Blue Water Ramblers
2018 Tour
tour 2018 map
 
Saturday, January 68 - 10 PMTop
We're performing at Trinity House in Livonia. Our friend and west Michigan legend Ralston Bowles will share the stage. 38840 West Six Mile, Livonia, MI 48152. Telephone 734-464-6302 Doors open 7:30. $15, $12 for subscribers
      Bear, Dr. Tom, Banjo-Jim and Ralston Bowles
Saturday, January 131 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 212 - 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 296:00 - 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 37:30 - 9 PMTop
We're heading to Pinkney to play the White Steeple Stage, Community Congregational Church, 125 E. Unadilla Street, Pinckney, MI. From 3 - 5 PM we'll host a 60s jam. Then we perform our contemporary folk at 7:30. For more information contact Deb Reynolds, 989-944-2626, dreynolds@pinckneypirates.org
      California Dan, Dr. Tom, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, February 1011 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, February 11, 2018. Bring your children and your own inner child for some riotous fun.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, February 177:30 - 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
Sunday, March 113 - 4 PMTop
Blue Water Ramblers will concertize at the Ann Arbor Public Library at 343 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor. Their phone is (734) 327-4200.
      Banjo-Jim, Dr. Tom, California Dan and Bear
Friday, March 167 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
Saturday, 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
Sunday, April 8NoonTop
Fountain Street Church is holding a soup and bread fund raiser for the hurrican victims in Port Austin, TX. We will provide appropriate blue grass music for the event. Please join us with an appetite and a check book. ;>)
      Banjo-Jim, California Dan, Dr. Tom and Bear
Saturday, April 286 - 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, Dr. Tom and Califoria Dan
Saturday, May 128 - 9 PMTop
We got a wire! We'll be on the radio from Blue Lake May 12 from 8 - 9 PM on the Michigan Saturday Night program. Tune in to WBLV, 90.3 MHz or WBLV-FM, 89.9 MHz.
      California Dan, Dr. Tom, Deacon Marten, Bear and Banjo-Jim.
Sunday, May 204 - 6 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 25 - 27, 2018All 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
June 8 - 10, 2018All 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
Thursday, June 144:30 - 5:30 PMTop
Join the Blue Water Ramblers on a journey through Michigan in song and verse at the Roscommon Public Library. Lumberjacks, sailors, farmers and all the rest.
      Bear and Banjo-Jim
Friday - Sunday, June 15 - 17, 2018All 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
Thursday, June 217 - 9 PMTop
We're performing at the Park in the pretty village of Oxford.
      Bear, Dr. Tom and Banjo-Jim
Friday, June 226:30 - 8:30 PMTop
We're playing a concert in Kollen Park right next to California Dan's home in Holland. Please join us.
      California Dan, Dr. Tom, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, June 236:00 - 8:30 PMTop
We're shoving off for a picnic cruise down the mighty Grand River on the Grand Lady riverboat. Bring a picnic dinner and relax to the music of the Blue Water Ramblers while you scan the skies for bald eagles. All beverages must be purchased on board. Boarding begins at 6. The dock is located next to Riverview Airport at 775 Taylor Street Jenison, Michigan 49428. 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, June 2712 - 1 PMTop
Bear, Dr. Tom 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, Dr. Tom and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, June 287 - 9 PMTop
The Oscoda Rotary Club has invited us to perform June 28 at Oscoda Beach Park as part of their On The Beach concert series.
      Dr. Tom, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Friday, June 296:30 - 8:30 PMTop
The Blue Water Rambler Trio will share our music at the gazebo in Middleville.
      Dr. Tom, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, July 57 - 9 PMTop
We're performing our Bluegrass sets at a Fremont concert in the park. Join us for summer time music.
      California Dan, Dr. Tom, Deacon Marten, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Friday, July 67 - 9 PMTop
We're concertizing in the park in East Jordan, home of the world famous iron works.
      California Dan, Banjo-Jim and Bear
Wednesday, July 117 - 9 PMTop
Off to Big Rapids to play the band shell.
      Bear, Dr. Tom and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, July 126:30 - 8:30 PMTop
It's time to pop down to Milan for a fine concert in the city park. Join us on a perfect summer evening.
