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Bret Michaels bringing Parti-Gras to Blue Gate

Steve Miller Band also slated for Shipshewana visit

Bret Michaels' Parti-Gras will be at Blue Gate Performing Arts Center on Nov. 17.
Chris Hupe

Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published May 17, 2023

Poison frontman Bret Michaels has been booked to appear at the Blue Gate Performing Arts Center in Shipshewana on Nov. 17. 

Michaels will bring his Parti-Gras tour to the town known for its Amish history and world-class flea market, showing off hits from a career that has spanned more than three decades. Michaels’ reign has included being Poison’s frontman, a solo artist, a reality TV star, and a philanthropist and advocate for diabetes awareness. 

He has sold more than 100 million albums and even has his own flavor of Snapple tea, crafted during a challenge on Celebrity Apprentice

This show will sell out fast, so get your tickets now if you think you want to go. Otherwise, you can try to catch Michaels when he plays bigger venues in like Pine Knob Music Center outside Detroit on July 13, Credit 1 Union Amphitheatre outside Chicago on July 29, and Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville on July 30.

Steve Miller in Shipshewana

Another great Blue Gate booking comes in the form of Steve Miller Band

Miller has been making music more than a half century with his Greatest Hits 1974-78 selling more than 15 million copies, making it one of the 25 best-selling albums of all time. 

With a catalog that includes perennial classic rock favorites like “The Joker,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner,” “Jungle Love,” “Swingtown,” and “Abracadabra,” the night will be filled with songs you know and love on Aug. 8. 

Fort Wayne legend Hubie Ashcraft will open the show.

Grand Funk set for Van Wert

On Nov. 4, Grand Funk Railroad will bring their American Band Tour to Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert. 

The band currently consists of founding members Don Brewer and bassist Mel Schacher, along with singer Max Carl of .38 Special, guitarist Bruce Kulick, best known for his 12 years with Kiss, and keyboardist Tim Cashion who has had stints with Bob Seger and Robert Palmer.

Starr continues to shine

Famed Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has announced a fall tour with his All Starr Band that includes a stop at Old National Centre in Indianapolis on Sept. 29, as well as visits to DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids on Oct. 3, Chicago Theatre on Oct. 5, Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Michigan, on Oct. 6, Masonic Temps in Detroit on Oct. 7, and Mershon Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 10. 

Starr’s current band includes Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Edgar Winter, Warren Ham, Hamish Stuart, and Gregg Bissonette

Starr, whose most recent release was EP3 in 2022, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 with the rest of the Fab Four.

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