Wyatt & Shari Knapp: Live at the Cedar Springs Brewing Company!

On the 30th of March we’ll be singing at the Cedar Springs Brewing Company in Cedar Springs, Michigan!  This is a new venue for us and we’re excited to be playing there! Join us in the heart of Cedar Springs for a freshly crafted beverage and a flavorful meal featuring fresh pub fare and a traditional German Bavarian menu, all while listening to great tunes from Wyatt & Shari! Cedar Springs Brewing Company is located on Main Street just 18 minutes north of Grand Rapids and every time we drive by there the place is hoppin’! Come join the fun! Our opening set starts at 8:00 PM. Hope to see you there!                                                                                                                                    – Wyatt & Shari

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Wyatt & Shari Knapp: Live at Fricano’s Pizza!

This is actually a re-schedule from April of 2013!   We all got a little busy and it slipped through the cracks… but now we’re making it happen!  We’ll be singing at Fricano’s Pizza (the best pizza in the world, in my opinion) as part of their “Winter Music Scene” on January 28th, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Enjoy some pizza, your favorite hard or soft beverage, and live music by Wyatt & Shari Knapp! Fricano’s Pizza is located on Alpine Avenue in Grand Rapids, Michigan.      -Wyatt

Fricano’s distinctive and delicious pizza recipe is still made the same as it has been since 1949!  Mmmmmmmm!!      https://www.fricanospizzaalpine.com/

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Wyatt & Shari Knapp: Live at the Book Nook & Java Shop

Hey folks!  Come in from the cold and treat yourself to a latte, hot cocoa or a glass of wine along with live music by Wyatt and Shari this very evening between 7 and 9!  Make it a date night or evening with friends and/or family! (No cover charge).  The Book Nook & Java Shop and Best Cellars Wine Bar is located in downtown Montague at 8744 Ferry Street.  See you there!           -Wyatt & Shari

Montague, Michigan

Wyatt & Shari Knapp: Live at the Rockford Brewing Company!

We’re back in West Michigan after an awesome summer playing music in Michigan’s North Country. This Thursday evening, we’ll be rockin’ our tunes at the fabulous Rockford Brewing Co. in Rockford, Michigan!  Rockford Brewing Co. is a friendly venue and a favorite of ours. Not only do they offer a full catalog of amazing, traditional and inventive beers, they’ve teamed up with locally famous Vitale’s to offer delicious pizza, grinders, salads, and appetizers in-house.  Here’s what you do: Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 8th, 8-11 PM.  Then come and enjoy an icy cold craft beer, delicious hard cider or a soft drink along with tasty Vitale’s menu items while listening to the music of Wyatt & Shari Knapp! Sounds like a perfect evening!                     -Wyatt & Shari

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Wyatt & Shari Knapp: Live Music in Horton Bay, Michigan!

Horton Bay, Michigan is a special place for me as I have ancestors who settled there and who lived in that community for many years. Shari and I love Horton Bay and we’re so pleased we were invited again to provide the music for the big Labor Day Pig Roast!  This community event is held on the grounds of the Methodist Church there in Horton Bay.  We’ve been told that Ernest Hemingway was married in that church back in 1921.  The whole community was invited to his wedding and the following celebration, so it’s entirely likely that some of my ancestors attended!  One thing we realized last year is that the place where we sing is situated right at the front of what used to be my great-great grandparent’s expansive front yard.  As a matter of fact, the driveway into the venue is the same driveway that still leads up the hill to their old house. From the top of their driveway, and the porch, you can see an absolutely gorgeous view of the bay!  And Hemingway himself once wrote about the view from that very porch in one of his stories.

The view from Grampa Smith's Horton Bay home

The view from Grampa Smith’s Horton Bay home

The pig roast lasts from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and they always have plenty of delicious food and desserts.  Shari and I will start singing right at 4:00 pm and will be there for the entire event. Then, at around 8:00 o’clock p.m., Horton Bay will host its annual Labor Day Candlelight Bridge Walk.   Everyone meets at “Mary’s” back yard where there is usually a campfire and more live music as they wait for the signal. Then, at twilight, participants attempt to walk the great Horton Bay Bridge by candlelight. During the walk, everyone invariably breaks out into a spontaneous “group singing” of traditional standards. The walk is preceded by some humorous and entertaining speeches.  It’s really a memorable event!  Those who make it across  receive a certificate of accomplishment and a free treat from the Horton Bay General Store! There’s no better way to end the summer than to share a delicious meal, listen to some great tunes, and walk the Horton Bay Bridge under the stars and candlelight!  Hope to see you there!                      –Wyatt–

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Wyatt & Shari Knapp: Concert At Falling Rock

Not too long from now, Shari and I will be moving our rig farther north again as we head up into the upper peninsula for our annual stay Shari_Knapp_waterfall picture_Munising 1on the shores of Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay!  During our time there, we’ll take the “shuttlecraft” out to visit many of our favorite places up there.  By the way, looking for a fun travel destination?  You can’t go wrong with a trip to Munising in Michigan’s beautiful upper peninsula!  There you’ll find Pictured Rocks–colorful sandstone towers, cliffs and formations, viewed against the backdrop of  green forests and beautiful blue Lake Superior.  Many of the area’s hiking trails take you to picturesque creeks and waterways, and well over a dozen breathtaking waterfalls.  It’s absolutely gorgeous!  We love it there!

