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Fennville ‘Tuesdays in the Park’ Concert Series
Posted: May 23, 2014

The twelfth annual Fennville “Tuesdays in the Park” free community concert series begins on June 10 featuring the northern Michigan bluegrass duo of Billy Strings and Don Julin.

Billy Strings & Don Julin play traditional American string band music with energy levels usually associated with extreme sports. A typical set includes haunting Appalachian songs, righteous gospel standards, and blazing bluegrass instrumentals. Honoring the musical traditions of Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and Jimmy Martin, these boys will take you back to that high lonesome sound of yesterday’s bluegrass. No super-slick Nash-pop here. This is your grandaddy’s bluegrass delivered with a pedal to the metal intensity of a moonshine runner.

Billy Strings is a 20 yr old, tattoo covered guitar picker/singer that you surely will be hearing about for years to come. “Blessed with the voice of an old soul from the mountains, a gentlemanly air, and the ability to sling hundreds of notes with razor-crisp precision at the speed of a machine gun, Strings’ flat-picking talent seems almost beyond comprehension to veterans of the local bluegrass scene, especially given his youth.” Northern Express Publications.

Don Julin, a veteran performer for over 30 years, has built a reputation as being one of the most eclectic and versatile mandolin players today. From jazz to bluegrass, from Vivaldi to Led Zeppelin, old-time fiddle tunes to ambient buddah-bar loops. His original mandolin compositions have been licensed by HBO, VH1, MTV, NBC, Showtime, Bravo, National Geographic Explorer, Fox Sports, and others. Julin is the author of  the best-selling “Mandolin For Dummies” (Wiley & Sons 2012) and is an in- demand mandolin teacher giving mandolin workshops and master classes around the world.

The concerts will be held at Memorial/Paradise Park on north Maple ST in downtown Fennville. Music begins at 7PM. In case of inclement weather the concerts 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’s Drug Store, Allegan Community Federal Credit Union, Chemical Bank, City of Fennville Downtown Development Authority, Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant and Bakery, Cris’ Hairstyling Salon, Darpel and Associates Builders, Inc., Edward Jones Investments Office of Paul Hix, Fennville District Library, Fennville/Pearl United Methodist Church, Hop’N, Huntington Bank, Lakeside Electric of Fennville LLC, Lakeside Smiles, Larry Fuerst, Lifehouse Golden Orchards, Mac’ Landing Veterinary Service, Maridrew Properties, McKellips Construction, McKellips Plumbing, Mill Pond Realty, Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, Pleasant Hill Farm, Salt of the Earth, Septic Tank Systems Company and Virtue Cider.

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