Blissfield has a Bluegrass Festival and Craft Beer Festival on Saturdays
BLISSFIELD – Two must-attend summer events will entertain residents and guests of Blissfield for much of the day on Saturday, August 13.
Blissfield Bluegrass on the River will provide several hours of continuous bluegrass music from bands at the 11th annual event at Clara Bachmayer Park. Music is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and continue until approximately 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Blissfield will be the location after 4 p.m. Saturday for the third annual Blissfield on Tap Craft Beer Festival, sponsored by Blissfield Parks and Recreation. Seven craft beer and cider breweries will have many of their selections to sample. Food trucks will also be present. The festival will continue until 10 p.m.
Blissfield Bluegrass on the River
Due to community sponsorships, there is no festival entrance fee. Headlining artists and bands are featured in the Blissfield Rotary Pavilion along the banks of the River Raisin.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the day. The event is co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Blissfield and made possible by the Southeast Michigan Bluegrass Music Association.
The festival features bands from the area, local vendors and local musicians. Additional acts, as well as instrument workshops, craft vendors, lost arts demonstrations, musical jam areas and a children’s corner, are all part of the annual event.
Bluegrass troubadour Danny Paisley, who was recently named Male Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association for the third time, will not headline the bluegrass festival as planned due to health reasons. Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys will now appear at the festival, according to an announcement from Blissfield Bluegrass on the River.
Ulisse is a two-time IBMA Songwriter of the Year and his latest album, “Livin’ Large”, is the #1 Bluegrass Unlimited album for July 2022.
Ulisse will present a songwriter workshop during the afternoon, and Greg “Papaw” Davis will lead a banjo workshop.
The program for performances on the main stage is as follows:
- 11 a.m., Clan Galbraith.
- 12:10 p.m., Red White and Bluegrass.
- 1:20 p.m., Bridge Country.
- 2:30 p.m., Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys.
- 3:20 p.m., Children’s guitar draw, Hall of Honor announcement and auctions.
- 3:40 p.m., News and Thunder Hill.
- 4:50 p.m., New Memphis Express.
- 6 p.m., Jesse Mann Bluegrass Band.
- 7:10 p.m., Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys.
The program for performances on the secondary stage is as follows:
- 11:45 a.m. Kimberly Leach.
- 1 p.m., Patsy Anne and Bobby Hutch.
- 2:05 p.m., Wolf Creek Risin’.
- 3:20 p.m., drawing of Kid’s guitar, Hall of Honor announcement and auctions.
- 4:30 p.m., Genevieve Rose.
- 5:40 p.m., Tom Silvious.
- 6:50 p.m., Bruce Fogelsong.
Blissfield on tap
Once guests have had their fill of bluegrass music, they can head east through Blissfield to the downtown business district where the third annual Blissfield on Tap Craft Beer Festival begins at 4 p.m. for VIP ticket holders. The general public can enter the event at 5 p.m. Since this is an alcohol-themed program, adults 21 and older can attend with proof of ID.
Advance tickets are $35 and come with a commemorative glass and 10 tasting tickets. All VIP early access tickets are sold out, according to Blissfield Parks and Recreation Coordinator Eric May. VIP tickets get people to the event an hour early and they also get a limited edition Blissfield on Tap t-shirt.
Commemorative glasses are only available in presale. Entrance at the door is $40, cash only. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.tinyurl.com/BlissfieldOnTap or by visiting the Blissfield Village Office at 130 S. Lane St. before 5 p.m. today.
Craft beverages will be provided by Arbor Brewing Co., Broken Barrel Cider Co., Four Keys Brewing, Old Nation Brewing Co., Pavlov’s Brewing Co., St. Ambrose Cellars Draft Mead and Tecumseh Brewing Co.
Food trucks that will be in attendance include Jake’s Smokehouse, Funky Dawgs and The Press Shop, May said.
While each ticket purchased gives people 10 drink samples, additional drink samples can be purchased at one for $3 or two for $5.
Live music will be provided during the event and will be featured from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. by War Machine, a Detroit-based Kiss tribute band. The first musical acts will be Ol’ Creek Road, and Rick Whited and Josh Petree.
War Machine is a full costume and make-up musical tribute to 1970s rock band Kiss. The tribute band has been performing nationally for more than 18 years, May said, and plays an assortment of hit songs from the band’s career along with a live show.
“We called them last year when we were hosting the beer festival, and it turned out they were putting together their show lineup for the year,” May said. “Their live performance is accompanied by a light show and gifts to the audience. They are quite intense. It will be quite an impressive sight.
Blissfield on Tap was held in 2018. All funds from ticket sales will benefit the Parks and Recreation Department’s programming, equipment and maintenance of village properties.
Outdoor chairs and seating will be provided, but the public is also welcome to bring their own seating, May said.
“It’s been a good time in the past,” he said. “There has been a lot of work in organizing the festival, but the rewards are fun and exciting. It’s a good community gathering and a nice way to see friends.