Blue Water Ramblers
2016 Tour
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Saturday, January 912:30 PM - MidnightTop
Winter Wheat means you don't have to wait until May for a dose of Heaven on Earth, Wheatland! Join the Blue Water Ramblers and a host of other great groups at The Intersection, 133 Grandville SW in Grand Rapids. We will open the day with a jam session, so bring your ax. Then there will be musical performances on two stages and dancing. We're doing a stage show at 3:50 in the Moustache Lounge.
      Banjo-Jim, Bear, Dr. Tom, Marten and California Dan
Sunday, January 242 - 4 PMTop
The Sachs family - Ruby, Helen, Paul and Lisa - have a tradition of fun, music, dance and fellowship to support the Beaver Island Music Festival. (Private party for the in crowd - call Paul ;>)
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Monday, January 256:00 - 9:30 PMTop
It's the annual benefit for West Michigan Catholic Charities and God's Kitchen, Soup's On for All. Sing with us at Dr. Grin's, enjoy fine soups from all the best restaurants and bid on fabulous items in the silent auction for the best cause.
      Banjo-Jim, Bear, Dr.Tom and California Dan
Tuesday, January 269:30 AMTop
Banjo-Jim is heading over to Lincoln Developmental Center for a square dance. The teachers are the motors for the students in their wheelchairs. So swing your partner and dose do!
      Banjo-Jim
Saturday, January 306:30 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers will perform at Larkin's (301 W. Main) in Banjo-Jim's home town: Lowell. We will celebrate the release of our new album,

Songs for You

and share the procedes with LowellArts. Please join us for good music and support of the arts. $10 Presale or $12 at the door. Stop by LowellArts, call 616-908-8434 or on line at LowellArtsMI.org.
      Banjo-Jim, Dr. Tom, Bear and California Dan
Saturday, February 6All day!Top
Join the Grand Rapids Public Museum on Saturday, February 6 for the annual Ethnic Heritage Festival. The Festival is a day-long celebration of music, dance, crafts and food representing the various ethnic groups that call West Michigan home.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. and features a variety of organizations, performances, beer tastings and presentations. The Museum Cafe will feature ethnic food selections and there will be a special International Beer Tasting from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m in the Museum. Event activities are included with general admission to the Museum. The International Beer Tasting is an additional $5.00 and open to those 21 and over. Tickets for the International Beer Tasting will be available for purchase at the Museum's front desk on the day of the event.

The city of Grand Rapids and the surrounding region have a long standing history of diversity and various cultural traditions dating back from early explorers and fur traders, to modern day cultural rituals from new residents of the region.

Organizations participating in this year's festival include: Swedish American Heritage Society of West Michigan, The Gaelic League, Polish Heritage Society, Anishinabec, Anishinabe Meejim, West Michigan Jewels of Africa, Grand Rapids Sister Cities, Le Clay, Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives, Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Grand Rapids Scottish Society, Korean Connection in West MI, Bethany Christian Services, Edelweiss Club of Grand Rapids, End of the Trail Jewelry and Mystic Spirits Art. Each booth will have various activities and displays for visitors to see and touch, learning more about each culture.

Colorful performances will take place throughout the day in the Meijer Theater and Galleria, starting at 10 a.m. Performances will include: MI Hiryu Daiko Flying Dragon Drummers, Le Clay with Le Zu, Ni Bhraonain Irish Dancers, Native American Drum and Dance Group, Greek Dance Group of Holy Trinity Church,

Blue Water Ramblers

and Imani Singers.

Visitors will be able to view the Museum's exhibitions, with two specific exhibitions having a primary focus on diversity and culture: Newcomers: The People of This Place which highlights the ethnic groups that have settled the Grand Rapids area, and Anishinabek: The People of this Place which focuses on the Native American culture in the region.


