MARQUETTE, Mich.—The next Beaumier Coffee House Series concert will feature two groups: Brandon and I; and The Goldmine Girls. The show begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13, kin the Peter White Lounge of the University Center. It is part of the U.P. Folklife Festival, which is sponsored in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Hailing from the Keweenaw Peninsula, "Brandon and I" is an acoustic singer/songwriter duo of Brandon Mitchell and Joel Mytty. The pair attended school together in Calumet and after graduation drifted apart for some time. After reuniting in 2009, they discovered their shared passion for songwriting and began to collaborate. Mitchell attends classes in the Detroit Metro area and Mytty is set to graduate from NMU in 2014. Mytty describes the music you can expect to hear from them as being of "a mix between acoustic indie and folk rock."
The Goldmine Girls are a fresh, young, local approach to both, cover songs and original folk, country, country/rock and blues. They bring surprising energy to their arrangements with a creative mix of guitars, mandolin and the mountain dulcimer. Gentian and RiLee Waller have been performing locally for several years, though both are still in their teens. They have performed at the Hiawatha Music Festival, the Peter White Public Library and at the Wharton Center at Michigan State University. Gentian Waller is a sophomore at NMU, majoring in art education.
Prepared by Kristi Evans.