By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
A view of the Chesaning Showboat Music Festival stage.
CHESANING, MI (WNEM) -
WNEM.com has learned that all of the acts scheduled to perform at the Chesaning Showboat Music Festival will not take the stage.
TV5 confirmed the information with the Chamber of Commerce just before noon on Monday. Later in the day, Showboat Festival Board President Scott Hewitt told TV5 the concerts couldn't move forward.
"There were a host of factors that played into it so we just decided it had to happen," said Hewitt.
Hewitt would not explain what the factors were on Monday, but did say he is working with his team to determine exactly what went wrong.
"I can assure them as soon as I know, they'll know. That's about the best I can do right now. I don't know how long it's going to be before I can get that information out, but as soon as I know, they will know," said Hewitt.
The Charlie Daniels Band, Bret Michaels, Theory of a Dead Man and KC and the Sunshine Band will not perform. Charlie Daniels Band was set to play Tuesday night, followed by Bret Michaels on Wednesday night.
Right now it's not clear why they have been canceled or what will happen if you already have tickets. Norm Anderson and his wife paid about $200 for two VIP tickets to the Bret Michaels show scheduled for Wednesday night.
"Extremely upset because my wife's been waiting 2 1/2 months to go see Bret Michaels, so we could have went to Mt. Pleasant to see him, but just because he was coming to small town USA, now he's gone, so not going to happen," said Anderson.
Others, like Eric Kruske, who flew back to his Chesaning hometown from Seattle, told TV5 he's not mad but rather sad about the situation.
"I was shocked when I heard the news, and didn't believe it at first, but yeah, it's sad," said Kruske.
To view the Showboat's website, click here. Earlier Monday, the site was not accessible, possibly due to a flood of internet traffic. At about 5 p.m., the site came back online. On that site, show organizers state that "due to several factors Chesaning Showboat Music Festival 2013 concerts have been canceled. We will update our friends and fans as soon as information is available."
No one would tell TV5 the exact reasons for the cancellations, but some TV5 Facebook fans speculated that it was due to poor ticket sales.
We are working to get more information and will bring that to you when it becomes available.
Copyright 2013 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Were you planning to attend this year's Chesaning Showboat Music Festival?
Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:
All music acts canceled at Chesaning Showboat festivalMore>>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 12:30 PM EST2013-12-11 17:30:12 GMT
A local community is left in shock after the death of their star athlete after Swartz Creek student and quarterback Brendon Fitch took his own life. Brendon Fitch was a record-setting quarterback andMore >
A local community is left in shock after the death of their star athlete after Swartz Creek student and quarterback Brendon Fitch took his own life.More >
Wednesday, December 11 2013 3:05 PM EST2013-12-11 20:05:01 GMT
On Sept. 3, the Mt. Pleasant Police department investigated the death of 22-year-old Kelly Markatos in the 900 block of S. Douglas Street in Mt. Pleasant. Markatos was found unresponsive in her apartmentMore >
Kelly Markatos was found unresponsive in her apartment bedroom by her roommates Sept. 3 near the CMU campus - police now say they know what killed her.More >
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:09 PM EST2013-12-11 22:09:28 GMT
Police have identified a local woman who was found dead over the weekend. Yolanda Leal, 47, was found inside her home on Montana Avenue in Bridgeport. Authorities are still investigating what led toMore >
Police have identified a local woman who was found dead over the weekend.More >
Wednesday, December 11 2013 2:24 PM EST2013-12-11 19:24:21 GMT
The Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (BAYANET) said it received information on two individuals selling heroin and other narcotics. On Tuesday, Dec. 10, Detectives from BAYANET executed a search warrantMore >
The Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team said a raid has resulted in the seizure of crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana. More >
Tuesday, December 10 2013 3:03 PM EST2013-12-10 20:03:34 GMT
A Ponchatoula, La. woman pleaded guilty Tuesday morning after being charged with child desertion. She was accused of putting her child in an ice chest, along with a gas can, and closing the lid. JamiMore >
A Ponchatoula, La. woman pleaded guilty Tuesday morning after being charged with child desertion. She was accused of putting her child in an ice chest, along with a gas can, and closing the lid.More >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information on obituaries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends in Mid-Michigan. Death notices are displayed during theMore >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends who have lost loved ones.More >
Wednesday, December 11 2013 11:49 AM EST2013-12-11 16:49:26 GMT
(KGBT/CNN) - A family of 12 is living in the back of a tractor trailer in Texas. They gave a tour of their temporary home, and it has what you would expect in a house, beds, a TV and even a Christmas tree. ThereMore >
The Texas family gave a tour of their temporary home, and it has what you would expect in a house, beds, a TV and even a Christmas tree.More >
Thursday, December 12 2013 12:06 AM EST2013-12-12 05:06:43 GMT
At this year's Global Leadership Conference, Nexteer leaders announced they're healthy, so healthy that they're looking to expand their workforce and ready to hire an additional 70 engineers.More >
At this year's Global Leadership Conference, Nexteer leaders announced they're healthy, so healthy that they're looking to expand their workforce and ready to hire an additional 70 engineers in the next few months.More >