      Bear and Banjo-Jim
Tuesday, February 169:30 AMTop
Banjo-Jim is heading over to Lincoln Developmental Center to sing and concertise for the students.
      Banjo-Jim
Friday, February 197:30 - 9:30 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers are thrilled to perform our music in the venerable 1881 Howell Opera House. The Howell Opera House, built in 1881, is a recognized landmark in downtown Howell serving the community with a variety of quality arts and cultural events throughout the year. For more information or comments, call 517.540.0065.
      Tom, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, February 207:30 - 9:30 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers present all our songs of life present and past at Foundry Hall, Box office: 800.838.3006. Foundry Hall music series is named for a century old building in the heart of downtown that was extensively renovated in 2000-2001 from a former piston factory into a music hall and theatre. Check their website for the current location. At the Foundry Hall, interaction through the arts and shared experiences is the key to a happy, healthy, and vibrant South Haven.
      Bear, Dr. Tom and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, February 272 - 4 PMTop
We are proud to play Howard City's Zellie's Opry House, 230 E. Edgerton, Howard City, MI 49329. We will sing our songs detailing experiences real and imaginary over the last century from love to lumberjacks.

The musical tradition of Tennessee's Ryman Auditorium, Home of the Grand Ole Opry, is being kept alive in Howard City, Michigan. Like the Ryman Auditorium, Zellie's Opry House originally began as a church. Built in the 1860's, through the years the building has experienced change; however, original architectural details remain evident, including the wooden pew seating in the auditorium.


