OOTR

 

GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, the American Band, tour reports and photos!

 

09-08-18 Pomona, CA

 

Don at Pomona1

 

Grand Funk Railroad returned to the LA County Fair for a great classic rock EXTRAVAGANZA featuring performances by Blue Oyster Cult, Burton Cummings of The Guess Who, and of course The American Band, Grand Funk Railroad.  Playing to an enthusiastic crowd of thousands of classic rock fans, all the bands gave outstanding performances.

 

Bruce at Pomona

 

The first LA County Fair was in 1922. By 1925 fair attendance topped the 100,000 mark, and today more than 1.3 million people attend the fair over its 19 day run.  It is the 4th largest fair in America and the End Of Summer Concert Series is a huge draw for the fair.

 

GFR at Pomona

 

Mel at Pomona

 

Max at Pomona

 

Tim at Pomona

 

Don at Pomona

Stage photos by Dan Atilano

 

This was Grand Funk's 5th appearance at the fair in the last 20 years. The American Band closed the evening with a brilliant 60 minute show that rocked the grandstand like no other can.  From Rock & Roll Soul to We're An American Band, the multi-generational crowd sang along and rocked to every song.

Another GRAND night in Southern California!

 

LA County Fair

 

 

09-01-18 Walla Walla, WA

 

The American Band flew across America to play one of America's great historic festivals...Frontier Days in Walla Walla, Washington.  Started in 1866, this is its 152nd year!

 

Flying to Washington

Photo by DB

 

Grand Funk left Pittsburgh at 8am EST and arrived in Pasco Tri Cities, Washington at 12 noon PST.  Thanks to a 3 hour time change and a quick 1 hour layover in Salt Lake City, the guys got a little rest before making the hour drive to Walla Walla for their 9:30pm show.

This was the day before Don's 70th birthday and the band and crew were gracious and presented him with a cake in the dressing room with 7 candles to celebrate the occasion.

 

Don's birthday cake

Photo by CF

 

Grand Funk hit the stage at 9:30 and the crowd went wild.  Playing their signature show of all the Grand Funk hits plus more, the band did an outstanding job.

 

Max at Walla Walla

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Mel at Walla Walla

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Don at Walla Walla

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Bruce at Walla Walla

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Max and Tim at Walla Walla

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

With everyone flying home, the band has a short week and heads back west again for a phenomenal return engagement at the LA County Fair on September 8th along with fellow classic rockers Burton Cummings of The Guess Who and Blue Oyster Cult.

 

 

08-31-18 Gibsonia, PA

 

The Celebrity Care Fest

 

The Bus Stops Here Foundation

 

Grand Funk had the privilege to appear at an incredible event that benefits The Jerome Bettis "The Bus Stops Here" Foundation.  It was created in 1997 by Pro Football Hall of Fame Running Back Jerome Bettis (The Bus) to provide opportunities for inner city youth to succeed and become productive individuals in today's society.  Super Bowl Champ Jerome Bettis is one of the best all time running backs in the NFL.

 

Jerome Bettis

 

"The Bus" finished his NFL career in January 2006 after 13 seasons, retiring immediately following the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-10 win over The Seattle Sea Hawks in Super Bowl XL in his home town Detroit.  Bettis played for the Steelers at the time of his retirement.

 

Don at Gibsonia

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

The Grand Funk appearance on the grounds of an exclusive estate in Gibsonia (just outside Pittsburgh) was for a crowd of thousands of well-heeled donors.  Full-on stage, production, lights and sound, as well as catered gourmet food tents filled the amazing estate.  The American Band got them all on their feet and cheering and singing along to Some Kinda' Wonderful, Closer To Home, and We're An American Band.

 

Max and Bruce at Gibsonia

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Mel and Max at Gibsonia

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Also appearing on this event were R&B legends Earth Wind and Fire and an extraordinary list of Pro Football greats including Dan Marino and former Steeler coach Bill Cowher.

 

Earth Wind and Fire

 

Other 2018 Beneficiaries are The Dan Marino Foundation and The Pittsburgh Steelers Charities.

 

Dan Marino

Dan Marino Foundation

 

 

08-18-18 Juneau, WI

 

Wisconsin State Capitol

Photo by DB

 

The boys got to spend a nice two days off on the road in the great college town Madison, Wisconsin. In mid-August, this beautiful city built around four lakes is a definite place to be. The weather was rainy on day one, but cleared up and allowed the guys to get out of the downtown hotel and walk around this enjoyable city. Staying a block away from the gorgeous Wisconsin State Capitol building and overlooking Lake Monona, everybody enjoyed the two day break. Friday night events brought all the locals out on the street to enjoy live entertainment in several locations around downtown Madison.

