Mark your calendars for the 39th Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival July 21-22-23, 2017






Mark your calendar for our Annual Membership Meeting!  Saturday, November 5th at the Elks Club on Front St.  Featuring "The John's" for the dance, starting at 8pm.  



The gathering will begin at 5:30pm with complimentary appetizers for attending Members. A cash bar will be provided by the Elk’s Club.

The Business Meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Updates on the Co-op and Festival Budget report will be reviewed. There will be three Board positions on the Co-op’s ten-member Board of Directors up for election. All Members may vote. Memberships will be sold at the door prior to the meeting.

Door prizes will include two 2017 Hiawatha Festival packages: one for any member at the meeting and one for any new member who joins at the meeting. Each package will include two weekend passes, one parking pass, and a Thursday-night camping spot. Only Members present at the Business Meeting are eligible for door prizes.

Following the meeting, the Co-op will host a dance open to the public at 8:00 p.m., featuring, “The John’s”. When listening to The Johns, you will hear some of the best fiddling that Michigan has to offer.  The Johns are a high powered, dynamic stringband that play a wide variety of tunes and songs of various genres. While many of their tunes are rooted deep in traditional Irish, French Canadian and American fiddle music, they also play what may be the best original tunes around, courtesy of their own multi-instrumentalist Budd Greenman.

The Johns started their musical collaboration as a stringband pursuing only dance venues, but have since transitioned into a band that also performs songs that feature all four members on vocals. The Johns are comprised of Ruby John (fiddle), Jon Cotton (string bass), John Warstler (guitar/clawhammer banjo) and Budd Greenman (fiddle, mandolin, tenor banjo, guitar and cajon). Their high energy music will bring fresh energy to any dance or concert venue.

The dance is $5 for the public and will be free for Members who attend the Business Meeting and children under 12 accompanied by an adult.


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The Hiawatha Music Co-op proudly presents our Upper Peninsula Folklife Award!  We are so proud to have received this honor!  

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Econo "We Share" program

Bring Hiawatha your receipts from Econo Foods. We now participate in the store's We Share program and can receive 1% of the total of receipts we turn in. You may leave your receipts at our office (129 W. Baraga, Suite B, in the Children's Museum block, across from Garden Bouquet and Design). We are also able to turn in receipts from Econo stores outside of Marquette. If the office is closed, just slide receipts under the door. You may also bring receipts to any Hiawatha event or mail them to PO Box 414, Marquette, MI 49855. Thanks for your help!


Office hours 

Tuesday-Wednesday 12-6pm 

Located at 129 W. Baraga, Suite B, in Marquette, 49855. We check our messages throughout the week.


Hiawatha Music Co-op Mission Statement

The Hiawatha Music Non-Profit Corporation is organized exclusively to provide and promote traditional music and dance, educate and inform society on traditional American music and encourage the appreciation of such music through the facility of an annual traditional music festival.
All operations are exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, and for the promotion of social welfare. 

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Hiawatha is a member of the Michigan Music Festival Roundtable.  

Our Mission:  To create a collaborative roundtable of events that work together to establish safety, sustainability, cooperation and commitment for the better of our attendees and events.

Our Goal: To guide and assist each other in the practices we have been following in our region that have made us such a strong Community. To help us each to establish communications, cooperation and support in working together rather than competing against each other. To provide the safest environments to the family’s and people that attend our events by working together to do so.

We look forward to collaborating with our fellow Festival crews and learning many new things about how to make our Festival the best, the safest and the most fun!

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