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August 27, 28, 29 2010

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Volunteer Opportunities Available at Porcupine Mountains Music Festival

Dot Phillips, of Ontonagon, puts her ‘volunteer’ magic to work in the festival’s merchandise tent

Organizers of the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival have announced that volunteer opportunities are now available for this year’s event to be held August 27 - 29 at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Winter Recreation Area (Ski Hill).

Volunteers play a key role in making the music festival happen–with a small core group working year round and over one hundred volunteers on the grounds during the event. In today’s economy, many music lovers have found that volunteering to work a shift or two can make their festival very affordable and extremely rewarding. Shifts are set up in four hour blocks and volunteers choosing to work two shifts will receive free admission for all 3 days of the event. Available volunteer opportunities include: parking, main gate, tickets, merchandise/information booth, artist liaison, stage hand, transportation, hospitality and first aid.

In 2007, retired schoolteachers Karen Bradley and Sherrie McCabe took over volunteer coordination for the festival and since then the two have received very positive feedback. “Volunteers ARE the reason the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival is so successful. Many of our volunteers thank us for giving them the opportunity to volunteer,” said Bradley. “Individuals new to the concept of volunteering find the work can be exciting as well as gratifying,” said McCabe.

The Porcupine Mountains Music Festival is presented by the Friends of the Porkies, a federally recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization.

For more information on volunteering, contact Sherrie and Karen at volunteer@porkiesfestival.org, (906) 884-4274 or (906) 884-2345. Visit www.porkiesfestival.org for additional information about the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival.

Friends of the Porkies to Receive Funding from Arts Midwest

Submitted by Cheryl Olson

The Friends of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park have been selected to receive funding from Arts Midwest’s Performing Arts Fund, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, General Mills Foundation, and Land O’ Lakes Foundation. The Performing Arts Fund supports the touring of professional performing artists specializing in the fine arts of dance, theater, music, and family entertainment throughout Arts Midwest’s nine-state region. These engagements include public performances and in-depth educational activities reaching audiences that lack access to the performing arts.

Arts Midwest Executive Director David J. Fraher says, “Arts Midwest is proud to support the Friends of the Porkies in their upcoming presentation of the 6th Annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival. In these economically trying times, arts events like this not only provide uplifting experiences for audiences, they also create meaningful jobs for those employed in the arts industry - thus amplifying the effectiveness of our funding.”

The Porcupine Mountains Music Festival will be held August 27 - 29 at the Porcupine Mountains State Park Winter Recreation Area (Ski Hill). Performances take place on two outdoor stages and the festival also provides a children’s area, workshops and a third “busking” barn where amateurs and professionals can play and jam for tips.

Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects people throughout the Midwest and the world to meaningful arts opportunities, sharing creativity, knowledge, and understanding across boundaries. A nonprofit regional arts organization headquartered in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest serves audiences, arts organizations, and artists throughout the nine states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and beyond. One of six nonprofit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years.

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

For more information:

• About The Friends of the Porkies: www.porkies.org
• About the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival: www.porkiesfestival.org
• About Arts Midwest: www.artsmidwest.org or call 612.341.0755.

Porcupine Mountains Music Festival announces lineup–
The Legendary Buckwheat Zydeco To Headline

Submitted by Cheryl Olson

Organizers of the 6th Annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, presented by the Friends of the Porkies, are hard at work in preparation for this year’s event to be held August 27 - 29 at the Porcupine Mountains Winter Recreation Area.

Don Kermeen, booking coordinator for the festival has announced that booking is nearly complete and that the lineup promises to be as interesting and eclectic as ever. "We enjoy mixing things up when booking the performers...the element of surprise...and finding out who the audience favorites are from year to year," said Kermeen.

This year’s Friday night headliner is Buckwheat Zydeco. Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, Junior, along with his band "Buckwheat Zydeco," preeminent ambassadors of Louisiana zydeco music, have gigged with everyone from Eric Clapton and U2 to The Boston Pops. The band performed at the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics to a worldwide audience of three billion people. Buckwheat even performed for President Clinton twice, celebrating both of his inaugurations. The band has also appeared on several TV network shows and played just about every major music festival in the world, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Summerfest, San Diego Street Scene, Bumbershoot, Montreaux Jazz Festival and countless others. Buckwheat Zydeco won the Grammy in 2010 for their latest album, Lay Your Burden Down.

