The Phoenix Theory

The Phoenix Theory headlines at the 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 have the opportunity to sample their favorite wines and beers while listening to 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 newest 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 Michigan Wine and Beer Fest continues to grow each year,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “It is exciting to welcome four Michigan-based organizations to our entertainment stage. It is another way we can continue to expand the event.”

The Jackson Sympathy Orchestra will take the stage first with a performance beginning at 1:30 p.m. Clyde McKaney will be playing the electric fiddle, a part of the Pops concert. The orchestra has a rich and vibrant history serving the Jackson area since 1949.

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival will perform a highlight from “Romeo and Juliet” at 2:30 p.m.  The most popular story written in the past millennium, Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” has inspired numerous musical and literary works including dozens of operas, ballets, tone poem from around the world.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m., Center Stage Jackson will sing musical selections from its “Hairspray” musical. In Hairspray, it’s 1962, the ’50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion – to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show” and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity.

The Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson is a celebration of Michigan wine, beer and food – all at Michigan International Speedway, NASCAR’s fastest racetrack.

The list of participating wineries and wine vendors will continue growing.

So far, 30 of the state’s finest wineries have signed on to showcase and sell more than 100 varieties of wine including, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and others. The list of wineries, most of them award winning, can be found online at the new

Michigan breweries and food vendors will also be featured, making the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson a Pure Michigan event.

Curtis notes the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson kicks off summer at MIS and is conveniently situated in the southeast corner of the state, a growing area for wine enthusiasts.

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 and beer 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. Live entertainment throughout the day will also be featured.

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