Department of Natural Resources
Aug. 15, 2019
The War and Treaty, Dustbowl Revival to headline the festival
|Three days packed full of music and fun are scheduled for the annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival in Ontonagon County – celebrating its 15th year.
The music festival is presented by the Friends of The Porkies, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, which represents all users of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. The festival made state history in 2005 by becoming the first music festival to be held in a Michigan state park.
Staffed by a handful of year-round volunteers and over 120 volunteers throughout the three-day event, the festival places the focus on a wide variety of musical styles such as bluegrass, folk, rock, blues, zydeco, country and more.
The event will be held rain or shine.
Headlining the festival this year are:
Special guests throughout the three-day event include May and the Motivations, The Paperboys, and the Small Glories, along with Cary Morin, the Ivy Ford Band, Charlie Parr, Emily Scott Robinson, Evan Bartels & the Stoney Lonesomes, Chicago Farmer, Melodime, Elizabeth Moen, The Crane Wives and Ray Bonneville.
Offering a more laid-back feel is the festival’s acoustic Busking Barn, where amateurs and professionals take the stage and daily jam sessions are held, and the indoor Chalet Stage, hosting performances during intermissions on the outdoor stage. The festival also offers children’s activities and performer workshops throughout the weekend.
Tickets are $90 for a three-day pass, $35 for a single-day pass. Seniors over 60 and teens ages 13-17 receive $5 off regular prices. Tickets for children ages 7-12 are $10 for either a three-day pass or a single-day pass. Children 6 and under receive free admission when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is a popular tourist attraction, with a breathtaking 60,000 acres of natural beauty located in Ontonagon and Gogebic counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Ontonagon County is Michigan’s largest by acreage, and is one of the least-densely populated counties in the state; laid back and picturesque, with wondrous natural surroundings. There are more than 40 miles of Lake Superior shoreline, named one of the cleanest beaches in America. The thousands of acres of state and federal land, a community lighthouse, an area rich in mining history and Native American history are all a part of the legacy of the area.
Ontonagon County also boasts Michigan's and the Midwest's largest span of virgin hardwood maple/hemlock forest located within the boundaries of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
For more information regarding the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, visit PorkiesFestival.org or call 1-906-231-1589.
For campers with questions on reservations at any of Michigan’s state parks, contact the DNR’s parks call center at 1-800-447-2757 or 1-800-44PARKS.
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