Performers:

Here are our 2016 artists. Check back as Farmfest approaches for updates.
Also, if you are interested in sponsoring a band, please let us know though our sponsorship page.




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 almost experimental in nature utilizing pedal distortions and delays, diverse guitar keying and live looping. While Adam’s superior sense of fun often shines through, his goal is to not only entertain his audience but to play on the range of emotions in the human experience which makes his performances relatable to everyone.






Amanda Egerer

The folksinger began singing in the third grade, and continued studying voice privately as classical performer throughout high school and into her first year of college. She began playing the guitar in 2010 and in recent months has added Appalachian dulcimer into her repertoire. Amanda was oblivious of folk music until attending a Americana-rock concert during the summer 2013 where she discovered her instant passion for traditional music. Since then she has collected, and arranged over nearly fifty traditional songs.




A.M.

Sponsored by: Gonzo



The Bandura Gypsies

Sponsored by: Barton Briley

The Bandura Gypsies rocks 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 goin' down now, what's bringing the joy, and what's bringing the pain. From acoustic folk songs to rock-the-house-down, from ballads to punk, the Bandura Gypsies have a song for you.




Banjo Mike Evans

Banjo Mike Evans is a multi-instrumentalist working to preserve music of the past. His main instrument is banjo played in Clawhammer style but he also plays Bodhran, Tin Whistle, Highland Bagpipes, Bouzouki, Mandolin. His passion is passing on the old songs of early America and the Celtic islands.






Barbarossa Brothers

'Americana wrapped in a brown paper bag'

'A unique blend of harmony-laden Americana, folk-rock and knee-slapping, acoustic-driven fun' -John Sinkevics, WYCE's Local Spins

As a duo of Resonator guitar and cajon drum, Drew Pentkowski and Loren Kranz began sharing songs in the spring of 2012. Soon they sought to expand to a full band with the addition of mutual friend Ryan Fitzgerald on upright bass.

Kranz: "It's just a bunch of old friends playing some original music. I spent the summer in Grand Rapids, living in the same house as Drew, and we did a lot of writing in the backyard garden..."





The Blue Water Ramblers

The Blue Water Ramblers are lead singers who take turns harmonizing with each other to create the Blue Water Rambler tapestry of sound. Banjo-Jim Foerch sings of the sailors, farmers, lumberjacks, politicians and workers. Bear Berends croons the love songs and delivers protest songs old and new.

When it's time to dance, the Blue Water Rambler Dance Ensemble presents an evening of singing calls - lines, squares, rounds and reels sung to melodies old and new. If you've never participated in a traditional country dance, Banjo-Jim will gently show you what to do. And for you who do know a 'dosey do' from a 'left allemande', we'll keep you spinning and whirling til the cows come home! Woooooo-ee!






Brent Godfrey

Singer Songwriter Brent Godfrey has just released a new album of original material entitled "In the Moment". All songs were written over the last 5 years and spans the genres of folk rock, country, blues and world music.




Bob Mowrey



The Boys of Boomtown

Our music is fluid and flows from us following the path of least resistance. Our group is dynamic and our sound ranges anywhere from original soul-pop, to grooving folk, to R&B. Our goal as performers is to provide listeners with a sense of musical enlightenment. Our ultimate ambition is to engage the audience with our infectious rhythm and get them on the dance floor, but also to create music with purpose, and lyrics that connect with the listener.



A Brighter Bloom

Sponsored by: Marsh-Mellow Entertainment

A Brighter Bloom is an Indie Folk & Pop duo out of Grayling, Michigan spun off from the popular band, The Stand Ins, by its founding members Lauren Onica and Todd Aldrich. Full of excitement and emotion, A Brighter Bloom utilizes guitar, keys, foot drum and a variety of percussion along with tight harmonies to deliver covers you know and love from popular artists like Jack Johnson and Mumford & Sons served up, A Brighter Bloom style, as well passionate indie original compositions.




