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.
Miriam Pico, David Chown and Laurie Sears
First up, on June 28 will be Pico, Chown and Sears; our good friends and fan favorites, Miriam Pico and David Chown, with the sparking addition of Laurie Sears, a versatile woodwind musician, performing with numerous musicians and pop artists such as Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Julie Andrews. In addition to frequent performances, she teaches privately and is on the faculties of the Interlochen College of Creative Arts Adult Band Camp and Northwestern Michigan College, where she is Director of Jazz Bands and an Applied Instructor of Woodwinds. Audiences will be thrilled by their ability to breathe new life into old standards, add new twists on pop, rock and blues songs, and rock out on Miriam Pico’s originals. She began her career as a vocalist at the age of eleven, singing for weddings and church services and has spent the past two decades fine-tuning her art, crafting new songs and expanding her repertoire. Miriam is a multiple time winner of both The Northern Express’ “Best Solo Artist” award and Traverse Magazine’s “Red Hot Best Singer/Songwriter” award. David Chown has been playing piano professionally for over 25 years. He has music degrees from both WMU and MSU, and has traveled through Europe with his concerts. Since settling in Traverse City, David started his company “Lookout Music ProductionsStudio”, which is located at the Village Center, where he teaches over 40 students and records and publishes music. David is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern Michigan College, teaching in the Audio Technology Department. His skill and warmth as a keyboard artist makes it a treat for all who come to hear him play.
The Schrock Brothers with Madcat
Following Independence Day, our July 5 concert will feature the rocking blues-based sounds of the Schrock Brothers Band featuring Madcat. They are a Michigan based family trio comprised of brothers Andrew and Jasen Schrock, with their father Mark "Papa" Schrock. Nothing quite like two brothers singing together but toss in their dad and you’ve got harmony magic! They write and perform songs in the Americana roots/blues/folk/rock tradition, and sing them with soul and sweeping three part harmonyaccompanied by guitars, bass, and mandolin. The Band features the trio plus Michigan musical legends Michael Shimmin on drums, Drew Howard on guitar/pedal steel, and Grammy Award winning Peter Madcat Ruth on harmonica. The band has performed recently at Earthwork Harvest Gathering and the Wheatland Music Festival, and over the years in numerous clubs, breweries, festivals and concerts. The SchrockBros offer original songs ranging in style from funky to rootsy. Each one writes, each one sings and the musicianship was superb. Pure entertainment from start to finish.
Elvis Tribute by Jake Slater
Monday, July 12 we bring back a recreation of the excitement of Elvis Presley, at the hands of Tribute Artist Jake Slater. Jake is a National and International award winning Elvis Tribute Artist that has performed all over Michigan, across the country, and as well as Canada. 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. Jake brings his recreations of three phases in the career of Elvis. He will bring back memories for those who lived in the time of Elvis’ career and make new memories for younger generations.
The Benzie Playboys
On July 19, zydeco brings on the good times with the Benzie Playboys, whose Cajun-seasoned tunes will have you clapping and dancing the night away. They are bringing the roots sound of southwest Louisiana’s Creole, Cajun, and Zydeco scene to the Great Lakes area. The Playboys are dedicated to keeping the Cajun/Creole music alive with live performances for two-steppin’, waltzing, and smoking red hot zydeco dancing. Cajun/Creole French lyrics are common in many of the tunes they sing in the tradition of Amede Ardoin, Bois Sec, Canray Fontenot, Boozoo Chavis, John Delafose, the Balfa Brothers, Iry LeJune, Dennis McGee and many others. The 10 Button Diatonic Accordion of K.Jones is the driving force of their music, with Jonah Powell on fiddle, Sean Dye on rhythm guitar, Jamie Bernard is on the drums, and Doug Albright on bass. Mark Stoltz is our man on the scrubboard driving the beat that will have you happily dancing the night away.
A new local talent makes his debut July 26 at the Monday Night Concerts --Ben Traverse, who entertains with old-time folk songs and stories. He is a classically trained guitarist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist with deep roots in Northern Michigan. After studying with the likes of May Erlewine, Joshua Davis, Seth Bernard, and many more, Ben has found his passion paying homage to the traditional music of the world. Drawing inspiration from Pete Seeger, the Clancy Brothers, Doc Watson, and a good chunk of the Folkways Records catalog, Traverse creates an eclectic mixture of stories and song.“Ben’s passion for music is unmistakable. From the onset of the first note,
Traverse creates magic! The future is bright with this one!” - Mark Lavengood “As a musician, Traverse is rooted in the past, forward thinking, and fully present. His foundation is solid and he cares deeply about music and people” - Seth Bernard
Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered
August 2 brings our friends Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered (Jim Hawley, Doc & Donna Probes) for an evening of our old favorites brought back to life for us to enjoy. Reviving many of the beloved hits such as “Puff the Magic Dragon, If I Had a Hammer, Blowin’ in the Wind,” and a host of others, these seasoned musicians dish up a smooth blend of authentic harmonies and 1960’s nostalgia. This high-energy show combines humor, class-A musicianship, costumes, show biz and audience participation for an unforgettable concert. In early 2010 the group met with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey and asked their blessing on the newly formed tribute band. Carrying on Peter, Paul & Mary’s tradition of promoting peace, love, justice, tolerance and social action, PPMR has helped raise over $200,000 for humanitarian causes since its beginning.
Monday August 9 will feature a longtime college favorite from East Lansing, making his debut in Onekama, Wally Pleasant. Wally was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of college students. Wally started mimicking his favorite rockers in the mirror with a cardboard guitar. Then, on his 14th birthday, his parents offered to pay for his guitar lessons. Soon he began writing his own songs, with such early classics as "Who Ate My Soup" and "Ouch."
After high school, Wally attended Michigan State University. At this point, he began performing at various open mic nights, each week writing new ballads at local coffee houses. His repertoire quickly grew to over 157 original songs. Now Wally's recordings have charted in the Top 20 nationally and his music has been featured on such syndicated programs as Acoustic Cafe, Dr.Demento, and The Difference, as well asTed Nugent's morning radio show in Detroit. Wally is the quintessential 'every man' who uses humor to pull the listener in and irony and sincerity to provoke thought and warm the heart. His live shows are like escaping to a planet where everyone is nice. And it's well worth the trip!
Our final concert of the 2021 Summer will be Monday August 16, featuring the Feral Cats, with Phil “Harmonicas’ Coryell on, what else, the harmonica and Monte Klein on guitar enjoys the rhythmic dynamics of their music -- stylings tinged with elements of bluegrass, ragtime, waltz, folk and blues. The Cats have been performing all over the area, thrilling audiences with their ‘authentic’ brand of rhythm and blues.