MILFORD, Mich. ( 2018) – The Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce invites the community to rock out in Central Park with 12 local artists as Currents Music Festival invades the LaFontaine Family Amphitheater with summer vibes and groovy music from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, June 9. The day-long jam session, presented by Huron Valley State Bank, the LaFontaine Automotive Group, the Milford Downtown Development Authority, Americus Coney and Grill and River’s Edge Brewing Company, will showcase various musical genres including rock, jazz, country and more.
This year’s lineup includes:
- 11 a.m. The Blueflowers – angst Americana
- Noon Sons of Ditches – twangy country
- 1 p.m. Social Bandits – funky rock
- 2 p.m. The Hacky Turtles – funk rock
- 3 p.m. Feral Ground – hip hop fusion
- 4 p.m. The Messenger Birds – Detroit fuzz rock
- 5 p.m. Laura Rain & the Caesars – funky soul
- 6 p.m. Mexican Knives – electric punk
- 7 p.m. Red Herring – blues rock
- 8 p.m. Nadir Omowale – urban, stone cold funk
- 9 p.m. Chris Canas Band – soul, blues funk
- 10 p.m. Nina and the Buffalo Riders – psychedelic blues rock
“We enjoy providing an opportunity for local bands to entertain the community and we’re thrilled to welcome this year’s Currents Music Festival performers,” said Jennifer Hill, events and communication manager, Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce. “These aren’t your average basement bands, either. Several groups were selected as Detroit Music Award nominees, including The Blueflowers, Laura Rain & the Caesars and the Chris Canas Band.”
Stone cold funk artist Nadir Omowale was recently selected as a 2018 Detroit Music Award winner in the “Outstanding Urban Artist/Group” category.
“We’re proud to support the Currents Music Festival for the fourth consecutive year and look forward to the day-long showcase of Michigan’s musical talent,” said Jack Shubitowski, president and CEO of Huron Valley State Bank. “The festival provides an opportunity to give back to our community with a day of food, friends and music.”
Blue Grill and The Proving Grounds Coffee and Ice Cream will sell select menu items within the festival’s food tent in Central Park for attendees who work up an appetite. Representatives from the Milford Skate Park and Milford Mustangs will also sell candy, pop and other treats to raise funds for their organizations.
River’s Edge Brewing Company, Milford’s Award-winning micro-brewery, has teamed up with Wixom-based Drafting Table and New Hudson-based Draught Horse to present a 21-and-up biergarten with a selection of crowd favorites. The Trio of Oakland County brewers will create a collaborative brew that will be sold at the festival’s biergarten and at all three breweries leading up to the Currents Music Festival. Draught Horse will also offer pulled pork sandwiches and a macaroni and cheese bar.
“Music brings people together, and Currents has something for everyone,” said Ann Barnette, executive director of the Milford Downtown Development Authority. “The festival allows people to enjoy great music in the perfect location to take a quick stroll down Main Street and explore Milford’s boutiques and small businesses between musical acts.”
The name Currents is derived from the LaFontaine Family Amphitheater’s location. The amphitheater’s environmentally-friendly design orients patrons towards the historic Albert Kahn-designed Ford Power House and Pettibone Creek waterfall. Built into the natural landscape of Central Park, the amphitheater fits snugly into the existing topography of the site, incorporating terraced seating for nearly 2,000 people.
Viewing space is first-come, first-served. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Outside alcohol is not permitted. For more information, visit the Currents Music Festival Facebook Page and the Downtown Milford Facebook page.
To find out what’s happening next at the LaFontaine Family Amphitheater, visit http://milfordamp.org/.
About the Milford Downtown Development Authority
Established by ordinance in 1982, the Milford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is a commercial district revitalization organization dedicated to building an attractive environment in which people can shop, live and play. To learn more about downtown Milford, visit www.meetmeinmilford.com.
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