Stage of Stars 2016

The Stage of Stars has a NEW LOCATION this year. It will be located on the Sanders Court Lot near the intersection of Main and 9th Street (next to the World’s Largest Skillet). This stage hosts all sorts of entertainment including the festivals most popular musical performances, contests and other entertainers.

Stage of Stars 2016:

The World Chicken Festival is pleased to announce the entertainment line-up for the 2016 Stage of Stars!

Thursday 9/22
7:00 pm Silhouette
9:00 pm Exile

Friday 9/23
6:00 pm Whiskey Belles
7:30 pm Ray Scott
9:00 pm Josh Thompson

Saturday 9/24
8:00 pm Hootz
9:00 pm Bret Michaels

Headlining this year’s entertainment will be Bret Michaels! Bret will be bringing his “The Party Starts Now – Tour 2016”, presented by and sponsored by PetSmart, to London’s World Chicken Festival “Stage of Stars” on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm.

Michaels is well known as an iconic performer and singer-songwriter, topping the charts both as the front man of rock band Poison and as a solo artist. The legendary singer/songwriter has sold over 3 million records worldwide. He has appeared in several reality television shows, including VH1’s “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels” and “NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice,” in which he was chosen the season nine winner. He has also starred in reality design shows on HGTV, Travel Channel and ABC. His Michaels Entertainment Group has grown into a $100 million business and is used as a platform for many of Michaels’ entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors. Both personally and through his Life Rocks Foundation, Bret has helped raise millions of dollars for charity and makes donations not only to diabetes awareness and research, but to such causes as childhood cancer, PetSmart Charities, Operation Homefront, Fealgood Foundation and more. His talent, business acumen and natural candor have solidified him as “a cultural touchdown” in the words of former Viacom CEO Judy McGrath, and has made him one of the most sought after performers, keeping him on the road for the last decade with nearly 300 annual live performances, speaking engagements, charitable concerts and private engagements each year. Michaels appears on ABC’s “Greatest Hits” program on July 14th.

Opening for Bret Michaels will be “The Hootz” from Buffalo, New York.

The WCF’ s Friday night entertainment will feature young country’s hot new artist, Josh Thompson. Opening for Josh will be Nashville singer-songwriter Ray Scott and the “Whiskey Belles” from Wisconsin. For more information on Josh, visit his website at

The “Stage of Stars” will open on Thursday with local band “Silhouette” fronting featured performer “Exile”. For more information on Thursday’s headliner, visit

The “Stage of Stars” entertainment committee would like to express our appreciation to the City of London Tourism for providing the primary funding for this year’s entertainment, and also our thanks to the various civic minded businesses which are helping sponsor this year’s artists. To date those businesses are: Forcht Bank, Yaden Auto Sales, Old Town Grill, London Auto Sales, London MotorSports, Wildcat Outdoor Adventures, Adrenaline Cycles, Day Bros. RVs and 101.9 Nash Icon radio


More information for the Stage of Stars performers can be found below:

The Hootz:

Ray Scott:

The Whiskey Belles: