Designed to help foster cross-cultural understanding in our diverse society, the Great Lakes Folk Festival is a celebration of the nation’s Upper Midwest, traditional and cultural heritage through the work of artisans and the music of regional artists, as well as a smattering of international performers.
This annual festival, held on the MSU campus, features performances on four different stages by nearly 100 musicians and dancers, numerous food stalls, artisans with unique, handmade crafts, hands-on activities for young, old, and in-between, demonstrations, workshops and more.
Great Lakes Folk Festival is a wonderful experience for traditional music lovers as audience members are often encouraged to join in with the singing, dancing, and even playing along at some of the impromptu jam sessions that occur. The music and dance at the festival is chosen to cover a wide range of genres and styles from across the spectrum of folk music tradition as well as from across America and around the world.
Performers scheduled for the 2014 program include:
Bob Bernard – Old-time Fiddle
Seth Bernard and May Erlewine – Old-time Strings
Paulette Brockington – Swing Dance and Lindy Hop
Paul Dahlin – Swedish Fiddle
Thornetta Davis – Blues Singer Songwriter
Detour – Bluegrass
Girsa – Irish Celtic
Golden Griffon Stringtet – Celtic/Contra/Square Dance
Lisa Haley and the Zydecats – Zydeco
Heartland Klezmorim – Klezmer
Ruby John – Métis/Canadian/Michigan Old-time Fiddle
Maria and Yahví – Mariachi/Son Jarocho/Son Calentano
Thomas Maupin, Danny Rothwell & Overall Creek – Old-time String Band/Buck Dancing
Arlene McDaniel Quartet – Jazz
Trae McMaken – Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country
Jerry Minar – Old-time Concertina
Bev Minar – Old-time Concertina
Glen Morningstar – Contra/Square Dance Caller
Pierre Schryer – Canadian Fiddle
2014 Great Lakes Folk Festival
Michigan State University Museum
East Lansing, Michigan
Great Lakes Folk Festival Lodging
The English Inn, Restaurant and Pub is less than a half hour’s drive from the Michigan State University Museum and the Great Lakes Folk Festival. Consider a stay at the historic English Inn, Restaurant and Pub when in the area for lodging that is an affordable attraction in itself. You will be transported to a different, more magical time by our stately grounds, delectable meals, uncommon hospitality, and upper-tier amenities.