 

Lake Monona

Photo by DB

 

Lake Monona 1

Photo by DB

 

Saturday afternoon The American Band drove to Juneau to play a SOLD OUT show at the Dodge County Fairgrounds. Doing a co-bill with fellow classic rockers Foghat, Grand Funk once again cranked up the crowd of "Cheeseheads" and The American Band rocked them hard. Bruce's Star Spangled Banner had them all on their feet and cheering and Inside Lookin' Out had them in awe.

 

Pre-Show Huddle at Juneau

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Backstage at Juneau

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Mel at Juneau

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Don at Juneau

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Bruce at Juneau

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Max and crowd at Juneau

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Mel Max and Bruce at Juneau

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Don at Juneau 1

Photo by Don Baker

 

Mel at Juneau 1

Photo by Don Baker

 

Max at Juneau

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Don and crowd at Juneau

Photo by Don Baker

 

Another wonderful time in Wisconsin! Off To Cleveland!

 

 

08-15-18 Indianapolis, IN

 

Mel Don and Bruce at Indy Fair

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

The American Band kicked off a seven day trip with a stop at the Indiana State Fair. Having played a stand-out performance last September in Noblesville, Indiana, just outside Indy at a show with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, many fans turned out to see Grand Funk at the Fair. With a reminder that this is the peak of the summer touring season, mother nature welcomed all with hourly showers the entire day of the show. Not fazing many of GFR's hard core fans, Grand Funk at times played to a sea of umbrellas and rain ponchos. Luckily the stage was covered and the band played on. Rock & Roll Soul, Footstompin' Music, Shinin' On, The Locomotion...the rain held off and the place was jumpin'...making it all the way to Closer To Home before the sky opened up and the rain came down. Out came the umbrellas and ponchos and the show rocked on!

 

Don at Indy Fair

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Max at Indy Fair

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Mel and Max at Indy Fair

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Don at Indy Fair 1

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

GFR at Indy Fair

Photo by Don Baker

 

Don at Indy Fair 2

Photo by Don Baker

 

The guys had a nice leisurely night and a late wake up as they move on to Madison, Wisconsin.

 

 

08-11-18 Pontoon Beach, IL

 

The Beach without a Beach!

 

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With a city named Pontoon Beach and an annual event named "Party at The Beach", one conjures images of boats, beaches and beer.  For this one, the "beer" part is right, but that's it!

 

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Pontoon Beach, Illinois, is about 20 miles east of St. Louis on the eastern side of the great Mississippi River.  The mayor of Pontoon Beach, "Mike Mayor" (Mayor Mike), organized the community event seven years ago using funds derived from confiscated drugs being trafficked along the Interstate 55, which runs between St. Louis and Chicago.  The annual event has enabled Mayor Mike to bring in many national touring music acts like Little River Band, Charlie Daniels, Nite Ranger, 38 Special and now in 2018, The American Band...Grand Funk Railroad.

 

Max at Pontoon Beach 1

Photo by Don Baker

 

Grand Funk's appearance at "Party at The Beach" drew the largest crowd in the event's history and they loved the show. Rockin' along to Locomotion, Some Kinda Wonderful, Closer To Home, and We're An American Band, the great crowd ate it up with a smile.

 

Don at Pontoon Beach

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Mel at Pontoon Beach

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Bruce at Pontoon Beach

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Max at Pontoon Beach

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Don at Pontoon Beach 1

Photo by Don Baker

 

Band at Pontoon Beach

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Don at Pontoon Beach 2

Photo by Don Baker

 

The band was treated to an exceptional meal after show catered by a local eatery "Uncle Linny's". The food was tremendous! Fresh grilled salmon, bourbon glazed chicken, roasted potatoes and broccoli, Mediterranean salad, and one awesome chocolate cake.

 

Uncle Linny's Restaurant

 

As Don always tells the band, "Don't get used to it!"

 

 

08-05-18 Ridgefield, WA

 

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The American Band took to the road with a scenic 3 hour drive from Redmond to Portland, Oregon. The day was perfect with not a cloud in the sky and incredible mid-eighties weather. Driving through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Pacific Northwest is just one of the perks that comes with being "Out On The Road" with Grand Funk Railroad.

 

Ridgefield 2

 

Ridgefield 3

 

GFR's show at the Clark County Fair was "SOLD OUT". This fair dates back to 1868 and is one of the oldest fairs in the USA.

Grand Funk's appearance for the amphitheater crowd got everybody up and moving. As the sun was going down, the crowd was cranked up and it was a great night of Rock & Roll on the West Coast!

