Popular jam band takes the Main Stage on Saturday, Aug. 3
DEARBORN – Blues Traveler, the band known for its Top 40 hits with the catchy, harmonica-driven pop songs “Run-Around” and “Hook,” will take the spotlight at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 3 on the Main Stage at the 34th annual Dearborn Homecoming festival.
The free annual event takes place Aug. 2 to 4 at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill.
The city of Dearborn is again joining with the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund in organizing the festival, which is a major fundraiser for more than two dozen Dearborn-based nonprofit groups. The presenting sponsor is once again Oakwood Healthcare Inc.
Homecoming is known for its free, live entertainment on three stages, with a blockbuster headline act on Saturday.
In 2012, the five-man Blues Traveler, fronted by original singer/harmonica player/guitarist John Popper, released its 11th studio album, “Suzie Cracks the Whip.”
The band gained mainstream exposure after an early 1990s appearance on David Letterman’s late-night talk show and has since made more appearances there than any musical artist. Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer has played on several Blues Traveler recordings.
The group founded the H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere) Festival in 1992 with other jam bands (groups whose live and recorded performances have roots in a fan culture that originated in the 1960s with The Grateful Dead and whose performances include extended musical improvisation), appeared at Woodstock ’94 and later became an opening act for the Rolling Stones.
Formed in 1987 in Princeton, N.J. , the band continues to play an average of 250 shows a year.
Taking the Main Stage at 8 p.m. Aug. 2 is metropolitan Detroit’s own Annabelle Road, a Homecoming favorite.
Led by singer Amanda Bailey, the quartet has toured with Clint Black, played Detroit ‘s Downtown Hoedown with Zac Brown and Willie Nelson, and opened shows for Gretchen Wilson, Dierks Bentley and John Rich.
Performing at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4 on the Main Stage is Papa Doo Run Run, which calls itself America’s Music – California’s Band. The group focuses on Beach Boys songs and recently played at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.
Formed in 1965, the band has toured with surf music icons Jan & Dean and the Beach Boys and performed for 15 years as the celebrity house band at Disneyland.