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

Winding Up Another Decade 

Happy Holidays! However and whatever you celebrate at this time of the year, we wish you the best, and we hope that the coming year will be wonderful for you and yours.  Here's a link to a Christmas video that we made a few years ago, one of Ruth's originals. https://youtu.be/SkKwyqGG-VE

You didn't hear from us earlier this month because we had no public appearances to promote. Ruth has been finding the Christmas decorations, writing, and creating other art while Max has been volunteering as an assistant baker for the Bread For the Holidays fundraiser for the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. We now have one more private house concert to play before the end of the decade. 

Come January, we have two concerts in Michigan -  January 10 at Trinity House Theater in LivoniaJanuary 11 at the Winter Wheat event for the Wheatland Music Organization at the Intersection in Grand Rapids. (our set is at 3:10, but come early and stay late.)

Then we head south to play some shows and stay warm. If you will be in Florida this winter and would like us to play in your community or your home, please contact us and we will try to make it happen. That's how we pay the bills.

Check our web schedule for details on public performances. Please support live music wherever you are.

Thanks and All the Best for the coming year,

Ruth and Max

October to November 

The leaves are falling fast around here as we make the transition from October to November. 

OCTOBER was highlighted by several fun concerts in Michigan and one in Ohio. They were all fun, of course, but the coolest was early in the month aboard the USS LST393 which is docked in Muskegon, Michigan as a military museum. The entire concert was recorded on video, and we used part of that recording along with some photographs provided by a fan to make a video of our song Sing Me The Red River Valley. The video includes the story behind the song with a bit of a surprise at the end. You can see it on our Youtube channel. https://youtu.be/m-Xpsokl7nI   
We ended October on a very high note by attending the annual conference of the Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM). It's always a reunion of old friends and an opportunity to make new ones in the folk music community. We had opportunities to showcase our music, help to present a workshop/panel discussion on how traditional music has influenced the music we now make, and volunteer a few hours of work to help the conference run smoothly. We always come out of it feeling physically exhausted and mentally and emotionally exhilarated. 
Then we celebrated Halloween by having a new furnace installed which was way more expensive than the candy we might have given out on the cold wet night that followed, but the house feels more evenly warm, so we're happy with the result.
NOVEMBER will be exciting for us. We are making our now nearly annual pilgrimage to southern France. We are excited to see our friends there again and to share our music. We have a couple of nice gigs in lovely French restaurants, the chance to play for patients in a very special hospital, and a probable concert for the village that we now think of as our French home-away-from-home. We have several musical friends there, of course, and we look forward to jamming with them again. It will be  couple of exciting weeks. Watch our Facebook page for updates and photos.
The month ends for us with a holiday concert for the annual Festival Of Trees at the Muskegon Museum Of Art on November 29, the day after Thanksgiving. We will share a double bill with Julia And The Greensides. Your ticket also includes admission to the beautiful Holiday tree exhibit. The museum's auditorium is a great place for music, so please get your tickets early. $12 per person/$10 MMA Member. Call 231.720.2580 for tickets.
That's all for now, dear friends. Stay warm. Winter is on the way.
Thanks for sticking with us!
Ruth and Max

 

Autumn2019 Arrives 

OCTOBER?! Already? Well, September did go by quickly. Time flies when you're having fun. The Michigan Irish Music Festival in Muskegon was a blast. Check out our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/playlistlist=PLR_1YE_kxgiYaD30ugz2ZH0QBnRthk39u to see videos of Ruth in the round with other songwriters there.

Then a weekend in Illinois rushed by with a show at Two Way Street in Downers Grove and a concert at the Dickson Mounds State Museum near Lewistown. To end the month, we played a concert to benefit the food pantry and baby pantry/reading room back in Michigan at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Era. We are so lucky!

And the good luck continues. October 3 has us in a special concert on the USS LST 393 in Muskegon. If you haven't been, this is a good excuse to take a look at this cool floating museum that honors veterans.

  

October 13 has us in concert at the West Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Montpelier, Ohio. It's a return trip for us there and we're really looking forward to it. October 18 puts us in Orion, Michigan for LIVE! From The Living Room. It's a great long-running concert series that you need to check out. October 19 has us providing music for the Sunday morning gathering of C3 - West Michigan's Spiritual Connection, an inclusive spiritual community that offers resources to enrich and empower the lives of all people in body, mind and spirit. For us, it'll be worth the commute back across the state to play for these kind people. THEN from October 23 through October 27 it's the annual FARM Conference. (That's Folk Alliance Region Midwest.) Starting with an open to the public pre-view of a few of the attending artists (including us!) it runs through the entire weekend with work shops (we get to help present one), networking, showcasing (we have several opportunities), jamming, and just making friends with others in the Folk community. We always look forward to it. What a great way to lead up to the end of the month! Details are at www.ruthbloomquist.com/schedule

Thanks for reading. Thanks for being there. We couldn't do it without you! Ruth and Max

August ALREADY 

Is it really AUGUST ALREADY? After a cool wet June and a busy and hot July the recent cool evenings this early August remind us of the coming Autumn, but we know there is plenty of beautiful weather to come before we have to worry about frost and turning leaves. We plan to get out and enjoy it and we hope that you will, too.

