Announcements

The Gibson Brothers will be headlining this year's
35th Annual MidSummer Bluegrass Festival

Del McCurry, the iconic and legendary Bluegrass performer,
had this to say about the Gibson Brothers:

...when I hear someone like the Gibson Brothers, I know it’s them from the first note. They have that little thing in their voices that no one else has...

— Del McCoury

EASY EYE SOUND

Piper Road Spring Band, Driftless Revelers and others will be performing at the 35th Annual Midsummer Bluegrass Festival. For pictures, bios, performance times, and updates, please click this link: Lineup/Schedule

Mark Hembree is a Bluegrass Boy and co-founder of The Nashville Bluegrass Band. He wrote the book “On The Bus with Bill Monroe” subtitled: My Five-Year Ride with the Father of Blue Grass. The Mark Hembree Band will bring a high level of Bluegrass distinction again to the Manitowish Waters stage this Midsummer.

Kenny Stinson & Perfect Tym’n

Even before touring with Jimmy Martin, King of Bluegrass, & The Sunny Mountain Boys, Kenny Stinson had hopes of fulfilling the life-long dream of having his own band. Did he ever! Kenny Stinson & Perfect Tym’n have 10 different nominations in the first round of the 2024 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA’s) awards honors, including Entertainer of the Year.

Kenny Stinson & Perfect Tymn

The Best Westerns

The Best Westerns Band repertoire ranges from Bob Wills to Benny Goodman. Some call their music swing, some might think it’s rockabilly, and some even call it western music. And that’s how you know it’s Western Swing---a cousin genre to Bluegrass Music. As a sampling of the groups credentials, playing lap pedal steel for the Best Westerns is Eddie Rivers, who is widely acknowledged as the world’s best on his instrument. Mr. Rivers performed for more than a decade with the Western Swing supergroup, Asleep At The Wheel. In short, The Best Westerns scheduled sets and Meet & Greet Q&A, aim to enjoyably expand each patron’s musical repertoire of life.

Best Westerns

Celebrate Bluegrass Music With Good Friends

The Midsummer Bluegrass Festival provides a longstanding, annual opportunity in a natural, intimate setting to enjoy Bluegrass. Often flying under the radar in comparison to various pop brands of music, the premise behind this Bluegrass Show is the belief that by developing a taste for Bluegrass Music, you can set your quality of life apart to a higher degree by acquiring its appreciation. Bluegrass is sometimes referred to as that “happy” music because of the pep emoting from many of its tunes—so fun to toe-tap or dance to!

Those were some happy times when Bill Monroe (see picture above) founder of the original American art form, Bluegrass Music, stepped onto the Cove Cove grounds with his Bluegrass Boys, to perform on July 28, 1991. For more than 30 years since, everyone from tourists to camp counselors to bluegrass aficionados, could count on traveling to Manitowish Waters to see live bluegrass acts perform from all over the country (view this years Lineup/Schedule and also the Festival Archive to see list of Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boys who have performed on the Cozy Cove stage over the years, a mark of a true Bluegrass Festival).

You are invited to be part of Bluegrass history by attending the longest standing continuous annual Bluegrass Festival in the state of Wisconsin, the 35th Annual Midsummer Bluegrass Festival.

Patrons have also appreciated diversions in musical taste by including a limited number of performances from cousin genres such as jambase, blues, Texas Swing, rock, roots, Americana, acoustic jazz, Cajun and Celtic (press link Lineup/Schedule to see how the Lineup develops). Your suggestions for acts to perform at the festival are always appreciated.

Remember to bring your kayaks, canoes, bicycles or walking shoes. In between sets you may choose an excursion on the paved trail across the street from the festival grounds. There's 45 miles+ of winding trail through the beautiful Northwoods waiting for you. There are also swimming holes and waterfalls to discover within a relatively short drive from the festival.

Visit ManitowishWaters.org for a comprehensive list of fun opportunities in the area.