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August 24, 25 & 26, 2012

2012 Artists


The Holmes Brothers - Over the course of their 30-plus year career, The Holmes Brothers (bassist/vocalist Sherman Holmes, guitarist/pianist/vocalist Wendell Holmes, drummer/vocalist and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon) have been feeding the souls of their devoted and ever-growing fanbase with a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country. Their amazing three-part harmony singing, mixing Wendell’s gruff and gravelly vocals with Popsy’s soaring falsetto and Sherman’s rich baritone brings the soul and spirit of gospel music into everything they perform. The band easily blends Saturday night’s roadhouse rock with the gospel fervor and harmonies of Sunday morning’s church service. From winning multiple Blues Music Awards to sharing stages and recordings with Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Willie Nelson, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Merle Haggard, Keith Richards, Al Green, Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Levon Helm, Rosanne Cash, Odetta, and The Jungle Brothers…The Holmes Brothers have seemingly done it all. In 2008, when brother Wendell was diagnosed with cancer, they found strength in family, friendship and faith to overcome this setback. With Wendell’s victory over the disease, the group emerged fully energized and inspired, to create the deepest, most original, most satisfying album of their career. Feed My Soul, produced by their longtime friend and collaborator Joan Osborne.

Fred Eaglesmith’s Traveling Steam Show - Fred Eaglesmith is a genuine iconoclast and true original. It’s the natural result of following the cue of his musical career and now 19 albums with the January 2012 release of 6 Volts. As he has doggedly gone his own way as an independent musical artist, Eaglesmith has enjoyed such high profile rewards as having his songs covered by country superstars Toby Keith, Alan Jackson and Miranda Lambert, among many other accomplishments. Since his first album in 1980, Eaglesmith has managed to both transcend and blend genres as rock‘n’roll, country, folk, singer-songwriter, Americana, blues and bluegrass to fashion his own distinctive brand of literate, melodic and rhythmic rocking elecro-acoustic North American music. Eaglesmith has received a Juno Award for Best Roots & Traditional Album and his music has been used in films by Martin Scorsese, James Caan and Toby Keith. He wrote a hit #1 on the bluegrass charts (“Thirty Years of Farming,” recorded by James King), wowed David Letterman in his U.S. network debut in 2010, and his songs are included in the curriculum at two colleges. He is the host and centerpiece of a number of music festivals in the U.S. and Canada. Eaglesmith also inspired the Roots on the Rails rolling music fests and hosts its excursions on scenic railways as well as, last year, at sea. When not writing recording and performing, Eaglesmith creates visual art that is exhibited in commercial galleries and museums. In addition to having his compositions featured on best-selling albums by country singers and writers themselves like Keith (“White Rose”), Jackson (“Freight Train”) and Lambert (“Time To Get A Gun”), such fellow songwriting talents as The Cowboy Junkies, Chris Knight, Kasey Chambers, Mary Gauthier, Todd Snider and Dar Williams have recorded Eaglesmith songs. These days Eaglesmith is in motion most of the year from show to show in a school bus and RV converted to run on both gas and used cooking oil they get from restaurants and diners along the way. It’s all part and parcel of his mission of delivering a memorable and moving entertainment experience with his band, the Traveling Steam Show.

*This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest,  which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.


Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams - Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams have been called “the hillbilly Pink Floyd,” which is an apt description, particularly if you throw in elements of Incredible String Band, Neil Young, The Band, Dylan, and maybe even some Frank Zappa as well. Upon returning recently from the U.K. this fall where they spread their contagious brand of quirky Americana from Glasgow to Penzance, the band completed work on their fourth studio album, “The Grand Slambovians”. The advent of “The Grand Slambovians” is both the band’s latest reincarnation and the title of their new soul stirring CD. Playing art school roots rock, sometimes folk and quirky Americana, they possess an exotic instrumental arsenal (accordion, cello, mandolin, theremin) in addition to standard rock regalia. “The entire root system of Rock Family Trees is embedded in Longo’s voice.”- The Big Issue, Scotland, U.K.

