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Comerica Park

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Dow Event Center

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Ford Field

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Kerrytown Concert House

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Machine Shop

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Majestic Theatre

Meadow Brook Amphitheatre

Michael A. Guido Theater

Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

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Royal Oak Music Theatre

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Sound Board

The Ark

The Crofoot Ballroom

The Intersection

The Masonic
(Masonic Temple Detroit)

Token Lounge

Van Andel Arena
in Grand Rapids, MI

Music Events, Music Festivals in Detroit and Michigan

List of Michigan Music Festivals & Music Events is continually updated and has dates, descriptions and website links to their full current info. Festivals, major concerts, cd/album release parties, music series and special events.

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Upcoming Concerts in Detroit and Michigan 2019

Dave Matthews Band – July 9 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo – July 10 at Sound Board.
The Raconteurs – July 12 + 13 at The Masonic.
Rosanne Cash – July 15 at Royal Oak Music Theatre.
Jimmy Buffett – July 16 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Santana and The Doobie Brothers – August 11 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Ted Nugent – August 31 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Kid Rock – September 6+7, 13+14 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Reba McEntire – September 7 at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre.
Alabama – September 13 at Fox Theatre.
Phil Collins – October 1 at Little Caesars Arena.
Carrie Underwood – October 31, 2019 at Little Caesars Arena.
Celine Dion – November 5 at Little Caesars Arena.

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List includes above plus many more big names, current and upcoming!

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2019 Music Festivals and Music Events in Michigan

January 6, 2019 (sun)  Detroit Underground Hip Hop Awards 2019 (UHHA 19)  www.undergroundhiphopawards.com   facebook

January 12, 2019 (sat)  Jill Jack Annual Birthday Bash (Jill Jack's Too Close to the Sun Revisted!) at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI. Acoustic, annual event.  theark.org    www.jilljack.com

January 19 - February 17, 2019 (weekends)  Local Music Showcase at Quicken Loans Winter Blast in Detroit at/near Campus Martius Park.  www.winterblast.com/events/2019/local-music-showcase

January 19, 2019 (sat)  Lansing Record and CD Show at Quality Inn University in Lansing, MI. Dealers from 4 states, find LP's, Cd's, 45's, DVD's and other music related items!  facebook

January 20, 2019 (sun)  Ann Arbor Monster Record and CD Show at Weber's Inn in Ann Arbor, MI. Huge vinyl record and CD show with 60 dealer tables and dealers from 4 states!  facebook

January 24-26, 2019 (thu-sat)  Michigan Music Conference (MMC) in Grand Rapids, MI. Annual conference features students performances, sessions for in-service and pre-service teachers, professional development clinics, hands-on technology workshops and more.  www.michiganmusicconference.org

January 25 - February 2, 2019  Ferndale Blues & Music Festival in Ferndale, MI (just north of Detroit). Annual Blues and more Fest.  www.ferndalebluesfestival.org   facebook

January 25-26, 2019 (fri-sat)  Ann Arbor Folk Festival – at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI. The Ark's largest annual fundraising event features traditional and contemporary artists, popular and new talent.  theark.org

January 30 - February 3, 2019 (fri-sun)  Sphinx Competition and Finals Concert in Detroit. annual event for Black and Latino classical string players.  www.sphinxmusic.org/sphinx-competition



February 9, 2019 (sat)  Motorcity Music Convention Record Show – buy sell trade – at Livonia Elks hall in Livonia, MI.  facebook

February 10, 2019 (sun)  Rockin' For A Match music and painting, Bone Marrow Drive at Patrick J's Irish Pub in Berkley, MI. Blood cancers awareness event features music performances.  www.rockinforamatch.org   facebook

February 16, 2019 (sat)  WCSX 4th Annual Classic Rock Swap Meet at Oakland Mall in Troy, MI. Buy, sell, trade cd's lp's and music memorabilia.  wcsx.com/event/...swap-meet-oakland-mall

February 17, 2019 (sun)  Kalamazoo Record and CD Show at Kalamazoo County Expo Center in Kalamazoo, MI.  facebook

TBA 2020 (skipping 2019)  Cooper's Glen Music Festival in Kalamazoo, MI. Annual event presented by GLAMA (Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association) features grassroots and acoustic performers, workshops, more.  www.greatlakesacoustic.org



March 1-2, 2019 (fri-sat)  Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival in Kalamazoo, MI. Annual event invites visitors to meet instrument designers, attend workshops, and hear live performances.”  www.fretboardfestival.com   facebook

March 2, 2019 (sat)  William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition (Piano in 2019) – in Flint, MI. “Young artists compete for grand prize of $6,000 plus an opportunity to perform with the Flint Symphony Orchestra.” Annual, each year features a different category.  www.byrdartists.com

March 7-9, 2019 (thu-sat)  Hamtramck Music Festival in Hamtramck, MI (inside Detroit). over 100 music acts perform at many venues, most within walking distance of each other. Annual event goes back to the original vibe and feel of the Metro Times Blowout. It's a bar hoppin', venue hoppin', local live music good time!  hamtramckmusicfestival.com   facebook

