If you can’t get enough local music, you should check out Midwest Fest on September 25-29 at Mount Pleasant’s Rubble’s Bar. Featuring 27 bands hailing from Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana, Midwest Fest aims to give concertgoers a taste of the best bands the Midwest has to offer. The goal is to “showcase headliners that come from the area who are achieving success on a national and international level.”
Now in its fifth year, Midwest Fest has shown steadily increasing attendance, buoyed recently by a switch in timing. Previously, the festival was held in mid-July, but last year organizers decided to push back the date. The move paid off – an early September festival brings in a bigger crowd of returning college students looking for something to do.
Reflecting the eclectic taste found on the average college student’s iPod, Midwest Fest features everything from experimental acts, to folk bands and indie rockers on the bill. Headliners include Gifts or Creatures, Child Bite, The Appleseed Collective, Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, and The Hard Lessons. All shows start at 9 pm at Rubble’s Bar, with the exception of Tuesday night, which will take place at Kaya Coffee and Tea Company.
Along with five nights of music, there is also a kick-off party on Saturday, September 22, starting at 10 pm. This will feature Mount Pleasant experimental rock band Benthos, Flint alt-country group Empty Orchestra, and Lansing shoegaze band Drinking Mercury.
Single night tickets range from $4-$6, or spend $20 and get passes for the entire festival.
For more information, check out the website: http://mwfest.com/
~Jake Cagle, Contributing Writer