Each July, since 1984, the Hiawatha Music Co-op has invited musicians, families and guests from near and far to come to Tourist Park for a weekend of traditional music concerts, workshops and informal jam sessions. They call this the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival. In the past 30+ years, families have grown, children have grown, babies have come and now one will find many campsites with 3 and even 4 generations of family members, passing on the love of American traditional music.
This year’s music promises to once again please everyone with local, regional, national musicians and world traveling musicians. The Mainstage on Saturday and Sunday will feature the music from Cimarron, Red Tail Ring, The Henrie Brothers, The Claire Lynch Band, Stolen Sweets, Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys, The Jeremy Kittel Trio, Les Poules a Colin, Guy Davis, and The Dead Pigeons. Music genres range from bluegrass to old timey to swing to Celtic/Irish to blues and individual singer/songwriters.
The Festival will kick off with the Friday-night dance, starting at 7 p.m., with foot stomping and lively dancing featuring the Stolen Sweets and the Henrie Brothers. In addition, most Mainstage performers, as well as local and regional musicians, will present small workshops throughout each day on Saturday and Sunday.
In the Teen Scene, Hiawatha’s younger set will enjoy dance and workshop appearances by the return of crowd pleaser, The Dead Pigeons and Tin Can Gin. Both bands will be featured at the Saturday night ‘Teen-only’ dance. Crafts and other activities designed for teens will also be featured. The youngest Festival-goers will enjoy a busy line-up in the Children’s Area, with child-friendly crafts and activities, including the return of Todd’s Musical Petting Zoo.
Another important Festival tradition is the Artists in the Round art and craft show and sale. As always, this years artisans will offer a wonderful assortment of wares. This year, the Festival will also feature a Young Artists Corner that will feature juried craft show and sale.
A variety of food vendors will also be on hand to provide hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner fare as well as snacks and beverages.
To learn more about the Festival or to order tickets on-line, please visit the Hiawatha Music Co-op website at www.hiawathamusic.org. Tickets, camping registration for weekend ticket-buyers, volunteer sign-up forms and information about Hiawatha Music Co-op memberships are also available through the Music Co-op office at 129 W. Baraga Suite B in Marquette. Expanded pre-Festival hours begin May 31st and are noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, through July 14th. Or you may call the Co-op at 906-226-8575.