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2nd Annual Winter Roots Folk Festival February 15th 10:30am – 8:00pm

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In celebration of our community’s love of music and winter, the second annual Winter Roots Folk Festival will be held in Marquette on Saturday, February 15.  The Festival, a collaboration between local arts and culture non-profit organizations, is a day-long event featuring a host of music and dance performances and workshops held at five community venues: The Marquette Arts & Culture Center, Peter White Public Library, The Hiawatha Fold, NMU Forest Roberts Theatre, and the Ore Dock Brewing Company.  

The Festival will kick off at 10:30am at the Marquette Arts & Culture Center and continue through the day, concussing with a performance by Ypsilanti-Based bluegrass and Americana powerhouse Black Jake and the Carnies at the Ore Dock Brewing Company from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  

A $10 Winter Roots Festival button is good for entry to ALL venues and events all day.  Buttons can be purchased at the door or in advance at The Hiawatha Fold (1015 N. Third Street) Peter White Public Library (217 N. Front Street) or at the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center (Gries Hall at NMU).  Admission is free for youth ages 12 and under.  

The Winter Roots Folk Festival is sponsored by the following organizations: 

Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU

Hiawatha Music Co-op

Peter White Public Library 

Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of PWPL 

Friends of Peter White Public LIbrary

Marquette Area Blues Society

Ore Dock Brewing Company 

Marquette Arts & Culture Center (217 N. Front St.)

10:30am – 12:00pm Musical Petting Zoo with Yooptone Music

10:30am – 12:00pm Community Guitar Art Project with Gene Bertram

Peter White Public Library ( 217 N. Front Street) 


11:00am – 12:00pm    The Battle Cry of Freedom: Songs of the Civil War with Jim Janofski


12:00pm – 1:00pm      Morris Dance Workshop with Carolyn & Evan Provencher


1:30pm – 3:00pm        Traditional Folk Dance with All Strings Considered

3:30 – 5:00pm          Finnish Folk Dance with Midsummer Strings 

Hiawatha Fold (1013 N. Third St.)


1:00pm – 2:00pm       Singer/Songwriter Workshop with Sue Demel


2:00pm – 3:00pm       Ukulele Workshop with Jeff Krebs


3:00pm – 4:00pm       Patriots & Protest Songs – Presentation and Sing-Along withJim Hall & Cindy Morgan


4:00pm – 5:00pm       Family Harmonica Workshop with Jason McInnes

NMU Forest Roberts Theatre

4:00pm – 6:00pm Marquette Folk Showcase featuring Waawiyeyaa, Michael Waite, Kerry Yost, Jerry Mills, Niikah Hatfield, Alexa Alagon, John Gillette & Sarah Mittlefehldt, & more

Ore Dock Brewing Company (114 W. Spring St.)
Final event of the day!  
7:00pm – 9:00pm Black Jake and the Carnies

Marquette Folk Showcase at Forest Roberts 


Michael Waite                                 Kerry Yost                                    John Gillette & Sarah Mittelfehldt








Niikah Hatfield                              Alexa Alagon                         Jerry Mills 













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