Artists for the 2017 event are booking now. Check back as Farmfest approaches for updates.
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The Bandura Gypsies

Sponsored by: Barton Briley

The Bandura Gypsies rocks a unique blend of style and sound. The lyrics and melodies are totally emotion-driven, and the foundation is totally power-driven. The Gypsies write about what's goin' down now, what's bringing the joy, and what's bringing the pain. From acoustic folk songs to rock-the-house-down, from ballads to punk, the Bandura Gypsies have a song for you.

Beaver Xing

Beaver Xing consists of life partners Jonathan Beaver and Stacy Noonan. Their passion is connecting with others, especially children, through their music. They each play a variety of both conventional, and un-conventional instruments, and have a crowd-pleasing catalog of covers that spans many eras and genres, with a few originals mixed in. They are happiest busking on the streets of Michigan, and on beaches, at barbecues and in backyards. They bring an instrument "petting zoo" for crowd participation, and a free egg-shaker craft booth wherever they go.

The Blue Water Ramblers

The Blue Water Ramblers are lead singers who take turns harmonizing with each other to create the Blue Water Rambler tapestry of sound. Banjo-Jim Foerch sings of the sailors, farmers, lumberjacks, politicians and workers. Bear Berends croons the love songs and delivers protest songs old and new.

When it's time to dance, the Blue Water Rambler Dance Ensemble presents an evening of singing calls - lines, squares, rounds and reels sung to melodies old and new. If you've never participated in a traditional country dance, Banjo-Jim will gently show you what to do. And for you who do know a 'dosey do' from a 'left allemande', we'll keep you spinning and whirling til the cows come home! Woooooo-ee!

Brent Godfrey

Brent Godfrey is a singer songwriter based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brent also builds his own Canjos, Cigar Box Ukuleles and Guitars. He is currently working on his fourth CD of original material to be titled “Songlines” which will feature guest musicians from around the world, as well as his home made instruments.

A Brighter Bloom

Indie Folk-Pop music for the soul. Todd Aldrich and Lauren Onica make up the guitar/ keyboard duo hailing from the Northern woods of Michigan. A Brighter Bloom uses driving rhythms and soaring harmonies to tell stories of reflection, transformation and circumstance. They have an undeniable thirst for songs that morph and move to give their lyrics life.

Brotha James

Brotha James is a solo performer who brings positive energy and a contagious enthusiasm to each and every stage he performs on. He is currently performing all over the country using a method known as live looping: layering sounds through the magic of technology to create a full band effect. He isn’t the only performer out there doing this, but he has taken the technique and made it his own. While controlling the dynamics of the song, he utilizes his ability to rap and sing a hybrid of styles including pop, funk, reggae, dance and even a little bit of hip hop. He interweaves these different styles into the set and delivers a high-energy performance that takes the audience on a journey from start to finish. His passion for creating and performing music helps him engage audiences of all ages.

As a former member of FUNKTION, the Kalamazoo-based funk band, brotha James is a seasoned veteran on the scene. After three years of 150+ shows per year in over 20 states, brotha James has a great perspective on proper preparation for shows, connects with audiences of all types, and most importantly, gets them involved in the performance.

Each show features a drum breakdown where the audience is given percussion instruments to keep the beat while he solos on the djembe. There’s also a call and response section of the show where the audience will repeat what brotha James says over the top of a playing loop. Both are big hits with the audience and take up the energy in the room a couple of notches.

Every performance for him is more than just a gig; it’s an opportunity for him to spread the good vibes and continue the mission of creating positive energy and change through being a musical messenger.

The Brothers Crunch

Sponsored by: Farmfest Halloween Bash

Est. 2016. The Brothers Crunch. They jam, they sing, they crunch. Caul, Darin & Earl are a classic power trio of brothers in music. From the hilly outskirts of Traverse City, Michigan come a family band performing high energy rock, inspired by the sounds of the 70's & 90's in a beautiful roaring wall of slappy-bass awesomeness...

Carrie Westbay and the Limelites

Sponsored by: You Need a Massage

Carrie Westbay is an acoustic entertainer who has been performing and writing music for over 17 years. You can hear some of her original songs and versions of covers on soundcloud, youtube, myspace, facebook and reverbnation. There are also tracks available for download on amazon and itunes. She's been working on a solo project at Dharma Records with Al Bondar and Jake Allen. She's selling CD's of her new music as well as a live EP from Chicago Acoustic Underground and a single on Dharma records new compilation (available online NOW) to raise the funds to finish the Album.

