mopop_logo_onblueThe second annual summer music festival, headlined by City and Colour and Young the Giant, includes two stages of music, local craft beers, food trucks, Vaudeville performances and art village

After the triumphant debut of Detroit’s new favorite indie-experiential event last summer, producers announced today the return of the MO POP Festival on Saturday, July 12. The music and arts festival will once again take place at the recently re-opened Freedom Hill Amphitheatre and Park in Sterling Heights, MI.

MO POP Festival is an all-day event that embodies the themes of Detroit and Southeast Michigan, offering fans a chance to celebrate the area’s rich history in sound, sight and taste. The festival features some of the hottest alternative music acts in the country on two stages. Taking the Grand Stage this July are City and Colour, Young the Giant, The Neighbourhood, Trampled by Turtles, Cold War Kids and J Roddy Walston. The Harmonie Stage will feature performances by Lord Huron, Tokyo Police Club, Bad Suns, Bear Hands, Wild Cub, Hundred Waters, Misterwives and Flint Eastwood.

In addition to 10+ hours of non-stop music on two stages, the MO POP Festival will feature an increased number of authentic local delights in the MO BIERGARTEN, showcasing over 30 local craft beers with exclusive tastings. Also returning, the hugely popular MO FOOD RALLY ALLEY where foodies can enjoy the diverse tastes of the area’s favorite food trucks, with new surprises in store for 2014.

Also, back by popular demand, the MO POP Festival will once again highlight the MO VAUDEVILLE REVIVAL SIDESHOW to celebrate the area’s specialty performers, along with the MO ARTIST VILLAGE featuring nationally removed and local visual artists.

Detailed festival information can be found at the festival website, or at

Tickets start at $49.50 for General Admission and $125 for VIP Tickets (quantities are limited) and will go on sale Friday, March 14, 2014 at NOON EST at , or charge by phone by calling AXS at 888-929-7849. A limited number of specially priced pre-sale tickets at only $45 will be available beginning at 10:00am EST on Wednesday, March 12. Sign up at or like the festival Facebook page at to get the password for access to the special pre-sale ticket.

VIP ticket purchasers will enjoy a unique experience, including: no hassle parking, early entry, invite-only craft beer tasting experience, special bathroom area, all day access to the Mo Lounge featuring special VIP only pours throughout the day, complimentary pop/water and admission to the Mo Pop Festival official after-show party in the Lounge.

– Gary Grimshaw – (February 25, 1946 – January 13, 2014) We are honored to have Laura Grimshaw widow of the legendary artist Gary Grimshaw as part of our Artist Village this year showing Gary’s work on iconic posters of music. The Detroit Free Press named Gary to its list of Michigan’s 100 greatest artists and entertainers of the 20th century. Mo Pop pays tribute to Gary Grimshaw’s lifetime of work and valuable contribution to Detroit’s cultural legacy this year.

– Leni Sinclair – American photographer and radical political activist who lives in Detroit. She has photographed rock and jazz musicians since the early 1960s. She has written two books, The Detroit Jazz Who’s Who, and Detroit Rocks! A Pictorial History of Motor City Rock and Roll 1965-1975 In 1964, she met poet and jazz critic John Sinclair, and with 14 other people, they founded the Detroit Artists Workshop on November 1, 1964. That group soon established a network of communal houses, a performance space and print shop. Leni began photographing jazz musicians performing in Detroit, including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Yusuf Lateef

– Tead – A street artist from Detroit, Tead’s work is seen in numerous spots around the Detroit metro and has been shown in gallery exhibitions and public installations throughout the country. Tead’s live painting installation which was so tremendously popular in Mo Pop 2013 will be back for year two

 Jesse Paris Smith – born in Detroit, and spent her early childhood in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, before moving to NYC in 1996. She is a composer, pianist, and percussionist. She operates the Tree Laboratory studio in Brooklyn with musical partner, Eric Hoegemeyer. In addition to music, she also creates through visual art–photography, film, pencil drawing, book arts, and graphic design collage. Her passion for science and patterns of the natural world and her deep connection to Michigan are among the themes explored through her music and art. In her recent work, she brings all of these themes together, exploring the nature of Detroit.

– Joey Mazzola – Original guitar player for legendary Detroit band “Sponge” this musician has branched off into the art world: as a three-dimensional artist and sculptor. Using reclaimed and recycled metals and materials, he set up a studio in his East English Village home and Eastworks Detroit was born.

