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August 24, 25, 26 2007

Smoking and Campfires are currently banned on the festival grounds and everywhere in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park by order of the Governor of Michigan. There is an extreme fire danger due to the ongoing draught. A forest fire has already broken out this week in a remote area of the park. You may smoke in your car during the festival but not anywhere on festival grounds. - 23 August 2007 

Press Releases

Porcupine Mountains Music Festival announces addition of Blues Caravan 07 and Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams to August lineup

June 2007

Organizers for the 3rd Annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, presented by Friends of the Porcupine Mountains, are pleased to announce the addition of headliners, Blues Caravan 07- Blues Guitar Women featuring Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman and Roxanne Potvin; and Gandolph Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams to the schedule. The festival will be held at the scenic Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park ski chalet area near Ontonagon, Michigan August 24th through the 26th. The festival will provide a wide variety of music to the audience...folk, bluegrass, rock and roll, blues, country, world music and more.

Friday night headliner Blues Caravan 07, Blues Guitar Women, includes Sue Foley (CAN) a blues veteran. The Ottawa native began her recording career at the age of 24, storming the international scene with a string of successful releases. Deborah Coleman (USA) earned 11 W.C. Handy Award nominations and a reputation as "one of blues music's most exciting young talents" (USA Today). The energy of her live performances is really her number one asset. Coleman rocks hard and never lets up. Roxanne Potvin (CAN) – an exciting new talent from the French-speaking province of Quebec. Potvin began playing guitar at 15 and released a self-produced collection of original songs in 2003. These performers reflect the diversity and dedication of a growing generation of female blues players.

Gandalph Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, the festival’s Saturday night headliner, emerged from the misty hills of Sleepy Hollow New York in 1998. The music of Slambovia has been described as "Hillbilly-Floyd, folk-pop", "alt-country roots-rock, and "surreal Americana". Their music is not only uplifting and empowering but fun, a lot of fun.

The 2007 lineup also includes the Sunday night headlining act Steppin in It, a roots based band from Lansing, Michigan, combining old time country, swing and blues and playing what Performing Songwriter Magazine calls "some of the liveliest and most rocking acoustic roots music around.”; the Minnesota based high-energy band Boiled in Lead, innovators in bringing “folk music” kicking and screaming to rock audiences (and rock music to screaming folk audiences!); singer songwriters Seth Bernard and Daisy May; Hamell on Trial, a New York, singer/songwriter, joke-teller who defies all musical categories, however, "Punk acoustic" and "anti-folk" come close; Moreland and Arbuckle from Wichita Kansas, an electric and acoustic duo who combine hill country, delta and Chicago blues to forge their own unique sound; singer-songwriter Joel Mabus who has been performing traditional and original material for over 35 years, who will be performing along with his new band The String Doctors; Corey Carlson, who has frequented the Big Top Chautauqua stage many times over the years who will be playing along with Minneapolis slide guitarist Andy Dee; two acts returning from last year, Bluegrass band Tangled Roots and resonator bluesman Charlie Parr of Duluth; and two acts who have played the festival since it’s inception....Buster’s Dream and the Rory Miller Band. Organizers anticipate filling the remaining open slots in the near future.

The Festival has expanded to a full three days of music on two outdoor stages. There will also be a “busking” stage available where amateurs and professionals can play and jam for tips. The event is family friendly and there will also be children’s activities on site.

For tickets and information regarding the 2007 Porcupine Mountain Music Festival visit www.porkiesfestival.org or call 800-344-5355.

3rd Annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival taking shape

March 29, 2007

Booking is underway for the 3rd Annual Porcupine Mountain Music Festival to be held at the Porcupine Mountains ski chalet area August 24-27, 2007, with Friday and Saturday night headliners to be announced soon.

"The music selection Committee has been hard at work reviewing the nearly 100 submissions received", reports Committee Chair, Don Kermeen. "The quality of submissions has been amazing and we are very excited about this year's lineup." Once again the Festival will bring a wide variety of music to the 2007 stage...folk, bluegrass, rock and roll, blues, country, world music and more. "Variety is our strength and one of the things that make this festival unique." Kermeen added. The Festival has expanded to a full three days of music for 2007.

Festival organizers are pleased to have received a Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs/Copper Country Community Arts Council (MCACA/CCCAC) grant again this year along with several major sponsorships.

This year's lineup includes the Minnesota based high-energy band Boiled in Lead, innovators in bringing "folk music" kicking and screaming to rock audiences (and rock music to screaming folk audiences!) BiL's many instrumental dance tunes incorporate global influences, rhythms, and melodies that are guaranteed to keep the feet moving. The group and the individual musicians have won over 20 Minnesota Music Awards, and have toured throughout the US and in Europe.

Other artists booked to date include the Sunday night headlining act: Steppin in It: A roots based band from Lansing, Michigan, combining old time country, swing and blues and playing what Performing Songwriter Magazine calls "some of the liveliest and most rocking acoustic roots music around."; returning singer songwriters Seth Bernard and Daisy May who were a big hit with festival goers in 2005; Hamell on Trial, a New York, singer/songwriter, joke-teller who defies all musical categories, however, "Punk acoustic" and "anti-folk" come close; Moreland and Arbuckle from Wichita Kansas, an electric and acoustic duo who combine hill country, delta and Chicago blues to forge their own unique sound; singer-songwriter Joel Mabus who has been performing traditional and original material for over 35 years, who will be performing solo, as well with Ray Kamaly and with his new band The String Doctors; and two acts returning from last year, Bluegrass band Tangled Roots and resonator bluesman Charlie Parr.

To hear music from Porcupine Mountains Music Festival performers, past and present, tune into WOAS 88.5 FM in Ontonagon, Friday nights at 9:00 p.m. eastern time or listen to the live webstream on the station's website http://www.woas-fm.org/

For more information regarding the 2007 Porcupine Mountain Music Festival, including the most up to date performance schedule, tickets, and how you can become a volunteer, visit www.porkiesfestival. org. Discounted tickets are on sale locally at the Ontonagon Herald, Ontonagon Historical Museum and Superior Shores Resort.


Porcupine Mountains Music Festival announces a one day sale: 50% off 3-day pass.

November 27, 2006

The Friends of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park are once again having a one day Porcupine Mountains Music Festival ticket sale. On Saturday December 2nd, for one day only, 3-Day passes will be offered for $35 (50% off). The ticket sale will be held at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Chalet (the site of the festival) in conjunction with the Friends of the Porkies' Ski Swap from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets can also be purchased online with a credit card using PayPal at http://www.porkiesfestival.org or at the ski chalet by cash or check. You can also call 800-344-5355 or 906-884-2653.

We have expanded our Friday programming from its original 6 hours to 10 hours. This adds 5 additional sets of music to the schedule for a planned total of 33 sets on 2 stages over 3 days. In addition to these performances, additional workshops will be held inside the Chalet throughout the weekend and a special Children's Activity Tent will offer several activities.

Planning is underway for the 3rd Annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival which will take place August 24th, 25th and 26th, 2007. Mark you calendars now and purchase your tickets early for maximum savings. Seth Bernard & Daisy May who performed at the first festival in 2005 will be returning in 2007. We are also excited to have Steppin In It closing the festival on Sunday. They hail from Lansing, Michigan and are a folk-rockin', sweet jazz, bluegrass, old-time swingin' quartet. We expect they'll be a great final treat for everyone who attends.