Mid Michigan

Mid Michigan is the area that spans from the West corner of the Ohio border to as far north as St. Johns and as far East as Howell.


Lansing is the largest city in the area and is the focus of the music scene in the region.

The City Pulse as well as the Lansing State Journal cover local music events in their entertainment sections. The Impact 89FM, Michigan State University’s student radio station, has a weekly radio show featuring Michigan musicians every Thursday from 8:00 – 10:00PM.

Venues that feature local music include The Avenue Cafe, which hosts a wide array of local and national acts, The Green Door, a blues bar featuring local acts, and The Unicorn Tavern, a small bar with a friendly atmosphere that hosts local bands.

The Green Door Blues Bar

The Ten Pound Fiddle concert and dance series has been going on in one way or another since 1975. This collection of volunteers and venues host frequent folk, bluegrass, and country acts, as well as public contra dances.

The Common Ground Festival is an annual event featuring national and regional bands, with profits going towards a variety of charitable organizations.

The Common Grounds Festival

Joshua Davis is a singer/songwriter and Michigan State Alum whose sound is a mix of folk, soul, and rock and roll. He gained national recognition when he placed 3rd place on The Voice in 2015


A half hour south of Lansing is the region’s next biggest town, Jackson.

Weatherwax Hall’s Affinity Series, sponsored by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, highlights regional folk, Americana, and rock groups through monthly performances.

Jackson Coffee and Bifferhaus Brewing companies also have weekly live performances.

The Jackson Blues Festival each June brings out some of the best blues bands in the area, as well as food booths, and harmonica lessons for kids.

The Sparks Foundation County Park is home to The Cascades, a massive musical fountain. With 16 falls as well as 6 fountains, the Cascades spans 500 feet and has 90 LED rope lights. During the summer, there are firework and musical shows at the fountain, as well as weekly concerts at the Cascades Rotary Club Bandshell.

The Cascades Musical Fountain