Thursday at the Marshall Bluegrass Festival

Goldwing Express at the 2016 Marshall Bluegrass Festival - photo © Bill WarrenThe Marshall Bluegrass Festival held on the Calhoun County Fairground in Marshall, Michigan was kicked off Thursday by Wickle Creek. They were followed by Heart to Heart, a longtime favorite of West Michigan bluegrass fans. Then host band, Harbourtown, took the stage for the first of their two sets for the weekend.

Echo Valley, a northern Indiana group, was up next with a mix of traditional and gospel bluegrass music. The evening was closed out by Goldwing Express. Goldwing has traveled the bluegrass circuit for over twenty years. They will return for two more sets  on Friday.

Friday also brings The Local Mash, Echo Valley, Harbourtown, Johnny Campbell, New Outlook, and The Wildwood Valley Boys. It promises to be a great day of music. Saturday is opened by Michigan’s best band scramble hosted by Jan Green. Bands for the day include Idle Tymes, The Bluegrass Mountaineers, Night Flyer, Blue Mafia, and the Michigan debut of Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle.