Phoenix Theory

The Phoenix Theory Band featured at Michigan Wine and Beer Fest


The Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson on Saturday will feature live entertainment all day long. Guests can sample their favorite wines and beers while listening to awesome live music.

The Phoenix Theory is the headliner, beginning at 5 p.m. The band brings a wealth of talent and experience from their previous musical endeavors to form one of Detroit's premier cover bands, featuring members from Fifty Amp Fuse, Scoot Magoo, and Mitch Ryder. The Phoenix Theory takes listeners to new heights of musical entertainment by performing tightly rehearsed renditions of your classic rock and dance favorites from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today.

“The Phoenix Theory Band entertained the crowd at the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest a year ago,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “It was fun to see people dancing in front of the stage while enjoying the great Michigan wines and beers. This is another way we continue to look for ways to expand our events and work with Pure Michigan companies.”

Nashville-based music talent and Jackson’s own Rob Vischer also joins the lineup from 1 to 4 p.m.

When you are not sampling all the great wines and brews or listening to the entertainment you can visit the Michigan Room where you can learn to paint. And the best part is you do not need to be an experienced painter.

New in 2014 is a session with Party with the ArtZ. An instructor will lead a 45-minue class through various painting exercises. At the end you will take home a finished painting. Advance $15 purchases can be made by calling 800-354-1010. You must have an admission ticket to the wine fest to attend.

Be sure to visit the MIS Cares booth while you are at the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest to enter a raffle to win any of 10 great prizes. You could win tickets to the Nationwide or NASCAR Camping Truck Series race at MIS or you could take home a package that includes a one-night stay at Boyne Highlands Resorts. In addition, MIS Cares will have wine and beer themed games.

Click here for the complete schedule of events for the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson.

Advance purchase for pairings and flights is recommended. Call 800-354-1010.

Michigan International Speedway, a 1,400-acre historic NASCAR racetrack in Southeastern Michigan’s Lenawee and Jackson Counties, will host its fifth annual Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson on Saturday, May 10.

This event will once again feature the tastes and toasts of Michigan wineries, Michigan breweries and Michigan eateries in a unique setting — the state’s only NASCAR Sprint Cup racetrack and the fastest track on the circuit.

Over 40 award-winning wineries from across the state of Michigan will be on hand showcasing more than 100 varieties of wine including, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and others. The 2014 event will feature more than 10 new wineries.  

More than 30 breweries from across the state of Michigan will be on hand to highlight more than 100 varieties of ales, porters, lagers, stouts and wheat beers. Many of the participating breweries are distributed by Ann Arbor-based Rave Associates, a new corporate partner at Michigan International Speedway. The 2014 event will feature more than 10 new breweries.

In addition to wine and beer sampling and flights, the festival will include an on-site retail store with select wines available for purchase. Only a handful of festivals allow guests to walk away with having purchased the wines and beers they tasted and liked, and MIS is one of them!

Advance tickets for the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson are $30. Each ticket includes $10 worth of tasting tokens per day. This event is for guests 21 and older.

Stay on site! Weekend camping is also available for $35 (nonelectric sites) and $50 (electric sites) in the track’s Graves Farm Campground. Need an RV? A hassle-free camping option is available for the wine and brew fest at

Or stay nearby! Contact the Jackson County Visitors Bureau at for a listing of convenient hotels, all with free shuttle service to and from the wine fest.

Tickets and details are available at or by calling 800-354-1010. Also, please visit our Twitter feed @MIWineBeerFest for information about the wine festival.

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