MARQUETTE, Mich.—The location has changed for the Michigan folksong performance event scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Northern Michigan University. Because of problems with the furnace at Forest Roberts Theatre, “Folksongs from Michigan-I-O” will move to Jamrich Hall 103.
This free multimedia performance event will feature music by the Lumber Jakki trio and presentations on folklorist Alan Lomax’s visit to Michigan in 1938. Lomax traveled from Washington, D.C. to record Michigan’s richly varied folk music traditions—from the ballads of miners, lumbermen and sailors to ethnic music in Detroit—for the Archive of American Folksong at the Library of Congress. The U.P. Folklife Award will also be presented Saturday night to Bette and Dean Premo of Amasa.
A related traveling exhibition is on display at NMU’s Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center in 105 Cohodas Hall. “Michigan Folksong Legacy: Grand Discoveries from the Great Depression” brings Lomax’s field trip to life through words, song lyrics, photos and sound recordings. It explores the ground-breaking collection of folk music and what it reveals about Michigan history and culture. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Admission is free.