      Bear, Tom, and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, March 1211 AM - 1 PMTop
We love the children and will be leading all our children's activities at Wheatscouts in the Gladys Wernette Building at Wheatland starting at 11 AM on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Bring your children and your own inner child for some riotous fun.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
March 19, 20166 - 11 PMTop
On Saturday, March 19 the Singin' Irish Twins, Sean and Seamus, will hold forth with the best of the Irish-American repertoire at the Cottage Bar on LaGrave just off Fulton. Bring your best stories and songs to share.
      Sean and Seamus McGillicuddy-O'Rourke
Tuesday, March 229:30 AMTop
Banjo-Jim is heading over to Lincoln Developmental Center for a square dance. The teachers are the motors for the students in their wheelchairs. So swing your partner and dose do!
      Banjo-Jim
Friday, March 257 PMTop
Come on out to the Jackson Coffee Company at 201 S Mechanic St, Jackson, MI 49201. Their entertainment schedule can be found at JacksonCoffeeCo.com. Telephone (517) 990-6770.
      Bear, Deacon Marten and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, March 313 - 4:30 PMTop
The Grand Rapids Public Museum is a Grand Rapids Public School! The sixth graders will trip the light fantastic at a family square dance that culminates their six weeks of dance instruction. Sorry, it's a private party for the students and their families.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim, Deacon Marten and Jay Round.
Saturday, April 97:30 - 10:30 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers dance ensemble is motoring over to Manchester for a community square dance. Bring your Ma, bring your Pa, we're dancing the evening away!
      Banjo-Jim, Bear, Jay Round and Deacon Marten
Saturday, April 166 - 9 PMTop
We are heading north to Mio to help raise funds for NorEast'R Fest. We'll be picking and singing at Walker's Restaurant and Bar on Main Street. This is your chance to support one of Michigan's finest music festivals.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim, and Califoria Dan
Saturday, April 237:30 - 9:30 PMTop
In St. Joseph, Michigan music and art lovers converted a former box factory into the Box Factory for the Arts, a venue for art, drama and music. The Blue Water Ramblers are proud to be playing there on April 23. Please join us! The details: $10
      Dr. Tom, California Dan, Deacon Marten, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Sunday, April 242 - 4 PMTop
We are excited to play Sunday Afternoon LIVE! at the Cascade Township Library. The address is 2870 Jack Smith Ave. SE off Thornapple south of 28th. Come and listen to some fine music and check out a book while you're at it!
      Bear, Banjo-Jim,California Dan, Dr. Tom and Deacon Marten
Sunday, May 15:30 - 6:30 PMTop
We will sing our traditional gospel music at the gazebo at Crystal Mountain's Legacy Art Park.
      Banjo-Jim, Bear, California Dan and Deacon Marten
Friday - Sunday, May 27 - 29, 2016All day and half the night!Top
Dance, sing, pick, try some traditional arts and crafts and even take a few music lessons at Traditional Arts Weekend at Wheatland Music Organization. The Blue Water Ramblers will be picking, singing, and leading workshops. We are honored to once again join the Right Righteous Reverend Rockin' Roger Little's All Star Gospel Band for a Gospel Jam. Join us!
      Bear, Banjo-Jim, California Dan, Deacon Marten and Dr. Tom
Sunday, June 512:30 - 1:15 PMTop
Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids has been featuring art, music, poetry, chidren's activities, food booths and fun since 1973. The Blue Water Ramblers are proud to be performing on City Stage. Plan to spend the whole weekend!
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, June 97 - 9 PMTop
We're playing a concert in the park in Clare. Join us on a pleasant summer evening.
      Banjo-Jim, Bear, Marten and Dr. Tom
Thursday, June 167 - 9 PMTop
We're driving over to Beaverton to play Ross Lake Park at the first outdoor concert of the season. Great music, a beautiful setting and a balmy evening.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim, California Dan, Dr. Tom and Deacon Marten
June 19 - 26, 2016All day every day!Top
Banjo-Jim will teach beginning banjo, guitar and mouth harp (harmonica) at Wheatland Music Camp June 19 - 26. Sign up at WheatlandMusic.org for individual and small group instruction, jam sessions, dancing (Banjo-Jim is a caller) and performances. There will be fine instructors for all levels and instruments.
      Banjo-Jim
Wednesday, June 228 - 9 PMTop
Join us at Nardin Park United Methodist Church in Farmington Hills for an equinox concert.
      Bear, California Dan, Dr. Tom and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, June 237 - 9 PMTop
Listen to our music at Mill Point in Spring Lake on a summer's eve.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, June 307 - 9 PMTop
Exciting music in a pretty park in a small town on a beautiful lake: We're playing the Lake Odessa Concert in the Park.
      Bear, Deacon Marten and Banjo-Jim
Friday, July 17 - 9 PMTop
We're playing a conert in the park in Mecosta.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim and Dr. Tom
Saturday, July 21 - 5 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers and you will share songs all afternoon at Jam on the Grand at Riverside Park on Monroe Avenue NW in Grand Rapids. Look for a circle of smiling pickers at the Island Picnic Shelter. That'll be us! N.B. The Island Shelter is called the Lagoon Shelter by the locals.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim and all of you!
Monday, July 410:30 AM - 2 PMTop
It's a Blue Water Rambler tradition to celebrate America's birthday every year at the Ada 4th of July Celebration on the Commons. Classic cars, a beautiful quilt raffle, lots of arts vendors, traditional American food and the folk song of Michigan, America and YOUR life.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim and Dr. Tom.
July 6, 2016Noon - 1 PMTop
Bear and Banjo-Jim will entertain luncheon picnicers at St. Joseph's John E. N. Howard Bandshell at the corner of Lake Boulevard and Port Street. Bring your lunch to this Brownbag Concert.