The Brothers Crunch

The Rock trio comprised of Earl on Guitar, Caul on 5-string bass and 2-string "Cauldron-Bass" & Soup on Drums. A Traverse City Band of Brothers playing high energy Funky Rock & Roll for all y'all!




The Camoufleurs

Naming themselves after a group of WW2 era painters, The Camoufleurs are dedicated to writing and playing original music across genres. With influences ranging from psychedelia and americana to 80's post punk, The Camoufleurs use variety to paint a unique, sonic picture.



Carolyn Koebel, duo with Elden Kelly

Sponsored by: Smokin' Sleddog Records

Elden and Carolyn combine a broad palette of world strings and percussion ranging from cajon, djembe, darbouka, rig, frame drums, kalimba, hammered dulcimer, jaw harp, gongs, tuning forks and more. The Two can work in a broad combination of styles and genres, ranging from Afro-Arabic fusion, jazz, trance, funk, new age/meditative and beyond.



Carrie Westbay and the Limelites

Sponsored by: You Need a Massage

Carrie Westbay is an acoustic entertainer who has been performing and writing music for over 17 years. You can hear some of her original songs and versions of covers on soundcloud, youtube, myspace, facebook and reverbnation. There are also tracks available for download on amazon and itunes. She's been working on a solo project at Dharma Records with Al Bondar and Jake Allen. She's selling CD's of her new music as well as a live EP from Chicago Acoustic Underground and a single on Dharma records new compilation (available online NOW) to raise the funds to finish the Album.

She performs solo gigs, attends and hosts open mics all over the state when she's not with her band. She is currently playing out with the new lineup in her band Limelight but has previously played in Carrie Westbay Band, Tommy Knockers, Ashbury Jam, Diamond drive and Cherrybomb. She started out vocally in public at age 9 or so and then learned to play french horn through the school's band program in 6th grade. She played in marching band, pep band, solo and ensemble and band festivals. Later she picked up trumpet in jazz band-and still plays it with the bands.

Carrie moved to Columbus Ohio after graduating- to check out the scene. Soon after moving there she learned to play acoustic guitar and write music with it. She moved back to MI 2 years later to go to college, where she founded guitar club for the only 2 years it prevailed. The club put on benefit concerts on campus, in the theater where Carrie worked as a stage hand. Carrie started playing out solo on acoustic guitar- her vocals carried her until she developed guitar skills. After graduating she continued to play out acoustically and also joined a house band in Houghton Lake at Shenanigans Pub. After 3 years Carrie longed to travel so, she joined a local rock band. Carrie was the only original member of Cherrybomb since 2006.

Carrie recently placed 2nd of over 20 players in the battle of the acoustix in Traverse city. The contest was sponsored by 97.5 WKLT. There she met Terri Ray who loved her original music. This led to being featured on Terri's Sunday night show on 97.5 WKLT's "The Garage." She has also been nominated for "Best female vocalist" in the tri-cities' area Review Awards 3 years in a row- taking home the "Blues female vocalist" in 2012.







The Change

"The Change" consisting of Ryan Williams - Front Man and Guitarist, Tony LaJoye - Percussion and Harmonies, Jamie Kissane - Bass, Dakota Culberson - Violin, brings you a new and mesmerizing sound that will delight your ears. Bringing thought, heart and soul through every song. Live they will stun you to the core. "The Change" Coming to a venue near you!




The Cookies

Sponsored by: Marsh-Mellow Entertainment

Join Michigan’s hottest dance band, The Cookies, to add the sizzle to summer! Formed in 2013, The Cookies have quickly become a Great Lakes regional favorite and have expanded into the New York and California markets. The Cookies appeal to all ages serving up pop and dance tunes from Motown to the present in their own distinctive style. The Cookies are multi-instrumentalists as well as vocalists and songwriters. Although they are known to switch instruments from time-to-time, The Cookies are Jakey Thomas on bass and vocals, Richie V on lead guitar and vocals, Jakey Baby on drums and vocals and Lexi Lou on keys, flute and vocals. The Cookies have a great show for you including cuts off our popular, original album, Welcome to the Party, and some new cover tunes fresh from the oven to heat up your night. Bring your dancin' shoes!




