Founders Fest 2017 :: A Celebration of Beer and Music

Founders Brewing Co. is pleased to present to you the musical lineup for Founders Fest 2017 :: A Celebration of Beer and Music:

Umphrey’s Mcgee
Blues Traveler
Leftover Salmon
Mustard Plug
The Accidentals
FBC All-Stars
DJ Omega Supreme

Here is a bit of info on the bands:

Umphrey’s Mcgee – After 19+ years of performing more than 100 concerts annually, releasing nine studio albums and selling more than 4.2 million tracks online, Umphrey’s McGee might be forgiven if they chose to rest on their laurels. But then that wouldn’t be consistent with the work ethic demonstrated by the band, which consistently attempts to raise the bar, setting and achieving new goals since forming on the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana, in 1997.

Blues Traveler – Grammy Award winning, harmonica driven, rock n’ roll.

Leftover Salmon – Colorado’s Leftover Salmon has established itself as one of the great purveyors of American music.

Mustard Plug – Mustard Plug started out in the punk clubs, basements and dive bars of the Midwest, playing punk-influenced ska music before most people in the U.S. had ever heard of ska.

The Accidentals – Northern Michigan’s breakout folk act. Recently signed to Sony Masterworks, this band is taking the Mitten sound international.

FBC All-Stars – The FBC All-Stars are a musical collaboration of employees from Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, MI.

DJ Omega Supreme – Super hero DJ traveling through space turning up parties.

In addition to the sweet tunes, there will also be acrobatics and roving entertainment provided by Grand Rapids’ own, Super Happy Funtime!

Super Happy Funtime – Set to bring a one-of-a-kind sideshow entertainment to Founders Fest, featuring professional aerialists, stiltwalkers, caricaturists, jugglers and many, many more sensational, interactive acts.

When will tickets go on sale?
Friday, April 14, 2017 11:00AM EST

How much are tickets?
Advanced: $40 General Admission, $25 Mug Club
Day of show: $50 General Admission, $40 Mug Club
Admission includes your first pint (excluding specialty beers) or 2 N/A beverages

Where can you purchase tickets?

What beers will we have on tap?
Just like in previous years, we will feature Founders Fest Wheat throughout the duration of. Of course, like previous fests, you can expect a good number of surprises from the specialty tent.

Will we include Artist’s Row again?
We sure will! Interested or know someone who is? Send examples of your work to Molly at

Food vendors?
We will have a variety of local and regional food vendors – more specifics to come soon!


All ticket sales are FINAL. No refunds
Strictly Ages 21+ only
No outside food or beverage
No glass or growlers of any kind
No pets (licensed service dogs OK with proof)
No fireworks
No illegal substances
No weapons
No bad attitudes
No flapoles
No totems
No chairs on city streets
Re-entry is NOT guaranteed, and is only permitted as capacity allows
Empty (non-glass) containers for water or sealed bottles of water are OK
By use of this ticket, the ticket purchaser/holder ("Holder") agrees that Founders Brewing Company shall have the unrestricted right and license to use the Holder’s image, likeness, name, voice, comments or other proprietary or public rights in any broadcast, telecast or photograph and/or video and/or audio sound recording taken in connection with the event or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part of the event, for all purposes, without compensation.

After 16 years of performing over 100 concerts annually, releasing seven studio albums and selling more than 3.3 million tracks online, Umphrey's McGee might be forgiven if they chose to rest on their laurels and attend to their lives as husbands and fathers. But you'd be wrong. With their eighth studio album, Similar Skin, and first for their own indie label, Nothing Too Fancy (N2F) Music (distributed by RED), the group - which formed on the Notre Dame campus outside of South Bend, Indiana in 1997 - has something to prove. And that's not just to their ever-loyal fan base, but to those who have never heard a note, or worse - dismiss them as "too sophisticated, too complex" or think they know what Umphrey's McGee is all about.

"We're definitely not associated with a three-minute verse-chorus-verse song structure," admits singer-songwriter-guitarist Brendan Bayliss about the new album's "trim the fat" direction, which saw them aim to strut their rock and progressive roots. This time around, those musical touchstones range from the melodicism of Police, U2, the Beatles and Nirvana, the symphonic prog of Gentle Giant, King Crimson, Yes, and Genesis to the heavy metal thunder of Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Soundgarden, and Pantera. "Every night, we have the opportunity to play whatever and however long we want. Going into the studio, the challenge was to be as concise as possible, to trim all the fat we could."