      Banjo-Jim, Dr. Tom and Bear
Saturday, July 142 - 3:30 PMTop
We will play the Manistique Folk Festival Saturday afternoon. Join us and other great bands in a historic port city.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, July 197 - 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
Friday, July 207 - 9 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers 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, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, July 217:30 - 9:30 PMTop
Wellington Farm USA is a working time capsule from the 1930s just outside of Grayling. Join us for a rollicking good time Saturday evening July 21 under the giant oak trees. Camping is available.
      Banjo-Jim, California Dan, Bear
Wednesday, July 257 - 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
July 27 - 29, 20183 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers will share our progressive modern folk songs 3 PM Sunday, July 29 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 27 - 29 on The Harm Farm, 4846 Hulbert Rd., Lake Ann, MI 49650 Details at DunesvilleMusicFestival.com.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Wednesday, August 112 - 1:30 pmTop
We are excited to be performing our music at the beautiful Dow Gardens in Midland at the Lunchtime Concert Series.
      Bear, Dr. Tom and Banjo-Jim
Wednesday, August 16 - 8 PMTop
We will present our music at a Concert in the Park in Luther.
      Dr. Tom, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, August 27 - 9 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers head up to Manistee to play the Roots on the River series.
      Banjo-Jim, Bear and California Dan
Friday, August 37 - 9 PMTop
We're playing a conert in the park in Mecosta.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim and Dr. Tom
Thursday - Sunday, August 9 - 12, 2018All 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
August 11, 20182 - 5 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers entertain at 2 PM at the Grand Marais Music and Art Festival. After our stage show we will lead a jam session - bring your ax.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Sunday, August 1912 - 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, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Wednesday, August 226:30 - 8:30 PMTop
Curtis is in between the gem-like Manistique Lakes in the U.P. The Erickson Center promotes music, drama and the visual arts in the region. Join the Blue Water Ramblers for an evening of our music of life in Michigan. We will be outdoors in the Erickson Center Park Gazebo.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim and California Dan
Thursday, August 307 - 9 PMTop
Listen to our music at Mill Point in Spring Lake on a summer's eve.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Friday, August 317 - 9 PMTop
We're playing the Log Cabin Stage in Kaleva, home of the world famous bottle house.
      Banjo-Jim, California Dan and Bear
Friday - Sunday, September 7 - 9, 2018All 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, California Dan, Deacon Marten, and Banjo-Jim
Friday - Sunday, September 14 - 16, 2018All 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
October 12 - 14, 2018Day and eveningTop
The Book Nook and Java Shop of Montague are hosting a Bluegrass and Old Timey Weekend Oct. 12 - 14. The Blue Water Ramblers kick off the event Friday at 7 PM. Then stop by for brunch Saturday with Zellie's Opry House Band from 10 AM to noon. Saturday evening we feature the Dan Seabolt Experience. Dan is a premire Michigan fiddler and he will have his excellent band with him. For more information: The Book Nook and Java Shop
      Bear, Deacon Marten, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, October 1311 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 20th year now. Bring the kids and enjoy Rambler music, a petting zoo and pumpkin carving for Halloween.
      Bear and Banjo-Jim
Sunday, October 142 - 3 PMTop
Family Party at LowellArts! Bring the kiddies and bring grandma and grandpa: No one is to young or too old for fun with the Blue Water Ramblers.
      Banjo-Jim and California Dan
Saturday, October 207 - 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, Bear and California Dan
Saturday, October 277 - 9 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 October 27th. Please join us! The details: $10, $8 seniors and students
      California Dan, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Wednesday, October 318 - 10:30 PMTop
Spooky folk songs! Please join us at the SpeakEZ Lounge for a performance by Grand Rapids folk legends Blue Water Ramblers. We write and perform songs with contemporary themes to traditional stylings. Stay tuned for guest set from another West Michigan legend. The SpeakEZ Lounge is at 600 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, telephone.(616) 458-2689.
      California Dan, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, November 177:30 PMTop
We're playing our 'home court', the Grand River Folk Arts Society. The Blue Water Ramblers write contemporary folk songs: modern themes in traditional settings. The venue is the Wealty Theatre Annex, 1110 Wealthy SE just west of Fuller Avenue. Ticket Prices: $12 General, $10 seniors, students with student ID's two admissions for $10, $9 members, $3 2-12 year olds. For other information, please call (616) 246-6468 or (616) 361-9219. Door open at 7.
      Deacon Marten, California Dan, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Friday, December 78 - 10 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. 7.
      Bear, Deacon Marten and Banjo-Jim
Friday, December 147 - 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, Marten and Bear