Advance tickets are on sale now for the mid-June festival at Circle Pines Center, with Joshua Davis, The Accidentals, Mustard Plug, May Erlewine, Last Gasp Collective and more pumping up the bill.
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Much-beloved, rootsy New York band Donna the Buffalo will rev up its West Michigan herd by headlining this year’s Buttermilk Jamboree, a family-friendly festival being held June 15-17 south of Grand Rapids.
The group celebrating nearly three decades of blending folk-rock, Zydeco, reggae and bluegrass will be joined at the eighth annual Buttermilk Jamboree by Chicago Latin folk-rock band Radio Free Honduras and a bevy of popular Michigan acts, including Joshua Davis, The Accidentals, Zion Lion, Mustard Plug, May Erlewine, Last Gasp Collective, Luke Winslow King and more.
“The lineup is top-notch, best ever,” insisted Ken Wylupski, booking organizer for the three-day festival of music and art at Delton’s Circle Pines Center, midway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. “As my friend Mark Humphries likes to say, ‘We’re churning it up for Buttermilk.’
“We’re really excited to have Donna the Buffalo as our festival headliner. Their fan base here in West Michigan should definitely help put us over the top for attendance this year.”
AN ‘ALL-STAR LINEUP’ OF MICHIGAN ACTS AND NEWCOMERS
Adding to that, he said, is “a true all-star lineup” of Michigan artists, selected from more than 130 submissions, something that’s a “reflection of the growing popularity of Buttermilk,” which attracted more than 2,000 attendees last year.
Donna the Buffalo, led by Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear, has released 10 albums since 1989 and will headline Saturday night’s performances at Buttermilk. Charlie Baran and Radio Free Honduras, who take Honduran Punta music and mixes it with Spanish Flamenco, rock, jazz fusion and Latin country music, will headline Friday night. Traverse City singer-songwriter Joshua Davis headlines the Sunday lineup.
The 2018 lineup also boasts festival newcomers such as emerging Kalamazoo Celtic ensemble The Founding (recent winner of a WYCE Jammie Award), Grand Rapids dance/soul band The Dacia Bridges Project, Kalamazoo hip hop/R&B band Last Gasp Collective, northern Michigan singer-songwriter E Minor and Gobles singer-songwriter Andy Baker, among others.
EARLY-BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW
The weekend festival once again will also feature workshops, local food, craft and merchandise vendors, a craft beer and wine tent, children’s activities and overnight camping.
Early-bird weekend tickets — $85 adults – are on sale now through April 15, after which advance ticket prices for adults increase to $100. The at-the-gate price for the June 15-17 weekend is $120. There are discounts for children; see all the ticket details and prices online here.
Advance tickets are available online or by calling 269-623-5555.
Others performing at this year’s Buttermilk Jamboree:
Madcat Midnight Blues Journey, Covert Operations, Slim Gypsy Baggage, Nadim Azzam, The Change, Megan Dooley, Cold Mountain Child, Kaitlin Rose, Micah McLaughlin (Muteflutes), Jive at Five, Fauxgrass, The Founding, Billy Davis, Big Dudee Roo, Hawks and Owls, Jack and the Bear, Fable the Poet, Luna Blu, An Dro, Channing & Quinn, Ralston Bowles (who will also host the Big Bill Broonzy/Pet Seeger tribute set), Rachael Davis, Schrock Brothers, Serita’s Black Rose, Dede & the Dreamers, Delilah DeWylde, E Minor, Chirp, i.am.james and a few more yet to be announced.
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VIDEO: Donna the Buffalo (Live)
VIDEO: Radio Free Honduras (Live)
VIDEO: Joshua Davis (Live at Paste Studios)
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