Musical Acts

Musical Acts

503 S. Mears, Whitehall, MI
Featuring: Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, and Ice Cream

JD and the Bees Knees
1-2 and 3-4 pm
JD and Bees Kness Photo

JD and the Bees Knees is project focused on singer/songwriter, and blues rock guitarist, Joseph Irelan. Accompanied by a set of over 50 professionally built backing tracks, JD covers such greats as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dwight Yoakam, Steely Dan, as well as more contemporary acts such as Tyler Childers and Jason Isbell. A smattering of original compositions round out an exciting and eclectic show.

The Substitutes
2-3 and 4-5 pm

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The Substitutes present multiple genres of music in an acoustic setting backed by smooth vocals and tight harmonies.

322 S. Mears, Whitehall, MI
Lodging one block from White Lake

Asamu Johnson and The
Associates of The Blues
1-2 and 3-4 pm

The 5-member band has played in many venues across the United States for decades. They currently have 3 CDs on the market and in the process of working on a 4th. Their original music is based on people’s everyday lives that will touch your heart and soul and make your feet wanna dance!

Gabrial James
2-3 and 4-5 pm
Gabrial James Photo

Gabrial James is a solo artist originally from Grand Rapids, now living in Spring Lake. He got his start in music at the age of 10, enrolling in St. Cecilia Music Society of Grand Rapids under renowned conductor and professor of music, Anton Armstrong.  St. Cecilia provided him the opportunity to perform with the Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago symphonies, seasonal concerts as well as numerous collaborations with other local choirs and musical outfits. His dream of playing music for a living has since become reality, performing frequently in west Michigan. His style of music pulls from several genres including classic and folk rock, country and bluegrass, soul and blues.

304 S. Mears, Whitehall, MI
The Playhouse provides Michigan music, theatrical entertainment, films, and youth theater education year-round.

Tommy Foster & Justin Avdek
1-2 and 3-4 pm

Two local musicians, Justin and Tommy make up the FA in the FAN Club, a local group in West Michigan. They play a wide variety of original and covers in creative fashion, and love to make it sound awesome.

Karen and Eric Smith
2-3 and 4-5 pm

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Karen Snider Smith and Eric Smith have been playing music together for over thirty years. They met and toured together in various bands in the 80s. Their musical style encompasses tunes from the 30s to the present with their own unique twist. They have played various venues in West Michigan including The Playhouse at White Lake. Together they raised 4 beautiful children and reside in Montague, Michigan.

304 S. Mears, Whitehall, MI
The Whitehall U.S. Post Office Venue is sponsored by Eastbrook Homes 

Bret Balcom
1-2 and 3-4 pm
Bret Balcom Photo

Bret Balcom (the band formerly known as The Last Straw Motel) is a singer-songwriter of the last 18 years. While taking inspiration from multiple genres, Bret is most influenced by 60s/70s rock and early 2000s indie/punk. He has played shows all across West Michigan both as a solo act and as a band frontman. Bret is currently working on writing new songs for a up and coming project.

The Illustrated
2-3 and 4-5 pm
The Illustrated Photo

The Illustrated is an original alternative/pop rock band based in Atlanta, Ga. Their music stems from a variety of different influences including Kings of Leon, Matchbox Twenty, The 1975, Hippo Campus, Kaleo and many more. The band members Paul, Jordan and Jorge met while attending school at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. The bassist Zack, was later added to the group during his studies at the Schwob School of Music. They are currently playing shows around the Atlanta area in support of their EP release in March of 2022.

100 W. Colby, Whitehall, MI
A microbrewer, offering craft beer brewed on site. 
Fetch will have a special brew for this event named “More Cowbell.”

John Merchant
1-2 and 3-4 pm

John Merchant’s earliest memories revolve around one thing: making music. “There was never a time where I thought ‘I want to be a fireman, or I want to be a soldier’, from day one it’s been music.”  He lives in Ludington, Michigan with his wife, Jenifer, 14-year old son Quinn, and dog Ela.  He works a day job where he helps alcoholics and drug addicts navigate early sobriety, plays solo dates, duos with former Dutch Henry bandmate Greg Miller, violinist Angela Corbin, 80s hair metal throwback “American Hairband”, does freelance gigs, studio work for clients including Netflix and feature films, and teaches music privately and for clients such as G2S schools. 

Eric Engblade Trio
2-3 and 4-5 pm
Eric Engblade Trio Photo

Eric Engblade is “Folk-Rock With Teeth”, a joyful Northern Michigan bequeath, pouring over the tug-o-war between wants and needs. His music tells great tales of mystic marvels, advent, and adventure! He is the modern Michigan Ringmaster: Theatric in his antics; Silly in his nature; Swing in his tempo; A showman thoroughly rooted and suited in the art of illustrating a vision, taking listeners on a mission, from his heart to yours.

