Dunesville to once again bring music to Lake Ann farm – Traverse City Record Eagle
TRAVERSE CITY â Take it from the guys in Traverse Cityâs Biomassive: The vibe of the Dunesville music festival is unmatched.
âWe love Dunesville â the people, property, everything about it,â said bassist Ben Wyler. âThis will be our third year playing and have also played a benefit to raise funds for the festival. We can’t wait to be back again.â
For four years, Dunesville has turned The Harm Farm in Lake Ann â about 15 miles west of Traverse City âinto a weekend music festival with undeniable Michigan charm, from the music to the food to the vendors.
Billed as a âbluegrass, folk and roots music festival,â this yearâs event â which takes place July 21-23 in Harmony Park on The Harm Farm, 4846 Hulbert Road â will boast sets by a bevy of regional artists, including Soul Patch, The Gasoline Gypsies, Biomassive, Watching for Foxes, The Bandura Gypsies, Alex Mendenall, The Change, The Birthday Suits, Desmond Jones, The Brothers Crunch, The Native Howl, Escaping Pavement, Blue Water Ramblers, Carrie Westbay, Brotha James and more.
Weekend tickets are $70 in advance and $85 at the gate. Get more information online at dunesville.com.
One of the festival organizers, Ryan Williams, whoâs also a member of the band The Change, said this yearâs âoutstanding lineupâ is the product of better planning, new sponsors and a push âto bring a really strong eventâ to northern Michigan.
âOur team has come together in the off season starting way back in October to make sure we are better organized, with more attention being spent on the family and community dynamics,â he said, noting the 320-acre property gives the event opportunities to expand in future years.
âThe space we are on is beautiful and has so much room to grow. However, we want to take an organic approach to growing this event. That way we always maintain the heart and soul of the Dunesville Spirit.â
For Biomassive, a funk-hued band formed in 2012 which describes its music as jamtronica with a goal of fusing âtraditional instruments with electronic dance musicâ and improvisation, Dunesville is just one of many festivals occupying its time this summer. The band played Blissfest earlier this month and also will be playing Hoxeyville, UpNorth, Traverse Cityâs Microbrew & Music Festival, Feral Fest and more.
Another Michigan festival favorite, Grand Rapids jam band Desmond Jones, will play Dunesville for the first time next week, one of 12 festivals the group is playing this summer and early fall.
âWe always look forward to playing our music for new audiences and picking up new fans along the way,â said drummer John Nowak. âIt will be a great weekend in our beautiful state of Michigan featuring some awesome bands that we have been happy to connect with. Sharing the stage with Watching For Foxes and The Native Howl will be really fun.â
Nowak noted that Michigan festivals such as Dunesville are âdoing great things for local bands and the local music community in generalâ by promoting âgood local music and positive community involvement. … It’s a great way to meet other musicians and industry professionals, as well as gaining new fans while having fun.â
Added Williams: âAll of the music is going to be amazing.â