Traverse City, Mich – July 31, 2013 – Chart-topping musical acts Michael Franti & Spearhead and The Wailers will headline the fifth annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival August 23-24 at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.
Michael Franti is an American poet, musician, activist and composer, and the creator and lead vocalist of Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band renowned for its energetic mix of hip-hop, reggae, rock and pop. The group has toured with such acts as The Fugees, Cypress Hill, A Tribe Called Quest and Busta Rhymes, and rocketed up the U.S. Hot 100 chart with their infectious hit “Say Hey (I Love You).” Franti is also an outspoken supporter for a wide spectrum of peace, environmental and social justice issues.
Together with Bob Marley, The Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. Outside of their groundbreaking work with the reggae legend, the Wailers have also performed with such famous acts as Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae stars including Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. The band has notched up over twenty chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries, and have played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe.
Michael Franti & Spearhead will kick off the 2013 Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival with a headlining performance on Friday, August 23 on the Historic Front Lawn at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Friday will feature a “Pint Night”-themed evening from 5-10 p.m. including pint specials from a variety of renowned Michigan craft breweries, local food and merchandise vendors, a silent disco tent and live opening musical acts, including New Orleans-based outlet No BS! Brass Band and Miami singer-songwriter and Pharell protege Cris Cab.
The second day of the festival on Saturday, August 24, will feature a headlining performance by The Wailers and an expanded brewery experience from 4-10 p.m. (3-10 p.m. for VIP ticket holders), featuring over 50 breweries and 300+ flavors of beer, cider, mead and wine. Additional musical acts including No BS! Brass Band, chart-topping country singer Junior Brown, Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys, Laith Al-Saadi, Grand Traverse Pipes & Drums and Deep Blue Water Samba will also perform Saturday at the festival. The evening will also feature a silent disco tent, the festival’s popular Hop ‘N Brew Shack, a homebrewing competition, local food vendors and special partner events and activities.
The Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival first launched in August 2009, drawing nearly 3,000 attendees in its first year. The festival was so successful that organizers expanded the event to two days in 2010, drawing nearly 5,000 attendees in sold-out events in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and inspiring a spin-off winter festival. The event is billed as a “celebration of craft beer, local harvest and live music” and has raised over $40,000 for local non-profits through its summer and winter events to date. In May 2013, MyNorth/Traverse Magazine readers voted the event #3 on the list of Best Foodie & Drink festivals in Northern Michigan.
Tickets to the 2013 Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival are on sale now at www.tcbeerfest.com. General admission tickets for Friday are $35 in advance/$40 at the door and include access to all festival entertainment and events. Friday “Pint Night” drink tokens – good for craft brew pints – will be available for purchase at the event for $20 for 4 tokens.
General admission tickets for Saturday are $40 in advance/$45 at the door and include 5 drink tokens and access to all festival entertainment and events. Additional tokens will be available for purchase at the event for $2 each. In addition, a general admission weekend pass good for both Friday and Saturday evenings is available for $70, while a VIP weekend pass – which includes early admission on Saturday, access to VIP restrooms, 10 Saturday tasting tokens and a custom pint glass – is available for $100. The festival is open to attendees ages 21 and up, no exceptions.
Proceeds from alcohol sales at the 2013 Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival will benefit CherryT Ball Drop, a local non-profit organization that raises money and collects non-perishable food items for area pantries.
For more information on the 2013 Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival, visit www.tcbeerfest.com.