Daniel Patch



Deepest Height

Acoustic/folk band in the Petoskey area.




Dragon Wagon

Sponsored by: Home Comfort Farms

Dragon Wagon is Michigan Roots music at its finest! Each performance is built on originality, fun, and expert musicianship, quickly making the band one of Michigan's premier bluegrass outfits. Dragon Wagon's honest sound and genuine crowd connection never disappoint, and appeal to all audiences. The combination of mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass and drums guarantees an infectious energy that gets every crowd dancing! The band formed in 2008, and is now based in Ann Arbor, MI.






Feral Ground

Sponsored by: The Farmfest Halloween Party

We're a group from Detroit. We've been doing music for about ten years and making tracks since 05. We do Hip Hop like no one before. Check us out!




The Go Rounds

Sponsored by: The Wombold Family

Kalamazoo's favorite suns. High energy twang-rock and jelly-roll. The Go Rounds are a furious live act and progressive recording unit, fueled by the history of its diverse lineup and a collaborative spirit injected into everything from songwriting to arranging. Equally inspired by their record collections as the beauty of the Great Lakes State, the band explores soul music, baroque folk, art rock, country and classic rock n' roll.



The Honorable Spirits

Sponsored by: Famfest SledFest

The Honorable Spirits are a groovy rock band from Northern Michigan. They are comprised of members of other great Michigan bands. The core group includes: Rob Huckle - Bass Guitar; Kevin Paul - Vocals / Guitar; Matt Pernar - Drums / Percussion.




The Hackwells

If you enjoy songs about prison graveyards, flea market beauty queens and tempestuous love, then you will enjoy The Hackwells, Brian McCarty (previously of The Salt Miners), along with Jeff Schott on bass and John Dobat on guitar and mandolin bring these songs to life. A guaranteed good time - Simple, organic, and honest...their motto is The Hackwells would never try to sell you a hot dog we would eat ourselves. That's "The Hackwell Way" and promise.





Jack and the Bear

Sponsored by: Marsh-Mellow Entertainment

Jack and the Bear is an "Industrial Pop" band from lower east Michigan; conjured up of three siblings and close friends, the group's sound can be related to that of Tom Waits, Felice Brothers, C.W. Stoneking, Bruce Springsteen, Randy Newman, and Disney Soundtracks. With a slogan stating themselves as "The greatest thing you'll ever see, probably." they're a group you won't wanna miss.




Jack Elliott

Sponsored by: Debrah Rutledge

A seasoned Musician! Jack Elliott, has been part of the Northern Michigan Music Scene, most of his life! His personal style of Folk and Blues has brought him acclaim throughout the region, with performances at Blissfest, Farmfest, and the Norfolk Harvest Festival to name a few. Winner of the 2012 Talent contest in Mio, furthered the recognition of his Entertainment prowess!



Jacob Thomas

Sponsored by: Gaylord Area Council for the Arts

Jacob Thomas, affectionately known as Jakey, is a Northern Michigan based performer, writer, producer and director. As a pop singer-songwriter and natural comedian, Jakey’s zest for life permeates everything he touches. Best known as founder and bassist of the pop group, The Cookies, Jakey is beloved for his showmanship and originality. His only goals are to spread love and have you question everything along the way.






Jake Allen

Jake Allen hails from Northern Michigan. Since creating his first musical compositions at age five in his father's home studio, Jake’s signature sound has been evolving. His music, complex yet very accessible, is something he calls "progressive ethereal rock." Jake has an artistic style all his own.

As a fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, Jake uses both hands on the fret board, alternatively slapping the guitar for percussive effects. Jake has wowed audiences in venues nationwide with his mastery of this technique. Jake's level of musicianship and talent has stopped listeners in their tracks at both solo shows and while touring with the Jake Allen Band.

