Middle of the Mitten is an event celebrating the anniversary of The Record Lounge and its commitment to local and independent music and businesses. Preparations are underway for the fifth annual showcase, which will be January 24-26, 2013 in Lansing and East Lansing. Click here for the latest info on the lineup and locations.
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As it approaches the half-decade mark, Middle of the Mitten has established itself as a staple showcase of the Lansing and Michigan local music scenes.
Each year the festival boasts a lineup of both established and blossoming talent from around the state. This, the fifth incarnation of the annual event, features 21 artists performing over the span of three nights in East Lansing and Lansing. Notable acts include Gifts or Creatures, The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle, Life Size Ghost, and Elliot Street Lunatic.
Middle of the Mitten premiered in January 2009 as a one-off show featuring an all-Michigan lineup to celebrate the first anniversary of East Lansing vinyl shop The Record Lounge. In the years since, it has grown into a multiple-day festival, community-based nonprofit, and Michigan State University student organization. Hundreds of MSU students and Michigan musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs have collaborated to make Middle of the Mitten a success in years passed, and the upcoming festival will see the organization continue to grow.
Middle of the Mitten 5 will kick off with a free show at The Record Lounge on January 24, 2013, followed by Day 1 at (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing on January 25 and Day 2 at The Loft in Lansing on January 26.