​Fallasburg Music 2020

Presented by LowellArts

at Camp Clear Sky


LowellArts depends on the revenue from the Fallasburg Arts Festival to fund arts programming throughout the year. With the cancellation of the in-person festival, we are reaching out to our festival supporters to consider making a donation to support LowellArts this year.

Fallasburg Music at Camp Clear Sky

For the Fallasburg Virtual Arts Festival on September 19 and 20, a full line-up of live music was presented at a new, outdoor performance venue in Lowell called Camp Clear Sky.


A limited number of tickets were available for guests to attend the concerts in-person. The concerts were also live-streamed on YouTube and were available free to on-line visitors. Thank you to everyone who listened in-person and on-line.


If you missed it, video from the concert sessions will be posted on our website soon!

Session 1:

Saturday, September 19


Session 2:

Saturday, September 19


Session 3:

Sunday, September 20


Music Line-up: Session 1

  • Jerry Carsten Dan

  • Hayes Griffin and Jason Wheeler - Midwestern Swing

  • Josh Rose and Kyle Rasche

  • Eli Roe

Music Line-up: Session 2

  • Peat in the Creel

  • The Bruce Matthews Band

  • Mac/Mora

Music Line-up: Session 3

  • The Ryne Experience

  • The Easy Idle String Band

  • Hawks and Owls String Band

  • The Willeys

Lead Sponsors

Camp Clear Sky
Address: 12400 Grand River Dr SE, Lowell, MI 49331

This new, outdoor performance venue in Lowell features an elevated covered stage, flexible seating, and a COVID-safe environment. Concert capacity is limited at 60.


About Camp Clear Sky
Camp Clear Sky is an outdoor music venue with onsite camping. Rustic camping is available throughout the summer and fall. Learn more about camping at Camp Clear Sky here.

Venue Details

Bring your own chairs or blanket. Also, several socially distanced furniture arrangements are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

The event will continue rain or shine. Bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast. There are also a few tents for shelter from the rain. In the case of lightning, driving rain, or severe weather, the concert will be cancelled. Sorry, no refunds.


Handicap parking spaces are available in a gravel parking area adjacent to the performance space. The space itself is flat and level lawn. The restroom is not ADA and has two steps up to get into it.


Vehicles should park two deep in the front yard on Grand River Drive, or enter from the first driveway on Gulliford. Handicap, elderly, and pregnant women should use Grand River Drive. Additional parking on Grand River and Gulliford - tires off the pavement please.

COVID Safety
Masks are required during events when moving around the venue and at all times. Upon entry to the venue, greeters will take a digital temperature reading of all guests. Furniture is sterilized before the event and guests are asked to pick a spot to remain in for the duration of the concert. Guests who arrive in small groups may sit together, but they should keep 6' of distance between other groups. The restroom is sterilized with a bleach solution and UVC light periodically.

Food & Beverage
Guests are encouraged to bring their own food and drink in coolers. Moderate consumption of alcohol is allowed. The venue strives to be zero waste, guests are asked to take home their own trash and may utilize the outdoor kitchen facilities as needed.

No smoking is allowed in the concert area. Smoking is only allowed in a designated area that is away from the concert area.

Session 1

Saturday 12:00-4:00pm

Jerry Carsten Dan


Performing timeless folk and classic rock songs as an acoustic trio. Jerry Carsten Dan hooked up on Craig’s List and quickly discovered their shared appreciation for a well written song performed on acoustic instruments. They performed at a few social gatherings where they were discovered and selected to appear at Tanglefoot Studio for Project 1 Artprize. Jerry Carsten Dan Features Dan O’Brien on guitar and vocals, Carsten Forester on mandolin and vocals, and Jeremiah Wenger on Bass and vocals.

Hayes Griffin and Jason Wheeler – Midwestern Swing


Hayes Griffin's debut album Midwestern Swing is an aural cocktail inspired by the sounds of American country and swing music from the 1930's, 40s, and 50s. Original tracks from Hayes and Quinn Griffin are set next to "deep cuts" from legendary songwriter/performer Cindy Walker, Don Reno & Red Smiley, Tom Delaney, and Joe Gibson. Hayes plays acoustic and electric guitar, acoustic and electric mandolin, and bass. At this concert Hayes will be joined by Jason Wheeler from Fauxgrass.

Josh Rose and Kyle Rasche


Josh Rose’s wistful songs allow all people with interest to extract what they can from the cloud, to open the floodgates, and to share in the beauty of music, earth, humanity, and air. Every one of his songs is a cloud: unique, beautiful, and ephemeral. Kyle Rasche is a songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. He has released 5 albums with his band Chain of Lakes, and he is the founder and custodian of The Song Haul - a select nationwide songwriter guild. Since 2016, Rasche has been a proud member of Josh Rose & The Founding Fathers - providing background vocals & guitar. Josh’s songs will be performed in duo by the exquisite stylings of Kyle. Kyle adds a beautiful upper register that harkens back to the aforementioned clouds.

