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1/22/15

Meridian Winter Blast presented by Quicken Loans at Campus Martius in downtown Detroit, Friday, February 6 - Sunday, February 8 2015

 

 

 

               

2015 MERIDIAN WINTER BLAST PRESENTED BY QUICKEN LOANS BRINGS

"THRILLS" AND A WARM UP OF "CHILLS" TO DOWNTOWN DETROIT, FEBRUARY 6-8

 

Fun and excitement take center stage as the Snow Slide returns thanks to generous title sponsor,

Meridian Health Plan; plus zip lining on Woodward and special Tim Hortons' "Warm Up"

with free coffee and hot chocolate!

 

DETROIT, Jan. 22, 2015 – Detroit's premier winter festival, Meridian Winter Blast presented by Quicken Loans returns to Campus Martius Park, Friday, February 6 - Sunday, February 8. The wildly popular Snow Slide returns courtesy of Meridian Health Plan and the Bedrock Zip Line Adventure makes its debut on Woodward Avenue, putting the thrill into the downtown winter chill at the 11th annual festival!

 

Towering more than 30 feet high, the Meridian Snow Slide will continue its tradition as a festival favorite thanks to the sponsorship of Meridian Health Plan. With three lanes delivering an exhilarating 200 foot ride in seven seconds, the Meridian Snow Slide will again be a main attraction not to be missed!

"The Snow Slide has always been such a big part of Winter Blast and we're pleased to be able to make the return of this family favorite a reality," said Jon Cotton, President and Chief Operating Officer of Meridian Health Plan.

 

Meridian Winter Blast will also launch the Bedrock Zip Line Adventure in 2015, providing daredevil festivalgoers the coolest 20 seconds of their lives with the first zip line EVER in downtown Detroit. Thrill-seekers will be lining up to experience the ultimate rush of flying 300 feet across the sky -- the length of a football field!  This new festival feature is the longest, fastest mobile zip line available and allows two people to zip simultaneously on two lines 34 feet in the air.  

 

 

"The Bedrock Zip Line is an exciting new addition to the Winter Blast, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the city's urban core each year," said Bill Emerson, CEO of presenting sponsor Quicken Loans. "Whether its zip lining, ice skating, dining or shopping, there is something for the entire family in the city during this festival weekend."

 

Guests will also enjoy marshmallow roasting, a weekend of free ice skating, a variety of food choices, live music and plenty of other "cool" winter activities. Meridian Winter Blast hours are Friday 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. –11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. 

 

AN "EVEN-ODD" FREE WARM UP WITH TIM HORTONS

All festivalgoers will be able to get something for FREE courtesy of Meridian Winter Blast's new event partner as they "Warm Up with Tim Hortons."  Complimentary hot chocolate and regular coffee sampling will take place each afternoon, with hot chocolate served for free at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and coffee on the odd hours of 1p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.  More than 2,500 free cups of warm beverages will be available each hour on a first-come, first-served basis inside of two Tim Hortons Comfort Zones. 

 

The warmth and giveaways continue after the festival! Each guest will receive a guaranteed-to-win RRRoll Up The Rim To Win cup when exiting the festival. RRRoll Up The Rim To Win runs at Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop restaurants across the United States starting February 2, 2015 and will run throughout the month, or until cup supplies last. Prizes include coffee, cars, gift cards and more!!! Every Cup handed out at Winter Blast is a winning cup!

 

Finding warmth will be no problem at the festival with Tim Hortons Comfort Zones providing heat every 150 feet along with a variety of cuisine, music and kids' activities. These respites insulated from the winter chill will include the Compuware Building Atrium and large tents on Monroe Street and Cadillac Square that both feature great food and live music.

 

KIDS STAGE, SCIENCE PROGRAM AND MORE

All family fun and activities will unfold inside the Compuware lobby. New this year is the science-themed "Winter Fun Lab" presented by the General Motors Foundation. Organized by Meridian Winter Blast and The Michigan Science Center, activities will include "Frostology," LIVE dramatic demonstrations on the Kids Stage of how different materials react to extremely low temperatures; hands-on activity stations with slime; science of sound; static electricity demonstrations; and more, with giveaway offers including family four-packs to the Michigan Science Center.

 

FLAGSTAR BANK SPIRIT OF DETROIT CONTEST

Flagstar Bank is providing a brand new opportunity to win some downtown winter fun with the Spirit of Detroit Contest. One lucky winner will receive a prize package of Detroit delights including a two-night stay at the Westin Book Cadillac, four tickets to see a Detroit Red Wings regular season home game, a dinner certificate for four at Santorini and Fountain Bistro and a party for 20 at Bookies Bar & Grille.

