2008 Music Festivals
Anti-Freeze Blues Festival, Ferndale MI (January 4, 2008 - January 5, 2008)
Benefits the Detroit Blues Society.
The 14th Annual Anti-Freeze Blues Festival is a benefit for the Detroit Blues Society. This festival will feature The Hodge Brothers (Catfish & Dallas) and Bettye Lavette. Other artist to perform at the 14th Annual Anti-Freeze Blues Festival include: Thornetta Davis, Erich Goebel Band, The Grandmasters, Mike Espy/Yakety, Johnnie Bassett, Laith Al Saadi, Count Bracey & The Pleasuretones and The Front Street Blues Band.
Venue Information Magic Bag
22920 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale MI, 48220
Ferndale Metro Blues Festival, Ferndale MI (Jan. 25 - Feb. 2, 2008)
Held at many venues and concerts in 9 days. Live blues, jazz, and rock. no cover charge for most events at this festival.
Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Ann Arbor MI (January 23-24 2008)
Blues, Folk, World, Bluegrass artists, old favorites and new surprises, not to be missed.
Mayfest Bluegrass Music Festival, Lowell MI May 16-18, 2008
Sponsored by West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association, it features a national act and some local and regional bluegrass groups, plus 4 workshops.
Detroit's Downtown Hoedown, Detroit, Mi (May 9-11, 2007) 26th Annual www.wycdhoedown.com
Held at Hart Plaza, the 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown country music fest includes established & new artists "and is widely recognized as the largest Country Music show of its kind in the world."
Detroit Festival of The Arts (June 8-10, 2008)
A Nor-East'r is a storm including high winds originating in the north east. Our festival in north east Michigan will BLOW YOU AWAY & you will want to come back for next year's season! We feature 3 days of a variety of original & traditional styles of music & dance presented on 2 stages; so you can shop for the performance you want to see. Dance classes will be available as well as music workshops & various other side shows.
Cornstock - Kalamazoo, MI (June 14 2008)
Music and Arts Festival - 9 am - 10 p.m. - Lots of great bands lined up... Brian VanderArk, Big Leg Emma, Black Eyed Susan, Home Brew, Windy River Band, Schlitz Creek and more. Fun for everyone, great food, great arts and crafts and great music. Vendor space available. Admission $5, 12 and under free! Located at the Scotts Mill Park. Contact Robert - (269) 626-8081
Spirit of the Woods, Brethren, MI (June 21, 2008)
2008 Lineup - Reggae Cowboys, Ember Swift, Nobody's Darlin', Rusty Blaides, Earthwork Women, Breathe Owl Breathe, and Ruby John. A wonderful free, one day festival.
36th Annual Charlotte Bluegrass Festival, Charlotte, MI (June 26-28, 2008) http://www.wilderbluegrassfestival.com/charlotte.htm
The Oldest Continuous Bluegrass Festival in Michigan. Eaton County Fairgrounds, S. Cochran Street, Charlotte, Mi Exit 60 off I-69
P.O. Box 1939 - Royal Oak, MI 48068
(248) 435-2828 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 25th Annual Tottenham Bluegrass Festival Tottenham, ON (June 20-22, 2008)
Three days of Bluegrass Music held June 20, 21 & 22, 2008 in the natural ampitheatre of the Tottenham Conservation Area, by the waters of the village pond. This year's lineup draws popular and award winning groups from the United States and across Canada. Our host will again be the entertaining and hilarious Mike O'Reilly. Naturally there are many other things to do this weekend both at the festival or around the Village of Tottenham.
Alpena Blues Festival, Alpena, MI (June 27-29 2008)
Hot Blues and Barbecue Festival Oxford, MI (June 21. 2008)
Ann Arbor Summer Festival (June 13-July 6)
Leslie Bluegrass Festival, Leslie, MI (July 3-5, 2008)
Wheel Inn Campground. Many scheduled artists including: The Grascals, David Parmley & Continental Divide, Larry Stephenson.
Common Ground Music Festival, Lansing MI (July 7-13, 2008)
Top-shelf, national musical performers - will occupy two (2) main stages each night. Country, Classic Rock, New Rock and R&B. National talent and a variety of local, regional performers.
Idlewild Music Fest, Idlewild, MI (July 10-12, 2008)
Taste of Battle Creek, Battle Creek, MI (July 11-12, 2008)
Meijer All American Jam, Taylor MI (July 10-13. 2008)
4rd Annual K'zoo Folklife Folk Festival, Kalamazoo MI (July [2008 TBA])
Hiawatha Music Festival in Marquette MI (July 18-20, 2008)
Features traditional-music styles that include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues and folk - including singer/songwriters - and dance. Main stage acts include nationally known performers as well as regional and local favorites.
Beaver Island Music Festival, Beaver Island, near Charlevoix MI (July 18-19, 2008)
Festival promotes variety and tradition of all music and art. camping available. tickets are from $17.50 to $40, 12 and under Free - (must be accompanied by an adult). camping passes $5 or $10.
