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Children’s Warm Up Wednesday April 19th 6-8pm

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Seth Bernard

The April event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19th from 6-8pm  and will be an event specifically tailored to share traditional music with children. The Coop believes that the education of the younger population is vital, if traditional music is to be passed on generation to generation. By promoting traditional American music and arts, we are able to connect these generations with their roots and facilitate their understanding of the blending of cultures that exists in our area. Their understanding of their world will be enhanced by the music that they learn. In continuing to teach these lines of music, we help our young people connect to their cultures and therefore enhance their ability to influence generations to come.

This month the Co-op is featuring Frank Youngman and Seth Bernard, both hailing from lower Michigan. Frank and Seth have been mainstays in the Michigan music community for many years. Both have appeared many times at the Hiawatha Music Festival as either individual performers or as members of bands. Seth is a touring artist as well as working with kids in schools and mentoring programs and is the founder of the Earthworks Music Collective. Born from the American roots tradition and united in place and purpose, Earthwork Music has created a new model as a collective of independent artists using music as a tool to raise awareness, to mentor the youth, to build community and celebrate local culture, to uplift individuals and communities in times of need, and to encourage courageous engagement in the good work that needs to be done, both locally and globally. Earthworks has created a versatile organization that serves the community to which it’s members all proudly belong.


Franks’ work with the bands, The Lost World Stringband and Jive at Five go back to the beginning of the festival.  Both bands have been featured at Festivals around Michigan and the Midwest. Frank has taught children at the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival nearly since its’ inception and has led the Sunday afternoon Children’s Parade for 25 years. Generations of Festival goers all learned, “Mama don’t ‘llow no guitar playin’ around here”.

Their combined talents will bring an engaging and uplifting evening of music for all ages, but the evening will be especially for children


The Ore Dock Brewing Company will provide the venue for each “Hiawatha Warm Up” from 7-9pm. Admission is $7 for public and $5 for Co-op Members and children under 12 are free. Pizza is available to participants free of cost and a door prize of a CD is given to a lucky winner each month. Also at each concert, participants can enter their name in a drawing for two weekend 2017 Festival tickets. This drawing will be held at the final Warm Up Wednesday concert in May.

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