Oct. 3 – Trail Tunes Music Festival in Madison Heights

Oct. 3 – Trail Tunes Music Festival in Madison Heights

The City of Madison Heights is welcoming the public this Saturday, Oct. 3, to an event called Trail Tunes 2020: A Socially-Distanced Music Festival. The music festival takes place 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Civic Center Park, behind City Hall on 13 Mile Road, just west of John R Road.
In a difficult year for the city, bookended by the green ooze controversy and the COVID-19 pandemic, this event — co-chaired by Madison Heights Councilman Mark Bliss and 2019 Volunteer of the Year Vita Palazzolo — seeks to offer some positivity and healing to the community, and bring the people together in a safe way.

The event will feature:

More than a dozen bands and musicians playing within Madison Heights’ Civic Center Park

Three food trucks

A mobile escape room

More than a half dozen community groups, offering programming including a book sale, plant sale, free seeds, carnival games, kids crafts, and donations being accepted by our food pantry

“Co-chairing this music festival has been such an incredible experience because of how well the community has responded to this event. It’s important for us to have programs like this that go beyond legislation and help to bring our community together for something positive,” Councilman and event Co-Chair Mark Bliss said. “Immediately after we announced the event, my inbox was filled with musicians and community groups that wanted to be a part of it, not just because they love music but because bringing the community together in a safe way is the 1st step in moving forward. Music heals, it inspires, and it brings people together. Especially in a time like this, our city and our residents need this.”

The event is envisioned as an ‘outdoor strolling festival’ of performers. Musicians will be spread out over the one-mile trail, with social distancing in place and masks requested in performance areas. The event comes from the city’s Arts Board, which was created three years ago in September 2017. Staff time and tax dollars are not being utilized for this event.

Palazzolo said that, now more than ever, the city needs the healing power of music and the sense of community that this event will give residents. She and Bliss look forward to the event becoming an annual offering by the city.

“Music has always been a special part of my life and has brought me through the most devastating time of my life when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010. Whether I was performing or listening to live music, it soothed my soul, and still does as I continue to battle this disease,” Palazzolo said. “I’m so very excited that we are able to hold this event, especially right now when people need something to uplift them and stay positive about. We’re even planning to have a dance floor on the basketball court where people can let go and express themselves through movement. I can’t wait for everyone to enjoy so many different genres of music while still social distancing.”Local bands were eager to take part in the event and get back to performing:
Daniel Dobrovich, of the band Leisure Machine, said:  “We’re happy to be a part of this event as it will get out of the house and back playing again after a months-long hiatus! We’ve had a brotherhood through playing music nonstop for years. This hiatus has been strange, at best. This festival is the jumpstart we need to get us back to doing what we love.”

For more information on the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/319953455937937/

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