Blog: A day at MO POP

Saturday July 23, I spent the day on the Detroit Riverfront enjoying some great music, great food and melting under the sun.

The gates for MO POP opened a bit after noon and the packs of dedicated festival-goers swarmed onto the festival grounds.

School of Rock sponsored a stage to the direct left of the festival entrance. The Rochester, Ann Arbor and Farmington branches of the school performed hard rock sets with features by the All Star group.

The audience could experience virtual reality glasses and charge their phones at a station near this stage.

Past this was the Credit Karma Arcade, where guests could play on throwback arcade systems and cool off under a shady tent.

In front of the arcade was a large wooden frame with lines of twine hanging down from it. On each line, festival-goers were encouraged to write down their dream for Detroit.

Besides enjoying the music, my friends and I focused most of our energy on finding food and anything cold to try to beat the heat.

Luckily, the festival featured an entire Food Truck Rally Ally where you could get vegan wraps, ice cream, macaroni and cheese and so much more.

A craft tent was set up featuring local artists with an eclectic selection of posters, jewelry, pins, fanny packs, sweaters and other unique items.

Saturday’s lineup featured artists like Borns, Glass Animals, Alex G, Tunde Olaniran, Haim and headliner, G-Eazy.

Music rolled through the festival throughout the day with each group getting about a half hour-long set, except for Haim and G-Eazy who held larger blocks at the end of the day.

The sun beat down mercilessly on the festival grounds and everyone was covered in a thin layer of dust and sweat by the end of the day.

There was music for everyone ranging from the electro-pop sound of crop top clad Michigan-native, Borns, to the pop rock intensity of Haim to the catchy yet unique hip hop stylings of G-Eazy.

(Side note: If you get a chance, go see Haim live. Their energy is electric. Este’s bass face is beyond entertaining and they know how to move a crowd.)

At 9:20, I ran to the Grande Stage following Haim’s performance leaving my friends in the literal and metaphorical dust.

G-Eazy’s set began at 9:30 and he exclaimed that “Detroit has the most beautiful girls” … I swear my heart nearly stopped.

He encouraged the crowd to keep the party going throughout his set playing songs from his first album, “These Things Happen” and new selections from his most recent album “When It’s Dark Out.”

G-Eazy thanked his drummer and DJ Quiz, who backed him throughout the set and thanked Detroit for always being so welcoming and believing in him.

I was unfortunately unable to attend Sunday’s part of the festival, but heard that it was just as thrilling with Father John Misty, Matt and Kim, M83 and Mac DeMarco.

Make sure to keep your eye out for next year’s lineup and tickets in 2017. Don’t miss out on this festival that brings together Detroit artists and residents.