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Lansing festivals set up shop

Rock N Brew is officially a go for this year

by Rich Tupica
Crews set up for the inaugural Michigan Rock N Brew Festival in Adado Riverfront Park. Rich Tupica/City Pulse

Friday, Aug. 3 — Adado Riverfront Park is fenced off today while crews work to set up stages, tents and portable restrooms: Michigan Rock N Brew Festival is officially on for this year.

This is the inaugural year for Rock N Brew, which was abruptly cancelled last year just days before it was set to start. The live music event will consist of nearly 30 bands and a long list of Michigan microbrews.

Rock N Brew will feature Toadies, known for their 1994 hit single, “Possum Kingdom,” and Helmet, who exploded in 1992 with the album “Meantime.” Also scheduled is Nashville-based blues-rock band Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown, led by Bryant, a young guitar virtuoso who has been compared to Stevie Ray Vaughn and Kenny Wayne Sheppard. 

Aside from supporting youthful beer enthusiasts and rock 'n' roll fans, Ted Wilson, one of the Rock N Brew organizers, said the event is also intent on highlighting the Michigan beer industry. 

“We are Michigan’s first stand-alone music festival to serve nothing but Michigan microbrew beer, which is why it’s gotten so much notoriety,” Wilson said. “It’s a big deal. We’re the great beer state and there’s no reason for us not to support all of that Michigan-made beer.” 

Meanwhile, less than half a mile away in Lansing’s Old Town district, the Lansing Jazz Fest is also setting up. This is the 18th year for JazzFest. Performers this year include RJ Spangler’s Planet D Nonet Sun Ra Tribute, The Hot Club of Lansing and a long roster of other jazz cats.


Michigan Rock N Brew performers:
Saturday, Aug. 4: Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown, Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys, The Hard Lessons, Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle, Life Size Ghost, The Macpodz, Jumpstart Your Heart, The Skies Revolt, The Drama State, Seven Birds One Stone, Jeecy and The Jungle. Sunday, Aug. 5: Toadies, Helmet, UME, Dirty Americans, The Juliets, The Muggs, Left Lane Cruiser, The Six and Sevens, Funktion, Billiards Music, Flashing Blue Lights, Stikyf't, Downtown Brown, Know Lyfe


Lansing JazzFest performers:
496 West, Ben Godoshian Trio jam sessions, Betty Baxter, Children’s Ballet Theatre, Community Dance Project, Drum Crazy Percussion Ensemble, Edye Evans Hyde & The Terry Lower Quartet, Etienne Charles, Evidence Jazz Group, fo/mo/deep, Hot Club of Lansing, Jazz Doggs jam sessions, Jeff Shoup Trio, John Douglas, Layers with Koke McKesson, The Macpodz, Members of the Omowali Drummers jam session, Recorders for Kids with Doug Berch, RJ Spangler’s Planet D Nonet Sun Ra Tribute, Roger Jones Trio, Ron Holmes (fo/mo/deep) Clinic, Saginaw Area Youth Jazz Ensemble, Sunny Wilkinson Quartet, Theo Batzer Band, Tim Cunningham, Tyler Vander Maas Sax Quartet, Ukulele for Kids with Ben Hassenger.

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