MARQUETTE, Mich.—The next Beaumier Coffee House Series concert at Northern Michigan University will feature performances by two singer-songwriters from different parts of the Upper Peninsula. The evening will begin with a performance by the Ishpeming teenager Bailey Hubbs, accompanied by her father, Rusty. It will conclude with veteran singer/musician Dave Cormier from Wakefield. The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, in the Peter White Lounge of the University Center. Admission is free (donations are encouraged).
Hubbs is still only in high school, but has a strong singing voice and is a burgeoning songwriter in her own right. A member of the Wednesday Night Music Club, she regularly performs at venues in Ishpeming and for benefits throughout the community. Her father, Rusty, is an accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter, with three decades of experience performing in blues bands and as a solo artist.
Cormier formed his first band, Westwind, when he was still only a junior high student in Wakefield. That band would stay together through his high school years and after graduating he headed to Minneapolis to continue his music career. Along with some other musicians from Wakefield, he formed the heavy metal band, Toy Jester, which was a fixture in the hard rock scene of Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula for many years. Cormier relocated to his home town in the 1990s and has only recently begun to perform again and release his solo recordings.