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It's July? Happy Summer! 

Happy Summer, friends!

We hope you are staying well, safe, and happy as we are thankful to be so far. 

In the last month we have had the privilege of playing several shows for actual in-person live audiences, and it has been a blast. We also had an appearance cancelled due to some very wet and stormy weather, so since it was a Saturday we just went ahead and did our usual Saturday night live-stream to Facebook. Due to demand, the Saturday live-streams will continue as we are available, and we would like to thank all those who have faithfully followed us on that journey. Notably, our most recent live-stream (July 3) took place on our deck overlooking our backyard with a group of friends on hand. It was a fun experiment that we intend to repeat as circumstances allow. Here's a link to that one: https://fb.watch/v/1OLARLOWJ/  At this point, July 17 is possible for a live-stream. Please subscribe to our Facebook page to always be notified when we go live there.

July is highlighted by a rare Sunday afternoon appearance at the Muskegon Vikings Club for members and guests only, a Live-streamed concert for the Two Way Street Coffee House of Downers Grove, Illinois on Friday July 23 and an appearance at the Grand Haven, Michigan Farmers Market on Saturday July 31 plus a house concert and a show at an assisted living facility. All in all a fun summer month. Details for public appearances and a link for the Two Way Street livestream are in our web schedule. https://www.reverbnation.com/ruthandmaxb/shows

Enjoy the summer. We hope to see you soon.

Ruth and Max

Summer 2021 Begins 

Summer 2021 is here! A year ago, who thought it would ever happen? But happening it is, and we are thankful for it. We have already played a couple of "Live-in-Person" events and are looking forward to some more. Meanwhile, if we are free on any Saturday we will continue to live-stream a concert from home via Facebook. So please join us live-in-person when you can and virtually if you're free on those Saturday nights. 

Our upcoming shows are varied in nature including a farmers market, an art festival, a concert in a park, and private (by invitation only) house concerts. 

One house concert is only semi-private however: The Pat Wilson Outdoor Concert Series welcomes fans of the musicians, so: if you'd like to attend our outdoor concert near Albion, Michigan on Sunday June 27 please email your request to: PatWilsonAlbionMI@gmail.com. 

Here's what the summer schedule looks like so far:

June 7 - Private House Concert

June 26 - Grand Haven Art Festival (downtown Grand Haven) 

June 27 - Outdoor House Concert, Albion, MI (email PatWilsonAlbionMI@gmail.com for info) 

July 4 - C3-West Michigan's Inclusive Spiritual Connection in Grand Haven MI 

July 18 - Private House Concert

July 23- TwoWayStreet (LiveStream Only) 

July 31- Grand Haven Farmers Market (downtown Grand Haven) 

August 20- Log Cabin Theater (Outdoor) Kaleva, MI 

August 31- Tuesdays in the Park Grand Haven, MI 

Please see our website schedule for details: www.ruthbloomquist.com/schedule 

We're hoping for more opportunities to play for real live people like you, so check in for more live show possibilities, and if you have any ideas for us or would like to host a house concert please don't hesitate to reach out. 

Thanks for reading. Thanks for your support. We couldn't do this without you.Ruth and Max

It's May, OK? 

Dear Friends, 

FIRST, we want to thank all who have tuned in and supported our live-streamed Saturday night concerts on Facebook. It means the world to us that so many would take the time on a Saturday night to watch as we do what we love to do best. If you have missed the concerts because you "don't do Facebook" we want you to know that we respect that, but it looks like it might be awhile before "in person" concerts come back for us in a public way, so please remember that you don't have to "do Facebook" to watch. These shows are open to the public. You can watch them live as they happen on Saturday nights at 8:00 sharp Eastern Time at this link: https://www.facebook.com/RuthAndMaxBloomquistMusic/live_videos  No Facebook profile is required. That same link will get you to a page where all of our past Facebook concerts are archived so you can watch them at your leisure. 

This message goes out on Cinco de Mayo. We congratulate and wish the best to the nation of Mexico on what amounts to their version of our own Independence Day. (How can it be May already?) 

We have one semi-public outdoor concert in June. If you are near enough to Albion Michigan to attend on June 27, please contact us and we can connect you with the host of this outdoor house concert. Seating may be limited, but we have not been notified that it is sold out as yet. 

We also have a couple of private outdoor and/or socially distanced events on the calendar this month and in future months, so please don't think that we're just hanging out at home grilling burgers. We do miss playing in person and are open to playing appropriate events. 

