ENTERTAINMENT

2O21 FESTIVAL LINEUP

The 2021 Northville Food and Wine Festival has attracted a variety of world-class musicians and entertainers on an annual basis, and this year is set the be no different!

With a variety of genres scheduled throughout the day, guests will be treated to a unique and high-quality musical experience! Our 2021 performers are hand-selected from a host of crowd favorites, together with new performers that will keep the crowd "rockin'
all-day

and well into the night. 

Dazzling Light

2021 FEATURED ENTERTAINER

Screen Shot 2020-04-03 at 4.25.35 PM.png

“Matt Austin is the hardest working man in show business here in Michigan, and always delivers for the fans!”

- Josh Newman
Live Nation Michigan

“I’ve never seen an artist who loves to perform live more than Matt Austin… He lives to entertain!!!”

 

- Ben Doughty
GM / The Fillmore Theatre Detroit

“Matt Austin is a true entertainer, on and off the stage. He is incredibly passionate and works tirelessly to perfect his craft.”

 

-Cody Grup
Live Nation Michigan

Screen Shot 2020-04-03 at 4.21.40 PM.png

Nashville Singer Songwriter & Recording Artist

MATT AUSTIN

FORD FIELD - DOWNTOWN NORTHVILLE    
SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2021  |  8:00 pm - 10:00pm

Matt has an extensive touring history of the Great Lakes region, and was nominated Best New Country Artist by New Music Weekly, with the recent sophomore single “Bad Feelin" reaching #1 for 4 weeks on the New Music Weekly country main chart and cracking the Top 80 on the Music Row Country Breakout chart!

Matt Austin grew up with musical influences of Classic Rock, Southern Rock, and Blues, from artists such as Lynard Skynard, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. His musical journey includes being the former lead guitar player of the Paper Street Saints, a major Detroit Rock headliner, regularly packing houses throughout the metro area and opening for national acts as large as Bon Jovi with 20,000 fans in a sold-out arena. Matt went on to form the self-titled Matt Austin Band. Again opening for national acts (this time Def Leppard, Styx, and Tesla), a change in path altered Matt’s itinerary to the world of music.

 

He has previously supported national artists, including Lee Brice, Jake Owen, Brantley Gilbert, Kane Brown, Chase Rice, Sam Hunt, Jon Pardi, Frankie Ballard, Uncle Kracker, Aaron Lewis, Charlie Worsham, The Cadillac Three, and more. The sound and songwriting were so overwhelming to him, it reminded him of that same feeling when he was young. He was hooked – this was his comfort zone!

 

Matt’s evolution from Blues to Rock to New Age Country has been a road of discovery. Now it’s your turn to discover this talented singer, songwriter and musician at the 2021 Northville Food & Wine Festival - proudly presented by Lexus of Ann Arbor. .

46761613_1093266324182343_8114602555532640256_n.png

THE JAZZ KINGS

DOWNTOWN NORTHVILLE - Ford Field, VIP Marquee.
Friday, August 13, 2021  |  6:00pm - 10:00pm

The Jazz Kings are an exciting, Detroit-based ensemble led by Bob Gracin, a third generation musician with over 40 years of experience performing on some of the biggest stages nationally. The soulful group has previously performed for hundreds of wedding ceremonies, parties, receptions, services, corporate functions, and events in the Southeast Michigan/Detroit Metro area, "wowing" audiences with a sophisticated sound that satisfies a wide variety of tastes.

Their exhilarating mix of classic and modern tunes are perfect for all ages to enjoy, whether you want to hit-up the dance floor, or sit back and enjoy the soulful tunes from yesteryear, the Jazz Kings will offer a comprehensive array of tunes to kick-off the 2021 Northville Food & Wine Festival in style!

Screen Shot 2020-03-18 at 1.20.38 PM.png

NORTHVILLE FOLK

DOWNTOWN NORTHVILLE - Ford Field.     
Saturday, August 14, 2021  |  6:00pm - 8:00pm

THE FOLK IS BACK IN TOWN - BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Northville Folk has established a prominent presence at regional festivals, local bars, restaurants, lounges, and private parties for more than 10 years. Drawing on a broad repertoire of more than 120+ songs, their music ranges from Classic Rock and Country to Contemporary and Chart-Topping Pop hits.  

