Final lineup reveals

Aloha pals! Hope everyone had a lovely holiday. We are finally ready to reveal the last six acts performing at Mittenfest XI. What’s that, you say? SIX, you say? Yes yes, six, which brings our total to 21, which is ten plus eleven, the combined numbers of the past two years' Mittenfests. Totally deliberate on our part.

On to the lineup! Today we have three returning old-timers and three brand new first-timers.


up-and-coming powerhouse polymath FLOWER.CHILD (Ypsilanti MI)
newly reunited early-aught garage phenoms AVATARS (Ann Arbor MI)
glittery throwback soulsters THE BELLE ISLES (Detroit MI)

And reintroducing:

indiepop dynamos BLUE JEANS, who you may remember as Santa Monica Swim and Dive Club (Ann Arbor MI)
suburban myth maker hitmakers FRONTIER RUCKUS (Detroit/Ypsilanti MI)
singing army of civil warriors MATT JONES AND THE RECONSTRUCTION
(Ypsilanti MI)

And there you have it - your lineup for Mittenfest XI. Full schedule posted soon!

Posted 11.28.2016
Lineup Rollout: The Journey Continues

Salutations, turkeys! The official schedule and order of bands will be finalized beginning of next week. Are you getting pumped up? So are we! Anyhoo, on to the next set of thrilling reveals! Today's five musical acts are all based in Ypsilanti, the glorious birthplace and forever home of Mittenfest.

Please welcome to the stage:


The melodic crunch of TRUMAN

The dulcet drive of MESHES

The fierce storytelling of LOUIS PICASSO

The dreamy chill of SLUG LOVE

The bedroom fuzz pop of MINIHORSE

Final bands announced on Friday! Enjoy your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving or long weekend or regular old life!


Posted 11.24.2016
Lineup Rollout Part II

Greetings! Did you think we forgot? We did not! Announcing FIVE more acts for Mittenfest XI, all hailing from the great city of Detroit, home to 826 Michigan's brand new Detroit Robot Factory!

Prepare to get stoked for:


legendary folk songstress AUDRA KUBAT

brilliant hip-hop from emcee MIC WRITE

the sweet introspective pop of ANNA BURCH

the dancy yelpy rock of JAVELINS

the heavy punk force that is DECISIONS


More to be revealed tomorrow, kittens. Stay stoked. 


Posted 11.22.2016
Mittenfest XI Lineup Rollout

Hello friends! Today we are pleased to begin announcing the lineup of musical acts for MITTENFEST XI. (Can you believe this is the 11th year? Neither can we!) To maximize excitement we will be revealing the list in small, delectable chunks over the course of the week. Our first five bands are all new to the fest this year and we could not be more thrilled to have them.


the lovely droning darkness of WRAITHS (Ypsilanti MI)

the New Wave garage pop of TART (Detroit MI)

fuzzy powerpop power couple THE BRUISED REED (Trenton MI)

the self-described beachy goth post-punk of AM PEOPLE (Detroit MI)

life-saving and stage-shredding rock duo JUNGLEFOWL (Ypsilanti MI)


Thank you for all your support and stay tuned for the next installment!

Posted 11.21.2016
Stay Tuned

Thank you to everyone who applied to be part of Mittenfest XI.  The lineup of bands will be announced Monday, November 21, along with a few other exciting pieces of news!

Posted 10.31.2016
Mittenfest XI!! Now accepting Applications!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Mittenfest is back!

This year we are stoked to be returning to the delightful Bona Sera Underground in Ypsilanti to once again rock everyone's faces off and raise money for 826 Michigan. This year's Mittenfest will take place December 29, 30 and 31. SAVE THE DATE! 

And if you would like to be considered for inclusion in what will surely be a fantastic band lineup, please fill out our handy-dandy musician application, located here.

Posted 10.20.2016
Mittenfest XI: Dec 29th to Dec 31st

Save the date(s)!   This year's Mittenfest will be held Tuesday, December 29th through Saturday, December 31st.

Posted 09.25.2016