Battle Creek Field of Flight

June 28 - July 4

Field of Rock Concerts by Firekeepers Casino

Great Scott! - June 28

Great Scott!Great Scott! is the hottest cover band in the Midwest, playing the best of the 50's to the new millennium. Featuring five guys on keyboard, guitar, bass and drums - there's no way you can resist tapping those toes and dancing. With over 15 years of experience, this band surely knows how to engage the crowd and keep patrons happy.

Great Scott! has an impressive song list and even is up to taking requests. Unlike many usual tribute bands that stick to one or two genres of music, this one covers them all. With a lineup that includes songs from Matchbox 20, Ricky Martin, 3 Doors Down, Tom Petty, The Killers, Michael Jackson, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seger, Kid Rock, Dave Matthews Band, Elton John, The Temptations, Bon Jovi, Sir Mix-A-Lot and many more...you will certainly know a song they play and it more than likely will be one of your favorites!

Great Scott! does more than just play music though, they are true showmen. They will make sure everyone has a good time on June 28. Great Scott! is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan and features the following talent:

  • Joe Laureano: Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Band Leader
  • Luke Galas: Lead Guitar, Vocals
  • Everett Domeier: Guitar, Vocals
  • Ryan Goldner: Bass, Vocals
  • Ken Rypma: Drums, Vocals
  • Mark Kuiper: Saxophone, Keyboards

Website: http://www.GreatScottLive.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/greatscottlive/

Steel Giant - June 29

Steel Giant The Field of Rock, brought to you by Firekeepers Casino presents Steel Giant, performing on Friday, June 29 at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival.

Steel Giant is an American Rock and Roll band from Battle Creek, Michigan. Steel Giant is comprised of Caleb Sunnock (guitars and vocals), Kenny Buller (guitars and vocals), Matt “Phatty” McCaleb (bass guitar) and Dan Lehman (drums). 

Steel Giant was formed in 2013 when Caleb moved back from Nashville, Tennessee with some song ideas. Already friends, Kenny and Caleb decided to develop the songs they had by playing local house shows. Shortly after, they started a band with Phatty and Dan.

In 2015, the band started to produce and record their music independently. In the fall of 2015, released their self-titled EP Steel Giant.

Their sound is a blend of classic rock, folk and blues. The band is devoted to playing locally. Steel Giant isn’t concerned with being “insta-famous” or “going viral.” But rather, focused on good old-fashioned handmade rock and roll.

River Road Trio - June 30

River Road Trio Hailing from the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago, River Road is an acoustic trio known for the unique fun they bring to any event.Songwriter Jonelle Carter joins band mates Terry Carter & Kyle Ripsch in an intimate combination of smooth harmonies and deep, soul stirring lyrics. Jonelle Marie broke onto the airways in 2004 with her first album "Listen" receiving over 200,000 downloads of her first single "Not Your Doll" and becoming DSN's top downloaded artist of the year in 2005. Her husband and guitar player/vocalist, Terry Carter, adds a unique playing style and incredible vocals. Terry has toured with artists such as country superstar Sammy Kershaw and the Chicago area smash 90's band "The All Night News Boys". Kyle Ripsch brings his incredible talent as a piano player/vocalist to the stage with a rich history including ten years with country indie band "The Cattle Bandits" and multiple studio appearances throughout the Chicago area including many country and gospel albums.

Don't miss River Road's amazing trio performing on June 30th as part of our Field of Rock Concert Series presented by FireKeepers Casino. They will perform covers from a plethora of music genres as well as some of their original work.

The Brenda Loomis Band - July 2

Nashville Recording Artist Brenda Loomis will be performing at the Field of Flight on Monday, July 2nd with her talented band. Brenda, and her band, are well known throughout the region and perform terrific country concerts all over.