 

Contestants can enter online at www.winterblast.com or in person during the Meridian Winter Blast at any of the festival information booths. Rules and information are available at www.winterblast.com

 

MERIDIAN WINTER BLAST INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES

It's all fun and games at the Meridian Winter Blast – free fun! Festival patrons can ice skate for free at Campus Martius Park for the entire festival weekend courtesy of St. John Providence Health System. Once again, Meridian Winter Blast is the only weekend all year long when visitors can skate for free. Attendees can also watch live skating demos at the Skating Exhibitions presented by WH Canon from synchronized ice-skating teams to up-and-coming couples. Five distinct ice skating clubs, including the legendary Detroit Skating Club, will perform and entertain crowds at Campus Martius Park throughout the entire weekend. The hockey competition is back: the Meridian Winter Blast is once again challenging festivalgoers with a Hockey Shot competition, presented by Great Expressions Dental Centers. Throughout the weekend, attendees will have a chance to shoot and score cool prizes from Great Expressions, the Meridian Winter Blast and Detroit Red Wings. The grand prize winner will get a choice of a free set of braces or a dental care package from Great Expressions Dental Centers valued at $5000. Each person who participates in the competition, taking place on the ice rink on Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., will receive a GEDC t-shirt and smile bag for all their mouth-care needs.

 

The Flagstar Bank Ice Garden will once again present a variety of expertly crafted and lighted ice sculptures including a large rendition of "The Spirit of Detroit" statue, always a crowd favorite. On-site ice carving demonstrations will take place during festival hours on Friday. Patrons can also visit the iced Eskimo family exhibit as well as take pictures posing in any of the four open faces. Also, interactive and great for photos will be ice chairs and an ice bar. Among many of the one-of-a-kind sculptures on display will be wildlife and aquatic scenes, as well as hockey players sculpted in honor of the Detroit Red Wings.

 

Snowmaking also returns to Meridian Winter Blast with special snow cannons from Shanty Creek Resort and Huron-Clinton Metroparks that will add to the festive winter environment already in place due to this season's snowfall. There will be plenty of snow created to ensure Snowshoeing and Dogsledding Exhibitions will again be a part of the fun. Sponsored by Meridian Health Plan, guests will enjoy snowshoeing and can grab a pair of snowshoes and step into winter fun with the entire family at no charge. Snowshoes are available in a variety of sizes for both adults and children. Visitors will be able to get up, get moving and get fit in the festival's winter wonderland of snow.

 

Dog Sledding Exhibitions presented by US Park will once again give a firsthand look at the challenging winter sport of dog sled racing with scheduled demonstrations. Presentations will be led by professional sled dog racer and Michigan native Amanda Vogel and her Snomad Racing Sled Dogs, making their sixth appearance at the festival. With more than 10 years training and racing sled dogs, Vogel is one of the top competitors in mid-distance sled dog racing in the lower 48. The Snomad Racing Sled Dogs travel throughout the U.S. and Canada to compete against other teams and will be participating in the upcoming UP200 Sled Dog Race on Feb. 12 in Marquette, Michigan. 

 

Warm up with your family at one of the many roasting stations situated throughout the festival.  For a toasty treat, marshmallow and s'more kits will be available for purchase. 

 

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

Meridian Winter Blast is pleased to announce its best ever music lineup on three different stages. The voices and beat of music from many genres, including country, rock, blues, pop,

acoustic, Americana, funk and soul, will resonate from three stages located in the Compuware Lobby and throughout the festival in the Tim Hortons Comfort Zones, which provide a warm and cozy environment for listening enjoyment.

 

Popular bands slated to perform are The Reefermen, Stone Clover, and Orbitsuns along with Detroit jazz legend Thornetta Davis. Also scheduled to take the stage is the Pop R&B group Hot Sauce, high energy band Persuasion, Ska band 1592, and many others.

 

CHOW DOWN AND THAW OUT WITH GREAT TASTES

A wide variety of tummy-warming foods and thirst-quenching drinks will be featured from local restaurants, eateries and caterers at locations throughout the Meridian Winter Blast grounds.

 

New to the lineup this year will be: The Whitney, famous for its contemporary tastes and award-winning cuisine; and Detroit Seafood Market, known for its seafood delicacies and more. Other newcomers include Golden Fleece, Andiamo Italia/Ren Cen and Mystic Kettle. Returning eateries include: Mercurio Foods, Jackson's Five Star Catering, The Almond Hut, Bed Rock Turkey Legs and more.

