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January 2022 Seven Steps UP 

HI! We are super excited about our January 22 concert at Seven Steps Up in Springlake, Michigan. Taking a break from our usual Live From Home series, we will be on stage at the venue with a live audience AND live-streaming via the Mandolin platform. Tickets for the livestream are available here: {https://bit.ly/3I0SZbR} AND tickets for the in-person show are available here: {bit.ly/3yDDEKR} This concert is the long awaited replacement for the one that was cancelled due to Covid-19 in March of 2020. Proof of vaccination and masks will be required in the venue. We are so grateful that Seven Steps Up has been able to stay afloat during these difficult times and are now able to invest in this new streaming technology. We wish them success with this concert and many more to come. Meanwhile, we will continue our regular Saturday night livestreams from home whenever we are able. Please follow us on Facebook @RuthAndMaxBloomquistMusic for notifications of those. We are ever so thankful for you, our friends and fans. Thank you, and best wishes for the coming year. Ruth and Max

November 2021 

November! Wow, the year is winding down, but there is still some good stuff to look forward to. Here's what we've been up to and what's coming up. Saturday night live-streams: Most Saturday nights since March of 2020 we have played a live-steamed concert on FaceBook, and we will continue to do so in the foreseeable future on any Saturday night that we are free to to do so. Though we will accept in-person concert appearances on a Saturday under the right circumstances, these "Live From Home" concerts are very important to us, and we love how our fans new and old have frequented them and supported them over time. The best way to follow them is to Like or Follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RuthAndMaxBloomquistMusic. Also, there is always a link to a fairly recent one on the landing page of our website: https://ruthbloomquist.com, and they are all archived at: https://www.facebook.com/RuthAndMaxBloomquistMusic/live_videos. If you enjoy them or would just like to support us in some way during these difficult times in the music business you can do so at: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/RuthBloomquist. THANK YOU! Last month we actually played for live people twice. Once for a Sunday gathering of C3- West Michigan's Inclusive Spiritual Connection in Grand Haven, MI, and once (on a Tuesday) for the Feeding the Soul of the City lunch time concert series at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Muskegon. It felt great to get out and play for live audiences, and both gatherings were very respectful of Covid protocols making it very comfortable to be indoors with a crowd.  Then, for the last five days of October we attended the virtual annual Gathering of the Folk Alliance Region Mid-West (a.k.a. FARM). It's the Mid-West division of Folk Alliance International, and they have been doing a fantastic job of helping the members to learn the ins and outs of performing on-line over the past year and a half or so, as well as encouraging dialog and camaraderie. The gathering was virtual using Zoom and an app called Whova that kept things very well organized. We had opportunities to learn from experts including one-on-one sessions with mentors in a number of areas of the music business and opportunities to showcase what we do via live-streaming. The FARM board of directors and the Conference Director, Annie Capps, are to be congratulated for putting on a wonderful event. Despite the success of this virtual gathering, we have high hopes of seeing all of our fellow FARMers in person next year. In November we are staying local so far with just one opportunity to perform in person. It's for the residents of The Village at the Pines Senior Community in Grand Haven, MI on November 12 at 2:00 in the afternoon. We've played there before and had a great time, so we're really looking forward to it.  In December (so far) we'll be at UM Church of the Dunes in Grand Haven, MI for their Annual Christmas By Candle Light celebration on December 9 a 7:00.This concert will be 30 minutes or so of mostly Holiday material. Thanks for reading. We couldn't do this without you. Happy Thanksgiving! Ruth and Max

August 2021 News -Crazy Days of Summer  

It's August! The dog days of summer are here after a hot and busy July. We were kept quite busy with public and private outdoor shows last month all within a fairly short drive from home. As much as we enjoy travel, this summer's schedule close to home and actually at home live-streaming, has been quite a pleasure. 

August looks to be a bit less busy, but we intend to make the most of it. Public outdoor highlights will be: Sunday Aug. 15 at Muskegon's Victorian Garden, Friday Aug. 20 in Kaleva, MI at the Log Cabin Outdoor Theater, and Tuesday Aug. 31 for WGHN's Tuesdays In the Park in Grand Haven, MI. Check our web schedule for the details. 

If the Saturday night live-streamed concerts on FaceBook are your thing, check our page at http://www.facebook.com/RuthAndMaxBloomquistMusic for updates. If we don't have a Saturday gig off premises we plan to live-stream a set each Saturday night either from our back deck weather permitting or from our little studio if it's wet or cold outside. We are planning on August 7 and 28 at the very least. Those are 8:00 PM Eastern time. 

Meanwhile, we are actively seeking concert venues to play over the coming months and for next year as the world begins to hopefully open up, so if you have an idea please let us know. We appreciate all the help we can get. 

Thanks for being a fan. Please stay safe and well. 

Ruth and Max 



Upcoming Shows 

Sunday, August 15 
Muskegon Victorian Garden/Phoenix Continuum  •  Muskegon, MI  •  2:00pm 1299 Jefferson St Conver of Jefferson and Strong

Friday, August 20 
Log Cabin Stage  •  Kaleva, MI  •  6:00pm Corner of Walta & Panu Streets

Tuesday, August 31 
Tuesday In the Park  •  Grand Haven, MI  •  7:00pm 
Grand Haven Central Park



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! 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.  


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