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Fennville ‘Tuesdays in the Park’ Concert Series
Posted: Jul 2, 2013

The eleventh annual Fennville “Tuesdays in the Park” free community concert series continues on July 9 with Madcat Midnight Blues Journey.

Conducted by harmonica wizard Peter Madcat Ruth, this eclectic electric quartet is fueled by the guitar and steel fireworks of Drew 'Cap'n Midnight' Howard, and propelled by the mighty rhythm section of bassist Mark Schrock and drummer Michael Shimmin.

Veterans of the concert and festival stage, the recording studio, clubs, and listening rooms, Madcat Midnight Blues Journey (aka MMBJ) brings seasoned stage presence and improvisational exuberance to standard and obscure blues tunes, folk and jazz melodies, and original music.

Expect a rocking journey through familiar blues destinations… but be ready to take a trip down a musical fork in the road with Madcat Midnight Blues Journey.

Grammy award winning Peter Madcat Ruth has established an international reputation through his exhilarating, riveting virtuosity on the harmonica. His expertise on this instrument has amazed audiences world-wide. He is equally at home playing blues, folk, jazz, country, or rock and roll. Performance Magazine refers to him as "A harmonica virtuoso who is rapidly approaching legend status."

Drew ‘Cap’n Midnight’ Howard is a fixture on the Michigan roots music scene,  fluent in all guitars, pedal and lap steel guitar, dobro, and all things with strings. He has played in “A THOUSAND bands and ensembles over 30 + years”, recorded countless sessions, and was bestowed Detroit Music Awards Outstanding Country Instrumentalist in 2010. Drew is a proud member of the Earthwork Music Collective. 

Bassist/multi-instrumentalist Mark ‘Papa’ Schrock has been playing music with Madcat off and on since the late 1970s. When not playing with MMBJ, Mark can be heard playing with Drew Nelson and Highway 2, Jive At Five, The Schrock Bros, and Jimmy Dillon. A veteran of the Michigan scene, Mark is also the music director and proprietor of Salt of the Earth, a popular farm to fork restaurant and roots music venue in Fennville, Michigan.

Understating his technical rhythmic prowess, drummer Michael  Shimmin says “Sometimes I hit things with sticks of wood; other times I use my hands.” A graduate of Western Michigan University’s percussion program, Mike is everywhere, laying down blues, rock, Irish, world, and jazz grooves with the olllam, Red Sea Pedestrians, Joshua Davis & Fool Rooster, Millish, Seth and May, and the Starlight Six.


The concert will be held at Memorial/Paradise Park on north Maple ST in downtown Fennville. Music begins at 7PM. In case of inclement weather the concert will take place in the lower level of the Fennville District Library. Free to the public the concerts are sponsored by the following businesses:

Alexander Drug Store, Allegan Community Federal Credit Union, Allegan County News,

 Charlie Schreiner Photography, Chemical Bank, City of Fennville Downtown Development Authority, Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant and Bakery,  Edward Jones/Paul Hix office,  Darpel and Associates Builders, Inc., Drew Accounting Inc.,  Fenn Valley Vineyards,  Fennville Family Medicine,  Fennville Station Dining Coach and Lounge,  Fennville/Pearl United Methodist Church,  Golden Orchards Assisted Living,  Greater Fennville Chamber of Commerce, Hidden Pond B&B,  Hop’N,  Huntington Bank,  J. Paules Fenn Inn,  Lakeshore Lodging,  Lakeside Electric of Fennville LLC,  Maridrew Properties,  McKellips Construction,  Mill Pond Realty,  Nature’s Market,  Pinnacle Foods Group LLC,  Salt of the Earth,  Septic Tank Systems Co. Inc., Virtue Cider.

Anyone wishing to contribute toward concert sponsorship should contact Martha Wickett-Schrock at 616-644-8239 or email .



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