112 E. Colby St., Whitehall, MI
The Pocket Park Venue is sponsored by CatchMark Technologies
CatchMark Technologies provides technology services and support .

Blaine Luis Band
1-2 and 3-4 pm

The Blaine Luis Band is an Ann Arbor based blues, funk, and rock trio reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. The band features warm, gritty vocals provided by Blaine Luis and accompanied by his blazing psychedelia infused guitar riffs, thunderous bass grooves from Sean McCrystal that could topple mountains into the sea, and his son, Ian McCrystal forming the bands unstoppable pulse on drums.

Dave Burel
2-3 and 4-5 pm

Dave Burel has been an active participant in the West Michigan live music scene since the British Invasion of the 1960s. He has been a member of many Muskegon area bands over the past 50 years. Today, he continues to perform for audiences playing electric and acoustic guitar as a solo artist. When you come to see Dave perform live, you can expect to hear a wide variety of songs that YOU WILL KNOW and can sing along with from Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash and the Everly Brothers to The Beatles, Jimmy Buffett, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray and more.

310 Thompson St,  Whitehall, MI
The Veterans Memorial Venue is a community park and monument.  It is sponsored by Aludyne Automotive Mfg.
Aludyne’s Montague Operatio
n specializes in casting of aluminum high integrity parts. 

Found Innocents
1-2 and 3-4 pm

Found Innocents are a rock band from West Michigan.  The three piece, each from almost completely different musical backgrounds, come together to make a sound that is both unique and entertaining.  Their lyrics are inspired by experiences of love, faith, and life as they know it.  Be sure to set aside time to check them out, you won’t regret it!

Nate Dill
2-3 and 4-5 pm

Nate Dill is a Professional Guitarist from Muskegon, MI who performs throughout Michigan and also teaches private lessons. Dill graduated from Muskegon Community College in 2019 with an associates degree in Music Performance and has played all over the midwest since 2016 in various bands such as: Skyking, Matt Williams and Camaram. He is currently writing original music with progressive metal, classical and jazz influence that will be performed by his band later this year. @natedillmusic on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube

115 W. Hanson, Whitehall, MI
Outdoor recreational store selling and renting kayaks, paddle boards and bikes. 

Caly Michigan
1-2 and 3-4 pm

Caly Michigan born La’Shawntay Herring is a Hip-Hop Artist from Grand Rapids, MI. She’s a mother of a daughter with Bilateral Retinoblastoma whom she has to provide daily care throughout chemotherapy. That is her motivation to pursue her dreams, go back to school and become the mother her daughter deserves. She believes everyone deserves a voice and with that they can tell their story. She uses her voice address social issues and shed light on her personal experience.

The Rupple Brothers
2-3 and 4-5 pm
Rupple Brothers Photo

“The Rupple Brothers are a psychedelic folk ensemble who combine a love for family, music, life, and improvisation to create a musical space unlike any other. Born unto song, brothers Evan and Cole, and an ever expanding cast of soul brothers, traverse the entire spectrum of sound and space; each being proficient in multiple ways of musical strangeness, while bringing a positive and powerful family message with their brand of wild folk. They have carved themselves out a respected place amongst the Michigan music scene, throwing their own annual grassroots festival Handmade Music Festival in their home of Chesaning, opening for bands like Chirp & Good Old War, opening up for White Denim at Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch, and playing top tier venues and festivals across the state. They plan to carry their stories of song to the furthest reaches of the universe .”

124W. Hanson, Whitehall, MI
Provides information on shoppingmarinasgolfparks and beachesaccommodationscottage rentalsrestaurantslocal eventshikingthings to dolocal businesses, etc. 

The Incantations
1-2 and 3-4 pm
Photo Incantations

The Kalamazoo-based band, the Incantations, weave a delicate tapestry of dark and light, twisting together the elements of blues, rock, and folk music that define Americana. Lisa Mackie and Ryan Gladding conjure up evocative lyrics that etch an indelible mark in your memory and melodies that resonate long after the last note has been played. The music that they summon is a powerful reflection from the roads they have traveled.

Mady Simon
2-3 and 4-5 pm
Mady Simon Photo

Mady Simon is an alternative guitarist, percussionist, and vocalist who gained her start by joining her schools band program. Her love of performing and music only increased in high school when she began to perform in talent shows and learned guitar. Her favorite thing about performing is standing out both visually and with her sound.

