The Interlochen Arts Festival is a bastion of Northern Michigan events. Get your calendars out, folks: the lineup for this favorite Northern Michigan festival is finally here. From Sheryl Crow to Willie Nelson to Steely Dan, this year’s festival schedule is packed with talented, chart-topping musicians. Tickets for the concerts and plays go on sale at 9 am on Friday, April 18th at Tickets.Interlochen.org.
The summer series includes:
- Sheryl Crow with special guest Mandy Alexander on Friday, June 13
Known for chart-topping hits like “If It Makes You Happy,” “Soak Up the Sun,” “A Change Would Do You Good,” and “Picture,” Sheryl Crow is a nine-time Grammy Award-winner.
- Gordon Lightfoot on Wednesday, June 18
With his rich, warm voice and nimble guitar technique, Gordon Lightfoot weaves tales of love and longing in eloquent musical masterpieces including, “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” and many more.
- Lynyrd Skynyrd on Thursday, June 19, 8pm
Legendary rock band LYNYRD SKYNYRD popularized the Southern hard rock genre with hits like “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Free Bird” and more. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers remain a cultural icon that appeal to multiple generations.
- Betty Who on Monday, June 23
Interlochen alumna Betty Who blends indie and pop music into an irresistible mix of bold soundscapes, Top 40 hooks and knowing lyrics. Her recent debut EP “The Movement” was welcomed with rave reviews, and Idolator called her the “next great pop star.”
- US Air Force Band: Airmen Of Note on Wednesday, June 25, Free Concert
Join Interlochen as we salute our veterans with a free concert featuring the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force.
- Rioult Dance on Thursday, June 26
Born into the American modern dance tradition, RIOULT Dance creates and presents the sensual, articulate and exquisitely musical works of Pascal Rioult.
- Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” on June 26-28 & July 2, 3 & 5, 8pm
In his magical farewell to the stage, Shakespeare expertly weaves a tale of vengeance and forgiveness, romance and discovery. Directed by Laura Mittelstaedt and starring William Church, this mystical, humorous and poignant play charts an adventurous journey home through stormy seas.
- Tigran Hamasyan on Friday, June 27
Armenian jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan won the Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano Competition in 2006 and was awarded the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Contemporary Music in 2013. His first album, “A Fable” was honored with a French Grammy.
- World Youth Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, June 29
The WYSO celebrates 50 years of the Interlochen Arts festival with John Williams’ “Happy Birthday Variations.” Then conductor Jung-Ho Pak leads the orchestra in Glinka’s Overture to “Russlan and Ludmilla” and Hanson’s Symphony No. 2, “Romantic” – including the Interlochen Theme.
- Bonnie Raitt with special guest Paul Cebar Monday, June 30
With legendary hits like “Something to Talk About” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” American blues singer-songwriter and slide guitar player Bonnie Raitt is a nine-time Grammy Award-winner.
- Béla Fleck & Brooklyn Rider on Tuesday, July 1
Legendary banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck teams up with the unsurpassably inventive string quartet Brooklyn Rider for an evening of music that will slip seamlessly between the diverse worlds of American roots and classical music.
- The Capitol Steps on Saturday, July 5
Taking a stab at anyone within reach of their verbal swords, these Washington insiders present sketches and parody songs based on current events – and the latest scandals from Capitol Hill – that will win everyone’s vote of approval.
- Alessio Bax with World Youth Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, July 6
Pianist Alessio Bax will join the WYSO and guest conductor Carlos Kalmar for Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1.” The evening’s other repertoire includes Dvorak’s “Carnival Overture” and Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances.”
- Interlochen “Collage” on Tuesday, July 8
One of Interlochen’s most popular events, “Collage” is a rapid-fire sampler of student performances, encompassing music, dance, theatre, creative writing, film and visual arts. Come early for pre-concert activities on the mall.
- Nickel Creek on Thursday, July 10
The Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling trio Nickel Creek officially reunites. Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins began as bluegrass child prodigies, developing a loyal fan base and releasing several acclaimed albums in the early 2000s.
