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Music & Dance

Collage of pictures of festival music performers

The roots, the rhythms and the richness of music, dance, arts and culture from across America and around the world come to downtown East Lansing for the Michigan State University Museum's annual Great Lakes Folk Festival, Aug. 10-12.

The music and dance program, sponsored by the City of East Lansing, features performances ranging from blues to bluegrass, Latino, polka, Cajun, Celtic and more diverse cultural expressions and traditions. Musical artists perform two to four times throughout the weekend, so visitors have a chance to see the bands they like and discover new genres and favorites.

 

Make Music With Us: Participatory Programs

Community Sing

Old-Time Musicians Jam
 

Performers featured at the 2012 festival

 

Denny Anderson and the International Main Street Polka Band  

Denny Anderson and the International Main Street Polka Band
Polka
from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Listen to a clip from
The Yodel Polka

     

 

Bua,
Irish American Celtic
from Chicago, IL

Listen to a clip from
Eddie Moloney's

  Celtic Band, Bua, Fiddle, Accordion, clarinet, guitar
     
 

 

Mehdi Darvishi and Saeed Kamjoo
Iranian Daf and Kamanche
East Lansing, Michigan and
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Listen to a clip from

Bolanâ
 

 

     

 

Joaquin Diaz,
Dominican Merengue

Montreal, Canada

Listen to a clip from
Cuando Te Conoci

 

 

 
     
Old time string band, The Freight Hoppers.  Fiddle, bass, guitar, banjo  

 

The Freight Hoppers
Old Time String Band
North Carolina

Listen to a clip from
Been to the East, Been to the West

 

     

Kis Szivek, Hungarian Children's Dance Ensemble

 

 

  Young Girls dancing in Bright  Hungarian Costumes
     

Bluegrass singer and guitarist, Clare Lynch

 

Claire Lynch,
Bluegrass,

Heritage, TN

Listen to a clip from
Barbed Wire Boys

Photo by Senor McGuire    

Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers,
A Cappella Gospel,

Covington, KY

Listen to a clip from
Shall Not Be Moved

 

 

African American A Capella Gospel Group, The Brotherhood Singers

     

 

Hasu Patel,
Indian Sitar,
Westlake, OH

Listen to a clip from
Raga Yaman Kalyan

 

 

     


Temesgen,
Ethiopian Begena, Krar,
East Lansing, MI

Listen to a clip from
The Book

 

 

     


 

Leroy Thomas and his Accordion, playing Zydeco music

  Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners,
Zydeco,
Elton, LA

Listen to a clip from
Your Turn to Lose

 

 

Photo by David Simpson    

Ara Topouzian,
Armenian Kanun
Bloomfield, Michigan

Listen to a clip from
Enzeli

 

Ara Topouzian and his Kanun (A zither or dulcimer like instrument)

     



Warner Williams, Piedmont Blues Guitarist- with guitar
 

 

Warner Williams and Jay Summerour Piedmont Blues,
Gaithersburg, MD and North Potomac, Maryland

Listen to a clip from
Step it up and Go

National Heritage Award Fellow

 

Photo by Michael G. Stewart    

2012 Michigan Heritage Award Winners
René Meave and Guillermo Martinez
Tejano Music- Michigan Style
Plainwell and Kalamazoo, Michigan

Listen to a clip from 
In Michigan


 

 

 

 

     

Make Music With Us: Participatory Programs

Community Sing

Old-Time Musicians Jam