Founders Fest 2019:: A Celebration of Beer and Music

On Saturday, June 22, we’re pleased to present Founders Fest 2019 :: A Celebration of Beer and Music. In its 12th year, Founders Fest continues to bring together the tastiest beer with the finest artists from around the country, and the world. Below you’ll find all the details regarding the event, including the tap list, artist lineup, food vendors, artist row and more!

We hope to see you Saturday, June 22nd!



Gov’t Mule – 9:15PM

Gov’t Mule never lost sight of where they began, an American southern rock jam band, formed in 1994 as a side project of The Allman Brothers Band by guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody. Warren Haynes is one of the hardest working men in Rock who is know for his frequent sit ins with other acts and for welcoming artists from Dave Grohl to Dave Matthews to join Gov’t Mule on stage.

Toots & The Maytals – 7:45PM

Toots is one of the true architects of reggae – so much so that “Do the Reggae,” a 1968 single by Toots and his group, the Maytals, is credited with giving the genre its name. Classic songs written and recorded by Toots and the Maytals have been covered by the likes of the Clash and the Specials, and the group was featured in reggae’s greatest breakthrough event – “The Harder They Come,” the 1972 film that became an international sensation. At the heart of it all is that voice – drenched in soul, rooted in gospel, and still breathtakingly powerful after four decades in the spotlight.

Macy Gray – 6:15PM

Macy Gray is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actress. She is known for her distinctive raspy voice and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday.

Gray has released six studio albums, and received five Grammy Award nominations, winning one. She has appeared in a number of films, including Training Day, Spider-Man, Scary Movie 3, Lackawanna Blues, Idlewild, For Colored Girls, and The Paperboy. Gray is best known for her international hit single “I Try”, taken from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is.

The War & Treaty – 4:45PM

The War and Treaty deliver live, soulful, shows and records that make the hairs on the back of necks stand up. Their music and stories bring tears and goosebumps, but ultimately, more is at work. In the midst of Michael and Tanya’s open, beaming faces and united voices, facades met away. Walls are torn down. “I want people to feel like we care,” Michael says. “When you think about artists, you don’t think about that.” He pauses and grins broadly. “But that’s the way I want the world to feel about The War and Treaty.”

FBC All-Stars – 3:45PM

The FBC All-Stars are a musical collaboration of employees from Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, MI.

Lady Ace Boogie – 3:00PM

Born a child of Atlanta, and raised in West Virginia, Linda (Lady Ace Boogie) Tellis wrote her first rap at the age of 10. A spark was ignited, a passion for creating music. Ace continued to experiment with sound, solidifying her destiny to transform her passion into action. Ace is compelled to share both her story, and the stories of others. Her stories center around growth, change, and values. Whether it’s through song or just a great conversation her message aims to inspire and encourage people to live right and care for others.

Introducing our Community Partners. Each partner will have a booth where you can meet the awesome people who run these organizations and learn more about how you can get involved:

Farándula – West Michigan Farándula Magazine is a bilingual online magazine that covers, analyzes, comments on, and defines the news, culture, entertainment, lifestyle, fashion, and personalities that drive West Michigan.

Beer City Dog Biscuits – Empowering the disabled. Beer City Dog Biscuits is a non-profit company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, dedicated to crafting delicious and nutritious dog treats. Beyond their product, their core mission is to empower the disabled through the creation of their dog biscuits.

Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary – Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary is recognized federally as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose primary goal is to place homeless dogs into loving, lifelong homes.

Clean Water Campaign for Michigan – The Clean Water Campaign is a social movement empowering advocacy for lasting change through storytelling and music. It is an opportunity to help place clean water issues front and center by partnering with environmental organizations across the state, by educating voters, and by urging every candidate running for public office to make a strong stand on critical issues affecting Michigan’s waters.

FLOW for Water – FLOW (For Love of Water): Empowering Communities and Leaders to Protect the Great Lakes through public trust solutions.

Experience Live Art – To use the power of the arts to create positive change within our community. Experience Live Art events provide a vast array of local artists with an opportunity to showcase their craft and create a space for attendees to participate in open-minded discussions.


When will tickets go on sale? 

Early Bird General Admission – 3/6/19 @ 10:00am EST

Advanced General Admission – when Early Bird tickets sell out

Mug Club Admission – 3/6/19 @ 10:00am

How much are tickets? 

Early Bird General Admission: $30

Advanced: $40 General Admission, $25 Mug Club Members

Day of show: $45 General Admission, $40 Mug Club Members (only available at the front gate if the event does not sell out in advance)

**Admission includes (2) drink tickets on your wristband for your first pint (excluding specialty beers) or 2 N/A beverages **

Where can you purchase tickets? 


What if it rains?

Founders Fest is a rain or shine event.

What beers will we have on tap? 

All Day IPA
Centennial IPA
Red’s Rye
Dirty Bastard
Solid Gold Premium Lager
Founders Fest Wheat
Founders Pilsner
Green Zebra
Mucho Lupu
Panther Cub

French Toast Bastard
Blushing Padre
Mas Agave
Barrel-Aged Coconut Mosaic
Mahalo Double IPA
Better Half “Deep Cut”
KBS 2017
CBS 2018
AND more!

Class 1 & 2= 2 beer tickets ($5)
Class 3 & 4= 3 beer tickets ($7.50)

Will Founders Fest include Artist’s Row again?

We sure will! Interested or know someone who is? Send examples of your work to Molly at

Food vendors? 

Pressed In Time Food Truck
What The Truck
Tacos El Cuñado Bridge St
Pizza Party
The Plateful Spread
Nick’s Gyros
Slow’s BBQ
Any Colour You Like
Daddy Pete’s BBQ
Open Acres

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

21+ with a valid ID (as recognized by the MLCC).

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

As we are located in a downtown urban center, parking options around the festival are numerous. Please visit: for downtown parking details.

Can I bring a chair?
You are allowed to bring chairs. If you bring your own chair, please know they are only allowed on the sidewalks. No chairs will be allowed on the city streets. Also, if you are bringing a chair that folds up to fit in a bag, we will be searching that bag at the entry point. For faster entry, leave the bag at home.

What can’t I bring into the event?

No outside food or beverage

No glass or growlers of any kind

Empty (non-glass) containers for water or sealed bottles of water are OK

No pets (licensed service dogs OK)

No fireworks

No illegal substances

No weapons

No bad attitudes

No flagpoles

No totems

No chairs on city streets

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

What’s the refund policy?

All ticket sales are FINAL. No refunds

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

A printed ticket is the best option for clarity, but a copy of your ticket on your smartphone works as well. Please have the screen on your phone turned up to full brightness.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?


By use of this ticket, the ticket purchaser/holder (“Holder”) agrees that Founders Brewing Company shall have the unrestricted right and license to use the Holder’s image, likeness, name, voice, comments or other proprietary or public rights in any broadcast, telecast or photograph and/or video and/or audio sound recording taken in connection with the event or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part of the event, for all purposes, without compensation.

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