Great Lakes Wine Fest

Wine Fest entertainment!


Alto Reed, legendary saxman and one of the founding members of Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band, will make a special appearance at the Great Lakes Wine Festival at Michigan International Speedway next week.

A native of Detroit, Reed made his name as the longtime saxophonist in Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band, joining the outfit in 1972 and lending his signature soloing to Seger classics “Turn the Page,” “Horizontal Bop” and “Main Street.”

Reed will play on the entertainment stage Saturday, June 26 during the inaugural Great Lakes Wine Fest. Other acts will be announced as they are signed.

“The Great Lakes Wine Fest will be a great experience where people who like to have a good time can come out and have a fun, relaxed time tasting wines, beers and food from our great state,” speedway President Roger Curtis said. “We’re excited for this event because it’s a little bit of a change from the events we’ve traditionally hosted.”

During the late '90s, Reed started a solo career to complement his work with the Silver Bullet Band, electing to explore contemporary crossover jazz instead of hard-driving rock & roll. Reed's solo debut, Cool Breeze, was released in late 1997, adding touches of pop, rock, and R&B to melodic jazz. In 1999, Reed was selected to score the film version of Jeff Daniels' “Escanaba in Da Moonlight.”

Futuristic cars and participants of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, as well as classic cars from the Gilmore Car Museum will be on display throughout the weekend.

The Great Lakes Wine Fest’s unique focus will be on Michigan-based wineries and breweries. With 14,000 acres of vineyards and 71 active wineries across the state of Michigan, the Great Lakes Wine Fest is perfectly and conveniently situated at MIS. Guests may sample wines, beer and food from Michigan vendors, and buy favorite wines by the bottle or case. The festival’s on-site retail store will have select wines available for purchase at the event.

In addition to wine and beer sampling, seminars covering wine, food and other topics of interest will be held throughout the venue.
With only 9 days until the inaugural Great Lakes Wine Fest at Michigan International Speedway, time is running out on advance ticket pricing. Advance one-day tickets are $25; two-day tickets are $45. Each ticket includes $10 worth of tasting tokens per day. Guests who buy before the event save $10.

Designated driver tickets are $15. This event is for guests 21 and older.

Weekend camping is also available for $40 in the track’s Graves Farm Campground, or $100 in the Turn 2 Retreat.  Turn 2 camping includes water and electric hookups.

Need an RV? A hassle-free camping option is available for the wine and brew fest at

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

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is a Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where race fans and sports fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the fun of NASCAR and the thrill of a great time for guests and drivers alike.

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