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The 2017 Taylor Summer Festival continues today (Friday, June 23), with the highlight being the main concert of the four-day affair featuring headliners Sebastian Bach and Warrant.
They will be joined by special guest Sponge and Eva Under Fire.
Doors to the Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion open at 5:30 p.m. Only a limited number of VIP ($35) tickets will be available at the gate. General admission standing-room only tickets will be sold for $15 to anyone walking up.
The carnival will be open until 11 p.m. tonight.
Tomorrow (Saturday, June 24) will feature the WCSX Radio Gone Fishin’ event at Coan Lake at 9 a.m.; the Community Choice Credit Union Color Fest Run at 10 a.m.; events throughout the day; a free concert by Mega 80s and RockStar; and the free Masco Fireworks Display at approximately 10 p.m.
More about tonight’s concert:
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.
Big local favorite Eva Under Fire, led by Amanda Lyberg vocals and Rob Lyberg (guitar), Corey Newsome (drums), Chris Slapnix (guitar/vocals) and Ed Gawlik III (bass/vocals) will open the evening’s entertainment. Robbie Tee of Jamsphere said about Eva Under Fire: "Emerging from Detroit’s underground rock scene is an eclectic mix of veteran performers who have teamed up to give you Eva Under Fire. The varying musical influence is heard throughout material they release. Their music combines pop, rock, alternative, and metal sounds, sprinkle in some punk and tops it off with Amanda’s powerful lead vocals. The band has aspired to push boundaries with each new release and with every new track we see another side of Eva Under Fire’s sound. The band has released their first full length album Anchors in spring 2016 and the reviews of the first few tracks have been very promising. Every so often, I come across a band that excites me more and more as I listen to their music for the first time. Detroit Alternative-Rock band, Eva Under Fire is one of those bands."