For those who prefer banjos and steel guitars over synthesizers and laptops, the 12th annual Hoxeyville Music Festival might be just the ticket. Taking place within Manistee’s National Forest, the earthy event combines an intimate folk-fueled concert experience with open-air and camping.
Craft beer heads have the opportunity to make a pilgrimage up north for some serious brews and music on Aug. 21 and 22. The 8th Annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival has everything covered that you’d want in a summer beer fest.
Besides having one of the state’s funniest names, the city of Colon in Southwest Michigan also happens to be the Magic Capital of the World. For most of the year this claim is little more than a bit of trivia, but every August the tiny city of about 1,000 doubles in size as illusionists and fans from around the globe join for Abbott’s Magic Get Together.
“UFO Dictator” may be a sloppy, obscure 1979 punk 7-inch by the defunct Italian band Tampax, but it’s also a long-running punk and rock ‘n’ roll festival in Kalamazoo. The one-night blowout was founded in 2004 by Useless Eater, a veteran WIDR radio DJ and guitarist/vocalist of the local band No Bails.
Sometime in the mid-‘00s, Slipknot stopped diving into the audience from high balconies and setting each other on fire live on stage. It was a “better move for the longevity of the band,” according to one member. What remained: The matching jumpsuits, distinctive horror masks and growling vocals that give way to screaming jags over the thrashing guitar work.
If your mom wouldn’t let you see Marilyn Manson in the mid-‘90s when he was riding high on a wave of psychosexual controversy, now’s your chance to really get a rise out of her. The polarizing performer at the head of the eponymous band ransacked pop culture with his searing music videos, a shocking look that was equal parts Ziggy Stardust and Night of the Living Dead
“I’m a f****** paradox — no I’m not.” And just like that, hip-hop artist Tyler, the Creator has laid out his mission, his M.O. and everything intriguing about him. The 24-year-old rapper/producer/graphic designer rose to fame as the leader of the offbeat rap collective Odd Future, but since he went solo four years ago, Tyler has built a following on his own.
When Organissimo formed 15 years ago, the jazz trio’s goal was to make one of music’s more challenging genres more accessible to the casual music listener. They were also dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what direction jazz was headed. It was a tall order, but universal acclaim and a rabid fan base is solid proof that it’s been a successful mission so far.
It’s been 18 years since the smash ballad “The Freshman” propelled East Lansing rockers the Verve Pipe to the top of the modern rock chart. Despite a slew of other hits — including “Photograph,” “Hero” and “Never Let You Down” — and worldwide album sales of more than 1 million, the band took a 13-year recording hiatus, not including two kids’ albums.
Folk singer/songwriter Drew Nelson has toured North America and Europe performing solo and opening for big names like Melissa Etheridge and Edwin McCain. On April 17 he plays a free, all-ages show at Watermark 920 as part of the venue’s spring concert series, Watermark Live, which showcases Michigan-based talent.
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