CRYSTAL FALLS—On Sunday, Oct. 14, Second Sunday Folk Dance kicks off its 28th year by hosting the Roe Family Singers.
The group is described as a “good-time, old-time hillbilly band” from the Mississippi-headwaters community of Kirkwood Hollow, Minn.
The band blends characteristic old-time sound with rock and roll urgency and influence.
The concert starts at 4 p.m. at the Fortune Lake Camp here.
The Roe Family Singers are led by wife and husband team Kim Roe (Best Female Vocalist, City Pages/Village Voice) and Quillan Roe.
The ensemble features banjo, autoharp, guitar, and washboard.
The band and its family of fans have filled Minneapolis’ 331 Club every Monday night since 2005.
They have shared various stages with music luminaries such as Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, Mike Seeger, Del McCoury and the Grascals.
In 2011, the band was awarded the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians.
They have won the title of “World’s Best Jug Band” in 2010 and 2012, at the annual Battle of the Jug Bands.
“With a mix of original music and contemporary takes on old-time, traditional, and gospel tunes, every Roe Family Singers performance raises a ruckus,” said a spokesperson.
White Water (Dean and Bette Premo) host the Second Sunday concert/dance events.
White Water is often joined by Carrie, Emma, and Susan Dlutkowski.
Music for the dance portion of the evening is by The Front Parlor Dance Band.
All events begin promptly at 4 p.m. and end at 7.
Admission is $7 for adults with children 15 and under free.
Season tickets (all seven events for $35) are available at the door.
The remaining line-up of musicians for the 28th season is spectacular and includes Sparky and Rhonda Rucker (Nov. 11), Bovee and Heil (Dec. 9), Bryan Bowers (Jan. 13, 2013), Mark Dvorak (Feb. 10), Red Tail Ring (March 10), and Jack Williams (April 14).
Again this year, the SSFD offers an old-time music jam session led by fiddler Bob Arthur.
This is held in the dining hall at Fortune Lake Camp between 1 to 3 p.m.
“Bring an instrument (including your voice) and play along. There is no charge for the jam session.”
Sponsors for the 2012-13 SSFD include John and Judy Reed, Ralph and Jean Eckerberg, Lions Club of Crystal Falls, Northern Michigan Bank and Trust, Stifel Nicolaus, St. Croix Financial Services, Crystal Lumber, CJ Graphics, Doug Felger, First National Bank of Crystal Falls, Andrew Davis, Law Offices of Geoffrey C. Lawrence, Paula Pryor, Lindwall Motors, West Statewide Realty and City Insurance.
Anyone who would like to sponsor the SSFD with a tax-deductable donation is asked to contact Bette Premo at (906) 822-7889.
The Fortune Lake Camp is lo cated between Iron River and Crystal Falls (in Iron County, Michigan), 2 miles west of Crystal Falls on US-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.