 

SPEND A NIGHT IN THE CITY

With all of the excitement of Meridian Winter Blast festivities, why go home? Organizers are offering festival patrons the opportunity to "Spend the Night in the City" at Westin Book Cadillac Hotel Detroit at special Meridian Winter Blast, discounted weekend rates. Located just two blocks from all the Meridian Winter Blast excitement, the iconic Westin Book Cadillac provides a warm and refreshing retreat after a long day of festivities. In addition to the convenience of a mini-vacation downtown, the hotel indulges the senses with amenities such as contemporary rooms, flat screen TVs, guest room services, valet parking, indoor pool fitness center and spa. The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel stays are $149 and include complimentary overnight valet parking for one car.  Festivalgoers must book by January 31, 2015 to receive this special rate.

 

FESTIVAL ADMISSION AND CHARITABLE GIVING

For the sixth consecutive year, Meridian Winter Blast has teamed with Matrix Human Services to help those in need during the winter. Admission to the 2015 Meridian Winter Blast is $2, three canned goods/non-perishable items or a children's book, which will go toward helping to fight hunger in metro Detroit and continue the festival's commitment to fostering literacy.

 

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With a lineup featuring some of the hottest local music artists to quality family entertainment including new LIVE science demonstrations, there will be something for everyone at the 2015 Meridian Winter Blast presented by Quicken Loans at Campus Martius in downtown Detroit, Friday, February 6 - Sunday, February 8.

 

Once again the festival brings another strong music mix of diversified genres to entertain festival guests on three different stages in the Tim Hortons Comfort Zones, which provide a warm and cozy environment for listening enjoyment.  From stages located  throughout the festival, music for all tastes will resonate with country, rock, blues, pop, R & B, acoustic, Americana, gospel, and more!

 

Both located inside of heated tents, The Michigan Lottery Stage and The Greektown Casino Stage will spotlight local high-caliber musical talent including new and returning local festival favorites. The Quicken Loans Kids Stage inside the Quicken Loans Compuware Lobby will provide family entertainment throughout the weekend with magic, music, juggling and new LIVE science shows. All together more than 75 performances will entertain crowds throughout the weekend at Winter Blast.

 

The full schedule of artists is as follows:

 

MUSIC SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

2015 Meridian Winter Blast Music Schedule

 

Michigan Lottery Stage

Friday, February 6

11:30 to 12:15 p.m.

Carly Bins

      Acoustic

12:45 to 1:30 p.m.

KayLyn Pace

Country

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Chris Emmerson

Rock, Pop

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The Kung Fu Lovers

Rock & Roll

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Bill Grogan's Goat

Celtic Rock

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Austin Scott

Country

8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Bobby Murray Band

Blues Rock

9:30 to 11:00 p.m.

Stone Clover

Irish Rock & Roll

 

Saturday, February 7

11:30 to 12:15 p.m.

James & June

Folk Acoustic

12:45 to 1:30 p.m.

Johnyce

R&B Pop

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The Sugarees

Folk Pop

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Telco

Alt. Indie

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The Zydeco Hepcats

Zydeco

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Social Bandits

Blues Rock

8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Ruiners

Garage Rock

9:30 to 11:00 p.m.

The Reefermen

Rock & Soul

 

Sunday, February 8

11:15 a.m. to noon

Candace Sosa

Singer/Songwriter

 

12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

Sarah Bella

Country

 

1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

1592

Ska

 

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Alan Turner & The Steel Horse Band

Country

4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Half Light Music

Alt. Rock

 

6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

Shotgun Soul 

Funk & Soul

 

7:45 to 9:00 p.m.

Persuasion 

Straight-up Party!

 

 

 

Greektown Casino Stage

Friday, February 6

11:30 to 12:15 p.m.

Marissa Guzman

Electro Pop

12:45 to 1:30 p.m.

Shay Lewis

R&B

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The Blue Cat Band

Blues Rock

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Bulletproof Snow

Rock

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Ryan Dillaha & The Miracle Men

Rock & Roll

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Soul Divide

Funk Rock

8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Amp Fiddler

Rock & Roll

9:30 to 11:00 p.m.

Thornetta Davis

R&B Blues

 

Saturday, February 7

11:30 to 12:15 p.m.

Lilly MacPhee

Alt. Indie

12:45 to 1:30 p.m.

