Live music in Michigan’s great outdoors got rolling this past week with the first Rogue River Blues and Summertime Blues shows, Rockford Start of Summer and Buttermilk Jamboree. Revisit them in photos.
Music headed into the great outdoors last week and cloudy, rainy weather didn’t deter Michigan stars or their fans from getting into the spirit of things. Check out the reviews, photos and a video below.
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HANNAH ROSE & THE GRAVESTONES: Rogue River Blues Series Kick-Off in Rockford
Skies were overcast but the crowd came out in full force once again, packing Garden Park along the Rogue River in Rockford for the kickoff to this year’s United Bank Rogue River Blues Series starring Rockford’s own Hannah Rose Graves and her band, The GravesTones.
And as usual, Graves and company delivered crowd-pleasing, dance-inspiring sets of their soul-infused rock, blues, funk and folk as attendees and series organizer (and Blues Brother look-alike) Steve Jazwiec looked on.
This week, the series continues with a performance by Harper & Midwest Kind starting at 7 p.m.
PHOTO GALLERY: Hannah Rose & The Gravestones in Rockford
Photos by Anna Sink
JAKE KERSHAW, HANK MOWERY & THE HAWKTONES: LAV Summertime Blues in Walker
Beer, corn dogs and sweet blues: What more can you ask for on a Wednesday night?
Despite dodging some rain, this year’s edition of the WLAV Summertime Blues series, presented by Preferred Credit Union and Orion Construction, kicked off Wednesday at the DeltaPlex Arena parking lot in Walker.
Although the threat of rain reduced turnout for the season opener — especially when it comes to bikers — Grand Rapids’ Hank Mowery & The Hawktones opened things up with hundreds of folks watching in lawn chairs, jamming their catchy tunes with energetic guitar solos twisting back and forth to finger-flying piano work, topped off by Mowery’s groovy harmonica.
“Its a guaranteed good evening,” said attendee Tom Stevens. “I like the beer, food and listening to great blues music.”
The rain didn’t stop Jake Kershaw from rocking the series for the third year in a row. Kershaw may only be 18 years old, but he is no amateur when it comes to his jaw-dropping guitar-playing.
“We have been following Jake for about three years now and he’s just awesome,” said fan Marta Souter. “He’s so young and has been playing like this for years. He makes it look so easy when in reality it’s not.”
Added Dean Kline: “We like Jake Kershaw. We saw him back several years ago when he was just a side act and now he’s headlining and we like it even more. He tears it up.”
And Wednesday’s show included a special treat: With Kershaw temporarily taking over on drums, drummer Chip Hebert brought his girlfriend on stage and proposed to her in front of the crowd. – Autumn Babas
PHOTO GALLERY: Jake Kershaw, Hank Mowery & The Hawktones for LAV Summertime Blues Opener
Photos by Derek Ketchum and Molly Long
PHOTO GALLERY: Melophobix at Start of Summer, Rockford Brewing Beer Tent
Photos by Anna Sink