This July week-long Common Ground Music Festival brought some top alternative names to Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing.
Friday’s main stage lineup played to a younger crowd and included MGMT, twenty one pilots, and AWOLNATION while LEAGUES, Foxy Shazam, The Soil and the Sun, and Lansing favorites Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers graced the side stage; not to mention the Leine Lodge, a new addition this year, whose stage was home to Lights & Caves, Flint Eastwood, and Mike Mains & The Branches.
Monday was also a big alternative night with Barenaked Ladies, Guster, Ben Folds Five, ZZ Ward, and American Authors, among others.
One of the big things Common Ground is known for is its genre diversity. Usually every day has a theme; in addition to the two “alternative” days this year’s Thursday was country day with headliner Little Big Town, Sunday was hip hop day with Ludacris, Tuesday was classic rock day with CCR, Wednesday was rock n roll with Slash, and Saturday was another indie/alternative day with The Avett Brothers.
The seven-day festival took on the Alternative, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Country, Indie, Hip Hop, and Rap genres with pride and catered to a plethora of people in the area as well as out of town-ers, nearly selling out several nights.
The production was stellar and every act pumped up the crowd; although the most memorable for alternative lovers (particularly those who listen to 94.1 The Edge) was probably twenty one pilots. Singer Tyler Joseph is known for jumping off his piano like a crazy person and this time around he also climbed up to the top of the stage. Drummer Josh Dun also did his usual backflip off the piano. Joseph did some crowd-walking and shortly after they both came out on the stage extension with their drums for a great and energetic grand finale. It’s incredible how just two performers can get the crowd so excited! Their fans were probably the most enthusiastic of the entire week.
This year’s Common Ground Music Festival was the best yet. The addition of the third stage allowed for a few more acts to show their stuff, the festival was easier to navigate with the new app, and it had some pretty cool non-music additions; including the Architects of Air and the US Airbag! It seems like this festival is going nowhere but up!
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