Brenda Loomis herself is an original country music recording artist and has worked with numerous stars including: Josh Gracin, Tim McGraw, Darryl Worley, Zac Brown Band, Chris Young, Justin Moore, Bret Michaels, LeAnn Rhimes, Montgomery Gentry, Lee Brice, Ricky Lynn Gregg, Leroy Parnell, Andy Griggs and Confederate Railroad, Allen & Ashcraft, Aaron Tippin and many more. Her vocals are unmatched and while she continues to sing with many other artists, she also fronts her own “smokin’ hot band”. Brenda Loomis Band

Brenda and her band perform a high energy country and classic rock show that includes covers of some of your favorites as well as some originals. Their performance is showmanship at its finest. So make sure you don’t miss your chance to experience this wonderful concert as part of our Field of Rock Concert Series on Monday, July 2. Not only is Brenda’s voice unmatched, but her band features some amazing talent including:

  • Paul Loomis: Keyboard & Harmony Vocals
  • Bob Cottom: Bass Guitar & Harmony Vocals
  • Jason Kime: Drums & Vocals
  • Billy Moran: Lead Guitar & Vocals
  • Jody Chelf: Acoustic Guitar & Vocals

Website: http://www.BrendaLoomis.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Brenda-Loomis-Band-389042797859996/

The Megan Rae Band - July 1

Megan Rae on Center Stage - Image by Patti VaharyMegan Rae (Macher) was born on January 30th, 1996 in Kalamazoo, MI.  By the age of two, her parents discovered that Megan Rae had an uncanny ability to memorize lyrics, and sing on key.  As she got a little older, it became clear to her family and friends that Megan Rae had been blessed with the gift of song.  Megan Rae’s passion for music and her singing ability grew stronger with each passing day, and at six years old she made her first public appearance when she sang the National Anthem at a Kalamazoo Kings baseball game in front of over 3,000 people.  She became a regular guest soloist for both the Kings, and the Kalamazoo Wings semi-pro hockey team

Annual trips with her father to his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA took an interesting turn when her dad was reunited with his cousin, singer, songwriter, musician Ron ‘Hookstown’ Brown, at a family reunion.  Brown had a small recording studio in his home, and when he heard Megan Rae sing for the first time he knew that he was hearing something special.  According to Brown, “I’ve been writing, playing, and recording music for many years, and I wasn’t expecting anything more than making a fun little CD of cover songs as a keepsake for Megan.  But when she started singing, I just couldn’t believe that big, powerful voice was coming out of that little girl!  I knew we had to do something more, so we started writing songs for her”.  That’s how it all started.  Now fast forward to 2018. 

Megan Rae is only 22 years old, but she has accomplished much for someone so young.  At the age of 13, she began work on her self-titled debut album.  The album was produced by Robyn Robins, keyboard player and founding member of Bob Seger’s ‘Silver Bullet Band’.  Robins brought in past and present Silver Bullet Band members Alto Reed (sax), Shaun Murphy (background vocals/harmonies), Drew Abbott (lead guitar) for recording.  He also reached out to Paul Warren, Rod Stewart’s long time lead guitar player, who gladly contributed his incomparable skills to the project.  And if that weren't enough, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad not only played and sang on the album, he also wrote one of the cuts (“Such A Good Thing”). Singer, songwriter, musician Vince Melamed, who has written several hit songs including Trisha Yearwood’s signature number one, “Walkaway Joe”, and Ty Herndon’s number one, “What Mattered Most”, also wrote one of the cuts (“Truth’s Been Told”)

Megan Rae traveled to L.A. to shoot a music video for the first single from her CD.  It was filmed and directed by Jim Shea.  Shea has photographed and/or shot videos for Brad Paisley, Eagles, Jackson Browne, Barbara Streisand, Olivia Newton John, and many, many other super stars.  The video has aired on TCN (The Country Network), and Megan Rae has been featured on RFD T.V.’s “Michigan Magazine Television”.  This small town Michigan girl has quickly emerged from the Midwest region as one of the most talked about female vocalists in years.  At the age of 16, she was named by the official magazine of The Country Music Association (Close Up) to their coveted annual list of “Who New To Watch”, along with Kip Moore, Dustin Lynch, Casey James, Thomas Rhett, Eric Paslay, and several other rising country music stars.

