Wheatland Music Festival returns this weekend

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 4:59 pm on Wednesday, September 07, 2011

A view of the stage from last year's Wheatland Music Festival. This year's festival will take place Friday through Sunday in Remus.

REMUS— The 38th annual Wheatland Music Festival will take place Friday through Sunday at the Wheatland grounds in Remus.

Tickets can still be purchased by phone at (989) 967-8561 before 5 p.m. Wednesday. Sunday only tickets may be purchased after 8 a.m. Sunday at the Pierce Road gatehouse.

This year’s performers include indie/folk/world band Abigail Washburn & The Village; Celtic band An Dro; punk/bluegrass band Black Jake & The Carnies; old time string band The Freight Hoppers; world/roots/Americana band The Red Sea Pedestrians; bluegrass guitarist and Grammy winner Peter Rowan who was guitarist and lead vocalist for Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys; The Starlight Six featuring Seth Bernard, Dominic, Josh and Rachael Davis, May Erlewine and Mike Shimmin; juke joint/swing man Wayne “the Train” Hancock; and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, a Grammy-winning blues vocalist, harmonica player and drummer who’s best known for playing with the Muddy Waters band.

A medley of Michigan artists will usher in Sunday morning’s first set with a gospel hour. Rhythmic Circus will perform a percussive and tap dance program Sunday afternoon.

Throughout the weekend, festival-goers can take part in hands-on traditional arts workshops from flutes and whistles, banjo, dulcimer and fiddle to drop spindle spinning for younger folks. Activities for the whole family at Kids Hill include stage performances in magic and storytelling and workshops for learning to play congas, the jaw harp or the bones.

Festival-goers will want to pack their dance shoes to take part in tap, clogging, tejano, square and contra dance workshops at the new, expanded dance pavilion.

“Whether coming for the entire weekend or Sunday only, attendees will find dozens of traditional arts workshops, concerts and demonstrations to enjoy, along with impromptu jam sessions, arts and crafts and, a wide variety of unique food vendors across the 160-acre site,” said Publicity Manager Kim Croy. “Wheatland brings cultures and traditions to its audiences from across the continent and abroad.”

For more information, visit www.wheatlandmusic.org online.

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