 

Tim at Ridgefield

 

Mel and Bruce at Ridgefield

 

Mel at Ridgefield

 

Don at Ridgefield

Stage photos by Ralph Reichenbach

 

 

08-03-18 Redmond, OR

 

Mel at Redmond

 

With a day of travel on the agenda, Grand Funk put in a full 15 hours of flying from Albany to Redmond, Oregon, with two stops in Detroit and Seattle. The band arrived on the West Coast, landing in Seattle, Washington, as the daylight was coming to an end. Flying in over volcanos and the beautiful Seattle skyline was quite a sight. Another three hour layover in Seattle due to airline delays got the guys to Redmond, Oregon, about midnight (3 AM EDT) and checked in at the beautiful Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond.

 

Seattle 1

Photo by DB

 

Seattle 2

Photo by DB

 

Eagel Crest Resort

 

The American Band took to the stage at the Deschutes Fair Expo Center playing to a great crowd of Oregonians. In it's 99th year, it is the largest fair in Oregon and draws more people the Oregon State Fair.

 

Bruce at Redmond

 

Grand Funk got them on their feet and kept them there for the entire show. The place was Rockin'!

 

Don at Redmond

Stage photos by Ralph Reichenbach

 

 

08-01-18 Albany, NY

 

Bruce at Albany

 

Grand Funk returned to upstate New York for the third time this year playing a return engagement at Albany's "Alive at Five" concert series. Having played this great event twice before in the last ten years, The American Band once again drew an enormous crowd to the event's "Rainy Day" location under the 787 overpass at the Corning Preserve. Due to the threat of inclement weather, the concert was moved and luckily the rain stopped prior to showtime…and resumed after the show was over.

 

Don at Albany

 

Grand Funk had the upstate New York crowd cheering them on right from the opening of "Rock & Roll Soul". The cavernous venue had the sound of a huge arena and the crowd's cheers were as loud as the band. This event has always been a great one for GFR and this August appearance ranked right at the top. A 'GRAND" way to kick off a six day run for "The American Band"!

 

Max at Albany

 

Mel at Albany

Photos by Ralph Reichenbach

 

On to the west coast!

 

 

07-25-18 Charlevoix, MI

 

The American Band got "Closer To Home" this week with a fantastic appearance in scenic Charlevoix, Michigan, at the annual Venetian Festival. Playing to the largest crowd this event has ever seen, the Michigan born Grand Funk had thousands of long time Michigan fans turn out, and also attracted thousands of younger fans looking to experience a Grand Funk Railroad show for the first time.

 

Charlevoix

Photo by DB

 

On this gorgeous midsummer evening in the north country, the setting couldn't get more beautiful with the amphitheater sitting right on the shore of Lake Charlevoix overlooking a spectacular marina.

 

Mel relaxing at Charlevoix

Photo by DB

 

The sun stays up late in this part of the country in July, and the boys played most of their show in full daylight. The stage lights kicked in right about the time the band hit Some Kinda Wonderful and the crowd went crazy, up on their feet and singing along. When GFR hit American Band, the roar from the crowd could be heard for miles.

 

Don 1 at Charlevoix

Photo by Don Baker

 

Bruce at Charlevoix

Photo by Don Baker

 

Don atCharlevoix

Photo by Don Baker

 

Don at Charlevoix

Photo by Don Baker

 

This is what they call "PURE MICHIGAN"!

 

Pure Michigan

 

 

07-21-18 Turlock, CA

 

Turlock airport

 

Grand Funk Railroad headed to the West coast this week for an appearance at the Stanislaus Fair, a venue that Grand Funk has played three times since the year 2000 and once again drew a huge crowd. Playing northern California has been a great market for the American Band, and this show was probably one of the best for GFR in the Bay Area.

 

Max at Turlock

 

Mel at Turlock

 

Don at Turlock

 

As the sun was going down, Grand Funk was pumping up the crowd with an all-hits Grand Funk Railroad Rock & Roll Show. Locomotion they were all up and dancing, Some Kinda Wonderful they were singing louder than Don, Closer To Home they were reverent, and American Band brought the house down.

 

Tim at Turlock

 

Bruce at Turlock

Photos by Ralph Reichenbach

 

CAL-I-FORN-I-A!

 

 

07-16-18 Cumberland, MD

 

Cumberland

 

The guys flew right to Pittsburgh for their next show in Cumberland, Maryland. They then drove several hours, winding through some of the most beautiful scenery the East coast has to offer. Grand Funk played a stellar show at the Allegany Fair on a summer night in the shadows of the Allegany Mountains.

