CRYSTAL FALLS - On Sunday, Feb. 9, the Second Sunday Folk Dance will present a concert by Chris Kokesh and LJ Booth.
These seasoned solo performers recognized a strong musical affinity when they first met at Texas's Kerrville Folk Festival in 2010. Kokesh and Booth began touring together in 2011.
The concert starts at 4 p.m. at the Fortune Lake Camp in Crystal Falls. White Water (Dean and Bette Premo) opens the event with a short concert and will be joined by Carrie, Emma, and Susan Dlutkowski. Chris Kokesh and LJ Booth will then perform the featured concert. Music for the dance portion of the evening is by The Front Parlor Dance Band with dance calling by Steve Kickert.
Chris Kokesh and LJ Booth
Wisconsin native LJ Booth has received significant acclaim as a songwriter. SING OUT! magazine called him "a master craftsman of incredibly profound songs," and folk music master John McCutcheon says, "few writers I know are as musical, literate and elegant."
Hailing from Portland, Ore., Chris Kokesh developed her chops as the fiddle player for Misty River, a band that toured in the Northwest for 15 years. She released her first full-length solo effort "October Valentine" in 2010, debuting on the Folk DJ charts at #20. She is an engaging solo performer, as well as a versatile fiddle player and harmony singer. The duo combines LJ's distinctive guitar playing and Chris's vibrant fiddling with sparkling harmony singing and great songs.
The Feb. 9 concert will be a standout.
All Second Sunday Folk Dance ends at 7 p.m. Admission is $7 per adult and children 15 and under are free.
Again this year, the SSFD offers an old-time music jam session lead by fiddler Bob Arthur. This is held in the dining hall at Fortune Lake Camp between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Bring an instrument (including your voice) and play along. There is no charge for the jam session.
The remaining line-up of guest musicians for the 29th season includes Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys (March 9) and Red Tail Ring (April 13).
If you would like to sponsor the SSFD with a tax-deductable donation, contact Bette Premo at (906) 822-7889.
Second Sunday sponsors include Angeli Foods, Badwater Guitars, Crystal Lumber Building and Supply, Andrew Davis, Ralph and Jean Eckerberg, Doug Felger, David and Julie Holperin, Geoffrey Lawrence, Lindwall Motors, Inc., Microsoft, Northern Michigan Bank and Trust, Paula Pryor, John and Judy Reed, Nelson Rounds, Tall Pines Grocery, William Verrette, Mike and Nancy Lewis, John and Helen McFarland, Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp, and White Water Associates.
The Fortune Lake Camp is located between Iron River and Crystal Falls, two miles west of Crystal Falls on U.S. 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. Lodging in either high-comfort or rustic accommodations is available at Fortune Lake Camp. For lodging reservations, call (906) 875-3697.