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Hiawatha Festival Kick-off Party at Ore Dock Brewing Company!

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Once again our friends at the Ore Dock Brewing Company lend their beautiful venue to our Festival Kick-Off Party Thursday, July 14th 6-8p.  This is the last day to pick up your Festival Wristbands at the Advance price!  Grab your camping tags and parking passes at the same time.  Volunteer Sign-Up too!  


Joining us this year, for the first time on a Hiawatha stage, well, except one band member(GT), Full Cord!  Hailing from lower Michigan, Full Cord recently was recently crowned the prestigious “Best Band” title at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival!  We are more than pumped to have them play for us at the Kick-off party!

Hailing from Grand Haven, Michigan, they took 1st place in the 49th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest! Telluride Bluegrass Festival has been a mainstay of festivals and produces a highly respected band contest. Winners in years past include Lil’ Smokies, Dixie Chicks, Greensky Bluegrass, Trout Steak Revival, Ryan Shupe & The Rubber Band and many more notable acts.The band contest consists of a two-round, three-song performance where twelve bands are narrowed to four that perform on the main stage on the second day. Full Cord focused on original tunes through both rounds and were announced the winners on main stage Saturday (June 18) morning.

For the past 15 years, Full Cord has been making a name for themselves blending traditional bluegrass music with jazz, western swing, and classic rock n’ roll while keeping the traditional bluegrass feel alive and well. These influences make every performance memorable and unique. Full Cord – guitarist Eric Langejans, bassist Todd Kirchner, Mando specialist Brian Oberlin, fiddler Grant Flick, banjo picker extraordinaire Gabe Hirshfeld, and vocalist Katie Kirchner – are at the top of their game and gaining momentum fast. Hold on to your hats when these boys hit the stage – they are bringing their version of the bluegrass train full steam ahead.


Check them out!

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