The Heart of Women is the theme for this season’s 9th annual festival, which features award winning singer/songwriters from across the state. This season’s festival theme is Heart of a Woman and headlining the festival is Detroit Music Award Winning Blues band-Barbara Payton & the Instigators. Recognized as one of Detroit’s most powerful and engaging live performers, Barbara Payton has rocked stages, festivals, arenas and private listening rooms for more than 25 years. In addition to her solo career, Barbara has toured as a background singer for both Bob Seger and Kid Rock. Opening the show will be Detroit’s own blues/soul singer Laura Rain & The Caesars.
Songwriters in the Round will be hosted by Michelle Chenard and features Chris McCall, Tasha Lord and Julianne Ankley.
Detroit Unplugged features Detroit Music Award Winners Carolyn Striho, Audra Kubat & Mary McGuire along with the art of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Mark Arminski. Both concert events take place at the Mackinac Island Art Gallery in the Murray Hotel.
Island classical musician Heather May performs an afternoon concert of classical music at the Mackinac Island Public Library and the Mackinac Arts Council presents a special screening of Lady Sings the Blues at Mission Point Theatre.
After the shows each night, everyone will head to the Pink Pony for the festival jam with singer/songwriter Kyle White.