MARQUETTE, Mich.— A teenage singer/songwriter and a married couple who combine music and movement will be featured at the next Beaumier Coffee House Series concert at Northern Michigan University. Naomi Noordyk, along with Michael and Erica Waite, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Peter White Lounge of the University Center. The public is invited. Admission is free, with donations encouraged.
The 16-year-old Noordyk is lead singer for the Christian band 41West and a lead singer and acoustic guitarist for the local country band, GRN Twine. She is also a member of the Wednesday Night Music Club. She has been practicing music for more than 12 years.
Michael and Erika Waite are also from Marquette County. He studied music at NMU and she studied ballet at Western Michigan University. Together they perform songs of love and life through images of nature and the lives of common people. Michael’s music is billed as 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 concert is part of the Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival, which is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.