The first Buttermilk Jamboree since 2019 came off without a hitch with fan-friendly performances and a family-friendly atmosphere. Check out a recap and photo galleries.
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The final day of the Buttermilk Jamboree encapsulated the entire weekend of the first family- and fan-friendly festival at Circle Pines Center in Delton since 2019.
A stellar Sunday boasted performances from the likes of West Michigan’s Elisabeth Pixley-Fink as well as national touring act Selwyn Birchwood.
Sharing a tent with the lone festival beer trailer, folk-tinged singer-songwriter Elisabeth Pixley-Fink and special guest Samantha Cooper sweetened the crowd with light and airy folk cuts.
Sporting masterfully harmonized vocals, a violin and a reverb-soaked Fender Stratocaster, Pixley-Fink weaved a Mississippi sound into the calm West Michigan air. After their set, a lady from the audience yelled, “After you do one more, the next band can come on,” to which the crowd began yelling, “Do one more!”
Pixley-Fink agreed and gave the audience an entirely a capella rendition of Phil Phillips’ “Sea of Love.”
Meanwhile, Tampa, Fla., blues crusher Selwyn Birchwood and his band lit the surrounding forest ablaze with a stellar backing band and scorching guitar solos, pelted out by the talented frontman.
It was clear the audience was anticipating this performance, as individuals were up and ready to dance even before a single member had stepped foot on stage. Performing multiple songs from their new Billboard No. 1 album, “Living in a Burning House,” Birchwood provided the festival with jolt of electric blues.
“It worked out with the tour that we were doing for this week that we were able to come through, we ended up driving another five hours north from where we were last night, but when y’all make us feel welcome like this, it’s worth it,” Birchwood said.
Tying the bow on the weekend festival, Caribbean-infused reggae band Zion Lion sent the remaining festival attendees home Sunday night with an authentic curation of island vibes.
Zion Lion performed original tracks, along with a collection of covers by Ziggy Marley, Bob Marley, Lucky Dube and more.
Although the crowd was slim, with the festival winding down, Zion Lion finished Buttermilk with a flourish.
For full coverage of Day 1 of Buttermilk Jamboree: Buttermilk Jamboree returns with eclectic Day 1 of music, positivity
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