Press Release

Petoskey Music Art & Farm Expo Announces Full Music Lineup

PETOSKEY, MICHIGAN – June 27, 2018 – The Petoskey Music Art & Farm Expo announces the full music lineup for the July 20th, 21st and 22nd event featuring The Craig Cotrill Band, The Marsupials, Hardy Dam Ramblers, Galactic Sherpas, TOOMUCHOFAGOODTHING, Pistil Whips, as well as “Yoga and Saxophone” by Heidi Dietrich with Marty Ward, the CTAC School of Music and a fabulous group of singer-songwriters including Kirby, Bruce Smith, Eliza Thorp, Chris Koury and Ryan Peters. An indoor marketplace for art, antiques, crafts and farm products will be open Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.  Art making and events happen Saturday and Sunday. The Petoskey Music Art & Farm Expo takes place at the Emmet County Fairgrounds Community Center off US-31 in Petoskey.  The expo is a benefit to raise funds for music and art education in Northern Michigan.

The expo music in the fairgrounds gardens opens on Friday, July 20, at 4:00pm with the Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Music, followed by The Craig Cotrill Band and The Marsupials.  The CTAC School of Music, a beneficiary of the event, will perform with Director Kevin Richardson leading rock and jazz student performances.  Kirby, one of Northern Michigan’s most popular folk and roots singer-songwriters, will host and perform.  Friday from 6:00-10:00pm has The Craig Cotrill Band followed by The Marsupials.  Craig Cotrill is a long standing performer and songwriter in Northern Michigan and the band loves to play rock, reggae and blues with an upbeat positive vibe.  The Marsupials are all energy and fun, combining rock with funk that evolves into a dance-infused journey of poetry and ethereal grooves. 

“The music at the expo is going to be spectacular. The expo shines a light on the necessity of music and art in schools and in life,” says Diane Kowalski-Smith, owner of Antiques Art & Collectibles which is presenting the event. “Many Northern Michigan schools have seen cutbacks in music and art programs. The expo is a fundraiser to allow more students to have access to music instruments and instruction and for art students to have more opportunities to create art.”  The expo is a dual benefit to raise money for the new CTAC School of Music and for art departments in Northern Michigan schools.  

Saturday morning at 10:00am the music begins with Northern Michigan singer-songwriters Kirby,  Bruce Smith, then Eliza Thorp. Bruce Smith sings with a heart of gold, while Eliza Thorp has vocals and piano that she uses to craft stories of her hometown and the places she’s been.  “In addition to the music, marketplace, food trucks and café, there will be an art-making tent in the garden.  We invite artists young and old to create paintings in the art-tent, and chalk drawings on the sidewalks,” says Kowalski-Smith.  Saturday evening out at the expo features the Hardy Dam Ramblers starting at 4:00pm, then the Galactic Sherpas and TOOMUCHOFAGOODTHING.  “It’s going to be an unforgettable summer weekend of music, art, dancing, food and fun,” says Larry Smith, co-organizer of the event. “Our goal is family friendly fun so we are not serving alcohol at the event. It’s an opportunity for families and friends to experience Northern Michigan music, make some art, and enjoy. Saturday night will be a great night for a date or to meet friends. Dancers should bring their dancing shoes,” says Smith.  The Hardy Dam Ramblers — sponsored by Blissfest — bring rockabilly strings at supersonic velocity, while the Galactic Sherpas offer one of Northern Michigan’s favorite jam and dance conga-rock-funk beats. Finishing out the night is TOOMUCHOFAGOODTHING providing an eclectic mix of rock backed by a full band sound and orchestration effects. 

“Yoga and Saxophone” on Sunday morning starts at 10am with yoga by Heidi Dietrich in the fairgrounds gardens while Marty Ward plays saxophone. Heidi Dietrich from Dharma & Grace Yoga holds local yoga-in-the-park sessions and leads yoga retreats around the world where she uses the dance of balancing body, mind and spirit to bring a restorative approach to the yoga practice.  Marty Ward, who came through Interlochen, has appeared on Star Search, and played with Chicago bands and as a founding member of the famous Jelly Roll Blues Band, will provide a soulful saxophone accompaniment to the yoga in the gardens.   At noon Ryan Peters plays, followed by Chris Koury and finally from 4:00-6:00pm The Pistil Whips close out the weekend of art and music.  Ryan Peters provides a country, Americana, and roots sound and recently recorded “Songs for Old Souls”, an album that revolves around the concepts of time and the life journey.  Chris Koury, eddi Award winning performer and teacher, brings sweet vocals and guitar to the gardens.  The Pistil Whips are a Northern Michigan favorite duo that combine saxophone with the styles of funk, blues, and jazz to make a sound all their own.  

“This is a fantastic lineup of some of Northern Michigan’s best and most creative musicians.  We are thrilled to have them at the expo!  I hope everyone at the expo has a great time listening to the music, dancing, making art, shopping the vendors, and enjoying a picnic from the great food trucks. Everyone coming is also helping to raise money to boost the music and art education programs which are so vital to our Northern Michigan communities. Thank you to all our donors and co-sponsors”, says Kowalski-Smith. 

The Petoskey Music Art & Farm Expo presented by Antiques Art & Collectibles is coming to the Emmet County Fairgrounds Community Center and gardens on July 20, 21, and 22nd, rain or shine. Tickets will be available at the gate for only $5 a day per adult/youth and $1 a day for children 12 and under.  For more information or to volunteer, donate, or sponsor visit or call (231) 539-8030.