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Festival Schedule
 $5 Suggested Cover for all Events
October 13 - Friday 7pm
 Blue Water Ramblers
 October 14 - Saturday 10am
  Calabogie Road - during Pumpkin Roll
 October 14 - Saturday 7pm
 Zellie's Opry House
 October 15 - Sunday 10am
Hawks and Owls - Sunday Brunch

Blue Water Ramblers

7pm Friday

October 13

The Blue Water Ramblers, est. 2002, write their own songs and take turns harmonizing with each other to create a colorful tapestry of sounds. “Banjo-Jim” Foerch on his acoustic and electric banjos and R.H. “Bear” Berends on his big Marten guitar are the core of the Rambler vocal and writing team. Then add “Dr. Tom” DeVries on mandolin, “California Dan” Lynn laying down the steady rhythm on his doghouse bass and “Deacon Marten” VanEyk adding just the right amount of fiddle harmonies and fills and what do you get: the unique Blue Water Rambler sound. In our performances you will hear songs expressing our unique take on life both present and past in styles from country to Cajun, rock to reggae, bluegrass to the blues and gospel to swing time.

Calabogie Road

10am Saturday

October 14

Calabogie Road is a true West Michigan favorite. Tight harmonies, great song selections, and a passion for performing and entertaining are the hallmarks of the Calabogie Road Experience.

As veterans of Michigan's Bluegrass scene, going back to 1983 and earlier, the members of Calabogie Road truly enjoy every minute onstage and there is always something for everybody at their concerts. Hot pickin' from Mark's mandolin and Steve's banjo, exciting fiddling from Marten, the very best rhythm guitar around from Ruth, and a solid bass line from John make for some exciting shows!  Throw in their great harmonies and humor and what have you got?  THE CALABOGIE ROAD experience!

Zellie's Opry House Band

7pm Saturday

October 14

Welcome to Zellie’s Opry House where the musical tradition of Tennessee’s Ryman Auditorium, Home of the Grand Ole Opry, is being kept alive in Howard City, Michigan.  Like the Ryman Auditorium, Zellie’s Opry House originally began as a church.  Built in the late 1800's, through the years the building has experienced change; however, original architectural details remain evident, including the wooden pew seating in the auditorium.    

Fiddles, banjos, and mandolins echo the high lonesome sound of Bill Monroe’s traditional bluegrass throughout the auditorium, along with the classic country songs of Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, and other  legendary Grand Ole Opry performers.    

Zellie’s concerts boast special music evenings focusing on one genre, performer, or musical group.  Indulge in an evening of all bluegrass or just classic country or perhaps the gospel sounds which stir the soul.  Zellie’s Old Fashioned Opry Show is always a “don’t miss” event!  Keeping true to the building’s original purpose, Gospel Music Events bring their own magic to Zellie’s Opry House.

Hawks and Owls

10am Sunday

October 15

Bruce Ling, one of Michigan's finest musical treasures, is a River-side mystic, eloquent story teller and passionate caretaker of America's collection of traditional music. Raised in a multi-faceted musical family, Bruce found his calling at the ripeage of eight, the first time he was paid for a performance in a garage near his homeon Chicago's South Side. At a young age he started becoming the recipient of a vast amount of oral tradition: songs and stories passed on from older folk to younger generations. He has since honed an extraordinary repertoire of traditional string-band tunes from near and far. He plays with equal flair and skill on fiddle, mandolin and flat-picked guitar.

Whether performing solo, joined by his wife (world class old-time rhythm guitarist Becca) or combining forces with additional string band members in Hawks and Owls string band, Bruce's dynamic versatility is unmatched. His award winning expertise on the fiddle, guitar, and mandolin in concert performance and Contra Dances is heralded by critics and fans alike.

Bruce's original songs showcase both his eclectic life and the unique characters that he's met along the way, and are inspired in great measure by his experiences spent living alongside Michigan's wild and scenic Rivers and the denizens and creatures who inhabit them.