Arts

Poet and Musician Jon Brooks Brings Anti-Folk to Pump House

Thursday, April 12, 2018

“87% will leave inspired, reinvigorated, affirmed, and transformed.” Brooks said. “13% will slink off alone into the chilly, Michigan April darkness with a vague feeling of anger and confusion.” ELi's Chris Wardell explains all.

All the World’s a Stage for Actor-Musician Tim Grimm

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

“No topic is off-limits,” Grimm said. “I've written a lot about the rural Midwest, and in the ‘folk’ world that's maybe what people most associate me with. But, the land I love, anything that seems wrong or broken is fair game. " Christopher Wardell has the story.

MSU Senior Prepares for "Bucket List" Concert

Monday, March 26, 2018

MSU Senior Monte Pride has played a lot of venues, including All Saints Episcopal Church, Abrams Planetarium, The Peoples Church and the EL Farmers' Market. Thursday night he gets to play a show he calls "a dream come true." Sarah Spohn has the story.

Who Really Cancelled the Folk Festival?

Monday, March 26, 2018

The cancellation of the Great Lakes Folk Festival has been unwelcome news to many artists, attendees, and downtown business owners. So how was the decision made, and why? ELi's Alice Dreger investigates.

Grammy Nominee Tim Eriksen Brings a World of Musical Styles to the Ten Pound Fiddle

Thursday, March 22, 2018

“I wrote three good songs one day because I decided I was going to,” Eriksen said. “And there have been times when I haven’t written anything for years. I realized when I was about 20 that I thought there were too many songs, so I’ve never tried to make a lot of them." ELi's Chris Wardell has the story.

Museum Director Explains Folk Festival “Hiatus”

Thursday, March 15, 2018

MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander today explained to ELi his reasons for putting the Great Lake Folks Festival on what he calls “hiatus." Issues named include lack of diversity among attendees, a need to serve MSU undergraduates, and the challenges of construction downtown.

Rachael Kilgour and Sara Pajunen Play Ten Pound Fiddle

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Violinists Rachael Kilgour and Sara Pajunen bring their "minimalist-folk and World music" to The Ten Pound Fiddle this week. ELi's Chris Wardell talked to both artists about music, life and how it all comes together. 

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