MMC April Program Notes

By Mary Alice Brunner

This month’s theme is “ Together We Sing and Dance”

Date and location – Monday, April 6, 2015; 7:00 PM at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street in St. Joseph.  The program is open to the public.

The April program will feature a performance by local southwestern Michigan square dancers, bluegrass and folk music presented by Deep Fried Pickle Project, and a sing a-long with Stewart Beach on the banjo.

Square dancing will be performed by Greg and Char Cook, Mark and Jean Penwell, Russ and Sandy Looker, and Lee and Sue Scherwietz. All are dancers from various square dancing clubs in southwestern Michigan.  Caller Ken Burke has been calling for over 25 years.  Ken is a real entertainer who combines smooth and innovative choreography with his vocal talents.  Those that dance with him have a great time.  Ken’s widespread appeal can be attributed to his distinctive styling (as well as his offbeat sense of humor).  Ken calls through the A-2 level and is currently on staff at Chaparral Records.  He’s also recorded on the Four-Bar-B/ Quadrille label. 

Deep Fried Pickle Project is a bluegrass and folk band with members Alan Selvidge, Daniel Boone Daniel, and Charlie King.  The group started out as a jug band playing traditional 1920's music and have been together almost 15 years.  They make music using a variety of “instruments”, including guitar, Canjo, Panjolele, Suitcase Kick Drum, Nose Whistle, Washtub Bass, Washboard, Harmonica, Jug,

Ham-do-lin, Schlitar, Dobro, Slide-Whistle, and Song Sandwhich.  They will be performing: “Picklejuice”, by A. Selvidge, D. Daniel; “Foldin' Bed”, Traditional; “Boogie”, by J. Hartford, arrangement DFPP; “Savor Every Day”, by C. King; and “Mobile Line”, Traditional.

Stewart Beach is a resident of Bridgman. He has been a teacher of voice, stage presence, and a variety of stringed instruments, including guitar, banjo, and mandolin at the American School of Music in Three Oaks. He performs music of many genres spanning folk, bluegrass, jazz, and barbershop. Beach will lead the audience in a sing along of familiar tunes from traditional American folk and pop tunes of the last 150 years.