Manitou Music Festival features Mulebone, Jeremy Kittel, Moxie Strings, Kathy Lamar

From staff reports

The blues duo Mulebone returns to the Manitou Music Festival (MMF) stage on Sunday, July 15, at 8 pm. Mulebone brings inventive instrumental know-how and expressive blues that evoke the Mississippi Delta to Studio Stage at 6023 S. Lake St. behind Lake Street Studios.

Jeremy Kittel, one of the great violinists and creative musicians of his generation, brings it all to the Manitou Music Festival stage on Wednesday, July 18, at 8 p.m. Kittel is known for his technical expertise and sonic sensitivity. He is a composer and performer, and blends inventive ideas and techniques from other genres into Irish and Scottish tunes.



The Moxie Strings take to the Manitou Music Festival stage with their polished, high-energy spin on Celtic and American music on Sunday, July 22, at 8 pm.—an electrifying combination of Diana Ladio on fiddle, cellist Alison Lynn, joined by percussionist Fritz McGirr. The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience some of the world’s best-known instruments through a young, progressive lens. The Moxie Strings compose the majority of their pieces and arrange melodies from many traditions, resulting in a genre-blurring blend of ear-catching melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms.

Vocalist Kathy Lamar presents a diverse evening of R+B, soul and jazz on Wednesday, July 25 as part of the Manitou Music Festival. Lamar and company appear on Studio Stage. During her 40-year career, Lamar, a Grand Rapids native, has sung backup and duos with Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, and Lola Falana. Her powerful voice and infectious laugh keep audiences coming back for more. Lamar will be joined on Studio Stage by the Robin Cornell Band.

The Manitou Music Festival is a project of the Glen Arbor Arts Center. Tickets are $18 for GAAC members, $20 for nonmembers. Children under 18 are admitted without charge. To reserve tickets or for more information, please visit, or call 231-334-6112. In the event of rain, these concerts will be moved either to the Glen Arbor Town Hall (6394 W. Western Avenue) or to the Leelanau School Auditorium, 1 Old Homestead Road, just north of Glen Arbor.