Thunder Bay Folk Society geared up for Jam III

The Thunder Bay Folk Society, founded one year ago this month, already is planning its third musical jam event. Called Jam III, it takes place Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Brush Creek Mill in Hillman and will feature a full line-up of musicians.

Scheduled to perform are:

  • 3 p.m. Danny Wicks
  • 4 p.m. Charles Madison
  • 5 p.m. Eric Glatz
  • 6 p.m. Ian McConnell
  • 7 p.m. Russ Franzen
  • 8 p.m. Road Kill Jack

Each musician will play a 30-minute set, with time in between for other local musicians to take the stage and play a few songs as well. Refreshments also will be available on site at this non-alcoholic venue.

Suggested donation for Saturday’s Jam III is $5 per person. Proceeds from the event are earmarked for the first ever Thunderbay Folk Fest, planned for Sept. 26-27.

The society’s two previous Jam events raised more than $1,000 each, which President Lee Kitzman said will help quite a bit with the upcoming two-day festival to be held on the Antique Tractor and Steam Engine grounds.

“The proceeds from these events will enable us to provide funding for the up and coming Folk Fest,” Kitzman said. “And we hope the Folk Fest will become an annual event and something that folks will be able to look forward to.”

When the society formed last year, its mission became to broaden awareness and bring additional cultural and educational opportunities to Northeast Michigan with a focus on traditional arts and music. Already, interest in the organization appears solid with membership currently standing at around 90.

“I think we’ve really come leaps and bounds since we formed,” said Kitzman, adding that the society is now incorporated with non-profit status currently pending.

Besides the Jam events, the organization also has helped to sponsor community Contra Dances at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Alpena. These have been well attended with more than 75 turning out to participate in the dances.

The society also sponsors a Tribal Drum Circle that performs on the first Sunday of every month at the Black Sheep Pub in downtown Alpena, and according to Kitzman, draws a regular following. Additionally, the group is looking to create another new event.

“We want to organize a community sing connected with a potluck,” Kitzman said.

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