We have two very special concerts this month, and we hope that our West Michigan friends will be able to pick one.
First Snow. Christmas time's a'comin'. December is here and we seem to be in full swing for the Holiday Season.
November News and New Song- First Snow
October is a favorite month of ours, so we're lookig forward to getting out to make some music.
September Karma. Some people have all the luck, and sometimes it's us.
As we write this message we are packed and ready to leave home for our August 4 concert at St. Williams on Long Point in Raquette Lake, NY, our first time in the Adirondacks. It'll be a quick trip, because after that we have concerts closer to home in West Michigan: Little Sable Point Light House near Silver Lake St. Park, The Double JJ Ranch near Rothbury, and Grand Haven's Tuesdays in the Park.
Yes, it's true true and official. We have been playing music together for 40 years...
May 21, 2016 we are excited to be on the bill with critically acclaimed Mark Dvorak. And June Preview.
... we get to play two dream venues in this month of March. Each has its own unique character and we know you will want to try at least one of them.
Since you're reading this, we know that you love live music, but we hope that you are supporting live music in your community
We're really excited about doing some traveling this month.
The air feels wonderful here in Michigan "with a kiss of summer still upon the air." Our summer was busy, adventurous, and satisfying in, oh, so many ways thanks to friends like you.
Our summer was busy, adventurous, and satisfying in, oh, so many ways thanks to friends like you.
Due to a change in our touring plans...
What a Summer! June was a wirlwind, July was an adventure, and August looks like just plain fun.
July-AND the highlight of our Summer Schedule
It's because of fans like you...
...we hope to see you this Spring if we happen to be near your neighborhood. (or if you feel like a road trip!)
Happy New Year Happy January- Our First Newsletter for 2015.
We've been practicing our Christmas music, especially Ruth's originals and Max's Yogi Yorgesson covers.
A Concert With Friends 2014 and other news for November.
We didn't forget you! Honest! We've just returned (OK, we've been home nearly two weeks) from a wonderful tour in southern France that ended with a five-show six-day whirlwind around London.
June flew by and now it's July. How fast the time does go! We have a couple of really fun appearances coming up this month that we hope will bring you out to see us.
On July 18...
Spring is finally really here. It is very welcome. 'Nuff said. We have some special dates coming up before the end of April and into May.
South Florida Folk Festival
Our only concert in February is a special event at The Book Nook and Java Shop in Montague, MI this Saturday February 15, 7:00.
Our big news for January...
Our main attraction this month is our holiday concert, Christmas With Ruth and Max & Friends, at the Howmet Playhouse in Whitehall, MI
Concert With Friends is the one show in November that we hope you won't miss. With The Oat Bran Boys and Tommy Foster.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. We felt truly welcomed back by the whole IBMA experience...
We are so thankful for all the friends and fans that have come to our shows all around West MIchigan from Holland to Mackinaw City, from May to Labor Day.
August...we still have a few fun opportunities to get out and play.
Sum Sum Summer Time - July News
It's suddenly June
New Videos, Recent Travels, Garrison Keillor, Lots of Summer Shows March 2013 Newsletter
March 9, we're returning to Zellie's Opry House in Howard City, MI
Our first show in February is on Friday the first, so we thought we'd better let you know about the cool places we get to play in the next few weeks before January comes completely to an end.
We have one special concert that we want you to know about this month. We've been invited to return to the beautiful Howmet Playhouse in Whitehall. MI for a Holiday themed show.
We returned from a wonderful tour in UK and France...
Yes, the summer just kept getting busier and busier and more and more fun, and the fun just keeps on comin'
We're happy to say that the Summer is about to get busier for us. Then, YES!, we play the WHEATLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL.
We are very excited about the next concert we have on the schedule. It's June 15 at Seven Steps Up in Spring Lake, MI.
Spring seems to be here for real this time. The song birds and the squirrels are acting crazy, and we have a hen turkey wandering around the backyard looking for food. The tulips are grown and blown, the grass is greening up, and the maple seeds are all over the deck.
We have a couple of shows coming up that we want everyone to know about.
