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Fauxgrass
Grand Rapids, MI

Long Description: The Fauxgrass approach to music, original and traditional, has quickly landed them a place in the progressive bluegrass community since their 2011 inception. With a fresh, playful, and heart-felt approach to structure Fauxgrass performances flow between genres with unique instrumental communication. The current members consist of Adam Balcer (guitar, vocals), Tim McKay (bass, vocals), Joey Schultz (banjo, vocals) and Jason Wheeler (mandolin, vocals). They have toured extensively through the mid-west, Colorado, and northeast coast, as well as establishing themselves as a regular presence in the Michigan music scene. They are continuing to build momentum as their unique songwriting and fun performances find enthusiastic reception around the region. Their creative approach to a familiar musical style is a breath of fresh air, and something worth experiencing for the acoustic music lover.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Fauxgrass/
Website: http://www.fauxgrassmusic.com

Flint Jubilee Chorale
Flint, MI

This vocal group first performed together during the FIM’s African American Heritage Month performance in February of 2006. Comprised of outstanding solo voices, the chorale includes current and former voice instructors from the Flint School of Performing Arts, as well as members of the community.

Website: http://www.thefim.org/affiliated-organizations/flint-jubilee-chorale

Arlow Xan
Flint, MI

Arlow Xan is an ethereal folktronica duo that weaves together plaintive Appalachian melodies and bouncing 808s, slinging banjos, guitars, synths, concertinas, dulcimers and drum machines in their mission to transport listeners to their unique and beautiful world.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArlowXan
Website: https://arlowxan.com/

Covert
Flint, MI

Covert, the exciting musical collective based out of Flint Michigan, continue to work hard at establishing themselves as heavy contenders in the healthy music scene happening in Michigan and throughout the Midwest. Covert’s music is Rock and Roll shaped with the help of influences from Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Gospel, Soul and Reggae; with lyrics and vocal harmonies crafted and intertwined within the melodies. They play lengthy sets, no two ever being the same, with improvisation and segues that keep those in attendance dancing on their toes. Covert’s growing and loyal fan base continue to help spread the music, and plays a vital role to their live performance. A Covert show is a place for people to come together in song and dance in what may best be described as a celebration of life.

Covert Productions, the half that is responsible for Covert’s sound and light has been chosen by promoters in Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana for festivals ranging from 500-5,000 in attendance. Clients include Michigan Peace Fest, Dunegrass, Quarry Breakdown, Hoodilidoo, End of Summer Love In, Hash Bash, Monroe Street Fair, Melon Kamp, GLCC, Dope Logo Fest, Camp Terrapin, Whippersnap Music Festival, Michigan Rock & Brew, Wuhnurth Music Festival and many more.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CovertBand/
Website: http://www.covertband.com/

Who Hit John?
Kalamazoo, MI

Performing, jamming, and busking since 2006, Who Hit John? has tenaciously evolved from their beginnings as an old time string band playing on the street corner for tips. Incorporating Gypsy Jazz, Swing and European flavors into an already eclectic collage of barnstorming old time originals and traditionals they blend old world music with a vibrant breath of excitement and soul. Expect fanciful fiddle and trumpet melodies over a thick core of acoustic rhythm.
Whether dealing out dirty and greasy southern blues, high and lonesome bluegrass serenades, or trumpet driven New Orleans flavor, Who Hit John? keeps the home fires burning, carrying on the tradition of American roots music. All five members write and sing, providing a wealth of material and influences. Who Hit John? always bring audiences something exciting and new.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whohitjohn/
Website: http://www.whohitjohn.com/

The Waynewood Boys
Detroit, MI

Corn belt meets rust belt with The Waynewood Boys, a bluegrass quartet made up of Detroiter Hugh Fader, rural Illinois-bred Tom Megli, and southeast Michigan natives Mike Francis and Keith Buchanan. Megli’s spot-on guitar chops mixed with Fader’s hard-driving banjo set the band’s tone, while Francis’s energetic fiddle and mandolin work and Buchanan’s rock-solid bass lines keep it rolling. Entrancing vocals with crisp harmonies complete the picture to make for a high, lonesome, Motor City-influenced sound.

The Boys’ repertoire includes traditional bluegrass and country numbers from legends such as Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers and Jimmie Rodgers. The smart melodies and lyrics of original compositions like Fader’s tragic tale of infidelity and dismemberment, “One Arm Jake,” and Megli’s melancholy ballad, “Train” offer insight into the creative minds of these seasoned musicians. Supplementing their tight musical performances, their on-stage humor and wit engages the audience and keeps them smiling throughout each show.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/waynewoodboys/
Website: https://www.reverbnation.com/thewaynewoodboys

Rootstand
Everytown, MI

For over ten years, Rootstand has set course from the uplands and urban jungles of Michigan to seek their fortune on the seas and sounds of the roots of America and beyond. From fair shores to foul weather, Rootstand has remained stout-hearted; an honor that is reflected in the strength of its crew.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rootstand/
Website: http://www.rootstand.com/

Don Julin’s Mr. Natural Project
Traverse City, MI

Don Julin, author of the best selling “Mandolin For Dummies” (Wiley 2012) has developed a reputation for being one of the most eclectic mandolin players/teachers on the scene today. Based in Traverse City, Michigan, Don has been playing, teaching, and writing music with the mandolin for over 30 years.

As a performer, Don has toured Europe multiple times playing jazz and original compositions. He has been in a variety of regional bands ranging in style from Honky Tonk, to Reggae, to an acoustic Frank Zappa cover band. The last two years were spent living out of a van playing over 400 “maximum bluegrass” gigs from coast to coast with Billy Strings.

As a performer, Don has toured Europe multiple times playing jazz and original compositions. He has been in a variety of regional bands ranging in style from Honky Tonk, to Reggae, to an acoustic Frank Zappa cover band. The last two years were spent living out of a van playing over 400 “maximum bluegrass” gigs from coast to coast with Billy Strings.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/donjulin/
Website: http://www.donjulin.com/

Black Jake and The Carnies
Ypsilanti, MI

The idea for Black Jake and the Carnies came to Jake in 1999, when he had an ecstatic vision of a band playing fast-paced music on traditional instruments, full of entertaining gimmicks, props, and crowd interaction,” says the band. “The original incarnation of the band started in 2002, and played one disastrous Halloween Show before breaking up. Jake kept the vision alive and kept writing songs over the next four years until one day in 2006 he decided to get a band back together. A few guys who knew some guys down the street eventually turned into a new Black Jake & the Carnies overnight. Through various line-up changes over the years, they’ve continued to deliver Jake’s vision to the delight of unsuspecting audiences in both the U.S. and Europe.

The band, comprised of Black Jake (banjo, vocals, songwriting, tambourine / bass drum pedals), Wally (hand percussion, vocals), KK (guitar, vocals), Big Lip (clarinet, sax), and Ozzie Andrews (upright bass, banjo bass, sousaphone), are five hard-working men from Washtenaw County, Michigan who wallow in the imagery of sideshows and carnivals. “When you grow up in a small town, you have hair down your back and everyone’s a redneck, you get called a freak a lot,” Jake told Detroit’s Metro Times in 2011. “So I get attracted to the outcasts, the freaks, being somebody who’s on display.”

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackjakeandthecarnies/
Website: http://www.blackjakeandthecarnies.com/