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Winter Roots Festival- Saturday, February 23, 2019

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To celebrate Marquette’s love of both winter and music, a group of the city’s non-profits have joined forces to create a new kind of music festival.  The Winter Roots Festival is a day-long event featuring performances by regional folk and blues musicians, workshops and even a performance by the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.  Events will take place on Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. at three venues: Peter White Public Library, Ore Dock Brewing Company and the Marquette Commons. There will be a special concert by the MSO featuring a performance of the composition “Whiskey Before Breakfast,” featuring the group Westbound Situation, in the evening at 7:30 p.m. in Kaufman Auditorium.

A $10 Winter Roots Festival button is good for entry to all venues during the day.  Buttons can be purchased at the door or in advanced from the Hiawatha Music Co-op office, Peter White Public Library or the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center.  Children under the age of 12 are free. 

The button does not grant admission to the concert by the Marquette Symphony Orchestra concert that evening. Tickets for that event can be purchased at at all EZ ticket outlets.

The Winter Roots Festival is sponsored by the following organizations:

Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU
Hiawatha Music Co-op
Marquette Symphony Orchestra
Peter White Public Library
Travel Marquette

City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center
Marquette Area Blues Society

Marquette Downtown Development Authority
Ore Dock Brewing Company

Here are the events scheduled for day and evening at the various venues.

Workshops at Peter White Public Library

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Ukelele workshop with Papa Crow

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

DIY Instrument making workshop

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Vocal improv workshop with Sue Demel

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Rhythm Bones workshop with Gail Brayden

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Harmony and Song-Building workshop with Sue Demel


Traditional Folk Dancing at the Peter White Public Library

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

All Strings Considered – Contra Dance

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Knockabouts – Celtic Dance Music

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

U.P. Gumbo – Cajun Dance Music

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Wil Kilpela – Finnish Dance Music


Folk Rock and Blues at Ore Dock Brewing Company

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

The Wallens – Folk Blues

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Strung Together – Bluegrass

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Union Suits – Folk Rock

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Flat Broke Blues Band


Singer-Songwriters at Marquette Commons

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Troy Graham

1:40 PM – 2:10 PM

Sue Demel

2:20 PM – 2:50 PM

Michael Waite

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Kerry Yost and Harry South

3:40 PM – 4:10 PM

Steven Hoopher

4:20 PM – 4:50 PM

John Gillette and Sarah Mittlefehldt


Marquette Symphony Orchestra with Westbound Situation at Kaufman Auditorium

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.  



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