The Bandura Gypsies rocks a unique blend of style and sound. The lyrics and melodies are totally emotion-driven, and the foundation is totally power-driven. The Gypsies write about what’s goin’ down now, what’s bringing the joy, and what’s bringing the pain. From acoustic folk songs to rock-the-house-down, from ballads to punk jams, The Bandura Gypsies have a song for you, and are loved by music fans from 8 to 80. Music for Everybody.
Shawn Elizabeth- songwriter/acoustic Guitar/ Lead vocals; Tony Fox- Drums/Vocals; Bill Welsh- Lead Guitar; Scott Mills- Bass Guitar
Chris Crown / Lee Kitzman
Chris Crown and Lee Kitzman have been performing as a Blues duo for 5 years. They met at an Open Mic at Alpena’s own Black Sheep Pub. They soon began performing together at festivals, up scale restaurants, Art Gallery showings, and house concerts. You can often find them on the street on Friday nights with the Alpena Street Performers which they founded 5 years ago.
Eric’s music is featured on a Rounder Records anthology titled “Rebel Voices”. Well known as an accomplished finger style guitarist, his performances are influenced by blues, jazz, Latin and roots music. As a teen, he encounted the music of Lightning Hopkins, and was totally hooked from that point on. Eric has been practicing the universal language of music for over 40 years, all over the South and Midwest, playing in clubs, at festivals, and has worked in pit bands for Broadway Shows.
Franzen is a simple acoustic storyteller. His love of folk music was nurtured in Chicago's folk clubs in the early 1970s and in an old country church in Southern Illinois in the mid-'70s. As part of his career in the news media, he researched and wrote about history. He won awards for some of those stories. It took him 30 years to combine his twin loves of folk music and Great Lakes history. Now, his stories are those of Great Lakes; lighthouses, lake boats and shipwrecks. He sings the stories of people long forgotten. He has published three books and recorded four cd's of his Great Lakes ballads.
Wolf Creek Release
Amy and Randy Mason of Wolf Creek Release are a roots centered husband and wife duo. Stripped down, and back to basics, they have been performing together since they first met in 1987. Formerly members of the bands Under The Influence and Liquid Cooled, they changed directions in 2013 when they formed Wolf Creek Release, and decided to delve into country, folk, acoustic rock and to perform original music. Randy provides the steadfast rhythm guitar, with melodic arrangements in his own fingering style. Amy is a lyrical poet, and has won numerous vocal awards including the top female vocalist in the North East Michigan Music Awards in 2012. Amy rounds out the arrangements with acoustic guitar and keys.
The Blood Money Men
The Blood Money Men are an eclectic trio hailing from their home town of Alpena Michigan. Singer/songwriter Ian McConnell plays guitar, bringing unusual tunings and sometimes unusual instruments to life for the group. Kris Cooper plays percussion and Jim Gunderson plays bass and sings backup. The blues, rock, and soulful folk oriented band plays original music almost exclusively, a rarity for most modern acts. With several years now under their belt, they have created art that will stand the test of time. Be sure to make The Blood Money Men a priority in your must see bands list of 2018.
Joel Choate Sr
Joel Choate is an accomplished performer with a sincere and riveting style all his own. He owns Joel’s Guitar Shop in Alpena where he hosts jam sessions and gives guitar lessons. He frequently helps us out as an emcee on the Barn Stage.
The North Country Burnouts
North Country Burnouts is a loose collective of seasoned Musicians inspired by North East Michigan’s sights, sounds, and attitudes flavored with traditional American music. Helmed by Southern exile Charles Adlai Madison on vocals and guitar, Matt Brege on drums, David Rude(Everything Kills, The Legacy, Human Wreckage, Dr. West)on bass and Mark Tarsney on guitar and vocals. The group features local artists such as Holden Brisson(Conor Larkin band) Ian McConnell(Blood Money Men, Local Ninja, Furmunda) and Conor Larkin(Bobbing for Piranhas) in various roles. The Burnouts formed in spring of 2018, making their festival debut at The Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in Marquette, MI this July. They are currently writing and recording their first album, due for an early 2019 release.
Devin Deville and Friends
Country Folk with the Texas twang.
Traveler of the Midwest born to exiles of Detroit’s collapse, and alumnus of blues bands, jangly college rock groups, punk bands and freak-folk experiments. Tech support for the public library by day, and guitarist, singer and songwriter by night. Wide ranging tastes and influences from early jazz and swing through classic and alternative rock, indie folk and psychedelia. Lover of the lo-fi DIY aesthetic as well as the polished masterpieces of pop music legends; aiming for your heart with intimate and cathartic writing in one hand and soul-pleasing ear candy in the other.
Great Lake Effect
Dan Ludwig: Guitar and bass player for over 40 years. He has written and recorded a number of instrumental pieces of music and songs over the years. He has returned to Alpena and has formed the band, Great Lake Effect.
Ann Griffin: She cannot imagine a life without music. She has played at nursing homes and hospitals and believes music has amazing healing powers. She has since moved back to Alpena and enjoys writing songs.
Jeremy Smith: Born in Saginaw, MI, Jeremy has lived in California, Missouri, Arizona, Minnesota and overseas for two short tours with the military. He is currently in the military and had traveled every 2-3 years before settling down in Alpena. He has over 25 years of experience as a lifelong musician on drums and percussion. He has also played with many local and international musicians in these various locations.
