The free festival will be held on the ground floor Mercato shopping corridor at Building 50 in the VIllage at Grand Traverse Commons from noon to 5:30 p.m. Visitors will find five performance stages spread out throughout the length of Building 50, with as many as 75 performers throughout the day.
This is going to be an exciting day of acoustic music and family fun thats open to the public free of charge, says Adair Correll, one of the founders of Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round, which is hosting the event along with Northern Express Weekly. Weve got everything from some of the regions top folk bands to the best singer-songwriters in the area performing throughout the day.
The idea for the Indoor Folk Festival arose out of the clubs annual jam party at Building 50 which has been held for the past three years in May. People liked our hallway concert so much that we thought it would be a good idea to expand it to an all-day festival in the winter when everyones looking for something fun to do, Correll says.
Although the festival is a free, nonprofit event, the performers will offer their own CDs for sale as possible Valentines Day presents. There will also be a Family Fun Kids Stage with a hands-on art project by Angela Josephine.
Additionally, performers from the Great Lakes Musicians Coop will host an Open Mic Stage at the Another Cuppa Joe coffeehouse, with musicians from the general public invited to perform up to three songs per appearance.
Were thrilled to have some of the younger players from around the region performing at Another Cuppa Joe because it builds on the strength of folk music in Northern Michigan, Correll says. We have many long-time members in Songwriters in the Round, but always feel that its great to hear new voices.
Whos playing where at the Indoor Folk Fest:
12:00-1:00 - Blind Dog Hank
1:10-2:10 - Three Hour Tour
2:20-3:20 - Song of the Lakes
3:30-4:30 - New 3rd Coast
4:40-5:30 - Cabin Fever
12:00-12:30 - Bill Brown & guests
12:40-1:10 - Barbara Faith Jordan
& Jeff Schroeder
1:20-1:50 - Bob, Jim & Marks
2:00-2:30 - Jenny Thomas & guests
2:40-3:10 - Adair Correll & guests
3:20-3:50 - Dennis & Alison Palmer
4:00-4:30 - Patricia Pettinga &
4:35-5:00 - Rick & Amber Buist
5:05-5:30 - Jim Crocket & guests
12:40-1:10 - Ron Fowler
1:20-1:50 - Patrick Niemisto
2:00-2:30 - Jeff Schroeder
2:40-3:10 - Kirby
3:20-3:50 - Jerre Stormer
4:00-4:30 - Mary Anne Rivers
12:00: 12:25 - Kurt Bullock
12:30-12:55 - John Bentley
1:00-1:25 - Mary Ann Rivers
1:30-1:55 - Ron Fowler
2:00-2:25 - Dennis Palmer
2:30-2:55 - Louan Lechler
3:00-3:25 - Fred Kramer
3:30-3:55 - Kirby
4:00-4:25 - Angela Josephine
4:30-4:55 - Les Dalgliesh
5:00-5:25 - Jerre Stormer
Performers from the Great Lakes Musicians Coop will be featured throughout the day along with walk-ins from the general public. There will be a signup sheet at Another Cuppa Joe, with a three-song limit per set.