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38 Special, Gin Blossoms highlight Greek Festival

by Deanne Puca

May 19, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of the Gin Blossoms.
Gin Blossoms perform Saturday, June 4, at Greek Fest
KALAMAZOO--Rock bands 38 Special and the Gin Blossoms will be featured alongside glasses of Ouzo and shouts of "Opa!" at the 35th annual Kalamazoo Greek Festival Thursday through Saturday, June 2-4, at Arcadia Creek Festival Place.

Gates open at 11 a.m. each day, and admission is free until 4 p.m.

Thursday admission is $5 from 4 to 10:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday admission is $5 from 4 to 7 p.m. and $10 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

After 8 p.m., people younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Live entertainment will include southern rock band 38 Special, who will perform Friday from 10 to 11:30 p.m. The Gold and Platinum Award-winning band has released more than 15 albums since 1976 with hits such as "Hold On Loosely," "Rockin? Into the Night," "Caught Up in You," "Fantasy Girl," "If I'd Been the One," "Back Where You Belong," "Chain Lightnin'," "Second Chance" and more.

Pop rock band Gin Blossoms takes the stage Saturday from 10 to 11:30 p.m. By blending contemporary power pop with elements of the post-grunge era, Gin Blossoms emerged as torchbearers of the lighter side of alternative rock. With five albums, the band had several hits in the 1990s including "Hey Jealousy," "Found Out About You" and "Till I Hear It from You."

The festival also will offer more traditional Greek entertainment during the day, including several performances from Detroit's The Levendes, a full Greek orchestra that will be accompanied by Greek dancers and belly dancers, as well as a slew of authentic Greek food and beverages.

The festival's main staple--handmade food from Stacy Skartsiaris, owner of Theo & Stacy's Restaurant--will include popular items such as loukoumathes, a dessert similar to an elephant ear that is deep-fried and covered with honey and cinnamon; mousaka, a Greek casserole; spinach pie; grape leaves; and Skartsiaris' cookies.

Alcohol will include Ouzo, a Greek licorice liquor, and the Dionysos Wine Garden featuring Greek wines.

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