For quite some time, we at Fusion Shows have kept the idea of throwing a brand new Lansing music festival on our radar. While events like BLED FEST, Mo Pop, and the many club shows we produce throughout the year hold a very special place in our hearts, we (perhaps at the sacrifice of our personal schedules) wanted to create something fresh in honor of the city that gave us our start. We had four years of experience working with Common Ground Music Festival under our belts, helping to host acts like 311, Big Sean, and AWOLNATION, but we felt the urge to produce a hometown event truest to us, with some of the artists our team holds near and dear. What we had trouble finalizing were the details: the right name, the right time, the right place. Alas, the festival dream was continuously put on hold.
However, things finally clicked once we relocated our offices to REO Town last summer. From the minute we moved into the neighborhood, we couldn’t help but recognize the tight-knit community, the creativity, and drive REO Town offers to visitors and residents alike. Soon enough, the answers just seemed so obvious - why not develop our new festival in the heart of the neighborhood, right outside our front door!
From then on, things fell right into place. The name? How about “Three Stacks”, paying respect to the iconic smokestacks of the Eckert Power Plant that dominate the skyline outside our office window. The time? Early summer, when the colorful, art-filled landscape of REO Town is brightest and buzzing with visitors.
The rest is history. Therefore, with the help of the REO Town Commercial Association and the neighborhood’s incredibly friendly community of small businesses, we’re so excited to present the inaugural Three Stacks Music Festival!
About the Festival
Three Stacks Music Festival takes place on June 23, 2018 with two stages of live music mixed with fun throughout the community. The first ever Three Stacks Music Festival lineup contains a diverse set of acts within the alternative realm, including politically-charged punk luminaries Against Me!, celebrated alt-country outfit Murder By Death, and high-energy rising punk quartet, PUP. Rounding out the bill are progressive post-hardcore icons mewithoutYou, New Jersey post-punkers Screaming Females, Aussie trio Camp Cope (making their Michigan debut), indie songstress Petal, longtime Lansing punk rockers City Mouse, and Brooklyn-based pop project Oceanator.
A second stage in the adjacent and intimate Robin Theatre features a foursome of Michigan’s finest up-and-coming alternative acts: Lansing emo/punk veterans Worn Spirit, MSU grad and Detroit area folk/emo songwriter Stefanie Haapala, buzzy Detroit act Ness Lake, and Grand Rapids based indie rockers Secret Forte. Following Against Me’s performance on the main stage, longtime Lansing area record label GTG Records will help present an after-party with San Diego punk veteran Davey Tiltwheel sandwiched between GTG labelmates The Plurals (Lansing power pop) and Bong Mountain (Grand Rapids punk rock) at the nearby REO Town Marketplace. Both the Robin Theatre sets and the after-party will be free for festival passholders, and $10 at the door for the general public.
Food will be available from Lansing area culinary favorites Saddleback Barbecue, Good Truckin’ Diner, Green Dot Stables, Fire and Rice Food Truck, Picnic, and Shove It Pizza, in addition to Michigan-made beverages from Shorts Brewing Company, American Fifth Spirits, Faygo, and Blue Owl Coffee!
Throughout the day, shade and local wares will be available at the Three Stacks Pop-Up Market in the REO Town Marketplace, featuring locally made art, vintage clothing, a bar with cold specialty drinks, music memorabilia, and more. Just outside the festival gates, independent record store The Record Lounge will have specials on vinyl records from acts on the bill, along with many other musical favorites.
Doors for Three Stacks Music Festival open at 2:00 pm and tickets are available for $30 in advance, $35 day of show. Additional information can be found online at www.threestacksfest.com. Follow along on social media at @ThreeStacksFest!
Moving to East Lansing in the fall of 2016 I found myself in a whole new world of new environments, newfound independence, new experiences and new friends. With all this new in my life I felt confined to what was offered on Michigan State Universities campus and found that I really had no idea what the East Lansing and Lansing areas had to offer. It wasn’t until March of my sophomore year when I started to work for the City of East Lansing as the Jazz Festival and Community Events Intern where I started to research different community events in the area and learned that I had been missing out on so many great community events that were happening literally right in my backyard.
