Friday August 19th, 2022

6 PM – 9:30 PM

The excitement continues on Friday, August 19th as the Cruise "N" Concert returns
to Downtown Flint, ALL NEW LOCATION this year in the Flat Lot!

Saginaw Street and the surrounding side streets will be closed to regular traffic at 5:00 PM in preparation for the biggest and best FREE concert ever, and to provide plenty of parking for collector cars. Bring your Classic Car, your lawn chairs, and join the Party. Come early!  

There will be plenty to see and do before the show starts. Check out the cars. Adding to the festive atmosphere, local restaurants and bars will be open, and additional food and automotive vendors will be available on the Flat Lot from 2 PM to 9 PM.

Back to the Bricks Events Committee will do a special Rolling Cruise, leaving IINN at 3pm and head to Downtown Flint to start the “Special” parking on Saginaw Street in between Kearsley and 1st. We encourage everyone to join them in Downtown Flint. Explore the Restaurants and Bars and get ready to rock and roll. 

The show begins at 6pm, and is brought you by Big John Steak and Onion and Ashley Outlet® in partnership with Tonic Events. Back this year taking the stage is a presentation by the Armed Forces, and then the opening act, the Original BADFINGER.

Then Headliner ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION, will rock the stage from 8:00 PM until 9:30 PM. 


ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION Formed from the cream of Atlanta’s studio musicians, the Atlanta Rhythm Section (hailing from nearby Doraville, Georgia) came together in 1970 after working on a Roy Orbison recording session. Keyboardist Dean Daughtry and drummer Robert Nix had been members of Orbison’s backing group, the Candymen, and Daughtry and guitarist J.R. Cobb had been members of the Top 40 hitmakers Classics IV (“Spooky,” “Stormy,” “Traces”). Rounding out the original ARS lineup were vocalist Rodney Justo (replaced after the first album by Ronnie Hammond), guitarist Barry Bailey, and bassist Paul Goddard. 

The group recorded two albums for Decca Records in 1972, neither of which made an impact, before signing to Polydor Records in 1974. Their first album for that company, Third Annual Pipe Dream, only reached number 74 in the U.S. The next two albums fared worse. Finally, in 1977, “So In To You” became the band’s breakthrough single, reaching the U.S. Top 10, and the album from which it came, A Rock And Roll Alternative, went gold. Their platinum follow up album, Champagne Jam, broke into the Top 10 in 1978, together with the blockbuster single “Imaginary Lover” (“I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight” was another major hit from the same album). Nix left after that, replaced on drums by Roy Yeager. During this magical timeframe, ARS performed at the White House for President Jimmy Carter, another notable Georgia product.

After an extended break, the band got back together in the mid-‘90s and re-recorded some of their best and best-known songs. The live-in-the-studio sound of Atlanta Rhythm Section ’96 presents a different, less polished take on some classic tunes and captures the sound of their live performances from that period. Three original band members returned: singer Ronnie Hammond, guitarist Barry Bailey and keyboardist Dean Daughtry. They were joined by Steve Stone on guitar, Justin Senker on bass and Sean Burke on drums. The group also cut a second version of these songs with the same lineup except for new drummer R. J. Vealey.

It was around this time that ARS was elected to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The band was honored at a September 1996 induction ceremony at the Georgia World Congress Center. In the first part of 2001, lead singer Ronnie Hammond made a commitment to perform with the ensemble touring group Voices of Classic Rock and this led to a parting of ways with ARS. 

Original singer Rodney Justo and original bassist Paul Goddard returned to ARS in 2011 after lengthy absences from the group. Sadly, Goddard passed away April 29, 2014 of cancer in Atlanta. Nonetheless, Atlanta Rhythm Section will carry on, continuing to make concert appearances showcasing their many classic hits and outstanding musical abilities.

THANK YOU to our Sponsors of the Cruise "N" Concert

Special Recognition to our Partner

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