In addition to guitar, Jake also plays keyboards, bass, harp, and many other instruments, including drums in the popular Michigan pop dance band, The Cookies. Jake performs all of the instruments heard on his solo albums. Currently, Jake is recording a fourth solo album; a follow-up to his critically acclaimed Etherica at his own Infinite Balance Studios.






Jan Fowler, Dance Caller



John Latini and The Flying Latini Brothers

Sponsored by: Smokin' Sleddog Records

Whether he’s fronting his band the Flying Latini Brothers, working as a duo, or most often, commanding the stage alone, John Latini personifies the best that the heartland, and especially Michigan’s righteous rock history, have to offer: an honest, straight-ahead, no-nonsense commitment to real songs about real people. Latini also knows that all the best American music flowers from blues roots, and whether he’s tearing it up at a blues fest or captivating a room with original songs, folk and blues go arm in arm in his music like the blood brothers they are.

In addition to being a serious crafter of clever, literate songs, Latini is the purveyor of a slick, blues-soaked, economically hard-driving guitar style—but more than anything he’s an intense, incandescent performer, with an emotional, testosterone-charged voice that the Ann Arbor Observer called “alternately celebratory, remorseful, seductive and dangerous.”

A popular, well-established voice in Michigan, he’s begun to build an enthusiastic fan base throughout the Midwest and beyond to Colorado and New York. Now, Smokin’ Sleddog Records artist John Latini is more ready than ever to break out to a much wider audience.




Julie Shirlock – euke workshop



Kellerville

Sponsored by: Marsh-Mellow Entertainment

Kellerville is both real and imagined. On the edge of Lake Michigan, nestled in the crook of willow trees in Cross Village is a tiny part of town where Lee Dyer and Holly Keller both grew up playing music. After many years of separate creation they formed an original acoustic duo to bring them back to the town that wrought them, and bring a new age to the folks who came before. With songs of storytelling and personal experience, let Lee and Holly paint you a picture of home with a song. Welcome to Kellerville.






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. Kirby will be a Wandering Minstrel willing to discuss Songwriting, Fingerpicking, Harmonica and the meaning of life anytime. He hosts our open mic segment on Saturday and jams out at the Fire circle on Saturday night. Big fun.



Knot Qwyte Rite

Frank and Barry are two Northern Michigan multi instrumentalists who take famous rock and pop songs from the 1960's & `70's and “folk them up, then twist them around” until the sound is all their own. They play guitars, drums, harmonica, banjo, bass guitar, and sometimes they might throw in a saxophone to make their music fun, multi-dimensional, and well...just “Knot Qwyte Rite”.



Kung Fu Rodeo

We are Kung Fu Rodeo! Currently promoting our new album Custom Superthrust, available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, cdbaby.com, and beyond! Able to change musical styles as quickly as the weather changes in their home state of Michigan, Kung Fu Rodeo presents a show based in high energy rock and roll and peppered with Americana, funk, soul, latin, reggae, jazz, and more. Having already staked a reputation as a "must see" band at a number of festivals in their home region of Northern Michigan, the fall 2012 release of their debut CD, "Custom Superthrust," is the first step in a push to play bigger stages and larger markets.

KFR's approach to music is simple and time-tested: write good songs, perform them well, put on a good show, make the people dance, and do it with a sense of humor. Own the covers you play or don't bother playing them. Work hard to keep learning and improving. And always...ALWAYS...let them see you sweat.

Kung Fu Rodeo is Chuk Light (vocals/guitar), Jeremy Sowa (lead guitar/vocals), Ken Harris (bass), and Mike Dunbar (drums).





