Originating from Flint, Michigan in 1969, this top selling American rock group of the 70's is "COMIN' TO YOUR TOWN TO HELP YOU PARTY IT DOWN". Grand Funk Railroad is extremely excited to be touring in 2020 marking a 51 year milestone. After playing to millions of fans on the band's tours from 1996 to 2019, Grand Funk's 2020 SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL TOUR will continue to reach both new and long-time fans.
Known as "The American Band", the high-energy five-piece group will play forty shows all over the USA this year. Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit, We're An American Band) and bassist Mel Schacher, "The God Of Thunder". Joining Don and Mel are true "All Stars". Singer Max Carl is a rock veteran from 38 Special. Max penned and sang 38's biggest hit "Second Chance" and was co-founder of California's legendary Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Don refers to Max as "the best blue-eyed soul singer on the planet". Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS and has credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf and Billy Squier. (KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were influenced early on by Grand Funk.) Keyboardist Tim Cashion has a master's degree in music from the University of Miami. Affectionately called "Dr. Tim", his credits include stints with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and English soul man Robert Palmer.
Grand Funk laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi with its signature hard driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation and forceful pop melodies. The fact that Grand Funk's legacy still reigns over the Classic Rock landscape fifty years after its 1969 birth in Flint, Michigan is a testament to the group's influence and staying power. Mega-hits We're An American Band, I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home, Locomotion, and Some Kind Of Wonderful still receive continuous airplay on Classic Rock radio. We're An American Band has received notoriety in recent years being used in movie sound tracks and in television/radio advertising. The huge hit was featured in a General Motors national TV ad campaign and in Disney's animated feature film The Country Bears. We're An American Band was featured in the Cuba Gooding Jr. film RADIO, and also in the swash buckler SAHARA starring Matthew McConaughey.
Internationally acclaimed Grand Funk has toured the world, selling out in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and South America. A 1971 performance at New York's Shea Stadium sold out faster than the Beatles. The group's widespread appeal is also evident in its prestigious recording achievements. Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, 8 Top 40 hits and two Number One singles (We're An American Band and Locomotion, both selling more than one million each). The group has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales exceeding 25 million copies sold worldwide. The most recent gold CD award was presented to the band for their greatest hits package Grand Funk Railroad the Collectors Series.
The multi-talented band carries on the tradition of Grand Funk hits and creates a new chapter in the legacy of Grand Funk Railroad. GFR drew 25,000 people to their Molson Canal Series Concert outside Buffalo, 20,000 in Albany, New York, and 20,000 fans to downtown Orlando, Florida. EMI/Capitol (Universal Music) released a new Grand Funk Greatest Hits package that includes a bonus DVD of rare concert footage. Grand Funk Railroad's 2019 50 YEARS OF FUNK TOUR was a huge success and now, with the group's 2020 SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL TOUR, seasoned Grand Funk lovers and contemporary rock fans discovering the group for the first time will be able to celebrate 50 Years of Funk with GRAND FUNK RAILROAD!
Side Hustle Band stands out from the crowd with their unique tastes and undeniable talent. They are a talented group of musicians bringing you your favorite Old School, R&B, Soul, Funk, 80's, 90's and today’s hits.
The Manhattan Dolls originated in New York City in 2009 and are swing-style female vocal trios with the sound of The Andrews Sisters. Started by former USO Girl, The Dolls travel the world performing for military events, air shows, award ceremonies, parades, jazz clubs, concert series, you name it! They have been featured on The Rachael Ray Show, BBC Radio London, Fox and Friends, The Tucson Morning Blend and more. They have had the pleasure of performing with famous bands including The Jive Aces in the UK, The Cotton Candies in France and The George Gee Orchestra and The Stan Rubin Orchestra in NYC.
The THP trio is made up of Tyler Alford, Ray Clayton and Kurtis Koogle. There were the winners of the 2019 Yuma Battle of the Bands competition. THP are the initials for The Hangar Project which is a music podcast the trio created.
The Canine Stars features extreme stunt dogs performing frisbee freestyle disc, agility racing, freestyle dance tricks, and high jumping. Every year The Canine Stars save dogs from shelters, rescue groups or off the streets, but they make the biggest impact by inspiring others to rescue, too. Their aim is to inspire and educate youth...with compassion for the underdog, and demonstrate that teamwork makes the impossible possible.
The Gila Ridge Marching Hawks have been an organization for as long as Gila Ridge High School has been around, 13 years. They started as a small pep band and soon grew to numbers of over 150 members. Over the last five years the Marching Hawks have performed in the Veteran's Day and Light Parades and gone to state twice. The Marching Hawks are now under the instruction of Caitlin Mahoney and Steve Adkins who have included more regimented practices and are very proud of the accomplishment the students have achieved this past year.
Spc. Joshua Pinion with Military Working Dog (MWD) Jerry along with Spc. Jospeh Mousa and MWD Roxii will perform a demonstration at YPG 2020. MWD Jerry is a Patrol Explosive Detection Dog and MWD Roxii is a Patrol Drug Detection Dog. The teams will be demonstrating patrol work which includes bite and detection work.