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Flint Family Barbecue Brings Tunes to Pontiac

Photo courtesy of Flint Family Facebook page
Photo courtesy of Flint Family Facebook page

Live music, beer, and summer vibes.

I can’t argue with that and neither can local band, Flint Eastwood, and concert promoter, Fusion Shows. The two Michigan music lovers are getting together this weekend to put on a summer event to remember. Almost like a mini music festival, the Flint Family BBQ on May 31, 2014 will be filled with food, lawn games, and live music.

I got a chance to speak with Nate Dorough, the co-owner and talent buyer at Fusion Shows, about the event. He gave me the inside scoop on the thought process and planning of the BBQ.

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Photo courtesy of Andrea Solomon

All the bands at the show will be local Michigan bands that were handpicked by Fusion Shows and headliner Flint Eastwood. From Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers to Greater Alexander, you’re going to see a good mix of bands (see below for a full list).

I’m personally excited for the music, but I love how this event brings more to the table, or stage in this case. The Flint Family BBQ will feature two stages of live music and will offer free food and summer games. They will also have live art from 5-7 PM and discounted drinks all night. Nate explained that they really wanted to celebrate summer in some way other than just piling into an indoor concert venue, “Something more than just here’s four bands on a stage.”

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Photo courtesy of Fusion Shows

The show will be held at The Crofoot (my personal favorite venue) in downtown Pontiac. The large venue has three floors and six different rooms for bands of all sizes as well as a huge outside area/parking lot for festivities. “The Crofoot is the best venue of its size in the state and has a beautiful outdoor patio that’s a great place to hang in the summer,” said Nate.

Not only is The Crofoot a great place to hang, but it provides increased traffic for a city that needs it. Events like these are a great way to show people that Pontiac is rebounding and as Nate believes, “It’s no longer the Pontiac that your mom warned you not to go to when you were 16.” Not to mention the business it brings to surrounding restaurants and bars, for instance, a new restaurant that opened near the venue to provide late night snacks to concert goers.

If all goes well, Michiganders can expect another family BBQ next summer from Fusion Shows. For those of you that can’t wait that long, don’t forget to check out another great outdoor Fusion festival: Common Ground in Lansing from July 8-13th.

Event Details:

Flint Family BBQ

May 31st, 2014

The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI

Live Art from 5 – 7 PM

Live Music starts at 7 PM

Full Lineup: Flint Eastwood, Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers, George Morris and the Gypsy Chorus, Monument Monument, Rival Summers, Blaire Alise & the Bombshells, DL Rossi, Carts Before Horses and Greater Alexander

Tickets: $10

You all know that I’ll be there, but will you? If so, who are you most excited to see?

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