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City Hall

67 N. Main Street

Madisonville, KY 42431

T: (270) 824-2100

8:00 AM- 4:00 PM

City of Madisonville, recently named Kentucky League of Cities Government of the year.

You cannot talk about rock in the 1970s without talking about Grand Funk Railroad!"

David Fricke, Rolling Stone Magazine

ABOUT GRAND FUNK RAILROAD

Originating from Flint, Michigan in 1969, this top-selling American rock group of the ’70s is “COMIN’ TO YOUR TOWN TO HELP YOU PARTY IT DOWN”. Grand Funk Railroad is extremely excited to be touring in 2019 marking a 50-year milestone. After playing to millions of fans on the band’s tours from 1996 to 2018, Grand Funk’s 2019 American Band Tour will continue to reach both new and long-time fans.

 

Known as “The American Band”, the high-energy five-piece group will play forty shows all over the USA this year. Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit, We’re an American Band) and bassist Mel Schacher, “The God of Thunder”. Joining Don and Mel are true “All Stars”. Singer Max Carl is a rock veteran from 38 Special. Max penned and sang 38’s biggest hit “Second Chance” and was the co-founder of California’s legendary Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Don refers to Max as “the best blue-eyed soul singer on the planet. Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS and has credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf and Billy Squier. (KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were influenced early on by Grand Funk.) Keyboardist Tim Cashion has a master’s degree in music from the University of Miami. Affectionately called “Dr. Tim”, his credits include stints with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and English soul man Robert Palmer.


Grand Funk laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi with its signature hard driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation, and forceful pop melodies. The fact that Grand Funk’s legacy still reigns over the Classic Rock landscape fifty years after its 1969 birth in Flint, Michigan is a testament to the group’s influence and staying power. Mega-hits We’re an American Band, I’m Your Captain/Closer to Home, Locomotion, and Some Kind of Wonderful still receive continuous airplay on Classic Rock radio. We’re an American Band has received notoriety in recent years being used in movie soundtracks and in television/radio advertising. The huge hit was featured in a General Motors national TV ad campaign and in Disney’s animated feature film The Country Bears. We’re an American Band was featured in the Cuba Gooding Jr. film RADIO, and in the swashbuckler, SAHARA starring Matthew McConaughey.


Internationally acclaimed Grand Funk has toured the world, selling out in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, and South America. A 1971 performance at New York’s Shea Stadium sold out faster than the Beatles. The group’s widespread appeal is also evident in its prestigious recording achievements. Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, 8 Top 40 hits and two Number One singles (We’re an American Band and Locomotion, both selling more than one million each). The group has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales exceeding 25 million copies sold worldwide. The most recent gold CD award was presented to the band for their greatest hits package Grand Funk Railroad the Collectors Series.


The multi-talented band carries on the tradition of Grand Funk hits and creates a new chapter in the legacy of Grand Funk Railroad. GFR drew 25,000 people to their Molson Canal Series Concert outside Buffalo, 20,000 in Albany, New York, and 20,000 fans to downtown Orlando, Florida. EMI/Capitol (Universal Music) released a new Grand Funk Greatest Hits package that includes a bonus DVD of rare concert footage. Grand Funk’s 2018 tour was a huge success and now, with the group’s 2019 American Band Tour, seasoned Grand Funk lovers and contemporary rock fans discovering the group for the first time will be able to celebrate 50 Years of Funk with GRAND FUNK RAILROAD!

ABOUT THE EVENT

Friday Night Live is part of our summer concert series that provides top-notch musical entertainment, food and retail vendors, a Kids 

Zone bursting full of inflatables and activities, a beer garden with local and craft vendors, a West End stage promoting local talent and so much more! Did we mention this is FREE for the entire family? In Madisonville, we charge a 0.03% restaurant tax when you eat out at local places. That money is all funneled into a fund that is used to promote tourism within our city limits. Our Friday Night Live events are just one example of how that money is used and because of it, we offer a family-friendly environment full of things to do at no cost to you! 

 

July's Friday Night Live is the second of the season, meaning we are officially over half way through our summer concert series! We've scheduled Grand Funk Railroad to headline the main stage so prepare to put on your dancing shoes because you will be swaying to the grooves played by this legendary band! With popular tunes such as "Some Kind of Wonderful" this is a night you don't want to miss! Local entertainment will also be featured on our West End Stage!

JULY 19

Opens at 6:00 PM | Music starts at 6:30 pm

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