The announcement of the initial lineup for the June festival came the same day that Billy Strings revealed he’s mounting a February tour of Michigan with his dad. Get details at Local Spins.
JAN. 24 UPDATE: Tickets to all four “Family Strings” shows at Michigan venues sold out within minutes on Jan. 23.
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In one of the first summer festival announcements of 2020, Camp Greensky Music Festival has announced that its June lineup will feature Billy Strings, Lettuce, The Infamous Stringdusters and John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, along with sets by festival host Greensky Bluegrass.
The first bookings for the June 4-6 celebration at the Hoxeyville festival grounds in Wellston amid the Manistee National Forest also include Peter Rowan, Cha Wa, Wayword Sons, Della Mae, Luke Winslow-King, Jon Stickley Trio, Neal Francis, Full Cord, Grasshoppah, PHoffman and Dave Bruzza & Lyle Brewer.
Tickets — $75-$175 – for the third-year festival presented by Hoxeyville Productions are available online here.
Boston funk band Lettuce and the Nashville-based Infamous Stringdusters are playing Camp Greensky for the first time, while Michigan-bred, award-winning bluegrass guitarist Billy Strings – who just played a sold-out homecoming show on New Year’s Eve at Grand Rapids’ The Intersection – is making his third straight appearance at the northern Michigan festival.
Indeed, Billy Strings, whose real name is William Apostol, also announced today that he’s mounting a special “Family Strings” tour with his father, Terry Barber, that will hit four Michigan cities in late February and early March.
That tour kicks off Feb. 27 at Bay City’s State Theatre, followed by a Feb. 28 show at City Opera House in Traverse City, Feb. 29 at Ionia Theatre in Apostol’s hometown of Ionia, and March 1 at The Ark in Ann Arbor.
“My dad and I are hitting the road together for some intimate shows in Michigan,” Apostol declared on Facebook.
Apostol – who’s currently traveling in the South with his band as part of a sold-out U.S. tour – has credited his stepdad, Terry Barber, with inspiring his immersion in bluegrass and he tries to perform with him whenever he can.
Tickets go on sale Thursday (Jan. 23) at billystrings.com/tour.
And revisit Local coverage of Camp Greensky 2019 online here.
“All for Money,” the latest album from Greensky Bluegrass, by the way, was the most-played local/regional release at WYCE-FM in 2019. Check out the full Local Spins Hot Top 10 Chart for 2019.
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