The thumb is the region from Saginaw and Flint to the Lake Huron coast. It is known for its extensive coastline and other natural tourist attractions.
Flint, being largest city in the area, has a large music scene as well.
The Fint Folk Music Society puts on many concerts and festivals throughout the year.
Flint Dropfest is an annual electronic music and arts festival.
The Buckham Alley Fest is an annual music festival aimed at increasing investment in local businesses and creating a “more beautified and pedestrianized alley system in downtown.”
Musicians from Flint include LaKisha Jones, an American Idol finalist, and Grand Funk Railroad, a rock band popular in the 70’s.
Saginaw is the second largest city in the area, and also has plenty of musical opportunities.
The Patchwork Art and Music Festival is a 9 day festival of music, art, poetry, and film that takes place in Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland.
Musicians from Saginaw include the rapper Prozak and Dick Wagner, a guitarist and songwriter of The Frosts, a band popular in Michigan during the 1960’s.
Saginaw has more than 81 times the number of solar technology jobs in the average U.S. city. It also has a wildlife refuge in one of the largest wetland ecosystems in Michigan, and several museums. Saginaw is clearly a city of diverse interests and opportunities.