Programs & Activities: Music & Dance
Grupo Fantasma plays Latin Dance Music
Special Thanks to Our Major Music Sponsor, City of East Lansing
The Michigan State University Museum presents the annual event celebrating culture, tradition and community. Music and dance stages -- sponsored by the City of East Lansing -- feature rhythm, sound and spectacular musicianship and combine for nearly 50 performances over the free three day festival.
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|Grupo Fantasma||Bailadores||MP3 / WMA|
|Balfa Toujours||La Chandelle Est Allumée||MP3 / WMA|
|Dirk Powell||Goin' Where I've Never Been Before||MP3 / WMA|
|Gipsy Stringz||A Ciganyok Satora/Most Kozdodik a Tanc||MP3 / WMA|
|Dominique Dupuis||Money Musk||MP3 / WMA|
|Elana James||Oh, Baby||MP3 / WMA|
|Carolina Chocolate Drops||Starry Crown||MP3 / WMA|
|David Davis & The Warrior River Boys||The Ballad of Sarah Mallone||MP3 / WMA|
|Roots Vibration||Zouke||MP3 / WMA|
|Michèle Choinière||Madeleine||MP3 / WMA|
|Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band||Giddem Riddum||MP3 / WMA|
|Eric Noltkamper||Rosy Cheeks||MP3 / WMA|
|Back Of The Moon||Lumsden's Rant||MP3 / WMA|
|Asani||Niwiciwakan||MP3 / WMA|
|Henry Butler||Ode to Fess||MP3 / WMA|
|Joe Thompson||Molly Put The Kettle On||MP3 / WMA|
2007 FESTIVAL FEATURES SPECIAL FUSION OF MUSIC, MASTERS, MORE
Spectacular global sounds, stories, skills and traditions highlight the Michigan State University Museum's annual Great Lakes Folk Festival, Aug. 10-12 in downtown East Lansing.
Five music and dance stages, sponsored by the City of East Lansing, will feature more than 50 performances throughout the weekend, including:
(Text in RED is a link to the performer's page.)
|Asani -- Métis a cappella -- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Back of the Moon - Celtic -- Glasgow, Scotland
Balfa Toujours -- Cajun -- Lafayette, Louisiana
Henry Butler -- New Orleans Blues -- Denver, Colorado
Carolina Chocolate Drops -- African-American Old-Time String Band --
Greensboro, North Carolina
Michele Choiniere -- Franco-American Songs -- St. Albans, Vermont
David Davis & the Warrior River Boys - Bluegrass -- Cullman, Alabama
Dragon Art Studios -- Chinese Rod Puppetry -- Portland, Oregon
Dominique DuPuis -- Acadian Fiddle -- Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada
Gipsy Stringz -- Tamburitza -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Keenan Otchingwanigan -- Native fiddling -- Crystal Falls, Michigan
Dirk Powell Band -- Old-Time String Band -- Lafayette, Louisiana
Roots Vibration -- Reggae -- Detroit, Michigan
Joe Thompson -- African-American Old-Time Fiddle -- Greensboro, North Carolina
Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band -- Steel Drum -- Ypsilanti, Michigan
Wabanaisee (Snowbirds) -- Central and Northern Michigan -- Anishnabek singing and hand drumming
This award-winning event is recognized as one of the state's premiere arts programs and a summer-time high point - and is expected to draw more than 90,000 visitors throughout the weekend. The festival is a one-of-a-kind fusion of arts fair, music festival, county fair, hands-on activity workshops, living museum exhibitions, and celebration of multi-ethnic heritage. For information about special Folk Arts
exhibits planned for the 2007 festival, go to the What's New page.
"There are only a handful of events like this across the country and each year we work hard to bring together the diverse cultures and traditions that expand our awareness of our global community," notes Marsha MacDowell, founding director of GLFF and MSU Museum curator of folk arts.
Noted nationally for the quality of research, programming and production, the MSU Museum again received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for this year's festival.
The Great Lakes Folk Festival celebrates the rich traditional folk, ethnic
and tribal music and dances of the people of Michigan, the Great Lakes
region, and the United States. The nations earliest immigrants and
settlers brought the performing arts of their countries of origin with
them to their new homeland, where they encountered the lands First
Nations. Each of these peoples worked to maintain their unique traditions
while at the same time adapting to new conditions and a rich confluence
of cultures. Those musical traditions which we think of as quintessentially American jazz, blues, gospel, bluegrass, old-time, Tex-Mex,
Cajun, zydeco, cowboy and othersspring from the interaction and
intertwining of these varied cultural roots. Today, renewed emigration
from a wide range of nations brings new sounds and performance traditions
to enrich our American cultural landscape.
*The Great Lakes Folk Festival celebrates this musical legacy through performances by masters who learned their skills within distinct communities and who remain rooted in their communities.
* Their exposure to their performance
skills is usually at an early age, learned firsthand (often within their
own families), and what they perform is an integral part of their particular
The Great Lakes Folk Festival features "Traditions Showcases", comparative sessions featuring specific instruments like the fiddle or accordion and explorations of cultural and geographical differences and similarities in musical traditions.
More information about the 2007 Showcases will be available by Mid-July.