Auburn Hills Summerfest Spotlight: Your Generation in Concert

This year, we are celebrating our 13th annual “Auburn Hills Summerfest.” Located in the heart of the city’s lively downtown at Auburn and Squirrel Roads, Summerfest features unique activities, exceptional attractions, and memorable music for everyone to enjoy. The festival will run from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 22 and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.

We had the opportunity to sit down with some of the band members from Your Generation in Concert who will be performing at Summerfest on Saturday night to learn more about their life on road and how they create such memorable performances for all ages.

AH: Tell us a little bit about the history of Your Generation.
YG: We originally started by our manager, Steve Trudell. From his experience in the music industry, he wanted to produce something different and have a group to be more than a bar band. Something that would bring a show together. He also wanted to highlight all of our musical talents and have something people would enjoy. Trudell has a really good sense of finding members that all ‘jive’ together really well and that is how we came to be.

AH: How long have you been performing at Summerfest?
YG: We have been performing as Your Generation in Concert at Summerfest for about 3 years.

AH: How many shows does Your Generation in Concert do a year? Where do you usually perform?
YG: We do about 150 shows a year. About 90% of our shows are in the Metro Detroit area and in Michigan. We have traveled around to other states like, Florida, California, Colorado, New York, Ohio, and Illinois.

AH: What draws the group to perform?
YG: There is such a vast amount of talent that has been pulled together over the years and we always have a good time together. It’s a real thrill to be up on stage. Also, with all of our concerts and traveling together we have become family and that’s probably the best part. We all want to bring each night and don’t quit until the end.

AH: Tell us a little bit about the process in creating your performances. How do you decide what music is put in the show?
YG: We normally get together at the beginning of the year and spend time reviewing the music, looking at what new songs to add and what to take out. From there, we work out how the show is going fall into place. Our process is similar to how a play is developed. We hash out the order and transitions of songs, do vocal rehearsals, test out lighting and sound, and make tweaks here and there. Once we have the show worked out that is what we play for the season.

AH: What kind of music do you play?
YG: Everything. We typically start in the 60s and move all the way up to now.

AH: Are there any popular genres with the audiences you’ve performed for lately?
YG: Right now, the 90’s seem to be a hit. Then there are always the classics like, Aerosmith and Journey.

AH: Anything new on the horizons for Your Generation in Concert?
YG: We are actually in the process of producing our own record. It’s great because everyone has been involved in some part of the music and we’ll be excited when it’s done.

Your Generation will be performing on Saturday, June 23, from 8 – 10 p.m. at Summerfest. For more information our community events, check out our website: www.auburnhills.org, or give us a call at: 248.370.9353

“Auburn Hills Summerfest” premier sponsors include: Power Home Remodeling, Genisys Credit Union, Go Ape!, Auburn Hills Optimist Club, the Auburn Hills Downtown Development Authority, and Night Nature Alliance.

Torri Mathes, Media Communications Specialist

Auburn Hills Summerfest Spotlight: Your Generation in Concert

Earth Week Celebration

We had quite the week outdoors here at the City of Auburn Hills. In honor of Earth day and week, Hawk Woods Nature Center offered a slew of events to celebrate nature and just being outside.

IMG_2611Mike Mansour, the City of Auburn Hills Parks & Recreation Naturalist, worked with Will Rogers Elementary School students, Ronald Brown Academy middle school students, and the Boy Scouts to plant over 300 flower bulbs along with tree plantings at the Nature Center.

In addition to the plantings, students had the opportunity to learn about native Michigan animals and other types of wildlife such as, snakes, lizards, and tarantulas. Students also ventured through Hawk Woods many trails to learn about Michigan’s forest scenery and to enjoy the fresh air. For lunch, kids were able to hang out at the Lodge around a campfire.

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Our  Parks & Recreation team also commemorated Earth Week by producing our 19th Annual Arbor Day Celebration and worked with Will Rogers Elementary 5th grade students in planting a Red Point Maple tree right in front of the school.

