It’s summer, everyone… I’m just on my way out the door for a needed vacation. Lake life for a week. But before I go…
Saturday & Sunday
West Riverfront Park | Detroit
Tunde Olaniran is the shining local star amid this staggering lineup that includes M83, Haim, Mac DeMarco, Raury, Matt and Kim and more. Give this thing a couple more years and I could see it becoming almost as big as Chicago’s Pitchfork festival. That’s presuming that MoPop can be assured a set home through its current host, the public West Riverfront Park in downtown Detroit… But let’s worry about that next year. For now, Mo Pop kicks off its fourth year with a return to 2015’s locale, featuring live music, along with a swarm of food trucks, a beer garden and craft/tech villages. The ambition is to celebrate the beauty of Detroit, not just the vista of the river, but its creative community as well. AEG Live and the Crofoot launched Mo Pop back in 2013 at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights.
Here’s a helpful recap video from 2015, covering Mo Pop.
And here’s Tunde Olaniran (of Flint, MI), from a winter performance for Audiotree Live
Ann Arbor Art Center
117 W. Liberty St
6pm – 9pm
Visit the Ann Arbor Art Center for a new program called Pop-In, which is actually a bazaar to bolster “pop-up culture” through a collaboration with a range of artists across the mediums. Similar to Ypsi’s First Fridays, the goal is to get folks out into their community and realize how the breadth of its artistic community. (Artists, meanwhile, get an excellent opportunity to reach new audiences and network with contemporaries.)
This is a free event, but if you explore the event page and become notably stoked about anything in particular, then you can buy tickets to reserve seating for certain performances. Attendees can receive discounts and freebies at several participating bars/restaurants within a block of the Art Center.
And in terms of live music, you can catch Gus Tasker performing…
Alright, that’s all for now…because as I said: I’m nearing vacation time… So, I will have to get back to you in a week or two… Stay tuned & thanks for reading!