In the midst of winter’s chilly bluster, Michigan music festivals are whetting fan appetites by announcing lineups or adding big names to their rosters. The round-up at Local Spins.
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Michigan has become a hot destination for some big names when it comes summer music festivals.
Just consider some of the superstars in the 2023 lineups for several festivals announced earlier this week: Shania Twain, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band at Faster Horses, Lamb of God, Halestorm, Falling Reverse at Upheaval, Marcus King and Molly Tuttle at Hoxeyville, Charlotte De Witte and Underworld at Movement.
Of course, that’s just a smattering of the robust rosters of national and regional acts that will grace outdoor stages at dozens of festivals both sprawling and cozy spread across the Great Lakes State this summer.
“The scene here has come so far in the last 20 years since we started in the business,” said Jake Robinson, organizer of northern Michigan’s Hoxeyville Music Festival, taking place Aug. 18-20 amid the Manistee National Forest.
“Michigan has become the spot that people all over the country look at as the hotbed that it is for not only well-established talent, but so much new and upcoming talent. It’s incredible: Greta Van Fleet to Billy Strings. It’s a great time to be in The Mitten for music fans.”
Hoxeyville, which had earlier announced roots music stars The Wood Brothers and Keller Williams Grateful Grass among its headliners, just added Grammy-nominated Southern rock/blues artist Marcus King to the festival lineup as well as award-winning bluegrass guitarist Molly Tuttle and her band Golden Highway.
“We are very excited with the way this came together this year,” Robinson said. “It’s going to be a great Hoxeyville.”
Indeed, what 2020 might have been without COVID will certainly be that and more in 2023 when it comes to Michigan’s festival options.
Smaller festivals continue to pump up their bookings, too, from Battle Creek’s Michigan Metal Fest taking place in August to the intimate Tamarack Music Fest held in late July in Morley.
And fans can expect more lineup announcements in coming weeks and months.
Here are the lineups thus far for several Michigan festivals. View a full listing of festivals in our Michigan Music Festivals 2023 Guide, along with links to festival websites.
MOVEMENT (May 27-29 at Hart Plaza in Detroit) – Charlotte De Witte, Underworld, Mark Farina, Derrick Carter, Caribou, Carl Craig, DJ Minx, DJ Seinfeld, Dom Dolla, John Summit, Ela Minus, FJaak, Georgia Angiuli, Green Velvet, Klangkuenstler, LSDXOXO, Masters at Work, Moodymann, Robert Hood, SPFJDJ, Surgeaon, TSHA. Updates and info online at movementfestival.com.
FASTER HORSES (July 14-16 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn) – Luke Bryan, Shania Twain, Zac Brown Band, Dwight Yoakam, Dustin Lynch, Billy Currington, Dylan Scott, Mike., Blanco Brown, Warren Zeiders, Kameron Marlow, Chris Cagle, Hailey Whitters, Conner Smith, Kylie Morgan, Tenille Townes, Dee Jay Silver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, George Birge, Megan Moroney, Mackenzie Carpenter, Ashland Craft, Madeline Edwards, John Morgan, Aaron Raitiere, Mackenzie Porter, Chayce Beckham, Pillbox Patti, Peytan Porter, Lauren Watkins, Ben Burgess, Vivienne Artur. Details and ticket info at fasterhorsesfestival.com.
UPHEAVAL FESTIVAL (July 14-15 at Belknap Park in Grand Rapids) – Lamb of God, Falling in Reverse, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, In This Moment, Dorothy, Memphis May Fire, Royal Bliss, Suicide Silence, Crobot, Fame on Fire. More info, passes here.
TAMARACK MUSIC FEST (July 28-29 in Morley) – The Bootstrap Boys, Black Jake & The Carnies, Jordan Hamilton, Cosmic Knot, Eric Engblade, The Pistil Whips, Nicholas James & The Bandwagon, The Rupple Brothers, Slow Foot, Ruth & Max Bloomquist, les Older, Cetan Clawson, Strings & Slide, The Smokin’ Dobroleles, Jack Elliott, The Devil Doves, Beaver Xing, Voxanna, Ted Bounty, The Fat Animals, Cassie Catania, Tamarack Drum Circle, Laura Nowe. Info online here.
HOXEYVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL (Aug. 18-20 in Wellston) – Marcus King, The Wood Brothers, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Keller Williams Grateful Grass, Circles Around the Sun, Sierra Hull, Lindsay Lou, May Erlewine, Luke Winslow-King, Airborne or Aquatic?, Full Cord, Arlo McKinley, Neighbor, The Crane Wives, Myron Elkins & The Dying Breed, The Insiders (Tom Petty tribute), Seth Bernard, Scott Pellegrom Trio, Breathe Owl Breathe, Mystic Dub, Kait Rose. Details, tickets online here.
MICHIGAN METAL FEST (Aug. 19 at Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek) – God of Nothing, Raven Black and more still to be announced (with 30-plus bands on three stages). Info at Facebook here.
Check out a separate Local Spins story about Nor-East’r Music and Art Festival and its 2023 lineup.
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