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The Broccoli City Festival wasn’t just about broccoli. Sure, the atmosphere was noticeably hippyish and the raw veggies were a nice touch, but it was also a local showcase of sorts. There were plenty of performances—-at earsplitting volume—-from the likes of Phil Adé, Kingpen Slim , and Black Alley, along with national acts like Detroit grunge rocker JMSN and Mississippi MC Big K.R.I.T.

The fest’s mission to encourage healthy eating, while commendable, seemed almost like a euphemism on 4/20 weekend. “Who likes broccoli here?” Misun vocalist Misun Wojcik asked the crowd during the festival. “It’s good for you, it’s green, like the other things we love.”

If you didn’t want loud music ringing in your ears, that was cool. On the other side of the Fairgrounds were food trucks, live paintings, yoga classes, and vendors of all sorts. If you missed the festivities, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at some video I shot at the festival on Sunday, below.

Dale and the ZDubs

Black Alley

Kingpen Slim

Phil Adé (yes, that is Mayor Vince Gray walking through my shot)

Locke Kaushal


Photo and video by Marcus J. Moore