Spirit of Detroit Music Festival (July)
Marshall Bluegrass Festival, Marshall, MI (July 24-26, 2008) http://pathfindershirtsohio.com/Marshall%20Michigan%20Bluegrass%20Festival.htm
Band Scramble, Picking all over, great line up of acts, plenty of shelter and shade - new showers, camping, restrooms and more! Vendors and food concessions on the grounds.
Calhoun County Fairgrounds
P.O. Box 311 - 720 Fair Street
Marshall, MI 49068 (616) 781-8161 - FAX (616) 781-6377
Salt River Acres Bluegrass Festival Oil City MI (near Midland) (July 24-26, 2008) www.saltriveracres.com/DesktopDefault.aspx?SUB=SHOWS&xml=bluegrass.xml
29th annual Salt River Acres Family Bluegrass Festival. Tickets $25 to $50.
Hoxeyville Music Festival, Cadillac MI (July 25-27)
6th annual Hoxeyville Music Festival. Great Roots Music, Camping, Canoeing, Disc Golf... What more could you want?
Flint Folk Festival, Flint Mi (July 19, 2008)
Featuring the Yellow Room Gang and Four Shillings Short at Kearsley Park, Flint
Woodtick Music Festival, Powers MI (U.P.) (July 31-August 3, 2008)
Woodtick Music Festival is a home-grown, Upper Peninsula style shindig featuring a variety of regional and not so regional bands.
Sleeping Bear Dunegrass & Blues Festival, Empire MI (July 31-August 3, 2008)
Scheduled local and national artists are listed on website. Festival held at the festival grounds in Leelanau County on the shores of Lake Michigan amid the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore.
Riverfolk Music & Arts Festival Manchester MI, (August 2, 2008)
Bluegrass in the Park, Atlanta, MI (August 1-3, 2008)
Arts, Beats, and Eats Pontiac MI (August 29-Sept 1, 2008)
Great Lakes Folk Festival, East Lansing MI (August 8-10 2008)
Music at Milford Memories Summer Festival, Milford (August 8-10, 2008)
CowPie Blues Festival 2007, Alaska, MI. (August 8-9, 2008)
"The CowPie", is a now a two day event always on the second weekend in August. Music, crafts, food and camping. Tents are also brought in. Festival is held on a forty acres farm, opens in the late morning and the show lasts until midnight.
Farmfest Johannesburg, MI (August 14-17. 2008)
Woodward Dream Cruise & Retro Festival (August 15-17, 2008)
Porcupine Mountains Music Festival (August 22-24. 2008)
Blues By The Bay, East Tawas MI (August 22-24, 2008)
7th annual three day blues festival.
3rd Annual "The Gathering" Acoustical Guitar Festival, Trenton MI(August 24-25, 2007) 2008 TBA
FREE. Trenton Cultural Center, 2427 West Rd, Trenton MI 48183.
7-10pm on Friday, 1-8pm on Saturday. Features local acoustic guitar groups and individuals in an open mic format. All acoustic guitar musicans welcome. information: 734-675-7300.
Michigan Womyn's Music Festival (August 5-10, 2008)
Thumbfest, Lexington, Michigan (August 29-31, 2008)
Marquette Area Blues Fest, Marquette MI (U.P.) (August 30-31, 2008) www.marquetteareabluessociety.org
Festival in Lower Harbor Park includes performances, workshops and post-festival parties. Tickets available for single day, weekend, and advance discount.
Jake's Music Festival, Grand Rapids, MI (September 6, 2008)
Held at the Wealthy Street Theatre, Tom and Mary Scheidel put together this annual music fest featuring local bands to benefit their son Jake who has Type 1 diabetes. All proceeds go to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Wheatland Music festival Remus MI (Sept 5-7, 2008)
The grand-daddy of all Michigan Roots Music Festivals.
Dally in the Alley - Music in Detroit. (September 8, 2007 [TBA 2008])
31th annual. 4 stages featuring many artists and styles of music.
Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin TX (September 26-28, 2008)
6th Annual Earthworks Harvest Lake City, MI (September 19-21, 2008) www.roughdraftdesigns.com/harvestgathering/
Come and enjoy natural foods, kids activities, workshops, earthwork music and more. Phone (616) 245-2217 for more information.
Michigan Irish Music Festival (September 12-14)
Fallfest Bluegrass Music Festival, Lowell MI (September 14-16, 2007 [TBA 2008])
At the Lowell Fair Grounds, sponsored by West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association.
Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival, Royal Oak (October 3-4, 2008)
The American Music Research Foundation is pleased to announce that the 10th Annual Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival will take place in downtown Detroit at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts on Friday October 5th and Saturday October 6th . The performances will be recorded for public television.
Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival Alpena MI (October 9-12, 2008)
Kitty Donohoe, David H.B. Drake, and Dan Hall. The world’s largest Lighthouse festival.