MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - A free concert by singer and guitarist Uncle Kracker will kick off the enhanced Tailgate Village Maroon and Gold Concert Series on Sept. 1 before the Central Michigan University football team opens its season with a 7 p.m. game against Presbyterian.
"Each year, we look for ways to augment the game-day experience at CMU football games," CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said. "Now, with key local businesses serving as sponsors and partners, we can secure high-level music acts. Tailgate Village is a must-visit before our home games for all fans, and especially groups looking for a turn-key, full experience."
The Fabiano Brothers Tailgate Village, a way for CMU football fans to entertain friends and guests under a furnished tent with entertainment, food and tickets, will again be located by the ponds between Kelly/Shorts Stadium and Broomfield Road. The difference this year: Tents will be arranged to allow a walk-through experience for all fans, and each of the four home games when Tailgate Village is set up will include the free McGuirk Sand-Gravel Maroon and Gold Concert open to all fans. Each concert will begin three hours before kickoff.
The full lineup of the McGuirk Sand-Gravel Maroon and Gold Concert Series:
Sept. 1 vs. Presbyterian: Uncle Kracker
Sept. 17 vs. UNLV: Jedi Mind Trip
Oct. 1 vs. Western Michigan: Cadillac West
Oct. 8 vs. Ball State (homecoming): Paddlebots
Uncle Kracker is a Mount Clemens native and longtime friend of Kid Rock. He released his first solo album "Double Wide" in 2000, and he covers a variety of genres -- rock, rap, pop and country in his solo work.
The other music acts also are based in Michigan. Jedi Mind Trip formed in 1996 and plays a heavy dose of classic rock. Cadillac West is a country band that performs all over Michigan and frequently plays in Mount Pleasant. The Paddlebots formed in Mount Pleasant and are a progressive soul-pop group.
Tailgate Village packages are the best way for groups to have a private party before a CMU football game. Packages include tickets, parking and food. Adult guests will have access to the Fabiano Beer Garden. Packages can be customized to any group with more than 25 guests. For information on reserving a spot in Tailgate Village, call Andrew Cooper at 989-774-1216 or email him at email@example.com.
The McGuirk Sand-Gravel Maroon and Gold Concert Series also is sponsored by
Barberi Law, Malley Construction Inc., Copper Beach Townhomes, Graff Chevrolet, Hunter's Alehouse and Sports Orthopedic Specialist.