press release: matrix:midland festival 2018 lineup announced | starts 6/2/2018

Apr. 13, 2018

MIDLAND, Mich. – MATRIX:MIDLAND at Midland Center for the Arts has announced the lineup for its 41st annual MATRIX:MIDLAND Festival, featuring world-class performers, musicians and professional speakers. This year’s festival runs from Jun. 2 through Jun. 23. Tickets are on sale now. Purchase at, at the Center Ticket Office or by calling 800-523-7649.

 As the weather begins to heat up, so, too does the fun and excitement surrounding the region’s popular music, arts, science and technology festival: MATRIX:MIDLAND. The MATRIX council is chaired by Jim Fitterling with council members Marisa Horak Belotti, Heidi Landry-Chan, Junia Doan, Maureen Donker, Megan Farrell, Jason Folkenroth, Jim Jackson, Anne Lange, Bob LoFiego, Donna Rapp, Linda Stavropoulos and Lisa Ungerleider.

A capstone of the Center’s year-long commitment to enriching the lives of those living in the Great Lakes Bay Region, this year’s MATRIX:MIDLAND Festival showcases a wide variety of rising stars alongside nationally acclaimed acts and offers fun opportunities for learning and growth for the entire family.

MATRIX:MIDLAND Festival 2018 at a glance:

  • David Pogue: The Unrecognizable New World of Culture and Tech (Jun. 2)
  • Diana Krall in concert (Jun. 5)
  • The Dustbowl Revival (Jun. 6)
  • The Science of Speed (Jun. 7)
  • Dropped Live with the Keefer Brothers (Jun. 8)
  • Dr. Michael Barratt, NASA Astronaut (Jun. 13)
  • The Best of Second City (Jun. 14)
  • The Royal Chef, Darren McGrady (Jun. 19)
  • The Hot Club of San Francisco’s Cinema Vivant (Jun. 22)
  • Block Party with STEM Festival (Jun. 23)
  • 10,000 Maniacs (Jun. 23)

Festival and program sponsors include: The Dow Chemical Company; Morley Companies; Midland Cogeneration Venture; Doan Family Foundation; Garber Automotive – Midland; MSU St. Andrews; City Market of Bay City; Michigan Sugar; and F.P. Horak.


DAVID POGUE: The Unrecognizable New World of Culture and Tech
Jun. 2, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

As Yahoo’s tech reviewer, David Pogue has a front-row seat to observe the blazing-fast torrent of new inventions – hundreds of which come down the pike each year, and most of which are junk. In this fast, funny presentation, he will help us consider what we’ll gain and what we’ll lose in the coming years, all the while sticking his neck out to predict which innovations will have the greatest impact on society – both positive and negative.

David Pogue is an Emmy Award-winning technology and science writer, and former personal technology columnist for The New York Times. He’s also a monthly columnist for Scientific American and host of science shows on PBS’s “NOVA.” He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the “for Dummies” series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Casino Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles.

Sponsored by the Doan Family Foundation

Tickets are $34 (plus fees)


Jun. 5, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Multiple Grammy® Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer, Diana Krall presents her “Turn Up The Quiet World Tour,” featuring material from Krall’s stunning new album Turn Up The Quiet out now on Verve Records as well as a mix of some of Diana fans’ favorites. Earning critical praise, MOJO Magazine called the new album “spectacular” and said Krall was “on top form.” People Magazine said, “Diana Krall’s new music will have fans falling for her all over again.”

Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered five Grammy® Awards, eight Juno® Awards and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums. Krall’s unique artistry transcends any single musical style and has made her one of the most recognizable artists of our time.

Sponsored by Morley Companies

Tickets start at $42 (plus fees)


Jun. 6, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Over the past few years, The Dustbowl Revival has been making a name for itself with a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds and danceable beats. Their signature blend of folk, bluegrass, Dixieland jazz, New Orleans swing and gospel Blues, creates remarkable storytelling that is both heart-wrenching, and sassy. The Dustbowl Revival’s vibrant melodies and gritty sound mesh perfectly to satisfy the heart and mind.

