Day 1 of the 43rd Charlotte Bluegrass Festival in Charlotte, Michigan was kicked off by The Blankenships, a well-known and respected family in Michigan bluegrass circles. Folk legend, Joel Mabus, followed with his special brand of old time music. Tony Holt brought his Wildwood Valley Boys from Indiana presenting the sounds of the Holt family. Patriarch, Aubrey Holt, is not traveling with the band due to health issues.
Harbourtown, a Michigan/Ohio group, has combined the sounds of the Hickman, Fox, Cole, and Coffey families into a very popular band. Billy Strings and Don Julin brought their high energy show to the Charlotte stage for the second year.