Blues Traveler

The four original members of Blues Traveler, who have known each other since their early teens—John Popper, Chandler Kinchla, the late Bobby Sheehan and Brendan Hill —gathered over 25 years ago in the basement of their drummer's parents' Princeton, NJ, home; and the seeds were born for a band who have released a total of eleven studio albums, four of which have gone gold, three platinum and one six-­‐times platinum. Over the course of their illustrious career, Blues Traveler have sold more than 10 million combined units worldwide, played over 2,000 live shows in front of more than 30 million people, and, in "Run-­‐Around," had the longest-­‐ charting radio single in Billboard history, which earned them a Grammy® for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Their movie credits include Blues Brothers 2000, Kingpin, Wildflowers and others. A television favorite, they have been featured on Saturday Night Live, Austin City Limits, and VH1's Behind the Music, and they hold the record for the most appearances of any artist on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Formed in Boulder at the end of 1989, the Colorado slamgrass pioneers took their form of aggressive bluegrass to rock and roll bars at a time when it wasn't so common, helping Salmon become a pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jamgrass genre. Today, Leftover Salmon is: Vince Herman (vocals, acoustic guitar, washboard); Drew Emmitt (vocals, acoustic and electric mandolin, electric guitar, fiddle); Andy Thorn (vocals, acoustic and electric banjo); Greg Garrison (vocals, acoustic and electric bass); Alwyn Robinson (drums); Erik Deutsch (vocals, keyboards).

Mustard Plug started out in the punk clubs, basements and dive bars of the Midwest, playing punk-influenced ska music before most people in the U.S. had ever heard of ska. They clung to a DIY work ethic that had been ingrained in them growing up in the 1980′s hardcore punk scene and applied it to everything they would ever do together as a band. Mustard Plug released their first cassette tape themselves (1992′s Skapocalypse Now!), and played constantly to earn enough money to record their first album – 1994′s Big Daddy Mulititude. Their debut full length was released on legendary NYC label Moon Records (home of Toasters, Hepcat, Dance Hall Crashers, and pretty much every other 90′s ska band of note). With their new found national distribution and exposure, the band climbed into their van and performed their music to new fans across North America. Twenty-one years, 1500 shows and 200,000 album sales later, it cannot be denied that the band has surpassed all expectations and permanently staked their claim in contemporary music.

For their new album, "Can't Contain It", Mustard Plug have returned to the DIY blueprint that the band was built upon, while at the same time embracing all the school of hard knocks craftsmanship and wisdom that the band has earned along the way. The band spent the last several years writing new material that was informed by 22 years of songwriting experience while retaining the youthful energy that has endeared them to their fans. They tracked the record at bassist Rick Johnson's Cold War Studios, giving them the flexibility to experiment and add new layers and dimensions that were not possible given the time constraints on their previous recordings. Many of their musician friends(Dan Potthast, Sean Bonnett, Mark Petz, Corey Ruffin) were tapped to contribute, creating a denser, more intricate sound.

Once the recording process for Can't Contain It was complete, the band turned to their fans to help finance the mixing and production of their record. Their Kickstarter campaign surpassed all their expectations, doubling their initial goal and re-confirming the support and love of their audience. The tracks were then sent to be mixed at Bill Stevenson's Blasting Room Studios where Mustard Plug had recorded 3 of their previous albums (including 1997's breakthrough "Evildoers Beware" and 2007's "In Black and White"). The result is possibly their most diverse and best record to date.

After tapping their friends and fans to help out with the recording, the band turned to more of their posse to collaborate on the artwork. Underground icon Jeff Rosenstock designed the album packaging, while noted artists Craig Horkey and Larry Kole created alternative limited edition album covers and posters. The final piece came together when at the last minute, No Idea record founder, Var Thelin heard the record and offered to partner with the band on its release. Mustard Plug is excited to be given the opportunity to collaborate with a label known for its' strong punk rock ethics and underground credibility.

Ultimately, this release is about the community Mustard Plug has built during its' 22 year existence. Coming full circle back to the DIY scene and the community that the were born out of has helped them to put out their best record to date.

Described as, "one of the most ground-breaking musical experiences one might just have in a lifetime" by Jonathan Frahm at Yahoo Voices, The Accidentals are just getting started.

From 2012-2014, The Accidentals recorded three original albums, were guest artists on fifteen others, scored two films, and landed song placements in commercials, documentaries, and music compilations while playing over a seven hundred live shows. THEN they graduated high school.

After graduation from world-renowned Interlochen Arts Academy, The Accidentals added multi-instrumentalist-singer-songwriter, Michael Dause, as their touring/studio drummer and opened for musical greats such as; Andrew Bird, Sixto Rodriguez (Sugar Man), Brandi Carlile, Dar Williams, SHEL, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ben Solee, Seth Glier, Rusted Root, The Wailers, Keller Williams, Arlo Guthrie, and more.

They scored original pieces for a 72-piece orchestra, an opera-dance project with Son Lux (Glassnote Records), and a smaller 30-piece string ensemble while touring the US extensively.

In 2015 alone, they have played over 200 shows at some of the most prestigious venues and largest festivals in the US including The Fillmore, The Vogue Theater, Frederik Meijer Garden, Summerfest, Electric Forest, Summer Camp Festival, Blissfest, Wheatland, Earthworks Harvest Gathering etc.

They are currently recording with Grammy Award Winning Producer, Stewart Lerman (Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Regina Spektor), and Pop Icon, Marshall Crenshaw. Look for a brand new release in the coming months and hang on tight... its proving to be quite the ride.

The FBC All-Stars

The FBC All-Stars are a musical collaboration of employees from Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, MI.

DJ Omega Supreme

Super hero Dj traveling through space turning up party's and opening up for artists such as Meth & Red, MGK, ASAP Rocky, J. Cole, Yo Gotti and many more...

$0.00 - $40.00


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