Author Archive: Bill Warren

Bill Warren is a photographer and bluegrass enthusiast in Troy, Michigan. You can find out more about Bill and see his images at

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Ralph Stanley tribute at the Norwalk Music Festival

| July 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Norwalk Music festival, now in its 4th year, has a few things special in store this year. Independence Day takes place during the week of the festival and early arrivals will have a front row seat to the town’s fireworks display at the Huron […]


Friday and Saturday at Charlotte

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Friday dawned sunny and warm for an ideal bluegrass festival day at the 2016 Charlotte Bluegrass Festival in Charlotte, MI. A group of young siblings calling themselves Sugar Creek Bluegrass opened the show. They range in age from seven to twenty from the Columbus, OH […]


Thursday at Charlotte 2016

| June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Thursday started out as the one day at Charlotte that always happens – a little chilly and misty. Late afternoon brought warmth and a little sunshine and the rest of the weekend promises lots of sun and warmth. Local bands were the Thursday theme. Michigan […]


Instrument Petting Zoo in Charlotte, MI

| June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Wednesday at the Charlotte Bluegrass Festival saw the debut of the Southeast Michigan Bluegrass Music Association’s “instrument petting zoo.” The “kids of all ages” ranged from a few months to – let’s just say well past a few months! SMBMA has had a goal of encouraging […]


Early start at Charlotte Bluegrass Festival

| June 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

It is Tuesday of the 44th Charlotte Bluegrass Festival held at the Eaton County Fairgrounds in Charlotte, Michigan. It is the longest running bluegrass festival in the state. Campers began arriving on Saturday and jamming has begun in earnest! Wednesday evening is highlighted by a […]


Calder Baker represents at Zellie’s Opry House

| May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Zellie’s Opry House is in Howard City, Michigan and is owned and operated by Terri and Keith Grannis. Keith mans the ticket booth and the sound board, and Terri is the emcee. They brought a group of current and former music students in from the […]


Chris Jones & the Night Drivers in Kalamazoo

| May 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bluegrass Today columnist and SiriusXM DJ Chris Jones brought the Night Drivers to the First Congregational Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan for a Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association (GLAMA) concert. The concert was held in the church’s chapel. It is an intimate setting for an enjoyable […]


Dale Ann Bradley in Akron, NY

| April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

I have long believed that Facebook should be fun and useful. It turned out to be both last week. We were on a trip to eastern New York when my wife saw a post from Barry Crabtree that he would be playing in New York […]


Mitch Manns Memorial in Flat Rock

| April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

“What’s goin’ on?” Mitch Manns greeted everyone with these words. His greeting was silenced on March 18, 2016. Mitch was an icon in the southeast Michigan music scene, especially in the bluegrass and country arenas. He had a long and storied music career, including session work in […]


2016 Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival

| March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

MC Blake Williams brought The Wayfarers, a southeast Ohio band, on stage to kick off the March edition of the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, aka SOIMF. Host band, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, took the stage next. The band featured several selections from […]