According to a variety of questionable online sources, Oct. 17 was declared Wear Something Gaudy Day back in the ’70s by everyone’s favorite pig of a neighbor, Larry Dallas, on the sitcom Three’s Company. And while we’re not entirely sure if that’s true, we are sure that it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun to celebrate.
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.
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