Celebrate Bluegrass Music With Good Friends

Experience live music at our awe inspiring Northwoods location in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. This Midsummer Bluegrass Music Festival on July 23 thru 26, 2020, will feature music by artists and bands from all over the nation.  While there will be expansive opportunity for Bluegrass Aficionados to enjoy Traditional Acoustic Bluegrass, festival goers also will hear lively, innovative tunes from a number of genres including folk, blues, Texas Swing, rock, roots, Americana, acoustic jazz, Cajun and Celtic.  With a wide variety of bands you’ll definitely find some new favorites!

Don't forget to bring your 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.  Visit ManitowishWaters.org  for a comprehensive list of fun opportunities in the area.

The Midsummer Bluegrass Music Festival is known for bringing performers that rank on the elite list of Who's Who in Bluegrass.

The Festival's Storied History

The MidSummer Bluegrass Festival is hosted at the Cozy Cove, a 1930’s Vintage Bar and Restaurant that has a storied history. The pine paneled building gives testimony to the resiliency of the original owner, Carl C. Christensen, the Manitowish Waters constable who was shot in the FBI shootout with the Dillinger Gang on April 22, 1934. Christensen built this property with the original funds he received from the government for his pain and suffering from 8 bullet wounds he received during the “botched” attempt to capture Dillinger. (Incidentally, Mr. Christensen lived well into his nineties--- talk about resiliency!).

On July 28, 1991, 57 years later, this picture depicts the anticipated happy first steps that Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass, took on the Cozy Cove grounds. When told about Carl Christensen' s quagmire, the story resonated in Mr. Monroe's memory as he was a 22 year old man when he first recollected hearing about the shoot out. So moved by the recollection, later that day Mr. Monroe talked about the event onstage and announced to the patrons that he just wrote a tune about it: "I guess I'll call it: The Northern Bandit." He and his band proceeded to play a well crafted Bluegrass instrumental.

Please join us as another Great Day of Bluegrass Music in Manitowish Waters unfolds!