Schedule of Coming Events
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Full details on ALL upcoming events are listed below:. Please scroll down.
Thursday, December 5 and Every Thursday, 7 pm Fun Blues Harmonica Class
Instructor: Steve August
It may be a tiny instrument but the Blues Harmonica is BIG on sound and style! Practice the basic moves and patterns that bring your harmonica to life, including sweet single note melodies, foot tapping rhythms, blues scales and riffs and bending note secrets. Get an intro to major harmonica players and their styles, from the early originators to the contemporary players. Small class size insures that you get lots of individual attention.
No prior musical experience is needed. Any harmonica in the key of "C" is acceptable for class. Open to ALL harmonica players from raw beginners to legendary bluesfolk..
Cost for six sessions, $145. For more information or to register, call Steve August at 231-838-6419. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, December 7, 7:30 PM Rev. Robert Jones, Sr.
Blues Musician, Historian and Story Teller
When you couple authenticity with the talent of a truly exceptional nature: songwriting, storytelling, multi-instrumentalist, award winning educator, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of African American folk music, including blues, spiritual, and slave songs … its players and styles … you get the Reverend Robert B. Jones, Sr. from Detroit.
Reverend Robert Jones, Sr. is an inspirational singer, songwriter, storyteller and self-taught award-winning multi-instrumentalist. He plays guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and fiddle using folk, blues, spirituals and other American Roots music to champion the history, beauty and power of our shared culture.
A lifelong Detroiter, Rev. Jones has been performing professionally for nearly 30 years throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has entertained and educated audiences of all ages in schools, colleges, libraries, union halls, prisons, churches and civil rights organizations. His deep love for traditional African American and American music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs. At the heart of his message is the belief that our cultural diversity tells a story that should celebrate, not just tolerate.
Acclaimed photographer James Fraher writes about Robert: “Perhaps the world’s most highly educated blues musician, an ordained minister, a longtime DJ, and a living encyclopedia of blues history, the Reverend Robert Jones is comfortable among juke joint loud talkers, fancy-hatted church ladies, and PhDs alike.”
Sunday, December 8 and Every Sunday, 1-4 PM Blissfest Strings Jam Session
Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, kazoo, washboard, penny whistle or whatever you play on Sunday afternoon and play and sing along with our friendly, supportive group. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level. If you don't play an instrument but you love music, join the fun and listen or sing along.
We meet every week (except a few holidays) so come whenever and as often as you can. We go around the room and take turns leading songs and we all play along the best we can. A perfect event for playing old favorites, originals, covers, or trying out a song you are working on.
Microphones, instrument connections and sound system.provided so you may plug in if you wish.
Admission Free, Snacks available. Optional donations accepted.
Friday and Saturday December 13-14
Bay Harbor Christkindlmart in the Village
Celebrate the holidays in the Village at Bay Harbor. Enjoy an artisan market, the OFFICIAL TREE LIGHTING (Friday 6pm), German fare in the restaurants, Santa's Workshop with kids crafts (Saturday), Nutcracker performances at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts and the Petoskey Steel Drum Band (Saturday 6PM).
At Red Sky Stage, we join in the Christkindlmarkt celebration with a special concert by three Northern Michigan singer-songwriters Friday night starting right after the other festivities at 7:30. Details below.
Friday December 13, 7:30 PM Christkindlmarkt Concert I
Stay in the Village at Bay Harbor after the tree lighting and come to Red Sky Stage for the evening. Three local singer-songwriters — Sean Miller, Caroline Barlow and Kevin Johnson — are coming together for one night of intimate music following Bay Harbor's Christkindlmarkt celebration.
Come inside and warm up after a wintery day in the Village of Bay Harbor with original tunes, collaborations and a coffeehouse style performance.
Come back for another great concert after Christkindlmarktind on Saturday night as well. See below
Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday December 14, 1 - 5 PM CBG Minded Michiganders
Cigar Box Nation is a country-wide movement of musicians, instrument builders, hobbyists, fans and just plain folks with an interest in cigar box guitars, ukuleles and related creations. A few local citizens of CB Nation, who call themselves CBG Minded Michiganders, get together with other interested people to share their fascination with cigar box instruments and the music they make. What better place to do that than Red Sky Stage,
There will be a lot of swapping stories, tips and ideas about building and playing cigar box instruments.
