The Aug. 10-12 festival on Kent County’s Shagbark Farm boasts a wealth of regional acts, from jam bands Earphorik and Ekoostik Hookah to local faves Fauxgrass and Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish.
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With Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, Fareed Haque, Grasshoppah, Earphorik and 16 other acts on the bill, Cowpie Music Festival 2017 will unleash its biggest lineup in years and even add another night of music to the revelry.
The three-day festival on Shagbark Farm, a working cattle ranch south of Grand Rapids, will take place Aug. 10-12, with popular West Michigan jam band UV Hippo playing two nights and Chicago jazz fusion guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque joining the group and other acts on stage Saturday.
Things will kick off for the first time ever on a Thursday, with the 15th edition of the festival featuring opening-night performances by Covert and White Rabbit, followed by two sets from UV Hippo.
The rest of the weekend boasts a lineup of popular regional acts including a reunion of Grasshoppah, a genre-bending outfit once based in Grand Rapids, sets by Grateful Dead tribute band Hyryder, Ohio jam band Ekoostik Hookah and Fort Wayne jam/funk/prog-rock group Earphorik, and performances from West Michigan faves Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish, Desmond Jones, Fauxgrass, Hannah Rose Graves, Jimmie Stagger, Delilah DeWylde, The Bootstrap Boys, Olivia Mainville and many more.
See the full lineup at right, with video clips from some of the bands below.
“People were asking for one more day, so we delivered,” said John “Farmer John” Crissman, owner of Shagbark Farm in Alaska in southern Kent County. “If you can’t dance all weekend to this lineup, you don’t have a pulse. With that being said, we might just raise the dead!”
Early-bird tickets are on sale now via brownpapertickets.com. A full weekend pass costs $60, Friday-Saturday $50, and Saturday-only $40. The weekend of the festival, prices will rise to $80 at the gate on Thursday, $70 on Friday and $60 on Saturday.
Gates will open at noon Thursday, Aug. 10, with music starting at 5:30 p.m.
“Adding Thursday creates more slots so that we can showcase more artists,” noted organizer Madalyn Crissman. “As for the roster, our aim is always to have an eclectic mix and I think we once again have accomplished that. The amount of talent we’re going to have on the stage this year is mind-blowing.”
The festival will also once again host a series of workshops over the weekend, though details about those sessions are still being finalized. (Get updates on the Cowpie Music Festival Facebook page.)
Last year’s Cowpie Music Festival featured headlining sets by Chicago’s Strange Arrangement and Michigan’s own Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, with more than a dozen regional acts filling out the bill. Check out Local Spins coverage and photos from the 2016 Cowpie here.
VIDEO: Fareed Haque
VIDEO: Ultraviolet Hippopotamus
VIDEO: Cowpie Music Festival 2016, Day One
VIDEO: Cowpie Music Festival 2016, Day Two
Story, photos and more coverage of the 2016 festival at Local Spins here.
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