Hey Michiganders, what are you doing July 12th? If you have $49.50 and a working car, you should skip the next couple fancy restaurant dinners and head to Mo Pop Festival in Sterling Heights, Mich.
I, too, dug into the vast emptiness of my college student wallet as I stared hopelessly at the Bonaroo lineup in February. And again in March, the deep pang of financial reality jabbed at me with the release of the Lollapalooza lineup. But they say music, art, and beer happen to good people, and I’m fairly certain that saying applies particularly to young Michigan residents with limited funds and mobility.
I can hardly think of a better way to spend nearly 11 hours than with 14 bands, whispering (or blaring) sweet indie pop and rock nothings into my ear. The young festival seeks the attention of alternative music junkies with big-name bands performing on two stages. Because most of the bands seem to possess a similar high energy, cool, and carefree vibe, the musical atmosphere promises to be as harmonious as ever. I’m personally looking forward to seeing bands like Wild Cub and Bad Suns, from whom I’ve heard just one or two songs. What better occasion than live performance to hear more than the one hit song you’ve heard here and there?
These high-profile bands, along with the promise of mo’ beer, food, and art, add substantial anticipation to the festival. With love of all things Michigan, Mo Pop will feature not only Michigan-based bands (Flint Eastwood and more), but also Michigan-based beer, food, and art. In separate “villages” are the Mo Food Truck Rally Alley, the Mo Biergarten, and Mo Art Village, which house numerous Michigan food trucks, Michigan beers, and Michigan art, respectively. Now that I’ve exhausted the word “Michigan,” you can see the lineup, ticket information, pictures, food, and much more for yourself:
Written by Juhee Lee