Fusion Shows and The Crofoot are proud to present three days of great live concerts on Belle Isle as part of the 30th annual Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, presented by Lear. Concerts are included with all race tickets, and will take place on The Crofoot Entertainment Stage in the Meijer Fan Village, on the infield of the race track on Belle Isle. Tickets can be purchased at DetroitGP.com!
Scroll down to read all about the artists on the bill!
The Gasoline Gypsies (Port Huron)
SET TIME: Friday 11:45-12:15
Original, genre-transcending, Rock N Roll delivered by four guys who love their craft. With three part vocal harmonies, driving guitar and bass riffs, their songs are powerful and intense. With an energetic stage show, the Gypsies aim to bring the party!
Cast Iron Cornbread (Detroit)
SET TIME: Friday 1:30-2:30
Cast Iron Cornbread is dedicated to providing the best musical experience through live entertainment by captivating audience members with music and dance from all genres to past and present hits in an artistic and motivational way to enrich the lives of people – globally.
The Band Mint (Oak Park)
SET TIME: 3:30-4:30
The Band Mint is a new quartet from the Detroit music scene, a Swiss army knife of a band that blends rock and psychedelic funk with hip-hop lyricism.
Young Pioneer (Detroit)
SET TIME: Friday 5:00-6:00
Young Pioneer is a pop band based out of Detroitm, known for high their energy shows and catchy songs. Bring your dancing shoes!
Billy Gunther (Flint)
SET TIME: Saturday 10:15-11:15am
Billy Gunther is what everyone wants their country artist to be like. With such raw authenticity and the sweetest soul north of the Mason Dixon… Billy’s true heartland spirit soaks into the soil of every word he writes, and every note he embraces with his raw plea for us return to simpler, more joyful way of living.
Brother Elsey (Grand Rapids)
SET TIME: Saturday 11:45-12:15
Bonded by the ties of blood and bone, Brother Elsey unearths its heartfelt sound from the depths of the human spirit. With brutal honesty, the michigan trio delves into the nuances of the human experience by way of dusty southern rock and endearing Americana. The band’s latest EP, “Matador,” drifts from delicately haunting and heart-wrenching to anthemic and inspired.
Olivia Millerschin (Detroit)
SET TIME: Saturday 2:15-3:15
Detroit singer/songwriter Olivia Millerschin captivates audiences with her celestial voice and gossamer blend of vintage folk and modern pop. Millerschin has won two John Lennon Songwriting Awards, the Great American Song Contest, and recently released a children’s book penned after her original song “Cactus on a Ledge.” Her latest record Look Both Ways was nominated for a 2018 Independent Music Award, and she’s set to release her first live session EP later this fall.
Frankie Ballard (Battle Creek / Nashville)
SET TIME: Saturday 6:00-7:00
Country- blues-rocker Frankie Ballard released his latest album El Rio (Warner Nashville) to critical acclaim and was selected by Rolling Stone as one of the 25 Best Country and Americana albums of 2016 and The Tennessean as one of the best 16 Nashville albums of 2016. The singer songwriter has had three #1 country hits to date and boasts Spotify streams in excess of 2.2 million. With a combined album sales of over 450,000 to date with over 150 million total streams across all streaming platforms, Ballard continues to lead the lead country music mixing an American heartland rock sound with traditional country and blues.
Frankie Ballard’s previous album, Sunshine & Whiskey, produced three consecutive no. 1 singles – the platinum-certified “Sunshine & Whiskey,” the gold-certified “Helluva Life,” and one of the Top 3 Billboard Country Airplay songs of 2015, “Young & Crazy.” He has performed on national television including Today, Live with Kelly and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Ballard has performed and toured with Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Bob Seger, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Big and Rich as well as at festivals such as Summerfest, Tortuga Music Festival, CMA Fest and many more.
El Rio was recorded at the famed Sonic Ranch, just south of El Paso in Tornillo, Texas, Ballard, band, and producer Marshall Altman left the comfort of Nashville in exchange for the opportunity to immerse themselves 24/7 creating this unique and fresh album. Rolling Stone describes the album as, “a different kind of album for the Michigan-born, Nashville-based songwriter, filled with country-rock anthems that have more in common with the heartland heroes of Ballard’s youth — especially Bob Seger and John Mellencamp — than the outlaws and highwaymen whose names are so often cited by country music’s younger class.” Ballard explains in the same article, “It’s just my own brand of American music. There’s rock & roll. There’s country stories and country lyrics and country songs. And there’s a lot of blues swagger and blues guitar playing. It’s all those things together.”
