Bluegrass Music, Craft Activities to take the Stage at Kearsley Park

Ryan-Bellows-Bluegrass-BazaarMusicians from all over Michigan and elsewhere will break out their banjos and washboards Saturday, June 6, as part of the Ryan Bellows Bluegrass Bazaar. Flint’s Kearsley Park will host the free event, celebrating bluegrass music and the sub-genres/culture it has inspired, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 6.

The current lineup includes:

  • Poet Nathan Haskins
  • String Thing (Flint-based, 4-piece band)
  • Old Napper and the Spittoon Stompers (Owosso-based band)
  • The Matchsellers (Kansas City-based artists)
  • Mel and/or Ron Hammon Band (Flint-based members of the Michigan Bluegrass Music Association)
  • Covert (Flint- and Detroit-based band playing space-rock, funk n’ roll-soul, jam-grass, blues-reggae)
  • New County Grass (Flint-based musicians playing modern and traditional bluegrass)
  • The Ragbirds (Ann Arbor-based artists)

At 3 p.m., audience members are encouraged to put on their dancing shoes and join the Grand River Squares, a Grand Rapids-based LGBTQ Square Dancing Club, in the park’s pavilion.

There will also be a children’s area with crafts, scavenger hunt, free raffles, corn hole tournament, scavenger hunt; and shopping bazaar featuring various art, craft and antique vendors.

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Fenton Community, Jazz Orchestras to Host an Evening of Classic and Jazz Favorites

img_3533 purple curtainThe Fenton Community Orchestra (FCO) and Fenton Jazz Orchestra will perform a variety of classical works and jazz standards during their 5th Spring Concert Celebration on Friday.

FCO will perform well-known works like Copland’s Hoe-Down from Rodeo, Stravinsky’s Berceuse and Finale from The Firebird Suite, and Saint-Saens’ Royal March of the Lions from the Carnival of the Animals. The Fenton Jazz Orchestra will take on favorites like Limbo Jazz by Duke Ellington, Doozy by Benny Carter and Boplicity by Miles Davis.

“Our fifth season as an orchestra has been wonderfully full,” says Jennifer Fleck, Executive Director of the FCO, a community -supported orchestra under the musical direction of Andrew Perkins, Director of Bands for Fenton Area Public Schools.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Fenton High School Ruby Zima Auditorium, at 3200 W. Shiawassee Ave.

In addition, interested parties are encouraged to email [email protected] if they would like to attend the Thursday dress rehearsal, set to run from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is free but donations are appreciated.  For more information, visit

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Buckham Alley In Downtown Flint Is The Place To Be This Saturday Night

buchkamNow in its fourth year, Buckham Alley Fest has quickly become one of the most interesting and anticipated events in all of Flint. Sure, there are the stalwarts downtown – Back To The Bricks, The Crim, and Bikes On The Bricks – which all draw thousands and thousands of people to the area but none of those events feel as Flint as BAF does. What those other events, great as they are, don’t do is embrace some of the things that make this modern Flint what it is – the art, the music, and the food. The event uses an alley in Flint where several local businesses reside – Pages Bookstore, The Torch Bar & Grill, The Loft, and 501 as well as some smaller businesses – with the small side street transformed into a music venue, an art showcase, and an area of outdoor seating and eating as thousands come out to this free festival.  Beginning at 4 p.m. this Saturday the festival fills not just Buckham Alley (which is in between First Street and Second Street downtown) but will spill into First Street and will fill the entirety of the alley itself. With two stages set up there will be ten music acts with different styles and from different genres playing through the evening which will set the soundtrack as people check out the dozens upon dozens of vendors selling food, clothing, crafts, and jewelry. In their own area will be local artists showing and selling their work. Since its inception the festival has become an amazing showcase for local artists and performers and this year will be no different with demonstrations and art performances slated for the evening as well.

With an event that’s still relatively ‘new’ Buckham Alley Fest has become an event that people look forward to all year and with great reason – this is a festival for and about Flint and which looks to add to the already busy summer calendar. If you have never made it to a Buckham Alley Festival then this is a great time to change that. There are a lot of wonderful events centered on Flint during the year but few of them are made from the fabric of the city and woven back into its eclectic tapestry highlighting the many things that that make the city so special.

Buckham Alley Festival
Saturday, July 12, 2014
4PM – 10PM
Buckham Alley, Downtown Flint, MI (between Second Street and First Street)

A Weekend For Festivals

tokyo-ferris-wheel-odaibaYou can tell that summer has finally arrived now that all of the area’s festivals are kicking into full swing.  This is one of those weekends where truly, if you can’t find something fun to do with your friends and family then the problem is you!

 ‘Fun In The Sun’ Flushing Summer Festival

Kicking off with a Luau Parade and duck race things only get better with rides, several music performances, and a talent show for local country acts. Truly, there is plenty to keep everyone busy.

Flushing Summer Festival

June 18-21, 2014

Downtown Flushing


Linden Mills Days Festival

Along with the usual midway fun there will be a car show, fireworks, an ‘80’s hairdo contest and more. The highlight may well be the Highland Games though which has kilted competitors testing their skills, stamina, and power in several feats of strength such as the Stone Put, the Kaber Toss, the Hammer Throw and more. Now they just have to make a strong wind doesn’t play heck with those kilts…

Linden Mills Days Festival

June 19 – 21, 2014

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Grand Blanc Family Fun Fest

A Superhero and Princess parade, a Rising Star contest, an entertainment tent, carnival rides, a beautiful baby contest and a 5K run/walk – what more could you need? Probably a nap after a day at the Fun Fest!


