Northern Michigan Events: The annual Dunegrass Music Festival has gotten a serious make-over this year! Now known as the "Sleepy Bear Music Festival" the event has been moved to Lake Ann, MI, a short drive from both Traverse City and Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. Located on over 100 acres of beautiful camping ground, the festival runs from July 27-29, 2012. Additionally, "Early Bird Passes" are now available for purchase, giving the buyer three years of membership to Sleepy Bear, as well as early access to the camp ground and the members only concert on Thursday, July 26. While the festival may seem different, one thing that hasn't changed is the amazing collection of talent brought in for this year's line up.
In this age of accelerated lifestyles, it is rare to find someone who takes time to stop and think about the big questions. Martin Sexton does just that, taking on questions of peace and social justice in his folk and classic rock inspired music.
Stooges Brass Band
Straight out of New Orleans, this premier brass band has been serving up traditional jazz with a hip hop twist since 1996. Their modern take on a classic American sound sets them apart from the crowd, enabling them to perform with other music legends like Ray Charles and Mos Def.
Like the spicy gumbo from their home state of Louisiana, Dirtfoot is a crazy mix of flavors which come together in an amazingly unique sound. Led by songwriter Matt Hazelton, the band uses all kinds of instruments from the banjo and guitar to pots, pans, and bean cans. Come hoot, holler, and stomp along with their rollicking jazz rhythms and growling vocals for an evening of down home fun.
If you were to distill the feeling of Up North into music, it might sound something like Frontier Ruckus. Frontman Matthew Milia's inspired lyrics feature descriptions of frozen lakes and deep forests. Frontier Ruckus's smooth blue rhythms and complex banjo picking make for a hauntingly beautiful style all their own.
Formed in Austin, Texas in 2009, The Preservation has quickly developed a style both complicated and enthralling. Pulling influence from German, Mexican, country, and blues, The Preservation cannot be pinned down to one genre, but instead has created a style everyone can enjoy.
Samuel Seth Bernard & May Erlewine
This Northern Michigan based duo performs contemporary folk, made modern with influences from blues and rock n' roll.
Rootsand's motto is "Rebels, Rootgrass and Regge" and they fulfill all of these promises in their folk and blues inspired root-grass music that has an uncanny ability to get you out of your seat and on your feet!
Delilah Dewylde & the Lost Boys
Led by bandleader Delilah Dewylde, this Michigan group mixes vintage blues and honky tonk hits with their own songs, combining it into a sassy rock-a-billy sound.
Combining R&B, dub step beats, and island inspired rhythms, this hip-hop group from Kalamazoo stays funky all night long.
The Go Rounds
Coming from all over Michigan, the members of The Go Rounds were brought together by a love of song writing, a respect for the music of the past, and a need to create emotionally expressive music.
Venice Gas House Trolly
More of a musical experience than a concert, Venice Gas House Trolly fascinates with their jam-based songs and wildly creative poetry.
Vincent Hayes Project
Nominated by The Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee, for 2011 Best New Blues Artist, the Michigan based Vincent Hayes Project has become one of the forerunners of modern blues.
Airborne or Aquatic
Another Michigan bred group, Airborne or Aquatic takes a lot of it's inspiration from Northern Michigan. Members include already well known artists Seth Bernard, Daisy May Erlewine, and Dustin Edwards, among others.
An independent performer out of Chicago, Jaik Willis has shared the stage with music legends like Willy Nelson, Snoop Dog, and Justin Timberlake. Willis brings a wild energy with his acoustic guitar, 4 octave voice, and even beat boxing.
Jen Sygit Band
Led by Michigan born and raised Jen Sygit, the Jen Sygit Band recently won the Detroit Music Award for Best Acoustic/Folk Album.
An indie-folk group from Grand Rapids, MI, the Crane Wives musical repertoire includes everything from traditional ballads to funky dance grooves, all preformed in 3 part harmonies with eclectic instrumentation.
Midnight Cattle Callers
The Midnight Cattle Callers will transport you back to a simpler time of wide open ranges and nights sitting by the radio with their warm country sound, made unique by jazz and folk influences.
Big Dudee Roo
Big Dudee Roo will definitely give you something to think about; out of Wayland, Michigan, the group addresses spiritual, environmental, and social issues in their folk/grunge music.
A Michigan-born Navy veteran, Drew Nelson uses his experiences as a world traveller and an expert fly fisherman to tell stories in his traditional folk music rooted in American rock.
Abigail Stauffer's background as a linguistics major at the University of Michigan shows in her emotionally complex lyrics, which have been said to "warm the heart and serenade the soul."
Blue Dirt Band
The Blue Dirt Band gives traditional folk-rock a progressive twist with jazz, rock and reggae influences, performing a large array of both original works and new interpretations of old favorites.
Gifts or Creatures
Husband and wife duo Brandon and Bethany Foote have created the musical experience of Gifts and Creatures, specializing in cinematic soundscapes inspired by Midwestern folklore and Old World history.
The Appleseed Collective
The Appleseed Collective- a 5 piece band from Ann Arbor, MI- has a sound unlike any other. Formed in November of 2010, all members of the group write original songs, creating a unique and varied voice.
A Traverse City export, Soulpatch had roots in various musical styles including jazz, rock, country and the blues. Traditionally they never make a set list- instead responding to the mood of the audience for a unique concert experience!
Red Tail Ring
Red Tail Ring, a Michigan-based duo, says that their goal is to push the boundaries of traditional music by combining it with modern influences to touch the heart and soul of the audience.
Nicholas James & the Bandwagon
This Michigan group's earthy, country inspired Americana is driven by Nicholas (James) Thomasma's honest lyrics, strong acoustic guitar and gently crooned melodies.
The music of Michigan indie/folk group Small Houses features the music and poetry of Jeremy Quentin, who combines finger-style guitar work with highly personal narratives.
Potato Moon truly is a family affair! Comprised of the Grand Rapids Stancil Family, the group cannot be pinned down to one variety of music, performing folk and the blues, country, Dixieland and Swing.
Since 2009, The Turnips have been a collective in the truest sense of the word. Group members frequently play with other groups, bringing experiences that cultivate a whole new sound based in the blues, rock, and Americana.
Part of a musical Ann Arbor family, Magdalen Fossum, has been taking part in "jam sessions" since she was born. Now eleven, Fossum performs on the ukulele, singing inspired renditions of traditional folk and jazz tunes.
Ryan and Maria Lake
Father and daughter team Ryan and Maria Lake have collaborated on original songs since Maria's childhood, which she now performs on guitar.
Platte Plains Wolf Pack
The music of Platte Plains Wolf Pack is inspired by their experience living in Benzie and Leelanau county in Northern Michigan, drawing on the history and nature of Up North. Northern Michigan living is artfully represented in their bass guitar driven indie music.
Involved in the music industry for years, Billy Brandt is finally creating his own Neil Young inspired music, which haunts audiences with it's delicate guitar picking and achingly beautiful melodies.
Some Velvet Evening
Honky Tonk duo Carrie Shepard and John Holk perfectly articulate both heartbreak and joy in their twangy progressive county.