The Medicine Bell

The Medicine Bell is farm fresh Northern Michigan acoustic music at its finest. There's a quiet valley full of real folks settled in around the village of Rapid City -- where life is easy, but a livin' is hard. Rooted deep there in the Valley are songwriting partners Bree Saunders & Ashley Christopher, who sing together like two kids who've been playin' in the same sandbox since before they could remember. With Bree on guitar, Ash has chosen to travel this old dusty road with banjo in hand, and together they ride with The Bell's three well-versed instrumentalists. Bio-Synchronous Cloud Commander Matty Z conjures grassy jam jazz on mandolin, backed by the cleanly stated upright bass of North Country hermit-mystic Dr. Dale Owen, and the Workingman's Drums of MacKenzie Vance. It's a new blend of traditional and Americana influences that meanders from the hallowed sounds of olden times to the pointed verse of contemporary folk heroes, from the intimacy of the lone songwriter to the echoes of the Long Strange Trip. Sometimes like a warm breeze on a summer night, sometimes like a rumblin' ride down to the swimmin' hole in the back of the truck, sometimes like a big swallow from a moonshine jar, there's an organic balance of original songs, old favorites, & fresh cover choices to capture the imagination and proclaim what The Medicine Bell is about.






Michael Beans

He's part musician, part showman, part sailor and pure entertain~arrr. He's made a life out of pirate lore, sailor's tales and songs of the islands. Who is this guy? His name is Michael "Beans" Gardner and he's one-of-a-kind. His unique and lively show is aptly named "Happy Arrr"... a two-hour performance that turns an ordinary happy hour into a social gathering, complete with stories, jokes, sing-a-longs, audience interaction and musical participation.





Mike Freer

The Opening Act for Farmfest and Midwestfest Kickoff -Mike has also toured from MN to NJ to IL to NC performing in more than 75 cities in 11 states. His third CD, "Down the Road I Go", is an ukulele/harmonica driven folk blues experience available on Amazon and iTunes. If you get a chance to experience one of his shows-don't miss it. You will hear music you've never heard before and make a new friend.




Michael Rosteck

Sponsored by: Gonzo

Michael Rosteck sings songs. Songs about life and songs about vice. Songs inspired by Hank, Willie, Johnny, Townse, Bob, and Neil, and other greats. Original songs to which the festival family can relate. Songs that beg you to sing along and invite you to join him up on stage. Some songs you've heard and some songs you ain't.





Mo Zowayed

Mo Zowayed is a folk singer/songwriter. His unique sound blends American bluegrass elements with upbeat harmonica and acoustic guitar-driven melodies. He’s played hundreds of shows in Bahrain and has appeared on local and regional television and radio several times. Mo enjoys regular residencies at some of Bahrain’s notable hotspots.

Born from the many local grassroots festivals, including the iconic Farmfest, he and his band, The Moonshiners, have gained a reputation for putting on unforgettably soulful performances. They have recently opened for HBR and The Tedeschi Trucks Band. Mo lived and Victoria, Canada for four years. It was during this time that he got to know the many folk and bluegrass musicians whom he credits for helping him discover his own style of writing. He played many events in British Columbia.

In 2016 Mo has headlined the International Airshow, won the Axe Bring The Quiet Competition (which earned him a song on the compilation vinyl record), opened for the Wanton Bishops in Dubai, released two indpenedent music video sessions, was featured in a Microsoft commercial, and released an EP.

His debut EP “New York Times” was recorded at the renowned 2Seas Studios, and mastered in Metropolis Studios, London. It was released March 4, 2016. Mo performs with the full five-piece band, as a trio, a duo, and as a solo performer. He is currently booking dates for his 2016 Europe Summer Tour.



Nik Carman

Nik Carman is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from Suttons Bay, Michigan. He currently plays guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Nik released his first album in February 2015 in Leland when he opened for The Accidentals, The Way Down Wanderers, and Billy Strings & Don Julin. Nik has been opening shows around Northern Michigan for The Accidentals ever since and was especially honored to be their guest at Blissfest Music Festival. He has also opened for the Josh Davis Trio and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. In addition to his regular shows at Northern Natural Cider House, Oryana, VI Grill, and 45 North Winery, Nik performed solo at these summer 2015 festivals: Dunesville, Traverse City Film Festival, Manton Bluegrass Festival, Hoxeyville, Leelanau UnCaged, and Fountain Point Music Festival. He is a regular guest on WTCM radio in Traverse City and has been featured by Interlochen Public Radio, WNMC radio, TV 9&10 News, UpNorth TV, The Traverse City Record-Eagle, The Cadillac News, and Northern Express, in which he was included on their 2015 list of “20 Most Fascinating People”. Nik is a fourth grader at Leelanau Montessori in Suttons Bay.