Megan Rae’s dynamic live show features a mix of old and new country favorites, classic rock standards, and her own original material, allowing her power, range, and vocal maturity to shine.

Notable Quotes:

“I believe in my heart that she (Megan Rae) will go far, EXTREMELY far”. ~ Taylor Swift

“Megan has the stuff!  She not only belts out the songs from her pretty lips but feels and expresses the music so the listeners can go on the journey with her…she’s a tender-hearted little gal in this big world with a lot to say…I am proud to have performed with her doing background vocals on her songs   along with Shaun Murphy.  How could anybody do anything but love her?  She’s great!” ~ Mark Farner…Formerly of Grand Funk Railroad

“Not since perhaps the Eagles stepping up to support Richard Marx’s debut in the 80’s, can I remember this level of support and peer acceptance for a new artist coming from such industry legends”. ~ Jim Della Croce…Mgr/Publicist Pathfinder Management and The Press Office Nashville

Don't miss Megan Rae, a Field of Flight Favorite, and her band IN CONCERT during our Field of Rock Concert Series on July 1st!

Website at: www.meganraemusic.com
Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/meganraeband
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/meganraemusic

Claudia Hoyser - July 3

Claudia Hoyser Emerging modern country artist Claudia Hoyser is picking up steam and quickly capturing hearts in the U.S., as well as the U.K., with her organic, swaggery, and sultry sound. Claudia's new single "What Kinda Man", is again charting on the Music Row Country Breakout Charts and spinning on playlists across the country. Each week, the powerful single has been climbing the charts, as Claudia trails right behind Burning House singer, Cam. In addition to Claudia's building radio success - she has been rapidly gaining an online presence with her weekly live video versions of country covers and averaging over 350,000 views per week.

Last week Claudia’s Facebook video cover of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishin’ In The Dark” went viral with almost 4 million views and next week Claudia has a couple of marquee events that could really help change the game.

She’ll be performing “Drinkin ‘With The Boys” in Los Angeles live on KTLA (iHeart), LA’s number 1 ranked morning tv show, on May 28th. May 29th she’ll be in San Diego filming a performance for Country Rebel and on May 30th she’ll be singing the National Anthem for the Los Angeles Dodgers. June 1st is back in New York to finish a taping for a Netflix Pitch.

She may only be 23 years old, but this Kent State Graduate has big plans for 2018. Including her present tour schedule, which includes her performance at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival on July 3rd, she also plans to release her full-length album titled "Red Light's Turning Green". Don't miss this rising star at the 2018 Field of Flight.

Link: www.claudiahoyser.com

Listen to Drinkin' With The Boys

The Jake Kershaw Band - July 4

Jake Kershaw BandJake Kershaw will be performing July 4 on the FireKeepers Stage. He delivers a Blues Rock performance with a very unique spin. Jake recently won a "Jammie" award "Listeners Choice Best Album by a New Artist" from Western Michigan's WYCE radio station for his album "Piece of My Mind."

Jake was recently handpicked as one of the top 8 guitarists in the Country under age 21 by The International Guitar Festival in Dallas, Texas. The group is flying Jake and his band mates out for a 3 day festival early May. Jake has performed with numerous International stars such as Jonny Lang, Albert Cummings, Walter Trout, Larry McCray, and Anthony Gomes to name just a few. Jake is currently writing music for his sophomore album, which he hopes to release before he graduates from Marshall High School in the spring of 2019. Jake will be joined on stage by drummer Chip Herbert and bassist Andy Merrild, both of whom are seasoned professionals.

Be certain to come see Jake and get a front seat performance of what everyone around the country is talking about. The 17 year old blues rock prodigy from Albion Michigan.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Jake-Kershaw-Band-1654863054785718/
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/thejakekershawband
Website: jakekershaw.com