DON'T MISS THE EXCITING LINE-UP OF FREE MUSIC ALL THREE NIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL
OLD TOWN - TURNER PARK
Thursday, Aug. 17 & Friday Aug. 18
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Jim Jersey, Folk and More
Saturday, Aug. 19
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Pink Sunrise Project
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Tom and Mary
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. The Coffeehouse at All Saints
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. MikeyyAustin
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Matt Bliton Band
4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Cuatro Sur
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Corey Hamilton
6:45 – 7:45 p.m. The Stump Brothers
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Further Adventures of Fat Boy and Jive Turkey
Thursday and Friday 6 – 7 p.m.
Jim Jersey, Folk & More:
Jim Jersey was born in Bradenton, Florida, and grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan to the smell of cereal being made. As a young teenager, when “Rock and Roll” was just beginning, Jim wanted to take guitar lessons. His mother’s reaction, “You want to play a ‘plunk, plunk’? You can’t make any music with a ‘plunk, plunk’. If you want to take lessons, it’s Hawaiian guitar for you!”
Jim tried that for awhile but the simple fact was that Elvis, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and all the rest of the “Rock and Roll” stars did not include Hawaiian guitars in their bands, so he gave it up.
The event that started it all for Jim was a May 1, 1958 episode of Playhouse 90 that featured The Kingston Trio. When he heard them sing “Scarlet Ribbons” it was as if lightning struck. This was the music he wanted to play and sing.
After much hinting to his family, Jim received his first guitar for Christmas that same year. It was a genuine Sears and Roebuck “Silvertone”, $32.00, including tax. Jim finally got the chance to drive his mother crazy, plunk, plunking away while he was learning.
Through the years, Jim and a good friend built a repertoire of folk songs and played and sang at neighborhood parties. In the mid-nineties Jim fell in with some real musicians, and their friendships and talent helped him improve his own talent. At the tender age of 57 years 10 months, he made his debut as a performer. Since then Jim has branched out beyond folk music and has performed in many venues around Michigan and in Chicago.
Jim’s main influences are, The Kingston Trio, Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Johnny Cash,
Kris Kristofferfson, John Prine and anybody else that writes a good song. When asked what kind of music Jim plays, his response is, “I play songs that I like, I hope you like them too.”
Saturday -10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
‘The Pink Sunrise Project’:
“The Pink Sunrise Project” is an indie folk experimental collaboration which debuted in August 2015, at the Renegade Theatre Festival. “The Project,” was started by collaborators CharaLove and Rebecca Markham. Chara Love is a local singer songwriter who enjoys playing music wherever the opportunity arises. She says, "Music is my life, it grounds me," and she’s thrilled to be playing with “Pink Sunrise” again. Co-collaborator Rebecca Markham is also a local artist who works in a wide array of musical and creative interests and endeavors. Rebecca believes that music can change the world, with one pink sunrise at a time.
For the past two years at the Renegade Theatre Festival, musicians such as Kelly Jo Garland, Sarah Garcia-Linz, and Tiffany Rose Campbell (who – believing in the transformative power of music - will be playing bass again this year) joined in “The Pink Sunrise Project’s” experience. This year “The Project” is excited to add Amy Be, and other special guests, to their show!
Chara Love notes, "We aren't a group or band in a traditional sense, we come together when we feel moved to and the essence of the Renegade Theatre Festival lends itself that opportunity. We are thrilled to be playing again this year.”
You can find out more about Chara Love's upcoming shows at:
Kelly Jo Garland is the owner of ‘Sound Diversions Music Entertainment’ services. She provides DJs, live sound support and many other musical services. She has played piano since 1st grade, been drumming since 7th grade and can't remember a time when she wasn't singing. She is thrilled to be a part of this ensemble and is looking forward to another Renegade.
Sarah Garcia-Linz has enjoyed playing cello for a variety of events and collaborations. She has played with folk musicians, for weddings, and with “The Pink Sunrise Project.”