Eli Roe


We love making music. We love the simple, authentic sounds of instruments that don't require amplification. We play songs that speak to us. We experiment with arrangements that leave lots of open space - space for the listener to reflect on every note, every harmony, every beat. Our mission is simple: craft acoustic music in a way that feels right, like an old pair of blue jeans. Eli Roe includes Rob Leonard (vox, guitar, cajon), Lindsay Bredin (vox, cello, ukulele, autoharp), and Eric Bredin (mandolin, harmonica, ubass, concertina, accordion).

Session 2

Saturday 4:00-7:00pm

Peat in the Creel


Peat in the Creel draws from Irish traditional music roots, at times nourished by the heritage of Scotland and broader world influences, to bring forth a range of energetic dance tunes, spirited folk songs, and peaceful melodies. The group’s namesake, a phrase inspired by a popular Scottish song lyric which literally wishes a basket laden with peat for fuel, metaphorically toasts to a bountiful future. Musicians include Alison Myers (flute, whistle, vocals), Toby Bresnahan (bouzouki, guitar, vocals), Aidan Carry (fiddle), and Mike Mulder (bodhrán).

The Bruce Matthews Band


The Bruce Matthews Band (BMB) draws on a mix of roots, Americana and traditional music shared in front porch fashion. "We love the notion of people gathering on the porch or around the kitchen table and just sharing their love of music. It's just what we do when we play." The BMB has two CD's of mostly original music, and plans to start recording a third this fall. Jack Befus (electic, stand-up bass), Esther Klompmaker (vocals), Sheila DeGroot (keys, vocals), Tony Muka (mandolin, electric guitar, vocals) and Bruce Matthews (acoustic guitar & vocals).



Mac/Mora is a piano and violin duo. Hear new original compositions by Roger MacNaughton and unique arrangements of popular tunes as they are performed by Roger on piano and Susan Mora on violin. Together, they spin adventurous tales with music that is melodic, romantic, serene, haunting, and passionate.

Session 3

Sunday 12:00-4:00pm

The Ryne Experience


The Ryne Experience: a solo collaborative group of singer songwriter Ryne Clarke and friends playing folk, rock, pop, psych, country, and comedy. For this special Fallasburg performance, The Ryne Experience will play as a folk acoustic duo of Ryne Clarke and longtime collaborator Jerry Wenger.


The Easy Idle String Band


The Easy Idle Band is a group of musicians from west Michigan that have joined together to form a lively string band.  They play bluegrass, country, folk and gospel music. This Fallasburg performance will include Ronnie Bailey, Banjo-Jim Foerch, Bethany Tanis, Dave Knight, Bob Goodman and Dave Simmonds.

Hawks and Owls String Band


Bruce Ling, one of Michigan's finest musical treasures, is a River-side mystic, eloquent story teller and passionate caretaker of America's collection of traditional music. At a young age he started becoming the recipient of a vast amount of oral tradition: songs and stories passed on from older folk to younger generations. He has since honed an extraordinary repertoire of traditional string-band tunes from near and far. He plays with equal flair and skill on fiddle, mandolin, banjo and flat-picked guitar. Bruce is joined by his wife and world class old-time rhythm guitarist Becca.

The Willeys


Formed in 1986 The Willeys, a Grand Rapids original band, play Irish influenced music described as “Folkwave”. In their 33 years together The Willeys have produced five album-length studio recordings and have been featured on WYCE and other stations locally and abroad. The Willeys are also winners of WYCE’s prestigious Jammies; in 2001 as “Local Artist of the Year” and again in 2011 when they were the first recipient of WYCE’s “Legacy Award”. The line-up for the Fallasburg concert will include Andy Willey (lead guitar, vocals), Jim Saltsman (drums, percussion), Chris Olsen (guitar, Bouzouki, vocals). Playing with The Willeys at other times are musicians Craig Van Otteren (mandolin, vocals) and Tim Foley (bass, vocals). The Willey’s play Celtic rock/Americana influenced originals along with eclectic covers.

223 W Main Street

Lowell, MI 49331


Artist Market Hours:

January 2 to 23

TUES thru FRI  10am-6pm

SAT 12pm-5pm


LowellArts is accessible to all visitors – whatever their ability. Ramped entrance directly accessible from the handicapped parking area. Automatic door accessibility. Wheelchair accessible restrooms and pathways. Certified Service Animals welcome. Feel free to call in advance of your visit so we can accommodate any special needs.

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LowellArts is supported by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.