2017-06-15 / Front Page

Country music star Bryan White, rockers Hinder to headline Lapeer Days

Rock band Hinder honed their live chops touring with the likes of Mötley Crüe, Nickelback, Aerosmith and Papa Roach. Rock band Hinder honed their live chops touring with the likes of Mötley Crüe, Nickelback, Aerosmith and Papa Roach. LAPEER — The Lapeer Days Festival, Michigan’s largest free festival, is set for Aug. 18-20 in downtown Lapeer, and will again be offering the unmistakable sights, smells and sounds that come with it every summer. And the sounds this year are sure to please.

The Lapeer Days committee hand-selects the festival’s main stage entertainment, and always makes an attempt to maintain a blend of entertainment, always ensuring that there’s something for everybody. Friday through Sunday, the festival’s main stage acts will consist of country musicians, rock and blues acts, gospel performances, and a combination thereof.

The 114-year-old festival will host live performers on two different stages downtown starting Friday and continue until Sunday evening. Local and regional acts will be showcased on a stage located at the west end of Nepessing

Country recording artist Bryan White will perform Friday, Aug. 18. Country recording artist Bryan White will perform Friday, Aug. 18. Street, while regional and national performers will take the main stage located in the center of downtown Lapeer.

Friday’s entertainers include several acts on both stages, including local and regional acts, as well as nationally recognized and renowned performers. The main stage performers will consist of mostly country musicians on Friday, while Saturday will host numerous rock and blues acts, and Sunday will return to country musicians, Christian acts, and family-oriented fare.

On Friday night, country musician Bryan White will headline the evening, playing the main stage from 10:30 p.m. until midnight. White, who experienced life-changing success as a country music star in the 1990s, is an Oklahoma native who has recently experienced a surge in international superstardom. His song, “God Gave Me You,” became a monster hit in the Philippines when it was chosen as the theme song to a wildly popular television show in Asia.

White’s prolific recording career began in 1994 with the release of his self-titled certified-Platinum debut followed by back-to-back platinum selling albums Between Now and Forever (1996) and The Right Place (1997). He released six No. 1 singles, including “From This Moment On,” which he recorded with Shania Twain — along with eight more Top 40 singles. His list of honors includes a Grammy, five CMT Awards, Canadian Country Music Awards and TNN/Music City News Awards. In 1998, White was voted one of People magazines “50 Most Beautiful People.”

Saturday evening will feature headliner Hinder, who will perform on the main stage from 10:30 p.m. until midnight. The rock group, who are multi-platinum Oklahoma City natives, found fame with their hugely successful sing-along anthems, such as “Get Stoned” and “Lips of An Angel.” Now, with more than a 10-year career under their belts, and having honed their live chops touring with the likes of Mötley Crüe, Nickelback, Aerosmith and Papa Roach, Hinder’s upcoming album with their official new lead vocalist Marshal Dutton has breathed new sound, and new air, into the ever-evolving band.

Dutton, a part of the Hinder family since 2009, began co-writing and producing on the All American Nightmare album and has been a co-producer on every Hinder release since. He fell right in line, making the transition seamless without requiring any sort of learning curve or adjustment period, since Dutton was joining forces with a well-oiled machine, the members of which trust each other implicitly.

“The Lapeer Days Committee is very excited about our headliners this year,” said Neda Payne, executive director of the Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce. “Hinder was the result of a Facebook poll that the community responded to, and we felt Hinder would appeal to a wide age range. Bryan White is making his return to the country music scene in the U.S. with a new album that debuted on the country charts in May. A lot of baby boomers will remember his music and he’ll feature some new releases, as well.”

The Lapeer Days Festival is produced by the Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with major sponsors View Newspaper Group, DTE Energy and Hurley Medical Center.

Visit the festival’s free website, www.lapeerdays.com, for the full schedule and information on all entertainment, new events, parade entry forms, craft show, vendor space and more. More information on the festival can be found on Facebook by searching “Lapeer Days brought to you by LACC.”

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