Saginaw, Michigan — About 100 mostly local musicians will play here on Saturday, June 17, at a fast-paced, seven-hour festival of hip-hop and R&B, according to organizers.
The Paid Artists Music Festival will be held from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Creator’s Lounge at 1206 Court near the South Oakley intersection in Saginaw. Doors open at 4pm and admission is $25.
One of the organizers of the event, stage name Weegee Ta Hastra, said he and two of his business partners were planning a traveling music festival across the country. Demand in Saginaw has booked a city in central Michigan as the festival’s newest destination.
“We’ve been doing this in Detroit since October 2021, and then the phones started ringing with other promoters in other states,” he said.
Then social media and word of mouth started spreading to out-of-state destinations, he said. “They wanted to know, ‘How can we do this the way we do it?'”
Each event follows the same tenets. The Paid Artists Music Festival features a cast of musicians (mainly performers from the community hosting the event), who each perform up to two songs before giving up the stage to the next person, he said. . Musicians sign up to perform before the show. Previous festivals have also featured rock music and spoken word performances.
“You’ll love Saginaw,” said Weegee Sa Hastra. “We want to capitalize on Saginaw’s talent.”
He said he hosts each festival with his partners from Detroit, DJ Culinary and DJ Sussex Smooth.
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