2018-06-14 / Front Page

Michigan Busker Fest offers non-stop fun Friday, Saturday

By NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com


The Silver Starlets is an all-female aerial acrobatic show, who will perform both days of the Michigan Busker Fest. Full of glam, glitz and glitter, The Starlets use a 20-foot high free-standing trapeze rig for their stage. They twist, tumble, bend, climb and fall, getting the audience cheering, laughing and sometimes even dancing right along with them. The Silver Starlets is an all-female aerial acrobatic show, who will perform both days of the Michigan Busker Fest. Full of glam, glitz and glitter, The Starlets use a 20-foot high free-standing trapeze rig for their stage. They twist, tumble, bend, climb and fall, getting the audience cheering, laughing and sometimes even dancing right along with them. IMLAY CITY — The Michigan Busker Fest won’t lack for entertainment. The inaugural street performer fest, replacing in the Imlay City area the yearly summer Blueberry Festival, will feature four stages throughout the two-day event Friday and Saturday (June 15-16) — each with a variety of rotating acts to ensure that there will be a show for everyone.

The four stages, named for their location throughout downtown Imlay City — the Farmers Market Stage, Museum Stage, Imlay City Pool Lot Stage and Beverage Tent Stage — will see themselves well-worn through the two days. Every 15 minutes, a new act will be starting on one of the four stages. “The big push for the Busker Festival is the four main stages, and each stage will have a different busker on it every hour,” said Lapeer County Commissioner and Busker Fest volunteer Ian Kempf. “Basically, every 15 minutes there will be something new on a stage somewhere — there will be overlap, so within minutes there will be something new on another stage getting started.”

Nine performers will see time on the four stages throughout the two days of the Busker Fest, bringing to the Imlay City area professional-quality musical, magic, variety and even pyrotechnic acts. Select performers will also hold informational workshops for kids, covering magic, juggling and hula hoop. “I think that will be very popular, and it should be constantly things to see and do,” said Kempf. “These buskers are coming from Canada, the East Coast and Denver. They’re professionals that travel the world, and now they’re coming to Imlay City.”

Both nights will also feature a closing performance on the Museum Stage by famed pyrotechnic collective Ohio Burn Unit. The Guinness World Record holders will provide a stage show that will bring fire jugglers, special effects, fire breathers, fire eating, dancers, stilt walkers, club and ball juggling and even poi spinners to downtown Imlay City. Both evening shows begin at 9:30 p.m.

In addition to Ohio Burn Unit, visitors to the Michigan Busker Festival will have a chance to see jugglers and comedians Sam Malcolm and Tony Steinbach, acrobatic act the Silver Starlets, magician Mike Davis, guitarist Andrew Lopatin, comedy performer John Park and variety act Allez-Oops.

“I honestly think that if people come down and give the festival a chance, they’ll have a great time,” said Kempf.

“(Busker festivals) are getting more and more popular throughout the United States and Imlay City is kind of on the forefront. These are really high-quality performers and I think it’ll be a great two days.”

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