Performers

Here are the artists who will perform at Farmfest in 2018
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Abstract Generation

Abstract Generation, "AbGen" for short, is a collective of diverse individuals with wide ranging talents. Officially established in Mount Pleasant, MI in 2013, but each member has been creating and developing their own work since they were children.

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Adam Hoppe

Hailing from Grayling, Michigan, Adam Hoppe is a singer-songwriter best known for his rich vocals and unique guitar style. Adam, an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist, calls his guitar style and song arrangements unique and experimental in nature utilizing pedal distortions and delays, diverse guitar keying and live looping.

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Banjo Mike Evans

Mike Evans is an American Old Time musician specializing in Clawhammer style banjo. Mike is a multi-instrumentalist that plays all brass, piano, 5 string and tenor banjo. Bass, Bouzouki, Bodhran, tin whistle and Highland Bagpipes.


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The Bandura Gypsies

The Bandura Gypsies are rocking a unique blend of style and sound. The lyrics and melodies are totally emotion-driven, and the foundation is totally power-driven. The Gypsies write about what's going down now..... what's bringing the joy, and what's bringing the pain.

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Billiam Bennett

I am a singer songwriter from West Palm Beach, Florida. I grew up between the islands of the Bahamas and Palm Beach. After finding the light 5 years ago and recovering from a life of drug addiction I found purpose in poetry and teaching yoga.

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Beaver Xing

Folk, Americana, Pop, Country, Classic/New Rock, Standards and all things in between! Their passion is connecting with others through their music. Beaver Xing plays a variety of both conventional and unconventional instruments, and have a crowd-pleasing catalog of covers.

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The Blue Water Ramblers

The Blue Water Ramblers, est. 2002, are song smiths who take turns harmonizing with each other to create a colorful tapestry of sounds. Banjo-Jim Foerch on acoustic and electric banjo writes and sings of the sailors, lumberjacks, driving and unrequited C&W love.

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Billy Joe Hunt

Billy Joe is a singer songwriter originally from Ypsilanti now calling Jackson home, his songs are about friends, family and the many characters he's encountered along the way while looking through the windshield of an 18 wheeler. Some are toe tappers while others are tear jerkers, all in the traditions of blues/roots & folk.

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Brent Godfrey

Brent Godfrey is a singer songwriter based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brent also builds his own Canjos, Cigar Box Ukuleles and Guitars. His fourth CD to be titled “Ripe from the Tree” is scheduled for release in May of 2018. The CD will feature his home made instruments and guest musicians from around the world.

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The Bootstrap Boys

The Bootstrap Boys are a four-piece country band who have developed a fresh take on the classic country sound. Their original songs might bring to mind the likes of Waylon Jennings, George Jones, or Johnny Cash. They have been compared to acts such as Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapelton.

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bugs Beddow & the Good Stuff

bugs Beddow & the Good Stuff play the best Rock & Soul music from the last four decades...you know...the good stuff.



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The Brothers Crunch

From the hills of Northern Michigan hails a family power trio consisting of three front men performing their original songs. Oldest brother Caul displays his mastery of the bass on a variety of bass instruments from two to five strings, including his homemade upright washtub bass, the Cauldron.

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Chamomile and Honey

Chamomile and Honey is a young, local music group emerging in Northern Michigan. Featuring Summer Green (cajon, guitar, piano, vocals) and Trenton Breithaupt (banjo, ukulele, guitar, cajon, vocals) The main goal of the group is to bring more love and beauty into the world through music.

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Carrie Westbay and Limelight

Carrie Westbay is an acoustic entertainer who has been performing & writing music for over 20 years. You can hear some of her original songs & versions of covers on soundcloud, youtube, myspace, facebook and reverbnation. There are also tracks available for download on amazon & itunes.

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Cherry Blossom Ramblers

Cherry Blossom Ramblers is a Traverse City-based family band founded in 2007 by Lawrence "Doc" Probes and Donna Wilson Probes. Their daughters, Jessica & Kelly Shugart, often have performed with band, and although Jessica now lives out of state, Kelly is in Traverse City frequently and makes regular appearances.

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The Change

Since the Winter of 2015, The Change have been engaging audiences at concert venues, coffee houses and music festivals all over Michigan and the midwest. The Grand Rapids-based sextet’s original music is a rootsy blend of Blues, Rock, Americana and Soul.

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Dede and the Dreamers

Drift the night away to the amazing vibes of Dede and the Dreamers. Described as Psychedelic/Folk/Jazz music this band will mesmerize you and send you into a dream world with sweet melodies and full sounds to tantalize your brain.


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Cold Mountain Child

Cold Mountain Child is a psych-folk band informed by the histories of americana, soul, lo-fi, psychedelic and latin american music. Their lyrics and intent interweave with Gaia-mind emanations and inner/outer personal and collective freedom seeking.

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Distant Stars

Their influences include: Jack White, Brian Wilson, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Prince, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Kanye West, Willy Wonka, Jake Allen, Vulfpeck, GG Allin, getting picked on, picking on people, getting broken down and discovering the true beauty and eternal peace of existence as a result, etc.

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Dragon Wagon

Dragon Wagon is led by Mandolin Virtuoso Troy Radikin and Guitarist. With multi-instrumentalist Rich Delcamp, Michael Bustos on bass, Fritz McGirr on percussion and the amazing Diana Ladio on fiddle, their live performance thrives with originality, humor and expert musicianship.

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Giggles and Kitty

Giggles and Kitty play a wide variety of songs from the 60's through the 90's. Their unique arrangements of classic songs are refreshingly captivating.



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Full Cord

Full Cord started as a project between band members Todd Kirchner, Eric Langejans, Paul Kirchner, and Nate Roberts. All seasoned musicians, they wanted to build a musically diverse band using traditional bluegrass instruments. Their sound ranges from traditional country and bluegrass to modern pop hits.

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Handsome Pete

Handsome Pete is a five piece Rock/Alternative band arising from Lansing, MI. Our new full length album, Dancing For Nickels, is now available in physical CD form. Complete with 10 songs, full art work, and a great range of songs, you will want to make sure to get a copy. All thanks to Ryan Wert of Elm St. Recording.

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Grove of Trees

Haunting vibes of sorrow, triumph, and life. Grove Of Trees were born atop a mountain overlooking a sparkling city on the sea while the whole world was falling. Grove Of Trees is needed for this time. Performing at festivals and all types and sizes of venues; Tyler, Kyle, Keith, and Andrew describe it as "for the people".

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Jake Allen Band

The ethereal sound of Jake Allen's music attaches to your heartbeat and reverberates through your veins with the warmth of a long-lost embrace. He moves around the acoustic guitar like he's been holding it for a lifetime, gliding from end to end and producing sounds that you'd expect from a full band.

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The Honorable Spirits

In our time playing music (together and apart), we all can agree on one thing... it sure makes us feel HEALTHY and FREE. The Honorable Spirits are that in a nutshell. We seek to help HEAL and UNIFY people through SOUND and SPIRIT. Nothing brings people together better than some good ol’ rock and roll music.

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Jo Serrapere & the Willie Dunns

Jo Serrapere (sarah-pear), a songwriter from Detroit, Michigan, started playing guitar at 23 when seeking out lessons from Delta Blues guitarist, Shari Kane. Shortly thereafter, Jo began writing her own songs while completing her college studies in clinical psychology.

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Jennifer Lockwood

Jennifer Lockwood is a Singer-Songwriter from Gaylord, Michigan. Performing both original music and covers, she has a style unlike most- inspired by artists like Birdy, The Civil Wars and Noah Gunderson. After her thunderous debut at local open mics, Jennifer has quickly gained the attention of many.

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Kirby

Kirby, From Harbor Springs, Kirby has been with Farmfest since its beginning. His latest album, "Kirby for Kids (and Childish Adults)," features light hearted songs that do not talk down to kids and can be enjoyed equally by adults who refuse to take life too seriously.

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Les Older and the Ganja Gang

This group is a fun-loving jam band. Their originals, and the captivating covers which they make their own, always please the ear and move the feet. The members were brought together years ago, in a cloud of healing smoke, to make great music.

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Love Street Live

Kimberly Megoran uses art and music to bring people together to create a one of a kind piece of art work. Kimberly focuses on nurturing individuals personal artistic expression while requiring no experience. Through music and art we connect and experience a bond and great memories that will be displayed for years to come.

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Lee N. Sage

Michigan-born native Lee N. Sage is a singer-songwriter consisting of musician Bobby LeSage from metro Detroit, MI that began writing and performing in late 2016. LeSage released Lee N. Sage's debut self-titled E.P., the "Lee N. Sage E.P." independently in early 2017.

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Medicine Crow

The Gilgamesh epic, the Song of Miriam from Exodus, the stories preserved by the Navajo Singers all the way to the songs written and sung by such giants as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger represent a long tradition of preserving our stories and traditions in song.

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Michelle Chenard

Native Michigander Michelle Chenard has been a fixture on the Northern Michigan music scene for a number of years now, performing at a variety of local venues as well as numerous festivals in Michigan and Wisconsin such as Blissfest, Wheatland, Madison’s Bratfest, and Festival on the Bay in Petoskey.

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Mark Lavengood

Grand Rapids' native son Mark Lavengood has toured the Regional, National, and International music circuits for over 10 years. Anyone that has witnessed Lavengood perform will attest to these three key attributes: his big heart, wild energy on stage, and the aptitude on the many instruments that he plays.

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Monte Pride

Monte Pride is a Michigan-born, Michigan-based folk singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist. His rich tenor voice and accomplished fingerpicking make him sound older than his years, but the enthusiasm he brings to the music and performance is all youthful, impassioned energy.

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NOMI

NOMI is a Northern Michigan based Reggae Band. Playing a long list of original songs written by Frontman Jack Fivecoate, paired with all your favorite reggae covers. Jack Fivecoate's latest release "Wake Up" is available on Spotify along with some tastey instrumental tracks.

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Oh Brother Big Sister

Oh Brother Big Sister is an eclectic sensation! This brother and sister duo from Northern Michigan covers the music spectrum with entrancing harmonies and ingenious musical arrangements. They have a comfortable, comedic essence that makes you feel like you're with old friends in the comfort of your happy place.

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The Red Sea Pedestrians

The Red Sea Pedestrians are a one-of-a-kind, full-blown, instrument-swapping fusion between tradition and the here-and-now. We’re talkin’ high-energy world-beat grooves, hypnotic laments from the earth, songs of celebration and wonder: a warped and beautiful blend of Klezmer, Gypsy, Jazz and American Roots.

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Peter, Paul and Mary Remembered

Reviving many of the beloved hits such as “Puff the Magic Dragon, If I Had a Hammer, Blowin’ in the Wind,” and a host of others, these seasoned musicians dish up a smooth blend of authentic harmonies and 1960’s nostalgia.


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Serita's Black Rose

Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter Serita Crowley, also known as “Black Rose” is the very essence of Funk, Rock, Blues, and Soul. She has performed hundreds of shows across the U.S. sharing the stage with notable artists including Brian Vander Ark of the Verve Pipe, James Brown, Koko Taylor, and Smokey Robinson.

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Railcar Graffiti

Railcar Graffiti is a mix of old and new. Bringing you American Old Time, Celtic & Original music with a twist all their own. Based out of Brooklyn, Michigan this 5 piece group got together to make some amazing music & put on an entertaining show. So hop on the railcar and join the band for a memorable ride!

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Soul Flow Yoga

Many of us are caught up in the worlds fast pace. We've overused the strength of the mind and forgotten the strength of the body. In this all-levels Hatha style class, set to live music, we will cultivate a balance between the strength of the mind and the strength of the body.

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The Rupple Brothers

The Rupple Brothers are a psychedelic folk ensemble who combine a love for music, life, and improvisation to create a musical space unlike any other. Born unto song, brothers Evan and Cole, and adopted soul brother James, transverse the entire spectrum of sound and space.

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Thunderbolt & Lightfoot

Consisting of Sarah Fuerst and Phil Barry, Thunderbolt & Lightfoot have been featured on folk music site folkalley.com, opened for artists such as Robbie Fulks, Dar Williams, Henhouse Prowlers and May Erlewine, and have played some of Michigan’s finest venues and festivals. Plus they can kick your butt at Euchre..

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The Smokin' Dobroleles

Emerging onto the West Michigan acoustic music scene, the Smokin’ Dobroleles bring with them a taste of roots music laced with bluegrass, early jazz, americana, old time, outlaw country, and reggae.


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Two Feathers

Mark Cavander graduated from Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City with an associates of fine arts degree in music education. His influences include Cat Stevens, Neil Young, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. He plays acoustic music on a 1970 Yamaha.

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Steel & Wood

Steel & Wood, a traditional bluegrass band from Petoskey MI, offers an upbeat, heartfelt string and vocal harmony- based repertoire spanning the works of Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Ralph and Carter Stanley, and others. Steel & Wood harkens back to American railroad culture and Southern Appalachia.

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Turbo Pup

Turbo Pup is a four piece Americana Rock band from the backwoods of Northwest MI. This group entertains their fans with swooning material, cheap suit coats and dashing good looks. Singing songs of their own human condition. The pain of loss and the joy of redemption.

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