OCTOBER FESTIVAL AT THE COMMONS with Greensky Bluegrass

October Festival at the Commons with Greensky Bluegrass
Presented by Porterhouse Productions & Hoxeyville

A Celebration of Local Foods • Microbrews, Wine and Ciders • and Music Made in Michigan

On the Historic Front Lawn of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
Friday, October 12, 2012

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
$20 in ADV, $25 DOS, Ages 21+ Only, no exceptions

The weather forecast looks great! 50º and partly sunny during the day, 37º and mostly clear in the evening. Please dress appropriately. Heated tents will be on site as well as bonfires, thanks to Team Bob’s Heating & Cooling.


Tickets are also available at Oryana in Traverse City.

Join us to celebrate the bounty of Michigan at the beautiful historic Grand Traverse Commons!

FOOD TRUCKS & MENUS
Roaming Harvest

Pulled Pork Taco, Purple Cabbage Slaw, Chimichurri, Great Lakes Tortilla Chips
Kielbasa Sliders, Kraut, Kream Mustard, Great Lakes Tortilla Chips
Butternut Squash Curry, Pita, Basmati Rice (vegan option)

Spanglish (you’ll find Spanglish at the Curbie truck!)
Pombasos (Mexico City Style Street Sandwiches)
: Fresh baked rolls basted with a chili Guajillo sauce, filled with our signature Beef Barbacoa (think ancient Mexican barbeque), shredded cabbage and Jalapeño Mayo
Three Sisters Tamales: Corn masa stuffed with Butternut Squash, Sweet Corn, Beans and Bell Bell Peppers steamed in a corn husk (vegetarian)
Chicken Guajillo Tamales: Corn Masa stuffed with Pulled Chicken in a Guajillo Chili Salsa steamed in a corn husk
Pork and Tomatillo Tamales: Corn Masa stuffed with Pulled Pork in a Tomatillo Salsa steamed in a corn husk

Duane’s Brats (you’ll find Duane’s at the Curbie truck!)
The Hard Luck Charley: Crafted with Left Foot Charley hard cider, local apples, sauerkraut and lean pork (pairs well with hard ciders and dry white wines)
Grounded in the Clouds Brat: Crafted with Higher Grounds coffee, Brazil nuts, a bit of chocolaty sweetness and lean pork (pairs well with stouts, porters and coffee)
The Wing Ding Buffalo Blue: Crafted with ground chicken, that ever addictive buffalo sauce and blue cheese (pairs well with lighter ales)
The Veginator: Crafted with rice, beans, feta cheese and olives, Because vegetable eaters should be able to have sausage too! (pairs well with lighter ales and dry white wines)

Mana (you’ll find Mana in Curbie!)

SEEDS Wood Fired Pizza
Veggie & Meat Options

What The Truck
Bulgogi Beef Taco
: Bulgogi beef, ginger cabbage slaw, sriracha sour cream, scallions, cilantro, served with a side of potatoes.
Korean BBQ Pork Taco: Korean BBQ pork, pineapple jalapeno salsa, sriracha sour cream, avocado coulis, cilantro, served with a side of potatoes.
Thai Chicken Taco: Thai glazed chicken, kimchee slaw, sesame sriracha aioli, cilantro, served with a side of potatoes.
Truck Pow! Chicken: Kung pao chicken served over rice with snow peas, broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, celery, onion, and bean sprouts. Finished with spicy sesame glaze and crushed peanuts, served with a side of potatoes.
Veggie Hash: Channa Masala, potatoes, rice, coconut milk whipped goat cheese, scallions, cilantro, fried egg.
Truck Nachos: Tortilla chips, house made queso dip, korean bbq pork, black beans, pico, chiptole sour cream, scallions

