Muskegon to celebrate its 150th birthday with three-day concert series featuring Kansas, Warrant, Freddie Jackson, Gretchen Wilson, and more

The glam metal band Warrant will be one of several musical acts at the city of Muskegon’s 150th birthday celebration. Photo via Warrant

Get ready to say: Happy birthday, Muskegon!

The city of Muskegon is turning 150 years old this year, and, to celebrate the sesquicentennial, officials today announced the birthday festivities will include a three-day concert series featuring Freddie Jackson, Gretchen Wilson, Bret Michaels, Kansas, and Warrant. The event will be held July 11 through July 13 at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon.

“The city of Muskegon has been a strong-hold for families, businesses, and visitors for 150 years,” Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron said in a press release. “That’s a huge reason to celebrate. Please join the city on July 11, 12, and 13 at Heritage Landing to gather with your family, friends, and neighbors.”

The three-day event will kick off on the evening of Thursday, July 11 with a performance by R&B singer Freddie Jackson, a Grammy award nominee whose songs, including “You Are My Lady” and “Jam Tonight,” have long dominated the country’s airwaves. Tickets for the Thursday event are $10 each.

On Friday, July 12, country singer Gretchen Wilson, whose song “Redneck Woman” reached number one on the Billboard country charts, and Kansas, a classic rock band that’s reigned over pop culture with such tunes as “Carry On My Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind,” will perform. Friday tickets are $30.

To end the festivities, Bret Michaels, the former lead singer in the glam metal band Poison, and Warrant, a glam metal band with hits like “Heaven” and “Cherry Pie,” will bring their music to Heritage Landing. Saturday tickets are $30.

The exact times of the performances will be:

Thursday, July 11

  • 6pm: Local bands (the names of which have yet to be announced)
  • 9:15pm: Freddie Jackson

Friday, July 12

  • 6:40pm: Jesse G (A special guest of Gretchen Wilson)
  • 7:30pm: Kansas
  • 9:15pm: Gretchen Wilson

Saturday, July 13

  • 6pm: Local bands (the names of which have yet to be announced)
  • 8pm: Warrant
  • 9:30pm: Bret Michaels

To see all three days, $50 passes will be available.

Tickets will go on sale March 23 with Star Tickets. Save $5 on a Friday or Saturday ticket or save $10 on a three-day pass by purchasing your tickets March 23 or 24 through Star Tickets. Tickets will also be available at the Blues and BBQ event at the Muskegon Farmers Market on March 23.

For more information, visit www.celebrate150.com.

5 thoughts on “Muskegon to celebrate its 150th birthday with three-day concert series featuring Kansas, Warrant, Freddie Jackson, Gretchen Wilson, and more

  • March 13, 2019 at 9:47 am
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    I’m more than a little dissapointed in this line up and it’s lack of diversity. You guys included one token black guy (who basically has easy listening songs) and the rest is beer guzzling country and *ock rock.

    This town used to be a black mecca, a place where people could come and make a home regardless of their color in a time when it was so desperately needed (well, it’s still unfortunately quite needed) and, we still have a very strong, amazing black community here. That presence is easily just as much a part of muskegon as anything else and I feel they are sorely underrepresented.

    Muskegon wants to be this hip beach town, but, if we keep catering to this one type of people it’s literally never going to be. Why not celebrate our true history and begin creating real culture here that recognizes that?? Get some jazz, blues, hip hop, house/techno, etc in the mix as well. I mean – this is OUR 150th anniversary. Not just one facet of our community.

    Major fail, in my opinion. And, I’m not even black….but I still have eyes and can see right through this.

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    • March 14, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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      Phil Denny is a smooth jazz artist and will be playing the same night as Freddie Jackson. The City is also looking for local bands to play as well.

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  • March 13, 2019 at 3:06 pm
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    I see nothing here for anyone over 30, or of color, or with an IQ above 90. What is wrong with a little soul, a bit of jazz and maybe a little, while not my taste, country or rap. Let alone big band, folk, classic rock or classical. As someone who grew up here, this community is diversified. If you want music to represent our 150th anniversary — grow up and diversify.

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    • March 14, 2019 at 9:13 pm
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      Phil Denny is a smooth jazz artist and playing the same night as Freddie Jackson. As for country, Gretchen Wilson is a big country star. Kansas is definitely classic rock.

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  • March 15, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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    You get what we get when you have availability and budget restraints…

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