Grand Blanc Family Fun Fest

June 19-22, 2014

Physician’s Park area


Greek Festival

The Greek Festival returns to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church for this weekend celebration of Greek traditions and culture. There will be LOTS of Greek food on hand as well as entertainment for the whole family. Foodies may want to make a special trip out to the Greek Festival because I have a feeling that your mouth won’t stop watering until you do.

Greek Festival

June 20-22, 2014

Assumption Orthodox Church

2014 Flint Art Fair

If you are looking for a more relaxed pace with a touch of the arts then you might want to head out to the 47th Annual Flint Art Fair this weekend where dozens of artists will be on hand with their arts and crafts for sale on the grounds of the Flint Institute of Arts. Along with the artists there will be food vendors for when you get hungry and thirsty and music to keep you moving. This is the perfect event for the patrons of the arts out there and for people looking to add to their art collection.

2014 Flint Art Fair

June 21-22, 2014

Flint Institute of Arts grounds

A Day Of Peace and Remembrance

This is an event that is a little more serious than the others but is a wonderful way to get involved in the community. The focus here is a Unity March and a Community Expo just outside of Downtown Flint. Things kick off at 11AM with the Unity March where participants will walk together to promote peace and people are encouraged to bring memorial tributes to their loved ones. This will be followed up by a Community Expo with dozens of organizations offering information on the many services they provide. There will be free food for all that attend as well. Later in the evening there will be a Gospel Fest to end the evening with musical fellowship.

A Day Of Peace And Remembrance

June 21, 2014

6901 N. Saginaw Street – Our Savior Lutheran Church

 And along with all of THIS there’s also the opening of the new Flint Farmer’s Market site so there is no shortage of things to see, hear, and experience this weekend. It’s the kind of weekend that makes this area so special and reminds you of the diversity and wonder our area holds and truly beckons you to see and be seen.



Join The Celebration At the 10th Annual JUNEBOREE This Friday

Banner_mini_flat_02-Medium1-e1296450432312This Friday marks another Art Walk in Downtown Flint and it also marks the tenth anniversary of the Creative Alliance’s Juneboree, a celebration of all things weird and wonderful.  The Creative Alliance is a a collective of artists, writers, and musicians who work together to create art and outreach events in and around the city of Flint and who work together to support each other’s emerging skills and careers.  Juneboree is a fun music and art show that embraces the spirit of the carnival and the atmosphere of a street fair.  This year there will be live music, visual art, street performers and more.  The event will run during and after the Art Walk and will feature over fifteen artists and four bands will be rocking the night away.  The event will be held at Churchill’s Food & Spirits right on Saginaw Street across from the University Pavilion and the fun will be plentiful.


Friday, June 13, 2014

6PM – 2AM

Churchill’s Food & Spirits – 340 S. Saginaw Street, Flint, MI, 48502

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Sun, Fun, And The Beach Come To Downtown Flint This Weekend

sun of a beachIf you’re a Parrothead then the smell of cheeseburgers, the sound of crashing waves, and the thought of a margarita are the summer thoughts that get you through the rest of the year but for those folks that aren’t as familiar with the music of Jimmy Buffett this may all seem a little odd. This Saturday though the beach and summer fun will be coming to Downtown Flint as the Sun of a Beach Festival hits town for one day only.  The festival is a one day celebration of Jimmy Buffett and the life and love of the beach.  The event is sponsored by Chasse Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio and Landshark Lager and will run from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Attendees will be greeted by 160 yards of sand and professional sand castle artists turning that sand into beautiful sculptures.  Keeping everyone moving will be Buffett tribute band Parrots of the Caribbean as well as ZBTB, a tribute band playing the music of the Zac Brown Band.  Set up around the Festival will be food and drink vendors to keep everyone well fed and not thirsty and all attendees are encouraged to bring their beach chairs and beach blankets so they can be comfortable as they kick back and enjoy the day.

For those that are interested in attending there are Advance tickets available for FREE at several local locations listed on the event’s website but if you miss out you can get in for only $5 and for a day of fun, sand, and music that’s a pretty small price to pay. The surfing may be rough out in the Flat Lot this weekend but the sand will be great and the beach will definitely be in full effect.

Sun Of A Beach Festival

Saturday, June 14, 2014

1PM – 7PM

Flat Lot – Corner of Saginaw Street and Kearsley Street in Downtown Flint

Tickets – $5 at the door

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The Sweet Sounds Of Bluegrass Music Will Echo Through Kearsley Park This Saturday!

Bluegrass BazaarThis Saturday historic Kearsley Park will be filled with the sounds of Bluegrass Music as the Kearsley Park Bluegrass Bazaar sets up shop for the day. This celebration of bluegrass music will kick off the music at noon and will go until nine at night with several bands from across Michigan hitting the stage throughout the day.  Along with the music there will be workshops and projects from local artists as well as vending from local crafters, vintage dealers, and artisans.  Musicians won’t be left out of the fun though as they are encouraged to bring their instruments along with them for impromptu jam sessions and networking in the park.  For those that want to learn a little more about music and all its varied forms Mott Community College will be on hand to let anyone interested know about their music programs and offer assistance in signing up if it is needed.  This is a free event thanks to the support and participation of several local sponsors.

There are a lot of festivals in the county throughout the summer but very few of them are as dedicated to music as this one is and there are few things finer than sitting outside on a warm summer day and listening to live tunes.

Kearsley Park Bluegrass Bazaar

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Noon – 9PM

Kearsley Park – Flint, MI (Located off of Robert T. Longway, just past the Mott campus)