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Common Ground is tentatively on for July, Summer Solstice Jazz Festival uncertain

Posted at 9:14 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 21:14:48-05

Common Ground Music Festival was canceled last summer due to COVID-19.

Will it be canceled for a second time, along with our other summer events?

Jenna Meyer, marketing director for the Common Ground Musical Festival, says that, while it is hard to predict the future, she's hopeful.

"I don’t have a crystal ball," Meyer laughed, “but, you know, right now we are moving forward with the July event. We are probably going to have the festival look a little different than in the past. There will be some safety regulations that will need to be put in place.”

Meyer says the festival is slated for the weekend of July 9. The venue will be Jackson Field, as opposed to Adado Riverfront Park, to ensure proper social distancing with seating already in place. Blink-182 has already confirmed.

Tickets are on sale now, but Meyer says that , “Everything has a 100 percent COVID-refund guarantee."

The East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival also was canceled last summer. It typically takes place the third week in June and brings about 7,000 to 9,000 people to the city.

Justin Drwencke, a community events Specialist for East Lansing Parks and Recreation, says that he and his team are still uncertain if the festival will take place in June, be postponed to September or be moved to a virtual platform.

"We’re at a point where we need to be making some decisions, but the landscape of what’s happening is just too convoluted to totally understand what things are going to look like in a couple of months,” Drwencke said.

Drwencke says that they are monitoring the levels of transmission and vaccine distribution on a weekly basis. He hopes they will be able to make more decisions by mid-March.

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