Get ready Lansing, the 18th Annual Common Ground Music Festival is on the horizon. From July 6-9 at Adado Riverfront Park in downtown Lansing, tens of thousands of music lovers will get to experience 30 acts. Each summer day is dedicated to a specific musical genre, giving participants the option to select their favorite line-up on a given date, jump into something new or purchase special passes that encompass access to the entirety of Lansing’s premier music festival.
So, who’s performing this year? From award-winning artists to the creators of that one song you’ve always loved on the radio but could never catch the artist’s name, Common Ground is the mecca of not only today’s household icons but upcoming talent. Below is a breakdown of each night’s headliners and what they bring to Common Ground.
Thursday, July 6: Alessia Cara
Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Caracciolo, known by her stage name Alessia Cara, signed with Def Jam Recordings following the success of her YouTube channel, where she started providing acoustic covers of different songs at only 13. Her 2015 debut single, “Here,” found success in its uniqueness; labeled as the song for “everyone who secretly hates parties.” Her debut album, “Know-It-All,” shook musical charts and is now certified platinum.
According to a 2017 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Cara looks forward to her second album as something that can get back to the gritty, pop-soul and R&B sound of her initial single.
Friday, July 7: Toby Keith
With over 40 million albums sold worldwide, Toby Keith Covel, simply known as Toby Keith, is a country music icon. His first single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” from his 1993 self-titled, debut album hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Song charts. Keith hasn’t slowed down since, most recently releasing his 18th studio album, “35 MPH Town,” in 2015.
In addition to his main discography, Keith has released two Christmas albums, four compilation albums and charted 61 singles on the same chart that his first single dominated.
Saturday, July 8: Shinedown
Formed by artist Brent Smith in 2001, after the dissolution of a prior rock band, Shinedown hails from Jacksonville, Fla. The band is made up of lead vocalist Smith, guitarist Zach Myers, bassist Eric Bass and Barry Kerch on drums. Shinedown has sold more than 10 million units worldwide between five studio albums, each of which have had a different sound to them, by design. They had almost a dozen No. 1 singles on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, the third-most of all time behind Van Halen and Three Days Grace.
In February 2017, the group announced working toward a new album, so the opportunity to hear some new material when they hit the stage seems likely.
Sunday, July 9: Big Sean
Raised on the Westside of Detroit, Sean Anderson, professionally known as Big Sean, has taken the Hip-Hop world by storm since his debut studio album, “Finally Famous.” Building a homegrown brand through an underground mixtape movement by the same name as his debut, Sean has gone on to top musical charts, receive multiple Grammy Award nominations and sell-out arenas around the world. His latest album, “I Decided,” released in February 2017 and is centered on the idea of rebirth.
Special guest and rap star Fetty Wap will join Big Sean in closing out 2017’s Common Ground Music Festival.
For more information on the numerous acts, tickets, parking and event activities, visit commongroundfest.com.