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Soldier On concert to feature Michaels, Southern rock bands

Soldier On concert to feature Michaels, Southern rock bands

Bret Michaels, The Charlie Daniels Band and The Marshall Tucker Band will headline a benefit concert

Bret Michaels, The Charlie Daniels Band and The Marshall Tucker Band will headline a benefit concert for veterans organization Soldier On at the Times Union Center on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

A to-be-determined portion of all ticket sales for the show, which is being sponsored by Albany County, Soldier On and local promoter Willjam Productions, will go towards the construction of a housing center for veterans at the site of the former Ann Lee Home on Albany Shaker Road.

The main concert will begin at 7 p.m., but will be preceded by a street festival in front of the Times Union Center from noon to 6 p.m. featuring performances from local groups Skeeter Creek, EB Jeb and No2 Band. The festival will also feature a custom motorcycle show, bike builders and a motorcycle parade dubbed “The Ride for Soldier On.”

Michaels is best known as the lead singer of ’80s hair metal band Poison, whose hits include “Every Rose Has its Thorn” and “Unskinny Bop.” Country veteran Daniels has been performing since the ’50s, and is best known for his hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” He also played fiddle on early albums from the show’s other headliner, The Marshall Tucker Band, a mainstay of the Southern rock movement of the ’70s.

Soldier On was founded in 1994 as a “private nonprofit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness,” according to the organization’s website, www.wesoldieron.org.

Tickets for the main show are $55, $45 or $35, and go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Times Union Center box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com, select Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000. Donations also can be made directly to Soldier On through the Albany Development Fund, or through PayPal at www.wesoldieron.org. Checks should be made out to Soldier On Foundation, and should specify that they are for the Albany project.

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