Grand Funk Railroad

Batavia Downs Presents: Grand Funk Railroad

Grand Funk Railroad

The OHMS Band, In the Mix, The A List

Fri · June 29, 2018

Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 5:30 pm (event ends at 10:00 pm)

$10.00 - $25.00

This event is all ages

Please be advised The Rockin' the Downs Concert Series will take place outside on the Racetrack.

Grand Funk Railroad
Grand Funk Railroad
Originating from Flint, Michigan in 1969, this top selling American rock group of the ‘70s is “COMIN’ TO YOUR TOWN TO HELP YOU PARTY IT DOWN.” Grand Funk Railroad is extremely excited to be touring in 2018 marking a 49 year milestone. After playing to millions of fans on the band’s tours from 1996 to 2017, Grand Funk’s 2018 Tour will continue to reach both new and long-time fans.

Known as “The American Band,” the high-energy five-piece group will play forty shows all over the USA this year. Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit, We’re An American Band) and bassist Mel Schacher, “The God Of Thunder.” Joining Don and Mel are true “All Stars.” Singer Max Carl is a rock veteran from 38 Special. Max penned and sang 38’s biggest hit “Second Chance” and was co-founder of California’s legendary Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Don refers to Max as “the best blue-eyed soul singer on the planet. Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS and also has credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf and Billy Squier. (KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were influenced early on by Grand Funk.) Keyboardist Tim Cashion has a master’s degree in music from the University of Miami. Affectionately called “Dr. Tim,” his credits include stints with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and English soul man Robert Palmer.

Grand Funk laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi with its signature hard driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation and forceful pop melodies. The fact that Grand Funk’s legacy still reigns over the Classic Rock landscape forty years after its 1969 birth in Flint, Michigan is a testament to the group’s influence and staying power. Mega-hits We’re An American Band, I’m Your Captain/Closer To Home, Locomotion, and Some Kind Of Wonderful still receive continuous airplay on Classic Rock radio. We’re An American Band has received notoriety in recent years being used in movie sound tracks and in television/radio advertising. The huge hit was featured in a General Motors national TV ad campaign and in Disney’s animated feature film The Country Bears. We’re An American Band was featured in the Cuba Gooding Jr. film RADIO, and also in the swashbuckler SAHARA starring Matthew McConaughey.

Internationally acclaimed Grand Funk has toured the world, selling out in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and South America. A 1971 performance at New York’s Shea Stadium sold out faster than the Beatles. The group’s widespread appeal is also evident in its prestigious recording achievements. Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, 8 Top 40 hits and two Number One singles (We’re An American Band and Locomotion, both selling more than one million each). The group has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales in excess of 25 million copies sold worldwide. The most recent gold CD award was presented to the band for their greatest hits package Grand Funk Railroad The Collectors Series.

The multi-talented band carries on the tradition of Grand Funk hits and creates a new chapter in the legacy of Grand Funk Railroad. GFR drew 25,000 people to their Molson Canal Series Concert outside Buffalo, 20,000 in Albany, New York, and 20,000 fans to downtown Orlando, Florida. EMI/Capitol (Universal Music) released a new Grand Funk Greatest Hits package that includes a bonus DVD of rare concert footage. Grand Funk’s 2017 tour was a huge success and now, with the group’s 2018 tour, seasoned Grand Funk lovers and contemporary rock fans discovering the group for the first time will be able to celebrate with GRAND FUNK RAILROAD!
The OHMS Band
The OHMS Band
The Over the Hill Musicians Society is:

Chris Bartz - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Charlie Del Plato - Vocals, Electric Guitar
Anthony Del Plato - Vocals, Drums
Joe Palmer - Bass
Pat Tehan - Piano, Organ
In the Mix
In the Mix
In the Mix is a high energy band that plays a wide variety of music.

- Carrie Ann Faticone-Ferrara, lead vocal.
- Rick Ventura, bass guitar and backup vocals.
- Tim Weeks, keyboard and backup vocals.
- Ken Mims, lead and rhythm guitar
- Mike DiGrazio, percussionist and backup vocals.
The A List
The A List
The A-List Band was formed by Tom Gariano a Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame inductee 2017. A veteran singer from Niagara Falls in June 2006. Tom had sang for numerous local bands for over 30 years including Tunnel, Myopic Void, and Night Shift. While a member of the Buffalo based band Flipside for 3 years Tom decided he was ready to form his own band and start playing more local shows. In doing so he had a formula that he thought would make a successful band over time. And that was the bands material. So going with the idea of a band that could play a rock club on Friday and a wedding on Saturday seemed the way to go. So while on vacation he enlisted Seven Day Faith drummer Rob Ferenc who played with his son Rob’s band for 10 years and a call out to Buffalo native Craig McDonnell who had previously auditioned for Flipside on guitar local bass player Mark Hyzy. The A-List began playing small local clubs and resturants trying to gain somewhat of a following. As the band started to get more shows every month a big break came in 2008 when they were asked to play the Party in the Plaza for a Buffalo Sabres playoff game for more then 10,000 people. From that day on the band has never been out of work, In 2010 Peter Zito was brought in on keyboards along with Sax player Tony Nastasi. By 2013 the band was playing 100 shows a year have opened for Eddie Money, Lovin Spoonful, Little River Band. Burning out with the same material for several years Tom and Craig decided to make some changes. In doing so the band brought in Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Tom Ryan best known from the recording group Weekend on drums and Chris Marziale from Universal Grill on Keyboards and the rest is as they say is history.
Venue Information:
Batavia Downs Gaming
8315 Park Road
Batavia, NY, 14020