 

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The American Band rocked the Maryland crowd and even served as emcee for a young couple who traveled many miles to see this GFR show. The excited young man proposed to his soon to be bride during Some Kinda' Wonderful!

 

Cumberland proposal

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Couldn't be a nicer way to celebrate the occasion than a great rock show with a great rock band..Grand Funk Railroad.

Got To Luv It!

 

Don at Cumberland

Photo by Don Baker

 

 

07-14-18 Fort Wayne, IN

 

The American Band was back in the Heartland this week for a HOT show at The Foellinger Theatre in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This venue is a great place to rock out…huge stage, excellent sound and lights, all-covered outdoor amphitheater seating and a gorgeous location. With temperatures close to 95 in the afternoon, it cooled down to the upper 80's as GFR took the stage. The crowd of enthusiastic Hoosiers were treated to an exceptional show as Grand Funk entertained. Smokin' through R & R Soul and Footstompin' Music, the band was hitting on all cylinders. By the time they got to Don's drum solo, the crowd was sweating along with the band. A "Grand" night of Rock & Roll in Indiana.

Opening the show for GFR was the Indiana native Henry Lee Summer.

 

Fort Wayne

 

Fort Wayne 1

Photos by Don Baker

 

 

07-04-18 Sunrise, FL

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

242 years ago, the Continental Congress passed the Declaration of Independence.

The American Band, Grand Funk Railroad, celebrated this very special July 4th with a few thousand friends just outside Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The weather looked good coming up on showtime and the band hit the stage to a cheering crowd just as rain began creeping in. Grand Funk performed Rock & Roll Soul and Footstompin' Music...and the God of Thunder must have woken up the skies. Within minutes the stage started to flood. That was it! The band had to stop and leave the stage due to lightning. Those in the huge crowd who had umbrellas waited in the rain for about 45 minutes hoping that the downpour would quit, but unfortunately, the police called it a day and cleared out of the venue. What a bummer!

Happy 4th of July from The American Band!

 

Sunrise

 

 

06-30-18 Mulvane, KS

 

The Kansas Star Casino Arena in Mulvane, KS is a fabulous venue for a rock show. Originally a rodeo arena, it has been completely transformed to a state of the art concert facility with a huge stage and incredible sound and lights. Grand Funk flew to Wichita, KS from Buffalo the day of show. Wichita is the aviation capitol of the world responsible for producing one fourth of all aircraft both public and private.

 

Mulvane

 

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Having just enough time for a soundcheck and a quick dinner, GFR hit the stage at 7:45 and played a terrific show for the enthusiastic crowd at the Kansas Star Arena. They were out of their seats and dancing in the aisles from the opening of Rock & Roll Soul all the way to We're An American Band. We had a great weekend. Wishing y'all a Happy Fourth of July!

 

Mulvane kit

Photo by DB

 

Mulvane stage

Photo by DB

 

Don and Mel at Mulvane

Photo by Dave Johnson

 

GFR at Mulvane

Photo by Don Baker

 

Don at Mulvane

Photo by Dave Johnson

 

 

06-29-18 Batavia, NY

 

Grand Funk returned to one of their favorite parts of the country to play an extraordinary concert at Batavia Downs Racetrack Casino just outside Buffalo, NY. Playing to the largest crowd for the "Rockin' The Downs" concert series, The American Band did not disappoint. With temperatures in the 90's in the afternoon, the weather was a beautiful 80 degrees at showtime on this gorgeous summer evening and Grand Funk kept the heat on. With a scorching Footstompin' Music and Don and Mel layin' down their trademark rhythm for Max's soaring vocal sailing on top, The American Band is loving it's 49th Year of Funk.

 

Batavia crowd

Photo by DB

 

The huge crowd was on their feet for Locomotion and continued to rock for the entire show.

 

Max and Mel at Batavia

Photo by Dave Johnson

 

Mel and Tim a Batavia

Photo by Dave Johnson

 

It's always a thrill for the guys to play upstate New York. Brings back lots of great memories.

 

 

06-16-18 Sioux City, IA

 

Awesome Biker Nights

 

The American Band rolled into the Heartland for a great show at the Awesome Biker Nights Festival in Sioux City, Iowa.  Drawing a huge crowd to downtown, Grand Funk played a very hot show on a very hot night.  Temperatures were near 100 degrees with a heatwave engulfing the Midwest.  By showtime it had cooled down to the mid 80's and the crowd had a terrific time.

