Top Country artists will headline at a day long music and fun festival at the Crete Memorial Civic Center in Plattsburgh on Saturday, May 25.
“This is an all-day Memorial Weekend tribute concert and summer kick-off,” said Blaine Wiggins, President of Entertainment Trading Co. and Plattsburgh Live. “We want to pay homage to why we have memorial day with good music and good family fun.”
Noon to 12:40 p.m. - Donnie & The Nomads II
1 to 1:40 p.m.- The Bootleg Band
2 to 2:40 p.m.- Misty Creek
3 to 3:40 p.m.- Movin’ On
4 to 4:40 p.m.- Grit N Grace
5 to 6 p.m.- Fulton Chain Gang
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.- Jamie Lee Thurston
8 to 9 p.m.- Jason Michael Carroll
9:30 to 10:30 p.m.- Steve Holy
The Livin’ and Lovin’ Country Dance Party will feature music stars John Holy and Jason Michael Carroll, who will headline an incredible day long line-up that also features some of New York’s best country acts including; The Fulton Chain Gang, Movin’ On, Misty Creek, The Bootleg Band, Grit and Grace, Donnie and the Nomads II, and acoustic sets will be performed by American Idol finalist and Plattsburgh local Benjamin Bright with special guest Jimmy “T” Thurston. Musical acts will begin at noon and run through 11 p.m. at the Crete Memorial Civic Center, Route 9 North.
“It all sort of just worked out getting the bands together, Steve and Michael are currently on tour together for the “Anty Up Tour” and we wanted Jamie Lee because of his local ties as he comes from Vermont,” said Wiggins. “We wanted to be the first to sell the Crete Center out and I think we can do that with the mix of local musicians and nationally known country music stars.”
Tickets for the event are $15 for the whole day and children 6 and younger are free. So far Wiggins said they have sold over 4,500 tickets. Wiggins said for liability reasons people can not leave the center and come back.
“Once your in, your in and vice versa,” said Wiggins. “For insurance reasons we can’t have people leaving and coming back say if they leave and drink.”
The event not only promises to be full of non-stop musical entertainment but for the kids there will be bouncy houses plus indoor and outdoor activities. Kids age 6 and under get in free but for $5 can get a wristband for all the games and bouncy houses. The $5 will be donated the American Cancer Society.
A Race Car donated by Airborne Speedway will also be raffled off in a silent auction. Airborne first donated the car for another raffle and it was won by Jim Cringe, sales manager for Plattsburgh Distributing. Wiggins said Cringe turned around and will be re-donating the stock car for another silent auction. Proceeds from the stock car silent auction will also be donated to the North Country Cancer Fund.
Beginning at noon, guests can sign up for the Mechanical Bull Championships which will be held at 6 p.m.
“This show will have a little something for everyone with the mechanical bull, bouncy houses for the kids, great music and just so much more throughout the day,” said Wiggins.
The event is one of many upcoming events that were put together by Entertainment Trading Co. and Plattsburgh Live. Plattsburgh Live is a website geared to promoting entertainment in Plattsburgh. Wiggins is joined by his brother and Vice President Jarett Wiggins of Morrisonville. The duo launched the site in April after putting it together for about six months.
“My brother went to college here at Clinton Community College, I’ve been running ETC for about 15 years and he was telling me we should bring the same model for a guide in Plattsburgh area,” said Wiggins. “There really is a lot to do in the area and we want people to check out our website and even submit their events to show how much is really going on here.”
Plattsburgh Live will also be bringing Bret Michaels, Glam metal, hard rock, country rock, and the 1980’s band Poison to the Crete Center. Michaels will play on Aug. 14.
According to Wiggins there are many projects he and Jarret are in the process of securing but at this time mum is the word.
“I can say the word, Stained, and that’s it for now,” said Wiggins.
For more information about the event, to purchase tickets or to check out Plattsburgh Live go to PlattsburghLive.com.