Together since the late 90’s where they met in art school, they settled in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and formed Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams. The band has toured nationally and abroad since forming in 1998. Known for electrifying live performances, and strong original music, they have a devoted and ever expanding fan base. There’s something in the water along the Hudson River which continues to inspire creative souls – bandleader and songwriter Joziah Longo, (known for tall tales and philosophizing) is currently finishing his second musical with Broadway legend Theodore Mann scheduled to open this coming spring at the Circle in The Square Theater in New York City.


Harper and Midwest Kind - An amalgamation of blues, rock, funk, soul and world music, Australian singer/ songwriter “Harper” creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. Harper’s unique sound is reflected in his use of rhythms and a tribal spirit he experienced growing up in Perth, Western Australia. Harper loves to perform and we feel his joy! Harper’s non-stop touring schedule is self-evident in the tightness and ease of performance. He is backed by his incredible Michigan based band “Midwest Kind”. He’s played in the USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium and France. He started performing in the United States in 1996, and has toured here regularly since, catching the attention of Blind Pig, which made him their first international signing. With a home at a U.S. label and growing appreciation for his music from American audiences, Harper made the permanent move to the U.S. His animated shows have been well received at blues festivals, world music festivals, and by fans of jam band music. It was during one of these festival appearances that Chip Eagle, Publisher for Blues Revue/ Blueswax enthusiastically offered “Harper is the most exciting act on the live scene today”. He was also invited to perform harmonica on stage several times with US super group- “Journey”. With his chops at their best and his band “Midwest Kind” sharing his vision, Harper will continue to turn heads of audiences who are looking for originality, honesty, passion and skill in modern roots music.

John Gorka - John Gorka is honored to be a part of the folk tradition — energetic acoustic music that is not a trend, not a fad, but an expression of everyday life.

“Gorka is widely heralded for the sophisticated intelligence and provocative originality of his songs.”  - The Boston Globe

“Listening to John Gorka sing, one can get goose-bumps all over. There are many reasons: fresh lyrics, a stunning emotional baritone voice, and his twisted humor.” – The New York Times


The Ragbirds - After a highly successful 2011 The Ragbirds kicked off the new year with the release of their 4th studio effort, Travelin’ Machine. In this exciting mew album the band has seamlessly blended a wide palette of musical genres into a fresh and cohesive 10-track package that is full of life and energy.

It’s rare to stumble upon a band that brings as much joy and creative flare to their music as the Ragbirds. Led by the energetic front woman, Erin Zindle, the band tastefully unites multi-cultural rhythms with a roots rock flavor that is as captivating and flirty, as it is smart.

The five-piece project is clearly built around the multi-talented Zindle, who is not only the singer and songwriter but is proficient in a range of stringed instruments. This classically trained violinist can aptly pluck the eight-stringed mandolin, wield a wild accordion and rock the banjo while maintaining lead vocals. Surrounding Zindle’s earthy-sweet voice is the whirlwind of a guitarist T.J. Zindle, dynamic bassist Brian Crist, drummer Loren Kranz and standout percussionist Randall Moore.


Peter Mulvey - Peter Mulvey is a walking secret handshake. He has been the street-singing kid in Dublin, the man fronting the storming electric band, the conspiratorial spoken-word craftsman, the Tin Pan Alley delver, an instigator in the occasional Redbird collective, and all through it he has remained the traveler out on the road, bringing his music to audiences from Fairbanks to Bilbao, Santa Monica to Montreal, in clubs, theaters, coffeeshops, the Kennedy Center, and old barns. Mulvey continues to travel, ears open and wide awake, through the unlimited territory of music. Honing his musicianship, his phrasing, his ability to inhabit a song, he has come into his own, with a sound full of grit and warmth, at the same time startling and familiar. His latest record, The Good Stuff (Signature Sounds 2012) is a dazzling tour de force through American song: a standards record – if the definition of “standard” was left in Mulvey’s hands. In his universe, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk are presumed colleagues of Tom Waits and Jolie Holland. Bill Frisell and Willie Nelson are obviously in the same wheelhouse. Bobby Charles is still alive and having coffee with a bemused Leonard Cohen somewhere in the Ninth Ward.

Playing solo, duo (with longtime collaborator David Goodrich) or with his most recent band, the Crumbling Beauties, he continues his restless search for the elusive moment when a song comes alive through the alchemical.


Ray Bonneville - Ray Bonneville is a Canadian born, Austin based singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player, known for his “loose, darkly funky vibe”. Noted for having one of “the sexiest guitar styles around” (Acoustic Guitar), Ray is a unique player and has performed with such blues luminaries as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Robert Cray. He has quickly become a fixture in the Americana scene since moving to Texas, becoming one of the go-to session players for artists like Ray Wylie Hubbard, Mary Gauthier and Eliza Gilkyson. Born in French Canada and raised in the United States, he writes from his experience as an immigrant, Vietnam War vet, taxi driver and bush pilot, drawing inspiration from the many places he has called home—Montreal, New Orleans, Colorado, Arkansas, Alaska, Boston, Seattle and Paris, France. Honing his songwriting craft for the last 35 years, Ray’s gritty storytelling and deep-grooving blues style has won him much critical attention. In 1999, Ray won the prestigious Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for his third album Gust of Wind. His fourth release, Rough Luck, was also nominated for the coveted award. With his 2004 Red House debut Roll It Down, Ray made himself a name for himself in the US, garnering rave reviews from DownBeat and No Depression. Since then, his star has been on the rise, with his award-winning release Goin’ By Feel, his folk-charting cover of Bob Dylan’s song “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” (featured on A Nod to Bob 2: An Artists Tribute to Bob Dylan on His 70th Birthday) and now, with his new album Bad Man’s Blood.

Gordie Tentrees - Gordie Tentrees is an international award nominated touring artist from the Yukon. This multi- instrumentalist singer-songwriter’s traditional roots music resonates with echoes of RL Burnside, The Sadies and Greg Brown – has released NAKED IN SCANDINAVIA, a live solo album recorded in Helsinki, Finland featuring a collection of story-driven songs, edgy foot-stompers and heart-worn odes that could only be delivered by a veteran road warrior. Though known for his dynamic solo shows, Gordie is frequently backed these days by the gutsy roots sound of the his band Hill Country News, featuring Ken Hermanson (guitar, banjo, lap steel), Aiden Tentrees (upright bass) and Patrick Hamilton (drums). Gordie’s third album, Mercy or Sin (produced by Juno-winner Bob Hamilton), was nominated for a 2010 Western Canadian Music Award for Roots Solo Album of the Year. The title track was also a finalist in the 2010 International Songwriting Competition, where judges included Tom Waits, Loretta Lynn and Jerry Lee Lewis. He performed at the New Songs New Voices concert during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, was selected by CBC Radio’s 2009 Song Quest as one of Canada’s top songwriters, and hosted the prestigious SOCAN songwriters circle at the 2009 WCMAs. Gordie has toured with Fred Eaglesmith, Kelly Joe Phelps and Ray Wylie Hubbard. This former school teacher, breakdancer and golden gloves boxer has toured from Newfoundland to Finland to Oklahoma and back again, averaging 200 concerts a year.

The Fabulous Ginn Sisters - Media acclaim continues to build for the recently released album by The Fabulous Ginn Sisters, You Can’t Take A Bad Girl Home. Produced by acclaimed singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith, the disc was recently affirmed as fabulous by the Philadelphia Daily News for how the duo “live up to their billing with sultry, sometimes-harmonizing takes on Texas-toned Americana.” “The Ginn sisters are coming to town, so mothers hide your sons!” warns Deep Roots Music Blog. “These gals will steal their hearts and leave everyone wanting more.” Charlotte Creative Loafing notes how the “duo gathers up some ‘50s country-rock style with attitude.” The recent raves follow the declaration by Exclaim! that “You Can’t Take A Bad Girl Home [leaves] the distinct impression that the Ginn Sisters are destined for great things” thanks to an album that “is bursting at the seams with raw emotion.” The Ginns have been winning new fans crossing North America with Eaglesmith for the last year and a half, singing in his band and opening his shows with their own sets, and appearing with him on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and his most recent release, Cha Cha Cha. Raised on music in Schulenburg, TX playing in a family band, the sisters made their mark in 2006 when their previous CD Blood Oranges was the year’s #1 independently released CD on the Americana chart. Having notched out a place for themselves with their head-spinning harmonies, they continue to surprise and entertain audiences with their energetic live shows.

