August 12, 2020

Microbrew and Music Celebrates a Decade

By Kristi Kates | Aug. 5, 2017

The annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew and Music Festival is turning 10 years old this August. One of TC’s premier summertime events, the festival heads back to the front lawn of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons August 11 and 12. Here’s what you can expect:

The man behind Microbrew and Music, Sam Porter, has packed both days with a lineup of more than 100 acts. Highlights: Saturday’s headliner, Nashville-based progressive rock outfit Moon Taxi, which has rocked stages from Bonnaroo to Lollapalooza, plus some local and regional names you’re sure to recognize, including returning regular That 1 Guy; folk-pop singer May Erlewine and her new band, The Motivations; local faves Brotha James and G-Snacks; up-and-coming rock band Bio-Massive; and local world music outfit Deep Blue Water Samba.

This year, Microbrew and Music is bringing a new 1,500-capacity, three-stage Silent Disco tent, where more people than ever can get their groove on in absolute silence, save for the wireless headset piping tunes into their ears.
Another don’t-miss event: the Flam Chen New Circus and Fire Theater (pictured), which will bring an exciting (and fiery — literally!) carnival-like performance.

Since you can’t dance if you’re not properly fueled, plan on a quartet of food truck vendors to keep you strong: Charlevoix-based Pigs Eatin’ Ribs, featuring Chef Adam’s smokehouse-style southern eats. Man and Pan, the northern Michigan paella experience. Cheese and Co., with standout grilled cheese sandwiches and popular nectar iced tea. And the Mitten Fired Pizza Company with impressive mobile-cooked pies. Each also will offer food and brew pairings.

You’ll find over 300 beers, ciders, meads, and wines from such participants as Dark Horse Brewing Co., Tandem Ciders, Great Lakes Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, Bell’s Brewery, Founders Brewing Co., North Peak Brewing Co., Ballast Point, St. Ambrose Cellars, Nomad Cidery, and more.
Your general admission ticket (Friday $45/Saturday $50/weekend $90) includes a commemorative tasting glass, five tasting tokens, and access to the complete lineup of musical acts and dancing opportunities. For tickets and more information, visit



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