South of Fishing Bridge, Whitehall, MI
Venue Sponsored by HarborLight Credit Union

The Kettle Belles
1-2 and 3-4 pm

Michigan’s premier jazz duo The Kettle Belles featuring the talents of Chuck Whiting and Laurie Laing

2-3 and 4-5 pm

Joesephella is a husband/wife musical duo based in western Michigan whose indie folk vibe resonates with audiences young and old. Adam Joeseph (guitar and vocals) has been a professional musician since the age of 15, including a stint opening for Wild Horses. He has been performing solo for over half a decade and is best known for unique medleys of stripped-down classics, underrated gems, and comedic tunes. Ella Boleynn (vocals) was always a poet and closet singer/songwriter, but she didn’t take the stage until 2021 when Joesephella debuted as part of the official summer street musician cast in the City of Gatlinburg. Ella is now determined to give birth to the songs she always imagined would only live in her head. The couple’s musical influences include Neil Young, John Prine, Jimi Hendrix, Leon Russell, The Rolling Stones, Dolly Parton, and the downhome country music of Ella’s beloved grandparents

North of Fishing Bridge, Montague, MI
Venue Sponsored by HarborLight Credit Union

Troy Kaley
1-2 and 3-4 pm
Troy Kaley Photo

Troy Kaley grew up in Whitehall playing music with friends around the fire. He recently moved back to Grand Rapids from Chicagoland and would love to play your bar. Troy plays a variety of music from many different Genres and Generations to keep people moving.

Lauryn Allen
2-3 and 4-5 pm

 Lauryn is a 17-year old singer/songwriter born and raised in Allendale, MI. She began writing songs at age 15 as a way of staying busy during the covid lockdown of 2020. She graduated high school in April of 2023 and has been chasing her dream of a full-time songwriting career ever since. She has an indie-country style and plays all original music.

Rotary Pavilion, Montague, MI
Venue Sponsored by Windberg Construction

Greg Hillebrand
1-2 and 3-4 pm

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Greg is well-known in the White Lake area as THE saxophone guy. He plays solo alto and tenor sax with backing tracks to well-known jazz and pop songs. He is a regular performer on Saturday mornings at the local farmer’s and artisan market in Montague, but has also been featured at local area pubs, wineries, wedding receptions and other venues. Greg played at last year’s WTB in White Lake at the Largest Weathervane in the World. He was well-received, and by being a solo saxophonist with a big sound playing songs that people know, offered something a bit different in the mix of other artists.

Lightly Salted
2-3 and 4-5 pm

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Lightly Salted is a band from the White Lake Area that consists of the father son duo, Tim and Oliver Evans as well as Andy Urquhart (not shown) on mandolin. The trio plays a wide variety of acoustic Roots Rock, Blues and Americana music. 


8735 Water Street, Montague, MI
Provides quality craft brews and offers food to pair with its brews. 
North Grove will have a special brew for this event called “Get Rhythm.”

Nathan Walton & The Remedy
1-2 and 3-4 pm

 Two-time Jammie Award Winner Nathan Walton appeared on Season 3 of ABC’s American Idol, where he received a Golden Ticket and competed in Hollywood with talented vocalists from all over the country. West Michigan’s original soul-rocker, Walton fronts his band The Remedy and released their award-winning record “Daybreak” and sister record “Nightdrive” in 2022.

2-3 and 4-5 pm
Nomads Photo

The bluegrass project of White Lake pickers RJ Nordlund, Nate Wagner, Scott Nesbit & Rich King, Nomads brings years of experience, captivating vocals and dynamic playing to every stage they play.

8774 Ferry St, Montague, MI
Large selection of books and coffees, home baked pastries, paninis, soups, wraps, and tapas. 

Phyllis Miner
1-2 and 3-4 pm

A solo and collaborative musician, Phyllis is honored to have performed with many of Michigan’s finest musicians and ensembles, including Dr. Stephen Jones (trumpet), Professor Emeritus from Western Michigan University, Bob Ward (bass trombonist) of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Holland Symphony, Opera Grand Rapids, the Chancel Choir of First (Park) Congregational Church, and many others.  Phyllis has three commercially-available recordings, one of classical piano music, Gardens in the Rain, and the second, The Stages of Grief – A Journey of Healing, comprising original harp music. The third recording, Angels Dance, is original harp music with some flute and violin accompaniment. 

4 Hands on 2 Pianos
2-3 and 4-5 pm

Master duo pianists Steve Thielman and Bryan Uecker will perform works by Smit, Mussorgsky, Debussy, Barber and more.

8774 Ferry St, Montague, MI
A little pub down the road from White Lake. Featuring homemade food and drinks
and a friendly atmosphere that feels like home!

1-2 and 3-4 pm

As a five-piece band, we perform an array of covers and originals that are mainstream, engaging, and just plain fun. Our band covers songs from artists like Chris Stapleton to Whitney Houston to Michael Jackson, along with some fun 90s hits. We also like to showcase our original material.