Oh Brother Big Sister

Sponsored by: Home Comfort Farms

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. With a comfortable, comedic essence that makes you feel like your with old friends in the comfort of your happy place; the BIG-sister-little-brother duo deliver music that encompasses a wide variety of music genres with an original acoustic sound that makes each performance an experience.

Penny and Radel Rosin hail from a small speck on the mitten where they were raised in a family with deep musical roots which will be obvious in their passion for music and ease in entertaining. If you are searching for a fresh, distinctive sound with an element of surprise- the search is over- Oh Brother Big Sister is pure pleasure.




Olivia Mainville

Olivia Mainville and her band are Michigan based multi-instrumentalists with a broad and infectious sound. They create a lively and engaging gypsy swing/theatre/folk rock soundscape for all to savor. Olivia has released one EP in 2014 and has been on tour with noteworthy gypsy swing band, Caravan of Thieves. She’s collaborated with many other Michigan musicians and has played at many festivals and venues throughout Michigan such as Blissfest in Harbor Springs and The Ark in Ann Arbor. Olivia and her band have recorded a new full length album over the course of four days featuring Gerry Leonard (David Bowie’s guitarist) on one of her newest tunes. Be sure to grab her newest CD and catch one of her shows in Michigan!






The Orbiters

Ever-growing, constant flowing, passionate jams and funky vibrations, exploring spaces in united elation! Forged out of the synchronous experience, we are all Orbiters! Music is the vessel, let's adventure together.






RealEyez

Sponsored by: Cousin Richard

RealEyez is a creative collaborative effort of Jake Breithaupt and Allison Laural. With guitar and vocals, as well as the occasional musical friend sit in, they do their best to entertain anyone interested in listening. Their original song stylings run the gamut from happy, fun, and upbeat, to thought provoking, emotional, and occasionally political. Jake and Allison as RealEyez are on a mission to make you listen and even get up and dance.



Red Herring

Every once in a while, a group of young musicians meet by chance and are drawn to each other by their passion for music. Red Herring is one of those bands. Comprised of four young musicians between 14 and 16, they possess rock sensibilities beyond their youthful ages. This is no more evident than in their song selections. The Beatles “Yer Blues” rocks with a vengeance, while the Who’s “Odorono” demonstrates their playful side. They have a mutual admiration for musicians and bands such as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, the Who, the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. Red Herring has been together for just about a year, having met at the School of Rock in Rochester, Michigan where all are currently enrolled in the House Band. They are all multi-instrumentalists: Melanie, 16 (vocals, guitar, piano, bass, ukulele), Max, 14 (drums, bass, guitar, piano); Aaron, 14 (guitar, bass, drums) and Josh, 16 (drums, vocals, piano).




Ribo and the Flavinauts

Ribo & the Flavinauts got their start roughly 13 years ago under the moniker Nothing But Neil. They soon changed their name to Acoustic Stew and kept it for the next ten years. Now under the name Ribo & the Flavinauts, primarily a cover band, covering a wide variety of bands from The Cure to The Grateful Dead.




Rich and Sandra and the Hickabillys

talented duo of Rich Blackmore and Sandra Kennedy provides good music and fun for all ages with an eclectic mix of song favorites including Pop, Country and Boogie spanning several decades. These entertainment veterans along with their little friends “The Hick-abillys” pack a song list and show that also includes a number of “rare” tunes with their own distinctive flavor and arrangement, well crafted original songs and bright comedy.