While you’re in Munising, make some time to stop at the area’s renowned Falling Rock Cafe & Bookstore.  At this comfy coffee shop and café you’ll find wi-fi, tasty homemade food (with vegan and gluten-free options), coffee and gourmet teas, as well as thousands of hand-selected books lining the shelves.  And on the evening of the 29th of August we’ll be performing there from 7:00 to 9:00 pm!  So, come on up, stop in to the café, and listen to some great tunes as you enjoy one of the friendliest and most welcoming venues in the state!              –WyattFalling Rock Wyatt and Shari Ad

Wyatt & Shari Knapp: Concert In West Michigan

A couple of weeks ago, Shari and I moved into our motor home and we’ve been busy getting it ship-shape and ready for extensive traveling.  Our last gig in West Michigan before we leave for our annual northern tour will be on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015, at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  We leave for Harbor Springs, Boyne City, Petoskey, and other towns in the far North around the 28th of this month.  It’ll be late September before we’re back in the area, so now’s the time to come out and see us at Rosa Parks Circle for some great tunes and family friendly fun!  Hope to see you there!                  –Wyatt–

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“Singing In Michigan’s North Country”…Part I

What fun!! We’re well into the first part of what has become for us our annual “Northern Tour.”  We’ve had an incredible time so far! The end of last week was very busy for us with four gigs in three days…and we enjoyed every minute of it.  We have so much we want to share with you, so here we go!

Cadillac Area Sunset, 25 June 2013

Cadillac Area Sunset, 25 June 2013
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Howard Street: Taking the back way across Petoskey.

Howard Street: Taking the back way across Petoskey.

Dusk at Petoskey State Park

Petoskey State Park at dusk

We started heading up north on Tuesday evening.  We figured we’d make it a leisurely drive, enjoy the scenery, and reach Petoskey by around 11:00 pm.  By the time we reached Cadillac the sun was setting and we were treated to a breathtaking sunset.  Shari grabbed the camera and caught some great pictures of it through the windows of our rig.

We arrived in Petoskey right on schedule, got the rig set up, and relaxed a bit before turning in for the night.

When we got up the next morning we decided we’d spend the day working at the beach, so we headed to Petoskey State Park to prepare for our next three days.

Once there, we got our guitars out, went over some songs and worked out our set lists for the upcoming concerts. We also made up a couple of main dishes, with plenty of extra, so we wouldn’t have to do much cooking over the next few days.

Even though the day included a fair amount of activity, it was still a day of rest and renewal, which we’ve found, for us, to be one of the most important  aspects  of  preparation!

On Thursday afternoon we put the guitars  in  the  car  and  drove  into

Bay Bluffs, Harbor Springs, Michigan

Bay Bluffs, Harbor Springs, Michigan

Singing in Front of Mary Ann Archer, Harbor Springs, Michigan

Singing in Front of Mary Ann Archer, Harbor Springs, Michigan

Harbor Springs for the first of two gigs we had that day.  We were scheduled for a performance at Bay  Bluffs  Medical  Care  Facility. While we thoroughly enjoy singing at summer concerts, festivals and other public venues, our day work with the seniors means so much to us and is especially rewarding.  The staff and folks at Bay Bluffs were great and really made us feel welcome.

After our program we packed everything up and went back to the motor home for a brief break before heading into downtown Harbor Springs, where we were scheduled to sing for their “Street Musique” series.  The forecast called for a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms and the clouds did indeed look threatening.  When we got to our spot in front of Mary Ann Archer Jewelry, a young lady came up to us saying that the radar showed “a big patch of red” coming our way.  But looking at the sky, we felt it might all go north of us.  We decided to go ahead on faith and set up.

This is our third year as performers for Street Musique in Harbor Springs and it’s always a pleasure to sing there. The people have always been good to us, and Thursday’s attendees were no exception.  It was fun to also see some of the staff and people who had been at Bay Bluffs earlier in the day stopping by to see us again.  We sang for two hours with hardly a break, but the time flew by.  There were lots of smiles, and throughout the evening young and old alike listened, sang along, and danced to the music.

We met a delightful couple who gracefully danced to a few of our tunes.

We met a delightful couple who gracefully danced to a few of our tunes.

As our time came to an end, we gave a prayer of thanks that the rainy weather had indeed gone north of us, with not even a drop of rain falling on those of us downtown. We packed up our instruments and equipment for the second time that day. We were tired, but excited and charged up by the day’s events. A late night dinner invitation from a favorite relative topped off the evening, and was the perfect ending for a perfect day!  We went home eagerly anticipating the next two nights’ performances.  And that’s where we’ll pick up the story in our next post. Stay tuned!       -Wyatt & Shari