Portage Lake Association presents Joel Mabus, Ray Kamalay

Joel Mabus and Ray Kamalay will play a concert in the park in Onekama. (Courtesy Photo)

Joel Mabus and Ray Kamalay will play a concert in the park in Onekama. (Courtesy Photo)

ONEKAMA —  The Portage Lake Association presents another in its series of Free Monday Night Concerts in the Park, in the Onekama Village Park along M-22, from 7-9 p.m. on July 30.

They are featuring Joel Mabus and Ray Kamalay who have held forth on the Michigan scene for many years. They’ve traveled to Canada and Europe to play some of the most prestigious festivals, including Edinburgh, Vancouver and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Of that last appearance the Village Voice said, “and I thought I’d gone to Heaven when Ray Kamalay and Joel Mabus,… rode high, hard and handsome duelling their swing guitars.”

Joel Mabus has split his 35-year career in folk music between the traditional and the original. He was born and raised in a working-class family in a Southern Illinois along the Mississippi River. His great-grandfather Louis Charles Lee was a farmhouse fiddler of the 19th century, and his parents came of age in the Great Depression, taking their old-time music on the road as professional entertainers.

In 1986, he was one of the first established folksingers to start his own independent label. While he is known to many as a songwriter, having penned several songs familiar to the folk crowd (“Touch a Name On the Wall,” “The Druggist,” and “The Duct Tape Blues”), he is also a fixture on the traditional scene as a guitarist, old-time banjoist, singer and fiddler.

Ray Kamalay is a talented guitarist and singer from Detroit, Michigan. He has recorded several jazz records with his group, the Red Hot Peppers. Ray is noted for his work with many folk music groups and notable jazz artists such as the Chenille Sisters, Johnny Frigo, James Dapogny and Howard and Ralph Armstrong. Kamalay is also well known for his work in music education, giving lectures and demonstrations on historical music topics.

After completing a degree in philosophy from the University of Detroit, Kamalay began his career as a professional musician in 1974, concentrating on historic American music and has performed at some of the most prestigious venues, including Edinburgh, Interlochen and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. In 1998, his work with Howard Armstrong, a National Heritage Fellow, was nominated for the W. C. Handy Award.

For a great evening of folk music from these legends, bring your blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets, family, children and friends to the Village Park in Onekama, on M-22 next to Papa J’s Ice Cream Shoppe. If the weather is too wretched, we will make use of the Onekama Consolidated School’s Auditorium as an alternate venue; watch for signs and notices on our website (www.onekama.info) or our Facebook Pages (-1, Onekama, Michigan or Portage Lake Association).



Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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