Headlining Saturday night is That 1 Guy. That 1 Guy, (real name Mike Silverman), amazes audiences with performances that are equal parts innovative sonic spectacle and entertaining visual showcase. The classically-trained-jazz-bassist-turned-musical-mad-scientist performs with his Magic Pipe, a homemade instrument concocted out of steel plumbing tube that allows Silverman to deliver a mind-bending amalgamation of percussive rhythm and sound. With an audience that ranges from psychedelic warriors to families and folks of all ages, he has played the Magic Pipe in locales as exotic as Noumea, Istanbul, Scotland and Australia, where That 1 Guy is celebrated as a modern folk hero. At the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he was presented with the Tapwater Award for Best Musical Act.

Rounding up the festival will be Sunday night headliners Po’ Girl. The interplay between Allison Russell, Awna Teixeira, Benny Sidelinger, and Mikey "Lightning" August is truly something to behold. They are distinct voices with incredible harmonies; multiple instrumentalists who bring the perfect sound to each song and songwriters who pen poetic tunes you’ll find yourself humming. Po’ Girl showcases a wide array of instruments-from gutbucket bass, accordion, clarinet, banjo, dobro, guitar, to electric bass, glockenspiel, piano, harmonica, bicycle bells, drums -- and they all frequently trade off instruments with each song. Their fluid and joyous musicality is one of the group’s most endearing and irresistible features. Impossible to put this band in a tidy little box they’re equally at home in Douala, Cameroon playing the Massao World Music Festival, as they are at the International Jazz Festival in Montreal, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Woodford Music Festival in Australia or just playing for fun for the people in Vondel Park, Amsterdam.

This year’s lineup also includes special guests Danny Barnes, (the driving force behind the impressive Austin-based Bad Livers); The Ragbirds (led by fiery front-woman Erin Zindle); and John Doe, (founding member of the seminal LA punk rock outfit X and the country spin-off band The Knitters) along with numerous additional acts performing in a wide variety of styles.

The music festival made State history in 2004 by becoming the first music festival to be held in a State Park. The Friends of the Porkies organization presenting the festival, is a nonprofit that represents the interests of all users of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

The performances are scheduled to take place on two outdoor stages, the “Peace Hills Stage” and the “Singing Hills Stage.” The festival provides a children’s area and activities, informative performer workshops and a third "busking" barn where amateurs and professionals can play and jam for tips.

Special children’s pricing, discounts for teens and seniors and advance ticket discounts are available. For more information regarding the 6th Annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, including the most up-to-date listing of performers, a link for volunteer opportunities, tickets and more visit www.porkiesfestival.org or call 884-2653 or 1-800-344-5355.

Friends of the Porkies Receive MCACA Grant

Photo by Sandra Richardson
A ‘Superior’ view of music! Organizers of the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, taking place August 27-20, were thrilled to receive the news that the Friends of the Porkies will receive MCACA grant funding of $7,500 to be put towards this year’s event.

Submitted by Cheryl Olson

The Friends of the Porcupine Mountains State Park, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, has been awarded a grant of $7,500.00 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of nearly 173 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2010 funding.

The grant award, applied for on behalf of the 2010 Porcupine Mountains Music Festival presented by the Friends of the Porkies, came as somewhat of a surprise to organizers who did not expect grant funding to be available in 2010. “We are excited that Michigan decided to have a grant program in late January.” said festival co-founder and director, Linda Kermeen. “We immediately applied and were happy to find out recently that we were awarded this grant.”

Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars, therefore, local support of the project is critical. The event also receives significant volunteer support from the community-- with a small core group of individuals working year-round and approximately one hundred volunteers utilized throughout the three day music festival.

The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of instate and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.

A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website at www.themedc.org/arts.

The Porcupine Mountains Music Festival will be held August 27 - 29. Visit www.porkiesfestival.org for more information.

For more information on the Friends of the Porkies organization visit www.porkies.org.