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Classic rock band to play Belleville Oktoberfest

Starship, featuring singer Mickey Thomas, will perform at the Belleville Oktoberfest.
Starship, featuring singer Mickey Thomas, will perform at the Belleville Oktoberfest.

Belleville residents, prepare — a classic rock band is making its way to the main stage of this year’s Oktoberfest.

Officials announced Thursday that Starship, a rock band, will play at 9 p.m. Sept. 15 with original band member Mickey Thomas. Starship evolved from Jefferson Starship and, before that, Jefferson Airplane.

Starship and Jefferson Starship hits featuring Thomas include “We Built This City,” “Sara,” “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” “Jane,” “Can’t Find Love” and “Find Your Way Back.”

The 37th annual Oktoberfest will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. September 15 and 16 in downtown Belleville.

Along with a variety of musical acts, the event offers more than 40 food vendors, a wiener dog race and costume contest, a children’s area, a cornhole tournament and a German tent filled with goods and music.

Starship was founded in 1979. The band is currently on tour.

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