Mo Pop Festival 2019 is bringing the heat once again to the riverfront with some of the hottest new local talent and favorite national acts to Detroit for a weekend of major fun in the sun. We’ve got some hot tips to make sure you make the most of your time with highlights you do not want to miss.
Doors open at 1pm on Saturday and Saturday, but please note that there is no re-entry allowed, so make sure to bring enough sunblock to last you through the day!
SATURDAY JULY 26TH
1:30pm// The Messenger Bird, River Stage
2:15pm// Siena Liggins, River Stage
If you ask Siena Liggins to describe herself, she usually limits her answer to three words: “Hide Your Girlfriend”. The response is as elusive as it is telling. The second half of 2018 saw the Detroit artist go from a behind-the-scenes songwriter and relative anonymity to one of Billboard’s Top Ten new LGBTQ artists of the year. With an aptness for savoir-faire paired with flirtatious wordplay and catchy hooks, Siena’s work highlights her experiences and worldview in an unapologetically saucy and honest way.
Liggins is representing rising Detroit talent as a up and coming pop and R&B singer. Her music is authentic and genuine to all audiences while being transparent and carefree, to create an unforgettable listening experience.
2:50pm// The Band CAMINO, Grande Stage
5:05pm// Snail Mail, River Stage
5:55pm// J.I.D, Grande Stage
6:00pm // Tammy Lakkis, Haute to Death & Friends
Music enthusiast and local up and coming DJ Tammy Lakkis developed a love for music at a very young age. She loves exploring the art of sound while developing a musical identity. Ultimately, influencing her musical talents as a DJ, songwriter, and producer. Her debut single, “This is How It Goes,” was just profiled in Audio Femme, deemed “a mesmerizing meditation on the cyclical nature of life.”
6:45pm // Wallows, River Stage
7:30pm// LADYMONIX x WHITNEY FIERCE , Haute to Death & Friends
7:40pm // King Princess, Grande Stage
8:40pm // LIZZO River Stage
Lizzo is blazing a trail this year with her latest track release with Missy Elliot, and she is definitely the do-not-miss act of the weekend! After her last performance in Detroit at El Club, this stage is going to be even bigger and better as she continues to take the music world by storm.
10pm // Vampire Weekend, Grande Stage
Vampire Weekend, the indie rock and pop band from New York City, which started as a few college boys who shared the same love and passion for rock and African music- is now a classic on everyone’s playlist. In 2008, the band created their first album, ” Vampire Weekend, ” which includes many of their biggest hit singles. If you are a true rock star fan you don’t want to forget to catch them as they close out Saturday night of the festival.
10:30pm // Haute to Death, Haute to Death & Friends
Our friends at Haute to Death will be curating their dance floor this year featuring local DJ sets by Tammi Lakkis, LadyMonix and more!
Founding DJs, Jon Dones
Sunday July 28th
2:15pm // Craig Brown Band, River Stage
Local Detroit rock band, Craig Brown Band is setting off the second day of the festival with true Motown style. Get to the festival early to catch their set!
The debut full-length album, The Lucky Ones Forget, was recorded almost live at Brown Rice Studio with Warren Defever, now available on Third Man Records. It’s a long-player filled with songs about heartbreak, fishing and vans—built upon the work of those daring punks of yore who embraced country music (Replacements, Meat Puppets, Tom Petty, et al).
For years, Craig Brown shared manic lead vocals and guitar squealies in the completely unhinged punk band, Terrible Twos (Urinal Cake Records). He’s gigged with King Tuff (Sub Pop) and shredded with local Detroit acts the Brownstown Gals and the Mahonies.
4:20pm // CAAMP, Grande Stage
5:05pm // Yellow Days, River Stage
6pm // PROBLEMATICBLACKHOTTIE, Haute to Death & Friends
Problematicblackhottie has been busy this year. Her DJ career has taken off in the Detroit area and shows no signs of stopping. Follow her on Instagram for regular stories updated regularly with all of the real-talk on being a young black female DJ and lots of DJ set live streams.
7:30pm// Ladylike, Haute to Death & Friends
7:35pm// Kali Uchis, Grande Stage
8:45pm// Ella Mai, River Stage
Ella Mai an R&B musical queen or, as many may also know her for her two hit singles of 2018 ” Boo’d Up” and ” Trip”. Ella’s music career has truly taken off and has exceed so many different high-test.In 2018, she was nominated for two Grammy Awards. She has won three awards at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards and was nominated for the British Breakthrough Act at the 2019 Brit Awards. Mai truly exemplifies what is means to be a young woman in the R&B musical industry.