Marijuana & Music: Highlighting Michigan Festivals

It’s no secret that one of the most enjoyable activities to do while consuming marijuana is listening to your favorite music and getting “lost in the sauce” of it all. It’s also no secret that musicians and artists have been the intersection of trendsetters and tastemakers in the cannabis industry. 

They have helped shape cannabis culture and oftentimes are huge advocates for the plant as an inspirational tool, among other benefits. 


Art & Music in Michigan

Did you know that Michigan has a budding arts and music scene? It has been quite a musical destination in recent years, especially. In Michigan there are tons of artists, musicians, producers, and event curators that bring sparks to the state’s evolving culture.

Here at Ounces, we love our Michigan arts, culture, and destinations. In one of our previous blogs, we introduced you to some amazing Lake Michigan attractions.

Follow along with this blog for a roundup highlighting some of Michigan’s beloved arts and music festivals!


Detroit Jazz Fest 

Firstly, this is the spot to watch your favorite jazz musicians, veterans, rising stars, and even Michigan-based artists “wow” the stages during Labor Day Weekend. For 40+ years, Detroit Jazz Festival spans downtown in celebration of the rich cultural history of jazz music here. 

This year, the weekend of Friday September 2nd, 2022 to Monday September 5th, 2022 are the official dates for Detroit Jazz Fest.

This year’s lineup includes some notable artists such as the Bill Frisell Trio, Dianne Reeves, Nubya Garcia, Julian Lage, and many more.


Mo Pop Festival 

Next, each July this music festival descends upon the stages of Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit as a multi-genre, alternative music experience that delights eclectic audiences.  There are some pretty unique features at Mo Pop to experience, such as the Mo Arcade where you can experience a real life #tbt in an authentic MoPop Arcade extravaganza.  

This year, Mo Pop partnered with Detroit’s Offworld Arcade to build out an AC tent filled with classic arcade games, high score contests, drinks, local DJs and fun prizes. If you’re feeling a little more artistic, check out the Craft Bazaar where dozens of Metro Detroit’s most talented crafts people curate handmade goods and crafts for a truly interactive experience.

Having outgrown West Riverfront Park, this year’s lineup included Glass Animals, Detroit native Big Sean, Girl in Red, Daisy, Dayglow, Kaytranada, and many more. We look forward to catching next year’s interactive vibes at Mo Pop. 


Movement Festival

Thirdly, also in Detroit Michigan’s historic Hart Plaza, Movement showcases dozens of emerging and celebrity DJs alike in honor of celebrating the underground dance culture the city has to offer. 

This year’s Movement Festival returned to Hart Plaza after two years being MIA due to the pandemic and was able to celebrate its reopening at the end of May. 

Featured DJs included legendary Carl Cox, GriZ, Flying Lotus, ANNA, Nastia, Jeff Mills, Stacey Pullen, Anfisa Letyago, Ash Lauryn, Delano Smith, Gorgon City, Eris Drew b2b Octo Octa, DJ Tennis and so many more talented producers and heavy hitters in house and techno. 


Excellency Music Fest

Last but not least, Excellency Music Fest takes place in Bay City, Michigan. This is definitely the alternative music festival to keep your eyes peeled to! Excellency Music Fest is a wonderful newcomer to the state’s summer festival scene.

This year’s musical talents include Telltale, Rarity, Sunsleeper, NIIICE., Salt Creek Daisy, the Sonder Bombs, Michael Cera Palin, You vs. Yesterday, and other underground gems. 

Which groovy festivals are you looking forward to?


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