Inspired by bands such as Keb Mo, Amos Lee, Neil Young, and Tom Petty, the band's unique ability to interact with audiences has made them a crowd favorite of the Northville Food & Wine Festival and audiences nationally.

Northville Folk played a fantastic collection of music at the 2019 Northville Food & Wine Festival, drawing large crowds onto the dancefloor throughout the day. This year, we are proud to have them return to delight our guests at the 2021 Northville Food & Wine Festival. 

Screen Shot 2021-04-30 at 12.50.56 PM.pn

MOTOR CITY BEAT

DOWNTOWN NORTHVILLE - Ford Field.     
Saturday, August 14, 2021  |  3:30pm - 5:30pm

Band Leader Louis Johnson is joined by consortium of top Detroit area musicians to form Motor City Beat and Louis Johnson Jazz. They are highly experienced in all types of popular music, especially Motown, Jazz and Blues and have played in a wide array of settings, from large stage shows to private residences. Some of the venues which they’ve played recently include many of the top Country Clubs in South-Eastern Michigan and northern Ohio, the Motor City Casino, Detroit Princess River Boat, Michigan State Fair Grounds, The Henry Ford, Detroit Zoo, and many others, as well as many private residences.


Louis (piano, keyboards, saxes, flute & vocals) is featured on all the recordings on this web site. For the Dance music he is joined by Sandy Love (Guitar, trumpet & vocals), Larry Walton (Electric Bass) and Jim Ryan or Carl Graves (drums), along with a number of vocalists, including Lindsey Longmire. The Jazz recordings feature Louis on Piano and sax, Don Mayberry (String Bass) and Jim Ryan (drums). The core R & B and Jazz Groups are frequently joined by male and female vocalists as well as trumpet, saxophone and trombone players, including Al Harelson, Marty “Saxman” Montgomery and Ron Kischuck.


Louis Johnson hails from Western Michigan and a musical family. He started playing professionally in high school and went on to obtain a degree in music performance from Kalamazoo College. He also studied at the Paris Conservatory and holds French diplomas in music and has performed and recorded around the world. While in College Louis played frequently with renowned Jazz pianist Claude Black and later toured Japan with the Brazilian organist Walter Wanderlay, and Puerto Rico with Columbian Pianist Eddie Martinez. Louis moved to the Detroit area in the mid 1980’s and co-founded “Motor City Beat” with the late, great, Motown Records session musicians, John E. Griffith and Richard “Pistol” Allen and has performed with many of the top musicians in the area, including Don Mayberry and Larry Walton, ever since.

MAINSTREET SOUL BAND

DOWNTOWN NORTHVILLE  - Ford Field.

Saturday, August 14, 2021  |  1:00pm - 3:00pm

Nominated for Detroit Music Awards in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 & winner's in 2016 of the Outstanding Urban Recording Award for "In Detroit", Mainstreet Soul is Detroit's Premier 10 piece True Horn Band, featuring an outstanding Male & Female Vocalist backed by 4 Horns (2 saxophones & 2 trumpets) Keyboard, Bass, Guitar and Drums.  

Since playing its first live show as a band in early 2010, Mainstreet Soul has received a warm reception from the Detroit-area music scene and beyond. The band has performed at local venues, private parties, festivals, weddings and even in a movie. Mainstreet Soul secured a part in the film “Salvation Boulevard” starring Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Marisa Tomei and Greg Kinnear, which was released in 2011. The band also recorded an original song entitled, “Black Dress Baby”, which was used in a Quicken Loans commercial and starred Magic Johnson that aired nationally on TV & radio in the fall of 2011. The positive response and big-screen exposure surely place Mainstreet Soul among the ranks of the best cover bands in Michigan.

Mainstreet Soul’s sound is unique, and the band members’ personalities shine through in every performance of songs made famous by such artists as Tower of Power; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Stevie Wonder; Chicago; Aretha Franklin; Michael Jackson; Sly & The Family Stone and much more.

JUST ANNOUNCED