Bluegrass Festival returns to Auburn Hills Sept. 7th



Four Award-Winning Bands Take the Stage for a Toe-Tappin’ Celebration in One of Southeast Michigan’s Largest Bluegrass Festivals

Media contacts: Mike Espejo, City of Auburn Hills; 248.364.6726;; Stephanie Carroll, City of Auburn Hills; 248.364.6813;

Auburn Hills, MI—July 15, 2013—The City of Auburn Hills, a dynamic community committed to innovation and growth, is promising another pickin’ good jamboree at its 17th annual Parade of Stars Bluegrass Festival. This all-day celebration of acoustic melodies takes place on Saturday, September 7th, from 12:00 noon – 7:00 pm, on the lawn of the Community Center in Civic Center Park, 1827 N. Squirrel Road. There is a $5 entry fee per adult; students and children are free. This year, four acclaimed bluegrass bands will headline the concert: The Larry Stephenson Band, Nothin’ Fancy, Detour from Michigan and returning host band, The Special Consensus.

This is live bluegrass at its finest, according to Brian Marzolf, Auburn Hills Recreation Director, who gets calls from citizens requesting information about the festival months in advance.

“We expect more than 2,000 attendees at this year’s event,” Marzolf explains, “which brings in top bluegrass names from throughout the country and has become quite an Auburn Hills musical tradition.”

“People come from all over Michigan and the Tri-State area, and we have a big group of friends from across the border in Canada that come over every year to the festival.”  David Blakney of radio station CJAM in Windsor, Ontario, is the returning emcee of the event for the 17th year.

The following is the performance line-up (schedule subject to change):


12:00 pm              Oh Canada, The National Anthem

12:10 pm              Detour

1:05 pm                The Larry Stephenson Band

2:00 pm                Nothin’ Fancy

2:55 pm                The Special Consensus

3:45 pm                Detour

4:35 pm                The Larry Stephenson Band

5:25 pm                Nothin’ Fancy

6:15 pm                The Special Consensus


Band merchandise will be sold at the event, and audience members will have the opportunity to “meet and greet” the bands before and after they perform.

The event takes place rain or shine. Lawn chairs are recommended, and coolers are allowed. No alcohol, however, is permitted. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Longhorn Steakhouse. Throughout the day, shuttle buses will be transporting guests to and from the parking lot of GKN Driveline, 3300 University Drive, where free parking is available adjacent to the festival site.

For more information about the event, visit or contact Auburn Hills Parks and Recreation Department at 248.370.9353.

About Auburn Hills

Auburn Hills is home to more than 21,000 residents and also serves as Michigan’s global business address, with 40 international corporations from 32 countries housed here, including Chrysler Group LLC and Borg Warner headquarters. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at