      Bear and Banjo-Jim
July 6, 20167 - 9 PMTop
We're playing a concert in the park in Banjo-Jim's grandfather's boyhood town, St. Johns.
      Bear, Dr. Tom, California Dan, Deacon Marten and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, July 76:30 - 9 PMTop
We're shoving off for a bluegrass cruise down the mighty Grand River on the Grand Lady riverboat. The dock is located next to Riverview Airport at 775 Taylor Street Jenison, Michigan 49428. The grill will be fired up and the bar will serve your favorite bevereges. Directions: Take exit 69C of I-196 to merge onto Baldwin St. Turn right onto Cottonwood Dr. Turn right onto 10th Ave. Continue straight onto Taylor St.
      Tom, Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Wednesday, July 137 - 8:30 PMTop
Sault Sainte Marie Summer Concert Series in Locks Park. We'll sing of Michigan past and present as the freighters are locked through the MacArthur and Poe locks.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim and California Dan
Thursday, July 147 - 8:30 PMTop
Bayside Live on the Municipal Dock in St. Ignace. Vacation with us: Great music, great sights and a great city in the great north.
      Bear,Banjo-Jim and California Dan
Thursday, July 148 - 11 PMTop
Dr. Tom will entertain with his guitar styings of songs from the 80s til yesterday at the One Trick Pony. July 14th, 8 - 11 PM.
      Dr. Tom
Saturday, July 167 - 9 PMTop
Dr. Tom sings Bob Dylan for a 75th Anniversary Tribute House Concert in the Shaker Barn at Bob and Shelley Hudson's, 8405 Baileau, just off Bailey in Ada, follow the balloons. 7-9 PM on July 16. $10 admission. Phone 616-682-4830
      Dr. Tom
Friday, July 227 - 9 PMTop
Bear and Banjo-Jim will play for the Les Cheneaux Historical Society amongst the beautiful islands. Listen to our musical tales of life in Michigan past and present while you view the vintage wooden boats in the museum.
      Bear, Deacon Marten and Banjo-Jim
July 23, 20163 - 4 PMTop
Put on your tie dye and let your freak flag fly! Friends Mike Tremblay and Tom Schlicting have organized a 60's Festival noon - 6 PM July 23 in Port Sanilac. We are heading over to the thumb to dust off all our 60's folk rebellion songs from 3 - 4 PM. This event is sponsored by the Sanilac County Consortium of Arts and the Sanilac County Historical Village and Museum.
      Bear, Deacon Marten and Banjo-Jim
July 24, 20163:20 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers will share our progressive modern folk songs Sunday, July 24 at the Dunesville Music Festival. Dunesville's goal is to provide a family friendly atmosphere with lots of great Music, Arts and Crafts, Food and Fun on various stages. The festival takes place July 22 - 24 on The Harm Farm, 4846 Hulbert Rd., Lake Ann, MI 49650 Details at DunesvilleMusicFestival.com.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Wednesday, July 277 - 8:30 PMTop
We're performing in Big Rapids in the bandshell at Hemlock Park. The bandshell is located along Riverwalk and behind Big Rapids Middle School.
      Banjo-Jim, Deacon Marten and Bear
Thursday, July 287 - 9 PMTop
Concert in Centennial Park in Oxford Village.
      Banjo-Jim, Bear and Deacon Marten
Tuesday, August 27 - 8:30 PMTop
The Ada Historical Society presents a concert series on the lawn of the Averill Historical Museum in Ada Village. Join Bear and Banjo-Jim for an evening of music, fun, history and musical comentary on life.
      Bear, Deacon Marten and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, August 47 - 8:30 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers will fete Michigan and her fine citizens at the South Haven Municipal Marina. Join us on a beautiful summer evening.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Thursday - Sunday, August 11 - 14, 2016All day and half the night!Top
FarmFest at Farmhouse Music near Johannesburg is a gem of a music festival. In between all the picking and jamming with our friends, we will be performing on Main Stage at 7:40 PM Friday. Stacy Jo and Banjo-Jim will lead the Lighting of the Log of Last Year afterwards at the fire circle at 9: Share your FarmFest mojo.
      Bear and Banjo-Jim
Sunday, August 2112 - 4 PM.Top
Wild Blueberry Festival in Paradise on the Whitefish Bay of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Is that not the perfect venue for enjoying our great state and the Blue Water Ramblers? 'Nuff said!
      Bear and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, September 16:30 - 9 PMTop
We're shoving off for a bluegrass cruise down the mighty Grand River on the Grand Lady riverboat. The dock is located next to Riverview Airport at 775 Taylor Street Jenison, Michigan 49428. The grill will be fired up and the bar will serve your favorite bevereges. Directions: Take exit 69C of I-196 to merge onto Baldwin St. Turn right onto Cottonwood Dr. Turn right onto 10th Ave. Continue straight onto Taylor St.
      Tom, Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Sunday, September 410 AMTop
The Blue Water Rambler Quintet is heading up to the stump fence capital of the world: Trufant in Montcalm County. Much of the white pine for rebuilding Chicago after the Mrs. O'Leary's cow burnt it down in 1871 came from Montcalm County. The farmers who came pulled up the stumps and used them to fence their fields. We'll sing all our righteous gospel.
      Banjo-Jim, Bear, California Dan and Dr. Tom
Friday - Sunday, September 9 - 11, 2016All day and half the night!Top
We call it Heaven on earth for pickers. It's the annual Wheatland Music Festival on Wernette's farm just a mile southwest of Remus. Join us for the best traditional American music- folk, old time, blues, Cajun, bluegrass, gospel and much more. Moms and Dads: Practice up that precocious youngster and bring the child to Kid's Hill Open Mic at 5 PM Saturday. The next generation is taking the stage! Join us Sunday morning on the dance stage for a Family Dance - no baby is too young and no adult is too old to trip the light fantastic with Banjo-Jim and the Blue Water Ramblers.
      Bear, Tom, California Dan, Marten, and Banjo-Jim
Friday - Sunday, September 17 - 19, 2016All dayTop

