Guest Written By Cheyanne Powell
Photos Taken From Common Ground’s Facebook Page
Artists and guests piled into Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing, MI celebrating a weekend full of great music. As the sun went down, the music got louder. Performances brought in cowboy boots, rock n’ roll, old school DJ hip-hop, and spice from artists of all kinds. In addition, mouthwatering food trucks, artistic craft vendors, and great weather made for yet another successful and fantastic Common Ground.
Thursday kicked off the festival bringing in country artists Hunter Hayes and Kip Moore on the Auto Value Stage. On the Sparrow Stage, Vesperteen and The Aces performed earlier in the night. As the sun went down, Judah & the Lion brought some of the highest energy anyone had witnessed that day.
Imagine folk-based rockstars shaking their booty to “Booty Wurk” and there you have it, the Judah & The Lion opener. Originated in Nashville, MI, the band lives strongly off having the most fun no matter the size of the crowd. The band performed new and old music while covering classics with their twist on songs such as “Mr. Brightside” and “Lose Yourself.” Throughout their entire set, they shared nothing but positivity, support, and energy. They closed the stage with a heavy dance party to get the attendees just in time for Børns
Børns closed out the night with one of the most electrifying, sensational performances of the weekend. As the lights dimmed the stage, the spotlight was on the idol himself as he delivered his unlimited amounts of electric love.
Photo Credit: Zach Hagy
Electropop and R&B took Friday away with performances from Sasha Sloan, Lex J, and others. Canadian singer, Jessie Reyez, opened up for Halsey with her vibrant performance. She brought the sass, the attitude, and unlimited skill to the stage performing some of her biggest hits, “Figures” and “Body Count.”
Halsey closed the night while exploding her contagious, warmhearted spirit to her fans. The queen herself relates to the crowd in such an emotional view that her fans feel the emotion she releases through every lyric. Her true talent expressed her performance in such a powerful method that everyone could feel her passion. Decked out in a blue wig and stylish wardrobe, she shined up on stage.
The heat was extra hot on Saturday as the hip-hop blared through the speakers. DJ Dill Pickle, also known as Dylan Hunter, kicked off the day with one of the youngest performers to hit the stage. The eleven-year-old artist played the main stage opening up for acts such as Maggie Lindemann, Chelsea Cuttler, Tone-Loc, and DJ Kool.
NF, recently exploding across the charts these last few years, performed his new single “WHY.” The underground artist made yet another strong statement Saturday as he represented his home state.
Peace, Love, & Positivity. Logic shared all of that and more. Talk about an artist who respects his life and fans. Logic opened with the Rick and Morty Logic episode receiving the loudest reaction from the crowd. As one of the most interactive artists, Logic met several fans in the audience during his performance and gifted them with merchandise and compassion, leaving them in nothing but happy tears up on the big screen.
Photo Credit: Ellie Berry
Sunday came too quick and the festival grounds were the most packed they had been all weekend. Between the two stages, crowds were merging together as the hours got later. Supa Bwe and Kevin Gates opened up the main stage before Gucci Mane. King Khancept and Prime Suspects took on the Sparrow Stage prior to the legend DJ Jazzy Jeff and notorious T-Pain.
As most would say, T-Pain had the stage lit when he had the whole crowd jumping in sync as he sang classics such as “Buy U a Drank” and “Booty Wurk.” On the main stage, Gucci Mane closed out the entire weekend while bringing out his partner in crime, his wife. Gucci had fans going wild as he dropped old school tracks “Lemonade” and “Wasted.” It was definitely a performance not to miss.
The festival brought in a diverse line-up to Lansing this year as magic spread differently throughout the weekend. Fans left the grounds grooving to a new vibe every day. It was undoubtedly an event you did not want to miss.
Until next time!