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Public invited to Freedom Fest concerts

July 11, 2023

Northwood University invites the community to its campus this summer for two Freedom Fest concerts at the John and Marjorie Hohman Amphitheater in Midland.

In addition to an evening of great music, each concert will feature games for the whole family, food trucks, and non-alcoholic beverages. Those planning to come out should encourage friends and family to join and bring their lawn chairs and coolers.

The first Freedom Fest concert is set for July 25, and it will feature Magic Bus, a Detroit band with incredible musical abilities and authentic looks that will transport you to the 1960s. The band previously won Best Bands of Detroit honors by Hour Detroit Magazine, as well as two Detroit Music Awards (including one in 2021), among other accolades.

The second Freedom Fest concert is scheduled for Aug. 29. It will feature the Family Tradition Band, which is a modern take on an old timeless classic sound (and includes many traditional country elements such as fiddle, banjo and pedal steel guitar).

“This combined with spot-on vocal harmonies, dual electric guitars and a rock solid rhythm section, is what creates the authenticity of the band,” states the band’s website, “They are led by the power duo up front featuring Mid-Michigan’s own Randy Badour on lead vocals/acoustic guitar and Kyle Andrew of Metro Detroit on lead guitar and vocals. These guys continue to prove why they’re one of the top recognized regional country acts!”

Family Tradition has been named “Best Band” in Detroit by Hour Detroit Magazine (2021) as well as “Best Country Band” by Review Magazine in Mid-Michigan three years in a row (2021, 2022, 2023). 

Both Freedom Fest concerts are free and open to the public. They will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the John and Marjorie Hohman Amphitheater on Northwood University’s campus in Midland. For more information, visit

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