She performs solo gigs, attends and hosts open mics all over the state when she's not with her band. She is currently playing out with the new lineup in her band Limelight but has previously played in Carrie Westbay Band, Tommy Knockers, Ashbury Jam, Diamond drive and Cherrybomb. She started out vocally in public at age 9 or so and then learned to play french horn through the school's band program in 6th grade. She played in marching band, pep band, solo and ensemble and band festivals. Later she picked up trumpet in jazz band-and still plays it with the bands.

Carrie moved to Columbus Ohio after graduating- to check out the scene. Soon after moving there she learned to play acoustic guitar and write music with it. She moved back to MI 2 years later to go to college, where she founded guitar club for the only 2 years it prevailed. The club put on benefit concerts on campus, in the theater where Carrie worked as a stage hand. Carrie started playing out solo on acoustic guitar- her vocals carried her until she developed guitar skills. After graduating she continued to play out acoustically and also joined a house band in Houghton Lake at Shenanigans Pub. After 3 years Carrie longed to travel so, she joined a local rock band. Carrie was the only original member of Cherrybomb since 2006.

Carrie recently placed 2nd of over 20 players in the battle of the acoustix in Traverse city. The contest was sponsored by 97.5 WKLT. There she met Terri Ray who loved her original music. This led to being featured on Terri's Sunday night show on 97.5 WKLT's "The Garage." She has also been nominated for "Best female vocalist" in the tri-cities' area Review Awards 3 years in a row- taking home the "Blues female vocalist" in 2012.

The Change

"The Change" consisting of Ryan Williams - Front Man and Guitarist, Tony LaJoye - Percussion and Harmonies, Jamie Kissane - Bass, Dakota Culberson - Violin, brings you a new and mesmerizing sound that will delight your ears. Bringing thought, heart and soul through every song. Live they will stun you to the core. "The Change" Coming to a venue near you!

Daniel Patch

The Distant Stars

Sponsored by: Cuz Carl & Marcia AND Marcia Tayor of Marsh-Mellow Entertainment

Dr. Goodhart's Home Remedy

Dr. Goodhart's Home Remedy Band plays roots, folk and original music in Northern Michigan.

Drew Nelson

Michigan-born Navy veteran Drew Nelson is a storytelling songwriter and multiinstrumentalist. A fly fisherman and world traveler, he writes as a witness to the lives and journeys of those he has met along the way, mixing Americana and roots-rock with traditional folk styles.

Drew has toured across North America and Europe, performing solo and opening for popular rock artists like Melissa Etheridge and Edwin McCain as well as esteemed folk singers like Josh White Jr. and John Gorka.

Drew's Red House debut Tilt-A-Whirl comes out in early 2012. He can also be heard on the new album Dark River: Songs of the Civil War Era, along with Jon Dee Graham, Slaid Cleaves, James McMurtry and new label-mate Eliza Gilkyson.

E Minor

With sweet and smoky melodies, E Minor has an unmistakable folk flavor, with a hint of an old jazz and blues influence. Originally from Mackinaw City/Cheboygan areas in Michigan, E Minor is now based in Traverse City, MI. Elizabeth Minor has been a singer/songwriter practically from birth. She started out playing with her father and sisters as a child, and by 11 years old she grew into her own in music. Although she didn't turn to music fully as a profession until later in life, E Minor had many musical experiences as a young child with her family band. Including her first ever performance in Ireland at age 11. Since then Elizabeth has released her debut album "Dust Out Of Sand" (2013), and toured nationally spreading her signature "smoky folk" at many well-known venues. As well as many popular music festivals which include: Blissfest(2012-2015), Earthwork Harvest Gathering (2013-2015), Wheatland Music Festival (2014), Rootenanny (2012-2014) Farmfest (2012-2013) Traverse City WIne & Art Festival, and many more. E Minor is mostly accompanied by her amazing full band. But also known for her intimate solo performances. Whether its the full band, or her solo act, you are sure to find yourself lost in the lyrics and haunting melodies of E Minor's unique style.