As part of being the Jazz Festival and Community Events Intern I have the opportunity to help put on various community events in East Lansing such as the East Lansing Farmers Market, Play in the Park, Summer Concert Series, Moonlight Film Festival and last but not least the next big event I have had the pleasure of working with is the 22nd Annual Summer Solstice Jazz Festival occurring in downtown East Lansing on Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd. The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) is a celebration of jazz music featuring nationally recognized and regional jazz artists, as well as youth and community education for residents and visitors of East Lansing. The SSJF salutes jazz one of the truly American art forms, and offers this free two-day event in a lively outdoor setting. With performances from Benny Bennack lll, the Gathering Orchestra with Rene Marie and Steve Wilson, Sunny Wilkinson, Orquestra Rtimo and many more, to the Children’s area with entertainment provided by the East Lansing Public Library, a face painter and Impression 5 Science Center, to various food vendors, there is sure to be something to please everyone!
With all this being said don’t’ be like the naïve, sheltered person I was when I first came to East Lansing, but instead try something new, explore the area and go to community events such as the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in a couple weeks. So, grab your friends, family, children, neighbors, or even your dog and come on out to the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival on June 22nd and 23rd for 15 hours of the best jazz in the heart of downtown East Lansing for free!
After graduating from Michigan State University, I was eager to get out of town – I was under the impression that Lansing didn’t have much to offer, and that it was dull. So I moved back home with my parents, and soon started a job in Detroit. I loved it, and loved seeing the city explode with new shops, restaurants and businesses.
But something was missing.
I missed the close-knit community I had developed in Greater Lansing, and was yearning to be back ‘home.’ After a year and a half of working and living in Metro Detroit, I moved back to Lansing with my soon-to-be husband, and finally felt like I was where I was meant to be.
Contrary to what some believe, Lansing is full of life. A vibrant, thriving community of art, culture, craft cocktails, coffee, donuts and music keep the city bustling. I love being part of #LoveLansing, and I want other interns and young professionals to see what the city and surrounding region has to offer. I joined Lansing 5:01 to apply my passion to connect other interns and young professionals to our community.
Our team of volunteers have worked tirelessly to plan outstanding events to showcase the crème de la crème of what #LoveLansing has to offer. Whether human bowling at the Lugnuts stadium, dancing to local musicians along the Lansing River Trail, experiencing Downtown Lansing’s skyline like you’ve never seen it before or hitting the trails at The Ledges, there is truly something for everyone.
Register today for any or all of our free summer events, I will see you there!
Field Night | June 7
A night out in Cooley Law School Stadium
Start summer 2018 with a home run! You’re invited to join interns and young professionals from across the region at Lansing 5:01’s inaugural event: a ‘Field Night’ inside the local baseball stadium. Take part in human bowling, lifesize foosball, inflatable obstacle courses and bumper cars ﹘ plus take a bird’s eye view of the stadium from the top of the 40-foot climbing wall. Cool off with a root beer float, beer slushie or frosty brew and enjoy tasty eats from Good Hops inside the stadium (available for purchase).
Interns employed by Lansing 5:01’s sponsoring companies are invited to an exclusive welcome reception from 5:01 – 7pm (come and go as you please) in the Box Suites before enjoying the field activities and exploring a vendor expo filled with Lansing-area organizations geared toward young professionals.
Bridge Fest | June 21
Under the Shiawassee Bridge along the Lansing River Trail
Dance the night away at ‘Bridge Fest’ ﹘ a riverside festival to highlight music and artists from across the region and local eats, held on the Lansing River Trail. Explore the lively #LoveLansing arts and culture scene ﹘ featuring a robust artisan village on the city market plaza, live art installations with chalk artists and muralists, Lansing-based artists, rec games, hula hooping, and more! As the sun goes down, join Lansing 5:01 under the Shiawassee Bridge for a free concert featuring premier Michigan musicians.
Rooftop Hop | July 12
Experience all the sights and sounds of Downtown Lansing
Soar to new heights at the best rooftops, restaurants and cool spaces downtown during the ‘Rooftop Hop’ ﹘ an event that shows off Greater Lansing from above. Move to the music of the city or just enjoy the view, and discover the unique transit opportunities in #LoveLansing as you stroll between five venues and play high-atop Downtown Lansing’s most iconic buildings.
The 5:01K | July 21
An intricate geologic backdrop for your active lifestyle
Hit the ground running at The 5:01K* and add up distances from hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, disc golf, and more, to complete this uniquely-Lansing “5K” set against the scenic sandstone backdrop of The Ledges. Wind down with yoga, speed up with salsa and enjoy healthy lifestyle demonstrations from local businesses. *You don’t have to run for this event, but please wear sensible footwear.
