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

June 28th

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

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”.

The Schrock Brothers with Madcat

July 5th

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.

Elvis Tribute by Jake Slater

July 12th

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.

The Benzie Playboys

July 19th

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!

Ben Traverse

July 26th

A new local talent makes his debut July 27 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 2nd

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.

Michael Trixx- Rockin' Magic Show

August 9th

August 9th brings the debut of Michael Trixx and the Rockin' Magic Show! With a background in music Trixx combines his two passions, Rock N' Roll and Magic to give an unforgettable performance. Live doves and parakeets appearing and vanishing from thin air, levitations, confetti blizzards, and fire magic second to none all make for a rockin' good time. Check back as we add more information. 

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Wally Pleasant

August 16th

Our concert on August 16 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 as Ted 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!

Awesome Distraction

August 23rd

Awesome Distraction is a trio from Manistee, Michigan who have been together since 2011. 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!


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