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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Bret Michaels is returning to Fort Thomas for the Merchants and Music, Bands Against Cancer Concert

Concert Presented by Fort Thomas Renaissance and St. Elizabeth

Bret Michaels is coming back to Fort Thomas, Kentucky.

The 16th annual Merchants and Music Festival in historic Fort Thomas, Kentucky will welcome back Bret Michaels as the headlining act on September 26, 2020 in historic Tower Park in Fort Thomas.

Joining him on the stage that day will be David Tucker originally from nearby Augusta, KY, and local bands, The Leftovers, and Mad Costanza.

Michaels last played the concert in 2015 to a record-breaking crowd.

Last year, St. Elizabeth got involved to sponsor the concert and added to the brand. "Bands Against Cancer" benefitted patients, families and friends impacted by cancer.

“St. Elizabeth Healthcare Bands Against Cancer” was formed when Dr. Dan Flora, a physician at St. Elizabeth, and his patient Brian Lauer, a local businessman and musician, discovered their mutual love of music and determination to help others impacted by cancer. They teamed up with St. Elizabeth and the City of Ft. Thomas to create a family event with music, food trucks and children’s activities to help Northern Kentucky residents touched by a cancer diagnosis.

Dr. Flora says, “When Brian and I discovered we both played in local bands and loved music, we started talking about how we could create an event that helped others dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

They hoped to make “St. Elizabeth Healthcare Bands Against Cancer” an annual event in Fort Thomas.

Sadly, Lauer, a member of the band Borderline, recently passed away. Last year he credited his band mates with helping him through his treatment.

“I hadn’t played in a band for a few years. When my friends and neighbors saw I was struggling during treatment, they wanted to give me something else to focus on, so they invited me to a band rehearsal and then to a gig.

I have been playing with them ever since.”

"I am beyond excited that Bret Michaels will be headlining Merchants & Music Festival again. Bret is a certified megastar and is part of our pop culture.  It's going to be huge for the city of Fort Thomas and I can't wait to see what he does this time," said Katie Walters, emcee for the event.

An American singer-songwriter and musician, Michaels gained fame as the lead singer of the rock band Poison who have sold over 40 million records worldwide and 15 million records in the United States alone. The band has also charted 10 singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and a number-one single, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn".

He's almost most definitely the banana on The Masked Singer.

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