Mockingbird, will be performing all the best Irish pub songs in celebration of St Patrick’s Day season, on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Box Factory for the Arts. Opening for Mockingbird will be Steve Brundage, “The Man in Black”, who will perform several Irish themed selections.
Mockingbird, made up of Dolores Landeck, John Tolhuizen, and Mike Mason, is truly a "Genre Busting" band. Every Gig is a party. They will be performing such Irish favorites as: Danny Boy, When Irish Eyes are Smiling, Molly Malone, Whiskey in the Jar, Fiddlers Green, All for me Grog, The Wild Rover, The Gypsy Rover, The Irish Rover, I’ll tell Me Ma, Take Her up to Monto, and others.Originally formed as an Irish-American bar band, Mockingbird returns to its roots for a select number of Irish performances during the St. Patrick’s Day season each spring.
Ed Bagatini’s New Quintet takes the stage once again at the Box Factory for the Arts on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. The small band with the sounds of a big band consist of Leader / Writer / Arranger Ed Bagatini on trombone; Dino Jackson on French Horn / Flugelhorn / Arranger, Jay Handy on Guitar, Tim King on Double Bass, and Jim Allen on Drums renditions of great standards of jazz and big band musicians.
Mark Dvorak, “Chicago’s official troubadour”, will be performing with special guest Andy Burd on Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. Dvorak’s songbook ranges across the American heartland. His show is “funny, passionate, intimate and unforgettable.” Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind evening.
Since 1981, Dvorak has performed in nearly all the United States and has visited several countries in Europe. His concerts are a mix of the familiar and the new, traditional folk and standards from the American songbook. With nothing more than his voice, his guitar and banjo, for more than three decades he has never stopped performing, writing and recording. His original songs are described as "wondrous" and "profound."
The Blue Water Ramblers repertoire comes right out of our Michigan life experiences and the history of the Great Lakes region. It includes lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmers’ paeans, Michigan humor, 60’s civil rights and protest music, love songs, gospel music and children’s ditties. Everyone agrees that these combine into a versatile- repertoire to the delight and entertainment of their audiences.
Banjo-Jim Foerch is a founding member of the regional touring band “Beats Settin’ Home,” Banjo-Jim was busy pickin’ and singin’ all over the Midwest for 20 years between 1982 and 2002. He says singing the songs of Michigan, America and our lives to all the people we meet on tour is the best thing he’s ever done. “Everyone I ever met here in Michigan or around the Midwest is proud of our home state and our country. Our songs express that pride the best way we know how- by getting us all singing together!”
R. H. “Bear” Berends holds down the rhythm with his big, black six and twelve string guitars. As with so many baby boomers he started strumming guitar and singing folk songs in high school in the sixties. “I wanted to sing with Banjo-Jim, so I learned all his songs and taught him mine and here we are,” he explains. Whether delivering the lead line of a love song or harmonizing with his solid baritone, Bear sculpts the Blue Water Ramblers’ sound.
Tom DeVries has been entertaining all over the Midwest since his early twenties. Between 1979 and 2001 Tom was the front man for the popular Michigan bluegrass band, The Hill People. When asked why he loves picking with the Ramblers these days, he responded, “There’s nothing I’d rather do than find a good song, work it up with the boys and deliver it to an enthusiastic audience, and that’s what the Ramblers are all about!”
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