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Music & Dance

Looking over the musician shoulders on to the big dance floor

 

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. 7-9, 2015.

The music and dance program, sponsored, in part, by the City of East Lansing, features performances ranging from Blues to Bluegrass, Celtic and more diverse cultural expressions and traditions. Musical artists usually 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.

At recent festivals, visitors have had the chance to sing, dance and play along with friends and neighbors.  A session of community singing, joining in on an Old-time Jam, or attending dance introduction workshops taught by festival artists, are among the fun opportunities at this year's festival.  

2015 Festival Performers 
 

Michigan Fiddler, Bob Bernard  

Bob Bernard
Waltz Fiddle
Lake City, Michigan

Listen to a clip from Lover's Waltz

 

 

     

Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole
French Creole
Albion, Illinois

Listen to a clip from Red Wing

  Dennis Stroughmatt, fiddler, and L'Esprit Creole  
     

Desafio Norteno, Northern Style Tejano  

Desafio Norteño
Northern-Style Tejano
Grant, Michigan

 

 

     

The Down Hill Strugglers
Old-time
Brooklyn, New York

Listen to I'll Never Get Drunk Anymore
 

 

  The Down Hill Strugglers, play Old time music
     
Feufollet, Cajun band from Lafayette, LA  

 

Feufollet
Cajun
Lafayette, Louisiana

Listen to Cette fois

 

     

Genticorum
Quebecois
Montreal, Quebec

Listen to La Finno-GaspCsienne

  The French Canadian Band, Genticorum
     
Grupo Azteca, Tejano  

Grupo Azteca
Tejano
Allen Park, Michigan

 

     

The Hot Club of Cowtown
Western Swing
Austin, Texas

Listen to Avalon
 

  Hot Club of Cowtown plays Texas Swing
     
Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton  

Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton
Blues/Ragtime/Old-Time
Brooklyn, New York

Listen to Motherless Child Blues
 

     

 

Joey Tomsick Orchestra
Cleveland Polka
Cleveland, Ohio

Listen to a clip of  What Would I Do Without You

   
     
Laurie Pietravalle leads traditional contra and square dances  

 

 

Laurie Pietravalle
Traditional Dance Caller
Grand Rapids, Michigan

 

 

 

 

 

     

Masters of Harmony
A Cappella Gospel
Detroit, Michigan

 

 

  Masters of Harmony, from the Detroit area, sing a capella gospel
     
   

 

Newtown
Bluegrass
Lexington, Kentucky

Listen to a clip of All I Was To You
 

     

Roopa Shyamasundara
Indian Bharatanatyam Dance
Rochester Hills, Michigan

 

 

 

     
 

 

The Tannahill Weavers
Scottish Celtic
Paisley, Scotland

Listen to a clip of Grat for Gruel
 

     

Tejano Sound Band
Tejano
Lansing, Michigan

Listen to a clip of Por El Amor De Una Mujer

 

 

 


 

     
 

 

Uprizin Steel Band
Caribbean Steel Drum
Warren, Michigan

Listen to a clip of Never Can Say Goodbye

 

     

 

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