First details of Freedom Hill schedule announced

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published March 13, 2015

 Alexis Waitz, Ashley Obodzinski and Kayla Obodzinski enjoy a carnival ride at the 2013 Stars and Stripes Festival at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights. The festival will return to Freedom Hill from June 25-28.

Alexis Waitz, Ashley Obodzinski and Kayla Obodzinski enjoy a carnival ride at the 2013 Stars and Stripes Festival at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights. The festival will return to Freedom Hill from June 25-28.

File photo by Donna Agusti

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Classic rock bands and legendary groups from the 1960s are scheduled to visit Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights this year.

Amphitheater officials recently revealed some of the first details of the schedule, which lasts from May until October.

In March, officials announced that their 2015 season will include appearances by Clutch and Mastodon May 23, Whitesnake July 3, Boston July 16, and The Beach Boys and The Temptations Aug. 9.

Freedom Hill Amphitheatre general manager Michael Sydlowski said he hopes to line up around 25 acts this year. He said the venue’s total audience capacity is 7,700. 

“It’s what we feel comfortable in being able to pull off and do well,” he said of the 25 acts.

Sydlowski said this year’s schedule ideally will be diverse as the venue looks to include “the whole nine yards,” with a mixture of country, R&B, pop, alternative and metal acts.

“What we look for is something that would have mass, broad appeal across a bunch of genres of music,” he said.

In addition, Sydlowski said, Freedom Hill is working on getting acts like the band Yes with special guest Toto, Harry Connick Jr., REO Speedwagon, Counting Crows and Judas Priest. However, he said those acts are “99 percent confirmed,” and they are currently not listed on Freedom Hill’s website.

Freedom Hill also hopes to host a two-day music event called Chill on the Hill, he said.

“We’re working on filling in another 10 to 12 dates,” he added.

The Freedom Hill park will host the Wolverine Harley-Davidson Harley Fest June 13, followed by the Stars & Stripes Festival from June 25-28.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel praised Freedom Hill for being a venue that boosts the area’s economy because it creates opportunities for people to work. He also described the amphitheater as a quality-of-life enhancer.

“People like to be entertained, and it’s a gathering place,” he said. “It’s become somewhat of a national entertainment venue. It’s a very intimate setting, but one that has been a tremendous asset to us.”

Tickets for several listed groups are currently for sale. The tickets, which include parking, may be bought at www.freedom hill.com or by calling (888) 929-7849.

To learn more about Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway in Sterling Heights, visit www.freedomhill.com or call (586) 269-9700.

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