 

Awesome Biker Nights 2018

 

Awesome Biker Nights is a 21 year old motorcycle rally that also does charity fundraising for non-profit causes.  The event has raised and donated over $1,000,000 since 2000.

Grand Funk's appearance was one of the best attended events in the rally's history.

Sioux City Rocks!

 

Sioux City 1

Photo by Don Baker

 

Don at Sioux City

Photo by Dave Johnson

 

Sioux City 2

Photo by Don Baker

 

Sioux City 3

Photo by Don Baker

 

 

06-07-18 Miami, OK

 

Grand Funk returned to Oklahoma this week playing to a great crowd of "Sooners" in the "other" Miami...the one in Oklahoma. Owned and operated by the Peoria Indian Tribe, this entertainment mecca draws from the quad-state area of Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, and Missouri. The American Band brought the diverse crowd together and had them all on their feet for The Star Spangled Banner.  Rock & Roll Soul, Footstompin' Music, Shinin' On, and The Locomotion lit up the audience, and from there it only got hotter.

 

Don at Miami

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Tim at Miami

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Taking the crowd on a tour of Grand Funk staples, The American Band delivered a blistering rock show.  "The God of Thunder" Mel Schacher is back and playing better than ever.  Grand Funk Railroad is set for an extraordinary summer of tour dates from coast to coast.  Stay tuned to "Out On The Road" (OOTR) for regular updates and great pics from The American Band.

 

Mel at Miami

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Max and Bruce at Miami

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

GFR at Miami

 

God Bless America!

 

 

05-17-18 Waukegan, IL

 

Genesee Theatre

 

Grand Funk hit the Midwest playing the gorgeous Genesee Theatre outside Chicago. This gem first opened in 1927 as a vaudeville theater. Closed in 1989 due to lack of funds and neglect, the theater went under a 23 million dollar renovation in 2004 and is now a regular stop for national touring artists of all genres.

 

GFR at Genesee

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Genesee side photo

 

Genesee seats

 

Grand Funk drew a full house to the Genesee on Thursday night, and the crowd was treated to an exceptional evening of Classic Rock. Opening the show for The American Band was the rock legend Rick Derringer.

 

Max at Genesee

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Mel at Genesee

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Bruce at Genesee

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Don at Genesee

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Band at Genesee

Photo by Don Baker

 

The theater may sit right on the shore of Lake Michigan with a slight chill in the air, but inside the Genesee it was hot and sweaty for a great night of ROCK.

CHICAGO ROCKS!

 

 

05-11-18 San Antonio, TX

 

The American Band made it's way to the biggest state in the USA this week, making a stop in beautiful San Antonio, Texas. This historic town is home of the Alamo and The San Antonio River Walk. Tourists come from all over the world to see where Davey Crockett and Jim Bowie met their demise fighting the Mexican Army for the independence of Texas from Mexico. In March of 1836, after a 13 day siege, 100 Texans including American legends Crockett and Bowie, succumbed to 2,000 Mexican troops led by General Santa Ana. Mexico maintained control of San Antonio for the next 70 years until the Texas State Legislature purchased the land. The Alamo is now the most popular tourist site in Texas.

 

Alamo

 

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Grand Funk came to town to help them party it down this week playing a private event for the Ameritas Insurance Company of Lincoln, Nebraska. Entertaining a rowdy crowd of about 1,000, the band had them dancing and singing to all the Grand Funk Hits.

A GRAND time was had by all!

 

GFR at San Antonio

Photo courtesy of Bruce Kulick

 

 

04-28-18 Orlando, FL

 

After a short break in the "American Band Tour", Grand Funk fired up the crowd at Bayside Stadium in Orlando.  Welcoming back Mel Schacher to the tour made the date extremely special, and Mel left NO DOUBT as to how he got the name, "The God Of Thunder".  Welcome Back Mel!

 

Mel

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

GFR took the stage on a picture perfect Florida day and the crowd loved the show. Rock & Roll Soul, Footstompin' Music, Shinin' On, and The Locomotion...the crowd was singing and dancing.

 

Don at Orlando

Photo by Dave Johnson

 

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Photo by Dave Johnson

 

It was a terrific family day at Sea World. The Seven Seas Food Festival featured food from around the world. Orlando's tallest, fastest and largest roller Coaster, Mako. The chilling adventure of Antarctica, Empire of the Penguin. And the aquatic world came alive with sharks, whales and turtles.  And of course, The American Band Grand Funk Railroad.  Ain't Life GRAND!

 

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Photo by Logan Lenihan

 

This was Glenn Preston's final show with Grand Funk.  Glenn has been GFR's front-of-house sound engineer for the past ten years.  He has decided to retire from the biz and spend more time traveling with his wife.

