» Banjo-Jim and Ricky - "Hootenanny Jam"
Friends and musical companions since high-school, Banjo-Jim Foerch and Ricky Novak have been entertaining and leading jams since the 1960's. Together they released the CD "We Sing Songs" in 2016 and are currently working on another CD. They will wow you with their vast repertoire of songs and ability to bring the audience into the songs.
» The Black River Bluegrass Boys - "Flatt & Scruggs" and "Folk and Country Jam"
A long time favorite in the Thumb, featuring Barry Brinker on banjo, Ed Westbrook on Bass, Gary Koester on Guitar and Lynn Surbrook and Mandolin and Harmonica, the boys will be celebrating the folk revival of the sixties with a ride on the MTA to Foggy Mountain Break Down. They will be featuring a set of Flatt and Scruggs tunes and Kingston Trio favorites.
» Blood Harmony - "Appalachian Folk Songs" and "Country Jam'
Deckerville's sweet harmonizing Willis Family. Jedidiah Willis and his daughters Eden, Hosanna and Evangeline will demonstrate how sweet four voices can be.
» The Blue Water Ramblers - "Sixties Folk Revival"
The Blue Water Ramblers are true "baby boomers" who cut their teeth musically on the protest, civil rights and union organizing songs of the 60's. From Woody to Dylan, the Kingston Trio to Peter, Paul and Mary, even Pete Seeger, Elizabeth Cotton and Harry Chapin - the Ramblers have covered them all. So come on out and sing along with the guys who lived through and were greatly influenced by the entire 60's era of great song writing & musicianship.
» Bookends - "Simon & Garfunkel"
Tom Schlichting and Dean Barnett make up this Simon and Garfunkel tribute duo with superb harmonies and excellent guitar work.
A Gallimaufry Of Titillating Tunes To Tickles One's Musicology Senses. Four guys and a bunch of tunes who play with a fun loving spirit.
» Circle of Friends - "Peter, Paul & Mary"
Gordon MacDonald, Mary Foley & Dean Barnett make up this fine trio performing Peter, Paul & Mary, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nancy Griffith and others. For "Singin' the 60's" they will be doing a set of Peter, Paul & Mary under the tent at "The Happening" stage.
» Dave & Alexis - "Motown"
Dave Faley began listening to music before he was born, as his mother practiced her classical piano pieces while he was forming and growing next to those ivory keys. Years later she tried her best to teach him what she had learned, but after Dave heard the music on the radio, and saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show, it was all over. Pop was popping, rock was rocking, and folk was...folking! Decades later, granddaughter Alexis listens, plays, sings, and comes to Grandpa for help. This epiphany has guided the musical vision of Dave and Alexis as they communicate in as many languages as they can learn together.This grandfather/granddaughter duo revisit early-60's Motown with their own arrangements of classic hits like "You Really Got a Hold on Me", "How Sweet It Is", Baby I Need Your Lovin', and "Heard it Through the Grapevine".
» Dynasty - "Sixties Rock"
Originally formed in Port Huron in 1964. This groups members have had the opportunity to meet and share the stage with many Rock & Roll Legends. Their 5 part Harmony and musical choices are welcomed at many concerts in the park and other events they perform at around the Thumb area. Sit back and enjoy a musical trip through history.
» Mary Foley - "Joni Mitchell" and "Circle of Friends"
Inspiring audiences for many years, Mary delivers deep-impact vocals accompanied on a 6 or 12-string guitar. Her current endeavors include the Peter, Paul & Mary-centered band "Circle of Friends". Mary will be doing a love-in of Joni Mitchell and performing with "Circle of Friends".
» Four Past Five - "Carol King"
Four Past Five is a cover name for John Broadwell, Mike Salowitz, Dave Blaine, and John Skidmore. They select classic folk and western, blend it with Rock'n Role and R & B, then reconstruct it in an acoustic format, and proudly present it to you, the listening audience. Honest as tomato soup and a cheese sandwich; as satisfying as a Sunday suit with shined shoes.
» Emma Guzman - "Joan Baez"
Singer-songwriter Emma Guzman, known cat enthusiast, rumored star child and compelled by unknown forces, has always felt the need to express herself through music. Choosing to spend her time humming melodies and frantically scribbling lyrics in various notebooks and on random scraps of paper, she has quietly amassed a substantial collection of songs. Described by the Detroit Metro Times as a "song writing prodigy" and one of their top 15 artists to watch in 2016, Emma continues to dedicate herself to writing music. Her second album "Roots" was released on Backburner Records May 13th 2017.
» The Lost Cuzzins
The Lost Cuzzins are 4 like-minded musicians, both in music and humor, who love to play and jam. The result is a band that combines their different interests, including folk, classic rock, country, newgrass and folk-rock. Add a bit of their humor and you get a lively entertainment package. The Cuzzin's music is a mixed-bag including many originals that range from thoughtful to funny, comtemplative to rousing. Harmonies are a strong point of the group, including several acapella numbers. The Cuzzin's set will feature Buddy Holly, Van Morrison, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Del Shannon, Sam Cooke, The Eagles, The Beatles, Johnny Nash, The Moody Blues, The Band and The Searchers.
» M-25 - "The Everly Brothers"
Phil Larson and Dale George took the name of the highway that hugs the Thumb all around the lake shore. M-25 plays a "Singin' the 60's love-in" of the famous two-man harmony of the Everly Brothers.
» Rick Novak - "The Byrds", "60's Chord Progression", "Hootenenanny Jam"
Rick started wowing contemporaries with his guitar licks and lively vocals in high school in the 60's. His memory for songs is encyclopedic, his delivery inspires players to learn songs and audiences to join in. Rick will be doing a Byrd's set at the "Alice's Restaurant" Stage, "Chord Progression that made the 60's famous" where attendees get to play "name that tune" and explore how many famous songs were based on the same chord progression and a "Hootenenanny Jam" with Banjo-Jim.
» Punch Drunk - "Love-in dedicated to Tiny Tim" & hosting a "Ukelele Jam"
Punch Drunk is a band with spunk. This ukulele band plays a wide range of musical styles. Hailing from L.A. (the Lansing Area), you can catch Punch Drunk playing at various ukulele clubs and festivals around Michigan. From Tin Pan Alley to 80's Pop to Folk and beyond.
» Ruby Hill
Local thespian and performing artist Mick LePla is joined by members of the Lost Cuzzins, Jim Williams and Ron McPhail, to provide you with tight harmonies, bluegrass and Americana/Roots music. Ruby Hill's set will include: Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Carol King and Sonny James.
» Still Running - "Bob Dylan"
Drawing on influences such as Richard Thompson, Neil Young, and the Beatles, the exciting duo of Mike Mercatante and Jenna Reed have been wowing audiences with their high energy thought-provoking songs, harmonies, and fun stage show for over 11 years. Their cd release is entitled "One".
More to come!!