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For three years running, the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce festival has sought to sign a nationally-known headliner for the Parker Days kickoff concert. And for the third year in a row, they’ve succeeded, lining up Bret Michaels to get things started for the 2017 event.“You want somebody who’s going to be a showstopper, and that’s something he definitely brings,” said Sara Crowe, director of special projects for the chamber. “Obviously, we know he’s been around for a while, but he’s just a really good performer.”Bret Michaels, best known as the lead singer of ’80s glam rock quartet Poison, will get the party started this year on June 8, the first night of the Parker Days festival. Michaels’ biggest hits with the group were the ballad “Every Rose has its Thorn,” “Talk Dirty to Me” and “Nothin’ but a Good Time.” Reality TV fans will also recognize him as the star of VH1’s “Rock of Love.”Crowe said advanced ticket sales are already exceeding last year’s, when southern rock band 38 Special performed to start Parker’s big weekend. Attendance and advance sales last year topped 2015’s numbers, when Rick Springfield was the first big-name act to headline the kickoff concert.The June 8 concert begins at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at parkerdaysfestival.com and are $35 for general admission and $100 for VIP seating, which includes two drinks and access to the front of the stage. Convenience charges will be applied to all tickets, and concert tickets do not include admission to Parker Days carnival rides.
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