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The Jam Tent at the Great Lakes Folk Festival

In 2016 we introduced the Jam Tent at the Great Lakes Folk Festival, and we'd like to bring it back to the 2017 festival with your help.

Last year at the Jam Tent, talented Michigan artists led music jams, sessions, and workshops that were open and free to everyone. Mick Gavin from the Detroit area gave a workshop on Irish fiddling, Nick Schaedig of Les Cheneaux Islands talked to people about documenting folklore in their own backyards, Sel de Terre from the Ann Arbor area rocked a Cajun jam, and many more wonderful artists and bands participated.

At this year's festival happening on August 11-13 in downtown East Lansing, we have plans to build on the energy of last year's Jam Tent, but we need your help.

Your Support Will Bring the Jam Tent Back

Through this CrowdPower we will raise the funds needed to bring the Jam Tent back to the 2017 Great Lakes Folk Festival downtown East Lansing, August 11-13.

The Jam Tent provides participatory activities for festival-goers and highlights Michigan music cultures and artists. The Jam Tent is a hub for musicians and listeners of all ages and skill levels to have fun making music together at the Great Lakes Folk Festival.

This year, we have begun planning an Irish session, an old time jam, a folk song jam, and are also expanding children’s activities with a Latin music workshop and a song circle.

Project Budget

The funds raised will support a bigger and better Jam Tent for the 2017 Great Lakes Folk Festival! Last year the tent was overflowing with musicians and listeners, and it was a little too close to the Dance Tent. Funds will provide a better location, a larger tent, support for Michigan jam leaders, a programming coordinator, publicity, and supplies like chairs, a table, and workshop materials.

Peter Lynch of Sel de Terre introduces a Cajun tune.

Who We Are

The Great Lakes Folk Festival Jam Tent is a project of the Michigan Traditional Art Program at the MSU Museum. The Michigan Traditional Arts Program staff work to advance cross-cultural understanding in a diverse society through the identification, documentation, preservation, and presentation of the traditional arts and cultural heritage in Michigan.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 17OOPCF1GLFFJTN” in the note section.

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