The event is open to everyone. Be sure to attend if you have even the slightest interest in cigar box instruments, making them, playing them or just seeing one for the first time. You might want to check out the Cigar Box Nation website and Facebook page and the CBG Minded Michiganders https://www.facebook.com/cbgminded/ Facebook page
Admission Free, Snacks available.
Saturday December 14, 7:30 PM Christkindlmarkt Concert II
Stay in the Village at Bay Harbor after the holiday celebrations wind down and come to Red Sky Stage for the evening. Three more local singer-songwriters — John Podulka, Robert Fawcett and John Neiswander — are coming together for one night to wrap up your enjoyable day at Bay Harbor's Christkindlmarkt celebration.
Come back inside and warm up after a wintery day in the Village of Bay Harbor with original tunes, collaborations and a coffeehouse style performance.Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday., December 21 Doors 6 PM - Show 7 PM
Blissfest’s 14th Annual Solstice Celebration
Light up the darkest day of the year with songs of hope and your vision for the new year. Enjoy music and entertainment from many local area artists. There will be snacks, friends and a community chorus singing in the Sun’s return to the Northern Hemisphere. Local artists will include Boundarywater Trio, Dr. Goodhart and the Solstice Singers, Kirby, Robin Berry, Mary Stewart Adams and others to be announced with songs and stories of the season. Bring a snack to pass and warm up your voices! Music, song and community helps to sooth and uplift us in this cold and dark time of the year.
Sunday, December 22, Sundown Hannukah Begins
Wednesday, December 25 Christmas
Thursday, December 26 Kwanzaa Begins
Wednesday, January 1 Wristbands go on sale for Blissfest 40!!
No logo to show you yet but we do know that Tier 1 tickets sales for Blissfest go on sale today at Blissfest.org. As always, do not hesitate. Wristbands will get more expensive as the festival gets closer (July 10-12) and they may well sell out again this year. This is the 40th Anniversary edition of Blissfest so expect some special hoopla and goodies and, of course, great music.
Saturday, January 11, 7:30 PM Kitty Donahoe
Ann Arbor singer-songwriter Kitty Donohoe has received a Michigan Emmy, a Shammy Award (for Best Solo Irish Performer 2016), and continues to perform regularly. Adept on guitar, cittern and piano, Kitty sees her instrumental work as a background for her original music, which All Music Guide calls “haunting, melodic and literate.” Although her music often shows her Irish heritage, Kitty draws equally from her American and Canadian roots - a sound that she calls “American, Irishy, Canadianish.” In addition to writing music, Kitty has released her ﬁrst children’s book, ‘Henny and Benny Bunyan and the Maple Syrup Adventure’, the winner of a 2016 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. She is currently laying the groundwork for two new recording projects (still under wraps) as well as writing grants for two television shows and a play. Find out more about Kitty at www.kittydonohoe.com and www.gypsiebird.comMichigan
Tickets: $15 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $20 .
Saturday, January 18, 8 PM Harper and Midwest Kind
CD Release Show
Award winning Australian singer/ songwriter/ virtuoso harmonica player Peter D. Harper, now based in Detroit, creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harp and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. Harper possesses a powerful, soulful voice and a deep, almost mystical approach to music. A rich musical stew of ‘50s rhythm and blues, a ‘60s message of love and unity, and ‘70s funky soul served up in a feast of timeless mystery.
Harper has received an amazing 14 Blues/Roots Music awards including a Gold Record) in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. He recently won a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Vocalist. Harper is an original, playing the harmonica like an authentic Chicago bluesman, singing about unity and love like a member of peacenik jam band, belting crisp vocals like a straight-up superb classic soul performer, and then pioneering the didgeridoo into these popular forms of modern music.
Harper is backed by his talented American Midwest based touring band Midwest Kind which features: Austin Johnson on guitar, Lee Lewis on Bass Guitar, DJ Jahns on Drums and Bobbi Llewellyn on backing vocals/ percussion. Harper's new CD "Rise Up" (Access Records) will be released in January 2020 and will be available at this concert.