Accordion duo Brent Buswell and Burt Stromholm, along with Crista Buswell on piano, will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at the Marquette Commons. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic dinner to the show. The event is presented by the Beaumier Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University and the Finn Grand Fest Foundation. Buswell has been blind from birth and began playing the piano when he was three years old. He received his first full-size accordion at age 12 and it became his main instrument. He also plays the organ and percussion. Buswell graduated from Berklee College of Music. He has released three albums and performed with the Grammy Award-winning Jimmy Sturr Orchestra and at the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared at many functions across the country, including Finn Grand Fest 2005 in Marquette. Stromholm has performed and played dances on the accordion since his youth, either as a solo act or as a member of various bands. He has also written shows and has been actively involved in organizing Scandinavian events and hosting performers from Finland and the United States. The duo has played together for more than 10 years and boast a diverse repertoire of music: classical, American standards, Christian, Scandinavian and more. The Marquette Commons concert is co-sponsored by the Superior Alliance for Independent Living and the Downtown Marquette Association. In addition to their performance on July 2, Buswell and Stromholm will also be featured performers at the Finnish Music Festival in Convington June 28-29 and at the International Food Festival in Marquette on July 4.
June 11, 2008