MI Fest concert lineup announced


The first-annual MI Fest (mi • fest \ mī – fest \ noun: an outdoor music festival featuring the best of Michigan’s food, industry, art and music) debuting on September 17, 2011 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan has released a revised artist line up presented on two stages. The announcement was made by George Gikas, of TGIF Entertainment. Times and acts are subject to change. 

Final Schedule (revised as of 9/16/11)
MI FEST STAGE                                                             
12:30 p.m. - Ben Daniels Band
1:25 p.m. - Mitch Ryder
2:30 p.m. - Wendy Starland
3:05 p.m. - Jeff Daniels
4:10 p.m. - Mark Farner
5:30 p.m. - The Romantics
6:45 p.m. - Ronnie Dunn
8:15 p.m. - Sheryl Crow
10:00 p.m. - The Raconteurs
GRANDEE STAGE                   
12:00 p.m. - Shockwave
1:00 p.m. - The Thornbills
1:50 p.m. - Black Belles
2:40 p.m. - Pujol
3:30 p.m. - Black Milk
4:25 p.m. - Jeff the Brotherhood
5:30 p.m. - Ty Stone
7:00 p.m. - The Rockets

Tickets for the first annual festival, to be held on the lush grounds of Michigan International Speedway are available for $59. Re-entry will be allowed. Children 12 and under are free accompanied by a ticketed adult. For festival-goers wanting a red carpet experience, VIP tickets ($109) will provide shelter, special parking, entrance and concessions, and a chance to mingle with MI Fest performers. Call 800-354-1010 or go to www.MISpeedway.com to purchase tickets.
Premier camping facilities at MI Fest cost $35 for rustic sites and $50 for electric sites for the entire weekend; RV rental is also available.  Campgrounds open on Friday, September 16 at 5 p.m. and festival goers will not need their cars once parked, as there is a continuous shuttle to the festival just across the street. Campgrounds close on Sunday, September 18 at noon.
Gates to MI Fest will open at noon and the first show starts at noon on Saturday, September 17. 
More than a music fest, MI Fest is a true multisensory experience. Festival grub will be provided by many Michigan restaurants and companies, including Bob Evans Restaurants, El Guapo Grill, Kona Shaved Ice, Randy's Roadside BBQ, Rocky Mountain Candy Factory, Chicken Man, Ideal Bite Catering.  American Badass Beer will be there to wash it all down.

The Walker Tavern Farmers Market will be on-site, along with festival memorabilia and an outdoor marketplace featuring local artisans, transforming this one-day music festival into a weekend-long excursion.  Detroit’s beloved rock magazine Creem, currently being relaunched, will be selling T-shirts and other merchandise.

In addition, there will be a MI Fest Art Gallery, curated by Mark Arminski, including works by Carl Lungren, Sue Rynski, Leni Sinclair, Tom Weshler, Stanley Mouse– many of whom have played extensive roles in the poster and photo art of Michigan’s music scene.

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