Last night was an evening of great toe-tapping blues and history in the Community Room at the Peter White Public Library.
The audience was packed as local blues band, U.P. Gumbo, played a variety of blues folk, cajun, zydeco, boogie and more from New Orleans, Mississippi and the whole Delta region– starting with the early 20th century and moving forward.
U.P. Gumbo band members are all long-time legends of the Marquette music scene, including Bill Hart on resophonic guitar and vocals; Dan Flesher on upright bass and vocals; Warren Hantz on keyboards, dobro and banjo; and Randy “Da Bones Man” Seppala on percussion.
The music inspired a few of the more daring audience members to get up and dance, and between songs, lead vocalist Bill Hart offered great context as to how and where each song came about.
Bluesday Tuesday is one of many Blues-oriented events going on around town to watch out for.
The “Music in the Park” series will present a Mini Blues Fest on this coming Friday, June 28 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Presque Isle Bandshell in Marquette. There is no admission charge for the event, and music will be provided by Harp, Hart and Bones, Travis and the Midnight Movers and the Flat Broke Blues Band.
Summer blues events will culminate in the 10th Annual Marquette Area Blues Fest over Labor Day weekend. Three days packed with great music from local bands as well as two from Detroit and New York City. Find out more and get your tickets HERE!