March 9, 2019 (sat)  Lansing Record and CD Show at Quality Inn University in Lansing, MI. Dealers from 4 states, find LP's, Cd's, 45's, DVD's and other music related items!  facebook

March 22-23, 2019 (fri-sat)  WO-Stock Music Festival – in Holland, MI. Annual event to raise money to ship computers, medical supplies, clothing, etc. to Cameroon, Africa.  wostock.com   facebook   facebook 2

TBA  The Dick Wagner Remember the Child Memorial Concert in Detroit, last in 2017.  dickwagnerrememberthechild.org   facebook

TBA  Assembly Line Concert - Guinness World Record Attempt in Detroit for Longest Concert by Multiple Artists. 4th was in 2017.  www.assemblylineconcertdetroit.com   facebook



April 6, 2019 (sat)  Monroe Street Fair and Hash Bash in Ann Arbor, MI. annual.  monroestreetfair.com   facebook

April 6, 2019 (sat)  Motorcity Music Convention Record Show in Livonia, MI. buy sell trade, held several times a year.  facebook

April 13, 2019 (sat)  Jake's Music Festival annual benefit concert at Elevation at The Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI. All proceeds are donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  www.jakesmusicfestival.com   facebook

April 13, 2019 (sat)  Record Store Day 2019 – annual celebration of the unique culture surrounding independently owned real, live, physical, indie record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally.  recordstoreday.com   Michigan Record Stores

April 14, 2019 (sun)  Ann Arbor Monster Record and CD Show at Weber's Inn in Ann Arbor, MI. Huge vinyl record and CD show with 60 dealer tables and dealers from 4 states!  facebook

TBA 2019 (sun)  Annual Review Music Awards Celebration in Bay City, MI. Annual event honors Great Lakes Bay area musicians, over 70 categories, selected and voted upon by registered voters of Review Magazine.  www.review-mag.com/awards   facebook

TBA 2020 (next year)  Gilmore Keyboard Festival in west Michigan. held every other year. Two weeks of keyboard performances across West Michigan. Concerts, recitals, chamber music performances, lectures, master classes, and film.  www.thegilmore.org   facebook

April 25-27, 2019 (thu-sat)  North American International Banjo Convention NAIBC – at the Doubletree Hotel in Dearborn, MI.  www.naibc.org

April 26, 2019 (fri)  Detroit Music Awards at The Fillmore Detroit. Big time annual Awards Ceremony & Show (local Grammy's) is all about meeting, congratulating, and celebrating our talented local musicians and producers in grand style featuring award presentations and live performances. Public event.  www.detroitmusicawards.net   facebook

April 26-27, 2019 (fri-sat)  Bringin' Back the 80's Festival in Frankenmuth, MI (north of Flint). annual event, all ages, proceeds go to cancer-related causes.  80sfest.org   facebook

April 28, 2019 (sun)  Kalamazoo Record and CD Show at Kalamazoo County Expo Center in Kalamazoo, MI.  facebook



May 18, 2019 (sat)  Annual BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass in St. Joseph, MI. Live music, craft beer, regional wines, local BBQ.  www.stjoetoday.com/...bbq-blues-bluegrass

May 24-26, 2019 (fri-sun)  Traditional Arts Weekend in Remus, MI, on Wheatland Music Festival grounds. Annual, workshops in traditional forms of dance, music, crafts, vocal and instrument instruction, plus performances and dances.  www.wheatlandmusic.org/traditional-arts-weekend

May 25, 2019 (sat)  Bled Fest in Howell, MI. Annual event ends in 2019, final event showcases a diverse range of musical talent in many genres.  www.bledfest.com

May 25-27, 2019 (sat-mon)  Movement - Electronic Music Festival in Detroit at Hart Plaza. annual event, international and local electronic and EDM (electronic dance music) on multiple stages.  movement.us   facebook



TBA 2019 (thu-sat)  Jackson BluesFest at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. annual event.  jacksonbluesfest.com   facebook

June 6-9, 2019 (thu-sun)  Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival in Frankenmuth, MI (Mid Michigan). Bavarian style music, German dancers, food, beer, Bavarian Parade, carnival midway, more.  www.bavarianfestival.org

June 7-9, 2019 (fri-sun)  Music at Ya'ssoo Greek Festival in Ann Arbor at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Greek music, dancers, open dancing.  www.annarborgreekfestival.org

June 7-9, 2019 (fri-sun)  Motor City Irish Fest (MCIF) at Greenmead in Livonia, MI, corner of Newburgh & 8 Mile. Bands, Irish Dance groups, Pipe and drum bands, Irish food and more.  motorcityirishfest.com   facebook

June 7-9, 2019 (fri-sun)  Detroit Music Weekend – arts and music festival at multiple venues in Detroit.  www.detroitmusicweekend.org   facebook   twitter

