Blue Water Ramblers
2019 Tour
tour 2019 map
Saturday, January 121 PM - Closing timeTop
Winter Wheat means you don't have to wait until May for a dose of Heaven on Earth, Wheatland! The Blue Water Ramblers will take the Stache Stage at 4:40 with a host of other great groups at The Intersection, 133 Grandville SW in Grand Rapids. This year we are featuring a reunion of The Hill People! Then there will be musical performances on two stages and dancing. Tickets $25 at
      Banjo-Jim, Bear, Deacon Marten and California Dan
Monday, January 286:00 - 9:00 PMTop
It's the annual benefit for West Michigan Catholic Charities and God's Kitchen, Soup's On for All. Sing with us at Dr. Grin's, enjoy fine soups from all the best restaurants and bid on fabulous items in the silent auction for the best cause.
      Banjo-Jim, Bear and California Dan
Sunday, February 102 - 4 PMTop
The Sachs family - Ruby, Helen, Paul and Lisa - have a tradition of fun, music, dance and fellowship to support the Beaver Island Music Festival. (Private party for the in crowd - call Paul ;>)
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, February 167 - 9 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers present all our songs of life present and past at Foundry Hall, Box office: 800.838.3006. Foundry Hall music series is named for a century old building in the heart of downtown that was extensively renovated in 2000-2001 from a former piston factory into a music hall and theatre. Check their website for the current location. At the Foundry Hall, interaction through the arts and shared experiences is the key to a happy, healthy, and vibrant South Haven.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, March 911 AMTop
We love the children and will be leading all our children's activities at Wheatscouts in the Gladys Wernette Building at Wheatland starting at 11 AM on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Bring your children and your own inner child for some riotous fun.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Wednesday, March 136 - 7 PMTop
Bring your children to the Grand Rapid Main Public Library for a Joke-a-thon as part of Laugh Fest. Children are invited to take the stage and share their best jokes. Plus the Blue Water Ramblers will have some nonsence to add.
      Bear and Banjo-Jim
Friday, March 157 PMTop
Come on out to the Jackson Coffee Company at 201 S Mechanic St, Jackson, MI 49201. Their entertainment schedule can be found at \ Telephone (517) 990-6770.
      Bear, Deacon Marten and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, March 1611 AMTop
Bring your children to the Herrick Library in Holland for a Joke-a-thon as part of Laugh Fest. Children are invited to take the stage and share their best jokes. Plus the Blue Water Ramblers will have some nonsence to add.
      Bear and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, April 278 - 10 PMTop
We're performing at Trinity House in Livonia. Joining us on stage will be Jere Stormer, song writer, performer and comedian. 38840 West Six Mile, Livonia, MI 48152. Telephone 734-464-6302 Doors open 7:30. $15, $12 for subscribers
      Bear, California Dan, Banjo-Jim and Jere Stormer
Sunday, May 194 - 6 PMTop
We are performing at Creston Brewery in their Sunday afternoon taproom series. Join us for excellent, good music and fine food. Creston Brewery is at 1504 Plainfield NW, corner of Quimby.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim, California Dan
Friday - Sunday, May 24 - 26, 2019All day and half the night!Top
Dance, sing, pick, try some traditional arts and crafts and even take a few music lessons at Traditional Arts Weekend at Wheatland Music Organization. The Blue Water Ramblers will be picking, singing, and leading workshops. Join us! Don't forget the Family Dance Sunday morning.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim, California Dan and Deacon Marten
Thursday, May 306 - 9 PMTop
We're firing up our hottest bluegrass for the Niles Bluegrass Festival
      Bear, California Dan, and Banjo-Jim
Sunday, June 212 - 4 PMTop
Arlington Heights hosts the world's largest backyard barbique on June 2. We be performing our best BBQ songs for the crowds.
      Bear and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, June 66 - 8 PMTop
We're playing a concert in the park in Clare. Join us on a pleasant summer evening.
      Banjo-Jim, Bear, Marten
June 7 - 10, 2019All day and night!Top
NorEast'r Music and Art Festival in Mio on the banks of the AuSable River at the Oscoda County Fair Grounds. Rustic camping is available and the food booths offer the best in town! We'll be singing, picking, jamming and having fun. We are performing four times. Friday, 7:30, Main Stage. 10 AM Saturday, Main Stage, then 5 PM in the School House. 3 PM Sunday we close Main Stage.
      Bear, Califorina Dan, Deacon Marten and Banjo-Jim
Wednesday, June 127:30 - 9 PMTop
Plainwell is celebrating their sesquicentennial this year! The Blue Water Ramblers will join the festivities with our Americana music about the ancestors who built this great town in this great nation.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, June 137 - 9 PMTop
We're playing in Oxford, Michigan! Join us for summer fun and music.
      Banjo-Jim, Dr. Tom and Bear
Thursday, June 207 - 9 PMTop
Lake City, here we come. We'll play in the city park.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim and California Dan
Friday, June 216:30 - 8:30 PMTop
We're playing a concert in Kollen Park right next to California Dan's home in Holland. Please join us.
      California Dan, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, June 226:30 PMTop
We play the pretty park in Three Oaks, named for their famous - wait for it - 3 oak trees.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, June 277 - 8:30 PMTop
We're playing Mill Point Park in Spring Lake June 27.
      California Dan, Bear, and Banjo-Jim
Friday, June 289 PMTop
9 PM Friday June 28: The Blue Water Rambler Bluegrass Quartet will share hot picking and rich harmonies on traditional and new songs at the West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association Junegrass Festival. The event is held at the fairgrounds in downtown Lowell. Check for details.
      Bear, California Dan, Deacon Marten and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, June 293 PMTop
