CANTON, OH (June 26, 2009) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival has announced the 2009 Ribs Burnoff concert slate:

  • • Wednesday, Aug. 5: presented in cooperation with WRQK Rock 106.9 FM
  • • Thursday, Aug. 6: Country artist Eric Church presented in cooperation with WQMX 94.9 FM
  • • Friday, Aug. 7: Michael Stanley & The Resonators presented in cooperation with Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480 WHBC
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All concerts will be held on the Sheetz Stage at Stark County Fairgrounds and will begin at approximately 8 p.m. To accommodate even more fans at the concerts, chairs or seating of any kind will not be permitted anywhere on the track area; all track admission will be free, standing room only. People wishing to have a reserved seat in the grandstands can purchase tickets for only $8 each. Tickets will be available for walk-in purchase beginning Monday, June 29, at all Stark and several Summit County Sheetz locations, and at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in downtown Canton, 222 Market Avenue North from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each weekday. Visit for further location and availability information. Phone orders will be accepted beginning Tuesday, June 30, by calling (330) 458-2088.

In addition to the Ribs Burnoff evening concerts, attendees can enjoy activities and free musical entertainment on the Ohio Lottery Day Stage all three days. Additional family activities include an expanded children’s entertainment area with face painting, caricaturists, balloon twisters, Fantasy Football Zone powered by AEP, a master sand sculptor, Lowe’s Build and Grow, Char-Broil Infrared tour, U.S. Army interactive unit, and much, much more.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Ribs Burnoff will run Aug. 5, 6 and 7 beginning at 11 a.m., and concluding at 10:30 p.m. each day. In addition to fantastic ribs, a wide variety of other food will be showcased, including ice cream, corn on the cob, buffalo wings, funnel cakes, sweet potato fries, Italian sausage, deep-fried Oreos and Twinkies, and other delicious midway fare!

Admission to the Ribs Burnoff is free. Onsite parking at the fairgrounds will be free each day until 4 p.m., after which time a fee of $5 per vehicle will be charged. For more information, contact Chris Gumpp, event manager, at (330) 458-2054, or visit


Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience

In 1995, Zoso was formed in California to create the most mesmerizing and accurate portrayal of Led Zeppelin, the biggest band of the 1970s. Within four years, Zoso began touring nationally, honing their show to become one of the most musically and visually rewarding acts in North America, receiving acclaim for their showmanship and precise attention to detail. Every year since its inception, Zoso continues to play nearly 200 high profile concerts, and each of the timeless hit songs performed in their sets are known and loved by generations of fans.

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Eric Church

Eric Church began writing music at 13 before he even taught himself to play the guitar.  His family and his small-town background gave him a diamond-pure work ethic, which served him well. He threw his muscle into writing and later signed a recording deal with Capital Records Nashville which allowed him to produce Sinners Like Me in July of 2006, launching him with a firm identity both musically and lyrically. Church's songs are as straightforward as he is. His is music that looks its listener in the eye and speaks plainly about the human condition. His latest album, Carolina, was released in March and features favorites “Love Your Love The Most,” “Smoke A Little Smoke,” and “Those I’ve Loved.”

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Michael Stanley and the Resonators

Michael Stanley has a storied history and loyal fan base especially in the Northeast Ohio area. He was born in Cleveland and graduated from Rocky River High School. While working toward his bachelor of arts degree at Hiram College, he was a disc jockey for WHRM, the school’s radio station, and also in a locally-popular folk group called “Silk” which produced an LP Smooth As Raw Silk.  At a point when the band was on the verge of breaking up, they were asked to play a local Cleveland hot spot and they took the gig with the idea that they could, at the very least, go out on top. New York record producer, Bill Szymczyk, was in the audience that night, was impressed, and a record contract followed.

In 1974, he formed the Michael Stanley Band, which by 1982 had developed into a seven-piece band nicknamed MSB by their legion of fans. The group set attendance records at Cleveland area venues and reached the peak of their popularity when the single “He Can’t Love You’ from the album Heartland made the Top 40 Billboard, and “In the Heartland” from the album North Coast went to #6 on Billboard’s Top Tracks chart. The band toured with some of the superstar bands of that period (including Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Foreigner, and The Doobie Brothers).

Through ups and downs, Stanley continued to perform with several long-time friends and former band members in and around the Cleveland area, billed as Michael Stanley & Friends. Then came September 11, 2001, which changed a lot of lives, and his was no exception. By now, Michael Stanley & The Resonators had become the band’s performing moniker, and they were pleasing their loyal MSB fans while winning over new ones.

Stanley is joined in The Resonators by Tommy Dobeck (drums), Bob Pelander (piano/vocals), Danny Powers (guitar/vocals), Jennifer Lee (vocals/percussion), Rodney Psyka (percussion/vocals), Marc Lee Shannon (guitar/sauce), Eroc Sosinski (bass/vocals) and Paul Christensen (sax).

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