The first-year festival outside Stanton has delivered sets by dozens of Michigan bands. Browse the Local Spins photo gallery, check out the video of the festival site.
It began with some rain and chilly conditions, but the inaugural White Birch Music Festival at the Morelands Motocross Park outside Stanton survived and thrived this weekend.
A small but hardy and enthusiastic crowd cheered more than 20 Michigan acts on Friday and Saturday, with the sun shining down on the festival Sunday for another dozen performances that were scheduled to close out the event.
A good indication of any first-year event’s success: a commitment to do it all again.
“We will be back next year,” exclaimed organizer Ryan Williams, who also fronts the band The Change. “The festival has been amazing. We had a great turnout for a first-year event. So many smiling faces. We have been so blessed and are so amazed by the support.”
Local Spins photographer Anna Sink described the “chill vibes” atmosphere of White Birch as “a mix between Cowpie Music Festival and Marnia. It was really cool and farmy almost in scenery.”
Singer-songwriter and Sunday performer Nicholas James Thomasma called it “small, but very friendly and enthusiastic, very welcoming. The property is gorgeous. It’s a festival with a family reunion vibe, or a family reunion with a festival vibe. I’m not sure which.”
Williams was impressed with the performers, especially those that closed out Saturday’s lineup.
“Act Casual and Roosevelt Diggs were rocking,” he said. “I loved all of the bands and the energy about the space.”
Check out some video highlights and a photo gallery here.
PHOTO GALLERY: White Birch Music Festival
Photos by Anna Sink and Ryan Williams
VIDEO: White Birch Music Festival Site, Morelands Motocross Park
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