Then, there was light!
Grand Rapids will continue to shine this year with its fifth annual Lamp Light Music Festival, an event that started out as a complete experiment. This year’s festival takes place Friday through Sunday, November 4-6, 2016, spread out between a few next-door-neighbor venues within the neighborhood.
The festival director, John Hanson, spoke about what sets this festival apart and what makes Grand Rapids the perfect home for Lamp Light.
“In Eastown, we really had the perfect conditions to set up an event like this. Benjamin Avenue specifically – just enough open-minded music lovers in one area to make a cohesive shared experience together over a weekend,” Hanson said. “This would not happen without the already existing collaborative, creative community in Grand Rapids, but the real exciting part about it was bending the line of what a music festival can be or should be.”
The DIY-style festival includes live concerts, stripped-down sets, panels, workshops in experimental photography, nature fiber dyeing with Adventure Textiles, kombucha tea brewing with Bloom Ferments, all within walking distance of local eateries, shops, and music stores like Southtown Guitar. The main goal of the event is to inspire, educate, and empower, according to Hanson.
Many of the featured artists are homegrown in Michigan, and local businesses have joined forces in sponsoring and donating time and resources to make the event run year after year.
“Pulling together artists from our state and around the country, local businesses, and audiences creates an environment where all sorts of exchanges happen. These connections provide contacts, customers, and relationships which can last for years and are priceless,” Hanson said.
While the festival challenges the concept of a traditional music fest, featuring different activities, genres, and happenings in every corner, the overall feel is very personal and cozy. This year’s festival utilizes four different homes on Benjamin Avenue.
“These are people’s houses, but the festival is actually quite a bit different from a big house party. The rooms tend to resemble a pin-drop concert series where attentive audiences sit on the floor and stand along edges and up stair sets listening intently to musicians share their work,” Hanson said.
These artists below are just some of the diverse Michigan-made music you’ll be able to experience up-close-and-personal during the Lamp Light Music Festival weekend.
Michigander: Indie Soft Rock, Singer Songwriter
Dear Tracks: Dreamy Snyth Pop
For more information, and to purchase tickets for the weekend, visit the Lamp Light Music Festival website.