Concerts in the Park Artist Spotlight

Join us for Concerts in the Park, Monday nights in July & August.

Concerts begin at 7:00p and are free to the public. We gladly accept donations for this event online and during the concerts. 

Bring lawn, chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, family, children, friends, etc.  

 

Rain Venue is the Onekama Community Schools Cafetorium. Decision will be announced on our 1, - Onekama Facebook page at 5pm the day of the concert.  

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The Schrock Brothers with Madcat, an established Michigan-based Americana roots/blues/folk/rock family ensemble featuring the soulful lead vocals and family harmony of brothers Andrew and Jasen,

with Papa Mark Schrock. They are joined by Michigan musical legends Peter Madcat Ruth on harmonica, Drew Howard on pedal steel and electric guitar, and Michael Shimmin on drums. The band has performed in numerous clubs, breweries, festivals and concerts over the years. 

Andrew Schrock is a well known Michigan front man in his own right, playing numerous gigs around the state of Michigan and the US at large with his bands Funktion and The Mainstays. He is a gifted soulful singer and songwriter and holds down the bass lines in the Bros Band. 

Big brother Jasen Schrock brings his years of stage experience in Chicago musical theater and the neo-swing

scene of the ‘90’s to the band. Jasen belts out the R & B, blues, and ballads for the band, strumming the family Martin acoustic guitar.

Multi-instrumentalist Mark "Papa" Schrock is a veteran of the Michigan scene, and has performed in a range

of Americana- roots bands since 1974. In the Schrock Bros he contributes as a singer-songwriter and plays

electric guitar and mandolin.

Grammy award-winning Peter Madcat Ruth has established an international reputation through his

exhilarating, riveting virtuosity on the harmonica. He is equally at home playing blues, folk, jazz, country, or

rock and roll. He has enjoyed a long musical association with the extended Dave Brubeck family, and currently

tours with Chris Brubeck's 'Triple Play'.

Drew Howard is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and sideman with more than 35 years of stage,

session, and music production experience. He plays electric and pedal steel guitar. In 2010, Drew was honored

with a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Instrumentalist.

Celebrated drummer Michael Shimmin is one of the most in-demand percussionists in the state of Michigan

and beyond. Well versed in the styles of jazz, world, folk, rock, and classical music, Mike provides the perfect

settings for the brothers wide repertoire.

July 1st

The Schrock Brothers with Madcat

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The Rough & Tumble are as easy to detect as a stray dog on your doorstep-- and as difficult to send home. Formed in 2011, this thrift store-Americana duo, consists of Mallory Graham & Scott Tyler, folkies as industrious as they are scrappy, releasing five EPs and two albums in their 8 years. In 2015, the couple sold everything they

couldn’t store in boxes small enough to fit in Mallory’s sister’s spare closet, quit their day jobs, admitted they were in love, and bought a camper to venture on the open road, playing shows nationwide.

With their menagerie of classic and homemade instruments, they have been rambling around the country in their 16’ camper with their dogs since then. The Rough & Tumble’s 2018 release We Made Ourselves a Home When We Didn’t Know, brought the listener to the road, an album described “as cozy, comfortable and inviting as a well-worn couch.” Catch them online at www.theroughandtumble.com.

July 8th

The Rough & Tumble

Miriam Pico and David Chown features a couple of our favorite local musicians. With her talent, spark and smile, it is easy to see why audiences all over the country rave about Miriam's unmatched vocal versatility and songwriting. Miriam is a professional, touring singer/songwriter based in Traverse City, Michigan. She began

her career as a vocalist at the age of eleven, singing for weddings and church services.It is easy to fall in love with the joy Miriam exudes from onstage, a joy she can't help but feel every time she sings. "Singing has always been what I love to do. It just makes me happy. The fact that my music spreads that happiness to others

makes me feel incredibly grateful."

A proud native of Puerto Rico, Miriam is fluent in Spanish and always welcomes the opportunity to sing in her first language. Miriam's greatest source of pride and motivation is her family. She is the wife of guitarist, Ryan Younce and the proud mother of three children, who she is raising in her hometown, Traverse City, Michigan. Miriam is also the creator and teacher at Little Bird School of Song, a unique, bilingual music and movement class for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. For more information, check out www.facebook.com/littlebirdschoolofsong.

David Chown has been playing piano professionally for over 25 years. He has released seven CD’s on his

own label. David’s latest CD, “Somewhere Only We Know”, is his second collaboration with singer Miriam

Pico. David received a Bachelors of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University in, and a

Bachelors of Music in Piano Technology from Michigan State University. In between his college stints, David

toured Europe for a year, playing concerts and clubs.

Since settling in Traverse City, David started his company “Lookout Music Productions”, and owns and

operates “Lookout Music Productions Studio”, which is located at Building 50 at the Village Center, where he

teaches over 40 students and records and publishes music. David is also adjunct professor at Northwestern

Michigan College, where he teaches in the Audio Technology Department. David resides in Acme with his wife

Janet, son Dawson, daughter Kaysen, and cat “Millie”.

July 15th

Miriam Pico & David Chown

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The Scottville Clown Band joins us on the shores of Portage Lake for an evening of musical hijinks and mellifluous entertainment. The Band consists of musicians from all walks of life and all parts of the map. Their roots date back to 1903 when a musical group of Scottville merchants began to dress as hillbillies and entertained at local carnivals.

In 1947, after WWII, Scottville merchant Ray Schulte reformed the group and created what is still known as the Scottville Clown Band today. They hold just about every job imaginable, or are retired. Only a mere handful of members have a Scottville address. The rest come from all over Michigan, and beyond. Join the crowd for a grand evening of raucous fun from the Scottville Clown Band.

July 15th

The Scottville Clown Band

An Elvis fan since 6 years old, his interest in Elvis began when his grandparents acquired the Internet. While listening to an online 1950’s music channel, the sounds of “You’re So Square (Baby I Don’t Care)” echoed through the speakers. The artist’s name accompanying the song title was that of Elvis Presley. The light bulb lit up and the gene of Rock n’ Roll was switched on. Jake has become an award winning Elvis Tribute Artist who has performed all over Michigan, across the country, and as well as Canada. Jake performs all eras of Elvis’s music, the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s.

He has performed for audiences of all sizes, sold out shows, and for many wonderful causes.

Capturing the voice, moves, style, facts, and complete aura of Elvis, and keeping his memory alive, Elvis Tribute Artist Jake Slater will simply captivate and take you back to a time when rock and roll was at its purest and most influential  state. He will bring back memories for those who lived in the time of Elvis’ career and make new memories for younger generations.

July 22nd

Elvis Tribute by Jake Slater

Awesome Distraction is a trio from Manistee, Michigan who have been together for 7 years now. This Americana group is made up of Kyle Garber, Nick Veine, and Chloe Pepera. While they generally stick to a more acoustic folk-rock vibe, the versatility they add with guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, piano, keyboards, ukulele, drums, and percussion help to emphasize the great sound. Opening for Joel Mabus, the RFD Boys, Folk Greats Josh White Jr., Ellis Paul, and "Voice" alum Ryan Whyte Maloney have been just a few highlights in their budding career.

Kyle and Nick founded the group in 2011, and they already have four CDs under their belt, featuring a mix of popular covers and some of their own original harmonies and acoustic sound. Bringing Chloe into their

group in 2015, she was able to add a beautiful high harmony and a whole new level of performance to help them grow into their name.

We are very pleased that they are able to return to the shores of Portage Lake for another Monday Night Concert for these three truly make up an Awesome Distraction!

August 5th

Awesome Distraction

The Benzie Playboys play straight up zydeco and cajun tunes with button accordion and fiddle leads. Kirk Jones took up the single row accordion in 2000 and has since picked up on triple note accordion, and most recently, fiddle. He has studied at the Augusta Music Heritage program in Elkins, Virginia and the Dewey Balfa camp in Louisiana. In his spare time, he is the bee master his Sleeping Bear Farms and St. Ambrose Cellars. 

Jonah Powell has studied violin since he could walk. Word has it he was born with a bow in his hand. He plays in a variety of styles including bluegrass and rock.

Enthusiasm is Mark Stoltz’s greatest assest. He has traveled the country ceaselessly in search of good Louisiana dance music. He has studied for quite a few years with Mona Wilson, among others, and now teaches dance and plays rubboard. He is fondly known in these parts as “Big Dog”.

Jamey Barnard has been playing drums in bands for 45 years. He has played in rock bands, big band jazz bands, marching bands and trios. He grew up in Alton, Illinois on the Mississippi River near St. Louis. He spent 10 years in Chicago, recording and touring with Souled American as a founding member. He is thrilled to play Zydeco and Cajun music with Benzie Playboys, and is always learning.

Sean Dye on guitar has got the rhythm down and comes from a reggae band.

Doug Albright started playing music by picking up the bass, inspired to play basslines that bridge the musical space between rhythm and melody. Performing live since 13, he has played a variety of music from funk to bluegrass to traditional Irish, and used to play with the jam band Rootstand. Touring the state and country eventually brought him to home to northern Michigan, Zydeco & Cajun music, and the Benzie Playboys!

August 12th

The Benzie Playboys

Originally from California, Jim has lived, and played for audiences, in just about every major city in the U.S., including Hawaii (2 years courtesy of the US Navy) and Alaska. No one is quite sure if they kept running him out of town or if he was just moved by the strong winds of a restless tumbleweed nature? It’s said, “You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends.”

One night while playing at Mere Bulles on 2nd Ave, in Nashville Tennessee, the bartender handed Jim a note from a famous customer that read, “Jim, just a note to say how wonderful it is to hear you sing ~ you are blessed

and I find it so wonderful to hear people like you using your God-given talent. May all your dreams come true." Wynonna Judd

The long and short of it is, in his travels he discovered the beauty and quality of life of Northern Michigan, and though he didn’t know a soul,11 short years ago he brought his family here to start a new life. Since

then, Jim Hawley has become a well known musical figure in the area as a solo artist, performing regularly with his son, James Clark Hawley, III, and more recently with keyboardist, Jeff Currie. Jim is also a member of the well know group, “Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered” with Lawrence “Doc” Probes and his wife, Donna Wilson Probes, as Mary and also Jim’s “Remembering the music of Dan Fogelberg” Tribute show. On August 19th, Jim will bring you the best of our favorite piano men, Billy Joel and Elton John, another show you will not want to miss!

August 19th

Jim Hawley & the Piano Men; Elton John & Billy Joel

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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