The Steel Wheels bring their Slipstream Tour to Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo on Thursday, February 13. The Steel Wheels are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler’s unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four part harmonies complimented by Eric Brubaker’s fiddle, Brian Dickel’s upright bass and Jay Lapp on the mandolin and guitars. The band’s own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past yet boldly embodies the strength of powerful original song writing. They’ve named this tour to honor the roots musicians that have influenced them – created a slipstream for their creativity. In addition to their past hits, they’ll be performing some new unreleased songs that they’ve written during a very busy year that included sold out shows from coast to coast and the creation of Red Wing Roots Music Festival, their own festival in Virginia.
To All Banjo Pickers and Their Friends
Midwest Banjo Camp 2014 — our tenth camp — is coming up in June. We have just launched our newly designed web site, we have a particularly stellar staff on tap, and preparations are now fully underway for making the 2014 Camp our the best yet.
Here are the particulars:
Dates: June 6-8, 2014
Place: Olivet College, Olivet, Michigan
Times: Check-in opens 11 AM on Friday; June 6; Camp ends 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 8
Web site: www.midwestbanjocamp.com
What Midwest Banjo Camp is About: At MBC, you can study old-time or bluegrass banjo with some of today’s best players and teachers in both styles. You can also study bass, dobro, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin with top players and teachers (more on this below). Our program features hands-on classes, demonstrations, and two faculty concerts, and still leaves lots of time for jamming with your fellow banjo enthusiasts.The “Pre-Camp”: Our low pressure Pre-Camp Program takes place this year on the evening of Thursday June 5 and the morning of Friday June 6. It consists of staff-led jams, Q & A sessions, and demonstrations. Check-in for the pre-camp begins at 3:30PM on Thursday June 5.
Here are our banjo instructors for 2014:
Old-time Banjo: Cathy Barton Para, Riley Baugus,Bob Carlin, Adam Hurt, Michael Miles, Bruce Molsky. Joe Newberry, and Ken Perlman. Our old-time novices’ program is headed up by Chuck Levy.
Bluegrass Banjo: Janet Beazley,Charlie Cushman, Bill Evans, Ned Luberecki, Bill Keith, James McKinney, Alan Munde, Tony Trischka, and Pete Wernick. Our bluegrass novices’ specialist program is headed up by Paul Kovac.
- Bass: Tom Ball
If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. As usual, you can find more information, instructor bios, registration forms etc., on the web site: www.midwestbanjocamp.com .
If you’ve been following MichiganBluegrass.com for the last ten years, you might be wondering… what the heck is up?
Well, the truth of the matter is, we had a total site failure and lost all the previous material.
Now, of course, I had backups… but they were old and created so long ago that it was just so daunting a task to get them all up to date and running again. They were created when I was just learning how to create websites and I have been battling with it for years and just dreading the revamp and updating of the behind the scenes foundation of the site.
I almost thought about just throwing in the towel.
But I don’t want to do that. I love bluegrass and want to help support the bands and musicians, the venues and festivals. I’ve been doing this for years and I know that folks do use the site and appreciate it.
So, rather than to just upload an old copy of the old site and try to find the time to unravel and update it all, I think I’m just going to start fresh. Brand new.
I’ll be able to glean some information from the old HTML files, such as some jams and such, but I think so much is old and outdated, it might be better to just start totally new!
So.. here we go. If you have a band, venue, festival, jam, radio show, website, company or whatever that you think needs to be listed here on the site… please drop me an email! I will attempt to get it up here as quickly as possible! We will rebuild this site together, through the help of those out there interested.
Send to: MIBluegrass@Chekal.com
And in the meanwhile, you can always visit our Facebook page… www.facebook.com
Thanks for your help in the past and I look forward to the future of MichiganBluegrass.com
Bluegrass on the River Festival, 2013