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The Beaver Island Music Festival “absolutely delighted” to return


The remote and cozy North Lake Michigan Festival will feature a host of Michigan stars this weekend, including The Gasoline Gypsies, Hacky Turtles, Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps, The Founding and more.

More fun in 21: The Beaver Island Music Festival returns this week. (Photo / Anna’s Sink)


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When West Michigan’s up-and-coming rock band Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps makes the ferry trip to Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan for the first time this week, they’ll be more than ready for some. late festival exploits.

After all, the Grand Rapids-based band was supposed to debut at the Beaver Island Music Festival last year until the COVID-19 pandemic swept away that event and most of Michigan’s other music festivals.

“We’re really excited,” PerShayla said of releasing songs from the band’s new album, “Cheap Diction,” on the Beaver Island stage.

Beaver Island Bound: The Gasoline Gypsies (Photo / Eric Stoike)

“None of us have been to the island before. We were due to play it in 2020, and it was one of the saddest cancellations. “

None of that sadness surrounds this year’s Beaver Island Music Festival, which runs Thursday through Saturday (July 15-17) with sets by a host of Michigan stars, including The Gasoline Gypsies, The Founding, Benzing Graves Collective, The Hacky Turtles, Brother Crowe, Drew Hale Band, Snacks & Five, Christopher “Wink” Winkleman, Kristi Davis, Dave Boutette, Roma Ransom and more.

Principal festival organizer Carol Burton admitted planning for the 2021 event after a one-year hiatus was “a very stressful time as she didn’t know what to expect” with capacity restrictions pandemic and other concerns. The state lifted all these collection limitations from July.

“We really took the gamble and held on as long as possible, and it paid off. Now it’s a process of catching up and bringing everyone together, ”she said. “We are absolutely delighted to be able to bring this festival to a successful conclusion. ”


The festival gave all groups originally booked for 2020 the chance to play this year’s event, and most were “patient and ready to wait” for 2021.

Check the schedule here. Performances begin on the “town stage” Thursday at noon and on the campsite stage at 6.30 pm on Thursday, until 1 am on Sunday. (Brother Crowe is also performing on the Town Stage at 9 p.m. Wednesday as a launch event.)

This guy is definitely ready: some of the fans in 2019. (Photo / Anna Sink)

Burton said officials had decided that “as long as the limits are raised to 1,000 (people), we could and would continue in one way or another.” With the limits removed, we are 100 percent ready. … We will definitely have more fun in 21.

Three-day adult passes, including a plane ticket, cost $ 270; the cost is $ 225 for a ferry package. A two-day adult ticket costs $ 110. Find more ticket options and information online at bimf.net/tickets.

Founded in 2003, the festival has grown over the years, attracting hundreds and hundreds of spectators making the 32-mile journey from Charlevoix by ferry or plane.

Burton noted that the festival for 2021 also added new sinks, bathroom sanitizing equipment, sanitizing stations and self-temperature controls in response to the pandemic.

See local spin coverage from previous Beaver Island music festivals here.

VIDEO: The Gasoline Gypsies

VIDEO: The foundation

VIDEO: Drew Hale

VIDEO: Patty PerShayla and the Mayhaps

VIDEO: Brother Crowe

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