MARQUETTE, Mich.—The Flat Broke Blues Band will perform at Northern Michigan University as part of the Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival’s Coffee House Series. The concert is scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in the University Center’s Peter White Lounge. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.
Flat Broke has played at a number of venues and special events across the upper Great Lakes Region for more than a decade. The band features two original members: guitarist/vocalist Walt Lindala and bassist/vocalist Mark Johnson. They are joined by guitarist/vocalist Mike Letts, drummer Jim Cohen and lead vocalist/harmonica player Lorrie Hayes.
The group’s sound is a mix of blues and R&B classics, along with a variety of original songs that showcase each band members’ talents. Flat Broke has shared the stage with blues stars such as Koko Taylor, Tab Benoit, Shemekia Copeland and Lonnie Brooks.
This concert is sponsored by the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs.