Porcupine Mountains Music Pageant returns to Ontonagon County subsequent week after three-year hiatus


After three years’ absence, the Porcupine Mountains Music Pageant returns to the winter sports activities advanced for the sixteenth time at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Ontonagon County.

The Aug. 26-27 pageant – identified for its huge number of musical types starting from Americana, bluegrass and folks to R&B, rock, blues, world music and extra – is offered by the Mates of the Porkies, a non-profit group that helps and promotes the state park. The Michigan Arts and Tradition Council additionally helps the pageant.

Organizers have been onerous at work for the reason that final pageant, which was held in August 2019.

“The downtime was very difficult for us,” stated Chery Sundberg, pageant director. “The previous three years gave us time to look at our personal private commitments to the pageant, to check its future, and to make the changes wanted to assist us return recent and robust, with the demand for reside music now higher than ever.”

The pageant is staffed by a handful of year-round volunteers and greater than 50 occasion volunteers.

Tickets price $95 for a two-day go. Each day passes can be found on the gate for $50. Tickets for kids ages 7-12 are $10 for both a two-day or single-day go, and youngsters underneath 6 are admitted freed from cost when accompanied by a mum or dad or guardian.

The pageant might be held rain or shine. A Recreation Passport is required for entry to the state park. Park staffers might be promoting passports close to the pageant entrance.

This 12 months’s pageant headliners’ schedule is:

Friday, Aug. 26: JigJam will do a particular Q & A session contained in the Chalet at 6 p.m. EDT and can hit the stage because the opening day headlining act at 8:30 p.m.

JigJam, a multi-award-winning group from the center of the midlands in Eire, blends the very best of conventional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana in a brand new style which has been branded as ‘I-Grass’ (Irish-influenced bluegrass). The band’s onstage power together with its member’s virtuosic musical skill has captivated audiences all through the world.

Band members Jamie McKeogh and Daithi Melia hail from Tullamore, Co. Offaly in Eire with Co.- Tipperary-born Gavin Strappe comprise the Irish members of the band. An injection of Scottish power is added by Calum Morrison and Daniel Hunter to round-off the quintet. All 5 members grew up immersed in Irish conventional music and tradition, which is mirrored by the band collectively reaching over 20 All-Eire titles at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann competitions.

The band has developed its personal distinctive musical model influenced by American folks music, whereas staying true to their Irish roots. Described as “the very best Irish group up to now in bluegrass,” this sharply dressed outfit delivers an energy-fuelled, foot-stomping reside efficiency. All multi-instrumentalists, JigJam’s members swap between banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins and double bass onstage, which creates an expertise pleasing to the eyes and the ears.

JigJam has recorded and launched three studio albums – Oh Boy! (2014), Howdy World (2016) and Phoenix (2019) – in addition to a reside album – Dwell in Tullamore (2017). The band has made a big impact on the Irish-American music circuit, performing as a headline act in any respect the most important festivals, together with the world-renowned Telluride Bluegrass Pageant in Colorado and Milwaukee Irish Fest in Wisconsin, in addition to touring varied components of the UK and Europe.

A group photo of the Slambovian Circus of Dreams is shown.

Saturday, Aug. 27: The Slambovian Circus of Desires first performed on the Porkies in 2007 and might be making their eighth look on the Porcupine Mountains Music Pageant because the closing headlining act at 8:30 p.m. EDT.  

Providing up a mix of rootsy, “rockin’ psychedelica,” the Slambovian Circus of Desires has been increasing the borders of the Americana music style with their unbelievable tales and performances for the reason that late Nineties in Sleepy Hole, New York.

The band’s music is equal components Washington Irving, Woodstock and British Invasion. Their reference to audiences, whether or not younger or previous, faucets right into a higher humanness and is actually charming. Components of Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Unimaginable String Band, Syd Barrett and The Waterboys taste the group’s musical combine.

This must-see band is beloved by audiences, musicians and critics alike. The New York Occasions stated, “They take the stage by storm!” The All-Music Information referred to as them “Merely one of many best American bands.” Garth Hudson, multi-instrumentalist for The Band, stated “Longo is an superior songwriter.” Jim Pons, one-time bassist for the Plastic Ono Band, referred to as the group “The most effective band since The Beatles.”

Particular musical visitors to the pageant embody the Worldwide Bluegrass Music Affiliation’s 2022 Entertainer of the Yr nominee, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, shaped within the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee; together with the high-energy Madison, Wisconsin band Armchair Boogie, outlined by their pickin’ expertise and infectious grooves on levels all through the nation.

Different pageant performers embody The Talbott Brothers, Ariel Posen, Charlie Parr, Raye Zaragoza, Lilli Lewis, Erik Koskinen, Luke Winslow-King and Heather Maloney. For a extra laid-back really feel, go to the pageant’s really all-acoustic (no electrical energy) Busking Barn, providing day by day jam periods and 25 completely different musicians on its magical stage. Headliners on the indoor Chalet stage embody Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold, a Q & A Workshop with JigJam, folks singer-songwriter Sofia Talvik of Sweden, together with eight further acts performing over the 2 days. The pageant additionally encompasses a youngsters’s space providing actions throughout each days of the pageant. 

The Porcupine Mountains Music Pageant made state historical past in 2005 when it turned the primary music pageant to be staged inside a Michigan state park. The Mates of the Porkies group that presents the pageant, is a nonprofit that represents the pursuits of all customers of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is Michigan’s largest state park, with 60,000 breathtaking acres of pure magnificence, positioned in Ontonagon and Gogebic counties. Ontonagon County is rural and picturesque, with wondrous pure environment. The county is house to greater than 40 miles of Lake Superior shoreline, hundreds of acres of state and federal land, a group lighthouse and a wealthy mining and Native American historical past. Ontonagon County additionally boasts Michigan’s and the Midwest’s largest span of virgin hardwood maple/hemlock forest positioned throughout the boundaries of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

For extra info on the Porcupine Mountains Music Pageant, go to PorkiesFestival.org or name (906) 390-2295. To be taught extra about Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, go to Michigan.gov/Porkies and to find extra details about the Mates of the Porkies, go to Porkies.org.



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