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National Recording Artist Emerson Drive Coming To The Westown In Bay City!

Concert Date Set For Thursday, October 9, 2008

September 28, 2008       Leave a Comment
By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor

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The Westown Theater on Midland Street in Bay City will be hosting a Big Country Concert, 98FM KCQ 1 Nite Stand with headliner Emerson Drive and special Guests Stone Cold. Also appearing Bay City's own Duet, The Samborn's.

Concert date is Thursday, October 9 2008. Doors open at 6:00 pm. show starts 7:00pm. Advance ticket are $20.00 and balcony seating for $15.00 Tickets will be an additional five dollars day of show.

With a work ethic the size of Texas, Emerson Drive emerged from Canada onto the Nashville country music scene in 2001 with their brand of hip country combined with stellar musicianship and signed with DreamWorks Nashville.

Emerson Drive is one of the VERY few bands ever signed to a major record label who have the distinction of playing their own instruments on ALL of their records. They humbly accept this honor because they are true instrumentalist.

Their first release EMERSON DRIVE garnered numerous industry awards and nominations including: ACM Top New Vocal Group/Duo [awarded in 2003]; Billboard's #1 Top Country Artist of the Year for 2002; R&R's #1 New Artist MVP for 2002; Group of the Year for two consecutive years, from the Canadian Country Music Association; two Top 5 Hits with "Fall into Me" and "I Should be Sleeping" as well as a number one music video on CMT's TOP Twenty Count Down with "Fall Into Me". Most recently the band took home top honors at the 2005 CCMA's with coveted spots in the '2005 CCMA All Star Band.'

Dale Wallace (keyboards) and David Pichette (fiddle) were awarded the distinction of being best on their instrument. Their second album on DreamWorks, WHAT IF, was released in June 2004 just before the band was prey to corporate restructuring and a company merger. Sporting a new record deal on a new label, Midas Records, the members of Emerson Drive are ready to give their work ethic another spin. Their new single "A Good Man" is currently playing on County Radio.

Stone Cold is a five member band that has been performing music in the Mid-Michigan area since 1996. The versatility and background of each individual member allows them to play a variety of music, ranging from classic Country to Classic Rock, with a focus on the new Driving Country. Members of Stone Cold reside in the Flint/Clio area.

Stone Cold has opened for various acts, such as Kenny Chesney, Trace Adkins, and Confederate Railroad. Members of Stone Cold have opened for acts such as Deana Carter, Alison Kraus, Sammy Kershaw, and Rick Trevino to name a few, at concert venues including the Flint IMA, Clio Amphitheater, Russellville Ballroom, Flint Art Fair, and Lapeer Days main stage.

Currently Stone Cold has been performing at Jonathons Lounge, in Montrose Michigan, where they have built the crowd to standing room only, every night they perform.



The Samborns are a brother and sister duet from Bay City Michigan. Mitch and Brandy Samborn have each been playing since the age of 6. The Samborns made their debut in 2004 at the Bay City Fireworks Festival Telethon. They have since gone on to perform at such events as the Labadie Pig Gig, Bay City Fireworks Festival, Bay City Mayors' Chili Cook-Off, and many other festivals and events throughout the state!

They have played to sold out crowds at all the previous 98FM KCQ "One Nite Stand" concerts, opening for country music stars like Rodney Atkins, Steve Holy, Trent Tomlinson, Jake Owen, and many more!

The Samborns play a variety of musical styles . . . from country to modern music hits. They've also had great success entertaining young audiences, performing hits from the Disney Channel's extremely popular Hanna Montana, and the Jonas Brothers.

Tickets Available at Luckys Pub on Midland Street in Bay City or at www.thewestown.com or call 989-895-9005.



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