The Manistee Jaycees have announced their Roots on the River summer concert series lineup for 2017! Every Thursday night in July and August, you can enjoy free music at the Manistee Jaycees Bandshell, located at Veterans Memorial Park on Memorial Drive, across the street from Dial-A-Ride.
Here is a sample of what you can look forward to this season! Keep an eye on our calendar of events this summer for all of the details. We hope to see you there!
July 9, 2017 – Escaping Pavement
About Escaping Pavement:
The Detroit, Michigan-based duo masterfully blends and blurs the lines of bluegrass, folk, country, and rock garnering favorable comparisons to artists as diverse as The Band, tastemaker/producer T Bone Burnett, The Civil Wars, and Emmylou Harris. Their unique, joint front-person arrangement that showcases their lush vocal harmonies is combined with melodic mandolin passages and hard driving guitar rhythms. When all of these elements collide, they allow for astounding musical interplay.
July 13, 2017 – TBA
(We will update this space as soon as we know more!)
July 20, 2017 – Awesome Distraction
About Awesome Distraction:
Originally formed in 2011 by Nick Veine and Kyle Garber from Manistee, they have continued to impress audiences with their harmonies and musicianship. They truly make up an Awesome Distraction. Recently they have brought in a young powerful singer named Chloe Pepera also from Manistee, whose voice brings people to their knees. She is truly a talent and an awesome addition to Awesome Distraction.
July 27, 2017 – Lincoln County Process
About Lincoln County Process:
The Lincoln County Process, featuring Jen Sygit, Sam Corbin, Geoff Lewis, and Joe VanAcker, is a Roots/Blues band based out of Lansing, MI. After years of touring as an acoustic duo, Jen and Sam expanded their collaboration, eventually forming the electric band they are today. With soulful vocals and rich harmonies, the group brings a new sound to their wide selection of original music.
August 3, 2017 – Appleseed Collective
About Appleseed Collective:
Formed in 2010, The Appleseed Collective has become a force of nature powered by their local community and developed by a strong sense of do-it-yourself drive. In an age of corporations and climate change, the band’s commitment to buying & selling local, eating from gardens, and being their own bosses has led to the kind of success that feels simply organic.
August 10, 2017 – North Carolines
About North Carolines:
Caroline Barlow from Raleigh, N.C., and Kurt Westie, originally from Bloomington, Ind., make up local band The North Carolines, a folk outfit brand new to the scene as of just last year. The pair’s common thread – pardon the expression – is that they’ve both worked on music projects with Billy Strings, who actually facilitated their meeting.
August 17, 2017 – Roosevelt Diggs
About Roosevelt Diggs:
It is not only heart, but blood that unites the core of Roosevelt Diggs. At its base: Two brothers, Levi and Logan Duddles, who have spent a lifetime creating and writing music together. With the addition of the musical backbone of Jon Shears on the upright bass and Jared Behl on percussion, they transformed from two brothers picking on stringed instruments to a band with a fire inside.
August 24, 2017 – Cousin Curtiss
About Cousin Curtiss:
Cousin Curtiss is a multitalented artist who excels in high energy performances blending Americana, Blues, Quasi-Electronica, and Root-Stomp sounds. His lyrics often tell a straightforward story, driven with aggressive finger picked guitar melodies, rapid fire John Popper-esque harmonica solos, and a bassy backbone via his self-made stomp box. Using a looping pedal, Cousin Curtiss artfully layers each of his instruments to create a one man band sound.