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Inaugural Cannabis Festival A Huge Success

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

Next Up News Hit The Ground To Get The Event From All Angles

August 14th - Lansing was certainly in its comfort zone during a bright weekend in the capital city; marijuana and music having combined to put on a truly unique experience this past weekend on August 13th and 14th. People from all over the Midwest descended upon Lansing's Adado Riverfront Park to partake in the 1st Annual 420 Cannabis Festival, featuring food & flower (yes, that flower) vendors, great music performances, and a wide-range of vibes.

Though the event was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, to celebrate the unofficial marijuana holiday "4/20", covid-19 wiped out the years public events. This year proved to be the year that CEP PRESENTS Germaine Redding, Mark King, along with Mike Peezy Kutzback brought together elements that have never legally mixed in Lansing: people, weed, and loud music. A cultural shift in the public paradigm; especially as it relates to the inevitable acceptance of marijuana consumption.

That fact was recognized by Raymond Abro, COO of JARS Cannabis, the main sponsor behind the event:

Next Up hit the ground for both days of the festival, and caught every angle of a historical weekend!


There is no festival if there is no music, and for Day 2, the Cannabis Festival organizers tapped none other than Detroit's Sada Baby and legendary rap group The Luniz to headline a lineup of Michigan rap stars, current and future. Sway Boi, Kelsey Lynn, Diamond Jones, Tony P, Eshom, Globalboy Jex, SaintNick The Sauce God & many others all rocked the stage.

Next Up's Sid got all-access with many of the artist to catch the highs and vibes straight from the artists. From Tony P in a stretch limo, to Diamond Jones in the Brown Girl Production booth (seen above), here are the highlights from Day 2:

SaintNick The SauceGod

Global Boy Jex

Tony P


The vendors were out in full force during the 2-day extravaganza. The festival's vendors were organized into the default borders of the event: food was the west portion of the park, marijuana vendors to the east, and all the clothing, vlogging, and accessory vendors to the north. Every element of the vendor list and coordination played perfect with the attendees. Food options included hometown favorites like Eastside Fish & Fry with their classic seasoned chicken, with amazing cultural food trucks with everything from ribs and sides to California stuffed burritos.

To the south of the park you found the JARS Artists Village, where The Luniz, Sada Baby, and a host of other power players from the event hung out during the 2-day fest. With exclusive access, Next Up News caught up with Mr. Exotic Pop of Michigan, event hype-hostees Andrea & Angel B. of the Kickback Podcast, and Oklahoma-based tattoo Parlor Squid Ink! Check out the wrap-up of Next Up News coverage below!

...Curious about the people, sights, and looks of the festival? Be sure to subscribe to Next Up News and stay updated on when festival photos are posted by the team!



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