Terri and all of the fans and friends and friends of friends who share the word about our music are the reason we are able to do what we love to do the most.
Terri Pippin-Grannis of Zellie's Opry House in Howard City, MI created this video for Ruth's song Michigan Girl. Thanks Terri! We'll be playing at Zellie's this summer on July 28.
Ruth and Dan appeared on John Sinkevics' Local Spins radio spot to pormote our upcoming performance at Winter Wheat (1/7/12). Here's a video of the song they played.
|Ruth and Max Bloomquist
Folk / Acoustic Americana
Another year comes to a close, and we are so thankful for fans like you that have helped us and supported us as we do what we love to do best. It was a year of adventures including some great benefit shows close to home, live local TV and radio appearances, club dates, house concerts, successful trips to the national and mid-west Folk Alliance conferences, and interesting travels around the mid-west and even Europe. We were joined in many of our best adventures this year by our dear friends Daniel Seabolt and John King, who brought their outstanding talents on fiddle and guitar respectively along with the great pleasure of their company. The best way to see pictures of some of our adventures is to visit our public FaceBook page and look at our photos there.
If you haven't visited our website at www.ruthbloomquist.com in a while, please click on over and check it out. We have changed hosts and taken personal control over the content. We hope you'll enjoy it and visit often, and please let us know if you have any suggestions for it.
We have some fun shows coming up in January. The "biggest" one is January 7, the annual WINTER WHEAT event put on by the Wheatland Music Organization.
They put on several events during the year in addition to the legendary Wheatland Music Festival, and this is the first. Held at The INTERSECTION in Grand Rapids, MI, there will be 2 stages and 13 bands. We play on the Front Lounge Stage at 4:00 right between Hawks and Owls and An Dro. Doors open at 1:00 PM and there will be music until 1:00 AM, so plan to spend some time and have a ball.
Winter Wheat and some other fun events are listed in the schedule below, and you can always visit our website at www.ruthbloomquist.com to find our when we're playing near you.
Happy New Year. We wish you health, happiness, and good music.
Ruth and Max
"What a show--great musicianship, great songs, and Ruth's voice just melts over the crowd like butter on a biscuit...delicious! Let's do it again! " Terry Grannis, Zellie's Opry House
"Turn Back A Page - Real songs with real emotions, great instrumental work, superb harmonies and one of the best female vocalists in the business (Ruth, of course!). This CD is pure listening pleasure."" Al Kniola, Host, The Back Porch, 88.1 WVPE Public Radio
"This band has a growing devoted following here in the Midwest, but the music I heard and the performance I saw are of a caliber that deserves to be seen on the best national stages!”" Phil Doolittle, Paint Creek Comfy Concerts
|The Intersection||Grand Rapids, MI||Sat Jan 07 12||01:00 PM|
|Tuesday Musical at Grand Haven Community Center||Grand Haven, MI||Tue Jan 10 12||12:00 PM|
|Maple Street Chapel Concert Series||Lombard, IL||Sat Mar 17 12||07:30 PM||Tickets|
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We are really looking forward to our concert this Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Howmet Playhouse with Mike Struwin and the Holiday Ramblers. I met Mike last year when I got the call to play some bass on his Forgotten Hymns CD. I really enjoyed it. The sound and arrangements are really rootsy, and the selection of material is really cool.
So...when Mike contacted us about a possible holiday themed show in the area with a portion of proceeds going to a local charity we jumped at the chance. Howmet Playhouse manager, Katie Trzaska made it easy and suggested that the Whitelake Giving Tree was a worthy charity.
Here's a link to an article on mLive.com.
Bloomquists and friends having a bluegrass Christmas at Howmet Playhouse
A few days ago we visited the Giving Tree headquarters at St. James Church in Montague. Here's a shot of the wonderful food and gifts that they distribute to about 350 LOCAL families in need. We think they're doing a great job.
We hope to see a lot of or friends at the show to raise some funds for this great cause.
Ruth and Max Bloomquist and Mike Struwin and the Holiday Ramblers will be “Putting Down Roots for the Holidays” with a Fundraising Concert at the Historic Howmet Playhouse