June 7-9, 2019 (fri-sun)  Noreast'r Music & Art Festival in Mio, MI (southeast of Gaylord). annual, has eclectic music and art, food, dancing, camping, jamming, drumming, parkin' lot pickin'. “3 stages, continuous music morning to night ranging from blues to bluegrass, country to new age, jam bands, old-time, Celtic, folk, and even a little rock.”  noreastr.net   facebook

June 7-9, 2019 (fri-sun)  Music at Flat Rock Summer Blast at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI (south of Detroit).  flatrockriverfest.com   facebook

June 8, 2019 (sat)  Currents Music Festival in Milford, MI. approx 11 bands, variety of genres.   facebook

June 8, 2019 (sat)  Motorcity Music Convention Record Show in Livonia, MI. buy sell trade, held several times a year.  facebook

June 8-9, 2019 (sat-sun)  Peacefest Art and Music Festival in Waterford, MI.  facebook   fb-event

June 14-20, 2019 (thu-wed)  June Music & Dance Week in Remus, MI (Mid Michigan). annual, music classes and performances, more.  www.wheatlandmusic.org/june-mad-week

June 15-23, 2019  Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival – two weeks and a new theme each June, a contingent of the world's finest chamber musicians perform in Metro Detroit.  www.greatlakeschambermusic.com   facebook

June 15, 2019 (sat)  Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival in Brethren, MI (northwest lower peninsula). 38th Annual in 2015.  www.spiritofthewoods.org/festival.html

June 20-22, 2019 (fri-sat)  Charlotte Bluegrass Festival at Eaton County Fairgrounds in Charlotte, MI. Stage entertainment to parking lot pickin'.  www.wmbma.org

June 20-23, 2019 (thu-sun)  Cedar Polka Fest in Cedar, MI (northwest Michigan). annual four-day party with food, drink, polka music and dancing.  www.cedarmichigan.biz/polkafestival.htm   facebook

June 21-23, 2019 (fri-sun)  Music at Detroit River Days in West Riverfront Park at Detroit Riverfront. Smokey Robinson, Mary Jane Girls, Brian McKnight, Brandy, many more.  www.riverdays.com/music

June 21-23, 2019 (fri-sun)  Music at Opa! Fest (Greek Festival) in Troy, MI (north of Detroit) at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. annual with Greek band and dancing, Greek dance performances, Greek food, more.  opafest.org   facebook

June 22, 2019 (sat)  Front Porch music fest in Ferndale, MI. Musicians from around Michigan play on the front porches of Ferndale, many music genres.  thefrontporchmi.com

June 27-30, 2019 (thu-sun)  Electric Forest annual outdoor music festival in Rothbury, MI, at the Double JJ Ranch. Local and national music acts, many music genres, camping available.  electricforestfestival.com   facebook

June 27-30, 2019 (thu-sun)  Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, MI. annual event features a variety of local, regional and national performers providing non-stop music on several stages throughout the festival.  www.commongroundfest.com

June 27-30, 2019 (thu-sun)  Music at St. Stan's A.C. Polish Festival in Bay City, MI (East/Mid Michigan). Polish Music live bands at Michigan's largest Polish Festivalwww.ststansacpolishfest.com   facebook

June 28-29, 2019 (fri-sat)  JuneGrass Bluegrass Music Festival in Lowell, MI (West Michigan). Band Scramble, Workshops, 50/50 Drawings, guitar raffle, plenty of jamming, camping available.  www.wmbma.org

TBA 2019 (thu-sat)  Fuzz Fest at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. Michigan Rock 'N' Roll.  facebook

TBA 2019 (sat)  94.7 WCSX Annual Summer BBQ at Heritage Park in Taylor, MI.  facebook

June 29 - July 6, 2019 (sat-sat)  Music at National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI (northwest lower peninsula), features performances by nationally known headliners.  www.cherryfestival.org



July 4-6, 2019 (thu-sat)  Muskegon Rockstock music festival at Heritage Landing in Muskegon, MI (western Michigan). Annual huge party with live music, fireworks, raffles, food, more.  www.muskegonrockstock.com   facebook

July 10-18, 2019 (wed-sun)  Concert of Colors annual Diversity Festival in Midtown Detroit. Free Admission, multiple venues, features Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue.  www.concertofcolors.com   arabamericanmuseum.org

July 11-14, 2019 (thu-sun)  Uncle Sam Jam in Woodhaven, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit), at Civic Center Park. Annual, features Free concerts all weekend, plus Carnival rides and games, Firework Display, much more.  funfestevents.net/uncle-sam-jam   facebook

July 12-13, 2019 (fri-sat)  Kalamazoo Blues Festival at the Arcadia Festival Site in Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan). Anual, approx 17 acts, national and regional talent.  kvba.org   facebook

July 12-14, 2019 (fri-sun)  Blissfest in Harbor Springs, MI (northwest tip of lower peninsula). Annual celebration of music, culture, art and community featuring diverse and innovative folk and roots music, world music, dance, juried arts and crafts show.  blissfest.org