Chris Clayton Loop
2-3 and 4-5 pm

Chris Clayton is a solo musician based in West Michigan who takes listeners on a journey with his music. His favorite part of Looping is showing the crowd how he builds songs up and breaks them down.

4574 Dowling St., Montague, MI
Feature their own craft beers, ciders, and wine coolers. 
Sawyers Brewing Co will have a special brew for this event called “Amplifer.”  

Nick Veine
1-2 and 3-4 pm
Nick Veine Photo

Nick Veine is a singer-songwriter and composer born and raised in Manistee, MI. He grew up playing rock and blues before he started singing, pivoting to acoustic music without losing that electric flair. His passion encouraged him to attend Berklee College of Music, where he earned his Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Writing & Production and eventually to pursuing and completing a Master of Music in Classical Composition at Belmont University.  Nowadays he plays around the mitten performing his eclectic mix of blues, country, jazz, and original music. Think Johnny Cash meets James Taylor meets Alan Menken.

Kyle Brown & The Human Condition
2-3 and 4-5 pm
Kyle Brown Photo

Kyle Brown & The Human Condition are a Folk Rock Fusion band based in West Michigan. Originally from Grand Rapids, front man Kyle Brown led the band Bigfoot Buffalo from 2014-2019. After a year traveling and the subsequent shutdowns, Kyle regrouped in Muskegon County where he formed The Human Condition in 2022 with Mike Schertenlieb (Drums), Kosta Karis (Bass), and Mikey Olsen (Keys). Their debut album was released in July 22′ and they’ll be in the studio in fall/winter 23/24′ to record their follow up. Kyle Brown & THC fuse folk, reggae, country, jazz, funk, blues and more into their own unique sound they call “Folk Rock Fusion”. Check them out at a brewery, festival, or summer concert series near you!

8660 Water Street Montague, MI
Montague’s Artisan Market Village features charming cottage-style shops that sell
leather goods, metal works, wellness products, jewelry, and more. 

Wyatt & Shari Knapp
1-2 and 3-4 pm
Knapp Photo

Known for their sparkling vocals, lush harmonies, and tasteful blend that sets them apart, this personable and engaging husband-wife duo has warmed the hearts of audiences throughout Michigan and beyond. While remaining true to their traditional and Americana roots, their music reaches into genres as rich and diverse as bluesy folk, “high lonesome” bluegrass, and timeless classics of the 1940’s. Shari’s rhythm guitar provides a pleasing foundation for Wyatt’s finger-style and flat-picking guitar leads, as the two serve up fresh arrangements of obscure covers, time-tested favorites and original tunes for audiences of all ages. “Wyatt and Shari’s chemistry & connection, together with their solid musicianship, makes for a fun and entertaining experience.”

HAIVEN, Bella Wright, and LORRYNNE
2-3 and 4-5 pm
Haven Photo

HAIVEN, Bella Wright, and LORRYNNE are three Interlochen Arts Academy alum who teamed up to tour the Midwest, just two years after graduating from Interlochen’s singer/songwriter program. Their music is a culmination of folk and indie-pop, with each of their individual artist projects releasing new music this year. Originally meeting in Traverse City, Michigan, but now hailing from Liverpool, England, and Kansas City, MO, this group has come together from far and wide to put on an unforgettable show of lively music and stories from across the pond and beyond.

8718 Water Street Montague, MI
World’s Largest Weathervane! 

1-2 and 3-4 pm

From the first note to the last, FlyLiteGemini, play and sing every note with passion and intensity as they push aside the veil and travel through the musical ether to create a unique experience through repeating themes of love, hope, and the soul’s journey through dark and light. Drummer Sam Rice and bassist Dan Hildebrandt form a driving rhythm section that will have you tapping your foot or hitting the dance floor, laying the foundation for Joe Chamberlin’s Hendrix-like guitar solos and Nate Karnes classic rock keys. The band’s tight vocal harmonies soar in choruses that will lift you up and make you want to sing along! The band’s latest release “Time & Space” is nominated for best Rock/Pop album at yhe 2023 WYCE Jammie Awards.

Isaac Berkowitz
2-3 and 4-5 pm
Isaac Berkowitz Photo

Isaac Berkowitz is a singer/songwriter out of Grand Rapids, MI founding member and song writer of the band Desmond Jones, Isaac mixes many styles into a tasty jam stew that you’ll be sure to ask for seconds!

100 N. Lake Street, Whitehall, MI
Community Pig Roast and After Party to be held 5:30 – 8:00 pm
The $5,000 Raffle Drawing to be held at approximately 7:00 pm
Door prizes will be drawn throughout the After Party from 5:30-8:00 pm
You do not have to be present to win.
After Party sponsored by City of Whitehall TIFA

Jam Session – Bands from the Music Festival, will be playing for your enjoyment!!

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