Playing as the host band at several local festivals, this group brings wit and sound to the stage. With powerful vocals that blend smoothly they perform many great originals from the founding leader Tony Hickman, who started the group in the 70's. Still carrying on the torch the gentlemen of Harbourtown have tremendous stage presence and are sure to keep you tapping your toes and smiling.
A hands-down crowd favorite at festivals throughout the country. The husband-wife duo, Lori and Brad Lambert, are joined by Mike Dean on banjo and Brian Scott on mandolin. Known for tight musicianship and vocals that blend together like a tightly woven tapestry, New Outlook is a musical force. Bluegrass, country, gospel--they do it all...and they do it well.
LARRY EFAW & THE BLUEGRASS MOUNTAINEERS
The sparks the bluegrass mountaineers ignite while performing traditional bluegrass music is very unique. Their burning desire fueled by their experience and music shared by four generations to continue a family tradition is one of the world's most valued treasures in such a wonderful music style.
KYLE JARVIS & IIIRD GENERATION
They're young, they're new to the local festival stages, but all four gentlemen have been playing bluegrass since they were elementary school age. Outstanding musicianship, vocals that melt together, and a love of the music that shines from the stage.
NEW COUNTY GRASS
Folks will be instantly impressed with the dynamic within the New County Grass band. They have a connection between the members that is not only artistic , but comes across as balanced in characteristic and personality from the stage. Since their inception in the spring of 2009, New County Grass has been making a name for themselves in the mid-Michigan area as a state-of-the-art, hard-driving, high-energy bluegrass band with a contemporary edge. In fact, the band was compared to the great BLUEGRASS ALBUM BAND by Bluegrass Today magazine.
KEVIN PRATER BAND
The Kevin Prater Band bases their sound on strong vocal harmonies. Built around high trios, their style is reminiscent of the classic Seldom Scene and 1970's Country Gentlemen performances. They are steeped in the tradition of Gospel music and pride themselves on the acapella hymns and great gospel songs that people have come to enjoy. The band includes classic country in their repertoire and loves bringing old familiar favorites to life.
EDGAR LOUDERMILK BAND
Rural Rhythm Records recording artist Edgar Loudermilk’s signature voice, bass skills, and songwriting are a family tradition for this Louvin Brothers’ descendant. Loudermilk’s distinctive and powerful vocals cut to the heart of a song, while also winning over audiences with his friendly, down-home style. Having experienced a long tenure of performing, including several industry awards, with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Rhonda Vincent, and Marty Raybon, in 2015 Edgar Loudermilk stepped out forming his own band with the highly-acclaimed guitarist, Jeff Autry, Zack Autry (mandolin), Curtis Bumgarner (banjo), and Dylan Armour (resonator guitar).
OUT OF THE BLUE
This Michigan-based band is steeped in traditional bluegrass and gospel. Always entertaining!
LORRAINE JORDAN & CAROLINA ROAD
Lorraine Jordan has been fronting Carolina Road for more than 20 years, during which time she has won two IBMA awards for Recorded Events of the Year (2009, 2011), won the 2015 SPBGMA Entertainer of the Year and Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year awards, and was nominated for the 2015 Carolina Music Awards in the Bluegrass Americana category.
Lorraine is a co founder of The Daughters of Bluegrass. Their Back to the Well album won the IBMA Recorded Event in 2006, and she was part of the Daughter’s latest album, Bluegrass Bouquet also a 2009 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year winner for the song “Proud to be a Daughter.” Lorraine’s charisma during her emcee work on stage gives Carolina Road a great connection with the audience. Lorraine plays mandolin and sings lead and harmony with the Carolina Road band.
OUT OF MIND BLUEGRASS
This talented foursome has been blazing the bluegrass trail, leaving a wake of happy audiences behind them. Together since 2009, this group rounds out their musical repertoire with songs that are traditional, progressive, and more. The stellar musicianship exhibited by all four band members is highly appreciated by the festival crowds!
CLAY HESS BAND
For many, their first introduction to Clay Hess was during his tenure as lead guitarist for the award-winning Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. In 2012, Clay struck out on his own with a posse of top-notch musicians, where they continue to be a crowd favorite.
OTTAWA COUNTY BLUEGRASS
Joe Mitchell, Sr., Joe Mitchell, Jr., Dennis Mitchell, and Vern Brink have been bringing traditional bluegrass to the mid-west region since the early 90's. Vocals, musicianship, and their friendly, down-home stage presence is a favorite among bluegrass audiences.
CALEB DAUGHERTY BAND
The Caleb Daugherty Band is based out of central Indiana. The band’s sound has been generated from deep bluegrass roots and a love for country music. Members of the band are lead vocalist and guitar player Caleb Daugherty, Zion Napier on mandolin and vocals, Kyle Clerkin on banjo and vocals, Zach Collier on bass and vocals, and Kyle Ramey on Fiddle. Caleb Daugherty’s smooth lead vocals and the bands hot pickin’ is sure to have audiences swaying and tapping their toes.
According to the band's Facebook page, "Toby's from Buffalo, the rest of us are from natural parents." Hang on to your hat, folks, this group's going to be a ton of fun, with talent to boot!