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Common Ground brings in headliners

Common Ground brings in headliners

Jaimie Bozack
A&E Editor

The Adado Riverfront Park in downtown Lansing will soon be filled with dozens of tents, the smell of food and the sound of music.

From July 7 through 12 the Common Ground Music Festival will celebrate its 16th year in a big way by bringing popular headliners to the main stage.

Jenna Meyer, the marketing director for Meridian Entertainment Group, said Common Ground has had success for the past 15 years.

“Common Ground is a great opportunity to see some well-known and even up-and-coming musicians that you would otherwise have to travel several hours to see,” Meyer said.

The festival will feature many vendors and activities. The activities include a zip line over the Grand River, Hammock Hangouts, Cupcake Vineyards Wine Sampling and The Color Run.

Meyer said Common Ground is great for concert goers, and is also beneficial for the community. She said the festival has a big economic impact in the Greater Lansing area.

“The festival is huge for the downtown businesses that can capitalize off the increase in out-of-town visitors,” Meyer said. “In addition we provide volunteer and paid opportunities for local residents and an opportunity to see some world-class talent in our hometown.”

Following is a rundown of the acts scheduled to appear:

Tuesday July 7: Common Ground will bring pop-star Meghan Trainor to the main stage to kick off the festival. Trainor has been sweeping the radio with hits like “All About That Bass.” Other acts include Misterwives, Skizzy Mars and local bands Flint Eastwood and Less is More.

Wednesday July 8: Rock group Jane’s Addiction will take the stage for night two, giving ‘90s rockers some nostalgia. Here Come The Mummies will be making its return to the festival, along with acts Alien Ant Farm and In This Moment.

Thursday July 9: Grammy Award winning country act The Band Perry is the headliner for the third night of the festival. The band will bring along the bands Parmalee and Old Dominion as well as local act Bear Creek Brothers.

Friday July 10: Friday will feature another rock group that will bring crowds rushing in. Three Days Grace will headline the main stage along with other rock n’ roll favorites Finger Eleven and All That Remains.

Saturday July 11: Hip-hop headliner Snoop Dogg looks to drop some new sounds during Common Ground this year. He released his new album “Bush,” in May and has had success with it. Other hip-hop acts include: Wale, Tech N9ne and Blat! Pack.

Sunday July 12: Balloons, confetti, light shows and interesting outfits are all to be expected for this year’s alternative night. Headliners Empire of the Sun and Flaming Lips will bring an unforgettable live show experience to Lansing. Other popular acts will include Motion City Soundtrack, Mike Mains and the Branches, and Man Man.

Meyer said she looks forward to the festival and anticipates big crowds.

“My favorite part is looking out at the crowd and seeing thousands of people making amazing memories and witnessing some amazing live musicians create their art live,” Meyer said.

For a complete lineup and schedule head to http://www.commongroundfest.com/.

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