New music festival coming to Reed City this summer

131 Music Festival set for June 19

131 Music Fest will be hosted on a 10-acre plot of land just 6 miles north of Reed City. It will take place from 3-11 p.m. June 19. (Courtesy photo)

131 Music Fest will be hosted on a 10-acre plot of land just 6 miles north of Reed City. It will take place from 3-11 p.m. June 19. (Courtesy photo)

REED CITY — After spending nearly 20 years working in music, area resident Jason Hardy is looking to bring something new and exciting to the Reed City community.

This summer, Hardy will be hosting the first 131 Music Fest, with hopes to provide local musicians with a place to perform.

"There are so many good local musicians, and they have nowhere to play," he said.

The outdoor music festival is set to take place June 19 on a 10-acre plot of land 6 miles north of Reed City, and will allow those attending to listen to local bands from Evart, Big Rapids and Mount Pleasant.

Five bands will play throughout the duration of the day, including Damned by Dawn; Whiskey Bound; Rock n' Roll Ave.; We, The Infamous; and Jack Pine Savage.

"It should be a lot of fun," Hardy said, adding bands will play a variety of music, from country to classic rock. "I need it, and I know a lot of people need it right now, too."

During the event, attendees will be able to view the live music performances from two stages, and will have the chance to shop 30 local business and food vendors as well.

Hardy said attendees also are welcome to bring their own coolers and lawn chairs to spread out while listening to the local acts.

"I just want people to have a great time and not be stressed about anything," he said.

Although this is Hardy's first time planning a large scale music festival, he said if all goes well, he hopes to offer several more to the community.

Currently, he said he is looking to have one in September and is also looking to have a blues or Christian festival down the road to give more area bands the chance to get on stage.

"Come out and support these guys," he said. "They're local, and they're doing great things."

For more event details or to learn how to purchase tickets, visit the event's Facebook page @131MusicFest.