Here’s what you need to know about the Bluegrass & Gospel Festival this summer

Do you love Bluegrass and Gospel Music? Then the place to be on Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 am is in the front row of a live outdoor concert! Where do you ask? Just look for the big white tent inside Cambridge Junction Historic State Park located at 13220 M-50 near Brooklyn, Michigan. Sponsored by the Friends of Walker Tavern and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan History Center, this concert honors past president of the Friends of Walker Tavern, Margaret “Maggie” Bilby (1953-2018). 

Maggie loved music a passion she shared with her husband Gary. Both Gary and Maggie were inducted into the Southeast Michigan Bluegrass Association Hall of Honor in 2017. Whenever she had the opportunity, Maggie joyfully shared her musical talents with the next generation of Bluegrass and Gospel musicians.

This year’s free concert features musical sets by two local bands the Front Paige Band and Red, White, and Bluegrass. The concert starts at 10:00 and ends with an open jam session featuring Maggie’s husband, Gary.  Cambridge Junction Historic State Park will be open for tours of its historic buildings until 4:00 pm.

Do you leave concerts wanting to hear more toe-tapping music? The Friends of Walker Tavern invite you to return to Cambridge Junction Historic State Park on the second Thursdays of June 11, July 9 and August 13 from 6 to 8 pm. This concert series features local bands the Front Paige Band, Red, White and Bluegrass, and the Manchester Brass Band. All musical events are free and family-friendly. Bring a lawn chair, a picnic and a friend to all three evening concerts. Enjoy an evening of music in the great outdoors!

A Recreation Passport is required for entry into all of Michigan’s 103 state parks . Stay tuned to Experience Jackson's website for more information on upcoming events.

Author: Laurie Perkins

Published: 3/11/20

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