It’s May, and that means Festivals of the Moon and Sun are just around the corner! Clear your calendars on June 24 and 25 and join us for the best beer, wine, food and entertainment the area has to offer. We are hard at work in the Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) office making sure that everything will be perfect for those who come out to support the Old Town community.
The OTCA is excited to announce that both festivals have been extended an extra hour this year. This means more fun and entertainment for you! Festival of the Moon will be tapped from 6pm-11pm and Festival of the Sun will start pouring at 2pm and run until 11pm.
The 12th annual Festival of the Sun on June 25 will include a variety of performances from blues to jazz and everything in between. Ten bands and solo musicians will alternate between a main stage and anacoustic stage from 2-11pm. Returning this year are Billiards Music, Jeff Pianki, Tania Hayward, The Elevator Conspiracy, Hot Club of Lansing and Joe Hertler & Rainbow Seekers. New additions include blues band Summer of Sol, jam/reggae band the Tree Hut Kings, Wisaal, and Sunny Side Up.
Hailing from East Lansing, Michigan, Wisaal is a seven-member band that includes percussionist Ty Forquer, a former member of Salsa Verde. Wisaal is an Arabic word that translates to mean links or connections. The wordreflects how the band fuses elements of Arabic music with Western contemporary sounds by blending instruments like the folk mandolin, the Indian tabla and traditional Arabic instruments. Musical harmony is the only way to describe the sounds they create. You can listen to music by Wisaal on their website at www.wisaalmusic.com.
This year, the OTCA stepped outside Greater Lansing boundaries to find great entertainment. From Sterling Heights, Michigan, Sunny Side Up brings youfolkmusic infused with a touch of jazz and a hint of soul. Their members include Jack Wells (Vocals, Guitar), Mel Tarter (Vocals, Extras) and Mike Tor (Bass).Sunny Side Up has been featured on networks such as MTV, VH1, Animal Planet and WeTV. In 2010, the trio was even nominated in the Best Group/Duo Category for their single “Don’t Forget That You Love Me” at the 6th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards. Check out more information about Sunny Side Up onwww.facebook.com/sunnysideuponline.
Have we hooked you yet? If so, visit www.festivalofthesun.com for a complete list of the entertainment. While you’re at it, be sure to purchase your tickets. When bought in advance, tickets are $10for Festival of the Moon and $17 for Festival of the Sun. If you love both festivals, grab a weekend pass for only $25.
To stay in the loop about the festivals, follow us on Twitter at OTCAsunandmoon or “like” our Festival of the Moon/Sun Facebook page.Entertainment for Festival of the Moon is still in the works so standby for more details.