July 12-14, 2019 (fri-sun)  Music at American Polish Festival & Craft Show at the American-Polish Century Club in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit). Live Polka Music, dancing and dancers, Polish/American Cuisine, more. Annually draws thousands of people.  www.americanpolishfestival.com

July 13, 2019 (sat)  Lansing Record and CD Show at Quality Inn University in Lansing, MI. Dealers from 4 states, find LP's, Cd's, 45's, DVD's and other music related items!  facebook

July 14, 2019 (sun)  Ann Arbor Monster Record and CD Show at Weber's Inn in Ann Arbor, MI. Huge vinyl record and CD show with 60 dealer tables and dealers from 4 states!  facebook

July 15, 2018 (sun)  Michigan Jazz Festival in Livonia at Schoolcraft College (west of Detroit). annual event the 3rd Sunday in July features lots of great straight ahead jazz, no smooth or crossover stuff.  www.michiganjazzfestival.org   facebook

July 18-20, 2019 (thu-sat)  Beaver Island Music Festival (BIMF) on Beaver Island, near Charlevoix. annual, promotes variety and tradition of all music and art. camping available.  bimf.net

July 19-20, 2019 (fri-sat)  Michigan Elvisfest in Ypsilanti. annual, one of the largest Elvisfest Concerts in North America. This not a contest but a true concert with spectacular performances by the best professional Elvis Tribute Artists in North America.  www.mielvisfest.org   facebook

July 19-21, 2019 (fri-sun)  Faster Horses Festival annual country music festival and camping at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI.  fasterhorsesfestival.com   facebook

July 19-21, 2019 (fri-sun)  Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in Marquette, MI (U.P.). annual, “features traditional-music styles that include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues and folk, including singer/songwriter, and dance.”  hiawathamusic.org   facebook

TBA 2019 (fri-sun)  Crash Detroit - Festival of Street Bands and Art at various locations in Detroit.  crashdetroit.org

July 26-28, 2019 (fri-sun)  Music at St. Clair Riverfest in St. Clair, MI (northeast of Detroit). 2018 features Great White, Sponge, One, plus boat races and more.  stclairriverfest.com

July 21-27, 2019 (sun-sat)  Marshall Bluegrass Festival in Marshall, MI, at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. annual, Michigan's Largest Jamming Festival!, camp sites available.  marshallbluegrassfestival.com

July 25-27, 2019 (thu-sat)  Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair in Sterling Heights, MI (just north of Detroit). annual, has “Arts & Crafts Fair, a variety of music including jazz, blues, folk and Top 40 entertainment, family midway, more.”  www.sterling-heights.net/714/Sterlingfest   facebook

July 25-27, 2019 (thu-sat)  Sounds & Sights Festival in Chelsea, MI. Annual event features live music, social tent, indie art market, classic car show, kidzone, more.  chelseafestivals.com/festival

July 27, 2019 (fri)  Night Nation Run combination Music Festival and Fun Run in Detroit. Start and Finish inside Ford Field. Music filled course with Live DJs, Light Shows, Bubble Zones, Neon and Black Lights, main stage after party featuring top headliner DJs.  nightnationrun.com/detroit

TBA 2019 (fri-sun)  Dunesville Music Festival in Lake Ann, MI (northwest Michigan). annual Dunesville Bluegrass, Folk and Roots Music Festival.  www.dunesvillemusicfestival.com   facebook

July 27-29, 2018 (fri-sun)  Tommystock in Lake Orion, MI. Annual outdoor summer music festival at Camp Agawam (140 acre), also available are camping, swimming, activities.  tommystock.org   facebook

July 27-28, 2019 (sat-sun)  Mo Pop Festival in Detroit at West Riverfront Park. many music acts and other attractions.  mopopfestival.com   facebook

July 28, 2018 (sat)  Roots Music Festival on Harsens Island in east Michigan.  facebook



August 1-4, 2019 (thu-sun)  Woodtick Music Festival in the U.P. (upper peninsula). 2 stages, many bands, bluegrass country rock blues folk. annual.  www.woodtickfestival.com   facebook

August 1-4, 2018 (thu-sat)  Milan Bluegrass Festival in Milan, MI (lower Southeast MI). Annual. camping available.  www.milanfestivalseries.com   facebook

August 3-5, 2018 (fri-sun)  Brighton Fine Art & Acoustic Music Festival in Brighton, MI.  www.brightoncoc.org/festivals-farmers-market

August 3, 2019 (sat)  Motorcity Music Convention Record Show in Livonia, MI. buy sell trade, held several times a year.  facebook

August 4-5, 2018 (sat-sun)  Jazz on the River in Trenton, MI, south of Detroit at Elizabeth Park. annual event, Free Admission.  www.zonjic.com/jazzontheriver   facebook

August 8-11, 2018 (wed-sat)  Unity Christian Music Festival in Muskegon, MI. Annual.  unitymusicfestival.com   facebook

August 9-11, 2018 (thu-sat)  Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest (first weekend) in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI). annual, two weekends (2nd August 16-18), 6 days of music events featuring about 14 of the nations top polka bands.  www.frankenmuth.org/festivals   facebook

