Harper and Midwest Kind
Grass Lake, MI
Billy Strings & Don Julin
Traverse City, MI
Grand Rapids, MI
The Lansing Unionized Vaudevil...
Venue Address (Get Directions)Pump House Concerts
Date and Time
Saturday, June 7th, 2014 at 2:00pm
Our annual outdoor festival. Five great bands! Food! Family fun! Bailey Park, 300 Bailey Street.
Pumpstock is East Lansing’s annual festival of American Roots Music. An afternoon of fun for the family in Bailey Park (bring a chair) with a playground, face painting, and food, including Lansing’s own Clint’s Hotdogs.
Big fun in Bailey Park. This year's lineup is (more details on each act follows the links)
Headliners Harper and Midwest Kind:
Drew Howard and Drew Nelson:
Billy Strings and Don Julin:
The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle:
HARPER AND MIDWEST KIND:
An amalgamation of blues, rock, funk, soul and world music, Australian singer/ songwriter "Peter D. Harper" creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. By combining traditional and modern influences, borowing from Western and Aboriginal music, Harper has created a highly original take on the roots genre which many have labeled "World Blues". His innovative use of electronic enhancement and feedback, breaks the traditional boundaries of the harmonica, giving his music its distinctive harmonics and effects. The powerful guitar sounds and the unique drone of the didgeridoo create raw yet eerie sonic textures, some how sounding primal and contemporary at the same time. No Depression Magazine,'s Rod Ames, adds that Harper " has written and arranged some of the most soulful blues rock filled music I've heard in quite sometime".
His prolific recording career and memorable stage performances allowed Harper to take his music beyond Australia. He’s played in the USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium and France. He first started performing in the United States in 1996, and has toured here regularly since. It was on one of these tours that he caught the attention of Blind Pig Records, which made him their first international signing. With a home at a U.S. label and growing appreciation for his music from American audiences, Harper made the permanent move to the U.S. His animated shows have been well received at blues festivals, world music festivals, and by fans of jam band music.Harper has become a huge favorite on the world wide festival scene with an average of 20 to 30 festivals and 200 club dates per year
Drew Howard is a musician, songwriter, performer, sideman, studio musician and teacher of almost 35 years. Drew has practical knowledge and experience regarding performance, production and facets of the music industry.
He has performed across the United States and Europe.
Drew plays and teaches acoustic & electric guitar, lap & pedal steel guitar, resophonic guitar (dobro), and other stringed instruments.
Areas of expertise include most Americana styles such as the blues, rock, country, bluegrass, Celtic, swing genres, as well as ambient, electronica, and klezmer.
Guitar-specific techniques include thumbpicking, flatpicking, fingerpicking, slide.
Steel guitar techniques include repertoire, bar control, fingerpicking, and more.
Michigan-born Navy veteran Drew Nelson is a storytelling songwriter and multiinstrumentalist. A fly fisherman and world traveler, he writes as a witness to the lives and journeys of those he has met along the way, mixing Americana and roots-rock with traditional folk styles.
Drew has toured across North America and Europe, performing solo and opening for popular rock artists like Melissa Etheridge and Edwin McCain as well as esteemed folk singers like Josh White Jr. and John Gorka.
“Drew Nelson is one of my favorite new artists,” John Gorka says. “His songs sound like the rest of us feel….dazed, angry, amazed and climbing.”
Drew garnered further attention in 2009, when he released Dusty Road to Beulah Land (Waterbug Records), and it topped the folk radio charts. It also caught the attention of the Grammy-winning indie label Red House
Records, which just signed him. “I love that Drew can rock out as well as write sensitive ballads,” Red House president Eric Peltoniemi says. “I admire his down-to-earth songwriting which portrays our world and ordinary people with such deep feeling and unflinching clarity. He has worked hard in life and hasn’t been afraid to get his hands dirty. He has 100% credibility in the subject matter he writes about, and I’m excited to get the chance to work with him.”
BILLY STRINGS AND DON JULIN:
Billy Strings & Don Julin play traditional American string band music with energy levels usually associated with extreme sports. A typical set includes haunting Appalachian songs, righteous gospel standards, and blazing bluegrass instrumentals. Honoring the musical traditions of Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and Jimmy Martin, these boys will take you back to that high lonesome sound of yesterday’s bluegrass. No super-slick Nash-pop here. This is your grandaddy’s bluegrass delivered with a pedal to the metal intensity of a moonshine runner.
Billy Strings is a 20 yr old, tattoo covered guitar picker/singer that you surely will be hearing about for years to come. “Blessed with the voice of an old soul from the mountains, a gentlemanly air, and the ability to sling hundreds of notes with razor-crisp precision at the speed of a machine gun, Strings’ flat-picking talent seems almost beyond comprehension to veterans of the local bluegrass scene, especially given his youth.” Northern Express Publications.
Don Julin For over 30 years, he has built a reputation as being one of the most eclectic and versatile mandolin players today. From jazz to bluegrass, from Vivaldi to Led Zeppelin, old-time fiddle tunes to ambient buddah-bar loops. His original mandolin compositions have been licensed by HBO, VH1, MTV, NBC, Showtime, Bravo, National Geographic Explorer, Fox Sports, and others. Julin is the author of the best-selling “Mandolin For Dummies” (Wiley & Sons 2012) and is an in- demand mandolin teacher giving mandolin workshops and master classes around the world.
THE LANSING UNIONIZED VAUDEVILLE SPECTACLE:
15-piece musical vaudeville act from Lansing, MI. New Orleans meets Eastern Europe at a carnival sideshow- presented theatrically for your pleasure! A melting pot of gypsy jazz, blues, klezmer, and Americana - proud to call Lansing, Michigan their home.