Now in its 33rd year, the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in Marquette is the largest event of its kind in the Upper Peninsula. It’s family friendly and always held at the Marquette Tourist Park the next-to-last FULL weekend in July (July 22-24, 2011). Hiawatha features an incredible array of traditional-music styles including bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues and folk, singer/songwriters and dance. 2011 mainstage acts include internationally known performers like Le Vent du Nord and John McCutcheon along with a host of regional and local favorites.
The festival also offers a rich variety of experiences including workshops with offerings ranging from hands-on musical instruction to meet-the-artist sessions with mainstage performers. There are also special areas for children and teens with organized activities and performances designed for those age groups.
You can check out some videos of onstage performances by The Ragbirds and Feufollet, but we’ll instead share with you one of the coolest things about Hiawatha, a video of a few pickers laying down Granddad’s Favorite, an Ernie Carpenter tune.