In addition to our Saturday night livestreams, we have a special one coming up on Friday July 23 for the legendary listening venue, Two Way Street. While it's not up on their website yet, you can get more information about their live-streaming series here: https://twowaystreet.org/calendar/ 

Meanwhile, we need to start planning for 2022. If you have suggestions for a venue or concert series that we should contact, please do not hesitate to let us know. We would love to play somewhere near YOU, and YOU can help us make it happen. 

Thanks for reading. Thanks for being there. We couldn't do this without YOU. 

Ruth and Max

It's April 1, 2021, but we aren't fooling around. 

It's April 1, 2021, but we aren't fooling around. We're just going to keep on doing what we do, getting our music out there as best we can whether in person or on-line. 

First: Thanks to all of you who have shown up and supported us for our Saturday night live-streaming concerts. We plan to continue them until further notice on Saturday nights at 8:00 PM Eastern Time. They have kept us going and focused for more than a year now, and we so appreciate the financial and emotional support that the "Fan Family" has given us. Here's a link help you find them. https://www.facebook.com/RuthAndMaxBloomquistMusic/live_videos 

Second: We have a very special on-line show coming up. On Wednesday, April 7, Virtual Dream Café is pleased to present Mark Dvorak, Ruth & Max Bloomquist, and Sue Fink in the round. This show takes place on Zoom, which is a platform that allows us to see and hear each other. “Doors open” 7:15 pm (CST), show begins 7:30pm, for 60-70 minutes. [Michigan: “Doors” 8:15 ET, show 8:30pm] It’s fun to interact with each other before and after the show, and see each other throughout... it’s like we’re all in the same room together, but virtually! Because “seats” are limited, we ask you to reserve your space PRIOR to the show here: https://vdcshowApr07.eventcombo.com/ Your generous donation goes entirely to the artists, and ensures that the Zoom show link is emailed to you prior to show-time. The show is NOT being recorded for later viewing, so we hope you can make it to the Virtual Dream Café! 

Third:  We have more fun and special shows coming up. As we book more we'll put them on the schedule, but so far: 

May 14. A private concert for residents of The Village at the Pines in Grand Haven, MI 

June 27. An outdoor house concert near Albion, MI. (Please reach out if you'd like to attend, and we'll try to hook you up.) 

July 23. A very special live-streamed concert for one of the most iconic folk music venues in the Mid-West, The Two Way Street Coffee House. Learn more about the venue here. https://twowaystreet.org  This concert will be streamed directly to the Two Way Street website as well as to their Facebook page and their YouTube channel. Chat will be available on Facebook. 

August 20. The Log Cabin Stage in Kaleva, MI. 6:00 It's a lovely outdoor stage in a small park. Many listen from inside or just outside their vehicles parked around the perimeter. Or bring your chairs as social distancing is easily possible. We had a really good time there last year. 

That's the news. If you have any ideas or suggestions for possible engagements for us, don't hesitate to reach out. You never know... 

Stay well, everyone! Happy Spring! 

Ruth and Max 

MARCH! 

MARCH! No, no, you don't have to walk like a soldier. We're just celebrating the beginning of Meteorological Spring. The sun is shining bright for us today (March 3) and our snow is melting fast. We had some fun on the snowshoes last month, but we are ready for warmer weather. And, oh yeah, St. Patrick's Day is coming! It's always a good time. 

We have continued our Saturday night Live-streaming series and this month will mark our 52nd consecutive Saturday night virtual concert. It has been a blast, and we will continue until in person concerts are possible again. Here's a link to our most recent: https://fb.watch/3Xx7ZZPPf_/ 

We do have a very SPECIAL EVENT this month. We are participating in the Spread The Music virtual festival for the benefit of the MICHIGAN ARTIST RELIEF FUND and organized by Michigan Music Alliance. There will be constant live streaming music on the Michigan Music Alliance FaceBook page Wednesday March 24 through Sunday March 28. Our set will be at 4:00 PM on Wednesday March 24. All donations will go to the MICHIGAN ARTIST RELIEF FUND. It is our pleasure and privilege to donate our services to this cause. For more information here's a link to the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/michiganmusicalliance/ And to their website: https://www.michiganmusicalliance.org/events-1   

Thanks for reading. Please know that we appreciate you.  

Ruth and Max

January 4 2021 Best wishes for the New Year 

January 4 2021 

  

FIRST OF ALL - Best wishes for the New Year. 2020 has been a hard one. If you are among those who have lost loved ones, friends, or family as have we, you have our deepest sympathy and hopes for a better year to come.  

As you may know, we have performed a live-streamed concert via Facebook every Saturday night since the end of March. No one knows when live in-person concerts will be possible or practical again, so we plan to continue these virtual shows and hope that you will watch when you can and share them with your friends. So far, all of our Saturday livestreams are archived on our Facebook page so that you can watch them here:  

https://www.facebook.com/RuthAndMaxBloomquistMusic/live_videos You can go back in history and see how the look and sound changed and progressed.  

And please catch us live on Saturday nights at 8:00 at the same link.  

We are open to collaboration with music venues and concert series who have taken to live-streaming, so if you know of any or are involved with one please do suggest us to them and them to us. This helps us to reach a wider audience, and we would appreciate any help in this area.  

Speaking of collaboration, we have some of those coming up:  

On January 25 we will stream a concert for Muskegon, Michigan's Hackley Public Library. See the details here:  https://www.hackleylibrary.org/event/ruth-max-in-concert-live-for-the-library-virtual-music-performance/  

On January 31 we will provide virtual live music for the Sunday morning gathering of C3, West Michigan’s Inclusive Spiritual Connection. The teaching starts at 10:00 a.m. with three songs by us to follow. Find it here: https://www.facebook.com/c3westmi  

Watch for more collaborations in February, too.  

That's the news, friends. It's all-about the livestream these days. Please stay safe and well. We'll see you on the internet.  

Peace,  

Ruth and Max

December4, 2020     How can it be December already? 

It seems that time has been altered over the past nine months. It seems to crawl by until we realize that it has passed, and then we wonder where it went.   

But we are getting into the Holiday Spirit. We have some decorations in place and we are slowly adding holiday songs to our Saturday night live-streaming concerts on Facebook. By Christmas we'll be doing all of them that we know.   You can see those live-streaming concerts every Saturday night at 8:00 PM EST. We hope you will leave a comment when you do. We love to know who is watching. This link will get you into the right neighborhood: https://www.facebook.com/RuthAndMaxBloomquistMusic/live_videos   

Meanwhile, here's a link to one of Ruth's original Christmas songs posted seven years ago on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkKwyqGG-VE 

We recently recorded a special concert for the Loutit District Library in Grand Haven, Michigan. It is scheduled to debut on their Facebook page on December 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST and will be available though the end of the year. We hope that you will take a look at https://fb.me/e/Wkic6HfN and let them know how you like it. 

We truly hope that your holiday season is as wonderful as it can be. Please stay safe and well.   

Here's to next year! 

Ruth and Max

November 7, 2020  Sunny November Weather and Looking Forward to Better Times  

Here in Western Michigan we are having a stretch of unusually warm sunny (for November) weather, so we are trying to spend some time outdoors working in the yard or just taking walks around the neighborhood. Meanwhile, we are trying to stay home and out of public spaces as much as we can in order to keep ourselves and others safe. People close to us have been stricken with Covid-19, so we feel that our caution is justified. 

Tonight, November 7, 2020, will be our 33rd consecutive live-streamed Saturday night concert from our home. Friends and fans like you have been very supportive of these concerts with their attendance and voluntary monetary donations via the Paypal link provided. We will continue to perform these concerts every Saturday until further notice as we are able and circumstances allow. All are welcome. So far, all but a very few have been streamed directly only to our Facebook page. A few, in cooperation with a venue or organization, have also live-streamed to other pages and Youtube. You can catch us any Saturday night at 8:00 Eastern via our Facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/RuthAndMaxBloomquistMusic/live_videos. Most of these concerts are archived there, too, so if you'd like to check them out at your leisure just follow the link. 

Meanwhile, next Sunday morning, Nov. 15, we will stream live music for the Sunday morning gathering of C3 - West Michigan's Inclusive Spiritual Connection. This will also be viewable via our Facebook page linked above and via theirs at https://www.facebook.com/c3westmi/. The gathering begins at 10:00 a.m. with music beginning after the morning's message. 

In December, we look forward to a virtual performance for Grand Haven's Loutit Public Library (pre-recorded) starting on December 6 and available on their website for six weeks. Then in January, Muskegon's Hackley Public Library hosts us for a live-streamed concert on the 25th of that month. We hope you will look for these and support them, and we will try to give you reminders.  

Thank you all for being there for us. Please stay safe and look forward to better times. 

Ruth and Max

September 2020 

Ruth and Max Bloomquist 

September is almost here, and we want get a head start on letting you know what we might be up to. 

