Jenna Meyer and the Family Business Behind the Common Ground Music Festival


“Surround yourself with a team that you are the weakest link because you’re only going to be as strong as your weakest link, and if you are the weakest link, then odds are you will probably be a really good team if you’re a driven and hardworking person.”

– Jenna Meyer, quoting her uncle, Matthew Pauls

Many of you are aware of the Common Ground Music Festival every summer here in Lansing. Well, the family-owned company that makes Common Ground happen is the Meridian Entertainment Group. Today, I got to interview Jenna Meyer from MEG, who has grown up in her family’s business, which was founded by her father, Kevin Meyer.

We touch on a lot great things in this interview, from how MEG manages all of the moving parts that go into putting on the multiple festivals in their name around the country and Canada, to workout routines, why failure is a good thing, and the importance of surrounding yourself with a team of people who are smarter than you. Needless to say, a lot of great little life gems to take away from this interview, and it was an absolute pleasure to chat with Jenna.

But enough of my summarizing. Without further adieu, enter the world of Jenna Meyer.


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Hidden Gems

Here are some of the hidden gems from the interview with Jenna:

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Here Come the Mummies

You HAVE to check this band out! They’re hilarious and amazingly talented! They’ve performed at Common Ground multiple times.

Here Come the Mummies

Here Come the Mummies on the Bob & Tom Show (Warning: hilariously explicit lyrics. This is actually one of the cleanest songs of theirs I could find, so brace yourself and laugh!)

Books, TV/Film, and Music in Jenna’s Life Right Now

Game of Thrones (Book)

Friends (TV Series)

Mumford & Sons (Band)

Red Hot Chili Peppers (Band)

Paul McCartney (Band)

Florence + The Machine (Band)

Other Life Tips

1. Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. (Jenna and I have received the same advice on this one.)

2. Try reading fiction before going to bed. It can help your mind escape from everything that went on during the day.

3. Embrace failure as a close friend. It’s one of the few friends who won’t only point out the mistakes you’ve made, but also to learn and improve from them. So get out there and fail!

4. Pet a dog. This is Jenna’s dog, Arya (yes, named after the Game of Thrones character)! Awww. 🙂

Where You Can Reach Jenna Online (Meridian Entertainment Group)

MEG on Facebook

MEG on Twitter

MEG on Instagram

Common Ground Music Festival Website

Common Ground on Facebook

Common Ground on Twitter

Common Ground on Instagram

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