Greenhouse Gala | August 1
Get fancy with the ferns and go green for etiquette
To mark the finale of summer, Lansing 5:01 interns are invited to an exclusive dining experience at the MSU Horticulture Gardens. Over a plated dinner, learn the ins and outs of etiquette that will help your career bloom. Hear from a special guest speaker how mastering the art of etiquette has helped them reach their career goals, and enjoy an excellent meal in the picturesque greenhouse setting.
The year was 1999. I was seven years old. Despite my young age, my mom was still dropping me off for work, dressed to the nines in my suitcoat. I pulled paper records each time a customer called. Took the trash out. It’d be a few years until they let me answer the phones, let alone sell a policy. I didn’t trip and fall into insurance. While I didn’t always know my end game within the insurance world, I always knew risk management and business was the place for me.
Insurance professionals truly believe we work in an outstanding industry, with incredible opportunities and the ability to form meaningful relationships. We just need to yell our story. Louder. There are so many opportunities in the insurance industry right here in the Capital Region. I’d feel I was robbing tomorrow’s leaders if I didn’t at least make young adults aware of why insurance, specifically in Lansing, is a great career.
Insurance is unique in that it truly gives motivated professionals the opportunity to touch almost every aspect of the business world. The industry has given me so much and I can only hope that today’s young professionals truly understand the possibilities. They’re endless.
Rathbun Insurance was generous to select Lansing 5:01 as the next recipient of their Quotes for a Cause initiative. For the month of MAY, their agency will be donating $5 per new business quote to Lansing 5:01, regardless of whether or not the policy is actually purchased!
As a musician, sometimes people are surprised when I say I live in Mid-Michigan. They assume there isn’t a vibrant music scene or ask if I wish I lived in Chicago or New York so I could catch the best new performers who are making waves in classical and jazz music.
This always makes me smile, because the thing is, I often DO catch the best new performers at concerts—at the MSU College of Music.
I admit that I’m totally biased because—spoiler alert—I work there! But even though I interact daily with the incredibly talented students and faculty at the college, I’m still amazed that that my colleagues and I are able to bring the best artists from around the nation and the globe to East Lansing on a regular basis. We believe that hosting performances and residencies by some of the world’s leading musicians is important, not just for our students, but for the entire community.
And, unlike Chicago or New York, ticket prices won’t break my budget, and my commute to the concert venue is approximately 10 minutes (which is great, because I loathe sitting in traffic).
I’m especially excited about a group coming this week to MSU, yMusic. They are a phenomenal group of six musicians from New York City that blends the pop and classical worlds. Their high profile collaborators include some of the most creative indie and pop artists today, including Ben Folds, Paul Simon, Bon Iver, Chris Thile and Son Lux. yMusic is also known for working with singer-songwriters (they played with John Legend at the Grammys in 2017), and they’ll be in East Lansing on Friday, April 6 at 8 PM at Fairchild Theater.
To me, yMusic’s visit to East Lansing says so much about the community we live in, the intellectual and artistic curiosity of audiences, and the fact that the music scene here feels alive and vibrant. This is definitely a new music group worth checking out.
If you’ve never ventured onto campus for a performance at Fairchild Theater where yMusic will perform, you owe it to yourself to take in a show there soon.. It’s small but comfortable, big theater acoustics in an intimate setting. Plus, there’s plenty of free parking across from the theater and restaurants within walking distance on Grand River. As a bonus, a pregame or post-game performance trip to the MSU Dairy store is just a few blocks away.
And if you come to the concert, please say hi! One reason I #loveLansing is that so many people I meet have a meaningful connection to the arts, whether as a performer, cheerleader, or educator. Events and venues like yMusic and Fairchild Theatre are two great places to make even more of those connections.
Williamston is a wonderful destination in the greater Lansing area, just about 14 miles east of Lansing. One of the aspects that makes Williamston so special is the Williamston Theatre. The theatre is currently in its 12th season, and this season, we are producing three world premieres, which is a new record for us. I am lucky enough to appear in two of them.
DOUBLEWIDE is a National New Play Network Rolling World premiere and has had just three other productions across the country this year. It is a wonderful story about a typical American family trying to achieve the elusive American dream in the 21st century. That runs from March 22 through April 22. It’s received great feedback already.
