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2011 Porcupine Mountain Music Festival Day 2 


Saturday the seventh annual Porcupine Mountain Musical Festival entered its second day. With more beautiful weather the festival attendees were treated to a great day of music in the beautiful porcupine mountains.

The Porcupine Mountain Music Festival made Michigan history in 2005 by becoming the first music festival to be held in a state park. The Friends of the Porkies organization that presents the festival is a nonprofit group that represents the interests of all users of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The park is a popular tourist attraction, with a breathtaking 60,000 acres of natural beauty located in Ontonagon County.

Friday the first day of the festival ended with a great finale when Rita Hocking and Cousin Jack performed . Rita was named winner of Best Country Album (Vox Pop) in the 2010 Independent Music Awards. “Come Sunrise,” Hosking’s third album, was recorded in Austin, Texas with producer and guitarist Rich Brotherton (Robert Earl Keen, Caroline Herring). “Come Sunrise” launched Hosking onto the international Americana scene.

Saturday would be a big day at the music festival. Eleven great acts would be appearing on the two festival stages. Throughout the day amateur and local talents would also be performing at the Busking Barn, that we will be reporting on in separate article.

Appearing on the Peace Hill Stage Saturday were: The Back Room Boys, Charlie Parr, The Guy Mendilow Band a festival headline act, is led by Israeli performer Guy Mendilow; also on the Peace Hill Stage was Ray Bonneville who was a crowd pleaser just one day earlier, the Pines, and the day’s grand finale headline act Mountain Heart, a fantastic group that wowed festival goers in 2008 and has won, or been nominated, for Grammys, ACM, CMA and multiple IBMA Awards. Mountain Heart has appeared on the revered stage of the Grand Ole Opry in excess of 125 times.
Between performances on the Peace Hill Stage the entertainment continued uninterrupted with performances on the Singing Hill Stage. Saturday’s performers at the Singing Hill Stage were: Doris and the Daydreams, perennial favorites Seth Bernard and May Erlewine. Two groups that had wowed the crowds on Friday returned to the Singing Hill Stage on Saturday to do it all over again; The Red Sea Pedestrians, a unique and very talented group, and Hoots and Hellmouth, an amazing group from Pennsylvania. This foot hand clappin’, foot stompin’ group electrified the audiences in all three of their weekend appearances.

Closing out the day’s performances on the Singing Hill Stage was D.B Rielly. The Press Releases sent out prior to the Festival opening described D.B. as “rootsy”. If you like Folk Music and born before 1960 then “rootsy” might be the best word to describe this wonderful singer. He has a great voice and lots of talent. For folk purists he is the real thing.

Back Room Boys

The Back Room Boys - The Back Room Boys is a collection of long-time Copper Country musicians whose musical journeys have carried them into an eclectic mix of genres ranging from folk and blues to dixie, gypsy and jazz. Its members, who have played together in a variety of configurations for more than a decade, include Oren Tikkanen, on banjo, guitar and vocals; novelty percussionist Randy Seppala; Bob Norden, on trombone and vocals; and John Munson, on clarinet and sax.



Charlie Parr

 Charlie Parr of Duluth, Minnesota plays original and traditional folk and Piedmont-style blues, accompanying himself on National resonator guitars, 12-string guitar and banjo. Parr was raised in Austin, Minn, in a household that prized traditional American folk music and his style bears the influence of hours spent listening to country blues records and Smithsonian/Folkways field recordings. Charlie has performed publicly since 1988 and he has shared stages and opened concerts for Haley Bonar, The Black-Eyed Snakes, Baby Grant Johnson, Dan Rumsey, Paul Metsa, Dakota Dave Hull, Cam Waters, Bob Brozman, Catfish Keith and Greg Brown.

Charlie Parr



D. B. Reilly

Singer/songwriter, banjo/guitar player D.B. Rielly conjures up the various textures of the American landscape. It's American Roots Music.

“Rootsy, frequently very funny, witty and cynical, literate and often extremely dark, yet highly enjoyable, Rielly is definitely someone to watch out for..” — Country Music People magazine.



Doris and the Daydreamers

Doris & the Day Dreams - Doris & the Day Dreams is a musical trio from the Chicago area that was originally formed in 2008. The group is comprised of former members of Buster’s Dream, a quartet that began playing together in the late 90s and released an independent album in 2005. Each member of Doris & the Day Dreams has been influenced by their own unique musical influences, and together they offer an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary folk music, blues, jazz, swing and original compositions. The band members include Kathleen Ehrlich, who provides the vocal talent, as well as playing the concertina and various rhythm instruments. Linda Garrett plays acoustic guitar, banjo and sings backup vocals. Brad Fagala plays electric bass and acoustic guitar.




Guy Mendilow Band


 - Led by Israeli performer Guy Mendilow, the quintet makes this ancient music relevant to today’s audiences by recasting it through the lens of modern migrations. Drawn from the places Mendilow and his musicians have called home, from Israel and Brazil to Japan and the United States, the resulting music is a blend of haunting Sephardi, driven with Brazilian street beats and tempered with blues. It is vibrant musical storytelling awash with warm vocal harmonies, intricate textures and spellbinding rhythms. For Guy Mendilow, the music cannot be separated from the message. From his first touring experience as a boy, swapping songs with Ladysmith Black Mambazo as a vocalist with the American Boychoir; to currently thrilling the audiences at venues such as the Chicago World Music Festival or New York’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center; to building cross-cultural understanding through facilitating musical workshops with government education ministers from Palestine, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon; Mendilow and the Guy Mendilow Band continue to journey beyond musical boundaries, blending antiquity and modernity, and bringing an ancient music to new audiences.




