MATRIX:MIDLAND Festival 2018

This year’s MATRIX:MIDLAND Festival features leaders in art, science and humanities! Join us this summer to celebrate the things that make life amazing!


David Pogue: The Unrecognizable New World of Culture and Tech

JUN 2 / 7:30 PM

The tech critic for Yahoo Finance and one of the world’s best-selling how-to authors comes to our stage to talk about the new world of tech and culture.

Sponsored by: The Doan Family Foundation

Diana Krall

JUN 5 / 7:30 PM

Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer, Diana Krall will return to North America in January for the third US leg of her “Turn Up The Quiet World Tour.”

Sponsored by Morley Companies

The Dustbowl Revival

JUN 6 / 7:30 PM

Over the past few years, The Dustbowl Revival has been making a name for itself with a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds. Their always-joyous sound now reveals a more soulful, funky side that exudes deeper emotions and taps a more modern vibe.

The Science of Speed

JUN 7 / 5 PM

This year’s Daytona 500 winner, Austin Dillon, and Olympic Games Silver Medalist in luge and Team USA’s first men’s singles medalist, Chris Mazdzer, are doing a victory lap, bringing their car and sled to town and making themselves available for photos, autographs and interaction with the community.

Sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company
Located at Dow Diamond

Dropped LIVE! with the Keefer Bros.

JUN 8 / 7:30 PM

Chris and Casey Keefer, hosts of the popular outdoorsman reality shows Dropped and Rival Wild, offer a behind the scenes look into making a TV show in the wilderness. A treat for all hunting and outdoor enthusiasts, this evening will feature gear demonstrations, behind the scenes video, live music and an interactive Q&A with brothers.

Sponsored by: Garber Automotive.

Dr. Michael Barratt, NASA Astronaut

JUN 13 / 6 PM

Join us for an evening with Dr. Michael Barratt, the NASA astronaut and occasional space station resident.

Sponsored by MSU St. Andrews

The Best of Second City

JUN 14 / 7:30 PM

Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater returns to Midland!

Sponsored by Midland Cogeneration Venture

An Evening with the Royal Chef

JUN 19 / 8 PM

Darren was personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales and Princes’ William and Harry for fifteen years and has cooked for five US Presidents.

Supported by Michigan Sugar

The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant

JUN 22 / 7:30 PM

An evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing.

Midland Center for the Arts

Block Party

JUN 23 / Noon – 9 PM

Music and art, food and drink, science and tech…all outdoors in the fresh air!

12-5 PM: NEW! STEM activities available from 15 regional science centers with Big Nazo & The Hot Club of San Francisco performing throughout the day.

Sponsored by City Market Bay City

7:30 PM: 10,000 Maniacs performance begins.

Food and a beer tent will be available for the entire event.

10,000 Maniacs

JUN 23 / 7:30 PM

10,000 Maniacs, with lead singer Mary Ramsey, will close out the Block Party and MATRIX Festival with their alternative rock hits like “Because the Night” and “These are the Days.”

Thank you to our generous sponsors: