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August 25, 26 & 27, 2017

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Friends of the Porkies receive support from Arts Midwest Touring Fund

The Friends of the Porkies have been selected to receive funding in the amount of $2,000 from Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Crane Group.

Arts Midwest Touring Fund engages people in meaningful experiences with the fine arts of dance, music, theater, and other performing arts forms. Inter-state touring and the engagement of professional artists is central to the work of Arts Midwest.

Arts Midwest Executive Director David J. Fraher says, “Arts Midwest is proud to support the Friends of the Porkies in their upcoming engagement of the David Bromberg Quintet at its 13th Annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival. 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.”

For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues. His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon. In producing John Hartford’s hugely influential Aereo-Plain LP, Bromberg even co-invented a genre: Newgrass. Add in a period of self-imposed exile from his passion (1980-2002), during which he became a renowned violin expert, and Wilmington, Delaware’s cultural ambassador; top that off with a triumphant return to music-making, and you have an amazing tale leading back to one place: the blues.

The David Bromberg Quintet will be headlining the 3-day event on Saturday, August 26 at 8:30 pm. And as an extra “treat” for the audience prior to the headlining set, Bromberg will be participating in an interactive Q & A workshop facilitated by Kenny Lee Waldrop at 6 pm.

About Arts Midwest: Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest is one of six nonprofit regional arts organizations in the United States. Its mission is to promote creativity, nurture cultural leadership, and engage people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Since its establishment more than 30 years ago, Arts Midwest has been serving audiences, arts organizations, and artists throughout the nine states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and beyond.

About the National Endowment for the Arts: 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.

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Friends of the Porkies Receive Grant Funding from MCACA

By Cheryl Sundberg, Festival Director

The Friends of the Porkies have been awarded a grant of $21,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for the 13th Annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival to be held August 25 – 27, 2017. The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 559 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2017 funding.

Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. Local support of the project includes festival sponsors and program guide advertisers, along with private donations. The music festival also receives significant volunteer support from the community. A small core group of individuals volunteer year-round in the planning stages, and throughout the 3 day event-- over one hundred volunteers are utilized.

The 2016 Porcupine Mountains Music Festival saw over 1,700 attendees made up of tourists and local residents, individuals and families with children. Attendees provided a much needed economic benefit to area businesses and lodging facilities and campgrounds were filled to capacity. The festival spotlights national and regional performers who otherwise would not have an opportunity to perform in Ontonagon County. Offering a wide variety of musical styles on stage, the festival has broadened the musical horizons of its attendees. Many who attend for the first time are impressed with the beauty of the area and plan to return, and many long-time attendees are extended their stays.

The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state 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 http://www.michiganbusiness.org/community/council-arts-cultural-affairs/#MCACA.