This crowd pleasing act is sure to leave an audience with a song in their heart and a smile on their face. Rich Blackmore - Vocals, Guitar, Comedy...not necessarily in that order... Rich has been performing since age 12 and has toured the U.S. and Canada, opened con-certs for some of the biggest names in Country Music and was a radio personality in north-ern Michigan for over three decades.

Sandra Kennedy - Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Accordion, Recorder, Percussion - sometimes all at once... Sandra has been playing music and singing all of her life and is no stranger to the many Michigan based music festivals including FARMFEST and other events that feature truly unique talents. Sandy is a multi talented performer and a gifted songwriter with a wonder-ful flair for making a song “her own” and singing from the heart.




Ron Fowler

Sponsored by: Home Comfort Farms




Scott Cummins

From Detroit, Scott Cummins, a.k.a. Local Bar Singer, has been winning over crowds all over the state with his “Fun the first time you hear them” country originals. Songs like “It’s Raining, I’m Pouring”, “Pick Up Lines”, “I Plead the Fifth” and the dance along “Jellyfish Song” will have you smiling and raising a glass. Mixed in with heartfelt country originals like “This Guitar”, “Bumps in the Road”, “Sometimes you Fall”, and “Tired of Searching”. One thing you will never be at a Local Bar Singer show is bored. LBS is thrilled to be playing Farmfest for the first time.




Rustic Heart

Kelly Shively and Norm Hausler are a pair of seasoned musicians who have played with many Northern Michigan musicians and also performed on their own as solo singer/instrumentalists. Kelly brings her original songs of family and home, along with her interpretations of traditional mountain music.

Norm’s deep baritone voice lends itself to country classics and his own original songs. Norm is enjoying learning to accompany Kelly with “mountain modal” tunings on his guitar, while Kelly surprises with turns on her fiddle, harp, banjo and a variety of other instruments.

These two Northern Michiganders have combined their talents to form the duet, Rustic Heart. The harmonies of voice, instrument and spirit have surprised even the musicians of this group…but the feeling is one of “home” when they play together, and we know you’ll feel it too.



Seth Bernard Trio

The Seth Bernard Trio with Max Lockwood from Big Dudee Roo on bass and Dan Rickabus from the Crane Wives on drums are super stoked to bring the love to the farm once again. Seth Bernard has a uniquely Michigan anatomy: knee deep in glacier-folk with a belly full of whiskey and peaches smuggled from the root cellar of a '70s guitar god. Fingers resinous with fresh cut white pine, and sacred north star geometries whirling around his brow.

Born on April Fools Day, and playing the trickster-bard every day since, he's grown from a potent young Interlochen idealist into a black-bearded surprise-eyed psych-rocker singing the woods and water, souls and soils of the Great Lakes. The tools! He's got a pine-box-full, from his Gretsch (and the chops to play it, mister), to the many iterations of Seth-music. I mean Airborne or Aquatic, bristling with fuzz-poem arena-anthems, to Starlight Six, the madly talented hybrid of Michigan royalty (May Erlewine, Joshua Davis of Steppin' In It, Mike Shimmin of, well, everything, and the power duo of Dominic and Rachael Davis). Or he can roll solo, with a catalog of hundreds of original tunes, thousands of covers and millions of improvisational licks. And the waltzes. By god the waltzes.

And more tools: Earthwork Music Collective, Family Weekend, Harvest Gathering, The Water Festivals, On the Ground, 350.org (you gotta google this stuff, links below), youth engagement, and partnerships with dozens of local non-profits. Like a true old-school folker, he plays the songs because they mean something, and that something they mean drives a life beyond just playing songs. His most valuable tool, though, doesn't live in that box: two good ears. Seth listens like a priest. To his audience, to his community, to his deep-rooted intuitive star-born aurora borealis campfire ancestor soul. That alone makes every show - EVERY SHOW - worth the price of admission.