August 8-10, 2019 (fri-sat)  Cowpie Music Festival at Shagbark Farm in Caledonia, MI (near Grand Rapids). annual, lots of bands and musicians, multiple music genres, plus campsites, vendors, 5K Run, more.  www.cowpiemusicfestival.com   facebook

August 9-12, 2018 (thu-sun)  Farmfest in Johannesburg (northern lower peninsula). Annual with Michigan folk-spirited acts, traditional folk and bluegrass to modern reggae and folk-flavored rock'n'roll. Bring your instruments if you want to jam.  www.farm-fest.com

August 9-18, 2019  Cheeseburger in Caseville (Caseville, MI, is in Michigan's thumb). Celebrates the lifestyle and music made popular by Jimmy Buffett, and cheeseburgers. Parade of Tropical Fools, concerts, fireworks, more.  casevillechamber.com/festivals...   facebook

August 10, 2018 (fri)  Memphis Blues Festival Michigan in Memphis, MI (about an hour's drive northeast of Detroit). Annual, Free Admission, approximately 12 blues performers.  facebook

August 10-12, 2018 (fri-sun)  Music at Milford Memories Summer Festival in Milford, MI (northwest of Detroit). annual, live music entertainment and lots of events, over 200,000 attendees.  www.milfordmemories.com

August 10-12, 2018 (fri-sun)  Ribs and R&B Music Festival in Detroit at Hart Plaza. Midnight Star headlines on Sunday.  ribsrnbmusicfestival.com

August 10-12, 2018 (fri-sun)  Grand Marais Music and Arts Festival in Grand Marais, MI, in the U.P. (upper peninsula). Music, food, crafts. Annual event with bluegrass, blues, classic rock, Americana, rockabilly, jazz/rock, acoustic, more. on-site camping available.  grandmaraismichigan.com/festival.php   facebook

August 11-12, 2018 (thu-sun)  River Raisin Jazz Festival in Monroe, MI (lower Southeast MI) at St. Mary's Park. annual, “one of the Great Lakes Region's largest & best FREE Jazz festivals, more than 50,00 visitors in attendance each year.”  www.riverraisinjazzfestival.org   facebook

August 11-12, 2018 (sat-sun)  Great Lakes Folk Festival (GLFF) in East Lansing, MI. annual, “a mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace, and many special activities for kids and their companions.”  www.greatlakesfolkfest.net

August 11, 2018 (sat)  Michigan Metal Fest in Battle Creek, MI. 40 Bands, 4 stages, food, more.  facebook

TBA 2019 (fri-sun)  Charivari Detroit Free Electronic Music Festival at West Riverfront Park in Detroit showcasing the best Detroit based DJs and electronic dance music artists.  charivaridetroit.com

August 16-17, 2019 (fri-sat)  Square Dance Convention at Lansing Center in Lansing, MI. annual.  www.squaredance-michigan.com/convention

August 16-18, 2018 (thu-sat)  Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest (second weekend) in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI). annual, two weekends, 6 days of music events featuring about 14 of the nations top polka bands.  www.frankenmuth.org/festivals-and-events/festivals   facebook

TBA 209 (fri-sun)  Motor City MuscleThe Rock-N-Muscle Car Festival in downtown Detroit. 100+ live rock bands on seven stages, 250+ muscle cars, and more. Free Admission.  motorcitymuscle.us   facebook

August 16-18, 2019 (fri-sun)  Hoxeyville Music Festival in Wellston, MI. annual, set on 85+ acres of pristine farmland and surrounded by natural hardwoods within the Manistee National Forest. Bluegrass and roots music, two stages featuring national touring artists and Michigan talent.  www.hoxeyville.com   facebook

August 22-25, 2019 (thu-sun)  Midland Folk Music Festival in Midland, MI (Mid Michigan) at the Midland County Fairgrounds. A gathering of traditional folk musicians from all levels of play, folk enthusiasts, traditional dancers. “Join in the fun as we play, laugh, learn, listen, camp, perform, dance, sing, teach, learn, buy, trade and sell! Lots of jamming and open stage opportunities.”  www.folkmusicsociety.org/p/folk-festival.html

August 24-26, 2018 (fri-sun)  Blues By The Bay in East Tawas, MI (East Michigan). Annual blues festival. bluesbythebaytawas.org   facebook

August 23-25, 2019 (fri-sun)  Porcupine Mountains Music Festival in the U.P. (upper peninsula) in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Annual festival features “folk, blues, bluegrass and contemporary music from top-class nationally touring artists as well as up and coming Michigan artists. Over 30 artists, outdoor stages.”  www.porkiesfestival.org   facebook

August 24-26, 2018 (fri-sun)  Sun Dried Music Festival in Mason, MI (near Lansing). Annual, free Admission, a variety of musical performances from rock, jazz, blues, latin jazz, salsa, and country.  www.sundriedfestival.com   facebook

