Enshrinement Festival Ribs Burnoff to entertain with great musical variety in 50th year

CANTON, OHIO (July 5, 2013) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber is pleased to release its slate of musical acts for this year’s Ribs Burnoff. All are scheduled to perform on the Emergency Medicine Physicians Stage at the Stark County Fairgrounds at 8:30 p.m. on the following dates.

  • Wednesday, July 31: Tom Keifer of Cinderella fame, presented in cooperation with Rock 106.9, and coupled with a special “Three Buck Beer Night” to kick-off this three-day event. Beer will be reduced to $3 from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday night only.
  • Thursday, Aug. 1: Country artist Josh Thompson, presented in cooperation with WQKX/K105.
  • Friday, Aug. 2: Northeast Ohio favorite Michael Stanley and The Resonators, presented in cooperation with News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM/Mix 94.1.

To enjoy the concerts, guests are encouraged to purchase grandstand tickets now–all seats reserved at only $10–by calling (330) 458.2088 or visiting the Canton Chamber (222 Market Avenue N in downtown Canton). There will be no chairs or seating of any kind on the track, but fans will be permitted to stand in a limited area.

In addition to the national musical acts during the evenings on the main stage, attendees can enjoy activities all day, including free musical entertainment on the daytime stage. Other family activities include an expansive children’s entertainment area with face painting, caricaturists, balloon twisters, Fantasy Football Zone of interactive inflatables, master sand sculptor, Lowe’s Build & Grow, and much more.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Ribs Burnoff will run Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 31, Aug. 1 and 2, beginning at 11 a.m., and concluding at 10:30 p.m. each day. In addition to fantastic ribs, a wide variety of other food will be showcased, including home-made ice cream, gyros, turkey legs, funnel cakes, apple dumplings, bloomin’ onions, Italian sausage, chicken Cajun subs, sweet potato fries, and other delicious midway fare!

Admission to the Ribs Burnoff is free. Onsite parking at the fairgrounds will be free each day until 4 p.m., after which time a fee of $5 per vehicle will be charged. For more information, contact Andrea Hartman, event manager, at (330) 458-2054, or visit www.profootballhofef.com.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

About Tom Keifer

Best known as the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the Philadelphia-based blues-rock band Cinderella, Keifer is making his debut as a solo artist with the recent release of his long-awaited and highly-anticipated solo album, “The Way Life Goes.”

The collection of 14 new songs including “The Flower Song” and “Solid Ground” ranges from intimate, organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock. It embraces the blues, rock and country roots that have always been present in his unique sound that has generated the sale of over 15 million records worldwide for Cinderella. Rolling Stone praised Keifer as “a gritty, bluesy (rocker) with enough genuine swagger to draw comparisons to Mick Jagger.” The album is a raw, introspective look at the roller coaster ride that has been Keifer’s life for the past 15 years. From being told that he would never sing again as a result of a partially paralyzed left vocal cord, to the emotional and personal battles that followed, his solo debut is a story of perseverance, a testament to the power of passion and will, when combined with a true love of music.

“The idea for a solo record started in the nineties when the band parted ways and we left Universal,” Keifer said. “There was just a changing of the guard in the industry at that time and I started thinking about a solo record. I wrote for it for many years and the songs just kept going on the pile and I never got around to actually making a record. We started cutting tracks for this record in 2003 and I went to the pile of songs that had been building up and picked some that I liked and I’ve just been working on it ever since. It was produced independently of a label, because the idea from the beginning was to just work and record until I was happy with it. I wrote with a lot of different people–my wife, Savannah, who’s a great writer, co-wrote a lot of the songs on the record and also co-produced the record with me, and a good friend of ours, Chuck Turner who’s a great engineer and producer. So from the beginning, the attitude was, ‘Let’s have fun and just make a great record and it’ll be done when it’s done.’ Little did we know it’d be nine years later. It’s done and we went through some crazy stuff and mixed and remixed and reworked things over and over and probably made a lot of mistakes along the way, but finally got it where we were all happy with it, so here it is.”

About Josh Thompson

Josh Thompson was born in a town in Wisconsin with a respect for people, a passion for music, a grounded personality, and little more. Nurtured by a loving family, he learned about sweat, hard work, and the value of a dollar in his teens as he worked side by side with his father pouring concrete. Learning those values early in life laid the groundwork for him to passionately follow his dreams of using his hands in a different way — strumming a guitar making music for a living. He was drawn to country music because in his words “you can feel the pain pouring through the speakers that can just punch you in the face or take you to another place in an instant.”

He feels country music is real life set to music where there is no sugar coating, just what you see and hear is what you get. This also accurately describes the man himself. Shortly after arriving in Nashville, Josh quickly began to establish himself as a singer/songwriter on the rise in the country music scene. He began writing with noted Nashville songwriters like Monty Holmes, Ash Underwood, George Ducas, Julie Roberts, Chris Young, and others.

Thompson is not just a songwriter but also a country music artist. His talent is widely recognized by both fans and Nashville music professionals alike. He has a soulful distinctive voice and a style reminiscent of legends like Haggard, Waylon, and Cash. Thompson recognizes that his life will always be grounded by the blood, sweat, and tears of his blue-collar life.

His songs are about real life love, anger, hurt, loss, and more raw emotions that ring true with brutal honesty to everyone who hears them. He says, “country music is his ultimate therapy.” So it should be no surprise that much like others before, he has turned the events of his own life into songs that touch the heart and soul of those who listen.” If you want to know who Josh Thompson is, his music tells his story.

About Michael Stanley & The Resonators

Michael Stanley has a storied history and loyal fan base especially in the Northeast Ohio area. He was born in Cleveland and graduated from Rocky River High School. While working toward his bachelor of arts degree at Hiram College, he was a disc jockey for WHRM, the school’s radio station, and also in a locally-popular folk group called “Silk” which produced an LP Smooth As Raw Silk. At a point when the band was on the verge of breaking up, they were asked to play a local Cleveland hot spot and they took the gig with the idea that they could, at the very least, go out on top. New York record producer, Bill Szymczyk, was in the audience that night was impressed, and a record contract followed.

In 1974, he formed the Michael Stanley Band, which by 1982 had developed into a seven-piece band nicknamed MSB by their legion of fans. The group set attendance records at Cleveland area venues and reached the peak of their popularity when the single “He Can’t Love You’ from the album Heartland made the Top 40 Billboard, and “In the Heartland” from the album North Coast went to #6 on Billboard’s Top Tracks chart. The band toured with some of the superstar bands of that period (including Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Foreigner, and The Doobie Brothers).

Through ups and downs, Stanley continued to perform with several long-time friends and former band members in and around the Cleveland area, billed as Michael Stanley & Friends. Then came September 11, 2001, which changed a lot of lives, and his was no exception. By now, Michael Stanley and The Resonators had become the band’s performing moniker, and they were pleasing their loyal MSB fans while winning over new ones.

Stanley is joined in The Resonators by Tommy Dobeck (drums), Bob Pelander (piano/vocals), Danny Powers (guitar/vocals), Jennifer Lee (vocals/percussion), Rodney Psyka (percussion/vocals), Marc Lee Shannon (guitar/sauce), Eroc Sosinski (bass/vocals) and Paul Christensen (sax).

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