Dward Grant: He plays the electric bass with Great Lake Effect.
Originating from the Alpena area, local band Chippewa Thrills plays little something for everyone. Sydney Dodson, the vocalist of the group, sings smooth and soulful melodies. Josh Kozlowski adds surf rock and blues riffs in each song with his unique stylings on the guitar. His brother, John Kozlowski, the percussion and drummer, provides rock solid rhythm and a steady beat, keeping the band in sync with every measure. Performing wide variety of music, such as Classic Rock, Folk, Indie, and Acoustic Stylings, you will enjoy listening to their one of a kind sound.
Mostly original music written and performed by Ian McConnell (vocals, keyboard, mandolin, uke etc.). Brad Corpus joins in with deep tones on the bass. Mia Hauff supports with vocals, cabasa, and other percussive instruments. It's hard to pin down just what genre this group performs. Some is rock, jazz, blue grass, folk, blues etc. This band from Alpena, Michigan, has a truly unique sound
Bridge from Below
Joel and Cynthia started their musical journey just a few short years ago but it has been a literal labor of love. What started as a simple crush would turn into a bond that few people truly understand, these two are a couple both on and off the stage. These two blend schools of music just as easily as they blend genres. As last years performance proved, the loss of power during their set didn't slow them, they stepped of the stage to play acoustically in the crowd, you never know what to expect.
Michigan born artist, craftsman, and musician Rich Rider has been an integral part of the Alpena art/music scene since moving here in 2014. His melodic free flow pick and slap style of guitar playing is one of a kind. His set list consists primarily of original songs and a fresh musical reconfigurement of select main stream covers. Rich's instrumental stylings paired with lyrical story telling will surely delight your senses. To find out more about his Cajon Drums, Art, Music and more please visit Sound Idea - art -home - music on FB.
Eric Dunckel. A proud resident of Haynes Township, Eric enjoys playing the upright bass and performs with several groups in the Alpena and Alcona County areas.
Jim Miller. Jim lives in Mikado. He is an enthusiastic drummer who is a very familiar performer in the music scenes in Alpena, and throughout Alcona County.
Kim Casey. Kim Casey resides in Alcona County. She is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who has recently been named to the Michigan Touring Arts Directory.
Downside and Away
Downside and Away is a local, up-and-coming, and talented teenage band influenced by Punk Rock, Indie music and the Blues. In mid 2017 Downside and Away gained a steady following after playing at many events in and around Alpena; Open mic's, The Lane Barn, The Fresh Palette, Downtown Alpena, The French Road Bash, Hootenanny, The Thunder Bay Folk Festival (past 3 years) and the Thunder Bay Folk Society fundraiser Spring Fling.
Ben Loewe (lead singer - songwriter) and Archie Cornelius (self-taught drummer) are the original members who after many years of practicing in their parents basements formed a band that now includes Gage Smith (bass player) and Ernie Livermore (rhythm guitarist). They have come a long way! #DownsideandAway.
Mostly original music written and performed by Ian McConnell (vocals, keyboard, mandolin, uke etc.). Brad Corpus joins in with deep tones on the bass. Mia Hauff supports with vocals, cabasa, and other percussive instruments. It's hard to pin down just what genre this group performs. Some is rock, jazz, blue grass, folk, blues etc. This band from Alpena, Michigan, has a truly unique sound.
Laura Frawley is a singer/songwriter who has played at a number of venues throughout Michigan. She is a regular at Harmony Weekend Art Fair as well as the Alcona County Fair. Laura also does children’s music in Alcona Schools, churches and pre schools. She likes clever lyrics and songs that tell stories about who we are and where we are going.
A radiologist for 26 years at Alpena Regional Medical center I am now retired. I have played with Dave Larkin in our group House Call since 1997 and am a member of the Alpena Street performers. We co host a campfire sing along in the summer at the Beach House on Grand Lake and I perform at Medilodge in Alpena. Recently I joined the Life Long Learners Ukelele class and perform as the Alpena Ukesters. I play folk music by Simon and Garfunkle, Jim Croce, James Gordon, Harry Chapin, Dan Fogelberg, Peter Paul and Mary among many others.
Donna Klein is a singer/songwriter currently living in Ocqueoc Township. She was a staple on the Florida folk circuit before moving to Michigan in 2005. In addition to performing in concert and at festivals, she produced and hosted a concert series featuring songwriters from around the USA.
A variety of styles go into creating Donna’s songs. After all, variety is the Spice of Life! Folk, Blues, Rock, Pop, Metal and Jazz are just a few of the flavors to savor. Her music is an adventure that explores philosophy, relationships, the human condition, humor, global and environmental issues... Satisfying and deliciously different, her style has been described as progressive, dynamic and alternatively acoustic.
In addition to writing and performing, Donna also teaches music from her in-home studio. Connect with Donna through Facebook (donnakleinmusic and donnakleinmusiclessons) and through donnaklein.com.
I've been writing and performing Rock and Roll professionally since before 1985 all over Michigan. From Detroit to Lansing, from Standish to the U.P.
I've mostly played the front man in several bands and have been keeping J.E. and The Legacy alive since 1989, "keeping the Classics alive!"