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September 2022 

SEPTEMBER 2022 is here. It may be the end of meteorological summer, but there is still some mighty fine weather to come. We look forward to getting outside as the air starts to cool, breathing deep, and watching the colors change. Some travel is in the offing for us as we visit dear far away friends we have not seen for nearly three years. We hope to post some photos and video of those travels. Music will surely be made.

Before we go we do have one show that we want you to be aware of especially if you're in the West Michigan area. On Saturday night September 10 we will be at the very wonderful and soon to be closing venue Seven Steps Up in Springlake, Michigan. Please do join us if you can for this bittersweet goodbye to our friends there and to one of our favorite stages to play anywhere. Here's where to get your tickets: https://sevenstepsup.com/event_registration/221 Enjoy it all friends, as we enter those months that end in R.

Ruth and Max

Spring is springing 

How'd it get to be April 6 already? We hope you're doing fine as we pass through Michigan's false Spring into the real thing. The lilies of the valley, day lilies, and daffodils are showing their little green heads, so things are looking up. 

Out biggest news is that April 23 will be our 100th Saturday night livestream concert from home. We've been doing them since March 28, 2020 skipping the occasional Saturday that allowed us to play somewhere for a live audience (usually outdoors). We still don't know just how we'll celebrate this milestone, but it'll be fun. Meanwhile, if you'd like to view a recent one, here's a link: https://fb.watch/cdqN-Lvhqf/ 

As usual lately, we don't have a lot happening in the "live in person" area this month, but we will carry on. Easter Sunday we return to C3 - West Michigan's Inclusive Spiritual Connection in Grand Haven. We always enjoy their Sunday gatherings even though it's only a few songs. 

May 7 we will be in concert at the Chrystal Theater in Chrystal River, Michigan. We are excited to be making this road trip to the western edge of Michigan's Upper Peninsula to share our music. 

Thanks! 

Ruth and Max

March Music 

It’s March 2022. Yesterday was nearly a shirt sleeve day. Most of the snow is gone from our yard. More snow is predicted to fall soon. We’re not complaining (yet) because yesterday’s temps in the 60s felt mighty good. We’re looking forward to getting out of the house a bit more as the weather warms up, and we have a few concerts on the calendar already. 

In the meantime, we plan to continue our Saturday night “Live From Home” series whenever we are not live in person on a stage somewhere else. Follow our Facebook page to get notices of these and other events: https://www.facebook.com/RuthAndMaxBloomquistMusic/ 

THIS MONTH 

Sunday March 13 5:00 EST we will be swapping songs on ZOOM with our friends February Sky.   A virtual in the round concert with February Sky and Ruth & Max Bloomquist. TO BE BROADCAST VIA ZOOM. You must register to attend. Here is the registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpcuigpzguGtat2d0mbr5JGuINm59niDai  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Thursday March 24 7:00 EST Ruth joins host Andy Baker in the round with Nicholas James Thomasma live on stage for a Songwriter Showcase at the Black River Tavern in South Haven MI. More info:  https://fb.me/e/1hOY3RG5t 

Watch for more dates as the weather warms and check our schedule often. https://ruthbloomquist.com/schedule 

Thanks for reading and caring. We couldn’t do it without folks like you. 

Ruth and Max

New Video and February News 

With Valentine’s Day coming upon us, here’s what’s new and what we’re up to. 

As you probably know, we have been live-streaming via FaceBook nearly every Saturday night for nearly two years, taking the occasional Saturday off for those rare (these days) opportunities to play for live in-person audiences. We had such and opportunity on January 22nd at the well known venue Seven Steps Up in Springlake, Michigan close to where we live. It was inspiring to finally return there after our March 2020 booking there was cancelled due to the Covid lockdown. As a bonus, our concert was live-streamed via Mandolin so that those who could not attend in person could enjoy the experience with us. We are thankful for the opportunity and to all who attended both the in-person and live-streamed versions of the show. You can see a video of a song from the show linked below. 

We have one live appearance in this month of February, also near home, for the Sunday morning gathering of C3: West Michigan’s All Inclusive Spiritual Gathering. We always enjoy it there. 

In March, Ruth will be appearing in a songwriter showcase at the Black River Tavern in South Haven, Michigan along with series host Andy Baker, and our friend in music Nicholas James Thomasma. 

As always, thanks for checking up on us. We truly appreciate your support. If you have any suggestions for future venues we would love to know about them 

All the best, 

Ruth and Max

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 

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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