Blue Water Ramblers
2017 Tour
tour 2017 map
Saturday, January 141 PM - Closing timeTop
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.
      Banjo-Jim, Bear, Dr. Tom, Marten and California Dan
Sunday, January 292 - 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 306:00 - 9:00 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
Saturday, February 187:30 - 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 257 - 9 PMTop
We are heading to Howell to play a House Concert at Banjo-Jim's oldest friend's, Rick Novak. The address is 140 S. Hughes, Howell, MI 48843. Reach Rick at 586-663-6683 or $25/couple or $15/single. Beverages and snacks provided.
      Banjo-Jim, Bear, California Dan and Dr. Tom
Saturday, March 1111 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 11, 2017. Bring your children and your own inner child for some riotous fun.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Friday, March 176 - 11 PMTop
On Friday, March 17 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
Friday, March 247 PMTop
Come on out to the Jackson Coffee Company at 201 S Mechanic St, Jackson, MI 49201. Their entertainment schedule can be found at Telephone (517) 990-6770.
      Bear, Deacon Marten and Banjo-Jim
Friday, May 127 - 9 PMTop
We are excited to perform in the new LowellArts on Main Street in Lowell. Funds will be used to continue the renovations of this 1880s building and support programming. for details.
      California Dan, Dr. Tom, Deacon Marten, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Sunday, May 213 - 5 PMTop
We are performing at Creston Brewery in their Sunday afternoon taproom series. Join us for excellent, good music and fine food. Creston Brewery is at 1504 Plainfield NW, corner of Quimby.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim, California Dan and Dr. Tom
Friday - Sunday, May 26 - 28, 2017All 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
Thursday June 1 - Sunday June 4, 201710 AM - 12 AMTop
We are playing the Niles Bluegrass Festival. On Thursday June 1 we will perform on the Main Stage at 6:30 PM and present a completely different show at 8:15 PM.
      Bear, California Dan, Tom and Banjo- Jim
Saturday, June 36:30 - 9:30 PMTop
Private square dance wedding reception.
      Banjo-Jim, California Dan, Bear, Deacon Marten and Dr. Tom
Thursday, June 87 - 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
June 9 - 11, 2017All day and night!Top
NorEast'r Music and Art Festival in Mio on the banks of the AuSable River at the Oscoda County Fair Grounds. Rustic camping is available and the food booths offer the best in town! We'll be singing, picking, jamming and having fun. We are performing four times.
      Bear, Califorina Dan, Dr. Tom, Marten and Banjo-Jim
Wednesday, June 1410:30 AM - 12:30 PMTop
We will perform farm and garden music at the Hudsonville Farm Market at Terra Square in Hudsonville on a sunny Wedensday. Join us for fresh produce and sweet tunes.
      Deacon Marten, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, June 157 - 9 PMTop
We're performing at a Fremont concert in the park. Join us for summer time music.
      Deacon Marten, Bear and Banjo-Jim
June 18 - 24, 2017All day every day!Top
Banjo-Jim will teach beginning banjo and guitar at Wheatland Music and Dance Week June 18 - 24. Sign up at 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.
Saturday, June 246:30 - 7:30 PMTop
We're playing a summer evening concert at the Dewey Canon Park Gazebo in Three Oaks, Michigan. Join us in this historic town in southwest Micighan just north of the Indiana border.
      Dr. Tom, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Sunday, June 252 - 4 PMTop
We're entertaining at an afternoon festival in Beaverton. Come on down for fun and music!
      Bear, Banjo-Jim, Dr. Tom and California Dan
Monday, June 267 - 9 PMTop
We are heading back to Onekama (3 pronounciations ;>), your next vacation destination, for a concert in the park.
      Dr. Tom, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Friday, June 307 - 9 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers will entertain 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, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Wednesday, July 57 - 9 PMTop
We will be singing our songs at the harbor in Harrisville as part of the Harbor Nights concert series.
      Bear and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, July 67 - 9 PMTop
We are performing on a big stage in the park in Buchanan, a pretty little city in southwest Michigan.
