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George Winston at the Flagstar Strand Theatre

  • Flagstar Strand Theatre 12 North Saginaw Street Pontiac, MI, 48342 United States (map)

World-renowned pianist George Winston returns to Michigan to play the fabulous Flagstar Strand Theatre in downtown Pontiac. Tickets, priced $25-$55, are available HERE. PLEASE -- only use Ticketmaster. See more info below.

This concert will be a drive for Gleaners Food Bank, and attendees are asked to bring a canned good to the show (drop boxes will be at the entrance). Of course, cash donations will also be accepted. Also, George will donate 100% of the proceeds from his merchandise sales to Gleaners.

The Strand was built in 1921 and fully restored last year. It seats around 850 and will be a gorgeous setting for George Winston to unleash on a 9-foot Steinway.

Winston was born in Michigan in 1949 and grew up mainly in Montana as well as Mississippi and Florida. He is best known for his solo piano recordings; several of his albums from the early 1980s have sold millions of copies each.

He plays in three styles: the melodic approach he developed that he calls "rural folk piano"; stride piano, primarily inspired by Thomas "Fats" Waller and Teddy Wilson; and his primary interest, New Orleans R&B piano, influenced by James Booker, Professor Longhair, and Henry Butler.


This is a notice from the Flagstar Strand Theater regarding our upcoming show. If you've already bought tickets or plan to, PLEASE read this:

"We have been made aware of a ticket scam by an individual using a second-party ticketing site for the George Winston concert at the Flagstar Strand on Dec. 16. The legitimate tickets are priced $25, $35, $45 and $55 and originate via Ticketmaster. We’ve seen some second-party sites selling tickets for this show for $47-$185.

We are working with the Sheriff’s Dept. to sort out the duplicate tickets to ensure guests with the legitimate tickets attend the performance. 

As an additional precaution, printed PDF tickets will not be honored for this particular performance. Guests who have purchased tickets will need to either present a hard ticket(s) or show their purchased tickets on their cell phones.

If you purchased tickets for George Winston through a second-party site or wish to pick up hard tickets in advance, please contact our box office for further information.

For those who still want to purchase tickets to George Winston – or any Flagstar Strand shows – again, we highly recommend purchasing tickets ONLY through these verified outlets: or the Flagstar Strand Box Office (box office hours are M-F noon-6 pm).

Earlier Event: December 14
Steve Taylor at Brighton Bar & Grill
Later Event: December 20
Steven Mullan at Hotel Baronette