Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan is the region of the Lower Peninsula North of Mt. Pleasant. Known for its festivals and beautiful natural scenery, Northern Michigan is a prime tourist destination as well as having a prominent arts scene.

The My North Arts and Music page provides up to date information on concerts and music events in the area.

Mt. Pleasant

As home to Central Michigan University (CMU)  and Mid Michigan Community college, students often form the core patrons of the music scene in Mt. Pleasant.

Hunter’s Ale House often hosts live music. Rubble’s Bar, as the self-proclaimed “premier place for live music in Mt. Pleasant,” also has frequent live performances and open mic nights.

That Freak Quincy performing at Rubble’s Bar

The Midwest Fest is an annual music festival that holds shows in Mt. Pleasant and across Michigan throughout the year.

Notable musicians from the area include Andrew Dost, who graduated from CMU, and is the pianist for the indie pop band, fun.

Mt. Pleasant’s population is almost doubled when school is in session at CMU and Mid Michigan Community College. The students aren’t the only ones interested in music, however. The Laker Current, Mid Michigan Community College’s newspaper, has a section covering local music which has an occasional “Professors who Rock” feature, which puts a spotlight on a faculty member involved in the local music scene.

Traverse City

Traverse city, known mostly for its annual cherry festival, also has a sizable music community.

The Union Street Station has live music every day of the week, including scheduled performance, as well as open mic nights, karaoke, and DJ mixes.

InsideOut Gallery is one of the largest art galleries in the midwest, and also hosts frequent performances and open mic nights.

InsideOut Gallery

The annual Microbrew and Music Festival brings together local breweries, food vendors, and local and national bands for a day long tasting and music event. All proceeds from this festival go to local nonprofits.

Winter Microbrew and Music Festival

Musicians from Traverse City include Joshua Davis, who gained national recognition when he placed 3rd place on The Voice in 2015.

Traverse City, whose annual film festival was once again included in MovieMaker Magazine‘s list of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World in 2015, is a vibrant center of culture in the region.