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WHAT?

Live music on the bay! Internationally renowned musicians perform blues, jazz, and zydeco music with food vendors cooking up southern style cuisine (from Michigan ingredients when possible!). Ticket prices include admission to the event and live/silent auctions. Food, alcohol, soft drinks, and merchandise will be available for separate purchase. Fundraising proceeds benefit Grow Benzie's community center and partner programs (Learn more at GrowBenzie.org).


>>> FUNDRAISER ALERT <<<

SILENT AND LIVE AUCTION INCLUDES CERTIFICATES, TRIPS, KAYAKS, AND MORE!


*** Bring blankets and beach chairs for the grassy, amphitheater seating ***

*** No outside coolers/beverages- alcoholic beverages available for purchase and (free) water filling stations and iced tea available ***


WHEN?

Friday, July 30th, 2021

4:00pm-11:30pm

Doors open at 4:00pm

RAIN OR SHINE, NO REFUNDS


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES?

Email [email protected] for details on how to lend a hand to receive free admission.


SCHEDULE?

5:00pm: Luke Winslow-King

Luke Winslow-King is a New Orleans-based guitarist, singer, producer, and songwriter. His work is Luke Winslow-King has collaborated with New Orleans legends and wunderkinds alike, including the late Dr. John, John Boutté, Roberto Luti, Little Freddy King, Washboard Chaz, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and George Porter Jr. In addition to holding down residencies at numerous notable venues on Frenchman Street and releasing six studio records over the course of nine years, he has toured extensively in North America and Europe, appearing on notable stages such as Austin City Limits, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Azkena Rock Festival (Spain), Paradiso (Netherlands), Maverick Festival (UK), and countless more. According to the Austin Chronicle, “[Luke] doesn’t shy away from biting into his heartbreak with gusto…he demonstrate[s] a wide range of songwriting worthy of comparison to Jason Isbell and John Fullbright.”

Luke Winslow-King’s latest album, Blue Mesa, is an example of craftsmanship at the highest level, radiating a warmth and timeless elegance. Adept at mixing country, blues, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and folk influences intuitively and masterfully, Luke shapes a mood from many sources and shepards it to a unifying place of acceptance and hope. Look out for Luke’s new album out on Ghost River Records to be released Spring 2022

“Seamlessly melds Delta blues, gospel and jazz themes with personal, simplified lyrics that speak to his personal and artistic evolution.” — The New York Times

(VIDEO HERE)


6:30pm: Airey B & her Blues Troupe

Twenty-three-year old Airey is bold, impressive, and bodacious. A singer/songwriter as well as guitar player and pianist. Her voice is captivating, expressive and emotional. She invokes the spirit of the first ladies of the blues like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith & Lizzie Miles. A breath of fresh air, she helps to revive the true spirit of the blues for generations to come. Now backed by a group of excellent-musicians that include veteran Detroit trumpeter and singer James O'Donnell, saxophonist Ryan Bills, and the strong young rhythm section of bassist Jeff Cuny and drummer Karen Tomalis.

(VIDEO HERE)


7:30pm: Community Toast & Recognition

7:35pm: Live Auction


8:00pm: Jazz North

Jazz North is a little Big Band comprised of area professional musicians that play classic swing, Latin, funk, blues, ballads, originals, and "danceable jazz". Most of the group met playing in the Northwestern Michigan College jazz band and began performing as a septet under the name of Jazz North in the winter of 2004-05. Jazz North has performed throughout Michigan at venues such as Milliken Auditorium, the TC Elks Club, Traverse City Country Club, Friday Night Live, WNMC radio “Jazz from the Tradition”, InsideOut Gallery, Traverse City Film Festival, Little Bohemia, Fountain Point Resort, The Homestead, The Old Art Building in Leland, the Grand Traverse Pavilions, and in concert at the Manitou Music Festival Dune Climb. The group has also provided music for dancing at wedding receptions from Grand Rapids to St. Ignace.

(LINK HERE)


9:45pm: K. Jones & the Benzie Playboys

Celebrating two decades of delivering the roots sound of southwest Louisiana’s Creole, Cajun, and Zydeco music to the Great Lakes region, the Benzie Playboys continue to build their fan base with live performances for two-steppin’, waltzes, and smoking red hot zydeco dancing.

(VIDEO HERE)


WHERE?

Elberta Amphitheater (@Elberta Waterfront Park)

1120 Furnace Street

Elberta, MI 49628

*** Bring blankets and beach chairs for the grassy, amphitheater seating ***

Stones throw across Betsie Bay from Frankfort

32 miles from Chum's Corners (US-31/M-37)

14 miles from Honor (US-31)

17 miles from Crystal Mountain (M-115)

34 miles from Manistee (US-31)

59 miles from Cadillac (M-115)

106 miles from Petoskey (US-31)

151 miles from Grand Rapids (US-131)

420 miles from Calumet Theater, Keeweenaw (M-41/I-75)


WHO?

Everyone is welcome!


HOW MUCH?

$25: Advance Tickets

(Available online until midnight of 7/29 or @ Grow Benzie's Monday Market from 2-6pm)

$30: General Admission: (available at the door)

$10: Age 13-18

Free: Ages 12 and under

*** Bring blankets and beach chairs for the grassy, amphitheater seating ***

RAIN OR SHINE, NO REFUNDS


QUESTIONS?

231-882-9510 or [email protected]

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Venue Information

Elberta Outdoor Amphitheater
1120 Furnace Street
Elberta, MI 49628
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Organizer Information

Grow Benzie


5885 Frankfort Highway
Benzonia, MI 49616
(231) 882-9510

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