West Michigan music and beer lovers will have a new way to celebrate the change of season this fall with the debut of the Blue Star Harvest Festival in Douglas, Mich. on Saturday, Sept. 26. The first-year festival, to be held at the Saugatuck Brewing Co., will feature seven live music acts, seasonal microbrews, food and other activities “There’s something magical about the harvest season along the lakefront,” says festival organizer Brad Raffenaud of Sprout Media Group. “As the tourist season winds down in Saugatuck, Holland and South Haven, we wanted to offer the locals a chance to celebrate with great live music, great beer, great food and a bit of eco-consciousness. We’ve put together a great bill of up-and-coming acts in the pub all day, along with some of the region’s best international touring acts in the Bier Hall in the evening along with a blues duo from France.”
The Blue Star Harvest festival opens at 3 pm with free music in the Saugatuck Brewing Co. pub, featuring Roosevelt Diggs, Spencer Mulder and Full Chord. At 7 pm, the music will move into the brewery’s Bier Hall with performances by Last Call Band, Mountain Men, The Ragbirds and headliner Revered Peyton’s Big Damn Band.
Festival headliner Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is a country-blues trio and really is not that big at all, the band gets its big sound out of an acoustic guitar, washboard, snare drum and occasional harmonica blast, as well as the Reverend Peyton’s booming voice. The Ragbirds also on the bill are from Ann Arbor, Michigan and have been the #1 selling artists in Japan for the past few weeks with their new CD, Finally Almost Ready, out charting much larger well known artists like Black Eyed Peas and Madonna. One duo also on the mainstage are from the Rhone-Alpes in France, The Mountain Men. A traditional style blues duo shows how their American blues influences translates to them. The festival’s free music portion is from 3-7 pm and features a set by 19-year old Spencer Mulder, who will be releasing his sophomore CD, Rewind, in mid-September. Mulder’s new record is generating buzz among local music professionals for its blend of Ryan Adams-style alt.country and Matchbox 20/Counting Crows-type rock.