The City of Auburn Hills is a proud member of the Tree City USA community since 1999.

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Brian Marzolf, Parks & Recreation Director
Torri Mathes, Media Communication Specialist

Earth Week Celebration

Inspiring Creativity

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What a treat!

The DIA Away “Museum in Motion” interactive art experience recently made an appearance at our downtown Summerfest event – the experience was available to all Summerfest event guests this past Friday and Saturday. Designed to inspire creative thinking and problem solving, the exhibit was a BIG HIT! Continue reading “Inspiring Creativity”

Inspiring Creativity

Summerfest in the Making

This is a big weekend in Auburn Hills as we celebrate our largest event of the year, SUMMERFEST.  Music, BBQ, car show, games, food, and the list goes on.  All of this happens to start this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. and runs all day tomorrow.  For a list of events and the times they occur, visit the City’s website at http://www.auburnhills.org. These photos from earlier today show the set-up of the event that is well underway.   Come visit tonight around 6:00 p.m. and have our elected officials scoop some ice cream for you.  All event happenings are located in Downtown Auburn Hills, at the intersection of North Squirrel Road and Auburn Road.  See you there!


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

Summerfest in the Making

The Halloween Trail

This is my favorite time of year! If I had it my way, decorations would get put up at the beginning of September but majority vote wins…….bummer for me. Not to fret and not to frown – the great thing for me is I get to decorate my house, and I have the opportunity to create the 23rd Annual Halloween Trail at the Civic Center Park with my side kicks Johnnie Mattiello and Greg Landry from DPW. Half the fun is the time we spend together coming up with different ideas on how to make the trail better than the last one. Don’t get me wrong – the three of us get the ball rolling, but it takes everyone here at the City working together to pull off this event that draws between 500-800 people every year.halloween

Pulling off this event is no easy task as it takes the following items: advertising/marketing, station decorations, donations, candy preparation, recruiting 40+ volunteers (give us a call if you are interested), 3 days of trail set-up and clean-up, and months of preparation. With all of us working together, we create 12 different stations for children, ages 12 and under, to “Trick or Treat” down the Halloween Trail in Civic Center Park. The last station children visit is the “Talking Pumpkin”, and then they enjoy a special Halloween Magic Show inside the Community Center. This event is FREE to all children in costume. Now to figure out my costume for this year!  For more information, call Parks & Recreation at the Auburn Hills Community Center at 248-370-9353.halloween2

Mikey Gorak, Recreation Coordinator

The Halloween Trail

The Annual Bluegrass Festival

Friends,

It’s that time of year for the best-kept entertainment secret in Oakland County to happen again!  Please plan on joining us for the 18th annual Auburn Hills Parade of Stars Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from noon-7pm.  It will be held at scenic Civic Center Park, 1827 N. Squirrel Rd., Auburn Hills, MI.  Admission is only $5 for adults, students and kids are free – and bringing a lawn chair is a good idea.

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Our four national bands this year feature some old friends and some new ones.  This year’s festival will feature a “Salute to Women of Bluegrass” and we’ve got some of the best! So, once again, the Claire Lynch Band will be with us, as will Sister Sadie, an all female band of all-stars, headlined by Dale Ann Bradley.  Flatt Lonesome, a new band of young people making a splash nationally, is made up of 2 women and 4 men.  Our host band, Special Consensus, has all guys in it, but even they have a few surprises in store for us.

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Mr. David Blakney, of CJAM Windsor, will once again be our knowledgeable and personable emcee, along with Allen Audio providing stellar sound.  There will be free giveaways, great food by Alfoccino’s of Auburn Hills, band cd’s, t-shirts and more, and a fun time will be had by all!!

My awesome staff at the Parks & Rec Dep’t has been working hard to be ready for YOU!  For more information, call us at the Community Center office at 248-370-9353, or go to our website at www.auburnhills.org. See you September 6th!

Brian Marzolf, Recreation Director

The Annual Bluegrass Festival