We wish you all the best Glenn.  Thanks for all you've done!!  You'll be missed!

 

Glenn Preston

Photo by Dave Johnson

 

 

03-23-18 Lawton, OK

 

"OOOOOOOklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain..."

 

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Photo by DB

 

Yup that's it. As you can see by the picture there is nothing out in Oklahoma to stop the winds, and the wind was 25 to 40 miles an hour the whole time we were there. Luckily, the Oklahomans don't mind and it certainly didn't stop them from coming to see The American Band at the Apache Casino Resort. The SOLD OUT showroom was primed and ready for Grand Funk Railroad as they hit the stage for an incredible high energy show. The guys had the crowd on their feet and dancing in the aisles.

 

Photo by Glenn Preston

 

Photo by Glenn Preston

 

Photo by Don Baker

 

Photo by Don Baker

 

This is probably the last show for our good friend Stanley Sheldon. Mel will be back touring with us in April. We all owe the renowned bassist Stan Sheldon a very sincere and grateful thank you for helping GFR and Mel get through a very difficult time after the loss of Mel's wife, Dena, to cancer.

 

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Stan, you are truly one of the GREATS! See you down the track!!

Happy Trails!

 

 

03-16-18 Hot Springs, AR

 

The World's Shortest Saint Patrick's Day Parade!

 

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That's right. Don't blink or you'll miss it. This is the 15th year of this eclectic event in the beautiful town of Hot Springs, about 40 miles west of "Last Night in Little Rock". The first ever Annual Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade was held in 2004 and made Saint Patrick's Day history. The idea started with an Arkansan of Irish descent sitting in a pub on the world's shortest street in Hot Springs. Since then the crowd has grown each year and now more than 30,000 spectators come from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana to celebrate the "Feast of Saint Patrick".

 

Hot Springs poster

 

In addition to the parade, the annual Kissing Contest called "Romancing the Stone" will take place at the Arkansas Blarney Stone, which began in 2006. The Stone was reportedly discovered by a leprechaun in the forest around Hot Springs. (There might be some alcohol involved in all these events don't you think?)

Anyway, this year's entertainment is none other than The American Band, Grand Funk Railroad.

 

Hot Springs crowd

 

Drawing the largest crowd in the event's 15-year history, GFR lit up the huge crowd of Arkansans and rocked them like never before. The 2018 lineup also featured The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, The Budweiser Clydesdales and "Funk Masters" Morris Day & The Time.

 

Max Hot Springs

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Don Hot Springs

Photo by Don Baker

 

Bruce Hot Springs

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Max and Tim Hot Springs

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

What a GRAND event!

 

 

03-09-18 Las Vegas, NV

 

SOLD OUT!

 

Fremont

Photo by DB

 

Grand Funk had a cross country excursion this week for a repeat performance at the world renowned Golden Nugget Casino in the heart of Las Vegas on the incredible Fremont Street. The Golden Nugget is one of the oldest casinos in Vegas, built in 1946. The lobby features the largest gold nugget in the world known as the "Hand of Faith" that weighs in at 875 Troy ounces. Another extraordinary feature of this casino is that it is built around two huge functioning aquariums, one containing live sharks.

 

Golden Nugget

Photo by DB

 

Shark Tank

 

hand of Faith

 

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The entertainment showroom has a history all it's own with Frank Sinatra having played here many times, and the Green Room for the artists was decorated for Sinatra. It is preserved in its original state today.

Grand Funk's performance here was the Golden Nugget's third sold out show in five years. People from all over the USA and even the world filled the standing-room only showroom to watch another amazing show by The American Band.

 

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Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Don Vegas

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Max Vegas

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Tim Vegas

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Stanley Vegas

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Don Vegas 1

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

What a trip. Atlantic City 2/24, Aruba and Curacao 2/28 & 3/1, and Las Vegas 3/9. All Sold Out Shows.

It's been a great two weeks for Grand Funk Railroad. Keep 'em comin'!

 

 

02-28-18 Aruba and 03-01-18 Curacao

 

Flower Power Cruise 2018 SOLD OUT

PEACE LOVE AND MUSIC

The American Band carried the American Flag to Aruba and Curacao to climb aboard the Celebrity Summit Cruise Ship and the 2018 Flower Power Cruise. This year's line-up included, of course, Grand Funk Railroad...along with Herman's Hermits, The Hollies, Grass Roots, Guess Who, The Association, The Family Stone, Felix Cavaliere's Rascals, Iron Butterfly, The Buckingham's, Mitch Ryder, Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees), and Mark Lindsey (Paul Revere and the Raiders). The cruise Master of Ceremonies was none other than Peter Asher from "Peter and Gordon". For those who may not know, Peter Asher was the producer of many multi-million selling albums by Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor and also was once the President of Sony Music.

Sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 24, the music, the memories and the spirit of the "Love Generation" came together for the seven day cruise.

 

Aruba 1

Photo by DB

 

Aruba 2

Photo by DB

 

Grand Funk joined the cruise midway flying to Aruba to board the ship, and played their first show in the standing-room only on-ship Celebrity Theater. GFR took the stage and owned it, playing all of Grand Funk's greatest hits with power unmatched by any of the other '60s acts on board. Grand Funk Railroad quickly became the most talked about band of the entire cruise.

 

Aruba 3

Photo by DB

 

Aruba 4

Photo by Glenn Preston

 

Playing a second show the next night to yet again a packed house in the Celebrity Theater, Grand Funk had the ship Rockin' At Sea! From that point on for the rest of the cruise the guys were constantly stopped for autographs and photos.

This was Grand Funk's second cruise experience, having played "The Legends of Rock" Cruise in 2015 with Greg Allman and Peter Frampton. It was a tremendous success and Time Life, the company that promotes the Flower Power Cruise, has already asked GFR to perform on their 2019 "Rockin' Romance" Cruise.

 

Curacao 1

Photo by Don Baker

 

Curacao 2

Photo by Don Baker

 

Curacao 3

Photo by Don Baker

 

Curacao 4

Photo by Don Baker

 

This was a "Some Kinda Wonderful" experience and Grand Funk would love to see you all at a show or cruise to somewhere!

Got some great pics to share! More cruise photos coming soon!

 

Cruise 1

 

 

02-24-18 Atlantic City, NJ

 

Another return engagement, another SOLD OUT SHOW!

 

Tropicana

 

The American Band rolled into The Tropicana in Atlantic City for the third time in the past three years and once again packed the house! 2018 is looking to be another record year for Grand Funk and the audience is growing.

With bass icon Stanley Sheldon filling in temporarily for Mel Schacher, the band is really starting to hit a new level of comfort and the show keeps getting hotter. The Tropicana is a great venue with a huge stage, state of the art lights and sound, acoustics perfect for a rock show, and seating that gives everyone the "best seat in the house".

 

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Photo by DB

 

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Photo by DB

 

Grand Funk cranked it up and took over Saturday night. The crowd of East Coast folks were on their feet from "Locomotion" to "American Band".

 

Don at Tropicana

Photo by Glenn Preston

 

GFR at Tropicana

Photo by Glenn Preston

 

Hope to do this again next year. Atlantic City ROCKS!

 

 

02-17-18 Mt. Pocono, PA

 

SOLD OUT!

 

Mt. Airy Casino Resort

 

Grand Funk took a trip to the Poconos this week for their third visit to the beautiful Mt. Airy Casino Resort. This incredible resort in the Pocono Mountains overlooks the Delaware River. The wooded hills and valleys have long been a popular recreation area within a two-hour drive to millions of metro area folks from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

 

Poconos

 

GFR played a great show to the Sold Out crowd in this very intimate showroom. Rockin' hard from the start, the East Coast crowd was on their feet and lovin' a high energy show. Having played this venue both inside and outside, Grand Funk has become a "talked about" concert experience at Mt. Airy. The audience continues to grow, and people bring friends and families to share the GFR experience. With multiple generations singing along to "We're An American Band", "Some Kinda Wonderful", "The Locomotion" and "Closer To Home", Grand Funk Railroad ROCKS ON!

 

Pocono 1

Photo by Don Baker

 

Pocono 2

Photo by Don Baker

 

 

02-01-18 Waterloo, NY

 

SOLD OUT!

WOW!  Another Sold Out show for Grand Funk Railroad in 2018.

Traveling to Syracuse, NY, for a great show at the Del Lago Casino Resort in Waterloo, GFR got in and out between two cold and snowy days with temperatures in the low teens. Luckily day of show was pleasant with a winter heat wave of 45.

 

Waterloo airport

Photo by DB

 

The Del Lago is only one year old and today was it's first birthday. Celebrating with a Rock & Roll show with Grand Funk Railroad, the incredible "Vine Theater" at the Del Lago was full to capacity. Grand Funk got the crowd of upstate New Yorkers on their feet and dancing as soon as they hit "Locomotion". From there it was an amazing evening of Grand Funk classic rock.