Seth Bernard and May Erlewine (with band) (singer-songwriter duo) - Two Michigan favorites, Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, are well-known to audiences as single acts. Seth grew up surrounded by gardens, goats and stringed instruments just outside Lake City. He traveled around as a storyteller, point guard, sax player or singer/guitar player in bands with names like "Freesoil", "King Lear and the Gothic Monks" or "the Pagoda Trees". Seth recorded his first album at his guitar teacher's home studio. Born into a family of musicians, May Erlewine has been playing music all her life. She paid her singer-songwriter dues in her late teens with several years of hitchhiking back and forth across the U.S., always writing and playing her music. Now with four CDs to her name, May works a variety of venues, focusing on the Midwest and her home state of Michigan. Her inspired lyrics and powerful voice have a sweetness that delights audiences. In 2006 Seth and May released their first duo album, recorded in the historic Calumet Theater. April of 2007, the duo placed third in A Prairie Home Companion People In (their) Twenties Talent Show, out of 740 entries.

West of East (with band) - Driven by vocals that mix the subtle, velvety style of Norah Jones with the power of Neko Case, Milwaukee based West of East pairs intelligently crafted lyrics with their own blend of acoustic folk and gritty electric guitar soaked alt-country. While originally performing as a duo made up of husband and wife team Sara Moilanen and Tim Suchocki, West of East now records and performs with a backing band comprised of a who’s who of Milwaukee musicians.

According to Sonic Diet, the WMSE Radio Blog: “Sara Moilanen and Tim Suchocki may follow in the footsteps of folk-twang artists such as Neil Young, Lucinda Williams and John Prine, but manage to carry their own weight in the genre by shifting the emphasis to Moilanen’s more soulful vocal style and their introspective-yet-uplifting lyricism.”

After releasing their first studio album, “Love in the Twilight Zone,” in 2009 and spending most of 2010 -11 playing in support of that release, West of East is spending the late Fall and Winter months working on a 2nd album with co-producer Ricky Ganiere. The album is expected to be released in late 2012 and will be supported by a series of short Midwest tours. In addition to studio work, the band is currently busy booking spring shows and Summer festivals throughout the region. In reference to West of East’s debut album, reviewer Zack Daggy wrote: “They’re twangy hook laced songs that seep with attitude and soul. Fans of Neko Case will instantly gravitate to these tracks.”

West of East has been grabbing attention throughout the Midwest. Most recently they won two WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) awards in 2011, one for Best Americana Artist of the year and Sara was also voted the Best Female Vocalist of the year.


Charlie Parr - This is honest blood & guts. There’s a reason why Greg Brown says, I think he’s just wonderful and he really reminds me of a young Dave Van Ronk … he’s got that kind of solid deal to him.There’s a reason why Alan Sparhawk, Richard Adams, Dakota Dave Hull, Spider John Koerner, Robert Crumb (!) and an ever-growing list of other respected musicians give him praise. Charlie Parr is the real deal. We’re not pulling your leg. His albums have received critical acclaim and have sold well into the thousands. He’s toured the UK, Ireland and Scotland countless times, as well as pert ‘near every nook and cranny of the United States’. He was a guest musician on A Prairie Home Companion (April 2004), starred in Travis Wilkerson’s independent film, “Who Killed Cock Robin?”(2005, also contributed to the soundtrack), and has had his UK releases represented on the UK independent music charts. His music was also featured on a PBS special (2004) and his music can be heard on radio stations throughout the United States and Europe. But don’t take our word for it… listen to his music. You’ll be glad you did. We promise.

