Aug. 17 2009 12:00 AM

Huey Lewis, Sheryl Crow announced as first Common Ground headliners

UPDATE: Common Ground organizers announced Thursday that Sheryl Crow will perform July 9. An earlier version of this story gave the original date Crow was scheduled to perform.

Whether you’re workin’ for a livin’ or all you wanna do is have some fun, Common Ground’s got a sing-a-long for you this summer.

Festival organizers today announced ‘80s phenoms Huey Lewis & The News and pop songstress Sheryl Crow as the first confirmed headliners for the 10th annual summer concert series.

Lewis and his band made a name for itself, picking up a Grammy and shilling millions of albums along the way, playing unpretentious, contagious anthems for the 9-to-5 set, including “Hip To Be Square,” “Workin’ For a Livin’,” “Heart of Rock & Roll,” and “If This is It.” The band hits the Common Ground stage July 6.

Crow, a nine-time Grammy winner, broke out during the alternative radio heyday of the mid-‘90s with the quirky, infectious hit “All I Wanna Do,” before stringing together a run of relationship ballads and sunny pop-rock smashes, like “Everyday is a Winding Road” and “Soak Up The Sun.” Crow performs July 9 at Common Ground.

This year’s Common Ground festival is July 6 to 12 in Lansing’s Riverfront Park.

Common Card general admission festival passes are available now for $85, and will go up to $95 July 1. Single-day, general admission tickets go on sale Friday, March 27. Single-day tickets for July 6 and 9 are $26 per day before July 1, after which they go up to $32. Children 10 and younger get in free if accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Tickets can be purchased at Star Tickets Plus outlets; the Common Ground office in the Lansing City Market, 333 N. Cedar St., Lansing; www.commongroundfest.com; and by calling 1 (800) 585-3737.

For festival-goers looking to take their experience to the next level, Common Ground is offering a limited number of UnCommon Club tickets to the public for the first time on a first-come-first-serve basis. UnCommon Club perks include a special entrance, preferred parking, and exclusive seating where a waitstaff will bring beverages and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The passes are available now for $350 at the Common Ground office in the City Market, or by calling (517) 267-1502.

Chances are you may have already seen this announcement in the Lansing State Journal, or on Twitter or heard some other media outlet broadcast the news after the LSJ broke the embargo on the announcement Monday. As a courtesy to all media outlets, the festival’s organizers asked that no one publish or broadcast the announcement until today, when City Pulse publishes, but the LSJ posted it online Monday, took it down, and then re-posted it Tuesday afternoon.

“We released information, and there was an error with one of the media outlets,” said Eric Hart, president & CEO of the Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority, the quasigovernmental agency that puts on the festival, when asked about it Tuesday. “We’ll take every step to make sure it doesn’t happen again. It was a mistake that was made, and we’re working with that media agency to resolve that issue.”

Adding insult to injury, whoever wrote the story for the LSJ didn’t even bother to paraphrase the Common Ground press release, instead opting to nearly lift whole paragraphs from it verbatim.

"Thats just slimy journalism on both counts," City Pulse editor & publisher Berl Schwartz said.

Courtesy photos Huey Lewis and the News and Sheryl Crow are the first
headliners announced for this summers Common Ground festival.