The Awesome Mitten- Meadow Brook Music Festival

Meadow Brook Music Festival

The Awesome Mitten- Meadow Brook Music Festival
Photo courtesy of Meadow Brook Music Festival

Found on the grounds of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Meadow Brook Music Festival is the perfect venue to take in some great music, laughs and entertainment this summer.

The 1,400 acres of land (originally owned by John F. Dodge) on which Meadow Brook Music Festival was built on were donated in 1957 to Michigan State University-Oakland, the school now known as Oakland University. It was Oakland University’s music department chair Dr. Walter S. Collins who posed the idea of a summer music festival to draw crowds to enjoy Oakland’s beautiful grounds.

Collins began to take shape in February of 1964, when construction of Meadow Brook Music Festival began. On July 23, the festival opened and visitors poured into the Howard C. Baldwin Memorial Pavilion just as Dr. Collins had hoped.

Much has changed since the Meadow Brook’s early days. With Palace Sports & Entertainment taking over in 1994, the addition of nearly 600 seats in 1997 and complete exterior renovations in 1998, Baldwin Pavilion has grown in both size and prestige. In addition to this growth, Meadow Brook Music Festival has shown unmatched range in the eclectic events hosted there.

Jeff Corey, Vice President of Public Relations for Palace Sports & Entertainment, said this variety is a major draw of the venue.

The Awesome Mitten- Meadow Brook Music Festival
Photo courtesy of Meadow Brook Music Festival

“We have begun to broaden the type of events being booked at Meadow Brook Music Festival to include more contemporary concerts – rock, pop, hip-hop – than in the past,” Corey said. “We still have many of the traditional Meadow Brook favorites such as comedians, family shows and the Wine & Food Festival, but we have included such acts as Counting Crows, Death Cab for Cutie, City and Colour, Train, Furthur, O.A.R., Trespass American Festival with Five Finger Death Punch, My Morning Jacket and Gym Class Heroes in an effort to introduce new fans to this charming venue.”

Indeed, there is something for everyone on the schedule at Meadow Brook Music Festival. On top of those acts listed above, the Baldwin Pavilion will play host to such events as 100 Years of Broadway, Laugh-a-Palooza, Aladdin & the Magic Lamp and the Mixed Martial Arts Cage Fight Festival.

For you Michigan wine aficionados, make sure to head to Meadow Brook on Aug. 27 and 28 for the Wine & Food Festival, an event with over 100 varieties of Michigan wine, live entertainment, wine and food seminars and much more. With tickets starting at just $18 (and $10 tickets for designated drivers), Meadow Brook Music Festival can add “affordable” to its list of redeeming qualities.

So check out the upcoming events at Meadow Brook Music Festival and be sure to like the venue on Facebook!

~ Hayley Serr, Feature Writer

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