The Erik Koskinen Band - Erik Koskinen grew up in the heart of the middle of nowhere... northern Michigan. Playing solo and band shows since age 14. Both in the country and in the town, Erik has formed his own brand of American music based heavily on and for, quite simply “people”. Koskinen’s musical pursuits have prompted him to load up his old pickup truck and relocate to various American musical meccas, including Nashville, New York, and California finally to find his way to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Making it his home as a producer, recording engineer, sideman with Dead Man Winter and Molly Maher but most of all as his own band leader and songwriter playing over one hundred and fifty shows a year. Erik’s band had been a mainstay at Nye’s Polonaise Room (best bar in America, Esquire Magazine) for the five and a half years and continues to build a scene out of a weekly show at The Aster Cafe everyweek. Erik has producing and engineering credits with The Waifs, Molly Maher, Trampled by Turtles (Billboard Bluegrass #1 for the album Palamino), Dead Man Winter, Teague Alexy, The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Ray B and The Reverberation, and many more. When Erik isn’t fronting his own shows he is out on the road with Molly Maher, Randy Weeks and Dead Man Winter, always trying to establish an honest music scene that seems to have lost it’s footing in recent years.

Erik has opened for Pieta Brown, Shelby Lynne, The Texas Tornados, Hank III, Jimmie Vaughan, Trampled by Turtles, John Hiatt, Al Kooper, Ray Bonneville, Randy Weeks, The Pines, Kevin Russell (of the Gourds), The Grass Roots, The Devil Makes 3, Richie Havens, Spider John Koerner and more....

Erik has played with Lucinda Williams, Al Kooper, The Waifs, Trampled by Turtles, Tom Rush, Randy Weeks, The Pines, Will Sexton, Dead Man Winter, Charlie Parr and more ....


The DitchLilies - Wisconsin’s American Roots duo, The DitchLilies, have been in musical cahoots since 1998. Kari Larson and Lisa Schultz are stringed multi-instrumentalists/vocalists with a soft spot and keen enthusiasm for early swing, old-time mountain music and juke joint songs of the Golden Era. Together, they turn back in time to dust off the rare and forgotten tunes or to hone the familiar, tried and true melodies with the aim of carrying them forward to share with audiences of today. Variously tender and bold, imaginative and well-honed, The DitchLilies bring a refreshing sound to the roots music revival.

The Honey Dewdrops - Hailing from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, VA, the Honey Dewdrops are Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish. Together, writing and singing in the veins of folk and old country music, Laura and Kagey have been touring the country over the past 4 years and have appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion,” gained Folk Radio notoriety with a #1 album and have shared the stage with musical greats such as Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mary Gauthier, and Matt Flinner Trio. The Honey Dewdrops will release their third album, Silver Lining, in late spring 2012.

Northern Magnolia - Northern Magnolia comes to you from the concrete canyons of Chicago, IL. The band, formed like a happy accident, as brothers Dave and Tony Piscotti’s previous band was winding to a halt. Taking its helm, Rory Miller responded to the Piscotti’s call for an original and unique songwriter. Rory had just returned to her native Chicago after honing her new sound in the Florida music scene. Getting back to her roots, Rory recruited her first bass player and longtime friend, Jerry Rinard. The four fell into place like the pieces of a puzzle. These four veterans of Chicago’s fertile music scene planted Magnolia in the soil of their creative synergy. Northern Magnolia’s growing audience is drawn to the band’s exploration of musical territory staked out by Whiskeytown, Neko Case, Patty Griffin, Buddy and Judy Miller, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

The Flat Broke Blues Band - A rock solid blues band from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan featuring a guitar-driven mix of classic blues, R&B, swing and good old rock n’ roll.

Marquette, Michigan based Flat Broke Blues Band has been playing clubs, festivals and concerts around the Upper Great Lakes region for nearly 20 years. The band currently features original members guitarist/vocalist Walt Lindala and bassist/vocalist Mark Johnson. Flat Broke’s stellar lineup also includes guitarist/vocalist Mike Letts, drummer Jim Cohen and lead vocalist/harmonica player Lorrie Hayes.

Flat Broke Blues Band takes the influences of blues, rock, soul and R&B and creates a sound that respects the tradition of the blues but also pushes it’s contemporary bounds. The band’s stage show is filled with an entertaining and danceable mix of blues and R&B classics along with a variety of original songs that showcase the talents of all of the band members.