Jibs Brown

Acoustic

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Teddy Richards

Singer Songwriter

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Joe Jaber & The Last Divide

Blues Rock

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Lightning Bugs

Alternative

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Big Poppa and The Machine

Blues Rock

8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Inohs Sivad

Rock & Soul

9:30 to 11:00 p.m.

Larry Lee & Back in The Day

Old School Funk & R&B

 

 

Sunday, February 8

11:15 a.m. to noon

Amanda Morgan

Acoustic

12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

Blessed Generation

Gospel

1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

Feral Ground

Living Hip Hop

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

The Stereo Sound

Punk Rock

4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Taken Aces

Rock

6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

Orbitsuns

Outlaw Country

7:45 to 9:00 p.m.

Hotsauce

Pop R&B

 

 

Quicken Loans Kids Stage

Friday, February 6:

1:30 p.m.                                 Frostology                                              Michigan Science Center Kids Presentation

4:00 p.m.                                 Frostology                                              Michigan Science Center Kids Presentation

4:45 p.m.                                 Laugh It Up with Rosco                                                   Kids Show

5:15 p.m.                                 Juggler – Tim Salisbury                           Kids Show

5:45 p.m.                                 Magic with Jason Abbott                         Kids Show

6:30 p.m.                                 Frostology                                              Michigan Science Center Kids Presentation

7:15 p.m.                                 Laugh It Up with Rosco                                       Kids Show

 

Saturday, February 7:

12:00 p.m.                               Frostology                                             Michigan Science Center Kids Presentation

12:45 p.m.                               Cool Tricks & Funny Stuff                                   Kids Show

1:15 p.m.                                 Kevin Devine Concert                             Kids Show

1:45 p.m.                                 Magic with Randy                                              Kids Show

2:30 p.m.                                 Frostology                                             Michigan Science Center Kids Presentation

3:15 p.m.                                 Magic with Randy                                              Kids Show

3:45 p.m.                                 Kevin Devine Concert                             Kids Show

4:15 p.m.                                 Pure Imagination Magic                          Kids Show

5:00 p.m.                                 Frostology                                             Michigan Science Center Kids Presentation

5:45 p.m.                                 Magic with Randy                                              Kids Show

6:15 p.m.                                 Kevin Devine Concert                             Kids Show

6:45 p.m.                                 Cool Tricks & Funny Stuff                                   Kids Show

7:30 p.m.                                 Frostology                                             Michigan Science Center Kids Presentation

 

 

Sunday, February 8:

12:30 p.m.                               Frostology                                             Michigan Science Center Kids Presentation

1:15 p.m.                                 Juggler – Tim Salisbury                          Kids Show

1:45 p.m.                                 Kevin Devine Concert                             Kids Show

2:15 p.m.                                 Cool Tricks & Funny Stuff                                   Kids Show

3:00 p.m.                                 Frostology                                             Michigan Science Center Kids Presentation

3:45 p.m.                                 Juggler – Tim Salisbury                          Kids Show

4:15 p.m.                                 Kevin Devine Concert                             Kids Show

4:45 p.m.                                 Cool Tricks & Funny Stuff                                   Kids Show

5:30 p.m.                                 Frostology                                             Michigan Science Center Kids Presentation

 

 

 

All weekend entertainment schedules and any additional information can be found online at www.winterblast.com.  Meridian Winter Blast is produced by Jonathan Witz, president of Jonathan Witz & Associates.

 

Meridian Winter Blast could not happen without the generous support of its sponsors which include Meridian Health Plan, Quicken Loans, Bedrock Real Estate Services, DEGC/Detroit DDA, Flagstar Bank, General Motors Foundation, Michigan Lottery, Tim Hortons, MetroPCS, Greektown Casino, St. John Providence Health System, Great Expressions, Great Lakes Beverage, Ilitch Holdings, Marketing Associates, Penske Corporation, Pepsi, Redico, DTE Energy, National Vision, Westin Book Cadillac, Food Should Taste Good, US Park, Cricket

Wireless, American Laser, University of Phoenix, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sachse Construction, Made In Detroit, Tito's Vodka, Bagger Dave's, EJ Gallo, Olga's Kitchen, Airea Studio, Huron- Clinton Metroparks and WH Canon.

 

Winter Blast is Detroit's celebration of winter experiences, dining, music and family fun to be held in downtown Detroit's Campus Martius Park from, Friday, Feb. 6 - Sunday, Feb 8. Originally created as the backdrop for Super Bowl XL, the festival attracted more than 75,000 people last year. Festival hours are Friday 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m –11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. For additional information, visit www.winterblast.com or call (248) 541-7550.