Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival set this weekend

MARQUETTE – The 35th Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival, featuring music, dance, crafts, food, and fun for the whole family, will take place Friday through Sunday.

This year’s anniversary also includes everyone’s favorite babysitter, a swimming area with a lifeguard, on the newly reconstructed lake at Tourist Park in Marquette.

The festival’s main stage roster includes eleven accomplished local, regional, and national performers. Bonsior Catin, a band of women from Lafayette, La., plays an energetic, passionate, heart-felt mix of Cajun styles.

Solas is Seamus Egan’s dynamic, acoustic Irish music group; and Craver, Hicks, Watson and Newberry from Raleigh, N.C., will be playing old time mountain songs.

Other important acts on the Hiawatha stage include song writers John Gorka and Antje Duvecot; the Costabella Cloggers; bluesman Charlie Parr, and the Royal Garden Trio, a swing ensemble from Ann Arbor.

Jonathan Rundman, an Ishpeming native, plays in Kiavama, a Finnish music duo, and the Door Cats are a local band from Marquette.

The 35th Hiawatha Festival begins with a Get Acquainted Dance on Friday night at 7 p.m. (Eastern time) with sets by Craver, Hicks, Watson and Newberry; the Royal Garden Trio; and Bonsoir Catin.

A full schedule of activities begins in earnest on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and continues through Sunday until 10 p.m.

Workshops each day will include a mix of local and main stage performers. There will also be a Children’s Area with music and crafts, special activities for teens on Saturday night, and a variety of food vendors as well. Another festival tradition is the Artists in the Round art and craft show and sale, coordinated by the Oasis Gallery in Marquette. And this year, there is also a Youth Artists Corner where young people, ages 7-17, will sell their handiwork.

To learn more about the festival or to purchase tickets online, visit the Hiawatha Music Co-op website at www.hiawathamusic.org.

Weekend tickets, camping registration, volunteer sign-up forms, and information about Hiawatha Music Co-op memberships are also available through the Music Co-op office at 129 W. Baraga Suite B, located just west of the Marquette Food Co-op and the U.P Children’s Museum.

Ticket can also be purchased by calling the Music Co-op at 906-226-8575 or e-mail info@hiawathamusic.org.