August 23-25, 2019 (fri-sun)  Music at YpsiFest Ypsilanti Heritage Festival at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, MI (west of Detroit). Free Admission, live music, Beer Garden, arts and crafts, food, more.  ypsifest.com   facebook

TBA 2019 (sat)  Blissfield Bluegrass on the River in Blissfield, MI. A Southeast Michigan Bluegrass Music Association event.  smbluegrass.com/blissfield-bluegrass-on-the-river   fb-event

TBA  Mad Decent Block Party Detroit in Detroit. electronic and hip hop music.  www.maddecentblockparty.com   facebook

August 30 - September 2, 2019 (fri-mon)  Arts, Beats & Eats (Ford Arts, Beats & Eats) in Royal Oak, MI (just north of Detroit). annual summer festival celebrating art, music, cuisine and humanity. More than 200 performances on ten stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, local restaurants, plus international, regional and local attractions.”  www.artsbeatseats.com   facebook

August 30 - September 2, 2019 (fri-mon)  Detroit Jazz Festival at Hart Plaza, Downtown Detroit Riverfront. annual, Free Admission, several stages, features Jazz & crossover music.  www.detroitjazzfest.com   facebook

August 31 - September 2, 2018 (fri-sun)  Marquette Area Blues Fest in Marquette, MI (U.P., upper peninsula).  – Annual Blues Festival includes main performances, music workshops, dance workshops, festival after party.  marquetteareabluessociety.org/festival-information



September 1, 2018 (sat)  Thumbfest Acoustic Music Festival in Lexington, MI (in Michigan's Thumb). annual, free Admission, a wide range of acoustic music. There are workshops, jam sites, dance hall, song circles, children's stage area, crafts and a Hootenanny. Bring your instrument, lawn chairs and singing voice.  www.bluewaterfolk.org/thumbfest.html   facebook

September 1-3, 2018 (sat-mon)  Music at Hamtramck Labor Day Festival in Hamtramck, MI. annual, live music on three stages. Event also has Carnival, beer, food tents, and Polish Day Parade.  hamtownfest.com   facebook

TBA 2020 (skipping 2019)  Music Fest 4 Vets music festival in metro Detroit. Proceeds go to U.S. Veterans in need. Variety live entertainment, two stages, food. Location: Motor City Eagles, 24401 Five Mile Rd, Redford Twp, MI 48239 (5 Mile near Telegraph Rd).  MusicFest4Vets.org   facebook    twitter

September 6-8, 2019 (fri-sun)  Wheatland Music Festival in Remus, MI (Mid Michigan). annual, 160-acre festival site, impromptu jam sessions, instrument and dance workshops, juried arts and crafts show, children's activities, teen and young adult activities, more.  www.wheatlandmusic.org

September 7-8, 2018 (fri-sat)  Brighton's Smokin' Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival in Brighton, MI (northwest of Detroit). annual, Free Admission. “Each year, thousands of people experience the tastiest of barbecue, the smoothest of jazz and the bluest of blues, washing it all down with ice cold beverages from the beer and wine garden!”  www.brightonsmokinjazz.com   facebook

September 7, 2019 (sat)  Music at Dally in the Alley in Detroit. annual, 4 stages featuring many styles of music, plus a local artists gallery.  dallyinthealley.com   facebook

September 9, 2018 (sun)  Dawn Farm Jamboree 45th Anniversary in Ypsilanti, MI. Free admission, live music, silent auction and live auction, hayrides, food and more. annual fundraiser for Dawn Farm which provides professional care for those with alcohol and other drug problems.  www.dawnfarm.org/event/dawn-farm-jamboree   facebook

September 12-15, 2019 (fri-sun)  Michigan Irish Music Festival in Muskegon (West Michigan). annual, live music, 3 stages, an Irish Pub, Market vendors, cultural activities, more.  www.michiganirish.org   facebook

September 14-16, 2018 (fri-sun)  Music at Flat Rock Riverfest at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI (south of Detroit).  flatrockriverfest.com   facebook

September 20-21, 2019 (fri-sat)  Michigan BluesFest in Lansing. Annual Free blues festival with national, regional, and local acts.  www.oldtownbluesfest.com   facebook

TBA 2019 (fri-sat)  FallFest Camp & Jam (Bluegrass) at Baldwin Oaks Campground in Hudsonville, MI (west Michigan). annual, Free Admission, band scramble, workshops, more.  www.wmbma.org

September 21-23, 2019 (sat-mon)  Motown 60th Anniversary Weekend at multiple venues in Detroit, MI.  www.motownmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/mm-6oth-coe.pdf

September 21-23, 2018 (fri-sun)  Music at DIY Street Fair in Ferndale, MI. annual, has music, art, food.  www.ferndalediy.com   facebook

September 28, 2018 (fri)  Berserker V at The Crofoot in Pontiac, MI. Annual music fest featuring hard rock and underground music.  www.boginfinity.com/berserkerdetroit   facebook

September 28-29, 2018 (fri-sat)  Music at Oktoberfest West Michigan in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). “Annual celebration of German heritage & traditions featuring German music, beers, food, more.  www.oktoberfestgr.com


