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Michigan bands to rock Mount Pleasant during four-day festival

The music scene will be flooded with more than 20 bands from the Midwest as they come to Mount Pleasant for a weekend of local music.

Midwest Fest, a four-day long festival, is in its fourth year and is organized by Corey Densmore, owner of Diamonds in the Rough Promotions. It begins tonight and ends Saturday night.

“This year is similar to years past, where you can enjoy everyone coming, regardless of what you like,” Densmore said. “You might not know about the bands, but you’ll probably follow them after seeing them.”

Each band is set to play at Rubble's Bar, 112 W. Michigan St., and tickets cost $7 to $10 nightly and $20 to $25 for a pass for all events.

The 24-year-old Mount Pleasant resident had a panel of major local music scene media select the lineup, while he selected the headliners.

“I’m excited for headliners Frontier Ruckus,” Densmore said. “Any time you can see them, it’s a treat.”

Frontier Ruckus is the headliner for Saturday night and will play with local act Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers.

“I’m excited for my band to play with Frontier Ruckus because they’ve always been a huge influence on my music,” Hertler said.

Hertler said he’s also excited to see headliner Chris Bathgate on Wednesday, and Stepdad, another headliner, on Thursday.

“Midwest Fest is a great way to show your support for Michigan arts,” the Lake Orion senior said. “It brings quality musicians from around the state every year.”

Novi senior Patrick Kochyan said he heard about the festival through Facebook.

“I think it’s a pretty good lineup that gives us a chance to see a lot of Michigan artists in one place, which is cool,” Kochyan said.

Kochyan said he’s looking forward to seeing the Crane Wives on Friday and Chris Bathgate on Wednesday.

“I’ve never been in years past, but I’ll probably go to a few nights,” Kochyan said.

A complete lineup and tickets are available at