The Great Indoor Folk Festival returns Feb. 13
Based on a spectacular turnout last year, dozens of musicians from
across the region are tuning their guitars and polishing their songs
in anticipation of the second annual Great Indoor Folk Festival on
Saturday, Feb. 13 in Traverse City.
Located in Building 50 at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, the
free folk festival will showcase some of the best acoustic musicians
in Northern Michigan from noon to 5:30 p.m. in a family-friendly
Weve had a terrific response from musicians wanting to play at the
festival, says Adair Correll, one of the founders of Northern
Michigan Songwriters in the Round, whose members perform at the event.
We even created an additional stage this year to give more people the
opportunity to be involved. There will be over 60 musicians on six
Additionally, there will be an expanded role for a stage at the Left
Foot Charley winery, which is located just west of Building 50. There
will also be an open mic stage at Another Cuppa Joe coffeehouse that
is open to players from the general public, staffed by members of the
Great Lakes Musicians Cooperative.
Correll and fellow songwriter Bob Downes of the Acoustic Dynamite band
organized the festival last year to boost the profile of folk music in
the region. As crowds packed the halls of Building 50 throughout the
day, the organizers knew their iffy experiment was a hit.
I was really taken aback by the turnout. Correll recalls. I dont
think there was an exact count, but I know there were estimates of
between 1,500 and 2,000 people in attendance. We hope they all come
again this year.
Merchants at Building 50 also vow to be better prepared for the event
this year, offering suggestions for Valentines Day shoppers as well
as a range of food and beverage options.
The stages at Building 50 are actually just nooks and crannies of
the Mercato shopping corridor, with performers located just a few feet
away from the audience. The cozy venue offers a sense of intimacy
thats well-suited for acoustic music.
Whats in it for the unpaid musicians?
Most of us have day jobs so its not really an economic thing,
Correll notes. However, it is an opportunity for us to introduce our
music to a lot of new listeners. We will have a booth selling CDs by
many of the artists, and it is an opportunity for the community to
take home some great music by songwriters that they will come to know
the day of the festival.
Not to mention that the festival is the day before Valentines Day,
he adds. What a great opportunity to get your favorite Valentine a
little something different this year.
A BREAK FROM HARD TIMES
Correll says the free festival is a gift from area musicians to the
community during the hard times of a tough economy.
The community gets five-and-a-half hours of great music by a wide
variety of musicians in a great venue and its all for free, he says.
I go to a lot of music festivals and the common thread they all have
is a lot of smiling faces and an audience that is having a great time.
At the risk of being philosophical, in the trying times that our
country and world are faced with today, its nice to have a little
time where you can set your worries aside and smile, relax and kick
back a little. Thats what happened last year, and we fully expect
more of the same this year.
Sponsors include Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round, Northern
Express Weekly, the Great Lakes Musicians Cooperative, and The Village
at Grand Traverse Commons.
The Great Indoor Folk Festival takes place from noon - 5:30 p.m.,
Saturday, Feb. 13 in Building 50 at The Village at Grand Traverse
Commons in Traverse City. Performances will also be offered at Left
Foot Charley from noon - 4 p.m. The family-oriented event is free of
charge, with CDs from local musicians available for sale and signings.
FOLK FESTIVAL LINEUP
12:00-1:00 Three Hour Tour
1:10-2:10 Cabin Fever
2:20-3:20 Wild Sullys
3:30-4:30 New 3rd Coast
4:40-5:30 Song of the Lakes
12:00-12:30 Blind Dog Hank
12:40-1:10 Barbara Jordan
1:20-1:50 Rick Amber & Savannah Buist
2:00-2:30 Jenny Thomas & Doug Zernow
2:40-3:10 Adair Correll & Friends
3:20-3:50 Dennis & Allison Palmer w/Kurt Westi
4:00-4:30 Patricia Pettinga & Bill Willging
4:35-5:00 Acoustic Dynamite
5:05-5:30T The Nephews-Tim & Byron Joseph
1:00-1:30 Ron Fowler
1:40-2:10 Luunappi-Patrick Niemisto & Norm Wheeler
2:20-2:50 Patricia Pettinga
3:40-4:10 Mary Anne Rivers
Left Foot Charley Stage
12:40-1:10 Pat Harrison & Dennis Kingsbury
1:20-1:50 The Dede Alderman Quartet
2:00-2:30 The Nephews
2:40-3:10 Patricia Pettinga & Bill Willging
3:20-3:50 Blind Dog Hank
South View Stage
12:40-1:10 Jim Hawley
1:20-1:50 Robin Berry Williams
2:00-2:30 Les Dalgliesh & Dan Kelchak
2:40-3:10 Acoustic Dynamite
3:20-3:50 Jay Webber
4:00-4:30 Pat Harrison & Dennis Kingsbury
12:00: 12:25 Bev Carol
12:30-12:55 John Bentley
1:00-1:25 Mary Ann Rivers
1:30-1:55 erre Stormer
2:00-2:25 Louan Lechler
2:30-2:55 Dan Bracken
3:00-3:25 Robin Berry Williams
3:30-3:55 Bill Brown
4:00-4:25 Les Dalgliesh
5:00-5:25 Kurt Bullock