Full Cord

Full Cord started as a project between band members Todd Kirchner, Eric Langejans, Paul Kirchner, and Nate Roberts. All seasoned musicians, they wanted to build a musically diverse band using traditional bluegrass instruments. The band has an extraordinary song base, with songs ranging from traditional country and bluegrass to modern pop hits, big band era tunes and everything in between (and we do mean everything!). With hundreds of songs in their repertoire, they never run out of songs to choose from.

The band’s performances are done using a single microphone traditionally seen on the Grand Ole Opry. Instrument solos and vocal parts are all choreographed around the single microphone bringing an old-timey feel to their performance. The band is based in West Michigan and has had the privilege of performing all over the state, from private parties and events to breweries, barns and bluegrass festivals.

Full Cord has over 80 years of combined musical experience and is using their extraordinary talent to break the bluegrass stereotype and breathe new life into it. They are introducing new styles and arrangements that keep everyone wanting more.

The Honorable Spirits

Sponsored by: Famfest SledFest

The Honorable Spirits are a groovy rock band from Northern Michigan. They are comprised of members of other great Michigan bands. The core group includes: Rob Huckle - Bass Guitar; Kevin Paul - Vocals / Guitar; Matt Pernar - Drums / Percussion.

Jack and the Bear

Sponsored by: Marsh-Mellow Entertainment

Jack and the Bear is an "Industrial Pop" band from lower east Michigan; conjured up of three siblings and close friends, the group's sound can be related to that of Tom Waits, Felice Brothers, C.W. Stoneking, Bruce Springsteen, Randy Newman, and Disney Soundtracks. With a slogan stating themselves as "The greatest thing you'll ever see, probably." they're a group you won't wanna miss.

Jennifer Lockwood

Jennifer Lockwood is a Singer-Songwriter from Gaylord, Michigan. Performing both original music and covers, she has a style unlike most- inspired by artists like Birdy, The Civil Wars and Noah Gunderson. After her thunderous debut at local open mics, Jennifer has quickly gained the attention of many across Northern Michigan, and is happy to share her passion for music with you!

Jo Serrepere and the Willy Dunns

Madcat's Midnight Blues Journey

Conducted by Harmonica wizard Peter "Madcat" Ruth, this eclectic electric quartet is fueled by the guitar and steel fireworks of Drew "Cap'n Midnight" Howard, and propelled by the mighty rhythm section of bassist Mark Schrock and either drummer Michael Shimmin or drummer Randy Scott Marsh.

Veterans of the concert and festival stage, the recording studio, clubs, and listening rooms, Madcat Midnight Blues Journey (aka MMBJ) brings seasoned stage presence and improvisational exuberance to standard and obscure blues tunes, folk and jazz melodies, and original music.


'Maticic' is the music project of Mark Pierce, a singer/songwriter from Detroit. After releasing his debut EP, titled Independence Moon, in June 2016, Maticic took to the road to promote the album. Continuing to tour, Maticic will be roaming around the Midwest, Northeast, and West coast throughout 2017. Influenced by storytellers (Gregory Alan Isakov, Jason Isbell, Tom Waits), Maticic writes lyrically driven songs best associated with the Folk/Americana genres.

Michael Rosteck

Sponsored by: Gonzo

Michael Rosteck sings songs. Songs about life and songs about vice. Songs inspired by Hank, Willie, Johnny, Townse, Bob, and Neil, and other greats. Original songs to which the festival family can relate. Songs that beg you to sing along and invite you to join him up on stage. Some songs you've heard and some songs you ain't.

Monte Pride

Monte Pride is a Michigan-born, Michigan-based singer-songwriter & fingerstyle guitarist whose songs recall the delicate & stirring vocals of Simon & Garfunkel, with guitar-work reminiscent of Nick Drake and The Tallest Man on Earth. He blends haunting melodies with vivid lyricism, bringing stories of love, loss, and longing to life in a complex array of song.

