival Highlights
June 22-25
Heritage Park

(Tentative and subject to change)

Thursday, June 22
(Hours 4-10 p.m.)

•Carnival opens / $16 armband
•Free Family Movie Night 9 p.m. / Sheridan Pavilion / dusk (movie to-be-announced)

Friday, June 23
(Hours Noon-11 p.m.)

•Toddler Day at the Carnival (5 and under $10 armband) / Noon- 3 p.m.
•Regular Carnival continues 3-11 p.m.  / $20 armband
•Beer vendors open daylong
•FridayFest Concert featuring co-headliners Sebastian Bach and Warrant, along with Special Guest Sponge / Sheridan Pavilion / Gates Open at 5:30 p.m. / Local band will kick off the evening, followed by Sponge, Warrant and then Sebastian Bach (formerly the lead singer of Skid Row) / VIP Tickets $35 (includes prime seating, dinner and two free drink tickets); $10 GA Advance and $15 GA at the door. GA is standing room. No lawn chairs allowed.

Saturday, June 24
(Hours 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)

•94.7 WCSX Detroit’s Classic Rock Taylor Fest Cane Pole Fishing Derby / Coan Lake Historical Area / 9 a.m.
•Community Choice Credit Union Taylor Color Fest Run / $25 advance registration online and at the Taylor Recreation Center and Taylor Sportsplex / Registration includes specialty T-Shirt, sunglasses and bandana / Fun for all ages – great for groups / For information, call (734) 374-8900 Ext. 2 / Onsite registration day of event begins at 9 a.m. inside Heritage Park Pavilion A; run starts at 10
•Taylor Fest Family Fun / Coan Lake Historical Area / TBA
•Carnival continues daylong / $20 armband
•Beer vendors open daylong
•Free SaturdayFest Concerts featuring Rockstar (6-8 p.m.) and Mega 80s / 8:30-11 p.m. / Sheridan Pavilion / Gates open at 6 p.m.
•Free Masco Taylor Summer Festival Fireworks Display (10 p.m.)

Sunday, June 25
(Hours 1-8 p.m.)

•Carnival continues daylong / $20 armband
•Note: If weather postponed the Saturday night fireworks, they will be held at approximately 10 p.m. Sunday, June 25.

Carnival Armbands: Presale carnival armbands are available for just $12 plus fees at until midnight June 21. There will be no public coupons available for this year’s festival. You must purchase a ticket or and armband to be admitted into the carnival area (no ticket-no entry).  Adults only have to purchase $4 of "Carnival Cash" to be redeemed inside for food, games or rides.

Parking: Vehicle parking will be available both inside and outside of Heritage Park for $10. Official festival parking will be located at the southern end of the park (Northline Road entrance) and at the Wayne County Community College-Taylor Campus. Other private paid parking will be available in the surrounding areas.

One-side parking will be posted on the following city streets during the festival, June 23-26: Brest, Clinton, W. Keyes, Moran, Klebba, Phyllis, Livingston, Ernst, Ran, Birch, Morley, Maplelawn, Goldenridge, Lincoln, McKinley, Beechwood, Katherine, Dudley, William, Baraga and Mortenview Violators will be ticketed and towed.

Please Note: Pardee Road will be closed between Northline and Goddard at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24 (fireworks night). All side streets feeding Pardee will also be closed in that location. Only residential traffic will be allowed through the barricades, and drivers will have to show proof of residency.


Complete details here
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