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Festival Schedule
 $5 Suggested Cover for all Events
October 11 - Friday 7pm
 Blue Water Ramblers
 October 12 - Saturday 10am
  Calabogie Road - during Pumpkin Roll
 October 12 - Saturday 7pm
 Danny Seabolt Experience
 October 13 - Sunday 10am
Zellie's Opry House  - Sunday Brunch

Blue Water Ramblers

7pm Friday

October 11

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 12

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!

Danny Seabolt Experience

7pm Saturday

October 12

Dan Seabolt, a.k.a. Danny, at the age of 12, began studying with master guitar player John King of "The Oat Bran Boys" focusing on music theory and technique. Over the past thirty years he has continued to play with "The Oat Bran Boys" at such places as The Red Rooster Tavern on Scenic Dr. in Muskegon Michigan. They can be heard (and seen) every Wednesday night serenading dinner guests. He also performs with his brother Dave's band, "Free Wheelin", based in Big Rapids Michigan.

        At the age of 14, he began studying violin/fiddle technique with the West Shore Symphony's concert mistress, Jean Manning.  After playing a number of classical concerts with the symphony, he soon decided to pursue his passion...fiddle music. As a result of his many years of experience, Dan has many accomplishments to his name including founder and instructor of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA) Fiddle Camp 2014, various workshops for Wheatland Music Organization, and muso at The Midwest Banjo Camp (three years), just to name a few. 

         Dan has opened concerts for such musicians and bands such as Riders in the Sky, Doc Watson, Vasser Clements, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Porter Wagner, Jeff Carson, and many more. He has been featured on recordings by various artists and many TV and radio commercials. His most recent recording and touring include performances with the award winning singer/songwriter Ruth Bloomquist and her husband, bassist Max Bloomquist. They have been enjoyed by audiences throughout the United States as well as France, Belgium, and England. You can look them up at

  "Creativity, exceptional talent, and unbridled enthusiasm have earned Danny a reputation that keeps him in demand wherever he goes."
                    ----Robert Hecht, viola student and friend

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.