Their latest album, the self-titled The Dustbowl Revival, is a smoking hot rock and soul party that hit #1 on Amazon’s Americana-Alt-Country chart.

Playing more than 200 shows a year, The Dustbowl Revival continues to win over audiences with their free-flowing, joyous live performances with a soulful, funky side that exudes deeper emotions and taps a more modern vibe.

Tickets are $29 (plus fees)


Jun. 7, 2018 | 6 p.m.

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

Admission is free


Jun. 8, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

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 questions and answer period with the brothers.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available that include premium seating and a pre-show tailgate outdoor party with the brothers, including food and drink!

Sponsored by Garber Automotive – Midland

Tickets start at $25 (plus fees)
VIP tickets are $75 (plus fees)


Jun. 13, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Michael Barratt has participated in two space flights, including the 39th and final mission for Space Shuttle Discovery (March 26, 2009 to October 11, 2009) during which he performed two space walks. Completing 199 days in space, he landed on October 11, 2009.

Currently, Dr. Barratt serves in the International Space Station Operations and Integration branches to conduct research oriented toward mitigating the most prominent health and performance risks associated with human spaceflight.

Sponsored by MSU St. Andrews

Admission is free with reservation


Jun. 14, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater returns to Midland Center for the Arts with “The Best of The Second City.” This must-see show features the best sketches and songs from The Second City’s history made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more – as well as their trademark improvisation.

Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating nearly 60 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest.

Sponsored by Midland Cogeneration Venture

Tickets start at $30 (plus fees)


Jun. 19, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Ever wonder what it would be like to be English Royalty? Having been the personal chef for Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, and Princes William and Harry for 15 years, Darren McGrady knows firsthand!

While he was the royal chef he also cooked for five U.S. presidents, as well as many other world leaders and heads of state. He traveled with the Royal family to Windsor Castle, Balmoral Castle, aboard the royal yacht Britannia on trips around the world, and of course, the magnificent Buckingham Palace.

His first cookbook, Eating Royally; Recipes and Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen, gives readers an inside look into the everyday lives of the Royals, from sharing his own personal memories to recipes of the Queen’s favorite dessert.

A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for purchase. VIP ticket holders will enjoy a special dinner on stage! Includes appetizer, salad, entrée & dessert, 2 wine pairings & a signed copy of his cookbook.

Supported by Michigan Sugar

Tickets are $34 (plus fees)
VIP Tickets are $195 (plus fees)


Jun. 22, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Cinema Vivant combines rare and vintage silent films with live Gypsy swing music.

There It Is (1928), is a whimsical comedy about a mysterious occurrence investigated by Scotland Yard. Also on the bill are two films by Russian filmmaker Ladislaw Starewicz, who is often credited with inventing stop-motion animation: The Cameraman’s Revenge (1912) a charming piece about the marital troubles of beetles (yes, beetles) and The Mascot (1933), a dark story about a lost toy facing strange and frightening adventures on his journey home.

The Hot Club of San Francisco has entranced audiences around the globe for over 25 years. Featuring the silken violin of Grammy® Award-winner Evan Price, the velvet vocals of Isabelle Fontaine, and a swinging rhythm section, the group never fails to surprise and delight. With frequent national and international tours – from Iceland to Lincoln Center and the Monterey Jazz Festival – The Hot Club of San Francisco keeps this historic music fresh and alive.

Tickets are $25 (plus fees)


Block Party / STEM Festival
Jun. 23, 2018 | Noon – 5 p.m.

Families can enjoy hands-on STEM activities provided by regional science centers with music provided by Big Nazo & The Hot Club of San Francisco performing throughout the day. The Beer and Wine Garden will be open during the event, as well as food trucks and a food tent!

Admission to STEM Festival is $10 per adult; children are free


10,000 Maniacs in concert
Jun. 23, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

 The alternative rock group continues to earn rave reviews for its live performances. The band has released close to 20 albums over the years, including 2015’s “Twice Told Tales,” 2016’s “Playing Favorites,” and the smash hit “Because the Night.”

Tickets are $29 (plus fees); includes 1 drink ticket & seating at the concert