SAMMY KERSHAW AND BAD COMPANY'S PAUL RODGERS TO HEADLINE GRAND PRIX OF CLEVELAND CONCERT SERIES Jaded Era and Alex Bevan round out free concerts for ticket holders presented by Budweiser
CLEVELAND, May 5, 2006 - The Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank is celebrating its 25th anniversary under new ownership that has vowed to make the 2006 event "more than a race". That promise became a reality today with the announcement that Bad Company's Paul Rodgers and popular country star Sammy Kershaw will headline an exciting music schedule during the Grand Prix of Cleveland, to be held June 23-25 at Burke Lakefront Airport.
The two nationally known recording artists will perform concerts during the Grand Prix at no extra cost for all ticket holders. The concerts will take place after the day's racing action on the Budweiser Stage, which will be set up directly across from the grandstand area at the Grand Prix of Cleveland.
Kershaw will perform Friday, June 23 at 8:15 p.m., and Rodgers will perform on Saturday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m. Two popular Cleveland-based acts - Jaded Era and Alex Bevan - will round out the concert schedule.
"Our goal for the 2006 Grand Prix of Cleveland was to make it "more than a race" and this incredible concert lineup will be part of that," said Chuck Kosich, General Manager of the Grand Prix of Cleveland. "We are focused on giving the fans more for their entertainment dollar, and we believe that free concerts with performers like Paul Rodgers and Sammy Kershaw will make a great ticket value even better."
Budweiser will return as the official beer of the Grand Prix of Cleveland for 2006 and will receive naming rights to the concert stage as part of the sponsorship.
The Friday night concert will be part of the all-new "Party in the Paddock Presented by Budweiser" a free, after-work event being held at the track, featuring extreme motorcycle demonstrations, go-kart racing, pace car rides, displays interaction with some of the race teams and drivers, a wing-eating contest, and the Sammy Kershaw concert.
"The Grand Prix of Cleveland is a tradition in Northeast Ohio and Budweiser is proud to continue our support of this great event," said Art Sunday, Vice President of Sales of the House of LaRose. "Budweiser drinkers are active, fun-loving people so Budweiser is pleased to present this outstanding concert lineup as part of the Grand Prix of Cleveland festivities."
Paul Rodgers is one of rock's most respected singers and songwriters who for years has been known by media and fellow musicians as "The Voice" . Imbued with equally generous measures of swagger and soul, his legendary voice has been shining its light for almost four decades and as a songwriter he has left a deep impression on rock music.
With mega hits that have sold over 125 million albums and an international Grammy Award winning career, this platinum selling musician is a force. No other artist has led three bands to global success as Rodgers has with "FREE", "BAD COMPANY" and "THE FIRM" in addition to a Grammy nominated solo career. Rodgers is also fresh off of a year-long tour with Queen where he performed songs made famous by the late Freddie Mercury along with original members of Queen.
Rodger's hit songs include such classics as "All Right Now", "Feel like Makin' Love" , "Can't Get Enough (Of Your Love)", "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy", "Bad Company" , and "Shooting Star".
Since his debut on the music scene in the early 90's, Sammy Kershaw has remained one of the most consistent power hitters in country music-both with a chain of major hit records and sell-out touring schedules. Kershaw rode in on the new traditionalist wave in the early '90s, finding success with a penchant for ballads and a blend of updated honky tonk (especially the vocal stylings of George Jones), Southern rock, and a hint of Cajun flavor.
His platinum albums were propelled into the record books by hits such as "She Don't Know She's Beautiful", "I Can't Reach Her Anymore", "National Working Woman's Holiday", "Love Of My Life", "Cadillac Style", "Don't Go Near The Water", "Haunted Heart", and many other milestones. Kershaw's much-anticipated current album "I Want My Money Back" on Koch/Audium was released in 2003.
Rodgers and Kershaw will have strong opening support, as popular Cleveland-based acts will lead off the concert schedule on the Budweiser Stage each evening. Alex Bevan will kick off the festivities on Friday, June 23rd at 6:45 p.m., and Jaded Era will open for Paul Rodgers at 6:30 p.m. on June 24th.
Emmy Award recipient and Cleveland favorite Alex Bevan practices storytelling in the acoustic tradition, weaving intricate and singable melodies with words that fill the inner reaches of the heart and mind. His guitar playing is flawless, his voice compelling and his performances are masterful.
In recent years, Bevan has penned and album of songs about his beloved Lake Erie ("South Shore Serenade" ), produced five recordings for popular Put-In-By/Key West performer Pat Dailey, written over one hundred radio and TV commercials, won and EMMY for his postscore of NBC's "American Promise" documentary segment "The Rustbelt Blues", re-released many of his earlier titles on compact disk and worked as vocal and guitar talent on many friends' projects. His most recent release "Rules of the Road" is a live recording in a small concert setting.
Jaded Era is an alternative/pop band from the Northeast Ohio area. Combining the stunningly powerful and precise "come-hither" vocals of lead singer Kira Leyden with the driving energy of the band, Jaded Era draws from influences all over the board such as Pearl Jam, Queen, The Pretenders, No Doubt and The Kinks. With experience of songwriters twice their age and one of the most exciting live shows in town, they continue to remind the world what a true female-fronted rock band can do with a unique and creative vision.
Since forming nine years ago in Akron / Cuyahoga Falls while band members Kira, Jeff, Eric, and Marco where in the same 7th grade classroom, this innovative rock band has grown into a powerful presence throughout the Midwest. The band has matured into what is now been voted as Cleveland's Best Rock Band for the 3rd year in a row by Scene & Free Times Magazine. Fueled by life-long friendships and passion for their music, Jaded Era thrives on putting heart and soul back into Rock & Roll.
Jaded Era is continuing a massive buzz from their 2nd album (Invisible) with their new album Study of the Human Race. The title track from their " Invisible" record has been in regular rotation on Cleveland's largest rock station WMMS, which is unheard of for a local band in their area. Independent stations all over the Midwest continue to pick up Jaded Era tunes.
Tickets for the Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank are available by phone at 216-241-5555; online at www.grandprixofcleveland.com or in person at Ticketmaster locations including all Kaufmann's and select Giant Eagle stores. Corporate sponsorship, hospitality or group sales are available by calling the Grand Prix of Cleveland office at 216.619.RACE (7223) or toll-free 888.817.RACE.
For more information on the Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank contact the event's downtown business office at (216) 619-RACE (7223) or visit www.grandprixofcleveland.com.