Root Doctor plays for hometown crowd at Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

For 23 years, the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival has brought live jazz music and education to the East Lansing community, showcasing both nationally recognized and local artists. The 2019 festival served more than a gathering of bands. For its closing act, Root Doctor, it served as a homecoming celebration. “We’ve been playing for 30 years in the area,” said band manager Marge Mooney. “We have a lot of family and a lot of friends that we’ve acquired through playing in the area, so it was exciting to have us back in town.”

This year marks the 30 year anniversary of the band, which formed in Lansing in 1989.

Festivals keep Old Town hopping

By Zachary Swiecicki
Old Town Lansing Times staff reporter

While Old Town Lansing businesses see a lull in customer traffic in the colder months, festivals are able to attract large numbers of interested travelers to the area.  

In early October, Old Town was home to Oktoberfest, a smaller, local version of Germany’s popular festival.  This two-day festival brought crowds in the thousands to the northern Lansing neighborhood.  

“This [Oktoberfest] is something we always look forward to in October,” a group of excited visitors said.  “It’s not Germany, but there’s no place we’d rather be.”