Join us in Columbus, Ohio as the pages of Country Living magazine come to life with the annual Country Living Fair. The Blue Water Ramblers will entertain you with the best true country folk music as you shop the more than 100 exhibitor booths for antiques, vintage furnishings, crafts, gifts and collectibles. Enjoy food tastings, cooking demonstrations and the harvest/gourmet market. Attend decorating and crafting seminars and meet and mingle with the editors and contributors of Country Living for a weekend of fun family activities.

ADMISSION: One day $12 door or $10 advance; Weekend Pass $20 door or $15 advance; Early Bird Weekend Pass $30 advance only Enter any or all days at 9 a.m. and beat the crowds! Tickets go on sale June 1st

LOCATION: Ohio Village, A charming 19th century village conveniently located just off I-71 at Exit 11, across from Ohio State Fairgrounds, Columbus, Ohio.

TICKETS and INFO: Stella Show Management: 1-866-500-FAIR or on the web www.stellashows.com


      Banjo-Jim and Bear
Saturday, September 243 - 7 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers will perform at a private corporate event in a barn.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim, California Dan and Dr. Tom
Saturday, October 1511 AM to 3 PMTop
Auburn Hills Fall Festival in the Woods. in Auburn Hills. We're proud to be part of the festival for the 11th year now. Bring the kids and enjoy Rambler music, a petting zoo and pumpkin carving for Halloween.
      Bear and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, October 227 - 10:30 PMTop
Wheatdance: Banjo-Jim will be calling the squares and reels with the Blue Water Ramblers laying down a tuneful, solid beat. Wear your dancing shoes and trip the light fantastic with us at Wheatland in the Gladys Wernette Building. We'll make it a perfect autumn night!
      Banjo-Jim, Dr. Tom, Deacon Marten, California Dan and Bear
Wednesday, October 267:30 - 11 PMTop
Please join us at the SpeakEZ Lounge for a performance by Grand Rapids folk legends Blue Water Ramblers and Hawks and Owls. Our two groups have been keeping traditional music alive and exciting since the 1970s. The SpeakEZ Lounge is at 600 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, telephone.(616) 458-2689.
      Dr. Tom, California Dan, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Friday, October 287 - 9 PMTop
C3 Inclusive Spiritual Community is hosting a hoe down Oct. 28 at Camp Blodgett. The Blue Water Ramblers with Banjo-Jim calling will have you tripping the light fantastic.
      California Dan, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, October 298 - 10 PMTop
It's a double header! Drew Nelson will be singing a set of his wonderful songs and we'll perform the best of our repertoire at Trinity House Theater in Livonia located at the northwest corner of I-275 and Six Mile Road, just east of Haggerty Road. Find out all the happenings at Trinity House Theater.
      Banjo-Jim, Tom and Bear and Drew Nelson
Friday, November 47 - 11 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers present an evening of squares, lines, rounds and reels at the Grand River Folk Arts Society First Friday Dance. Led by GRFAS callers and Banjo-Jim's singing calls you will trip the light fantastic through contra lines, classic reels and modern squares. The venue is upstairs at Fifth Street Hall, 701 5th Street NW in Grand Rapids. The cost is $10. Questions? Please call ahead 616 307 0883 or email fri.contra@grfolkarts.org.
      Banjo-Jim, California Dan, Dr. Tom, Marten and Bear
Sunday, November 133 PMTop
We are heading back to the beautiful Port Sanilac on Lake Huron Sanilac for an afternoon of music at the Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum, 228 S. Ridge Street Port Sanilac, Michigan 48469 810-622-9946. The Blue Water Ramblers and Tom Schlichting and Ourselves will share the stage.

The Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum is a collection of more than a dozen historic buildings located on ten acres of the original Dr. Joseph Loop estate in the Lake Huron harbor village of Port Sanilac. The Sanilac County Historical Society invites you to step back in time as you wander through the beautiful gardens and the Victorian, Edwardian, and vintage buildings and exhibits that are featured on the property.


      Bear, Deacon Marten and Banjo-Jim
Friday, December 308:30 - 10:30 PMTop
Ann Arbor's Crazy Wisdom Tea Room is the place to hear traditional home-grown folk music. The Blue Water Ramblers will present our show there on Dec. 4.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim and Marten