Nicholas James Thomasma

"Singer-songwriter Nicholas James Thomasma is a Grand Rapids native and a Michigander to the core. He even has the Great Lakes tattooed on his arm and professes real love for the region in earthy, country-imbued songs drenched in honesty and authenticity. Thomasma also happens to be a supremely talented singer. . ." - John Sinkevics, The Grand Rapids Press "Nicholas James Thomasma, aka Nicholas James, is one of West Michigan's rising singer-songwriter stars." - John Sinkevics, The Grand Rapids Press


Artists We Also Like: Matisyahu, Xavier Rudd, Sublime, Bob, Stephen, Damian, and Ziggy Marley. 10ft Ganja Plant, John Brohns Body, Rebelution, The Dirty Heads, Collie Buddz, The Police, Ben Harper, and many many more. AND of course all the amazing Michigan musicians!

Oh Brother Big Sister

Sponsored by: Home Comfort Farms

Oh Brother Big Sister is an eclectic sensation! This brother and sister duo from Northern Michigan covers the music spectrum with entrancing harmonies and ingenious musical arrangements. With a comfortable, comedic essence that makes you feel like your with old friends in the comfort of your happy place; the BIG-sister-little-brother duo deliver music that encompasses a wide variety of music genres with an original acoustic sound that makes each performance an experience.

Penny and Radel Rosin hail from a small speck on the mitten where they were raised in a family with deep musical roots which will be obvious in their passion for music and ease in entertaining. If you are searching for a fresh, distinctive sound with an element of surprise- the search is over- Oh Brother Big Sister is pure pleasure.

Olivia Mainville and the Aquatic Troupe

Olivia Mainville and her band are Michigan based multi-instrumentalists with a broad and infectious sound. They create a lively and engaging gypsy swing/theatre/folk rock soundscape for all to savor. Olivia has released one EP in 2014 and has been on tour with noteworthy gypsy swing band, Caravan of Thieves. She’s collaborated with many other Michigan musicians and has played at many festivals and venues throughout Michigan such as Blissfest in Harbor Springs and The Ark in Ann Arbor. Olivia and her band have recorded a new full length album over the course of four days featuring Gerry Leonard (David Bowie’s guitarist) on one of her newest tunes. Be sure to grab her newest CD and catch one of her shows in Michigan!

Rob Massard

From Highland, Michigan…Rob is breaking back into the music scene writing and performing his original music. You can feel the vibes of some of the most prominent bands and musicians both progressive style and folk. He has been playing open mikes at local coffee houses, breweries, and open mike stages as well as The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Rob began playing guitar at age 6 with his first performance at 10 years old. He was in his first band at age 14 in middle school and another in High School. At age 21, he helped forge an all original band, Black Market, playing mostly hard rock. After a few years with moderate success, the band dissolved and the band members went their own way.

Earlier this year, Rob entered the 18th Annual Great American Song Contest and obtained some high praise in several categories from established judges. He is currently recording his first CD which will be available for release later this year.

The Rupple Brothers

With distance & circumstance separating them for much of their formative years, the first rumblings of The Rupple Brothers were felt around 2012, when brothers Evan E. and Cole W. Rupple began showcasing their first full-fledged songs to friends and family around their hometown of Chesaning, MI and other adopted hometowns across the continental United States. Raised with a voracious appetite for melody and the art of song craft, coupled with a wide range of experiences, troubles, triumphs, travels, and muses to draw from; the brothers began to write prolifically upon spending more time together, amassing a huge back log of material, growing closer each day while beginning a true pursuit of happiness for the first time. Soon, traversing Mid – Michigan to play music became standard practice; with dear friend, collaborator, and musical authority Brother James Blum joining in to form the trio of strings that twanged along to the sound of the highway and crashed along to the heave of the sea for close to two years before settling in Grand Rapids to record their debut album with producer Jon Hudock in 2015.

Growing sonically with the addition of percussion and other instrumentation, The Rupple Brothers continue to run the roads, often frequenting battle tested music venues throughout the Mitten such as; The Avenue, The Marble Bar, and The Hamilton Street Pub. The group of course also makes time for other types of shows they hold very dear; beloved smaller intimate shows and large, spectacular outdoor events; everything from private parties to hometown showcases to festivals, performing alongside well known acts such as Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers & Tunde Olaniran. The Rupple Brothers blend heartfelt lyrics with an air of psychedelia, to craft a musical space the likes of which can only be found in few, far corners of the universe.