Pigs Eatin’ Ribs
Award Winning BBQ Baby Back Ribs
: Served with Bread & Butter Pickles and Creamy Coleslaw
Cider Injected BBQ Pulled Pork: Smoked Slow and Low Then Piled on a Fresh Baked Roll with Our Signature Sauce
Pulled Pork Tacos: 2 Flour Tortilla Shells with our Famous Pulled Pork, Creamy Coleslaw, Bread & Butter Pickles
BBQ Beef Brisket: Sliced Thin and Topped with our own Blueberry BBQ Sauce and Sweet Onion Relish
Burnt Ends
: Tender Little Brisket Nuggets, Double Rubbed and Smoked, Topped with Blueberry BBQ

Pita Pitstop
Falafel Cups
: A savory dough made of chick peas, fava beans and spices flash fried to perfection
Kibbeh Cups: A shell of lean, seasoned, twice ground lamb stuffed with ground beef and pine nuts
Phyllo Treats: Butter, phyllo, butter, sugar, butter, walnuts, pistachios and more butter

MUSIC
Greensky Bluegrass

Joshua Davis Band

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys

REFRESHMENTS
Black Star Farms
Riesling and Fresh Cider
Left Foot Charley Riesling and Fresh Cider
Bell’s Brewery Best Brown Ale
North Peak Brewing Company Hooligan
Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam
Filling Station Microbrewery
Bayreuth Oktoberfest, Omena Harvest Ale (brewed with hops from Brian & Amy Tennis!)
Arbor Brewing Company
Strawberry Blonde
Founder’s Brewing Company
All Day IPA, Breakfast Stout
Arcadia Ales
Jaw Jacker
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Octoberfest
Cheboygan Brewing Company
Oktoberfest
Northern Natural Winery Cider & Wine

ALSO
Silent Disco with DJ Dominate
Glow In The Dark LED Disc Golf (thanks to Solar Glow Disc Experience and read a great article about how this woman’s solar powered, glow-in-the-dark disc golf course lit up the Electric Forest Festival!)
Bonfires & Heated Tents
(thanks to Team Bob’s Heating & Cooling)
FREE Shuttle Rides
To & From Old Town Parking Deck (see transportation info below)

CHARITY
PROCEEDS AND 100% OF ALCOHOL SALES BENEFIT BAY AREA RECYCLING FOR CHARITIES. BARC focuses its efforts on converting recyclables into revenues, not only to support itself and fund its expansion, but to give maximum donations to local charities.

TRANSPORTATION
Celtic Shuttle
will be providing FREE transportation between the Old Town Parking Deck and the Main Gate of the event from 4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Parking will be limited – please carpool, ride bikes, walk, or take the FREE shuttle!

LODGING SPECIAL
Traverse City’s EconoLodge is offering great rates on rooms! Visit www.tceconolodge.com or give them a call at (231) 943-3040 and ask for the October Festival special.

ABOUT GREENSKY BLUEGRASS
If you’re familiar with bluegrass music, then you’re tuned in to some of what Greensky Bluegrass does. They’re also known to throw a great party, rock n roll, and (if the critics are to be believed) they have great songs. They are unquestionably a team of friends that traverse the country making music they enjoy. What makes Greensky different than Bluegrass? Poignant rural ballads about real people? Dobro tone that Jerry (Douglas or Garcia) would love? Distortion Pedals? Grit and attitude from a whiskey soaked card game? Indeed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

This quintet from Michigan has been staying up late at all the coolest festivals and stopping to play your favorite clubs and theaters across America for 11 years now. Nearly 175 shows per year has prepared them for the rigorous task of continuity. Greensky Bluegrass isn’t slowing down. They’re coming to your town to help you party down. Yeah. Really. Like you never thought possible.

At the start of the millennium, some of these guys met, then they met more guys. They thought Greensky was a clever name for a bluegrass band. Fast forward to 2011 when they recorded their fourth studio record, called Handguns. Among them, words like, proud, killer, and damn right! have been spoken in regards to the music of Handguns.

