Winter Roots Festival all set for this Saturday

Published: Feb. 20, 2019 at 4:44 PM EST
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By the last weekend in February, even snow-lovers are ready for a change. That seems especially true this year.

That's why Susan Divine, Executive Director of Hiawatha Music Co-op says this Saturday’s

is timed practically perfectly.

"This has been a hard winter so far. So if you've been kind of sluggish and laying around the house, Saturday is the day to get out and shake off the winter blues," boasted Divine.

The festival is the first of its kind in Marquette. However you may recognize many of the musicians and performers from the various summertime festivals and venues.

For $10 you'll get a commemorative Winter Roots Festival button. That button will get you access to three locations full of family fun.

The day starts at 10 a.m. at the Peter White Public Library with local musician, Jeff Krebs and his ukulele workshop.

"I'll have plenty of ukes there. But you also can bring your own. I'll be going over the basics of ukulele the history, how to play and your first chords. We'll be singing some songs together. It's open to anyone and to all ages,” Krebs declared.

Krebs runs Yooptone Music on Third Street. He also performs with The Union Suits, playing bluegrass and old time country. Krebs even sings original and traditional children’s music. So bring your kids.

Kids under 12 years old get in for free.

"I like to engage the audience quite a bit. I do a lot of call and response. I ask questions and I like to get kids and their parents and grandparents moving around if I can. I like to get them dancing," Krebs announced.

You’ll definitely want to bring you dancing shoes. There’s traditional folk dancing, Celtic dancing, Cajun dancing, Finnish dancing and more.

You’ll find an entire day full of family fun at PWPL, including a DIY instrument building workshop vocal improve and a unique one called Rhythm & Bones. That will feature some rather unique musical instruments you don’t find every day.

You’ll want to plan your day wisely because there’s more. You won’t be able to see everything. For the cost of the original $10 button you get access to a full afternoon of music at the Ore Dock featuring Union Suits, Flat Broke Blues Band and more.

You can also choose to check out several talented songwriters at the Marquette Commons including Michael Waite, John Gillette, Sarah Mittlefelhdt and more. Entry to see those artists is also covered by the $10 one-time cost of the button.

$10 buttons are available in advance at Peter White Public Library, NMU’s Beaumier Heritage Center and at the Hiawatha Music Co-op Office on Third Street.

Then at 7:30 cap off the evening at the Kaufman Auditorium with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and special guest, Westbound Situation. Their feature piece, ‘Whiskey Before Breakfast’ combines folk and bluegrass music arranged for orchestra. Tickets to the MSO performance are available separately at the NMU ticket office and at the door.

to visit the Winter Roots Festival website. Read about the local sponsored that helped make this event possible, scheduling, artists, musicians and more.