We have three outdoor events coming up this month, and they're all pretty close to home for us:
Tuesday, August 6 is National Night Out, a chance to get out and meet your neighbors. This particular version is at Crestwood United Methodist Church in Muskegon, MI. Music, fun and games, and burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches. 5:30. All are welcome.
Saturday, August 10 is our day for Market Music at the Grand Haven Farmers Market. We play 11:00 AM til 1:00 PM. Come on out to grab some lunch and be sure to take home some fresh produce.
Tuesday, August 20 is WGHN's Tuesdays In the Park. 7:00 PM in Grand Haven's Central Park. Bring a chair or a blanket and join us for the last concert in the season there.
September looks exciting both near home and on the road, so stay tuned.
Thanks for reading. Thanks for listening. We couldn't do it without YOU.

Feels like Summer 

Hi! Thanks for taking a look. It sure feels like summer around here as we approach the middle of July. We're excited about what's going on with us for the rest of the month and we hope to share some of it with you in person.  But first...Here's a link to our newest YouTube video. It's a favorite song of ours recorded informally a little over a year ago in one of our favorite places. https://youtu.be/a1qZshkuRmw  We are excited to head up to Glen Arbor, Michigan on Wednesday July 24 to play for the Glen Arbor Arts Center Manitou Music Series <https://www.glenarborart.org/all-programs/manitou-music-festival/.> We start at 8:00. The last weekend of the month will have us closer to home. Friday the 26th we play a concert in North Muskegon to benefit the Osteopathic Foundation. Please call (231) 720-0288 to make your reservation. That Saturday we'll be playing a private event that is sure to be fun. Then, on the 28th we will provide music for the 10:00 Sunday morning gathering at C3 <http://c3westmichigan.org> "a community from all backgrounds, spiritual and secular, who have come together to honor and explore what it means to be fully human." That's our month. Thanks for letting us share it with you. We hope you can come on out and share the good times.

Happy Summer 

Hi! Happy Summer! We started the season with a fun and busy weekend playing on Michigan's Emerald Isle - Beaver Island. We got to play on the ferry in both directions, and played concerts at the Community School, The Historical Society Museum, the Shamrock Restaurant and Bar, and a lovely assisted living center. To commemorate the trip we took a lot of pictures and video clips and put them into a video over Ruth's song, Oh Honey. We hope you'll take a look and share it around. https://youtu.be/EsE0sD1s-ZI

 

We continue in June with a couple of shows close to home. First a Sunday afternoon outdoor concert at Muskegon's Victorian Garden on June 9, then a cool and quick Tuesday Nooner on June 11 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon as part of the Feeding the Soul of the City Series. Two very different venues and both will be fun. We finish off the month on Sunday June 30 at the Grand Haven Art Festival. We had a great time there last year and are very happy to be returning.
Thanks for reading!

Holiday music on sale 

It's our first snowy day of the season 

Hi!
We hope that your autumn has been calm and colorful as it has been here. As this little message is being written we are getting our first real snow of the season, and we are reminded of Ruth's song, First Snow. If you haven't heard it or would like to hear it again, just click on the title. Meanwhile, Ruth is working on her newest holiday themed song. We'll try to at least get a video up for you in December.
Though we have some dates scheduled to play for this early winter season, most of them are private holiday parties and house concerts. The most public one is the Sunday gathering for the C3 Inclusive Spiritual Connection in Grand Haven, MI on December 16.
In mid-January we begin our now annual tour in Florida. Public performance dates are on our schedule. If you know of a place where we should play, perhaps your RV Park or community club house, etc. please let us know, and we will try to make it happen. We also love to play house concerts, so if you'd like to try hosting one please contact us. It's easy.
Have a safe and joyful Thanksgiving, friends. You will hear from us again next month.
All the best,
Ruth and Max

 
Music
 
  Make My Baby's Eyes Shine Bright
  Its A Beautiful Day
  Ho Ho Ho
  Michigan Girl
 
 

 
Upcoming Shows
 
 
Sunday, December 16
C3  •  Grand Haven, MI  •  10:00am
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Saturday, January 19
Grand Lake RV and Golf Resort  •  Citra, FL  •  7:00pm
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Saturday, February 9
Leesburg Center for the Arts  •  Leesburg, FL  •  7:00pm
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