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Uncle Kracker, Jefferson Starship to headline Sterlingfest Art & Music Festival – Macomb Daily

Local hero Uncle Kracker, rock veterans Jefferson Starship and a Prince tribute act headline this year’s Sterlingfest Art & Music Festival in Sterling Heights.

At last week’s city council meeting, officials announced the lineup for the three-day outdoor festival scheduled for Thursday through Saturday July 28-30 in the Dodge Park area on Utica and Dodge Park roads.

Uncle Kracker, real name Matthew Shafer, is the centerpiece of the festival, taking to the main stage at AT&T on Saturday night, July 30.

Long known for his association with Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band, the Harrison Township native amassed his own string of radio hits such as “Follow Me”, In a Little While”, a cover of “Drift Away” by Dobie Gray “Smile” and “When the Sun Goes Down”, a duet with country music superstar Kenny Chesney.

Jefferson Starship, who is due to play July 29, recently released the band’s first new studio album in 12 years, “Mother of the Sun.”

Jefferson ship

The band includes original member keyboardist David Freiberg, who developed the signature organ riff to their hit song “Miracles” and wrote the song “Jane.” After many line-up changes, Jefferson Starship is led these days by singer Cathy Richardson.

Based in Columbiana, Ohio, The Prince Project celebrates Prince’s music and live entertainment on the festival’s opening night. They will be preceded by The Springsteen Experience, a tribute show to Bruce Springsteen.

Additionally, organizers released local and regional artists slated for the Jazz & Blues scene – sponsored by Ford Motor Company, Suds ‘n; Sounds Stage sponsored by LGC Global Energy, and a variety of jugglers, clowns, magicians and more for Genisys Credit Union Kidzfest Stage.

These include Nightline, Bernadette Kathryn, Cool Lemen Jazz, Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations, Wayback Machine, Space Cat, Mister Bill and his Zcats, Maria Montoya and many more.

For a full list of artists, visit

The Prince Project
The Prince Project

Considered “the event of the year”, Sterlingfest is Macomb County’s largest free music festival. He returns after a two-year absence caused by the pandemic.

This year’s festival will include an art fair, carnival, drinks, food, dancing and a colorful festival closing fireworks display.

Sterlingfest features deals from several local restaurants with everything from beef stir-fry to Greek salads.  (FILE PHOTO)


Sterlingfest features deals from several local restaurants with everything from beef stir-fry to Greek salads. (FILE PHOTO)

Sterlingfest is a major event for the City and County of Macomb. It typically draws 120,000 visitors to Dodge Park and downtown Richard C. Notte to enjoy live entertainment, rides, art vendors, and food tastings at various restaurants.