Mount Pleasant’s most popular and well-known club, Wayside Central, will host two events this weekend.
The first event, called Slower Donkeys, will take place Friday and is a parody off the Faster Horses country music festival that took place over the summer.
“It is a country music festival,” Wayside owner John Hunter said. “It will feature local acts, as well as national touring acts.”
The event will feature a variety of attractions in addition to country music, including a 10,000-square-foot outdoor beer tent, a mechanical bull and several country bands split between two stages.
The local Kevin Chamberlain Band will kick off the event, taking the stage at 6 p.m. The headliner for the event, Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys, will perform from 10 p.m. to midnight.
Other bands to play include Bull Whip, Wreckless and Annabelle Road, and tickets will be available for $10 at the door.
Hunter hopes a large variety of people attend.
“We’re expecting a lot of country fans on Friday,” he said. “Hopefully there’s a good mix of townspeople and college students.”
Hunter said the event Saturday is the area’s largest Battle of the Bands.
“Fifteen bands will compete on Saturday, in 45-minute sets from 4 p.m. to midnight,” he said.
The event will take place in a tailgate tent in the parking lot of Wayside. Bands will perform before and after the Central Michigan football home opener. The winning band gets a prize of $1,000 and the runner-up band wins $500.
“A ton of bands from CMU will perform,” Hunter said.
The bands expected to compete on Saturday include the Cabin Guyz, Splice, the Neuroscience Excellence and Mark Daisy.
The tailgate tent will open at noon and run all day and night.
Hunter said the last event Wayside hosted that was similar to the upcoming Battle of the Bands was called Middle of the Mitt, held in March. It featured 20 bands.
“People loved it so much we had to do it again,” he said.