Over the years, Flat Broke Blues Band has shared the stage with several blues stars including Koko Taylor, Tab Benoit, Shemekia Copeland, Sean Costello, Billy Branch, Kenny Neal, Anthony Gomes, Biscuit Miller and Lonnie Brooks to name a few. Flat Broke Blues Band plays real blues with a passion. If you’re looking for some hat wearing, guitar slinging Stevie Ray “Wannabee” types, this isn’t your band. But if names like Janiva Magness, Hollywood Fats, Tyrone Davis and Etta James ring your bell, then Flat Broke is the band for you.


Rory Miller & Dale C. Miller - Florida-based Rory Miller plays an original high energy acoustic guitar style. Her voice is powerful and emotive, her lyrics surreal and evocative. Her songs are guaranteed to yank you from your daydreams and find out who is making that beautiful exciting sound. Ontonagon-based Dale C. Miller is a prolific songwriter who plays the guitar as if it were part of him. His songs range from the wacky to the personal, populated by quirky characters and images from daily life. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see this far-flung musical family united on stage.

Saint Anyway - Saint Anyway is Jamie Kallestad (Guitar/Vocals), Tony Petersen (Banjo/Vocals) and Dane Levinski (Bass). With two full-length albums, six national tours, and hundreds of live shows in the rear-view mirror of their 99 GMC Safari van, Saint Anyway the band continues to move at breakneck pace. It’s frankly unsurprising that the trio’s music is no different—an original recipe of hard-drivin’ and hard-pickin’ north country stomp grass rivaled inspeed and velocity only by the mph at which they’re known to take “Emmylou” from town to town. Bluegrass may be an all-too specific label to describe what these boys do, but they’ve certainly heard it before. Call it what you will, this musical racket will certainly get your feet moving.

Co-founded in 2007 by Jamie Kallestad and Tony Petersen, Saint Anyway first took musical shape in the mom-and-pop diners and back-country dives of Northern Minnesota’s Carlton County. Playing for tips and the occasional meal, the pair burned through a repertoire of well-worn bluegrass standards quickly and began writing their own songs—inspired by the same “high and lonesome sound” that brought them together in the first place. Before long, (and before they were even old enough to buy a drink in a bar) the two ruffians were off and running across the country, taking their own music to would-be fans from Colorado to Tennessee. After adding Dane Levinski on acoustic bass, and incorporated a thumping kick-drum into their hardstrumming style, Petersen and Kallestad finally realized that they were holding the reigns to a truly powerful beast—so they let it run wild. Today, their playing is faster, their audience is rowdier, and their beloved Emmy is taking more miles than ever before.



Bill & Peg Carrothers w/special guest, Dean Magraw
Bill Carrothers has been a professional pianist for 31 years. He has played many venues throughout the U.S. and Europe including the Village Gate, Knitting Factory, Birdland, Blues Alley, New Morning (Paris), the Audi Jazz Festival in Brussels, the Nevers Jazz Festival (where he shared the bill with Abbey Lincoln), the Montreal Jazz Festival, Jazz Middelheim, and the Marciac Festival in France. In October of 2000, Carrothers headlined the prestigious Rising Star Tour throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. More recently, Bill headlined a week with his trio at the famed Village Vanguard in New York City as well as solo performances at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival. He has been a leader on twenty recordings all of which have received critical acclaim. His sideman credits have included some of the greatest names in Jazz. In 2011, Carrothers began an adjunct professorship at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.


Peg Carrothers began singing at a young age and received a music scholarship to St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She studied musical theater, theory, opera, and received her degree from the University of Minnesota. She’s worked with a wide variety of singers and musicians to develop a jazz repertoire and studied with many great jazz vocalists including, Mark Murphy, Madeline Eastman, Tierney Sutton, and Anita Wardell. She has performed professionally for diverse audiences over the last twenty years in and around the Minneapolis area and in several European cities on tour with the Armistice 1918 project. The Voices That Are Gone, the music of Stephen Foster received numerous favorable reviews. Peg’s new CD will be released in 2012 and features Bill Carrothers (piano) and Dean Magraw (guitars, mandolin) along with Billy Peterson and Gordon Johnson on bass.