While they all may be accurate, we hope you’ll find far more than you expected, hell – even more than we expected contained in this piece work that may well come to define one of 21st Century Americas hardest working musical ensembles.  greenskybluegrass.com

ABOUT JOSHUA DAVIS
“Davis seems to be busily writing the Michigan version of the Great American Songscape.”
– Lansing State Journal, Lansing MI

Joshua Davis is a husband, father, friend and music lover. He shares songs for a living; as a songwriter, record producer, band member, solo act, guitar/songwriting teacher, mix-tape-maker extraordinaire, all with the most amazing people on the planet! Josh was raised on American roots tradition: the music, the social movements, the land. He writes original songs that blend many folk traditions – including gritty rock n’ roll and vintage soul. Performing Songwriter Magazine called the result, “Some of the liveliest and most rocking roots music around.”

Joshua has shared his songs, knowledge, interests, and know-how across the US at festivals, theaters, concert halls, coffeehouses, schools, parks and dive bars. He has released albums under his own name, with roots ensemble “Steppin’ In It”, classic swing band “Shout Sister Shout”, and has appeared on many more.

Josh is especially interested in the ways in which music brings individuals and communities together, to foster peace and understanding. He’s noticed that songs can re-soundtrack people’s lives and peoples’ lives too. In February, he travelled to Palestine and Israel with non-profit org On the Ground to participate as “cultural emissary” in the Run Across Palestine, a fund raising ultra-marathon in support of fair trade farming communities in the West Bank.

This fall, Davis will release an album inspired by his experience in the Holy Land. Half of the proceeds will mean olive tress and educational scholarships for the farmers and families he encountered during his travels. The songs are deeply personal and deal with his struggle between his Jewish identity and the oppression and confusion he found in the Middle East. Josh is developing a program to bring to schools and communities that combines his music and stories about the trip as well as club dates with a six-piece band.  joshuadavismusic.com

ABOUT LINDSAY LOU & THE FLATBELLYS
The story of the Flatbellys begins with the convergence of several young, musically driven, bluegrass obsessed, college students, who just happened to be in the right place at the right time.  Joshua and Spencer along with Joshua Brand and Jesse Myers made up the original group, and they started travelling far and wide to insert themselves into every possible musical situation.  Their energetic, yet humble approach to the music was welcomed at jams and festivals all over the state, where their late night stamina became as well known as their performance capabilities.  (If you would like to hear the original Flatbellys, we have posted the entire album for free here.)

When the college days were done, the boys inevitably parted ways to follow diverse paths, and the end seemed near.  Enter, Lindsay Lou: a beautiful person with a beautiful voice, who walked into an open mic night at Dagwood’s Tavern in Lansing, MI (the same place where the Flatbellys began) and reinvigorated the music.  She was a natural fit, and when she left shortly thereafter for a study abroad program in Ecuador, it became clear that the group was missing a now essential member.

While she was in Ecuador, Lindsay honed in on her bluegrass chops and became a prolific songwriter.  Upon her return, she had dozens of new original songs, which became the basis for the debut album; Lindsay Lou – A Different Tune.

During the planning stages for the album and the subsequent performances, the Flatbellys gained another crucial element with the addition of Keith Billik on the 5-string banjo.  The Flatbellys had long known Keith from their frequent visits to the local music store mecca, Elderly Instruments, where Keith worked as floor manager for over a decade.  His banjo playing not only offered the driving bluegrass sound, but also brought a level of sophistication to the less traditional numbers.

The full formulation of the present day Flatbellys was completed in the summer of 2010, with the addition of Mark Lavengood on the dobro.  While rehearsing for a performance at Blissfest, a friendly faced young man with a dobro walked up and asked to play along.  While Lavengood began to do so, the talent he had to offer came through loud and clear.  A year later, when he stepped into the group with a world of positive energy and started booking shows for the group, it was apparent that he would become a tight fixture of the band.

An infectious spirit and undying optimism permeated Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys, and they continue full steam ahead, writing, travelling, and performing a diverse collection of music that spans from hard-line traditional bluegrass to the progressive fringe of the genre. lindsayloumusic.com

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