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Festival on the Bay 2018

For the third year in a row, BWCA sponsored the Songwriter Stage at the Petoskey Festival On The Bay, bringing local songwriters and artists to the midway stage for two days of music.

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Brian McCosky

Brian T. McCosky began his musical journey over 15 years ago in Petoskey’s open mic scene. In that time his guitar and songwriting has taken him from Michigan to the rockies and back. As the guitarist in the Colorado based The Longest Day of the Year, he has shared the stage with grammy award winning artists such as The Blind Boys of Alabama and Sturgill Simpson. Best known for his work with Northern Michigan staples such as Pocketwood Mandingo and The Mudbugz, Brian recently returned with a new artistic vision. Combining acoustic and electric guitars, songwriting, and today’s latest music technology, Brian bridges the gap between producer and performer. From live looping to electronic beats, heartfelt lyrics to fingerpicked instrumental arrangements, his music finds something for everyone. Everytime.

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Brandon Z Smith

An interesting and understated modern songwriter Brandon Z. Smith combines pop oriented melody with folk minimalism. Cryptic yet revealing , inward and transcendental music reminiscent of Elliott Smith and Donovan. 

Smith's unique sound stems from his use of the mandolin as his primary instrument. He has been tirelessly writing and recording since the release of his debut album 2017's Transient.

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Ryan & Mike Cassidy

Ryan Cassidy was born into a musical family. He would listen to Beatles songs as a kid and sing along as just a 2 year old. Ryan started to sing with his dad and that really interested him into music. Ryan learned to play guitar properly in 2014, taking the Jimi Hendrix technique, playing left handed and upside down. Now he composes his own music, and released his first album of all originals, Mesmerized by the Road Lines, in summer 2015. He released an acoustic live album in late 2015, and his next album, All Arounds, was released in early 2016

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kevin johnson

Harbor Springs singer/songwriter Kevin Johnson has been steadily honing his songwriting and performing skills with the goal of becoming a meaningful part of thevibrant northern Michigan music scene. Drawing on a wealth of musical influences and life experience Kevin’s Americana style touches on a wide variety of topics including love, loss and self discovery. Kevin is in the process of selecting the best songs from his current catalog in the hopes of putting out his first studio album in the very near future.


Art Speaks

Art Speaks’ goal is to continue the trend in Northern Michigan of making resources, space and classes available to people that otherwise might not have the opportunity to show and enhance their talent.

      North Country Community Mental Health provides services to residents of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Kalkaska and Otsego Counties experiencing a severe emotional problem, serious mental illness or intellectual/developmental disability, including individuals with a co-occurring substance use disorder.


Northern Michigan Drum Village

Northern Michigan Drum Village is a 501 (c) (3) organization. Our mission is to be the number one percussive arts experience in Northern Michigan. The goal is to provide the community with healthy and engaging percussive arts experiences in northern Michigan— especially for special groups and those who have been blocked (for whatever reason) from participating in music before. These are fun and encouraging activities. No previous experience is necessary and the ability to read music is not required. Musicians are welcome too, of course.