OUT OF ORBIT will be running from May 17 through June 17 and tells the story of a NASA Mars scientist who is trying to balance life on Mars with life as a single mom with a teenager here on Earth. It’s a lovely mother-daughter story.
Here at the theatre, we like to tell stories of people who we know…people who are our neighbors…people who you will recognize when you come see a show here. This aesthetic has led not only to local and national awards, but also to growing audience numbers. Over 11,000 people attend shows at our theatre throughout the year, and in response, the downtown Williamston area has developed into a foodie haven.
There are four wonderful restaurants within walking distance of the theatre, and one of Michigan’s most promising young breweries, Old Nation Brewery, is within a very short drive. Williamston is becoming a destination location for dining and entertainment. It’s also an incredibly quaint town, with easy parking, and lovely walks in McCormick Park right on the Red Cedar River. Williamston is a hidden gem, one worth taking the time to discover.
As a native to Los Angeles, California, I never dreamed of moving to another state. The food, entertainment, and sunshine were enough to make me feel like California would be my home forever. I loved California and the life I built for myself while there, but I’m glad I moved. The decision to move away from what I believed to be paradise was made during a five minute phone call with my then fiancé.
We were both seniors in college and the question of what we’re doing with our lives was a constant point of discussion. Because of the difference in our expected graduation dates and the fact that I had no clue what I wanted to do career-wise, we decided to plan our next steps based on wherever my husband was accepted for law school. He applied to various law programs throughout the country, including some great programs in California.
Right before my husband graduated college, he started getting acceptance notices from different programs for which he had applied. One of those notices came from Michigan State University College of Law. They invited him to fly out, visit the campus and meet with current students. When he came back home, he immediately called me and talked about his experience. I knew from the sound of his voice that he enjoyed his trip and started imagining himself there. Once he informed me about the attractive scholarship they offered him, I started imagining him there too.
As he continued talking, I looked up the school and noticed they had an amazing Linguistics program should I decide to continue my education and pursue my latent dreams of being a professor. Call it fate or divine providence, but in some crazy way, we managed to convince ourselves to move from everything we know to the unknown in a five minute conversation. We had no family, friends, or connections whatsoever in Michigan, and we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.
Fast forward two years later and we’re still here. My husband is expected to graduate from law school this December, and while I decided being a professor wasn’t the career choice for me, I managed to cultivate an amazing career that has given me opportunities and experiences I never dreamed were possible. The transition wasn’t easy, but I’m glad we stuck it through. Being in Lansing has afforded us opportunities that would have never been possible in California. One of those opportunities in particular is the fact that my husband and I were able to purchase a home. The cost of living in Lansing made something that is not a possibility in California a reality.
My husband and I have fallen in love with the community and spirit here. Looking back, we probably should have taken more than five minutes before committing to a major life change like moving across the country; however, I don’t regret for a second the decision we made because it changed the trajectory of our lives. Lansing changed my life and I am forever grateful.
I like food. A lot. But I don’t know how to cook, so I rely heavily on living in a community with access to a variety of restaurants in order to keep myself adequately fed. Luckily for me, Metro Lansing has plenty of delicious options. From Middle Eastern to Cuban and Italian to Thai, Lansing boasts ethnic cuisine from around the globe. From breakfast through dessert, I’m set.
So naturally, I am really looking forward to an upcoming event called Forks & Corks. The Promotions Committee of Downtown Lansing Inc. is producing this event for food lovers and wine lovers alike. The upscale evening will take place in the suite level of Cooley Law School Stadium on March 27. Each suite will feature a dish from one of Lansing’s top dining spots paired with a fine wine. Guests will get to sample from several of the region’s best restaurants without leaving the stadium.
This is the second year of the event, and although last year was a blast, this year is going to be even better. Lexus of Lansing is the new presenting sponsor of Forks & Corks, and they’re bringing a few surprises with them. They’re rolling out the red carpet (literally), so get ready to experience the ballpark in a whole new way.
You’ll see me at Forks & Corks on March 27 sampling dishes and planning which restaurants to visit in the following weeks. Last year I learned a lot about wine pairing – I had never put much thought into how to pair food with wine before, but each wine complimented the dish so perfectly.
You can find additional information about the event, including a list of participating restaurants and a link to purchase tickets, at forksandcorkslansing.org.
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