Bret Michaels to Play Fifth Third Ballpark

PRESS RELEASE – The West Michigan Whitecaps and Blue Cap Entertainment today announced that Bret Michaels with opener Saving Abel will perform in concert on Monday, August 9 at Fifth Third Ballpark as part of the Rock the Rapids festival presented by Skyy Vodka, in association with Clear Channel Radio and WOOD TV 8. The Bret Michaels/Saving Abel show, presented by 101.3 The Fox,will be the second day of the three-day music and entertainment festival.

As front man for the legendary rock band Poison, Michaels has sold 25 million records and scored an amazing 15 chartbusting Top 40 singles including “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Something to Believe In,” “Nothing But a Good Time” and the timeless #1 smash “Every Rose Has its Thorn.” Michaels also has several solo albums to his credit, most recently the June 2008 “Rock My World” album. His newest solo album, “Custom Built,” will be released on July 6. His popularity has expanded to pop culture status and he has remained in the spotlight through several appearances on reality TV shows, most notably on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice 3,” which he won in May amid a series of widely-reported health troubles, including an emergency appendectomy in mid-April, followed 10 days later by a brain hemorrhage that temporarily left him in a coma. Shortly after recovering, he suffered a warning stroke and the discovery of a hole in his heart.

Blue Cap Entertainment CEO Denny Baxter is thrilled with the addition of Bret Michaels. “We wanted to create diversity in this year’s Rock the Rapids line-up. Bret and Saving Abel will give the series a great musical balance between Jason Aldean and the pop show that we are expecting to announce soon. Bret’s musical career has given rock ‘n roll some memorable songs and his reemergence in the pop culture world makes him an act that many people in West Michigan want to see.”

Michaels has also starred in the VH1 reality show “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels” and its sequels, as a judge on the talent show “Nashville Star, and has been a guest on the celebrity edition of “Don’t Forget the Lyrics.” He will star in a VH1 series named “Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It”, which depicts his life at home with his daughters and their mother, this fall.

Saving Abel is a five-member band out of Mississippi and their music style is a combination of Southern rock and alternative rock with a polished, current feel. The band released its self-titled, major label debut album in March 2008. The album peaked almost a year after its debut at #49 on the Billboard 200 album chart, #5 on the U.S. Rock charts and #4 on the U.S Hard Rock album chart. The album was certified gold in March 2009 on the strength of its lead single “Addicted,” which peaked at #7 on both the Billboard Pop Songs and Alternative Songs Chart. A follow-up single, “Drowning (Face Down),” hit #10 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.

Saving Abel toured with Nickelback in 2009, then went back to the studio to cut its second album, Miss America, which hit stores just last week. The lead single “Stupid Girl (Only In Hollywood)” is currently #28 and climbing on the Billboard charts, while the accompanying video is in rotation on MTV2.

Opening the festival on Sunday, August 8 is country music star Jason Aldean with opener David Nail. Last year’s inaugural ‘Rock The Rapids’ festival at Fifth Third Ballpark featured Chickenfoot, Flo Rida, Sean Kingston and the hottest teenager on the planet, Justin Bieber. This year’s festival has been expanded from two to three days and is poised to become known as the music and entertainment festival of Grand Rapids. Music and entertainment acts for the third day (August 10) of the 2010 ‘Rock The Rapids’ festival are currently under consideration and will be announced in the near future by Blue Cap Entertainment, and plans are already under way for an expanded ‘Rock The Rapids’ in 2011.

‘Rock The Rapids’ is one of a growing number of non-baseball events hosted at Fifth Third Ballpark, among them both indoor and outdoor concerts and festivals, weddings, football games and private company parties, as the Whitecaps continue to brand Fifth Third Ballpark as a multi-use facility.

Tickets for the Bret Michaels/Saving Abel concert will go on sale next Thursday, June 24 at 10 a.m. at the Fifth Third Ballpark Box Office (616-784-4131) and online at fifththirdballpark.com. Advance tickets are $35.00 for field general admission, $30.00 for box seats and $20.00 for general admission (non-field)and a limited number of VIP seats will be available at $49.50; prices will increase by $5.00 on the day of the show. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m.

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