Seth Bernard Trio

Sponsored by: Cousin Rich

The Seth Bernard Trio with Max Lockwood from Big Dudee Roo on bass and Dan Rickabus from the Crane Wives on drums are super stoked to bring the love to the farm once again. Seth Bernard has a uniquely Michigan anatomy: knee deep in glacier-folk with a belly full of whiskey and peaches smuggled from the root cellar of a '70s guitar god. Fingers resinous with fresh cut white pine, and sacred north star geometries whirling around his brow.

Born on April Fools Day, and playing the trickster-bard every day since, he's grown from a potent young Interlochen idealist into a black-bearded surprise-eyed psych-rocker singing the woods and water, souls and soils of the Great Lakes. The tools! He's got a pine-box-full, from his Gretsch (and the chops to play it, mister), to the many iterations of Seth-music. I mean Airborne or Aquatic, bristling with fuzz-poem arena-anthems, to Starlight Six, the madly talented hybrid of Michigan royalty (May Erlewine, Joshua Davis of Steppin' In It, Mike Shimmin of, well, everything, and the power duo of Dominic and Rachael Davis). Or he can roll solo, with a catalog of hundreds of original tunes, thousands of covers and millions of improvisational licks. And the waltzes. By god the waltzes.

And more tools: Earthwork Music Collective, Family Weekend, Harvest Gathering, The Water Festivals, On the Ground, (you gotta google this stuff, links below), youth engagement, and partnerships with dozens of local non-profits. Like a true old-school folker, he plays the songs because they mean something, and that something they mean drives a life beyond just playing songs. His most valuable tool, though, doesn't live in that box: two good ears. Seth listens like a priest. To his audience, to his community, to his deep-rooted intuitive star-born aurora borealis campfire ancestor soul. That alone makes every show - EVERY SHOW - worth the price of admission.

-Brad Kik, co-founder of the Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

Sweet Tooth

Sponsored by: Gaylord Area Council for the Arts

Sweet Water Warblers

Sponsored by: Home Comfort Farms

Formed at the Hoxeyville Music Festival in 2014, The Sweet Water Warblers have gone on to attract serious admiration wherever they appear. Michigan songbirds, Rachael Davis, Lindsay Lou and May Erlewine had each carved out successful careers on the American Roots Music circuit and in the process grew to respect each other’s work.

When they finally gelled into the potent force they have become, it was the most natural coming together – three singing sirens and multi-instrumentalists whose repertoire swings from gospel and bluegrass to soul and even joyful interpretations of pop. With three-part vocal harmonies that are sublime, they trade instruments including mountain fiddle and banjo, uke, guitar and double bass.

Two Feathers

Mark Cavander graduated from Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City with an associates of fine arts degree in music education. His influences include Cat Stevens, Neil Young, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. He plays acoustic music on a 1970 Yamaha. He writes all of his songs, and they all have a message. He has been coming to Farmfest from the very beginning.

Ashley Valot, Sapphire Yoga & Healing Arts

Born and raised in Northern Michigan Ashley is no stranger to the breathtaking beauty and the untapped energy of this magical place we call home. Since a child, Ashley has been fascinated with art and design. It wasn’t until Ashley was a teenager suffering from a rare health condition that she turned to Yoga and alternative medicines for relief. Which gave way to the start of her beautiful healing journey. Ashley is now a 200 Hour Certified Yoga Instructor, Reiki Practitioner, and is currently studying to become an Ayuervedic Yoga Therapist. She also received her BA of Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art & Design. Ashley both lives and works in the community of Harbor Springs, Michigan as an artist and a healer. Offering classes, healing, support, & education on the benefits of Yoga & Ayuerveda. For more information, you can visit her at Sapphire Yoga & Ayuerveda on Facebook or ValotArt on

Watching for Foxes

Watching for Foxes is an indie/folk rock band from Grand Rapids, MI. Forged through raw emotion and incessant gigging, supporting the likes of Langhorne Slim, Larry and His Flask, Joseph, Saintseneca, Roadkill Ghost Choir, and Knox Hamilton, Watching for Foxes creates a passionate and striking sound that you won’t forget.

John Sinkevics, Local Spins: "Could Watching for Foxes be the next great indie band to come out of Grand Rapids? The band has been making its mark on West Michigan's emerging folk revival scene with its striking harmonies and incisive, rootsy lyrics."

Nate Dorough, Fusion Shows: "One of the hardest working and most ambitious bunch of dudes writing sad music in the state of Michigan."

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