Hoots and Hellmouth

- Philadelphia-based Hoots & Hellmouth blaze a trail forward in the name of progressive revival. Blending the twisted roots of American music in a fierce and fiery alchemy, this ragtag bunch seeks a revival of spirit. Soulful three-part harmonies co-mingle with acoustic guitars, a mandolin, an upright bass and foot stomps building a synergy that bursts from both stage and speaker with aural aplomb. "It's about bleeding, sweating, crying, rejoicing," the band’s Sean Hoots says of their work. "It’s alive!" The band also hopes to further unite their passion for music with an aim toward radical localism. Hoots & Hellmouth see every show as an opportunity to help strengthen a sense of local community among their audiences. Each stop along the trail garners new converts for the band as word continues to spread of their undeniably compelling performances. In the words of Hoots, "this music is at once a celebration and a mourning – championing the human potential to feel deeply and come together as a unified whole, while bemoaning the fact that much in modern life seems to work against just that. We strive to provide catharsis for damaged 21st Century humans and their environs...this is new music for old souls."



Mountain Heart

Mountain Heart is the band that has been fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music can be presented and played. The band’s name has been synonymous with cutting-edge excellence in acoustic music circles since the group’s creation in 1999. Widely known throughout the music industry for continually redefining the boundaries of acoustic music, the band has gained legions of loyal fans both as a result of their superlative musicianship, and more notably, their incomparably exciting live performances.

As one of the most highly awarded ensembles ever assembled, Mountain Heart, or members of the band, have either won or been nominated for Grammy’s, ACM, CMA, and multiple IBMA Awards. They have appeared on the revered stage of the Grand Ole Opry in excess of 125 times and have shared the stage with acts ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montgomery Gentry, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Brad Paisley to Alison Krauss, Tony Rice, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain Stringband, Levon Helm, John Fogerty and Patty Loveless.




Seth Bernard & May Erlewine

Two Michigan favorites, Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, are well-known to audiences as single acts. Seth grew up surrounded by gardens, goats and stringed instruments just outside Lake City. He traveled around as a storyteller, point guard, sax player or singer/guitar player in bands with names like "Freesoil", "King Lear and the Gothic Monks" or "the Pagoda Trees". Seth recorded his first album at his guitar teacher's home studio. Born into a family of musicians, May Erlewine has been playing music all her life. She paid her singer-songwriter dues in her late teens with several years of hitchhiking back and forth across the U.S., always writing and playing her music. Now with four CDs to her name, May works a variety of venues, focusing on the Midwest and her home state of Michigan. Her inspired lyrics and powerful voice have a sweetness that delights audiences. In 2006 Seth and May released their first duo album, recorded in the historic Calumet Theater. April of 2007, the duo placed third in A Prairie Home Companion People In (their) Twenties Talent Show, out of 740 entries.





The Pines

Meeting in a Mexican barrio in Arizona, fellow Iowans David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey began playing music together, forming The Pines. Committing to a musical career, they returned to their Midwestern roots and settled in Minneapolis. The son of Greg Brown’s producer and sideman Bo Ramsey, Benson was surrounded by folk and blues music and continues to let those influences shine, even on louder electric songs. David also has a deep love for traditional music, and together the two of them craft music that evokes the ancient while incorporating newer rock and pop grooves. In 2004 The Pines released their debut self-titled album on the Iowa-based Trailer Records, establishing themselves as an emerging force in the roots music world with their haunting blend of indie-rock, folk, and blues with intelligent lyrics. In 2007 The Pines released Sparrows in the Bell on the world renowned acoustic/roots label Red House Records. The album had critics buzzing and was named one of the top roots releases of 2007 by Q Magazine. With the release of Tremolo, their second release on Red House, The Pines continue to show their growth as artists as well as an unparalleled wisdom in their songwriting and musicianship. Steadily touring around the country, The Pines have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music including Bon Iver, The Holmes Brothers, Jolie Holland, The Arcade Fire, and Spider John Koerner.




Ray Bonneville

Ray Bonneville is a roaming blues poet, inspired by the road and the many other places he has called home—New Orleans, Colorado, Arkansas, Alaska, Boston, Seattle, Paris, France, Montreal and Austin Texas. Born in Canada and raised in the United States, Bonneville has lived all over. No place, however, has been more influential than New Orleans. Honing his craft for the last 30 years, Bonneville’s gritty storytelling and deep-grooving blues style has won him much critical attention. In 1999, Ray won the prestigious Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for his third album Gust of Wind. His fourth release, Rough Luck, was also nominated for the coveted award. With his 2004 Red House debut Roll It Down, Ray made himself a name in blues and roots music circles, garnering rave reviews from DownBeat and No Depression. He has toured all over the world, sharing the bill with such blues legends as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, J.J. Cale and Robert Cray and in 2007 wowed the music industry with his bring-down-the-house performances at the South By Southwest and Folk Alliance conference. A world-class guitarist, harmonica player and hard-hitting songwriter, it is no wonder that Ray has received rave reviews from blues, jazz and roots critics alike and can count among his fans such artists as Chris Smither and Ray Wylie Hubbard.




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