Greater Lansing Michigan 

Common Ground Music Festival

July 8-14, 2013

Common Ground Music Festival happens in downtown Lansing, along the banks of the Grand River in Adado Riverfront Park. This annual celebration features an outstanding line-up of musical acts, focusing on top-level, national, contemporary music performers, scores of food vendors, and a dynamic display of outdoor interactive activities for kids. With an attractive, intimate venue, state-of-art production and a comprehensive array of patron amenities, the festival is the premier special event of the summer in the greater Lansing region.

Common Ground features an impressive array of headline, national-level entertainment each night. The event's core components include: popular music, delicious food and fun activities. These core components are designed with the goal of entertaining and satisfying people of all ages and backgrounds.

Common Ground utilizes a multi-day admission pass concept to provide Festival patrons unlimited access to the entire event for one economical price. Individual day passes are also available, but the best value is the Seven-Day Pass, which can be used solely, or shared with family or friends from day to day.


Performers by Date

Barenaked Ladies

Ben Folds Five


Boothby Graffoe

Xavier Rudd



ZZ Ward

American Authors

Elliot Street Lunatic

Nahko and Medicine for the People

Mike Vial and the Great Lake Effect

Creedence Clearwater Revisited

Shooter Jennings

The Sheepdogs


Here Come the Mummies

Harper & Midwest Kind


Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators


Monster Truck

Echoes of Pink Floyd

Red Stone Souls




Know Lyfe

Almost Kings

Little Big Town

Randy Houser

Kari Lynch Band

Phoenix Stone


Von Grey

Julia Sheer

Taylor Taylor



twenty | one | pilots

Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers

Foxy Shazam

Silent Disco


The Soil and the Sun


Mike Mains and the Branches

Flint Eastwood

Lights and Caves

The Avett Brothers

Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band

Frontier Ruckus

Murder By Death

Tokyo Police Club


Goodnight, Texas


American Opera



Jon Conner

Kid Ink


The Blat! Pack

Alex Goot

MVP Miles and 2Dope


Special Offers for Common Ground Visitors


Common Ground Special Offers
Thank You For Your Services. MIlitary 10% off nightly Rate Offer Valid 01/01/2016 - 12/31/2016  
Save 10% on any nightly rate with valid veterans or military Id


During Common Ground

Color Run Lansing Banner

The Color Run™, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community. Taking place on Saturday, July 13th, it will run in conjunction with Common Ground Music Festival.

Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic "Color Festival," using more colored powder to create happiness and lasting memories, not to mention millions of vivid color combinations. Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet!

With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:

  1. Wear white at the starting line
  2. Finish plastered in color

Now the single largest event series in the nation, The Color Run is exploding since our debut event in January of 2012 and will grow from over 50 events and 600,000 participants in 2012, to over 100 events and over a million participants in 2013!

Be Healthy. Be Happy. Be You.


Also During Common Ground: Architects of Air

Architects of Air 1Architects of Air build ‘luminaria' - monumental inflatable structures designed to generate a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour.

From, Hong Kong to Honolulu, Taipei to Tel Aviv, Sydney to Singapore, the monumental walk-in sculptures of Architects of Air have enchanted audiences around the world. Since 1992, over 2 million visitors in 38 countries across 5 continents have immersed themselves in the spectacular, luminous world of Architects of Air.

The Experience

Visitors remove their shoes before entering an airlock. Once inside they can wander freely or just lay back and enjoy the ambience of the structure.

The first reaction is often one of delight at the unexpected beauty of the light.

The radiance of the daylight transmitted by the coloured pvc of the luminarium is surprising in its luminosity and makes a direct impact on the senses.

Through labyrinthine tunnels and cavernous domes, visitors move in a medium of saturated and subtle hues. Vivid reflections of liquid colour spill across the curved walls creating a world apart from the normal and everyday.

Visitors are excited to discover how different colours blend or resonate; how they transform faces and clothing. Some explore, following their maps through the maze immersing themselves in radiant colour.

No two visits to a structure are alike as the atmosphere inside alters according to changing weather and changing light outside. The experience is also affected by how the public inhabits the luminarium.

Architects of Air 2It is a paradox that such a stimulating environment can simultaneously be so calming. Many people find the luminaria a place for rest or meditation.

Visitors try to put their experience into words - comparing the experience to being in a futuristic space station or the human body.

Sometimes the structure may be animated by a musician or a storyteller but, more often, the space is enjoyed in its simplicity. As such, it is appreciated by people of all ages from all backgrounds

In the course of the exhibition as many as 2000 visitors per day may have passed through the luminarium to have been touched by a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour.


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