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GRAND FUNK RAILROAD

 

Grand Funk Railroad

Organizers of the SC Pecan Music and Food Festival announced the 17th annual festival’s headline band, Grand Funk Railroad, as part of the group’s Some Kind of Wonderful Tour 2021. The group will perform on the Main Stage from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 6.

Originating from Flint, Michigan in 1969, this top selling American rock group of the 70’s is “COMIN’ TO OUR TOWN TO HELP PARTY IT DOWN.” Grand Funk Railroad is marking a 52-year milestone with its Some Kind of Wonderful Tour 2021.

Known as “The American Band,” the high-energy five-piece group will make a stop at the SC Pecan Music and Food Festival as part of the forty-show tour all over the USA in 2021. Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members, Don Brewer (vocals, drums, and writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit, We’re an American Band) and bassist Mel Schacher, “the God of Thunder.” Joining Don and Mel are true “All Stars.” Singer, Max Carl is a rock veteran from 38 Special. Mas penned and sang 38’s biggest hit Second Chance and was co-founder of California’s legendary Mack and the Heart Attack. Lead guitarist, Bruce Kulick is best known for his twelve years with KISS and also has credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf, and Billy Squier. Keyboardist Tim Cashion has a master’s degree in music from the University of Miami. Affectionally known as “Dr. Tim,” his credits include stints with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and English soul man, Robert Palmer.

Grand Funk laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi with its signature hard driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation, and forceful pop melodies. Mega-hits We’re an American Band, I’m your Captain/Closer to Home, Locomotion, and Some Kind of Wonderful still receive continuous airplay on Classic Rock radio. We’re an American Band recently received notoriety after used in movie soundtracks and in tv and radio advertising.

Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, 8 top 40 hits and two Number One singles (We’re an American Band and Locomotion, both selling more than one million each). The group has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales in excess of 25 million copies sold worldwide.

“After careful and thoughtful planning and a rebrand of the festival, we are looking forward to welcoming Pecan fans back to Downtown Florence for An American Band experience that only Grand Funk can deliver,” said Festival Chairman, George Jebaily. “Bringing Grand Funk to Downtown Florence, South Carolina is the perfect way to welcome fans back after a year of uncertainty and hardship.”

In addition to musical acts across eight stages, full line-up to be announced late summer, the SC Pecan Music and Food Festival-goers will enjoy plenty of food and drink vendors, the annual Run and Bike Like a Nut events, a classic car show, art demonstrations and chalk art contest, free kids fun zone, amusement rides, Pecan Pub, pecan-themed culinary contest, and more. Visitors can also look forward to a user-friendly web app experience on festival day to assist in finding all of the exciting things to do and see. Admission to the SC Pecan Music and Food Festival is free. Visitors can plan their trip online at www.scpecanfestival.com.

The SC Pecan Music & Food Festival is a program of Florence Downtown Development Corp., a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to revitalize and restore civic pride in Downtown Florence, SC through implementation of projects and initiatives guided by a downtown master plan strategy. The SC Pecan Music and Food Festival is presented by Pepsi of Florence.

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Chairmen of the Board

With one of Soul Music's all-time great group names, the Chairmen of the Board has pleased music lovers for over 30 years. Formed in Detroit , the Chairmen were one of the first acts signed by songwriting legends Holland/Dozier/Holland for their Invictus label following H/D/H's messy divorce from Motown. The group came out of the box strong in 1970 with the wonderful "Give Me Just A Little More Time," a classic early 70's radio smash highlighted by lead singer General Johnson's emotive, plaintive vocals. "Give Me" was the foundation of the group's excellent debut album, which also featured the infectious "(You've Got Me) Dangling on a String."

Over the years, the Chairmen of the Board were among Soul Music's most consistent hit-makers, scoring big with "Pay to the Piper," "Finders Keepers," "Chairman of the Board," and the blissful "Everything's Tuesday."

The Chairmen continued to record with moderate success, scoring a surprise hit in Europe in the early 2000's with the joyous "Bless Your Heart," a great tune and performance that sounds like it was plucked from their early 70s catalog. 

Group leader General Johnson died on October 13, 2010 at age 67.  At the request  of General Johnson to keep the group's legacy strong , 38 year member Ken Knox continues to lead the group touring with members Thomas Hunter and Brandon Stevens and  6 musicians.

The past few years, The NFL Carolina Panthers have featured the group in a video, a Half Time Performance and continues to play their music during home games.

Chairmen of the Board are members of the NC Music Hall of Fame.

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