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Holler Fest: SE MI's Only Farm Folk Fest, Aug 24-26
August 14, 2012 - Rural and northwoods areas have quite a few folkfests steadily thru the summer. But SE Michigan has just the Holler Fest. If you live down here, check it out! Also, sometimes it seems like folk fests emphasize out of towners, world music and exotic folk action. Which is great. Holler Fest is more of a gathering of local/regiona...  > Read Article | Go to Website

Water Hill Music Fest: a Neighborhood Party
May 07, 2012 - It's only the 2nd year but it's already blown up. I guess that's what blowing up means. A chunk of the Old West Side neighborhood of Ann Arbor thought it would be fun to all go out on their porches and play music some Spring Sunday and so that's what they did. People play music already, and hang out on porches. But this was to be...  > Read Article

Frank Allison Documentary: Funnest Michigan Band
January 29, 2012 - I've posted stuff about Frank here before, but it was with a post about Goober, so here he is on his own now, sheesh. Frank Allison and the Odd Sox was the funnest band ever. They were based out of Ann Arbor in the 1990's and they drew weekly crowds for about a decade, until Frank's vocal cords got injured (same as Diane Rehm...  > Read Article | Go to Website

Weird Fun Music, Michigan-Style
January 29, 2012 - If you like weird Michigan music (synonymous?) you gotta check out the YouTubes (and CDs) that I've linked to here before. No, Michigan isn't weird, it's special. Bold and distinctive. Doesn't mind being funny. I won't link to 'em again because I see they're still there down below, but here's a quick runthrough of some ba...  > Read Article

"Yukon Women" & More: fun Alaska songs!
February 07, 2011 - Once upon a time I visited Alaska and someone there gave me a tape of a record called "Alaska Hit Singles." My tape is totally stretched now. Or something. All our players in the house are dead. But thank heavens one of the tunes is on YouTube. I've recently ordered the record...from Germany, it looks like. Hasn't arrived. I...  > Read Article

Ragamuffins at the Hollerfest!
August 24, 2010 - I really enjoyed discovering these youngsters and their music last weekend. I'd wondered about them as they wandered the grounds with their pitbulls during the day, but they sprang to life as soon as the lights went out on the official show. It was fun staying up late around the bonfires. There were two fires. One ragamuffin, the...  > Read Article | Go to Website

The Singersongwriter Bonfire: Afterhours at Hollerfest
August 24, 2010 - There were two bonfires after the lights went out at Hollerfest. Both had great music spark up around 'em. At the singersongwriter fire the fire was hardly alive but the music was fine. It was hard to see much, so my vid comes only in basic black. I blinded everyone with a couple flashes, so I merged in the pics to show where w...  > Read Article | Go to Website

Hollerfest 2010: My Personal Highlights
August 23, 2010 - Hollerfest is always a relaxing weekend where I learn some new things. Ya never can tell beforehand, though, which makes it fun that way. The event, as I've posted before, is a Jackson-area weekend of music, food and related Frog Holler farm activities, like hilltop yoga in the mornings. The food is always a nice big aspect ...  > Read Article

Hollerfest this Weekend! --SE Michigan's FarmFolkFest!
August 18, 2010 - If you live in SE Michigan, you gotta get over to Hollerfest this weekend! There's just something about it. Like, maybe, it's great? We'll be there. It's at Frog Holler, Michigan's first organic farm (I think). It's smallish, at like 500 folks (just guessin). No wristbands (thank heavens!). One main stage in a natural am...  > Read Article | Go to Website

Songs of the Outdoor Life?
July 26, 2010 - Anyone know any good songs or singers of the Outdoor Life? I'm thinking of... *two-tracks ("Seasonal Road, Unplowed") *bike riding ("King of the Big Ring... off the front!") *xc skiing *vintage travel trailers ("It's a Mighty Rig...") *kayaking, canoeing, small boats of any kind... Any variations or similar them...  > Read Article

Mr. B's Joybox Express: a PIANO band *bikes* across Michigan!
July 02, 2010 - From Mr. B's Facebook page: "You gotta see this! ... On July 2, 2010 four musicians begin a 2 week tour across the State of Michigan on bicycles. They will ride from Saugatuck to Detroit (300 miles), hauling their instruments with them: string bass, a drum set, a guitar, and a 352-pound piano! The Joybox Express Quartet wi...  > Read Article | Go to Website

Your Soundtrack to Xmas?
December 15, 2009 - Here's our favorites for this time of year: Christmas music from: *Etta James *Chet Atkins *Johnny Mathis *Bruce Cockburn *Vince Guaraldi *King's College Choir "Festival of Nine Lessons" -- Carols and Readings, boy sopranos included, since 1918, live recording of the BBC's annual Christmas Eve broadcast. So, if w...  > Read Article

Contra Dance: Dance with Everyone!
December 04, 2009 - I'm sure glad that I bumped into the Contra scene back in the early 80's, basically as soon as I was old enough to appreciate it on my own. But we can all use a little help from time to time, so maybe this note will help you shorten your time-to-contact with this classically-radical social form! Contra dancing means live musi...  > Read Article

Musical Bike Tour Visits Lansing
September 08, 2009 - Singer/songwriter Peter Mulvey is playing at Old Town Lansing's cozy Creole Gallery this Friday, Sept. 11, at 8pm. But he's arriving by bicycle all the way from Milwaukee! Bikes seem to be going with music more often all the time these days. From Peter's website: "From September 9-26, Milwaukee-based, internationa...  > Read Article | Go to Website

HollerFest 2009 Report
August 26, 2009 - UPDATE: I set up a Facebook Group so that anyone can upload pics, vids, etc., of this year's event. I put up a few already. Dang, this HollerFest just keeps getting better. Or maybe it's just tha...  > Read Article

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