      Bear, Dr. Tom and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, July 82 - 3:30 PMTop
We will play the Manistique Folk Festival Saturday afternoon. Join us and other great band in a historic port city.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, July 137 - 9 PMTop
West Branch (of the Rifle River) is the Victorian City. Join us for a concert in the park.
      Bear, Dr. Tom and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, July 157 - 9 PMTop
Dr. Tom takes the stage with his solo act playing a special theme concert called Songs For Troubled Times (or songs of peace, justice and social consciousness) at Bob and Shelley Hudson's Shaker Barn in Ada Michigan, 8405 Baileau Oak Dr. just off Bailey Dr. Come on out and consider ways we can all be kind and respectful to our fellow travelers on Planet Earth. Call Tom at 616-690-1135 or Bob and Shelley at 616-682-4830 for more information.
      Dr. Tom
Wednesday, July 197 - 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, Deacon Marten and California Dan
Thursday, July 207 - 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, Deacon Marten and California Dan
Thursday, July 208 - 11 PMTop
Dr. Tom continues the tradition of playing his annual July solo show at The One Trick Pony in downtown Grand Rapids.
      Dr. Tom
Friday, July 217 - 9 PMTop
Bear, Deacon Marten 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, Californai Dan and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, July 223 - 4 PMTop
Put on your tie dye and let your freak flag fly! Friends Mike Tremblay and Tom Schlicting have organized a 60's Fest noon - 6 PM July 22 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 21 - 23, 20173:20 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers will share our progressive modern folk songs 3 PM Sunday, July 23 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
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Wednesday, July 266:30 - 8 PMTop
We will perform our bluegrass set in the park in Sparta.
      Bear, California Dan, Dr. Tom, Banjo-Jim
Thursday, July 277 - 9 PMTop
We're performing at the Marshall Bluegrass Festival in the town that almost became the state capital, almost became the railroad hub of Michigan and almost became the pharmacutical center.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim, Dr. Tom, Deacon Marten and California Dan
Friday, July 287 - 9 PMTop
We're going back to Milford! The Huron Valley Council for the Arts has invited the Blue Water Ramblers to present our musical take on life at their Friday Night Live concert June 27.
      Bear, Dr. Tom and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, July 296:30 - 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, Deacon Marten, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Wednesday, August 27 - 9 PMTop
We will present our music at a Concert in the Park in Luther.
      Dr. Tom, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, August 37 - 9 PMTop
Listen to our music at Mill Point in Spring Lake on a summer's eve.
      Bear, Dr. Tom and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, August 52 - 4 PMTop
Lake Odessa Art in the Park features artists, crafters and music. Drive on over for fine day.
      Banjo-Jim, Jay Round and Dr. Tom
Thursday - Sunday, August 10 - 13, 2017All 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, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Sunday, August 2012 - 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! The festival features artists, crafters and local foods along with entertainment.
      Bear and California Dan
Friday - Sunday, September 8 - 10, 2017All 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 15 - 17, 2017All 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

      Banjo-Jim and Bear
October 13 - 15, 2017Day and eveningTop
The Book Nook and Java Shop of Montague are hosting a Bluegrass and Old Timey Weekend Oct. 13 - 15. The Blue Water Ramblers kick off the event Friday at 7 PM. Then stop by for brunch Saturday with Calabogie Road 10 - 12. 7 - 9 PM Zellie's Opry House Band. Sunday brunch at 10 with Hawks and Owls. For more information: The Book Nook and Java Shop
      Bear, Deacon Marten, Dr. Tom, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, October 1411 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 19th year now. Bring the kids and enjoy Rambler music, a petting zoo and pumpkin carving for Halloween.
      Bear and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, November 187:30 - 9:30 PMTop
We will present our songs of life on earth at the Flint Folk Music Society's Sippin' Lizzard Coffee House concert series. The venue is Greater Flint Arts Council Gallery, 816 S. Saginaw St. in Flint.
      Banjo-Jim, California Dan, Deacon Marten, Bear and Dr. Tom
Friday, December 88:30 - 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