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August 25, 26, 27 2006

Press Releases

Busking Stage Announced

June 26, 2006 (TXT)

Linda Kermeen, Founder and Co-Director of the Porcupine Mountain Music Festival, to be held August, 25-27, 2006, has announced the addition of a "busking stage" to this year's Festival layout.

The busking stage will be an all-acoustic (no electricity) location on the festival grounds where interested amateurs and performers alike will have an opportunity to perform". Buskers will not be paid by the Festival for performing, however, tip jars are permitted and scheduled buskers will receive free admission into the festival on the day of their busking performance.

Anyone interested in signing up for a busking slot is asked to email Linda Kermeen at porkiesfestival@yahoo.com or call her at 800-344-5355.

Please indicate a date/time preference and the estimated length of the performance. Please note that busking slots are limited and will be assigned on a first come-first served basis. The deadline for signing up is August 1, 2006 and buskers must have their slots reserved by the deadline in order to receive the free admission.

Plans for the 2006 Porcupine Mountains Music Festival are nearly finalized, for more information, including tickets AND the most up-to-date artist roster and schedule, visit www.porkiesfestival.org.

With 3 stages and over 20 national and regional acts, the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival is not to be missed! Check it out today!

W0AS 88.5 FM Introduces "Porcupine Mountain Music Festival Featured Artist Of The Week"

April 21, 2006 (DOC) (TXT)

Ken Raisanen, station manager of Ontonagon's unique public radio station, WOAS 88.5 FM, is pleased to announce the addition of the "Porcupine Mountain Music Festival Featured Artist of the Week" segment to the station's weekly lineup. The segment will air each Friday at 3:30 p.m. eastern time and will provide listeners an opportunity to hear 1-2 CDs in entirety from artists booked to perform at the Friends of the Porkies sponsored Porcupine Mountain Music Festival, to take place at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Hill/Chalet area on August 25-27, 2006. Listeners can tune in each Friday and hear CDs from artists such as singer/songwriter/acoustic blues guitar legend Rory Block, Melissa Ferrick, Willy Porter, Ember Swift and Everett Smithson Band to name few from the rapidly growing list of quality acts.

Ken Raisanen, WOAS' station manager could not hide his enthusiasm "WOAS is a supporter of live music in the area and this segment will allow our listeners to become more familiar with the amazing lineup of regional and national artists that will be playing the festival this August...we are lucky to have a festival right here in the Porkies that will offer the audience so many talented performers". Raisanen also pointed out that WOAS 88.5 is now web streaming on the internet and listeners can now tune in from their PC no matter where they are located, "If you are connected to the internet, you can listen to WOAS...this is a great opportunity for us to reach out to a broader audience...not only to new listeners, but also to former residents and students yearning for some musical sounds from home." Internet listeners can access the WOAS web stream from the station's website: http://www.woas-fm.org/

For more information on the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival including artist roster, performance schedule and ticket ordering information, visit the festival's website http://www.porkiesfestival.org/ which is updated regularly. For those who prefer buying tickets in person rather than online: festival organizers will be present and selling tickets at Riverfest in June. Tickets are limited, don't miss out on this premier musical event!

Contact: Cheryl Olson
(906) 869-0723

Rory Block, Ember Swift Trio, Willy Porter & Melissa Ferrick Confirmed To Perform Porcupine Mountains Music Festival 2006

March 17, 2006 - (TXT) (DOC)

Organizers of the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival are pleased and excited to announce that acclaimed guitarist, singer and songwriter, Telarc recording artist RORY BLOCK has signed on as Saturday's headliner for the 2006 Porcupine Mountains Music Festival. The festival will take place Friday, August 25th through Sunday, August 27th in the ski hill/chalet area of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park located on the south shore of Lake Superior in Ontonagon County -- the heart of Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula.

Heralded as "a living landmark" (Berkeley Express), "a national treasure" (Guitar Extra), and "one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists" (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. A traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk. She brought home W.C. Handy Awards four years in a row - two for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year (1997 & 1998), and two for Best Acoustic Blues Album of the Year ("When a Woman Gets the Blues" in 1996 & "Confessions of a Blues Singer" in 1999). Rory was also inducted to the CAMA Hall of Fame in 1997. Her latest recording is "From the Dust" (2005).

Other performers confirmed for this "not to be missed" Upper Peninsula music event to take place August 25th -27th include:

EMBER SWIFT TRIO: Canadian Indie music sensation Ember Swift's particular brand of politically charged folk-jazz-funk music has garnered ardent fan frenzy and rave critical acclaim from across Canada, the U.S., and Australia.

WILLY PORTER: Hailing from the swamps of Milwaukee, WI, Willy Porter is a seasoned solo performer who honed his songs and his chops traveling across America and Europe playing to captive audiences everywhere. His songs are equal parts muscle and intimacy, and reveal a rarely achieved relationship between an artist and his craft. Porter has forged a connection to his fans from his earliest performing experiences that would continue to reverberate even when opening for the audiences of artists like Tori Amos and Paul Simon. Porter's latest release is titled "High Wire Live".

MELISSA FERRICK: A folk artist that is both a powerhouse vocalist and masterful guitarist with a constantly deepening catalog of songs. In 2000, Melissa launched her own label, Right On Records.

Don and Linda Kermeen, festival founders are proud to have Rory Block headlining this year's festival. Don said about Rory Block, "her reputation precedes her music and accomplishments. We are also pleased to have Ember Swift returning and welcome Willy Porter and Melissa Ferrick. Once again we will offer a wide variety of music in a beautiful and natural setting." Booking Coordinator, Zach Miller explains, "As a frequent tourist to this little slice of paradise, I am so excited to bring these amazing musicians to the Porkies. Sitting on the ski hill surrounded by hundreds of wonderful people, listening to great music, while watching the sunset over Lake Superior was a highlight for me. Experiences like that make the hundreds of hours spent organizing the festival worthwhile."

Visit the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival website at http://www.porkiesfestival.org/ for more information, including updated performance schedules, venue and ticket information. Tickets for the 2006 Porcupine Mountains Music Festival can be purchased through the website or at the following Ontonagon area locations: mBank, Ontonagon County Historical Museum, Superior Shores Resort and Peterson's Cottages. Take advantage of this LIMTED TIME OFFER: ACT NOW and receive a 20% DISCOUNT on weekend passes. For more information on the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival including sponsorship and to find out how you can donate or volunteer your time, visit the website or call Linda or Don Kermeen at 1-800-344-5355.

Contact: Linda or Don Kermeen
Friends of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park