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Lonesome & Blue

Lonesome & Blue (L&B) is a classic and original hard-driving bluegrass band that features instrumental virtuosity and traditional bluegrass singing. The band’s new compact disc, Out of the Blue, received three nominations at the Detroit Music Awards last year and gained the group recognition via radio airplay throughout the United States. L&B has just increased to a five-piece ensemble, producing a larger sound with more versatility. Last year, the group performed at folk festivals, bluegrass festivals and a wide variety of outdoor and indoor concerts.

 

Madcat & Kane

Harmonica virtuoso Peter Madcat Ruth and guitar wizard Shari Kane joined forces in 1990. Since then, they have been touring nationally and internationally, delighting audiences wherever they go. Their repertoire includes blues, folk music and a touch of jazz. “Madcat & Kane is simply the best blues duo on the scene today. The dynamic interplay that occurs between Shari Kane’s guitar and Pete Madcat Ruth’s harmonica is astounding.” (Eureka Springs Blues Festival)

 

Michael Angelo

“It’s amazing what he has going on, just one guy and a guitar.” (Rolling Stone.com) That’s what people say when they see and hear singer/songwriter/guitarist Michael Angelo perform. Having toured extensively the past four years throughout the northeast, east coast and southern states promoting his music, he has proven music is the universal language. There are no barriers, he and his music connect to people of all ages and all status. Songs are written and performed from his heart and soul. Angelo’s quick-witted humor, cynicism and pensive side come through loud and clear in his music. Using words in a way only he does, his distinctive voice makes him stand out from others. Whether it be rock, folk, pop, country or blues, it is definite that Michael Angelo does it all and in a style undeniably his.

 

Patricia Pettinga

Patricia Pettinga blends folk, blues and original music in a performance that entertains, moves and involves audiences, reflecting her penchant for humor and her experience in education and theater arts. Her performances—just right for coffeehouses, festivals and concert halls—appeal to all ages. Pettinga will also create theme shows for schools, businesses and nonprofits and present workshops on songwriting and creative expression. Partner Bill Willging adds a second guitar and vocal harmonies to performances.

 

Robert B. Jones: “Blues for Schools”

Using a variety of traditional instruments, songs and stories, Robert B. Jones conveys to his audience the importance of Black folk music in America’s musical culture. Blues, spirituals, work songs, field hollers, chants, freedom songs and ballads are all a part of Jones’ presentations. His performances are educational, enlightening and fun. “Wherever he rambles, he’s doing what he loves—not just singing the blues but teaching and preaching them.” (Neal Rubin, Detroit Free Press)

 

Travelin’ Blues

Travelin’ Blues is a musical storyteller whose life experiences add to his performances of country and urban blues. His repertoire includes everything from authentic plantation songs to his own compositions. From his Mississippi Delta heritage to his years as a street performer in Detroit, Travelin’ Blues puts together programs that captivate audiences of all ages.
 

 

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