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Hip Happenings in Michiana

Niles Bluegrass Festival

In its 9th year at Niles’ beautiful Riverfront Park, this free bluegrass festival features 2 stages of bluegrass and Americana music and is held June 2nd through the 5th.  It specializes in non-traditional bluegrass that has elements of rock, country, and blues. Festival booker Tom Majerek says “the bluegrass genre of music has evolved in many directions and is broader than people think. One of the reasons we keep the festival free is we want people to experience that.” National, local, and amateur acts all share the stages, and people who attend can participate too. Confirmed performers this year include touring acts Kenny and Amanda Smith, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Special consensus, The Roys, as well as festival torch bearers like Lonesome Meadow and Goldmine Pickers. There is a workshop tent where people can meet the artists and get musical instruction. Arts and crafts vendors sell their wares on site as well. Oh and don’t forget the food. According to Majerek “there are plenty of food vendors with lots of options, a whole parking lot full of vendors. You can get elephant ears to a full meal.” Then there is the location itself, which features affordable camping for the event. “It is one of the most beautiful places to watch a concert, it’s open air with the St. Joseph River right by your side.” says Majerek.

On July 31st the Shady Grove festival in Berrien Springs will bring together a unique combo of locally grown food and live music. In its 12th year, it is held the last Sunday in July each year. The festival features roots music and traditionally oriented rock, jazz, Irish, old-time country, and bluegrass. Entrance to the event is free, and local farmers donate food that is sold there to pay for the event. Festival patrons can enjoy sweet corn picked the morning of the festival, organic beef burgers, and freshly picked local fruit. It is an all day event with music workshops and instrumental contests where players from far and wide compete for cash prizes. It is held in beautiful Grove Park above the dam on the St. Joseph River overlooking Lake Chapin. According to festival coordinator Jan Burda “It’s a unique free festival that is family oriented for young to old. There is always something going on.”

Goshen First Fridays

The whole town of Goshen and the surrounding areas come out to play on Goshen First Fridays. From 5-9PM in downtown Goshen restuarants, taverns, art galleries, musicians, artists, the Goshen Theater, various entertainers, and performers throw a free giant roving street party that has something for everyone. It really is a fun and unique experience. A great range of people and happenings all come together in the classic small town ambience of downtown Goshen to make First Fridays something special.