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August 23, 2011

MI Fest 2011

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Written by: Mary Simkins

An Outdoor Camping and Music Experience featuring the best of Michigan’s music, food, art and industry

Bear Lake

MI Fest is Michigan’s newest music festival that is gearing up for its debut on September 17—and festival organizers have covered all the bases in ensuring a memorable experience. Located at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., MI Fest will combine music, art, food and camping into one spectacular weekend. Big name performers The Raconteurs and Sheryl Crow top the bill, joined by Jeff Daniels, The Ragbirds, Bear Lake, the Juliets. Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad and many more.

Along with exciting musical performances, according to the event’s official website, there will be plenty to see at the Artist Gallery, in which “fine art mingles with contemporary rock and roll visuals.” Well-known artists Carl Lungren, Stanley Mouse, Sue Rynski will be featured, as well as local Michigan artists.

The Juliets

There’s no need to worry about food for the weekend. With concessions provided by American Coney Island, Bob Evans and Randy’s Original Roadside Barbecue (just to name a few), the odds of going hungry are slim.

And, of course, there will be shopping.  MI Fest’s outdoor marketplace will feature a diverse range of vendors, and anything from festival merchandise to jewelry to toys for the little ones can be found there.

For those who will be camping, shuttles are available to transport guests from the campground in the Irish Hills to the concert. Pre-sale and early-bird ticket sales are over, but it’s not too late to purchase general sale tickets at the event website:  HYPERLINK “” Tickets are $79 per person (children 12 and under free), and camping packages are available with electricity and without (at $50 and $35 respectively).


About the Author

Mary Simkins
Mary has been on the forefront for iSPY on covering shows and writing some great reviews. She's been to just about every show big or small that we've covered and wants more! Send Mary some suggestions or ideas on some upcoming shows she should check out.

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