Dean Magraw’s life as a guitarist, composer, arranger, and producer reveals an artist uniquely consistent in his ability to rise to the highest level of musical expression in a dazzling array of contexts. Dean’s passion transcends all perceived musical boundaries, yet the vital essence of his distinctive style is ever present, whether he’s performing and recording as a solo artist, leading his own ensembles such as the experimental jam band Eight Head, or collaborating with such notables as Japanese shamisen prodigy Nitta Masahiro, classical violinist Nigel Kennedy, South Indian vocalist and vina virtuoso Nirmala Rajasheker, epic songstress and storyteller Ruth MacKenzie, Irish supergroup Altan, radio and film celebrity Garrison Keillor, jazz bassist Anthony Cox, and countless others. Once the listener gets beyond the history and into the mystery, Dean the musician takes over: with tone and taste, unveiling soulful melodic grooves intricately designed to heal the broken dancer, confuse the boldest mathematician, and eradicate ennui in our lifetime.


Doris and the Day Dreams - On vocals and percussion: Kathleen Ehrlich, a smoky-voiced contralto with an affinity for the jazz and pop standards of an earlier era. Such varied musical icons as Etta James, Patsy Cline, Dusty Springfield, and, yes, Doris Day (!) have left their marks on her style.

On acoustic and electric bass: Brad Fagala, a veteran of the Chicago-area blues-rock bar band scene whose influences include The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Cream, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and The Who; he's a versatile, rocksolid bassist who's always up for a gig.

On guitar: Linda Garrett, whose inspirations include such country-blues legends as Mississippi John Hurt and Rev. Gary Davis, the bedrock hillbilly sounds of the Carter Family, Doc Boggs, and Rose Maddox, and Celtic harp and fiddle tunes, to name just a few.

And, on lead guitar, Doris is pleased to welcome self-described “Detroit refugee” Merv Collins. Merv is a dazzling fingerstyle player in the vein of Tommy Emmanuel, Michael Hedges, and Al Petteway, who has released three collections of his original instrumentals.

When combined, these varied musical influences along with an eclectic mix of original songwriting and composition creates a unique sound you will want to give a listen to…you’ll be glad you did!


Yvonne Blake - Yvonne Blake of Ontonagon, Michigan, is a popular performer at various local events. Yvonne has played on Sunday at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival every year since the very first event in 2005. Her latest CD ‘Hold on’ released in 2012, was recorded at Ricky Skaggs’ “Skaggs Place Studios” in Hendersonville, Tennessee. ‘Hold on’ was engineered and produced by Lee Groitzsch, formerly of Ontonagon.

Jim Jessup - In his day job, Jim Jessup uses his courtroom voice to uphold the law as Ontonagon County Prosecuting Attorney. On his own time, he uses his singing voice to raise money for causes and charities in and around Ontonagon County. In addition to his law degree, Jim holds an undergraduate degree in music from Michigan State University with a major in voice. Since moving to Ontonagon, he has served on the board of the Ontonagon Theater of Performing Arts where many of his charity shows are staged. Jim is the founder and director of the Ontonagon County Gospel Choir, which donates its concert proceeds to charity. He also produces an annual Christmas concert for the benefit of the Ontonagon Aspirus Foundation and lends his strong tenor voice to other fundraisers throughout the area.

Erin Luoto - Erin Luoto is an unsung singer. Detached and forgotten by society since birth, Erin grew up in the north woods of Michigan, raised by a pack of inglorious wolves. She found a connection with the forces of nature there and even dated Mother Nature herself for a short stint of time. Bruised by the shortcomings of this failed relationship, Erin crawled out of the woods into the lonesome world, only to find comfort in holding a guitar in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other. Honed only by time, the craft of this artist is a humble yet arcane string of songs about lost love, present love, future love, the constants of love and love’s many other kinky variables, such as bearded ladies, eye contact, stillness, and your gag reflex. Erin is occasionally accompanied by other curious artists and is currently working to find her spot on stage next to working acts such as sword swallowers, human block heads and other obscurities, seeing as though heartfelt, earnest, warm, honest folk music is just as gut-wrenching.

The Children of the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival - Each year the children attending the festival cap their experience with a Sunday afternoon performance on the Peace Hill Stage. The children are the future of music...enjoy and encourage their exuberant festival celebration. The seeds we plant today, may come to fruition on festival stages years from now.