Above: Galactic Sherpas entertain at FreeMusic Fest 2010. Photo by Heather Cohen.

The FreeMusic Fest takes place on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to dusk in Freeland's Tittabawassee Park (9200 Midland Road). Now in its fourth year, the FreeMusic Fest has grown to become a community event that is sure to have something for everyone, including live entertainment from a variety of musical acts in rock, blues, indie, country and alternative styles. Headlining the event is Finding Clyde, a band that has performed locally with national acts. The Belly Dance Underground, Kids' Corner, and Mike McMath's art and music hybrid Empty Canvas, plus food vendors, an arts and crafts show, children's activities and a charity disc golf tournament will add to the fun. Here's a sneak peak:


What began as a music festival has grown into much more, with a variety of family activities. Yet music remains the focal point. This year features a variety of artists from the Tri-cities and beyond. The stage kick-off is set for 10:15 with The Belly Dance Underground. 

The lineup: 

11:00: Dan Vaillancourt
12:00: The Chromatic Effect
  1:00: Empty Canvas
   2:00 Jimmy and the Growlers
   3: 00 Jeff Yantz
   4: 00 The Banana Convention
   5:00 Maybe August
   6:00 Galactic Sherpas
   7:00 Dave Kellen Band
   8:00 Finding Clyde

Performing between bands are Amelia Jo, The Hand-Me-Downs, Bob Hausler, and Tyler Short.  Joe FM 97.3 will be broadcasting live from the FreeMusic Fest from 12 to 2 p.m. The painting created during the Empty Canvas performance will be auctioned off, with the proceeds to benefit the Just For Kids Foundation. 

To read more about the bands, visit FreeMusic Festival.

Kids' Korner

Pat's Food Center is sponsoring  the Kids' Korner. The Kids' Korner will feature a bounce house, face painting, games, and more. Children can also sign up for the FreeMusic coloring contest at Pat's (7620 Midland Road, Freeland) now through the 10th. Participating children will be eligible to win prizes, and the winner will be announced at the Fest.

Making Change Through Chains

The charity disc golf tournament "Making Change Through Chains" was so popular last year that it is back again. It's open to both competitive and recreational players, and a number of local businesses have provided prizes. Disc golfers can register online here for $20, or if spots are still available the day of the event, you can register on-site at 9 a.m.  Tee-off is at 9:45. All tournament participants will receive a tournament t-shirt and a free lunch provided by Tim Boychuck. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Just for Kids Foundation. 


New this year is the art fair, with 30-40 vendors from around the state. They will offer such items as jewelry, hair extensions, shirts, hats, candles, soaps, electric oil burners, lotions, wood crafts, flowers, baked goods, baby bibs, t-shirts, animal-related items, stained glass, photographs and frames, hand- painted glass block lights, and window decals.

The clothing company Peace Love Michigan and the ever-popular Traveling Tie-Dye Party will also be on site. Graff Chevrolet will display the Camaro up for raffle to benefit the Just For Kids Foundation, and festival goers will be able to buy tickets. Food vendors include Elephant Ears and the Magic Bean Cafe. Rewards for Recycling will help keep the park clean. 

The FreeMusic Fest is sponsored by Phoenix Productions, Tim Boychuck, State Farm Insurance, Pat's Food Center, United Financial Credit Union, Magic Auto Loans, 360 Main Street, Joe FM 97.3 , Dstreet Entertainment.

The disc golf tournament is sponsored by Addictive Ink Tattoo, B-Xtreme Cycle and Sport, Sleep Inn, Midland Brewing Company, Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival, Great Lakes Loons, Salon Bliss, Back to Natural Healing, Chug and Chew, Dan Vaillancourt, The Rabbit Hole, Black Ball Tattoo, Ray's Bike Shop.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to dusk on Saturday, June 11. Admission is free. For more information, FreeMusic Festival.