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Raconteurs, Sheryl Crow to headline first MI Fest in September

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The Raconteurs and Sheryl Crow will headline the inaugural MI Fest, a day-long event taking place Sept. 17 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

The two will join a lineup of Michigan-based artists on the two-stage bill, including Mitch Ryder, former Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner, the Romantics, the Rockets, Silver Bullet Band saxophonist Alto Reed’s AllStars, Kid Rock protege Ty Stone & the Truth, Jill Jack, Bear Lake, the Howling Dialbos, the Juliets, Whitey Morgan & the 78s and Marnee. Detroit-based TGIF Entertainment Group, which is producing the festival, plans to announce more acts in the near future.

Early bird tickets are currently on sale at $59 for general admission and $99 VIP. Prices go up to $79 and $109, respectively, on Saturday, July 9. Children younger than 12 are free with a ticketed adult. Camping will be available at $35 for rustic sites and $50 for electric sites. RV rental is also available.

The campgrounds will be open from 4 p.m. on Sept. 16 to noon on Sept. 18. The music will start at 1 p.m. on Sept. 17 and run until 11 p.m. TGIF is considering some sort of Sept. 16 entertainment as well and hopes to expand the festival to more than one day in the future.

The MI Fest will mark the first performance by the Raconteurs — formed in Detroit by natives Jack White and Brendan Benson and now based in Nashville — since the summer of 2008. It’s also the group’s only planned appearance for 2011.

Besides the music, the MI Fest will also feature Michigan foods from American Coney Island, Jacques Tacos and others, as well as a Michigan-themed marketplace and exhibitions by rock ‘n’ roll poster artists and photographers such as Mark Arminski, Gary Grimshaw, Carl Lundgren, Stanley Mouse, Rockets’ drummer Johnny “Bee” Badanjek, Tom Weschler, Leni Sinclair and Sue Rynski.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 800-354-1010 or at www.mispeedway.com. Information and updates about the festival will be available at www.mi-fest.com.

Web Site: www.mi-fest.com

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