Uncle Kracker, Jefferson Starship to lead Sterlingfest Art & Music Festival – Macomb Daily

Hometown hero Uncle Kracker, rock veterans Jefferson Starship and Prince tribute act are the main entertainers of this year’s Sterlingfest Art & Music Festival in Sterling Heights.

At last week’s session of the City Council, officials announced the composition for the three-day open-air festival scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, 28-30. July in the Dodge Park area on Utica and Dodge Park roads.

Uncle Kracker, real name Matthew Shafer, is the central act of the festival, which will perform on the main stage of AT&T on Saturday night, July 30th.

Long known for his association with Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band, the native of Harrison Township has collected his own string of radio-adapted hits such as “Follow Me”, “In a Little While”, a cover of “Drift Away” by Dobie Gray, “Smile” and “When the Sun Goes Down,” a duet with country music superstar Kenny Chesney.

Jefferson Starship, scheduled to perform on July 29, recently released the band’s first new studio album in 12 years, “Mother of the Sun”.

Jefferson Starship
Jefferson Starship

The band includes an original member, keyboardist David Freiberg, who developed the distinctive organ riff of their hit song “Miracles” and wrote the song “Jane”. After many lineup changes, Jefferson Starship is led by vocalist Cathy Richardson these days.

Headquartered in Columbia, Ohio, The Prince Project celebrates Prince’s musical-stage performance at the opening of the festival. They will be preceded by The Springsteen Experience, a tribute show by Bruce Springsteen.

Also, organizers released local and regional entertainers scheduled for the Jazz & Blues Stage – sponsored by Ford Motor Company, Suds’ n; Sounds Stage sponsored by LGC Global Energy, and various jugglers, clowns, magicians and more for Genisys Credit Union Kidzfest Stage.

These are Nightline, Bernadette Kathryn, Cool Lemen Jazz, Denise Davis and Motor City Sensations, Wayback Machine, Space Cat, Mister Bill and his Zcats, Maria Montoya and many others.

For a complete list of entertainers visit sterling-heights.net/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1330

Project Prince
Project Prince

Named “Event of the Year”, Sterlingfest is the largest free music festival in Macomb County. He is returning after a two-year absence caused by a pandemic.

This year’s festival will include an art fair, carnival, drinks, food, dancing and colorful fireworks at the festival’s closing.

Sterlingfest offers from several local restaurants with everything from beef to Greek salads.  (FILE PHOTO)


Sterlingfest offers from several local restaurants with everything from beef to Greek salads. (FILE PHOTO)

Sterlingfest is a big event for the city and district of Macomb. It typically attracts 120,000 visitors to Dodge Park and the Richard C. Notte Center to enjoy live entertainment, rides, art vendors and food tastings from a variety of restaurants.

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