8pm, Marquette Park, Thursdays June 27-August 15, FREE, (Leo Kottke will be 7:30-9pm)
With a spectacular backdrop, our summer concert series takes place on the lawn of a National Historic Landmark, Marquette Park, which is at the foothills of Historic Fort Mackinac downtown across from the marina. Bring a picnic and tune in for some great live folk, rock, country, blues--the best of Americana. All concerts are free. We do recommend bringing a blanket or lawn chairs for your comfort.
This Northern Michigan duo harmonizes beautifully and believes music should bring people together. Like the best folk musicians, Seth and May have the ability to convey stories through music captivating the audience at every turn. Playing venues from the folk institution, The Ark in Ann Arbor to Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," we invite you to witness what we know will be a stellar showcase.
Rachael and Dominic Davis are contemporary songwriters and roots musicians from Michigan. Their musical influences range from jazz to soulful pop to folk, and many more in between. They are both part of Earthwork Music Collective, a group of musicians working together to build community and self-awareness through the art of music in the state of Michigan and beyond.
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The Moxie Strings is the electrifying combination of fiddler, Diana Ladio, and cellist, Alison Lynn. With their feel-good melodies, and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms, these girls have put a fresh, enticing spin on Celtic and Americana music. Diana and Alison often join forces with dynamic drummer and world percussionist, Fritz McGirr, to create a high-energy trio proven to captivate any audience. The Moxie Strings’ ear-catching originals and dance-worthy, traditional tunes have quickly made it one of Michigan’s most promising and well-loved instrumental acts.
Jen Sygit and Sam Corbin have been touring the Great Lakes region for over a decade composing songs about their travels and experiences along the way. They have both been honored with nominations for several prestigious awards across the state of Michigan and continue to spread their love of music, community and environmental sustainability through their involvement in the Earthwork Music Collective. Playing what they refer to as 'folk roots' music (a mixture of folk, Americana, blues, bluegrass and swing), Jen and Sam play original tunes as well as traditional standards which they often sing in harmony using a variety of instrumentation that includes guitar, banjo, ukulele and light electric guitar.
Photography by ©Kate Levy, ©Mary McGuire Slevin, ©Andrejka Hirschegger
The Wild Family combines the musical talents of Jake Schweitzer, Zack Schweitzer, and Graham Young. They are a rockin' indie folk group from Chicago. Melding sweet soulful harmonies with dangerously smooth guitar pluckin' that will make you look in the mirror and question what your life really means. The Wild Family finds inspiration in such artists as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel.
Red Tail Ring is the Americana roots duo of Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry on fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, jawharp and plain-old foot stomping. Four years and 400-plus shows into their partnership Beauchamp and Premo have traveled increasingly farther in their musical ramblings, playing shows throughout the Midwest, East Coast and Southeastern United States. In the summer of 2011, the duo added Denmark to their list when they performed and taught as cultural ambassadors through the American Embassy.
Leo Kottke is an internationally renowned guitarist, praised for his achievements on the twelve string. He is known for a fingerpicking style that draws on influences from blues, jazz, and folk music, and for syncopated, polyphonic melodies. Kottke overcame a series of personal obstacles, including partial loss of hearing and a nearly career-ending bout with tendon damage in his right hand to emerge as a widely recognized master of his instrument.
Thank you to Mackinac Island Community Foundation and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for sponsoring our programs through funding the purchase of an outdoor portable stage! Click here to see a PDF that includes photographs of how the stage was used at our programs this 2013 season.