Spirit Animal (Brooklyn, NY)
SET TIME: Sunday 11:15am-12:00pm
As much as music should outlast the times, it should also speak to them.
On Spirit Animal’s 2018 full-length debut, Born Yesterday, the band not only proves
808s and guitars can coexist in harmony, they also craft airtight songs that would delight
in any era. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, singer Steve Cooper, guitarist Cal Stamp,
drummer Ronen Evron, and bassist Paul Michel make music that both bottles and
transcends the moment.
The band’s backstory begins in 2013 with “The Black Jack White,” a single that quickly
topped a million plays on Spotify. Building a buzz, the foursome landed looks from
Consequence of Sound, Entertainment Weekly, and The Washington Post.
2016’s World War IV EP yielded the staple “Regular World,” which clocked over 2.9
million Spotify streams. They toured relentlessly along the way, developing a diverse
and devout audience. Signing to Atlantic Records in 2017, the band wrote and recorded
what became Born Yesterday at Steve’s apartment, as well as studios in New York, Los
Angeles and Nashville.
“We want this album to stick with you, but we also want it to be fun” Cal says. “It’s more
than just a good time, but it shouldn’t feel like more than a just good time.”
The album’s first single, “YEAH!” pivots between sparse pop verses and a wild,
distorted chorus. The lyrics are at turns pointed and irreverent. The song, like the band
itself, is fresh and unpredictable.
“Anything’s possible,” says Steve. “Our music shows that.”
Stone Temple Pilots (Los Angeles, CA)
SET TIME: Sunday 1:00-2:00
Stone Temple Pilots are no strangers to change. Unpredictably has shaped the Grammy®-
winning group since it emerged as one of the best-selling bands of the 1990s. More than 25
years later, the band is reborn once again on its seventh studio album – its first with new singer
Jeff Gutt, a veteran of the Detroit music scene.
STP founding members Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz introduced Gutt in November, moments before he joined them on stage at the Troubadour in Los Angeles for the band’s first concert together.
The path leading up to that show began in September 2016 when Gutt was invited to join the
band after an extensive search to find the group’s third singer. The transition was virtually
seamless, Kretz recalls. “The chemistry was there from the start, and Jeff kept coming up with
one great melody after another. We ended up finishing 14 songs, which is the most that Stone
Temple Pilots has ever recorded for an album.”
The group recorded over several months in Los Angeles at Robert’s home studio. One of the
earliest songs to take shape was “Meadow,” a straight-ahead rocker that became the album’s
lead single. “We’d written several songs before Jeff joined, and he took everything we threw at
him and ran with it lyrically and melodically. What impressed all of us is how he lets the song
dictate his direction instead of the other way around,” Robert says.
Gutt says the band really clicked after writing its first song together, a track called “The Art of
Letting Go.” “Dean was messing around on an acoustic guitar and I started singing along. Pretty
soon, everyone was in the room and all the pieces fell into place. It’s such a beautiful song and
something we’re all very proud of.”
The Lows (Detroit)
SET TIME: Sunday 2:30-3:30
The Lows unique blend of super sonic groove rock fuses modern production with traditional hard rock values and a dedication to writing memorable hooks over rock solid grooves. With the energy and stamina of Pearl Jam & Foo Fighters, and the funky riff swagger of Royal Blood & Rival Sons, The Lows are leadiing a refreshing new rebirth of rock music from Detroit. 2018 brought opportunities for them to perform sold out shows with Candlebox, Pop Evil, Puddle Of Mudd, and Sponge, as well as numerous headlining spots. Heavy road anthem song “Road Trippin'”, from The Lows debut EP, was licensed for the soundrack of NASCAR Heat 3 video game. The band has just completed work on a brand new EP, “The Love Sessions”, to be released this summer, and they are fresh off the heels of four 2019 Detroit Music Award nominations and frontman Angelo Coppola being named Best Music Artist in the 2019 Detroit Metro Times “Best Of Detroit” readers poll.
Joe Jaber and the Last Divide (Taylor)
SET TIME: Sunday 4:00-5:00
Jaber’s deep, resonant voice is perfectly married to the hearty old-school country rock he throws down with ease. He is a classic songwriter, and his shows mix deep insights with beer-swigging good times…