Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Find your Captain in Flint 8/15/09

Good Morning Flint!
Lets have a little revival!
5/27/09 , updated 5/29/09
Terry Bankert

5/29/09 update. With pics of rocker Mark Farner's press tour in Flint 5/27/09 with an embeded blogger.
5/29/09 update
The Wednesday 5/27/09 all day press tour with the very classy, classic, rocker Mark Farner and his glamourous earth mother wife Lesia goes into my memory bank as a great unique once in a life time expierence. An artical and Pic's to follow. Keep 8/15/09 Atwood Stadium Mark Farner concert in your calendar. I am all the way in on this, it will happen and be great, don't be late we will be rocking all day 8/15/09 ending with the King of Rock and Roll Mark Farner, in Flint...whodathunk.....trb

So here’s the deal. I thought I was taking the summer off, suspended my radio show and signed off the blogging for the summer. My wife , Lynn and I were going to kick back and enjoy June and July in Michigan.

But, Mark Farner will play at Atwood stadium August 15 2009!

So how does that affect me? Husband's will understand. My wife ,Lynn, CFO of Terry R.Bankert P.C., Mike Abraham of Mikes Triple Grill , and Karen Smith of Flint Revival Magazine are producing the concert under Flint Revival Inc. Lynn Sorenson President.

You got it! I’m in , No questions asked ,lock stock and barrel ,when do I sign the checks!

Please note ,The Busineses involved are all downtown based so its fitting they are involved in Flint's Revival. I post my photos to flickr [ google flickr then type in terrybankert]. Recently I have posted pic of the Grand Funk overpass. If you are from Flint you know where that is. [Fenton Rd. near Southwestern]. Right now,5:20 am, I am uploading pictures of Atwood Stadium.

The before the Mark Farner 8/15/09 concert pictures. I was there yesterday.

"Atwood Stadium before the Flint MI Mark Farner Concert 8/15/09."
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Judge Beagle and the Atwood Stadium Authority have done a great job bringing the stadium back to life.

Revival… that sums up what is happening in Flint. Its fitting that Mark Farner is involved and with him the image of Grand Funk. We have produced some great talent from Flint, from all walks of life. IT MAKES ME PROUD TO SAY I AM FROM FLINT.

So, who the heck is Mark Farner some of you may say? The boomers will say," He Is My Captain." Start here ;

Mark Fredrick Farner (born September 29, 1948 in Flint, Michigan) is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter, best known as the lead singer and lead guitarist for Grand Funk Railroad, and later as a Contemporary Christian Musician. Farner began his career in music playing in bands like Terry Knight and The Pack (1965-1966), The Bossmen (1966), The Pack (aka The Fabulous Pack) (1967-1968), before forming Grand Funk Railroad (later called Grand Funk) with Don Brewer and Mel Schacher in 1969.

Farner was the guitarist and lead singer for Grand Funk Railroad as well as the songwriter for most of their material.

Perhaps his best known composition is the 1970 epic "I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)". Grand Funk's "We're An American Band" reached #1 on the Hot 100 on Mark's 25th birthday. After Grand Funk disbanded in 1977, Farner released his first self titled solo album. In 1978, Farner released his second solo album, No Frills.

In 1981, Grand Funk reunited and recorded two albums, Grand Funk Lives and What's Funk?. Farner went solo again with 1988's Just Another Injustice on Frontline Records. His third Frontline release was 1991's Some Kind of Wonderful, which featured a revamped version of the Grand Funk classic of the same name.

Farner enjoyed success with the John Beland composition "Isn't it Amazing", which earned him a Dove Award nomination and reached #2 on the Christian Contemporary charts. In the 1990s, Farner formed Lismark Communications with former Freedom Reader editor Steve Lisuk.

Soon after, Farner began reissuing his solo albums on his own record label, LisMark Records. Farner toured with Ringo Starr's Allstars from 1994 to 1995, which also featured Randy Bachman, John Entwistle, Felix Cavaliere, Billy Preston, and Starr's son, Zak Starkey. In the late 1990s, Farner reunited with Grand Funk, but left after three years to resume his solo career. He currently tours with his band, N'rG, which plays a mixture of Grand Funk songs and Farner's solo offerings.

Farner was honoured with the Lakota Sioux Elders Honor Mark in 1999. During the concert in Hankinson, North Dakota, a special presentation was held honoring Mark's Native ancestry and his contributions. Members of the Lakota Nation presented him with a hand-made ceremonial quilt. He has also been honoured with the Cherokee Medal of Honor by the Cherokee Honor Society. An authorized biography of Farner, entitled From Grand Funk to Grace, was published by Collectors Guide Publishing in Canada.

Also look to Farners official web site.

Today I am a groupie just like in the 70's. And from 10:30 on will be with Lynn ,Karen, Mike and Mark and his wife Leesia. We are doing a PR splash for the Mark Farner Concert 8/15/09 at Atwood Stadium. $15 advance sales and $20 at the gate.

It will be a day long event with vendors, refreshments, 10 bands preceding Farner and at 7 pm a few words and song from our Captain. We expect a sell out.

Ticket locations to be announced. Look here!
Posted here by Terry Bankert I was born , live and have my business in Flint MI USA!

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