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CANTON, OH (June 24, 2011) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival 2011 Ribs Burnoff will offer a wide variety of food, beverages, family activities, and musical entertainment, including the following concert slate for performers on the Emergency Medicine Physicians Stage:
  • * Wednesday, Aug. 3: The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson presented in cooperation with WRQK 106.9
  • * Thursday, Aug. 4: Country artist Phil Vassar presented in cooperation with WQXK K-105
  • * Friday, Aug. 5: A fantastic party band (to be announced at a later date due to contractual restrictions) presented in cooperation with Mix 94.1
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All concerts will begin 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 $9 each. Tickets will be available for walk-in purchase beginning Wednesday, June 29, 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. Phone orders will be accepted beginning Thursday, June 30, by calling 330.458.2088. Tickets can also be purchased on site at the event each day at the souvenir booth and in the evening at the “Will Call” center at the north end of the grandstand. In addition to the national musical acts in the evenings on the main stage, attendees can enjoy activities all day including free musical entertainment on the daytime stage featuring the following acts at 5:15 PM: Wednesday: Brighter Side Band; Thursday: Wild West Band; and Friday: Mr. Trick. Other family activities include an expansive children’s entertainment area with face painting, caricaturists, balloon twisters, Fantasy Football Zone of interactive inflatables powered by AEP Ohio, master sand sculptor, Lowe’s Build & Grow, 2012 Ford Focus Tour, and much more. For more information, call Laura Perry at 330-458-2054, or visit the Enshrinement Festival Web site at www.profootballhofef.com.

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CONCERT PERFORMER BIOS


The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson The Fabulous Thunderbirds have a distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles. Co-founder, vocalist, and harmonica player Kim Wilson is the sole original member and still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation. They started as a straight blues band but now incorporate a mixture of many styles and define themselves as an American music band with much higher energy than before. Wilson is joined by Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass, and together they tour extensively in both the United States and Europe. The thread throughout the Thunderbirds career has been the respect they have commanded for their peerless musicianship and devotion to the sounds of blues, R & B, and rock n’ roll. For Wilson, his musical journey began in California at the age of 17 when he began playing the harmonica and started singing. He moved to Minneapolis for a short time and then headed to Austin, Texas, where he met Jimmie Vaughan, they founded the T-Birds in 1974, and subsequently signed a record deal with CBS/Epic Records. In 1979, The Fabulous Thunderbirds released their first self-titled album which was primarily blues and became a cult classic. In subsequent releases, the band started to incorporate more Cajun, rock n’ roll, and soul influences. In 1986, they reached a commercial peak with the album, “Tuff Enuff” and the single of the same title along with “Wrap It Up” and “Look At That” all went Top 40. For the remainder of the 80’s, the band continued to record and tour and released the album “Powerful Stuff.” Jimmie Vaughan left the band in 1989, but Wilson kept the group going, incorporating keyboards into the guitar-driven sound.

More information: www.fabulousthunderbirds.com

Phil Vassar Those who best understand Phil Vassar – good-time, piano playing, boundless energy on stage, hardest-working-man-in-the business– also understand the ongoing evolution of his original music. This Virginia-born songwriter and musician has undoubtedly made his mark in Nashville as an acclaimed artist. He’s known not only for his gift for hit songwriting, but also for his compelling and highly entertaining skills on the piano. His uniquely piano-based, rhythm and blues-infused, infectiously buoyant brand of music has carried him throughout his career and remains his specialty in the genre. Vassar’s resume boasts numerous hits for artists including Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, and Collin Raye, and many more hits as an artist in his own right. He’s been named the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year twice and has taken top honors from the Academy of Country Music, Billboard MusicRow, and also honored by the the CMA’s. Some of Phil’s accolades include two time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, Billboard Magazine Top New Country Artist, Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, Music Row Magazine Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and ACM Top New Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of The Year- just to name a few. With his self-titled artist debut on Arista/Nashville, Vassar took his seat as country's leading piano man with the success of songs like "Carlene," “Just Another Day in Paradise” and “Six-Pack Summer.” Since then, he’s continued to prove his worth time and again with releases like “American Child,” That’s When I love You,” “In A Real Love,” "I'll Take That as a Yes (The Hot Tub Song)," “Last Day of My Life” and “Love is a Beautiful Thing.” Now with six highly acclaimed albums under his belt, Vassar is ready for the next journey in his musical career. No stranger to hard work and with a strong business mind on his shoulders, he’s taking control by launching Rodeowave Entertainment, a full-service Record Label/Promotions/ Management company based in Nashville, TN. First up to be released is his seventh album – his first ever Live CD/DVD combo recorded in Nashville with brand new music included. Vassar’s ongoing evolution endures and will surely prove he’s here to stay.

More information: www.philvassar.com