Songs by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, The Eagles... country, folk, blues... guitars, banjos, harmonicas, and mandolins. All of the above have made appearances at the Bliss Train Coffee House, the quietly-progressive open mic that takes over Petoskeys Grain Train cafe every Sunday afternoon - and thats been around a lot longer than you might expect.
The idea for the Bliss Train Coffee House was developed at the program committee of the Blissfest Music Organization, Bob Fawcett explains, Jim Gillespie (executive director of Blissfest) came up with the name. At that time, around 2003, I was treasurer of BMO, a board member, and part of the program committee, as were Jim, Kirby, and Mitch Weber.
Initially, Fawcett says, the groups newbie jam sessions were held at the old Blissfest office on Lake Street in Petoskey. But it wasnt long before more space was needed.
As it grew, the venue was moved to a coffee house on Howard Street in Petoskey, Fawcett recollects, When that coffee house closed, we moved to the Grain Train four or five years ago.