For three days in October, Petoskey, Michigan will be the center of the harmonica world as the Great Lakes Harmonica Retreat takes place in our town with seminars by some of the best harmonica players in the word and exhibitions by the most renown harmonica merchants. Much of the retreat will take place at the Odawa Hotel but every evening the action moves to Red Sky Stage for a world class harmonica concert each night featuring the incredible faculty from the retreat.
Sandy Weltman -- While at home in the jazz realm, Sandy is equally skilled in blues, Celtic, Klezmer, Latin and much more. He learned much of his harmonica styling while under the tutelage of harmonica wizard Howard "Flecktone" Levy. He has since gained international recognition in the World Harmonica Competitions. Sandy has won numerous awards and is equally skilled on the banjo and ukulele. Sandy currently performs his unique style of harmonica jazz in a duo, trio, & quartet setting.
Sandy has performed with: Howard Levy, Brewer & Shipley, Bela Fleck, Bluegrass.
Todd Parrott -- Todd has been playing harmonica for 28 years, and has been blessed to perform and record with several artists. Growing up on the church pew in NC, he was exposed to lively music at a young age, and it wasn't long until he picked up his first instrument... the harmonica.
Today, Todd's soulful, gospel harmonica can be heard in churches and other events across the nation, as well as on many studio recordings. He's a regular teacher and performer at the annual Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica (SPAH) convention, and at many other harmonica workshops in the USA.
This concert is free to registered conference participants but admission to each concert is offered to others for $20 in advance or $25 at the door the night of the concert.