Streaming Concerts: As you may know, we have been Live-streaming every Saturday night since the end of March. Two of those (including the very first one on March 28) were in cooperation with a music venue that is close to our hearts: Seven Steps Up in Springlake, Michigan. Another one was in cooperation with the Black Hawk Folk Society in lieu of playing for their July festival that was cancelled due to the pandemic. We have been enjoying these weekly online concerts and hope that you have, too. You can join us Every Saturday night at 8:00 Eastern Time. This link will get you to the right neighborhood: 

https://www.facebook.com/RuthAndMaxBloomquistMusic/live_videos 

We do accept your advance requests from our known repertoires, so make a plan and let us know what you want to hear and we will try to get it on the playlist. 

You can also use the same link to find all of our past live-streaming concerts to watch whenever you please whether or not you are logged in to Facebook. 

Live In Person Events: We played one outdoor concert in August for a very kind and socially distanced audience in lovely Kaleva, Michigan. We had a very good time, and they have asked us to return for their concert series next summer. 

We have one outdoor house concert scheduled on Labor Day, September 7. The location is a farm near Albion, Michigan. There are still a few seats for this limited audience intimate but socially distanced outdoor show. If you are interested in attending, please email us at max@ruthbloomquist.com and we will put you in touch with the host. It promises to be a very good time. 

In the meantime you can search for us on your favorite music streaming platforms like Pandora, Spotify, Apple, and Amazon Music. Search for both Ruth Bloomquist AND Ruth and Max Bloomquist. All of our music is out there. 

Thanks for reading. Thanks for your support. Thanks for staying safe out there. 

Ruth and Max 

Music 

Sing Me The Red River Valley 
The Tapestry 
Its A Beautiful Day 

MORE MUSIC 

Upcoming Shows 

Tuesday, November 10 
Hackley Public Library  •  Muskegon, MI  •  6:00pm 
Get the Details 

Sunday, November 15 
Salt of the Earth  •  Fennville, MI  •  6:00pm 
Get the Details 

Press 

"They are charming, traditional, and skilled musicians. You are in for a real treat! Ruth stands out in particular with her vocals, which are rich, warm, and mellifluous. Though the Bloomquists have been at this since the 70s, I only first heard them perform a year ago, and when Ruth started singing, I was blown away. Fantastic." Melissa Dagonhart, Maple Street Folk Concerts, Lombard, IL"— Melissa Dagonhart, Maple Street Folk Concerts 

 

 

Grateful News 

Hi! 

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from us. We hope that you are staying healthy in these strange troubled times. We are OK and self isolating at home. 

Our annual winter trip to Florida was both relaxing and successful. We are extremely grateful to all those who helped to make it possible by offering hospitality and lodging, finding and arranging for venues and presenting house concerts, and attending our shows. We thank you! 

We got home from our annual “tour-cation” in Florida a week and a half ago, and as you can imagine the time has been a bit strange. We have been grocery shopping twice. Having been away from home for two months there were a few things that we needed. We walk around our neighborhood keeping distance from our neighbors. We spend time in our yard working a bit and watching the local wildlife including wild turkeys, deer, and a recently arrived pair of bluebirds. 

We are doing our best to spend our indoor time wisely. Ruth is working on new songs and we are rehearsing them. We will also be getting back into our home studio to record them and a few others that have accumulated over time so that we can release a new album this year. Hopefully, there will be some previews and progress reports posted online as we go. The best way to keep up with these is via our Facebook Page @RuthAndMaxBloomquistMusic. We will do our best to make them available on our website and YouTube channels, too. 

We would like very much to know how you would prefer to experience the final product. Do you still buy and use CDs? Download? Do you stream exclusively? Would you be interested in a USB drive containing music, photos, video, etc? Please do let us know. It would really help us in the planning stages. You could send us an email, contact us via our website contact page, or message us via FaceBook. Thanks.

PERFORMANCE:  We will be presenting a streaming video concert on Saturday March 28 at 8:00 PM in conjunction with our friends at Seven Steps Up. This will be available on our Facebook pages and our YouTube channels. Best place for more info and links to watch is here: 

https://www.sevenstepsup.com/event_registration/97 

Our originally scheduled March 28 on-site concert at Seven Steps Up in Springlake, MI has been rescheduled, of course. New date is tentatively April 18. Living fairly close to the venue we can be flexible if another rescheduling becomes necessary. We’ll try to keep our schedule up to date on the website (ruthbloomquist.com) 

Meanwhile, if you’d like us to come play in your town, please let us know where and whom to contact. We’ll make it happen if we can. 

As always, know that we appreciate you. Please stay safe and healthy. 

Thanks for being there. 

Ruth and Max