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Mark Farner's 'Concert For Life'

May 15, 2011       1 Comments
By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor

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Mark Farner, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad performed the 1st annual 'Concert for Life". Held at the Bay City State Theater, Friday night, May 6, 2011.

'Concert for Life' benefited the University of Michigan Transplant Center Camp for Kids.

Opening Acts were, Stewart Francke, Mirage and Hunter Brucks with Tasha Lord.

Farner had the crowd on the feet, dancing in the isles and singing along, a standing ovation at concert end. Farner also performed a tribute to the soldiers with the song 'A little Closer to Home'. Farner said, "For all Vietnam Veterans, We Love you and will Never Forget you!"

Mike Bacigalupo, Executive Director of the State Theater, said, "The Mark Farner Concert was a blast, the crowd absolutely loved seeing this Michigan Icon sing in their hometown." Bacigalupo continued, "A great time was had by all, thanks to all who came out and supported the U of M Transplant Center Camp For Kids."

"Guilty of Caring" apparel by Karma Inc were designed in support of the University of Michigan Transplant Center-Camp for Kids with Organ Transplants. With a portion of every sale of the shirts going to the U of M Transplant Center. Visit

Farner receives a standing ovation at concert end

(Above) Farner stayed after concert for a 'Meet & Greet' Pictured here with Kyle and Kirstie Johnson

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cruizinsuezin Says:       On May 16, 2011 at 11:25 AM
It's always a blast to go see why Ringo Starr calls Mark Farner: "Mr. Grand Funk Railroad" Mark is an engaging performer and self titled his songs: "Michigan Kick Ass Rock 'n Roll" That's what we get every time...plugged in or unplugged!

I must wholeheartedly agree! This was a rare and wonderful night of acoustic art you can dance too.I had a great time singing along and laughing at Mark's jokes. The dedication to the troops at the end of; "I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home" is something he does at every show and it is genuine every time. It's always purely spiritual when the audience sings along. (I noticed Mark was wearing RED ON FRIDAY to support our troops)

Again, God Bless the kids and caregivers at Camp Michitanki. I love the State Theater and hope to return to see Mark and his band "N'rG do Grand Funk tunes with the voice that wrote the tunes in the lead! Please Bay City, suggest Mark at the State Theater so I can drive up and enjoy your beautiful surroundings.
Great job everyone!
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