We're breaking out our bell-bottoms and tie-die in Port Sanilac. We will let our freak flag fly at the Sixties Fest. Location is the Sanilac County Historic Village. There will be hippy music all day long. Flower power rocks! Banjo-Jim and Rickey perform and lead a jam.
      Banjo-Jim and Rickey
Monday, July 17 - 9 PMTop
Banjo-Jim combines his musical skill with his love of astronomy for the Warrern Astronomical Society
Tuesday, July 27 - 9 PMTop
Banjo-Jim joins old pal Rick Novak at the Heartland Senior Neighbor Center to relive the 60s folk rebellion.
      Banjo-Jim and Rickey
Thursday, July 47:30 - 9 PMTop
We celebrate the 243rd birthday of the United States in Manchester as part of the Manchester Gazebo Series. Will cake be served?
      California Dan, Banjo-Jim, and Bear
Saturday, July 612:30 - 3 PMTop
We're shoving off for a picnic cruise down the mighty Grand River on the Grand Lady riverboat. Relax to the music of the Blue Water Ramblers while you scan the skies for bald eagles. Bring a picnic lunch plus snacks and beverages may be purchased on board. Boarding begins at 11:30. The dock is located next to Riverview Airport at 775 Taylor Street Jenison, Michigan 49428. Directions: Take exit 69C of I-196 to merge onto Baldwin St. Turn right onto Cottonwood Dr. Turn right onto 10th Ave. Continue straight onto Taylor St.
      Deacon Marten, Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Tuesday, July 96:30 - 8:30 PMTop
Warm summer evenings at beautiful parks listening to exciting music: Blue Water Ramblers will hold forth at Allendale Charter Township Park right on M-45 in Allendale. Bring a lounge chair and refreshments.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Wednesday, July 107 - 9 PMTop
A fine summer evening in Big Rapids with great music. Please join us in the bandshell at Hemlock Park. The bandshell is located along Riverwalk and behind Big Rapids Middle School.
      Bear, California Dan, and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, July 116:30 - 7:30 PMTop
We present our songs at the Cascade Library at 6:30 PM July 11. Address: 2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
      Bear, Banjo-Jim, and California Dan
Saturday, July 1310:30 AMTop
We will play the Manistique Folk Festival Saturday 10:30 AM. Join us and other great bands in a historic port city.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Tuesday, July 167 PMTop
We're in Naubinway in the U.P. to perform our Great Lakes repertoire for the Hiawatha Sportsman Club.
      Banjo-Jim, California Dan and Bear
Wednesday, July 177 - 8:30 PMTop
Sault Sainte Marie Summer Concert Series in Locks Park. We'll sing of Michigan past and present as the freighters are locked through the MacArthur and Poe locks.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim and California Dan
Thursday, July 187 - 8:30 PMTop
Bayside Live on the Municipal Dock in St. Ignace. Vacation with us: Great music, great sights and a great city in the great north.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim and California Dan
Friday, July 197 - 9 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers will play for the Les Cheneaux Historical Society amongst the 36 beautiful islands. Listen to our musical tales of life in Michigan past and present while you view the vintage wooden boats in the museum.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
July 26 - 28, 20193 PMTop
The Blue Water Ramblers will share our progressive modern folk songs 3 PM Sunday, July 28 at the Dunesville Music Festival. Dunesville's goal is to provide a family friendly atmosphere with lots of great Music, Arts and Crafts, Food and Fun on various stages. The festival takes place July 26 - 28 on The Harm Farm, 4846 Hulbert Rd., Lake Ann, MI 49650 Details at
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Wednesday, July 316 - 7:30 PMTop
We will present our music at a Concert in the Park in Luther.
      California Dan, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Thursday, August 17 - 9 PMTop
We are performing on a big stage in the park in Buchanan, a pretty little city in southwest Michigan.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Thursday - Sunday, August 8 - 11, 2019All day and half the night!Top
FarmFest at Farmhouse Music near Johannesburg is a gem of a music festival. In between all the picking and jamming with our friends, we will be performing on Main Stage at 7:40 PM Friday. Stacy Jo and Banjo-Jim will lead the Lighting of the Log of Last Year afterwards at the fire circle at 9. Share your FarmFest mojo.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Friday, August 162:30 - 5:30 PMTop
Banjo-Jim and his old pal Rick Novak will perform their quirky mix of 60's folk tunes and their own idiosyncratic compositions at the Port Sanilac Farm Market. The Farm Market is held at the Port Sanilac Historical Village right on M25 north of town.
      Banjo-Jim and Rickey
Sunday, August 181 - 4 PM.Top
Wild Blueberry Festival in Paradise on the Whitefish Bay of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Is that not the perfect venue for enjoying our great state and the Blue Water Ramblers? 'Nuff said! The festival features artists, crafters and local foods along with entertainment.
      Bear, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Friday, August 307 - 9 PMTop
We're playing the Log Cabin Stage in Kaleva, home of the world famous bottle house.
      Banjo-Jim, California Dan and Bear
Saturday, August 317 PMTop
We're performing at Thumbfest in Lexington on blue Lake Huron Aug. 31. Thumbfest is a one day free festival with 8 stages all around the picturesque little town.
      Bear, Banjo-Jim and California Dan
Friday - Sunday, September 6 - 8, 2019All day and half the night!Top
We call it Heaven on earth for pickers. It's the annual Wheatland Music Festival on Wernette's farm just a mile southwest of Remus. Join us for the best traditional American music- folk, old time, blues, Cajun, bluegrass, gospel and much more. Moms and Dads: Practice up that precocious youngster and bring the child to Kid's Hill Open Mic at 5 PM Saturday. The next generation is taking the stage! Join us Sunday morning on the dance stage for a Family Dance - no baby is too young and no adult is too old to trip the light fantastic with Banjo-Jim and the Blue Water Ramblers.
      Bear, California Dan, Deacon Marten, and Banjo-Jim
Friday - Sunday, September 13 - 15, 2019All dayTop

