Partying with a purpose

courtesy photo American Idol winner Kris Allen is just one of the stars playing Miyelo this Saturday. For a full lineup, visit

TIPP CITY — The Miyelo Music Festival isn’t just a concert, it’s a “party with a purpose,” organizers say.

This Saturday, July 18, Tipp City’s Main Street will transform from a downtown shopping district into a musical festival experience.

From the internationally known to the locally famous, Miyelo offers 21 acts on three stages, including the historic Roller Mill. Miyelo means ‘I am’ in the language of the Lakotas.

Festival organizer and Tipp City resident Mike McDermott described the music as a unique mix of country, folk, and Midwestern Americana.

“It’s all real music played on real instruments,” McDermott said. Many of the festival’s acts have been spotted on TV, several even have a Grammy nomination or two under their belts.

Will Hoge was one of the first artists to sign on, McDermott said. Hoge is best known for penning the Grammy Award-nominated hit “Even If it Breaks Your Heart” made famous by the Eli Young Band.

Fans of American Idol will recognize season eight winner Kris Allen and star of TV’s Nashville Jonathan Jackson + Enation.

The festival will also shine a spotlight on local artists like musician and producer Donnie Reis and Tippecanoe High School teacher Cory Breth, among others.

In addition to 11 hours of live music, food trucks, beer and wine, Miyelo offers festival-goers the opportunity to support local non-profits and small businesses.

The festival will benefit Pink Ribbon Girls, a local non-profit that provides free services to breast cancer patients and their families. Organizers are hoping to raise $50,000 for Pink Ribbon Girls.

“This is a party for everybody. Everyone has suffered loss in many different ways and this is one day out of the year where we can push all that aside,” McDermott said. “This is a celebration of life.”

Funds from ticket sales, beer, food and merchandise will all go towards the festival’s charity donation goal.

Money raised for the Pink Ribbon Girls be used to provide free meals, housekeeping and transportation to breast cancer patients and their families in Miami County and the greater Dayton area.

Some of the proceeds will also go to Kettering Medical Center and to a college scholarship fund for high schoolers with a family member affected by cancer.

In addition, many downtown businesses will be donating a percentage of the day’s profits to Pink Ribbon Girls. Most of these stores will be open extended hours and will be offering special discounts or merchandise.

Tickets are available online until Friday or at the gate. General admission tickets are $30 and VIP passes are $150. For a full lineup, schedule, and ticket information, visit