Billed as the ‘best tiny festival in the Mitten State,’ Tamarack rolls out more than 20 regional acts this weekend. Get the preview, playlist, schedule and details at Local Spins.
Tamarack Music Festival proudly calls itself the “best tiny festival in the Mitten State” and there are plenty of reasons organizers John and Dee Harvey can back that up.
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For one thing, the festival packs performances by more than 20 regional acts into two days in a very intimate setting on 10 acres just outside Morley in Mecosta County, less than an hour north of Grand Rapids.
Ypsilanti “crabgrass” band Black Jake & The Carnies, Grand Rapids vintage country act The Bootstrap Boys and folk/country/roots rock band Nicholas James & The Bandwagon, Kalamazoo hip hop cellist Jordan Hamilton, psychedelic rock/jam band Cosmic Knot and West Michigan bluegrass band The Smokin’ Dobroleles form just part of the eclectic lineup for the festival celebrating its fifth year in 2023.
With a limited number of tickets available for this annual celebration, John Harvey noted that the 2023 event is sold out — attesting to the growing popularity of the cozy, boutique-styled affair.
He also noted that the festival has expanded viewing areas for 2023 and “spent a lot of time ensuring our musicians and festivalgoers are comfy: new sound booth, new roof over solo stage.”
TAMARACK MUSIC FESTIVALWHEN: Friday-Saturday (July 28-29)
WHERE: 4285 170th Ave., Morley
THE DRIVE: 47 miles (44 minutes) from Grand Rapids
93 miles (1 hour, 18 minutes) from Kalamazoo
197 miles (2 hours, 48 minutes) northwest of Detroit
108 miles (1 hour, 29 minutes) from Lansing
105 miles (1 hour, 41 minutes) south of Traverse City
THE LINEUP: Cosmic Knot, Black Jake & the Carnies, Nicholas James & The Bandwagon, The Smokin’ Dobroleles, Slow Foot, the Devil Doves, The Fat Animals, Jordan Hamilton, The Bootstrap Boys, The Reverend Jesse Ray, The Rupple Brothers, Beaver Xing and more. View full schedule below.
QUOTE: “It’s a small, intimate festival stuck on a little parcel in the middle of the woods outside of a small town up north. It’s in my hometown of Morley. So, what’s special about it is it’s super inclusive chill vibe and beautiful scenery and a great lineup. What to expect from our set? A rowdy good time.” – Jake Stillson of The Bootstrap Boys
WEATHER FORECAST (as of July ):
Friday – High of 78 degrees, variably cloudy with possible thundershowers
Saturday – High of 79 degrees, partly sunny
TICKETS: $75 (SOLD OUT)
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