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City Lights Music Festival

City Lights Music Festival has established its reputation as Grand Rapids' largest electronic dance music (EDM) festival, featuring local talent. With an attendance of approximately 3,500 the first year and 10,000 in 2010 and 2011, the City Lights talent roster has expanded with its audience as EDM continues to gain popularity across the country to include artists from Chicago and Detroit. This year, the festival has evolved even further, expanding to two days, more stages, and the talent of global and local DJs, together fueling the era of electronic dance music and an appreciation for the music, art, and culture of Grand Rapids.

City Lights Music Festival kicks off Friday, August 17 at 6:00p.m. on Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids, featuring Casey 3PM Clark, Dano, Darude, Detroit Muscle, DJ Icey, DJ Jenna Brown, Flipside, Godfather, Kalendr, Kenneth Thomas, Louis Dee & Bam Bam, Milk & Cookies, Mixin Marc, Revolvr, and Scooter & Lavelle. Other local artists include:

Adam Ortiz

Crispin Klemp


DJ Bash

DJ Jason Veeder

DJ Slim Tim

DJ Xcape

DJ Elemnt

Ethan Stevens

EZ Top

Greg Knott & Jimmy Coe

J Tronic


Minor State


Random Sample

Richard Oxygenn





The Drill Team - Antonio Bliss, Lady Reign, McTiji

Todd Ernst

Uncle Jesse


William VanDyke

World War Zer0

Zach Bletz

The party will continue until midnight on Saturday, August 18.

This year's festival will feature a colorful array of visual spectacles and entertainment with the participation of many local artists, restaurants, and businesses from around the Grand Rapids area. The Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse will be leading a 'Shake Your Asana' class on the plaza for concert-goers to practice and flow in the heat to the DJ's beat. Attendees will also enjoy a dance performance by The GL&M Dolls, participate in a photo wall with Ty'GR Photography, and experience delicious eats from Bailey's Concessions, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Peppino's at the City Lights Lounge.

Tickets are available now with early bird pricing ranging from $10 for single-day general admission to $25 for two-day VIP passes, and can be purchased through Showclix. Full pricing will take effect on Wednesday, July 18. To reserve an exclusive, fully serviced, and highly sought-after VIP section, email

City Lights Music Festival is made possible through the generous support of community sponsors, including Purple East, Todd Wenzel, A.K. Rikk's, 104.5 WSNX, Stellafly, 25 Kitchen & Bar, JW Marriott Grand Rapids, and the Humane Society of West Michigan. For more information or to volunteer, please visit,, or follow us on twitter @CityLightsFest.

Friday, August 17, 2012
 Starts at 06:00 PM


Calder Plaza
300 Ottawa Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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