Amphitheater to host new season of music

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published May 5, 2017


STERLING HEIGHTS — Representatives from the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill say concertgoers can bet on an exciting season of musical acts.

This is the second year that Palace Sports & Entertainment has managed the amphitheater’s concert schedule, and it’s the first concert season under the amphitheater’s name change from Freedom Hill Amphitheatre to the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill. The amphitheater, which can fit more than 7,000 attendees, is located at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights.

PS&E recently announced many of its scheduled acts for the summer concert series this year. Senior Public Relations Manager Bryant Fillmore said more announcements are likely to come soon.

Among the top talent, he cited the appearance of rock groups including the Steve Miller Band and  Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana.

“We’re bringing Ted Nugent back this summer,” Fillmore added. “We do like to thank Live Nation (Entertainment) for the strong partnership. They help bring in some of the biggest-name acts, and we’re working with them to promote a strong summer concert season.”

According to Fillmore, Pollstar magazine reported that 91,517 tickets were sold last season at the amphitheater as tabulated in 2016 year-end rankings for worldwide ticket sales.

While Freedom Hill will host numerous bands and musicians this summer, the annual Stars and Stripes Festival, which takes place around the July 4 holiday weekend, will not be returning to Sterling Heights or Freedom Hill this year, according to Funfest Events President Joe Nieporte.

“Palace Sports & Entertainment is the company that took over Freedom Hill, and they pretty much decided that they didn’t like the festival anymore, and they could add more concerts in the amphitheater,” Nieporte said.

As a result, the summer festival plans to move to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi June 29-July 2. Nieporte hopes to get a larger Oakland County turnout and to persuade many of the Macomb County attendees to make the trip.

Nieporte said his event will be 100 percent outdoors and mostly the same as before, though it will add a monster truck car crush. The music lineup this year includes Fuel, Dishwalla, Marcy Playground, Rick Springfield, Smash Mouth, Spin Doctors and Beatlemania Live.

“We’re very excited about the location because Novi is a very populated, affluent suburb,” he said. “We also feel that the Suburban Collection Showplace is a destination that many, many people have been to or heard about. The infrastructure for what we’re looking to do is already kind of in place.”

Find out more about the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway in Sterling Heights, and its concert schedule by visiting For more information about Funfest Events and the June 29-July 2 Stars and Stripes Festival, visit or call (586) 493-4344.

The following is a list of acts announced so far:

• June 10: Deftones and Rise Against, with Thrice and Three Trapped Tigers.
• June 18: Second annual Jazz Spectacular featuring Pieces of a Dream, Avery Sunshine, Eric Roberson, Michael Lington, Marc Antoine, and Paul Taylor & Marion Meadows.
• June 25: Amp Live 2017, starring Jon Bellion, Niall Horan, Hey Violet and Noah Cyrus.
• July 1: Steve Miller Band, with Peter Frampton.
• July 3: Hank Williams Jr.
• July 8: 105.9 Kiss-FM presents KISS Fest 2017, starring Guy featuring Teddy Riley and Aaron Hall, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Dru Hill, Jagged Edge and After 7.
• July 20: Primus, with special guest Clutch.
• July 23: The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Spinners and The Stylistics.
• July 27: The Beach Boys, with special guest The Righteous Brothers.
• July 31: Rancid and Dropkick Murphys, with special guests The
  Bouncing Souls and Jake Burns.
• Aug. 3: Young the Giant, with special guests Cold War Kids and Joywave.
• Aug. 9: Santana.
• Aug. 12: The Chick Corea Elektric Band and Béla Fleck & The Flecktones.
• Aug. 25: Ted Nugent.
• Aug. 26: Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly, with special guest Chaka Khan.
• Sept. 9: Sublime with Rome and The Offspring.