Join us in Columbus, Ohio as the pages of Country Living magazine come to life with the annual Country Living Fair. The Blue Water Ramblers will entertain you with the best true country folk music as you shop the more than 100 exhibitor booths for antiques, vintage furnishings, crafts, gifts and collectibles. Enjoy food tastings, cooking demonstrations and the harvest/gourmet market. Attend decorating and crafting seminars and meet and mingle with the editors and contributors of Country Living for a weekend of fun family activities.

ADMISSION: One day $12 door or $10 advance; Weekend Pass $20 door or $15 advance; Early Bird Weekend Pass $30 advance only Enter any or all days at 9 a.m. and beat the crowds! Tickets go on sale June 1st

LOCATION: Ohio Village, A charming 19th century village conveniently located just off I-71 at Exit 11, across from Ohio State Fairgrounds, Columbus, Ohio.

TICKETS and INFO: Stella Show Management: 1-866-500-FAIR or on the web

      Banjo-Jim and Bear
Sunday, September 293 PMTop
Banjo-Jim and old pal Rick Novak are rendezvousing in Lake Odessa at Bob's Barn Sunday, September 29, at 3 PM to perform their compositions old and new. An open mic/jam follows at 4. Bob's Barn is at 1417 Johnson St., Lake Odessa, MI 48849.
      Banjo-Jim and Rickey
Saturday, October 57 - 9 PMTop
Friends Bob and Shelly Hudson have invited us to share our music at their Shaker Barn music venu. It is an intimate listening/picking/dancing room in the woods of Ada. 8405 Baileau Oaks Dr NE Ada, MI
      California Dan, Bear and Banjo-Jim
October 11 - 13, 2019Day and eveningTop
The Book Nook and Java Shop of Montague are hosting a Bluegrass and Old Timey Weekend Oct. 12 - 14. The Blue Water Ramblers kick off the event Friday at 7 PM. Then stop by for brunch Saturday with Zellie's Opry House Band from 10 AM to noon. Saturday evening we feature the Dan Seabolt Experience. Dan is a premire Michigan fiddler and he will have his excellent band with him. For more information: The Book Nook and Java Shop
      Bear, Deacon Marten, California Dan and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, October 1211 AM to 3 PMTop
Auburn Hills Fall Festival in the Woods. in Auburn Hills. We're proud to be part of the festival for the 20th year now. Bring the kids and enjoy Rambler music, a petting zoo and pumpkin carving for Halloween.
      Bear and Banjo-Jim
Wednesday, October 308 - 10:30 PMTop
Spooky folk songs! Please join us at the SpeakEZ Lounge for a performance by Grand Rapids folk legends Blue Water Ramblers. We write and perform songs with contemporary themes to traditional stylings. Musician/entertainer/hail-fellow-well-met Jay Round will do a guest set. The SpeakEZ Lounge is at 600 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, telephone.(616) 458-2689.
      California Dan, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Saturday, November 167 PMTop
We're playing our 'home court', the Grand River Folk Arts Society. The Blue Water Ramblers write contemporary folk songs: modern themes in traditional settings. The venue is the Wealthy Theatre Annex, 1110 Wealthy SE just west of Fuller Avenue. Ticket Prices: $15 General, $12 seniors and students with ID, $10 members, $5 2-12 year olds. For other information, please call (616) 246-6468 or (616) 361-9219. Door open at 6:30.
      Deacon Marten, California Dan, Bear and Banjo-Jim
Friday, December 68 - 10 PMTop
Ann Arbor's Crazy Wisdom Tea Room is the place to hear traditional home-grown folk music. The Blue Water Ramblers will present our show there on Dec. 7.
      Bear, Deacon Marten and Banjo-Jim