The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute by Mike Fornes

Friday
21
Sep

Hits from the Canadian Balladeer

The Songs and the Stories

 

Why you should see this show…

In 2007 Mackinaw City guitarist Mike Fornes assembled a band of four backing musicians for a salute to Canadian balladeer Gordon Lightfoot. The group’s work has developed into a stunning theatre show that replicates the Lightfoot concert experience.

“This is music from our culture, our way of life,” said Fornes. “Obviously there are lots of romantic ballads and fun songs among Lightfoot’s list of hits, but his music carries a common appreciation among people that I think concert-goers truly enjoy.”

Storytelling of the events that inspired the writing of the songs have become as much a part of the show as the songs themselves in Fornes’ portrayal of Lightfoot. His tireless research and personal interaction with Lightfoot have resulted in accurate mannerisms, speaking patterns and clothing used by the Canadian icon in concert. Fornes, who tours annually, performs more than 60 shows in five states and Canada each year. He will accompany himself on rhythm six-string and 12-string guitars, authentic to the models used by Lightfoot on stage.
 

Mike Fornes Bio
Retired from a radio and television play-by-play career that spanned 26 years and more than 1,500 broadcasts in the National Hockey League and professional baseball, Mike’s musical interests now blend the woods, the water and the wildlife with the North Country music you’ll hear in his shows.

His portrayal of Gordon Lightfoot is simply an honest effort to entertain with an accurate representation of a Lightfoot concert. Mike plays the role of “Gord” in first person, yet avoids saying “I” or “me” in his storytelling of the songs and the circumstances of how they were written. His tireless research and personal interaction with Lightfoot have lead to accurate mannerisms, speaking patterns, clothing, and of course identical guitars used by the Canadian icon on stage.

Rarely does he break character, usually only to introduce the band or give a personal message before the conclusion of the show.

If you have read Mike’s newspaper work, heard him on the radio, seen him on TV or read any of the four books he has written about Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge or the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw, his love of the Straits of Mackinac area is clear.

On stage, he demonstrates his love of a genre of timeless music that captured millions during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. His catalogue of Gord’s music includes 77 songs that he chooses from in concert.

Mike tours annually and will play more than 60 shows in five states and Canada in 2016.

 

Dining Options

You have two dining options when attending a show in our Concert Hall:

Rusty Anchor at the Music Box – If you’d enjoy a more extensive menu, we suggest you dine downstairs in the Rusty Anchor before your concert. The Rusty Anchor menu features a great mix of Cleveland Comfort food including a selection of seafood, steaks & chops. Reservations are required for parties of two or more. To make a dinner reservation, please click here or call our Box Office at (216) 242-1250 and allow 90 minutes to dine prior to the beginning of the show upstairs.

Concert Hall – We recently introduced a NEW MENU upstairs in the Concert Hall, and we encourage you to give it a try. As always, you dine right in your ticketed seat. So, there is no additional reservation required. Last call to dine in your seats in the Concert Hall will be at showtime. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before showtime if you plan to eat dinner in your seats. Table side beverage service will continue throughout the concert.

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