AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL – Exploring

American Music’s Roots

Saturday July 24th 2021 – 11AM to 5:30 PM

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AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL – Exploring

AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL – Exploring American Music’s Roots

American Music’s Roots

Saturday July 24th 2021 – 11AM to 5:30 PM

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This year’s American Music Festival is an exploration of the roots of American music from 19th century work songs to old-timey guitar blues tunes, from Bluegrass to Jazz and Blues to Big Band. All of these musical genres are uniquely American in nature, and have had a profound influence on the evolution of American music.

The festival will be held on the Spring Creek Stage facing Dewey Cannon Park, at the Arts & Education Center, 14 Maple St in Three Oaks, Michigan.

Admission is free.
Bring your own chairs if you like.
Shade will be provided.
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Our Amazing Lineup

Garth Taylor and The Work Song Project

The Worksong Project is a collaborative venture between six diverse artists spearheaded by SAM founder and president, Garth Taylor. Garth is guitarist, composer/arranger and teacher at SAM.
 
Matthew Daniel —  Tenor — member of the Lyric Opera Chicago chorus and tenor soloist for the Michigan City Messiah. Matthew has taught voice at Culver Academy for over 20 years and recently began started teaching voice at SAM. Music is life!!
 
Tara Dodge — Alto — wife, mother, musician and artist from New Buffalo, Mich.  Enjoys her nine animals, looking for beach glass and the Green Bay Packers. A Yooper in birthright and spirit.
 
Lauren Eggleston — Soprano —  a  4.2 GPA Junior at St. Joseph High School and voice student at SAM.  Enjoys all types of music, especially Jazz.  When not singing or studying,  Lauren’s other interests include student government, quiz bowl, liturgical choir, cantoring at church, and  4-H.
 
Brendan Wagner — Percussion — Family man. Music lover.
 
Daniel Rodriguez —  Bass  —  Mr. Bassman. Put the bomp in the bomp she bomp she bomp, but not the ram in the rama lama ding dong.
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American Music Festival

This year’s American Music Festival is an exploration of the roots of American music from 19th century work songs to old-timey guitar blues tunes, from Bluegrass to Jazz and Blues to Big Band. All of these musical genres are uniquely American in nature, and have had a profound influence on the evolution of American music.

The festival will be held on the Spring Creek Stage facing Dewey Cannon Park, at the Arts & Education Center, 14 Maple St in Three Oaks, Michigan.

Admission is free.
Bring your own chairs if you like.
Shade will be provided.
AMF Icon

Our Amazing Lineup

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Garth Taylor and The Work Song Project

The Worksong Project is a collaborative venture between six diverse artists spearheaded by SAM founder and president, Garth Taylor. Garth is guitarist, composer/arranger and teacher at SAM.
Matthew Daniel —  Tenor — member of the Lyric Opera Chicago chorus and tenor soloist for the Michigan City Messiah. Matthew has taught voice at Culver Academy for over 20 years and recently began started teaching voice at SAM. Music is life!!
Tara Dodge — Alto — wife, mother, musician and artist from New Buffalo, Mich.  Enjoys her nine animals, looking for beach glass and the Green Bay Packers. A Yooper in birthright and spirit.
Lauren Eggleston — Soprano —  a  4.2 GPA Junior at St. Joseph High School and voice student at SAM.  Enjoys all types of music, especially Jazz.  When not singing or studying,  Lauren’s other interests include student government, quiz bowl, liturgical choir, cantoring at church, and  4-H.
Brendan Wagner — Percussion — Family man. Music lover.
Daniel Rodriguez —  Bass  —  Mr. Bassman. Put the bomp in the bomp she bomp she bomp, but not the ram in the rama lama ding dong.
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Patti Shaffner and Scott Pazera

Patti Shaffner’s songs and vocal skills appeal to varied audiences and musical tastes. Equally at home with jazz, folk and blues, she possesses a solid understanding of dynamics and stage presence. She has opened for the legendary Michael Smith, Dan Navarro and Special Consensus Bluegrass Band and her songwriting has garnered numerous awards. Patti has played our Spring Creek Stage before and we are thrilled to have her and Scott Pazera on our stage again. Learn more about Patti here.

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Scott Pazera

Scott Pazera has been playing bass and electric guitar for over 30 years. He performs with his own ensembles, does session work and is a side man for many of the top performers in both Chicago and Indianapolis such as Rich Little, Ce Ce Peniston, Henry Johnson and Fareed Haque among others.

Ben Benedict
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The Ben Benedict Blugrass Trio

The Ben Benedict band can often be found playing at clubs and festivals throughout the country. Ben’s songs reflect his journey from being born and raised in rural Missouri to working in the corporate boardrooms of the big city (Chicago), and onward to bigger hopes and dreams. His tunes speak to common themes, regardless of where you reside. Ben’s original song “Simplify”, as performed by the Henhouse Prowlers, won the 2010 International Acoustic Music Awards Bluegrass/Country song of the year, and is also featured on the popular video game “Watchdogs” released in 2014.  His original piece “Newsome Ridge” is the theme song from the PBS mini-series “The Ride of Our Lives,” written, produced and recorded by NBC “Today Show correspondent Mike Leonard. Learn more about Ben Benedict here.

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Ole Harv and the Blues Katz

Ole Harv (Harvey Stauffer) and the Blues Katz is a band based out of Elkhart, Ind. The blues DJ for WVPE public radio, Ole Harv does afternoon weekend blues revues, and is the driving force behind the band, which covers much of the blues idiom and plays a lot of driving classic blues tunes. They will rock our stage with classic blues. Learn more about the Ole Harv and the Blues Katz here.

Ole Harv and the Blues Katz
Ron Spears
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Ron Spears

Ron Spears, who has been playing finger picking style guitar for more than 40 years, has developed a repertoire that includes old-timey blues, ragtime, folk-rock and jazz standards. Ron has studied under guitarists such as Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna), Happy Traum and he gained his jazz chops with Tony do Rosario,  and Dale Prasco for his jazz stuff. “I just love playing tunes by Rev. Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie McTell and a slew of others, and so much fun to come up with my own arrangements while staying true to the tune.” Ron teaches guitar at the School of American Music in Three Oaks, Mich. and plays local venues.

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Ron Spears

Ron Spears, who has been playing finger picking style guitar for more than 40 years, has developed a repertoire that includes old-timey blues, ragtime, folk-rock and jazz standards. Ron has studied under guitarists such as Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna), Happy Traum and he gained his jazz chops with Tony do Rosario,  and Dale Prasco for his jazz stuff. “I just love playing tunes by Rev. Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie McTell and a slew of others, and so much fun to come up with my own arrangements while staying true to the tune.” Ron teaches guitar at the School of American Music in Three Oaks, Mich. and plays local venues.

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Down By The Dock Band

Down by the Dock is a big band formed some years ago in New Carlisle, Ind. from members of the New Carlisle town band that were looking for a new direction. The band, classic in composition of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, drums, keyboard, guitar and bass, plays a wide range of jazz classics as well as many modern pop tunes. The band shows just what a big band can do with motivated players who are just having a great time playing together. The band got its name by its rehearsal space in the old ballroom on Hudson Lake where many of the great Chicago big bands played in the ’30s and ’40s. You will be treated to tunes from the great big band era, such as “In the Mood” to pop tunes such as “Hey Jude.”  Learn more about Down By the Dock Band here.

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