Lansing Bluesfest | The Geneva Convention: Lansing Bluesfest

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lansing Bluesfest

Lansing Bluesfest
Lansing Bluesfest
Lansing Bluesfest

Last weekend was Bluesfest! Over the course of the summer, a series of festivals celebrating different kinds of performance happen in Old Town Lansing. Earlier in the summer I missed Jazzfest, but I blogged about the Renegade Theater Festival last month. Bluesfest is similar to Renegade, but much louder and more raucous.

We had a great time listening to all the bands play. My favorites included a group with an average age of 14, called Red Herring. They had a lot of talent, including a female singer that did one of the most convincing impersonations of Robert Plant I've ever heard. Despite their age, they knew about Frank Zappa, and pulled off one of his songs pretty well, too, in addition to airing some of their own.

My other favorite band, Harper & Midwest Kind, played on one of the main stages, with an Australian lead singer who also played the didgeridoo in a number of his songs. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have already seen the video! It was really amazing to watch. We agreed that the didgeridoo is basically acoustic dubstep.

My tips for Bluesfest: arrive early if you want seating and (cheaper) alcohol. After 6:00, getting a wristband to enter the enclosure costs $5; before 6:00 it's free. Of course, you'll have to be 21 to enter the enclosure at all. Fortunately, being outside the enclosure doesn't prevent you from getting anything except wine and beer -- there are food vendors, stages, and seating areas outside of it, too. And as much as I hate to say it, bundle up! Nights in Mittenland start to get cold this time of year.

Festival season is winding down, but it isn't quite over yet -- I'm looking forward to Art Prize in Grand Rapids next month!

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