Benzie Playboys to perform at PLA concert

Pictured are the Benzie Playboys. (Courtesy Photo/PLA)

Pictured are the local band members of the Benzie Playboys. (Courtesy Photo/PLA)

ONEKAMA —  A visitor to Onekama’s Village Park might get a false impression that they have taken a wrong turn someplace and ended up in the bayous of Cajun Country.

The Portage Lake Association is pleased to present the Benzie Playboys from 7-9 p.m. on Aug. 6, who play straight up zydeco and cajun tunes with button accordion and fiddle leads.

Kirk Jones took up the single row accordion in 2000 and has since picked up on triple note accordion, and most recently, fiddle. He has studied at the Augusta Music Heritage program in Elkins, Virginia and the Dewey Balfa camp in Louisiana. In his spare time, he is a bee master at Sleeping Bear Farms.

Jonah Powell has studied violin since he could walk. Word has it he was born with a bow in his hand. He plays in a variety of styles including bluegrass and rock.

Enthusiasm is Mark Stoltz’s greatest assest. He has traveled the country ceaselessly in search of good Louisiana dance music. He has studied for quite a few years with Mona Wilson, among others, and now teaches dance and plays rubboard. He is fondly known in these parts as “Big Dog”.

Jamey Barnard has been playing drums in bands for 45 years. He has played in rock bands, big band jazz bands, marching bands and trios. He grew up in Alton, Illinois on the Mississippi River near St. Louis. He spent 10 years in Chicago, recording and touring with Souled American as a founding member. He is thrilled to play Zydeco and Cajun music with Benzie Playboys, and is always learning.

Doug Albright started playing music by picking up the bass, inspired to play basslines that bridge the musical space between rhythm and melody. Performing live since 13, he has played a variety of music from funk to bluegrass to traditional Irish, and used to play with the jam band Rootstand. Touring the state and country eventually brought him to home to northern Michigan, Zydeco and Cajun music, and the Benzie Playboys.

Sean Dye on guitar has got the rhythm down and comes from a reggae band. All together they will bring the spicy tunes of the Louisiana countryside to the beautiful shores of Portage Lake, on M-22 in Onekama.

Everyone is welcome, feel free to bring folding chairs, lawn blankets and picnic baskets to this free concert. In case of rainy weather, the Onekama Consolidated Schools will be the backup venue. Watch out for more information at or on Facebook.



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

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