- Darius Rucker on Friday, July 11
As the frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker was one of the most popular musicians in the mid-’90s. But with recent hits like “Wagon Wheel” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” he has cemented himself as a country music star.
- Jackson Browne on Saturday, July 12
Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics.
- Michael Cooper: Masked Marvels & Wondertales on Sunday, July 13
Michael Cooper spins tales and weaves stories using an unusual and colorful cast of characters. Creating a world where dogs wear hats, wild stallions are tamed, giant noses sneeze and fish bait candy to catch children in a pond, this is a great show for all ages.
- Joshua Bell with World Youth Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, July 13
Joshua Bell will join the WYSO and guest conductor Erik Nielsen as they present Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64.” Nielsen will lead the orchestra in performances of Humperdinck’s “Overture to Hänsel und Gretel” and Debussy’s “La Mer.”
- Broadway’s Next H!t Musical on Monday, July 14
The hysterical Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter with a full blown improvised musical.
- Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss & Union Station with special guest Jason Isbell on Thursday, July 17
Two of country music’s most iconic talents in one stop! Music legends Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss & Union Station will share the stage together for the first time. And to top it off, celebrated songwriter Jason Isbell will open the show at 7 p.m.
- Cavani String Quartet on Saturday, July 19
Join the Cavani String Quartet for performances of Dvorak’s “American String Quartet, opus 96 in F Major,” Charles Washington’s “Midnight Child” and Bartok’s “String Quartet No. 3” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Interlochen Arts Festival.
- Five for Fighting on Saturday, July 19
Five for Fighting is an American singer-songwriter known for his piano-based rock, such as the Top 40 hits “Superman,” “100 Years” and “The Riddle.” He will perform with an all-star orchestra including several Interlochen musicians.
- John Axelrod with World Youth Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, July 20
John Axelrod was appointed in 2011 as Principal Conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. He will lead the WYSO in a performance of Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4 in E Minor.”
- Ray Lamontagne with special guests the Belle Brigade and Jenny Lewis on Tuesday, July 22
Ray LaMontagne is an award-winning singer-songwriter and global festival favorite. His husky vocals and sensual lyrics have helped him carve a niche in a competitive genre, with a growing, devoted fan base as testament to his musical talents and appeal.
- Gary Allan on Friday, July 25
Multi-talented country singer-songwriter Gary Allan made his debut in 1996 with the release of his first hit single, “Her Man.” A string of hits followed, including “It Would Be You,” “Right Where I Need To Be” and “The One,” just to name a few.
- Ani Kavafian with World Youth Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, July 27
Ani Kavafian returns to the WYSO as part of the Interlochen Arts Festival 50th Anniversary celebrations to perform her 1964 concerto competition award-winning piece, Saint-Saëns’ “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.” Guest conductor JoAnn Falletta will also lead the orchestra in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5.”
- “Les Misėrables” Interlochen High School Musical Theatre Co. on July 31–Aug 3; Thurs, Fri & Sat, 7pm; Sunday, 1:30pm
This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. Epic, grand and uplifting, “Les Misėrables” packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world.
- Buddy Guy with Robert Randolph and the Family Band on Tuesday, August 5
Five-time Grammy Award-winner and Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy has influenced titans such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Hendrix. He will be accompanied by the American funk and soul band led by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph.
- Enso String Quartet – Interlochen College of Creative Arts Artist-in-Residence on Aug 11, 13 & 16
With a “Best Chamber Music Performance” Grammy nomination, the Enso String Quartet is one of the nation’s most accomplished young string quartets. The quartet was founded at Yale University in 1999.
- Steely Dan on Wednesday, August 20
Steely Dan has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and helped define the soundtrack of the ‘70s with hits such as “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Deacon Blues” and more.
*Beginning Friday, April 18 at 9 a.m., tickets may be purchased at Tickets.Interlochen.org. To purchase tickets over the phone, call the Interlochen Box Office at 800.681.5920 or 231.276.7800.