Pumpstock is East Lansing’s annual festival of American Roots Music. An afternoon of fun for the family in Bailey Park (bring a chair) with a playground, face painting, and food, including Lansing’s own Clint’s Hotdogs. This year’s lineup includes The Potter’s Field – Haunted & Edgy Alt-Folk; Nathan Bell – The Realist American Songwriter; The Crane Wives – Home Grown Indie Folk; and featuring Mike Mangione and the Union – Soulful, Literate Rock. Plus a second stage with the best local acts.
The Potter’s Field – Haunted & Edgy Alt-Folk. Known for poetic, gritty lyrics, driving instrumental style, close and powerful vocal harmonies and easy stage presence, The Potter's Field surprises with songs & ideas that sound familiar yet nostalgic.
Nathan Bell – The Realist American Songwriter. Nathan writes of love, families, war, difficult internal struggles & simple joys. He even writes about muscle cars, factory towns & legendary country music stars. But he comes at it from fresh, bold angles that blow the dust from songwriting conventions.
Crane Wives – Home Grown Indie Folk. The Crane Wives were awarded Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Special Jury Prize, and the Listeners Choice Award from WYCE Radio. Recognized as a Top 5 Band to Listen to from Michigan.
Mike Mangione and the Union – Soulful, Literate Rock. The Union is a touring group that combines a folk-rock sound with an orchestrated string section, soulful vocals and literate sensibility.
“luminous, tearstained folk, Memphis-styled gospel and bluesy-flavored pop”