MO POP Festival 2014MO POP Festival 2014 at Freedon Hill on July 12th, 2014 in Sterling Heights, Michigan – photos by Nate Michayluk – written by Mel Sieracki

The sophomore year of the MoPop Festival was held at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights on Saturday, drawing an even larger and more eclectic crowd than the inaugural show. The talent ranged from locals Flint Eastwood showing exactly how to kick off the first slot of an outdoor festival, to forgettable mid-day sets allowing for some relaxing time in the shade, to bands like J Roddy Waltson & The Business or Trampled By Turtles, waking up the tie dye and crop top-wearing 20-somethings and reminding them to move their feet and sing along.

The festival kept its theme of blending the lines of genres and bringing together bands and fans alike that may never have been in the same venue otherwise. At each set between the Grand & Harmonie Stages, you could spot a couple dozen onlookers, beginning to tap their toes and bob their heads, giving the “They’re alright” look towards the stage. If we’ve learned anything from one of last year’s performers, American Authors, it’s to pay attention; You may not be able to escape their songs on the radio in the very near future.

City & Colour headlined the Grand Stage just after a quick downpour, ensuring as many people were packed under the pavilion as possible for the final set of the festival. The crowd sang along to new songs and enjoyed live twists to classic Dallas Green tunes; All of which seemed to close out the night perfectly under the light of the “super moon” rising to the east.

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