StoopFest, a community of musicians

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The 2018 stoop fest poster. Poster by: Stoopfest.

Hundreds of musicians and comedians invade the Eastside of Lansing each April to perform in living rooms and backyards, a bike co-op and a club.

As strange as this may sound, the event was created for the Lansing community.  It only seemed obvious to organizers make the community the venue.

This is StoopFest.

Different acts get different venues in the 3-year-old Lansing music festival slated this year for  Saturday, April 21.

“Stoopfest was created with the goal of both creating an inclusive environment for Lansing’s music and art lovers and providing a unique and intimate experience for people, all the while showcasing off the Eastside community we know and love,” said Dom Korzecke, a fest organizer since its beginning.

Local residents say it’s been a success.

“I believe that Lansing is a great place for music,” said John Devro, an Eastside community resident and supporter of local arts.

Devro, a Lansing native, has been attending StoopFest since its beginning, attracted by the unusual locations.

“The diverse venues mirror the diversity of the Lansing music scene,” he said.

The 2018 stoop fest poster. Poster by: Stoopfest.

From house shows to local bars and clubs, many places are chosen to represent the venues Lansing artists play in.  

“Stoop[Fest] is a great idea for this city, it’s small enough to get to know people while still discovering new acts,” Devro said.

It is because of people like Devro that Korzacke created the show.  

“The fest is important to me because it helps support and grow the local music and arts scene, introducing it to new people,” he said.  “The local scene can be intimidating and confusing to engage with for newcomers, and that is one of the problems this festival is trying to help fix.”

One of these newcomers to the Lansing music scene is Claire Odell, a freshman at Michigan State Universityt.

“I haven’t really gone to any show yet,” she said.

But Odell overheard someone talking about the event and quickly checked it out online.

“It was weird not having a set location,” she said. “But I am excited to see what Lansing can do.”

With a lineup featuring nearly 100 performances, this year’s StoopFest is supposed to be the biggest in its history. Spreading across five houses, The Avenue Cafe, Mac’s Bar and the Allen Neighborhood Center, it is clear that StoopFest wants to remain true to its roots embedded deeply in the Lansing community.

“Everything is within walking/biking distance giving everyone a chance to enjoy the community,” Korzacke said.

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