TBA October 2019 (sat)  Annual Michigan State Championship Old-Time Fiddlers Contest in New Boston, MI (southwest of Detroit). Contestants must play a waltz, a schottische, a jig and a reel in a manner suitable to Michigan old-time dancing. Contest is part of the Huron Township Applefest.  huronapplefest.com/fiddlers-contest

TBA October 2019 (tue-sat)  Edgefest - 23rd Annual in Ann Arbor, MI. Jazz and Creative Music festival takes place at several venues. Edgefest reaches out beyond the concert hall with Fringe at the Edge performances, public discussions, workshops and school residencies.  www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/...edgefest

October 5, 2019 (sat)  Motorcity Music Convention Record Show in Livonia, MI. buy sell trade, held several times a year.  facebook

October 13, 2019 (sun)  Kalamazoo Record and CD Show at Kalamazoo County Expo Center in Kalamazoo, MI.  facebook

October 19-20, 2018 (fri-sat)  Big Country Fest in Frankenmuth, MI. annual, indoors. Bands, Beer, Mixed Drinks, Mechanical Bull, BBQ, Line Dancing, more.  bigcountryfest.com

October 20, 2019 (sun)  Ann Arbor Monster Record and CD Show at Weber's Inn in Ann Arbor, MI. Huge vinyl record and CD show with 60 dealer tables and dealers from 4 states!  facebook

October 20, 2018 (sat)  Detroit Metal Festival at Harpo's in Detroit.  facebook

October 27, 2018 (sat)  Annual WHFR Record Show at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI. WHFR 89.3 FM record show features wide variety of vendors selling vinyl, cds, tapes, videos, movies, music memorabilia, more. Plus there will be door prizes, give-aways and more.  www.whfr.fm/recordshow

October 24-28, 2018 (wed-mon)  Detroit A Go Go 2 in Detroit at Hotel St Regis and Berts Warehouse Entertainment. Carl Carlton, The Elgins, Pat Lewis, Kim Weston, The Reflections, JJ Barnes, The Debonairs, Gino Washington, Spyder Turner, The Adorables, The Precisions, Willie Kendrick, The Tomangoes, The Hollidays, The Vandellas, Kris Peterson, Billy Davis, djs and more.  www.detroitagogo.com   fb event

October 31 - November 10, 2019   Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters in Harbor Springs (northwest tip of lower peninsula). Annual event presented by Springfed Arts, retreat is open to all songwriters, their friends and family. Write a song, inspirational talk/presentations, discussions on craft/creative process, open mic/song swaps, one on one sessions, food.  www.springfed.org

November 2, 2019 (sat)  Lansing Record and CD Show at Quality Inn University in Lansing, MI. Dealers from 4 states, find LP's, Cd's, 45's, DVD's and other music related items!  facebook

November 23, 2019 (sat)  Motorcity Music Convention Record Show in Livonia, MI. buy sell trade, held several times a year.  facebook

December 1, 2018 (sat)  Annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit. Horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, local music, theatre, dance groups, shopping.  www.noelnight.org

December 1-2 2018 (sat sun)  Rock 4 Tots - No Child Without A Christmas at Freddy's Bar & Grill in Clinton Township, MI. annual event, lots of bands/musicians.  www.rock4tots.org   facebook

December 8, 2019 (sun)  Kalamazoo Record and CD Show at Kalamazoo County Expo Center in Kalamazoo, MI.  facebook

December 25, 2019 (wednesday)  ChristmasWe Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 28-30, 2018 (fri-sun)  Mittenfest XIII in Ypsilanti, MI. Annual music festival benefits 826michigan.  mittenfest.org   facebook

December 31, 2019 (tuesday night)  New Year's Eve Parties throughout all Michigan. Enjoy Great Music Entertainment!



CD Record Album Release Parties by Michigan Music Artists

March 30, 2018 (fri)  The Octopus Supernatural Alliance album release party at Small's – in Hamtramck, MI, wsg Timmy's Organism. info on facebook



Music Competitions Contests in Michigan

2019 AMPLIFY: The Sound of Detroit Singing Competition – meet and be mentored by industry professionals, gain national exposure, chance to win recording studio time and a $2,500 cash prize. Preliminary rounds start thursday Oct. 3rd, Grand Finale on Nov. 15th.  www.motownmuseum.org/amplify   www.dime-detroit.com/motown-amplify   www.motownmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/mm-6oth-coe.pdf



Concert Series and Music Series in Michigan

Rockin' on the Riverfront Summer Concert Series - Detroit, MI – Annual, Free Admission, classic rock concerts at the GM Riverfront Plaza.  gmrencen.com/rockinontheriverfront   facebook

Sonic Lunch - Ann Arbor, MI – annual Free outdoor summer concert series on Thursdays at lunch time.  soniclunch.com

Concerts / Music Nights at New Center Park - Detroit, MI – Annual during summer, some are free, some charge admission.  www.newcenterpark.com

