The annual Memorial Day weekend festival hosted by Buses by the Beach along Lake Michigan will also boast sets by Nicholas James, Deerfield Run, Political Lizard, Full Cord and more.
It’s one of the first Michigan music festivals of the summer, so it’s no surprise that its lineup announcement would come so early in the year.
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Bus Benefit presented by Buses by the Beach will roll out once again on Memorial Day weekend, this time with performances by The Legal Immigrants, The Gasoline Gypsies, The Go Rounds, Deerfield Run, Full Cord and festival mainstays such as Roosevelt Diggs, Nicholas James & the Bandwagon and Fauxgrass.
The 18th Bus Benefit – taking place May 24-27 at Camp Blodgett south of Grand Haven along Lake Michigan – will also boast sets by Political Lizard, B-Side Growlers, Loren Johnson, Van Mason and more, organizers announced today.
The cozy music festival that stars regional acts and raises money for the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, has long been a favorite to kick off the summer, particularly for Volkswagen bus owners who gather for the annual camaraderie, wooded camping, family activities, a raffle and silent auction, and of course, live music on two stages. Of course, the event also has become popular with non-VW bus owners.
“This event is my favorite year after year,” gushed Jon Shears, who not only plays bass for Roosevelt Diggs but books the Bus Benefit. “This year’s lineup is the best of what Michigan has to offer on each respective night.”
Musician and fan Brent Godfrey ranks the Bus Benefit as one of his top Michigan music festivals, noting it’s in a great location, features a “good mix of Michigan and regional bands” and boasts a “laid-back” vibe, “with time for biking, swimming and jamming and conversation with neighbors.”
Early-bird tickets for the weekend are $65 through April 19, after which ticket prices rise to $80. Admission at the gate that weekend is $100, with day passes costing $50. There’s also a $25 non-VW vehicle fee. Get more information online here.
Friday evening’s performances on the main stage will feature Political Lizard and Nicholas James and the Bandwagon, with The B-Side Growlers, Fauxgrass, Full Cord, The Go Rounds playing Saturday, and Deerfield Run, The Gasoline Gypsies, The Legal Immigrants and Roosevelt Diggs on Sunday.
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