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Wild At Heart

As promised, here are picture featuring the country acts that played at the Rochester Lilac Festival. Now we are getting to the end of the pics, I finally have some bands that are coming through the area starting with Driftwood. I just caught the tail end of their performance of folk inspired Americana. There last record, “A Rock N Roll Heart” was mastered by Grammy winner Scott Hull (for the Steely Dan album “Two Against Nature” and the John Mayer album “Room for Squares”). Over the next few months they will be performing at a number of grassroots festivals from NY to NC and they are going to be at The Wolverine Brewing Company on June 29th in Ann Arbor.


Having seen a number of American Idol contestants over the years (including most recently Daughtry), it was only a matter of time before I saw someone from its competitor “The Voice”. So my first person is of course a country singer who goes by the name of Gwen Sebastian. While losing during the battle rounds, she must have impressed judge Blake Shelton who asked her to tour with him. She has a decent enough voice and a nice personality that fits in nicely with the basic country crowd.

Gwen Sebastian                                 Gwen Sebastian sings

Gwen Sebastian grooves                     Gwen Sebastian and friend

Gwen Sebastian of The Voice                Gwen Sebastian the look             Gwen Sebastian country

At the show, we had a few celebrities in the back stage area including Buffalo Bills player David Nelson and his beautiful girlfriend, Dallas Cowboy cheerleader, Kelsi Reich. Yep that’s the player who gave a football to his girlfriend during a game late last year when they played each other.

Buffalo Bill's David Nelson                      Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Kelsi Reich

The headliners were Steel Magnolia, the couple who won the talent show “Can You Duet” (how many of these shows are there now) in season 2. I wasn’t as enamored with them as I thought I would be but they have a nice stage presence together which makes them somewhat enjoyable to watch and they have a great drummer (from Rochester, NY). The closest they are getting to Detroit this year would be the Burlington Country & Blues BBQ on July 14th.

Steel Magnolia                           Steel Magnolia - Joshua

Steel Magnolia - Meghan and guitarist                          Steel Magnolia - fun

Steel Magnolia - Meghan            Steel Magnolia - hand in the air           Steel Magnolia - it's you

Steel Magnolia - synchronized                Steel Magnolia - nice smile              Steel Magnolia - country

Steel Magnolia - group                                  Steel Magnolia - close

Lastly, there is the country trio, The Farm. I didn’t take many pictures this day as the front was mobbed since Krista is from Batavia which is pretty much right down the road (think Ann Arbor to Detroit). This band had a lively show though maybe a few too many covers for my taste (ranging from Johnny Cash to Queen). They do put on a rockin’ show which would feel right at home in a Honky Tonk. These guys are actually coming to Detroit this summer on June 9th for the Country Hoedown so get your dancing shows and cowboy hats out for them when they come through.

The Farm                                   The Farm @ Lilac Festival

So those are my pictures from the Lilac Festival this year. Some really good bands and I wish more were coming through the Detroit area this year, esp Cowboy Mouth who really rocked. I got some stuff I’m working on for the summer so catch you later and enjoy the pics.