On Sunday, April 8, the Second Sunday Folk Dance presents a Michigan treasure: singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joel Mabus. White Water will provide the opening act. The concert and folk dance is held at the Fortune Lake Camp in Crystal Falls, Michigan and starts at 4PM CT. After the concert, the Front Parlor Dance Band and dance caller Steve Kickert provide dance music and instruction until 7 PM. Dean and Bette Premo organize and host the Second Sunday concert/dance series. A full season schedule is available at www.secondsundayfolkdance.com.
Joel Mabus may be called a singer-songwriter, but he doesn't sound like one. He's the son of a 1930's old time fiddle champ and a banjo-pickin' farm girl. His performing career began in college during the Vietnam era, where he studied anthropology and literature by day and played coffeehouses by night. One critic writes, "Joel Mabus knows his way around the English language and American culture just as well as he knows his way around a fretboard.” Born in 1953 in the southern Illinois town of Belleville, Joel has recorded 20 solo albums of original and traditional music since his recording career started in 1978. For three years running, Mabus has been in the top 10 most played artists in the Folk Radio Charts for North America (folkradio.org). The only other top 10 artists who share that 3-year distinction are Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. Joel's latest CD is 2015's “A Bird In This World” a guitar-driven album of original songs exploring the blues. A one-off in the folk world, Mabus defies any easy pigeon-hole. His palette ranges from mountain banjo to jazz guitar -- from sensitive introspection to wicked satire. He's both picker and poet, and from coast to coast over the past 40 years this Midwesterner has brought audiences to their feet, wanting more.
All Second Sunday Folk Dance events begin promptly at 4PM CT and end at 7PM CT. Admission is $7/adult. Children 15 and under are admitted free. We are already booking for the 34th season so mark your calendars for October 14, 2018. If you would like to sponsor the SSFD with a tax-deductable donation, contact Bette Premo at 906-822-7889.
The Fortune Lake Camp is located between Iron River and Crystal Falls (in Iron County, Michigan), 2 miles west of Crystal Falls on US-2. Turn south on Bible Camp Road and drive for less than a quarter mile. Turn right on Fortune Lake Camp Road and just drive a short distance.