– Roby Springer – born in Queens, New York in 1948. He began doing commissioned portraits on a Navy ship during the Vietnam War and continued to do so throughout his life. A poet and musician as well as an artist, he worked and lived throughout country from California to Texas to eventually landing in Detroit for 15 years. Clean and sober for 26 years at the time of his death, he used his experience, strength and hope to help and guide thousands of people to a better life. Freeing “prisoners” (whether physically incarcerated or spiritually) became his life’s mission and to that end there are countless numbers of repaired homes and lives. His influence reached across social, economic, and personality lines to positively touch the hearts everyone he met.

– Karen Kozy – studied design at CCS in Detroit, expanded her creative lens living in Chicago and Munich and traveling the world before landing back in her treasured hometown of Detroit. Karens designs draw from the never-give-up Detroit attitude, her love of the Bauhaus aesthetic and well crafted typography. She currently is living in her 100 year old house in the Detroit, Indian Village and gets inspiration from the spirit of the newly resurrected Tiger Stadium baseball field, the beauty of Belle isle, and Detroit’s comeback.

– Build & Destroy – Immerse your festival experience creating, destroying and rebuilding a colorful city throughout the festival day. Interact with the festival socially taking pictures of the event through the day, beautiful pictures making art out of art. You’ll be able to pick up your custom Mo Pop piece in the art village throughout the day

– Mo Pop Vaudeville Revival –
– The living art of dance, comedy and performance will be brought to you live on stage throughout the day from Lil Darlins.

Organizers have announced the lineup for this year, which will showcasing over 25 local craft beers with exclusive tastings.

• Southern Tier Brewing Company – Lakewood, NY
• 51 North Brewing Company – Lake Orion, MI
• Atwater Brewery – Detroit, MI
• Falling Down Beer Co. – Warren, MI
• Greenbush Brewing Co. – Sawyer, MI
• Epic Brewing Company – Salt Lake City, UT
• Lagunitas Brewing Company – Petaluma, CA
• Left Hand Brewing Co. – Longmont, CO
• Liberty Street Brewing Company – Plymouth, MI
• Odd side Ales – Grand Haven, MI
• Short’s Brewing Company – Bellaire, MI
• Virtue Cider – Fennville, MI

Organizers have announced the lineup for this year, which will feature the diverse tastes of the area’s favorite food trucks.

• Shimmy Shack – The first ever all-American slider joint that’s all veggie all the time.
• Mac Shack – Mac Shack serves up the best macaroni and cheese from its Detroit food cart to create the ultimate street food experience.
• El Guapo Grill – We’re taking “Fresh Mexican” to the streets and turning it upside down – fusing it with all varieties of international cuisine.
• Rollin Stone Pizza – Authentic wood fired pizza cooked in a genuine Italian wood burning brick oven. We use imported flour direct from Italy to make our dough and use only fresh ingredients to create top gourmet pizzas.
• Treat Dreams – Our goal at Treat Dreams is to produce the best and most innovative ice creams and custom desserts in SE Michigan. Our products are lovingly created in small batches on site.
• Pita Post – The diversified menu of The Pita Post features gourmet pita sandwiches using all fresh and natural ingredients. Our bread is hand crafted from a special recipe and our sandwiches are made hot to order.
• Detroit BBQ Company – Slinging BBQ all over the Detroit area.
• Jacques’ Tacos – Jacques’ Tacos is a gourmet food truck that serves delicious Mexican cuisine, entirely homemade with fresh, healthy ingredients, right in your neighborhood.
• The Cook’s Crossing – Pomme de Terre – Gourmet Sandwich and Potatoes
• Dago Joe’s – Street diners can choose from a number of Italian plates and flavorful, fresh sauces including a fat-free Lush Sauce, which is similar to marinara but much bolder and full of flavor, and the famous Racy Olive Sauce, a spicy, rich, bold low-fat tomato sauce with kalamata and manzanilla olives. Yes, we have vegetarian dishes!
• Sweet Magnolia’s – We are three sisters Mae, Melissa and Mallory that are crazy about cupcakes and wanted to share them with the world. Sweet Magnolias Vegan Cupcakes was born April 2011.We take pride in never using packaged cake

Food trucks will be available to patrons at Festival entrance. Credit cards will be accepted.

Detailed festival information can be found at the festival website, or at

Tickets for the Mo Pop Festival start at $49.50 for General Admission and $125 for VIP Tickets (quantities are limited) and are on sale now at , or charge by phone by calling AXS at 888-929-7849.

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