‘The American Band’ Grand Funk Railroad heads to the Erie County Fair

Grand Funk Railroad photo courtesy of the Erie County Agricultural Society/Erie County Fair.

Tue April 12, 2022 4:50 p.m.

Grand Funk Railroad is on tour in 2022, marking a 53-year milestone. The band are set to perform a free show in Hamburg at the Buffalo News Grandstand on Friday, August 12, as part of the Ere County Fair.

Hailing from Flint, Michigan in 1969, this best-selling rock band of the 1970s is “Comin’ to your town to help you party it down.”

Known as “The American Band,” Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multimillion-selling hit, “We’re an American Band”) and the bassist Mel Schacher, “The God of Thunder.” Joining Don and Mel are true “All Stars”: vocalist Max Carl is a rock veteran of 38 Special. He wrote and sang 38’s highest charting hit, ” Second Chance,” and was a co-founder of California’s legendary Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS and also has credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf and Billy Squier. keyboardist Tim Cashion holds a master’s degree in music from the University of Miami. Affectionately referred to 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 foundation for bands such as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi, with its signature sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation and punchy pop melodies. Over the course of their career, Grand Funk had 19 charted singles, eight Top 40 hits, and two No. 1s). The group has now racked up 13 gold records and 10 platinum records, with record sales of over 25 million copies sold worldwide. The most recent gold CD award went to the group for a greatest hits package: “Grand Funk Railroad the Collectors Series”.

This show is free with admission to the Erie County Fair. No grandstand ticket is required to access this performance.

Tickets for all paid shows in the grandstand will go on sale at 9 a.m. on June 10, available only at www.tickets.com. Tickets purchased before the day of the show will include admission to the fairgrounds on the day of the performance.

The Erie County Fair will be held August 10-21. Visit www.ECFair.org.

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