MARQUETTE, Mich.—The second event of the new Beaumier Coffeehouse Series at Northern Michigan University, which consists of monthly performances by acoustic musicians from throughout the Upper Peninsula, will feature country-blues act Tony Parlatto and Joe Secreast at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the Peter White Lounge of the University Center. There will also be a set by contemporary folk musician Kerry Yost accompanied by several local musicians. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Coffee and lemonade will be available for a small donation. Parlato and Secreast bring to their performance a wealth of multiple genres and years of playing experience from around the country. They play original compositions that range from slow blues to waltzes, and are known to delight audiences with their sense of spontaneity and boldness. Yost is a Michigan native who has spent the last six years in Marquette cultivating her talents at many local venues. From folk and bluegrass to blues and soul, Yost’s diverse repertoire has helped her to establish herself in the U.P. music scene. Aside from pursuing various solo endeavors, she has collaborated with an assortment of local musicians including regular performances with “The Lovers” and “Lovechild.” For this performance, Yost will be joined by cellist Rebecca Rucinski, vocalist Marcella Krupski and mandolinist/guitarist Casey Gallagher. The Coffeehouse series is an extension of the Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival coordinated by the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU. It is funded in part through a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. For more information, contact Dan Truckey at 227-1219.
April 15, 2011