Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival: Beaumier Coffee House Series
The Upper Peninsula Folklife, Festival continues in December with the Beaumier Coffee House Series, featuring three amazing performing artists Naomi Noordyk and Michael and Erika Waite. This performance will take place on Sat. December 15th and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Peter White Lounge of the Don H. Bottum University Center. Admission is free (donations are encouraged). The Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
16 year old Naomi Noordyk is the lead singer for the local Christian band 41West and a lead singer and acoustic guitarist for the local country band, GRN Twine. Naomi is also a member of the Wednesday Night Music Club. She has been practicing music for over 12 years and is ready to perform at the Coffee House Series!
Michael and Erika Waite is a local married couple from Marquette. She studied ballet at Western Michigan University and he studied music at Northern Michigan University. Together they perform songs of love and life through images of nature and the lives of common people. Michael's music is thoughtful Americana without any glitz, both brutally and joyously honest. Erica is a dancer and choreographer who interprets Michael's songs into movement. Their collaborations invite the audience into their intimate creative space in a way that only a married couple can.
The Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival is an eight month long series of cultural events featuring folk artists from throughout the Upper Peninsula and reflecting the traditions of the region. It is sponsored by the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University, which is dedicated to celebrating the history and culture of the Upper Peninsula.