The 28th annual HarmonyFest will be held in Historic Downtown Three Rivers on Sunday, September 4 beginning at 1:30 p.m.
The downtown block of Main Street will be closed off to let attendees enjoy the free event, which will feature almost a dozen music acts, several vendors, and a kids’ zone. Music will begin at 1:30 with folk singer/songwriter Allison Downey, Bluegrass funk band Here Nor There will follow at 2:30, and local recording artist Courtney Moore will perform at 4:05. Blues/Americana/folk singer Grace Thiesen and her band will take the stage at 4:30.
The Kalamazoo Pipe Band is scheduled to perform at 5:50, with the Caribbean music band Samuel Nalangira Trio to follow at 6:20, and country alternative artist Shane Lung after that at 7:15. Also performing are up-tempo funk band Funk 211 and the funkettes (7:45), local poet Debbie Allen (8:45), and headliner Zion Lion at 9 p.m. Showtimes are subject to change.
“We always want to provide a diverse mix of music genres and performances because this festival is meant for the whole town to enjoy,” Three Rivers Downtown Development Executive Director Cameron Mains said. “HarmonyFest is all about putting aside your differences and enjoying a peaceful night of fun with our community.”
Outside of the music performances, there will be a Kids’ Zone from 2-5 p.m. featuring storytelling, face painting, caricature drawing, temporary tattoos provided by Portfolio Ink Tattoo Shop, and DIY projects provided by Home Depot. Food Vendors will be set up on the street including Weenie King, Ibison Concessions, Mema’s Kitchen, and Wiz BBQ.
The Landmark Taphouse and Grille and the Riviera Theatre will be open with outdoor seating in the street. Useless Creatures Brewing company will be doing a soft opening during the event, so make sure you come and check out the newest addition to Downtown Three Rivers. There will also be a variety of local arts and crafts, merchandise, and nonprofit vendors out during the event. HarmonyFest t-shirts will be available for purchase with a t-shirt press onsite, so you can customize your color and size.
“Be sure to check out the renovated mural mall space at the event as well — featuring new lights, seating, historical Three Rivers postcards, and even an outdoor ping pong table,” Mains said. “HarmonyFest provides a free community sponsored event in which all are invited to enjoy great music, food, and a sense of belonging in our great city. The Downtown Development Authority would like to thank all of our HarmonyFest sponsors and volunteers, without them this event wouldn’t be nearly as successful.”