Manitou Music Fest opens at DH Day Campground

From staff reports

The Glen Arbor Art Association is partnering with the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to offer three additional summer Manitou Music Festival concerts this summer, to be held at the D.H. Day Campground amphitheater. The expanded lineup is part of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday celebration in 2016. The public, park rangers and campers are invited to join in the celebration with a concert in the park this summer and “find your park” through music.

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jen Sygit launches the festival with a free concert at the D.H. Day Campground amphitheater on Saturday, June 25 from 8-10 p.m. Sygit, a member of the acclaimed northern Michigan Earthwork music collaborative, has three solo albums under her belt. She is also a member of the all-female string band Stella!, roots rock band Lincoln County Process, and back-up singer for recent Voice contestant, Joshua Davis. Besides regionally touring and playing shows, Sygit also hosts the weekly radio show “Eclecticana.”

Brett Mitchell will perform on Thursday, June 30, from 8-10 p.m. A drummer turned guitarist turned singer-songwriter, Mitchell knows how to stitch together some standout music from a wide range of materials. His heartfelt and sincere songwriting and his appealing vocals, whether he is singing lead from guitar or drums, deliver a live show that is high energy and riveting.

Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and dobro player, Mark Lavengood, concludes the D.H. Day amphitheater series on August 17. Eccentricity and diversity are two names of his main frame. “Lavengood has woven together a sound quilt of friendship and American Roots music that could have only happened in Michigan,” said Earthwork founder Seth Bernard.

Due to limited parking, visitors who are not camping will be asked to park in Glen Haven and hike or bike to the D.H. Day Campground amphitheater via the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. A National Park Pass is required for parking. Walk along the Heritage Trail to the campground then take a right at the first road and look for a sign.