MIS announces Saturday concert

Published 7:27 am Wednesday, August 5, 2009

BROOKLYN – American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd will perform a post-race concert following the CARFAX 250 on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Michigan International Speedway.

Shepherd will also serve as the grand marshal for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race earlier that day.

“I’m very excited to perform following the CARFAX 250,” Shepherd said. “This is a perfect opportunity for me to combine my passion for playing music with my passion for fast cars and racing. Cars and guitars are what it’s all about for me.”

Shepherd is best known for his hit “Blue on Black.” His most recent release, “10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads,” is a documentary film with a live album of songs from a 10-day trip around the United States to visit some of today’s greatest blues musicians.
Having toured with artists such as B.B. King, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, the platinum recording artist is sure to please crowds at MIS.

“We’re excited to have Kenny Wayne Shepherd perform at Michigan International Speedway,” said track President Roger Curtis. “Hosting a concert is another step we are taking to show our commitment to the race fans. We are always looking for new and exciting ways to improve the fan experience at MIS.”

Returning to Lot 10 off US 12 near the speedway’s administration building, the concert is free for anyone with a CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race ticket or infield wristband.
Grandstand security rules will be in effect for the post-race concert. Please refer to the online guest guide at MISpeedway.com to review the grandstand security rules.

Sylvania, Ohio’s Empire Drift will serve as the opening act. The group won the opportunity through a battle of the bands contest with the Toledo Free Press newspaper.
Empire Drift takes the stage at 6 p.m. Shepherd will follow around 7:30 p.m.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie.

It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.
Tickets are on sale by calling 800-354-1010 or logging onto the new MISpeedway.com.