National Cherry Festival 2017 in Traverse City has an exciting billing of music performances. From veteran artists like REO Speedwagon to newcomers such as Cole Swindell, the iconic Northern Michigan festival features a variety of artists. All concerts take place at the Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Check out the lineup of National Cherry Festival concerts!
Information from National Cherry Festival
July 1, 6–10:30 p.m.
Legendary all-American frontman and guitarist Mark Farner was the engine that pulled the original Grand Funk Railroad to the top of the charts, and today he’s a platinum recording artist 30 times over. At age 67, Farner commands the stage with the same intensity and outpouring of love as he did at 20 during the summer of ’69, and his fans are still flocking to their captain.
Here Come the Mummies
July 2, 6–10 p.m.
Since their discovery, HCTM has opened for P-Funk, Al Green, and Cheap Trick; rocked Super Bowl Village; become a regular on The Bob and Tom Show; played massive festivals like Summer Camp, Common Ground, Voodoo Fest, Musikfest, Summerfest, and Riverbend; and sold tickets by the thousands across large swaths of North America. Maybe that’s why the ladies (and some dudes) can’t stop losing their minds over these mayhem-inducing mavens of mirth.
Shinedown with special guest Greta Van Fleet
July 3, 6–10 p.m.
Shinedown has built their name on rock songs both brutal in power and epic in scope. Now, with their latest album, Shinedown (Brent Smith, Barry Kerch, Eric Bass, and Zach Myers) veer away from that densely layered sonic palette and take a more direct approach.
90’s Dance Party 2.0
July 4, 6–10:15 p.m.
Ice is back! Its Dance Party 2.0 featuring Vanilla Ice, All-4-One, and C & C Music Factory. Reserved Seats $40, General Admission $25 and The Deck presented by Wild Turkey Bourbon $100.
REO Speedwagon with special guest Donny Hartman
July 5, 6–10:30 p.m.
To date, REO Speedwagon has sold 40 million albums around the globe, with Hi Infidelity approaching 10 times platinum status in the U.S. After nearly five decades, Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) are still electrifying audiences worldwide.
Donny Harman will show you the reason he was inducted into the Detroit Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With his powerful vocals and butt-kicking guitar playing featuring all types of music from country, rock, R&B blues mixed in with many originals he has penned. Don’t miss Donny Hartman and his band, Pete and Bob Madsen.
July 6, 6–10:30 p.m.
Cole Swindell, a Platinum-selling recording artist and record-breaking six-time No. 1 hit maker, released his second album You Should Be Here and it shot to No. 1 on the iTunes Top Country Albums Chart and No. 3 All Genre within hours of release.
Cherry Idol Auditions
July 7, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
The Competition is broken into divisions of adult (18 and up); young adult (15–17); teen (12–14) and youth (8–11). All participants sing a 90-second song of their choice, without any background music (acapella) for the preliminary auditions. If chosen to move onto the final round, competitors must be prepared to perform a different song of their choice with background music. Preregistration is required.
TruTV Impractical Jokers with special guest Anthony Grupido
July 7, 6–10:30 p.m.
The Tenderloins are a New York-based comedy troupe featuring Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano. The guys are the creators, executive producers, and stars of truTV’s hit series, Impractical Jokers. The show follows The Tenderloins as they coerce one another into doing public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras. With each new season, the show take dares to outrageous levels.
Cherry Idol Finals
July 8, 2–3 p.m.
Cherry Idol finalists return to compete for the 2017 Cherry Idol title!
Old Dominion with special guest Aubrie Sellers
July 8, 6–10:30 p.m.
Old Dominion blends old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit into radio-friendly, hook-heavy pop nuggets. Old Dominion has emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music, fusing clever lyrics and an infectious sound. The band released their first full-length album Meat and Candy, which was recently named RIAA-certified GOLD and called “deceptively smart, occasionally cheeky, stellar debut,” by Entertainment Weekly.