 

Vine Theater

Photo by Don Baker

 

GFR at Waterloo

Photo by Glenn Preston

 

Max at Waterloo

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Tim at Waterloo

Photo by Don Baker

 

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Photo by Don Baker

 

Don at Waterloo

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Another treat came as John Ellison, the writer of the most recorded song in history "Some Kinda' Wonderful", made an appearance at the front of the stage as Grand Funk finished playing his classic soul song. John, who splits his time between nearby Hamilton, Ontario, and Tampa, Florida, was in the area and heard Grand Funk was appearing at the Del Lago could not resist the opportunity to come to the show and meet the band that recorded the most well known version of "Some Kinda' Wonderful". Introducing John, the sold out crowd gave him a standing ovation.

 

GFR and John Ellison

 

Post show, GFR and John had a chance to share stories of old and John told the guys how he wrote the song about a girl he was dating when he was playing with The Soul Brothers Six in the mid 60s.

What a terrific night in upstate New York. Some Kinda' Wonderful!

 

 

01-24-18 West Palm Beach, FL and 01-27-18 Effingham, IL

 

West Palm Beach, FL 1/24/18

 

SOLD OUT!

GFR got out of the cold and into nice warm West Palm Beach this week for their third appearance at the South Florida Fair. This is always a great play for the guys since the band was a huge success in South Florida in the early 70's and Don has been a local here for 38 years.

 

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Photo by Don Baker

 

Playing to a SOLD OUT pavilion at the Coca Cola stage, the boys once again rocked and the audience rolled along with them. It was great to light up the multi-generational crowd with Locomotion, Some Kinda Wonderful, Closer To Home and We're An American Band.

Great pics to share from sunny West Palm Beach!

 

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Photo by Sunny Quinn Brewer

 

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Photo by Don Baker

 

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Photo by Sunny Quinn Brewer

 

Effingham, IL 1/27/18

 

Grand Funk flew back up north to St. Louis, Missouri, on Thursday...had a nice day off on Friday, and headed out to Illinois for a show at the Effingham Performing Arts Center. This is a great community theater that has become a regular tour stop for all the current touring Country and Classic Rock acts.

 

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Photo by Don Baker

 

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Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Playing to a packed house on Saturday night, GFR laid down the groove and the crowd loved it.

 

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Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

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Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

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Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

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Photo by Don Baker

 

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Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

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Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

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Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

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Photo by Don Baker

 

Stanley Sheldon, filling in for Mel, is doing an incredible job holding the band together with near perfect Grand Funk bass chops.

 

Stanley Sheldon

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Great to be back in the Heartland. Lovin' the USA!

 

 

01-19-18 Dover, DE and 01-20-18 Northfield, OH

 

GRAND FUNK 2018!   SOLD OUT!

 

Dover, Delaware 1/19/18

 

Who woulda thunk it!

Grand Funk kicked off another year with two back to back SOLD OUT shows. Starting out at the beautiful Dover Downs Casino Resort playing to a capacity Rollins Center crowd, GFR hit them with Rock & Roll Soul and Footstompin' Music and had them dancing in the aisles with Locomotion.

 

Dover

Photo by Don Baker

 

Brother Mel Schacher was unable to make these shows due to a sudden family emergency. Sitting in for Mel on bass guitar was classic rock bass icon Stanley Sheldon from Peter Frampton's band. Stan did a great job covering Mel's unique bass style and added some of his own signature bass groove. Thank You Stan!

The Delaware crowd rocked with the band the entire show.

What a way to kick off year 49 for The American Band!

 

 

SOLD OUT!

Northfield, Ohio 1/20/18

 

Catching a non-stop out of Philly to Grand Funk's old stompin' ground Cleveland, Ohio, the guys had just enough time for a soundcheck and a snack before getting ready for another SOLD OUT performance at the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield, Ohio, located about 18 miles south of Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

 

Mike Belkin

 

As it happens, "Rock Royalty Promoter" Mike Belkin was doing a book signing at the casino for a new book about Mike's life in the Rock & Roll Biz. Don and Mike had a chance to reminisce about old times and Rock history. Mike and his brother Jules promoted many Grand Funk shows in the early 70's.

 

Northfield

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

The over-capacity crowd of Ohians were primed and ready when GFR took the stage at the state of the art Rocksino concert venue. The band proceeded to rock like it was 1969. The audience was on board the entire show, on their feet and yelling through Don's drum solo, and cheering standing for "We're An American Band"!

 

GRAND FUNK at Northfield

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Bruce at Northfield

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Tim at Northfield

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

The American Band has still got it in 2018.

God Bless America!

 

Previous GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, the American Band, tour reports and photos.

 

OOTR2017

 

OOTR2016