-Brad Kik, co-founder of the Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology



Syd Burnham Band

With inspiration ranging from bluesy rock to 90's metal and country folk, this young singer-songwriter and guitarist is out to show an audience a good time. Though still young, Syd Burnham has played many Michigan Festivals, breweries, and The Ark, solo and backed by a band. She is a musician on the rise. Look for originals alongside a few covers of modern female rockers like Grace Potter and sweet renditions of songs like "Everlong" by Foo Fighters.





Toomuchofagoodthing

TOOMUCHOFAGOODTHING is a four-piece rock and roll band based on the songs of Lee Dyer. An eclectic mix of old fashioned rock and modern madness backed by a full band sound and simple recording techniques.

The band began as a means of playing the album, and is now well on the way to a second and third round of songs. Purchase the music here through CD Baby, Spotify, Amazon, Itunes, or even on Bandcamp, and keep your eyes and ears open as we continue to book shows and make albums.

Lee Dyer - Keyboards/Vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Trumpet; Tai Drury - Electric Guitar/Vocals; Jakey Thomas - Bass/Vocals; Al Riesenbeck – Drums



Twister Joe

Twister Joe, Northern Michigan's Favorite Balloon Artist" has performed for over 12 years at hundreds of fairs and festivals all over northern Michigan. A regular at almost every Northern Michigan Festival, and several fairs, Twister Joe performs almost non-stop every summer from Traverse City to Alpena, Cheboygan, Boyne City, Harbor Springs, East Jordan, Charlevoix, Mancelona, Kalkaska, Wolverine, and everywhere in between. Back at Farmfest by popular demand, Twister Joe creates balloon animals and hats, and gags and fun for kids of all ages.



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. He writes all of his songs, and they all have a message. He has been coming to Farmfest from the very beginning.



Watching for Foxes

Watching for Foxes is an indie/folk rock band from Grand Rapids, MI. Forged through raw emotion and incessant gigging, supporting the likes of Langhorne Slim, Larry and His Flask, Joseph, Saintseneca, Roadkill Ghost Choir, and Knox Hamilton, Watching for Foxes creates a passionate and striking sound that you won’t forget.

John Sinkevics, Local Spins: "Could Watching for Foxes be the next great indie band to come out of Grand Rapids? The band has been making its mark on West Michigan's emerging folk revival scene with its striking harmonies and incisive, rootsy lyrics."

Nate Dorough, Fusion Shows: "One of the hardest working and most ambitious bunch of dudes writing sad music in the state of Michigan."







The Waxies

In 19th-century Dublin, a union of cobblers (known as "waxies" for their waterproofing wax) grew famous for throwing wild parties to spite the rich townsfolk and their extravagant caravans. Then, in 21st-century Grand Rapids, a new incarnation of The Waxies came together to incite some revelry of their own. A folk lineup combined with rock energy make for a knock-down, drag-out, hell-of-a-good-time show. Since The Waxies' birth in 2007, their continued success is ensured by their contagious enthusiasm, loyal West Michigan fanbase, and niche in the region's thriving roots music scene. Experience The Waxies by downloading the latest album, Down with the Ship, or seeing a local show!




Yoga with Erika Shenk-Tessin

Erika was born and raised in Traverse City, after leaving to travel and explore for about a decade, she came back home to Traverse City in 2004. Erika has been drawn to yoga since she was a young teen. After sustaining a substantial neck injury in her early 20’s she had to abstain from yoga for about a decade.

In 2014 Erika took yoga teacher training at Shanti School of Yoga under Kelly Stiglich, and became a insured 200-RYT with Yoga Alliance. She believes that yoga can reach to all aspects of life and get you through anything that life puts in your path. Erika is especially fond of vigorous Vinyasa, Hatha, hot flow, Yin, gentle and Restorative Yoga.

Most days you’ll find Erika teaching or taking classes around town, baking in her kitchen, playing in nature with her husband and kids, gathering with friends and family, tending to/preserving garden goodies, and rock hounding the local beaches.




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