So far this July I’ve been swimmin', making garden salads, hangin' with the Coopers and gearing up for my next adventures. Here are a few upcoming MI events I’m involved with:
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Chris Bathgate @ Bells Brewery
Kalamazoo, MI (United States) - Map
Set: 8:00 PM Tickets: $6.00
Friday, July 15, 2011
Chris Bathgate @ The Ark
Ann Arbor, MI (United States) - Map
Set: 8:00 PM Tickets: $15.00
Monday, July 18, 2011
Square Dance Kalamazoo WSG Old Sledge @ The Strutt
773 West Michigan , Kalamazoo, MI (United States) - Map
Set: 8:00 PM All Ages Tickets: $5.00
Check out the July/August SDK Poster below by Andrew Zinn:
The last part of July will find me touring Missouri; learning from and playing with Michael Ismerio. (Michael is a great square dance caller, musician and organizer among other trades from Bloomington, IN.) I’m looking forward to visiting Geoff Seitz’s famed violin shop and the St. Louis Folk School when I’m there too! After that jaunt, I’ll work for Cleff’d Ear again at the Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival in West Virginia and study on scholarship at the Augusta Heritage Center for their old time music, dance and vocal week.
I’ll return north in mid-August for a few events I'm real excited about.
Hope to see any and all of you then:
Saturday, August 20, 2011 Chris Bathgate, Hoxeyville Music Festival @ Hoxeyville
Manistee, MI (United States) - Map
Monday, August 22, 2011 Square Dance Kalamazoo WSG Jubals Kin @ The Strutt
773 West Michigan , Kalamazoo, MI (United States) -Map
Set: 8:00 PM All Ages Tickets: $5.00
Saturday, August 27, 2011 Chris Bathgate, Hollerfest @ Hollerfest
11811 Beech Rd., Irish Hills, MI (United States) - Map All Ages
Merry summer friends, Sam
June left me sunburned, bruised, allergenic and poison-ivyed for the first time (damn!) but I still had fun. I started at the Mt. Airy Fiddlers Convention in North Carolina while working for John Hatton of Cleff’d Ear Productions. It was quite an experience to see a contest-style festival with so many incredible players. After Mt. Airy, I stayed with my new friends at their Frick’n Carnatta residence, a beautiful mid-Atlantic farm property outside of Philly. Here's a photo from their back porch where they call the horses back in every evening. (What travelers-luck winding up in this place with such good people!)
The Chris Bathgate crew scooped me up from here after a back porch feast, and we did some east coast touring. We got the opportunity to play for NPR’s World Café Live, and see NPR headquarters when we did a Tiny Desk video-session in D.C.! I'll post notice here when they're released.
We had some repeatedly debilitating car troubles on tour, but thanks to the extended Michigan music family in PA, we were able to make most of the tour dates. (Thanks again to the Difiglia family and the Hezekiah Jones crew!) A tour highlight for me was taking a walking tour of the Difiglia's neighborhood. The photo below is a piece by Jay Walker and it's part of the Abington Art Center's outdoor sculpture hike in Jenkintown, PA. "People used to find gods in the woods, some still do."
I made it back to Michigan in time for the June square dance in Kalamazoo, and caught a glimpse of the Allied Media Conference after playing the Wayfarer Festival in Detroit. Here’s a photo of my friend Johanna biking me a smoothie! The folks who built this bike also run a bike collective called Fender Bender Detroit. I hope to be more involved with the Allied Media Conference next year.
I had fun playing the Ann Arbor Summer Festival with Chris Bathgate and friends at the end of June. If you missed the concert series, check it out next summer. They've got a great line-up of free performances downtown. Here's a photo by my friend Pam Lindberg, a yoga teacher and photographer from Ann Arbor. The photo is of an Australian aerial dance troupe called, "Stange Fruit". They gave an awesome performance while we were setting up to play:
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