Chene Park Jazzy Night Series - Detroit, MI – Wednesdays during summer.  cheneparkdetroit.com/event_categories/jazzy-night-series

Friday Night Concert Series - Northville, MI – Annual, June through August, various genres, concerts are Free.  www.downtownnorthville.com/1/163/friday_concerts_.asp

Music in the Park - Plymouth, MI – Annual, Wednesdays in summer.  www.plymoutharts.com/music-in-the-park-2017.html   facebook

Music in the Park - Mackinac Island, MI – annual summer concert series.  www.mackinacartscouncil.org/music-in-the-park

Manitou Music Festival Summer Concerts - Leelanau County – Annual, in northwest lower peninsula.  www.glenarborart.org/all-programs/manitou-music-festival

White Crow Conservatory of Music Monthly/Annual Acoustic Events - Saginaw, MI  www.whitecrowconservatory.blogspot.com

Scarab Club Music Series and Music Events - Detroit, MI – various throughout the year.  www.scarabclub.org   facebook

Kalamazoo Bach Festival Season Concert Series - Kalamazoo, MI – Annual in southwest MI.  www.kalamazoobachfestival.org

Ten Pound Fiddle Folk Music Concerts and Contra Dances - Lansing, MI   www.tenpoundfiddle.org   facebook




MORE MUSIC EVENTS - OPEN JAMS - EVENT SUBMISSIONS

Find More Events

Detroit Area Blues Events – updated throughout the year, list has event dates, location, artists, and contact info listed by the Detroit Blues Society. click Blues Performances on DBS website.  www.detroitbluessociety.org   facebook

Detroit Blues Society Blues Challenge - Annual – “The Finals winner in each division will walk away with expense money to travel to Memphis to the IBC's and a prize package. You will be the official representative of the Detroit Blues Society, competing against over 150 acts from all over the world, plus you will be playing for THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE in Blues music.”  www.detroitbluessociety.org/blues_challenge_signup.htm

Detroit Blues Society Youth Challenge - Annual – for bands/musicians under 21 in age. Winning act moves on to represent Detroit at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) Youth Showcase in Memphis, TN.  www.detroitbluessociety.org/youth_blues_challenge.htm

Fusion Shows – in Michigan at venues from Detroit to Grand Rapids. Shows feature local and regional independent music artists, various genres.

Michigan Shows – list of Festivals and Music

Michigan Festival Schedule – continually updated list with event links, dates.

Metro Times – List of Music Events – in metro Detroit. performers, events at bars and venues. searchable.

Playing Here – Michigan – local music calendar arranged by city & venue on playinghere.com

Flint Area and Genesee County Music Events – list includes dates, descriptions, event links.

U.P.Bands.com – their list of festivals includes all of the upper peninsula and northern Wisconson.

Fusicology Detroit Events – underground, house, freestyle, soul ...

Frankenmuth Festivals – in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI).

Cranbrook Music Guild – in Bloomfield Hills, MI. classical/chamber music events.


Jam Nights and Open Mic

Jazz Events and Jams in Mid Michigan – listed by the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan (JAMM).

Open Jam Nights Facebook Group – Metro Detroit and Michigan – “Local Places where Musicians and anyone can go to and Listen or Participate in and Show their Talent or just wanna cut loose and meet new friends who love to do the same.”

Open Mic Nights – Michigan – listed on openmikes.org

Acoustic Jam Night at Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center – First and Third Tuesday of every month, year round, for beginner and experienced alike. It has become a community gathering with upwards of 35 Michigan musicians playing at any given time, a mix of old gospel, country, bluegrass, and folk music. Cost is $4 each (kids 12 & under are free).


EVENT SUBMISSIONS info for several Music Events in Michigan

Except for specific submission pages below, if you want to perform at events listed on this page, visit event websites for application/submission pages or to contact them directly to get details on who books their entertainment.

Arts, Beats & Eats – submissions usually start in February. Over 200 music performances, many stages.  www.musicpage.com/artsbeatsandeats

Stars & Stripes Festival, Uncle Sam Jam, St. Clair Riverfest, Harley Fest, Rocking on the Riverfront. submissions usually starting mid-February.   www.funfestinc.com/band-submissions

WYCD Hoedown Detroit / Local Band Submission – country music fest, submissions usually accepted starting in February.
wycd.cbslocal.com/99-5-wycd-downtown-hoedown-band-submission-page

Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair– musical act submissions usually start in September for the next year.
www.sterling-heights.net/1331/Sterlingfest-Vendor-Application

Hamtramck Music Festival – bands and musicians located in Michigan can submit to perform.  hamtramckmusicfestival.com

Music Fest 4 Vets - Supports U.S. Veterans in Need – mainstream variety live entertainment summer event in Metro Detroit. entertainment Donate their performances to support Vets. No submission fee.  musicfest4vets.org/submissions



ODDS and ENDS

Metro Times Blowout – former annual music fest in metro Detroit. It existed for 18 years, last in 2015.  mtblowout.com   facebook   twitter


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