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    STERLING HEIGHTS — Music fans will get a fresh slate of culinary options and musical acts, including rocker Bret Michaels from Poison, at the upcoming Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair this month.

    Sterling Heights officials say Sterlingfest is the city’s largest annual event, as it typically boasts a turnout of tens of thousands of visitors. This year, Sterlingfest will run July 27-29 in the area surrounding the intersection of Utica Road and Dodge Park Road.

    At a July 5 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, a city presentation explained that Sterlingfest will bring back its art fair, a midway and a July 29 SterlingFAST 5K Run Walk.

    “I hope and pray the weather is good,” City Manager Mark Vanderpool said. “I think we’re due for a solid three days of perfect weather this year.”

    According to organizers, musical acts will perform at the fair’s main, jazz and blues, and Suds ‘n’ Sounds stages, and children may enjoy watching suitable entertainment at a kids tent.

    Among the major acts scheduled each evening, on July 27 The Detroit Jedis will open at 7 p.m. for Killer Flamingos, who will perform at 8 p.m. On July 28, Sterling Heights Battle of the Bands winner Blue Spectrum is expected to open for Rod Stewart tribute band Danny D and the Vagabonds. On July 29, Black Tie Event will perform before headliner Bret Michaels takes the stage.

    Sterling Heights Community Relations Director Bridget Kozlowski said one of the new aspects of this year’s event is a pathway connection from the Suds ‘n’ Sounds tent to the main stage. She said the pathway will let people who consume alcoholic beverages be able to watch the major concerts.

    In addition, the food options for this year’s Sterlingfest will be expanded and will have some new participants, she said.

    “We have El Charro coming, and Eclipse Burgers — a local restaurant on Van Dyke — and (Megha’s) Athidhi Indian Cuisine in Sterling Heights,” Kozlowski said. “We’re going to have 13 restaurant options on Restaurant Row this year, which is the largest we’ve had in many years.”

    The 2017 Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair will take place from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. July 27-29 in the areas of the Richard J. Notte City Center and Dodge Park, located by the intersection of Dodge Park Road and Utica Road.

    More event information is available by visiting or by calling (586) 446-2471.

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