Held every August, Farmfest is a four-day traditional music festival known for its support of Michigan artists. The festival’s mission is to support the performing arts while blending nature and music. 2011 bands include The Starlight Six, Rootstand, Dragon Wagon, K Jones and the Benzie Playboyz, Drew Nelson, Blue Dirt, Nervous but Excited, Who Hit John, Galactic Sherpas and the Parkin’ Lot Pickers with Ron Fowler. Also enjoy the Dance Pavilion featuring the Waltz Workshop with Wild Bill and Family Dance with Jan Fowler.
The Farmfest venue is located on a 100+-year-old 40-acre homestead farm a short distance east of the small rural town of Johannesburg that has been transformed into a beautiful northern Michigan festival site. A natural amphitheater serves the main stage and festival organizers say it has the best sound on the planet! Walk the labyrinth, set up your chairs and blankets or hang a hammock from the trees. The second stage is a magical place in the woods, and it’s an open stage, allowing you to sign up and play. There’s also a fire circle where jam sessions, workshops and story telling take place and deep in the woods, you’ll find the drum kiva.
Most folks who attend camp either in the meadow or in the woods, and there’s space for RVs too and places to stay in the area. The kids doesn’t have any video games, but there’s all kinds of activities including talent show, sand castles, playground equipment, face painting, crafts, open mic-less stage, instrument making, big hay bale climbing and much much more. We have a pair of tickets for you – enter your email on our list to be eligible using the form below!
I found a ton of great videos from billwaynebo1. I settled on Drew Nelson with Michigan harmonic legend Peter “Madcat” Ruth. Also check out Seth & May (and Mad Cat, Drew Nelson, Stacy Jo and many others) showing the community inherent in this great festival on Don’t Worry, Be Happy, Baby You’re a Power from Seth & May, and the Madcat & Kane Trio doing People Get Ready.