Summer concerts music to northern Michigan's ears

Apr 14, 2017

The 2017 Interlochen Arts Festival lineup was announced today, and it features the likes of ZZ Top, Michael McDonald, Trace Adkins, Diana Ross, OK Go, and more.

But in addition to Interlochen, northern Michigan is home to a wide variety of summer concerts and festivals.

Blissfest is celebrating 37 years this summer, and will welcome over 50 bands to it’s annual music festival including Friday night headliner, Los Lobos. 

Blissfest draws in bands from all over the world, and focuses on roots music.
Credit Blissfest Music Organization

Fountain Point Resort in Lake Leelanau also has a diverse concert series lineup full of both local and non-local groups. The Accidentals, The Giving Tree Band, and Davina and the Vagabonds, will all make appearances during the summer.

Beaver Island boasts two very different music festivals— the Beaver Island Music Festival brings in bands from all around the country and thanks to the smaller size of the island, provides a unique opportunity for festival goes to mingle with the bands. Baroque on Beaver is a 10-day festival on the island, which features orchestral, chamber, and choral music.

The Jimmys, a bluesy band from Wisconsin, will open the Manitou Music Festival at the Dune Climb Concert. The event, which takes place in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore usually draws between 2,000 and 3,000 spectators, according to organizers.

In Wellston, Michigan the Hoxeyville Music Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary. Greensky Bluegrass headlines the weekend in August, with other acts like Joshua Davis and Billy Strings also performing.