- Friday, August 11, 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
- Saturday, August 12, noon – 10:30 p.m.
- Sunday, August 13, noon – 6:00 p.m.
Admission is by donation (suggested $10 per day)
Schedule subject to change
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Friday, Aug 11
“I personally can’t live without Western music,” says Joni Harms. “I like a lot of today’s country music, but the truth of the matter is that I’m very serious about keeping the western side of country music alive.” Joni Harms has been praised for her pure country voice since she signed her first record deal with the famed producer Jimmy Bowen, of Capitol Records in the early 1990s. Since that time Joni has released eight more albums. Harms is no stranger to success. She has been a winner of multiple Academy of Western Artists Awards including top honor for Entertainer of the Year in 2002. In 2003, Harms was named Female Vocalist of the Year and accepted the award for Song of the Year from the Western Music Association. Harms continues building audiences through appearances on the famed Grand Ole Opry and even an appearance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. “Growing up, I learned to sing and write songs by listening to Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and George Strait,” says Harms. “I remember seeing Emmylou Harris, and, after playing a while with the famous Hot Band, she returned to the stage with just her black Gibson guitar and proved that you don’t need all the electronic equipment to entertain your audience.” Harms lives on a ranch in Oregon with her family that was homesteaded by her great, great grandfather in 1872, this has been an inspiration for many of her songs. Joni says, “I always want the songs I sing to be a good representation of who I am.”
Chris Jones is a quadruple threat as a singer, a songwriter, a guitarist and—thanks to his role hosting SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction—one of the most widely heard broadcasting voices in bluegrass music. Following apprenticeships with bluegrass legend Dave Evans and Chicago’s durable Special Consensus, Chris moved to Nashville in 1989 as a member of the band Weary Hearts, where his colleagues included Ron Block (Alison Krauss & Union Station), Mike Bub (Del McCoury Band, 18 South) and acclaimed mandolin master, the late Butch Baldassari. He formed Chris Jones & The Night Drivers in 1995, and has led the band through a set of stellar recordings and tours while appearing and recording with some of the world’s most respected musicians including The Chieftains, Earl Scruggs, Vassar Clements and Tom T. Hall. He has performed on the The Grand Ole Opry with Laurie Lewis, Lynn Morris, and The Whitstein Brothers. And while the Night Drivers have made extensive use of his original songs, Chris’s songs have also been recorded by a range of other artists, including the Gibson Brothers, Lou Reid & Carolina and The Chapmans. In 2007, Chris earned International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) awards for Song Of The Year award, as a co-writer of “Fork In The Road” (title track of the year’s Album Of The Year by the Infamous Stringdusters), and Broadcaster Of The Year. The occasion marked the first time that both music and industry awards have gone to a single person. Chris had previously won an IBMA award for Recorded Event of the Year for his role in the album Larry Sparks 40. He also was awarded IBMA Print/Media Person of the Year in 2014, for his widely read humor column for the bluegrass web site Bluegrass Today, and a second award for Broadcaster of the Year in 2015. The Night Drivers also features Jon Weisberger (bass, 2012 IBMA Songwriter of the Year), Mark Stoffel (mandolin), and Gina Clowes (banjo).
Heartland Klezmorim co-founders violinist Susanne Garber and trumpet player David Klein have been dedicated to klezmer music since 2004. That year, they attended a Yiddish workshop in the Catskills, KlezKamp, where they both mentored with legendary klezmer musician, Pete Sokolow. Sokolow introduced them to the repertoire and approach to playing klezmer, and since then, Susanne and David have played in klezmer dance bands of Sokolow and Ken Maltz. Since 2006, the East Lansing-based Heartland Klezmorim has been performing klezmer music throughout the mid-west. The music of the Heartland Klezmorim is a combination of foot-tapping old and new klezmer tunes, Yiddish folk melodies, and jazz interpretations of music from the Yiddish theater. Klezmer music is the music of the East European Yiddish-speaking Jews from countries including Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and Moldavia. This is the music that would be heard at celebrations and dances.
Three remarkably accomplished young musicians come together in T’Monde, the Acadian phenomenon that Offbeat Magazine has called “a creative fusion of classic country and out-of-the-way Cajun.” With a combined 10 GRAMMY nominations between members Drew Simon, Megan Brown, and Kellii Jones, T’Monde brings influences ranging from early Country music to ancient French and Creole ballads to present day Cajun music. Born out of friendship and a shared love for the music, T’Monde has developed a unique sound that is unmatched in Cajun music today. With their latest album, “ Yesterday’s Gone”, the band showcases their influences and musicanship which makes their sound so special.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Michael (Mike) Eyia started classical guitar lessons at the age of 10 under the tutelage of world-renowned Cuban guitarist and composer Dr. Leo Brower. After leaving Cuba due to the unstable political climate, Mike came to the U.S. and settled in Lansing, Michigan. Mike studied music at Michigan State University and Lansing Community College, and later became an instructor at LCC, teaching various music courses for over ten years. Over time, his passion for Cuban style music persisted. In preparation for the U.S. Bicentennial Celebration, Mike formed Orquesta Ritmo to introduce and educate people in the different styles of Latin music. The group at the time consisted of a six-piece band, as well as a 24-person dance troupe. Mike choreographed a number of Cuban pieces including a danzon, a guaracha, cha cha cha and a conga and backed the dance troupe with his live band. The troupe traveled around the Midwest and performed for venues all over Michigan and as far south as Dayton, Ohio.
Join with fellow Uke enthusiasts and strum (and sing) along to Uke classics. Ben Hassenger will be your guide.
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