Amy Lewis is a Ph.D. music education student and graduate assistant at Michigan State University, where she teaches secondary general music methods and supervises student teachers. She performs on the saxophone and piano, and her research interests include unionism within music education, music education and social justice, and inclusive learning and teaching environments.
Saturday 11:15 – 12:15 a.m.
Tom and Mary:
Tom and Mary are popular local musicians who have performed at a wide variety of events for more than 25 years! From coffee shops, to theatre stages, to area Festivals, Tom and Mary sing familiar folk favorites, as well as original music included on several CDs which they have produced in Lansing. The Renegade Theatre Festival is pleased to welcome the sweet and talented Tom and Mary back to perform again this year.
For more on Tom and Mary, or booking them for events: email@example.com
Saturday 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
THE COFFEEHOUSE AT ALL SAINTS:
For the third year we welcome ‘The Coffeehouse At All Saints’ to the Festival! This great Coffeehouse is a musical/spoken word showcase of (mostly) Michigan talent held from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. on the 3rd Friday of the month. You never know who will show up to this upbeat monthly talent show! Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheCoffeehouseAtAllSaints. contact Steve Findley at firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-402-2582 to perform.
Saturday 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
MikeyyAustin is a 20 year-old hip-hop/soul artist, musician, and bandleader from Lansing, Michigan. Using his artistic platform, Mikeyy also creates community events to raise scholarship money for Lansing School District students continuing their educations in the arts. If you want a more bio information, please visit mikeyyaustinmusic.com/about .
Saturday 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MATT BLITON BAND:
The Matt Bliton Band have performed in Old Town annually since our 2009 BluesFest show. With Jim Green's masterful guitar work, Chuck Page on bass, Steve Springer on drums, and Teresa Goforth's soulful contributions on vocals, we look forward to playing some favorites as well as tunes from our upcoming (third) CD. We have a shared joy of performing and connecting with audiences, and we always have fun at the Renegade Theater Festival. www.mattbliton.com
Check out the Matt Bilton Band captivating CD, “New Morning” available online at https://mattblitonband.bandcamp.com/album/new-morning
Saturday 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Cuatro Sur [meaning Four South, in Spanish] is a Latin music group, Miguel Cabañas (voice and guitar), Alan Sloan (keyboards and voice). They play traditional and contemporary songs from Spain and Latin America. They bring the passion and happiness of Flamenco Rumba, Reaggetón, and salsa rhythms and the romantic and tender melodies from Rancheras, and Boleros to audiences across Michigan. Cuatro Sur has performed every year at Renegade Theater at Old Town since the Festival started….As always, we look forward to playing at the Festival.
Saturday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Korey Hamilton featuring Jamy Hengesbach:
Korey and Jamy have been performing together for less than a year. Their sound is acoustic with a mix of popular songs and original creations. Korey is a senior at Grand Ledge High School with plans to pursue music in some form after graduation. Jamy is currently working on releasing an album of his original music. Check out their Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/KHamiltonMusic/
Saturday 6:45 - 7:45 p.m.
The Stump Brothers:
The Stump Brothers are a local duo, combining jazz and pop standards from the early to mid 20th century into their repertoire. Their unique combination of trumpet, ukulele and great vocalizations is a real treat! Joe and Reuben Stump have been playing around the Lansing Area for several years, at venues like farmers markets, art festivals, house concerts and private parties. For information or bookings contact: email@example.com
Saturday 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The Further Adventures of FatBoy and JiveTurkey
The Further Adventures of FatBoy and JiveTurkey is the brain child of musician Benjamin Hall. His high-energy stage presence, searing vocal vigilance, and truly tasty blues harmonica playing, combined with a dynamic and eclectic group of local and regional musicians, allow this group to provide music lovers with a fresh interpretation of classic blues tunes as well as exciting originals.
The group formed in 2005 and quickly gained the attention of the Detroit Blues community, playing many local clubs and festivals. They have had the opportunity to share the stage with Eclecto Groove recording artist Mike Zito, New Orleans artist Terrance Simien, and the Motor City's own “Blues Diva”, Thornetta Davis. In 2017, FBJT was a finalist in the "Favorite Jazz Group" catergory of the "Top of the Town