Celebrating craft brews and local music in a beautiful setting Up North—what’s not to love? Every year Porterhouse Productions puts together a stellar docket of musicians and brewers under Traverse City’s stars, and squeezes it all into a weekend. 2016’s litany of Microbrew Festival music will make your wristband shadowbox-worthy, and be the seed of I-saw-them-before-their-breakout stories for the next decade.
Rolling Stone magazine called The Revivalists one of ten new bands you need to know. Spotify loves them, with 2.5 million streams of their song, “Wish I Knew You.” Greg Roth, AXS, describes their music thus, “They take elements of rock, soul, country, funk, roots, and folk, throw it in the pot, and cook up an addictive, spicy musical jambalaya.”
There are a few MyNorth staffers that think the front man David Shaw has a certain Matthew McConaughey look about him (perhaps it’s a Southern sexiness they share). Roth describes Shaw, as having a voice that is a genetic cross between Ottis Redding and Eddie Vedder, saying, “Dressed in jeans held up with suspenders, a T-shirt, and sporting several tattoos, the lanky and athletic front man glided across the stage like a man possessed—or rather, a man on a mission, preaching the gospel of good times, good music, and soul.”
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue also get Rolling Stone accolades, calling them “the best brain-melting mashup” in their 40 Best Things We Saw at Lollapalooza 2014 wrap-up. Shorty himself has been touring internationally since he was 12, growing up on stage with the likes of Lenny Kravitz, and finding the spotlight on nearly every late-night talk show from Conan to Kimmel to Leno, as well as a White House performance.
We’re expecting Shorty’s hard-edged funk band to get our Northern Michigan audience up and dancing with hip-hop beats, rock dynamics and brass improvisation that only a jazz tradition can inspire. The night itself should fairly glimmer with excitement as the band warms up Traverse City’s summer night.
And there’s our local loves, The Accidentals, barely out of Interlochen cap and gowns, but gracing stages nationally. It won’t be long before this trio has to hire security escorts. Their rock mix of new song “Parking Lot” gets played repeatedly by tweens, genxers and boomers alike, who’ve come to adore them and their lyrical love affair with Michigan. Is it ironic to ask to hear “The Silence” from this group who never disappoints its Northern Michigan fanbase? We don’t think so. In fact, turn it up …
Head on over to MicrobrewandMusic.com for the festival’s music schedule (that’s subject to change).
Welcome to Microbrew & Music Festival 2016, where the beer is cold, the music is hot and the weather is always Northern Michigan.
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