Michigan Mind Over Matter Festival 1997

Mar 7 - 9, 1997 (27 years ago)

Knights of Columbus Hall     Wayne, Michigan, United States

The Michigan Mind Over Matter Festival in 1997 was a pivotal event in the emo music scene, marking a significant moment during the second wave of emo (aka Midwest Emo). This festival brought together some of the most influential bands of the genre, including Jimmy Eat World, The Promise Ring, Mineral, Boy’s Life, and many more. It was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall—a far cry from a professional music venue—and epitomizes the DIY ethos and community-focused roots of emo during this time. The festival not only highlights the emotional intensity and distinctive sound of emo music but also fostered a sense of community among fans and bands alike. It remains a hallmark of what many consider to be the "golden age" of emo.

Band Line-up

Concert Details

Friday, March 07, 1997 – Sunday, March 09, 1997
Knights of Columbus Hall
Wayne, Michigan, United States

Friday, March 7, 1997 starting at 4:30PM:
Promise Ring / Acrid / Sweatbelly Freakdown / Boy's Life / Kerosene 451 / My Lai / Joan Of Arc / Thought Of Ionesco / Shag Van Club
Tickets: $6.00
Saturday, March 8, 1997 starting at 11:30AM:
Ink & Dagger / Coalesce / Chisel / Quioxte / Van Pelt / Benefactors Speech / Rinse / Rent America / Beta Minus Mechanic / Boy Set Fire / Puritan / By The Grace Of God / Suburban Delinquents / Despair / Chalkline
Tickets: $10.00
Sunday, March 9, 1997 starting at 11:30AM:
Sensefield / Jimmy Eat World / Jihad / Still Life / Earthmover / Mineral / Broken Hearts Are Blue / Beezus
Tickets: $7.00
Tickets: $15.00 for all 3 days in advance or $20.00 for all 3 days at the door

Band Genres

Emo 18 bands


Hardcore 15 bands


Post-Hardcore 10 bands


Indie Rock 9 bands

Indie Rock:

Emo Punk 8 bands

Emo Punk:

Indie 7 bands


Punk 6 bands


Indie Emo 6 bands

Indie Emo:

Metalcore 5 bands


Midwest Emo 5 bands

Midwest Emo:

Screamo 4 bands


Alternative Rock 3 bands

Alternative Rock:

Emocore 3 bands


Hardcore Punk 3 bands

Hardcore Punk:

Math Rock 3 bands

Math Rock:

Rock 3 bands


Alternative Metal 2 bands

Alternative Metal:

Doom Metal 2 bands

Doom Metal:

Folk Punk 2 bands

Folk Punk:

Industrial 2 bands


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Justin Thiele Apr 28, 2022

This is a national treasure! 😍

The fact that this festival happened at all and the fact that there is so much video 😲

Me => 😂

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