HOLY CRAP, did I have a great weekend! I’m still depressed that it’s over. On Saturday, Dan and I went to MO POP Festival in Sterling Heights, MI, and it was ah-maze-ing. What the heck is it? Think of the perfect mash-up of live music, food trucks, craft beer, and local art. That’s MO POP. Awesome, right?
We have been wanting to go since we saw something about it on Facebook earlier this year, and Dan surprised me with tickets! Saturday was the big day, so we packed up our stuff and road tripped to Michigan. The festival was held at Freedom Hill Amphitheater, which to me seemed perfect. Plenty of space for two stages, food trucks, beer gardens, artists’ booths, a Vaudeville side show, and lawn for lounging. We got there when the festival started because there were some bands that we wanted to see that went on earlier like Bear Hands, Wild Cub, and Bad Suns. The main draws for us, though, were The Neighbourhood, Young the Giant, and City and Colour. And they certainly did not disappoint! For The Neighbourhood and City and Colour we were in the front about 15 feet from the stage!!! (and I think I may have been the oldest person down there but whatevs). If you want to check out the whole lineup, here it is: http://mopopfest.com/lineup.html
This was probably the most fun Dan and I have had together. Although we loved the marathon, this was a chance to kick back, relax, and enjoy a whole bunch of our favorite things at one time. And the ticket price can’t be beat – only $50 each for all of those bands! We would have paid that to see one or two of them.
Here are some of my highlights from the festival.
- Saw the most amazing Frisbee toss I’ve ever seen – from the top of the amphitheater to the lead singer of Young the Giant on stage! And he caught it!!!
- Getting up close and personal with The Neighbourhood because “Sweater Weather” is one of our fave songs (and our ringtone…I know, we’re dorky)
- Hearing City and Colour sing “We Found Each Other In The Dark.” If you haven’t heard it, do me a favor and give it a listen. Dallas Green’s voice is beautiful.
- Three words – food and beer. Bringing in food trucks was an amazing idea, and what goes better with food trucks than craft beer? We were able to try a whole bunch of new ones that we can’t get in Ohio. And the wood-fired pizza was delicious. Not as good as The Beautiful Flame but damn good.
Can’t wait for next year because we are making another road trip! Thanks, MO POP, for a great weekend!