Prepare your ears for some indie, rock, folk, funk and more at this year’s Audiotree Music Festival. Returning for the sixth consecutive year, Kalamazoo is hosting the best way to close out the summer of 2018. The newly released lineup promises headliners Father John Misty and Local Natives, along with Real Estate, Chicano Batman and Khruangbin.
Spend the weekend listening to a variety of music, indulging in local food trucks and drinking craft beer with the whole family Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23. The festival welcomes all ages, and children under 10 receive free admission with an adult. Single day tickets are $45 and two day tickets are $80. You can buy tickets here.
A little background for those who haven’t been exposed to this year’s headliners – Local Natives are an indie rock band from the City of Angels. With darker rock ‘n’ roll sounds, this band has a niche for harmonizing vocals, creating a dreamlike essence. Father John Misty takes cues from Bob Dylan with his softer folk rock sounds, yet his moody lyrics and romantic melodies show off a vulnerable side. His newest album, God’s Favorite Customer, was named Best New Music by Pitchfork.
One of the goals intended for Audiotree Music Festival is to create an open sense of community amongst attendees. By bringing in local vendors and working with local nonprofits and student groups, the founders of the festival are trying to make that goal a reality.
A new addition to this year’s festival is The Discovery Stage. Partnering with Western Michigan University’s college radio station, WIDR, the festival is able to host 12 more bands including local artists and Audiotree Alumni.
Now, for what you’ve really been waiting for…
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Father John Misty