CRYSTAL FALLS - On Sunday, March 9, the Second Sunday Folk Dance will present Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, the heralded bluegrass band fronted by acclaimed vocalist Lindsay Lou Rilko.
The group has an infectious spirit and optimism that drives them full steam ahead - writing, travelling, and performing a collection of music that ranges from hard-line traditional bluegrass to the progressive fringe of the genre.
"This band should not be missed," said a spokesperson.
Members of Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys from left, Mark Lavengood, Josh Rilko, Lindsay Lou (Petroff) Rilko, Keith Billik, Spender Cain.
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.
Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys will then perform the featured concert. A folk dance follows the concert with music by The Front Parlor Dance Band.
Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys are described as eclectic bluegrass from the heart of America's Third Coast.
Hailing from all corners of the Great Lakes State of Michigan, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys are giving a nod to American traditional music, while boldly taking their own songs in new directions.
Distinct vocals, tight harmonies, and creative arrangements are all essential characteristics of their unique sound. The group focuses on the original tunes of Lindsay Lou Rilko, including true-life tales of bank-robbing aunties, moonshinin' grandpas, and celebrations of love, life, and nature.
Describing Lindsay Lou, one reviewer says, "Simply mesmerizing. Don't miss the musical force that is Lindsay Lou."
Stellar instrumental chops (dobro, guitar, mandolin, and bass) anchor this riveting band.
All Second Sunday Folk Dance events begin promptly at 4 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and children 15 and under are free.
The remaining guest line-up of guest musicians for the 29th season includes Red Tail Ring (Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp) on 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.
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 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Note, by popular demand the 11 a.m. start time. Bring an instrument (including your voice) and play along. There is no charge for the Jam Session.
The Fortune Lake Camp is located between Iron River and Crystal Falls (in Iron County), 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.