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July’s Hottest Festivals


Music is taking over the Midwest this month in the form of Pitchfork and Common Ground music festivals. In this month’s festival guide, we track this summer’s hottest music festivals with our Know Your Festival chart. We also have a list of the most exciting festivals in West Michigan this summer — such as Grand Haven’s Coast Guard Festival. BY REVUE STAFF AND MINIONS


PHOTO: ED POST Common Ground


nodding their heads (offbeat) to Trey Songz’ hit R&B jam “Bottoms Up.” This year’s fest brings Songz, as well as


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a large roster of other headlining national artists from many genres, to Lansing for an entire week of live music on multiple stages along the Grand River, near Lansing Community College. That is the beauty of this eclectic fest.


From alt-rock and hard rock, to hip-hop, pop and country, the line-ups are always a mixed


ITH COMMON GROUND being a family friendly music fest, this year a few lucky concert goers might see their parents


Common Ground Festival July 11-17, gates open at 5:30 p.m. $79-$350 commongroundfest.com


batch and never fail to draw a massive crowd of people – old and young, tipsy and sober. Many concert goers bring blankets and lawn chairs to the event, creating a lax vibe that permeates throughout the duration of the fest. This annual music celebration books


top-level contemporary performers and scores of food vendors. The outdoor setting is a great place to take the kids, especially since children 10 and under are free when accompanied by a ticket-holding guardian. Common Ground uses a multi-day


admission pass concept to provide festi- val patrons unlimited access to the entire event for one economical price. Individual day passes are also available, but the best value is the “7-Day Pass,” which can be used solely, or shared with family or friends from day to day. Some of the big names rocking


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Common Ground this year include: Trey Songz (July 11), Rick Springfield (July 12), Burton Cummings of the Guess Who (July 12), Charlie Daniels Band (July 13), Aaron Lewis of Staind (July 13), Lynyrd Skynyrd (July 14), Theory of a Deadman (July 15), Black Stone Cherry (July 15) and Melissa Etheridge (July 17). —Rich Tupica


Big List of Festivals Battle Creek Field of


Flight and Air Festival July 1-4 W.K. Kellogg Airport bcballoons.com Hot air balloon/ airplane festival, carnival rides.


Kalamazoo Blues Fest July 7-9 Arcadia Festival Site Kvba.org Local and national blues acts.


Kindleberger Summer


Festival July 6-11 Kindleberger park, Parchment kindleberger.org Family festival, car show, musicals and an arts and crafts fair.


Riverwalk Festival July 7-9 Lowell Riverwalkfestival.org Music, crafts, barbecue, boating,duck races.


Silver Leaf


Renaissance Faire July 9-August 7 Kimball Pines Park, Battle Creek Silverleafrenfaire.org


Pirate, medieval and celtic themed events. Vendors, and food as well.


Picnic Pops July 14-August 5 Cannonsburg Ski Area grsymphony.org Grand Rapids Symphony concerts on Thursday and Friday nights. Themed music includes “the music of Michael Jackson” and a Beach Boys Tribute.


Michigan Peace


Festival July 15-17 Willow Ranch, Grand Junction michiganpeacefest.com Camping, original music and art.


Sparta Town and


Country Days July 13-17 Sparta spartafair.com Carnival, car show, music, bake-offs, food.


Berlin Fair July 18-23 Berlin Fairgounds berlinfair.org 4-H presentations and live music.


Muskegon Bike Time July 15-17


Downtown Muskegon muskegonbiketime.com Motorcycles, stunts and live music.


Ionia Free Fair July 21-30 Ionia Free Fairgrounds ioniafreefair.com Monster Truck Show, UCF Cage Fighting, NTPA Grand Nationals, amusement rides, parade and music.


National Baby Food


Festival July 20-23 Downtown Freemont nbff.org Baby food, parenting info and games.


Taste of Kalamazoo July 21-23 Arcadia Festival Site tasteofkalamazoo.com Local Kalamazoo restaurants are the primary features, along with music and beverages.


Taste of Grand Rapids July 22-23 John Ball Park 1300 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids events.grnow.com Featuring approximately 25 restaurants, State of Michigan


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