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(Press Release provided by Create TC)

TRAVERSE CITY: Beggars Brewery, The Little Fleet and Create TC are holding a Northern Michigan event, the second annual BeggarsFest, in Traverse City on Saturday August 29 starting at 12 pm. The annual party will be held at The Little Fleet and the entire parking lot and half the block of Wellington Street in Downtown Traverse City. Admission is free for all ages.

Michael Rizik, owner of Beggars Brewery is excited about the party, “This year’s BeggarsFest is our largest endeavor to date, as far as event planning goes. I’ve selected some of the best and most diverse musicians from all over the state, which I am really pumped about. I can’t wait to share my beer with everybody there.”

BeggarsFest will take place on Saturday, August 29 in and outside of The Little Fleet and on the 100 block of Wellington Street. Doors will open at 12pm with live music in the street starting shortly after by DJ Johnnie Walker, Skee-Town Stylee, Sailor Kicks, Medicine Bell, and finishing the night with AOK.

Skee-Town Stylee: This 2-piece takes the best vibes of the lakeshore, chills them out and grinds them up into what Summer sounds like. It’s beaches, beer and weed; it’s a Long Beach-meets-Midwest sound. Skee-Town Stylee has been bringing their liquid reggae-dub grooves to the lakeshore since 2009, playing countless shows, drawing crowds both young and old to a fresh take on a classic sound. The band consists of Brett Kerr (guitar/vocals/keys) and Denny Spira (Drums,Bass Synth). Over the last few years, they’ve performed on stages large and small, from packed rooms with national acts like Badfish, The Dirty Heads, The Green, Stick Figure, Mustard Plug, The Expendables, Echo Movement, The Coop and Roots of Creation, to intimate acoustic sessions and small clubs, including Frederik Meijer Gardens, The Intersection, and dozens of other venues throughout The Mitten.

The Medicine Bell is farm fresh Northern Michigan acoustic music at its finest. There’s a quiet valley full of real folks settled in around the village of Rapid City — where life is easy, but a livin’ is hard. Rooted deep there in the Valley are songwriting partners Bree Saunders & Ashley Christopher, who sing together like two kids who’ve been playin’ in the same sandbox since before they could remember. With Bree on guitar, Ash has chosen to travel this old dusty road with banjo in hand, and together they ride with The Bell’s three well-versed instrumentalists. Bio-Synchronous Cloud Commander Matty Z conjures grassy jam jazz on mandolin, backed by the cleanly stated upright bass of North Country hermit-mystic Dr. Dale Owen, and the Workingman’s Drums of MacKenzie Vance. It’s a new blend of traditional and Americana influences that meanders from the hallowed sounds of olden times to the pointed verse of contemporary folk heroes, from the intimacy of the lone songwriter to the echoes of the Long Strange Trip. Sometimes like a warm breeze on a summer night, sometimes like a rumblin’ ride down to the swimmin’ hole in the back of the truck, sometimes like a big swallow from a moonshine jar, there’s an organic balance of original songs, old favorites, & fresh cover choices to capture the imagination and proclaim what The Medicine Bell is about.

AOK is a high energy pop electronic duo. With fierce R&B vocals, a synth backdrop and fuzzy guitar, this duo invokes influences as varied as Prince, the Black Keys and Santigold. AOK’s debut EP ranges from songs suitable for a quiet bedroom to a crowded dance floor. Angela and Kyle create a powerful dynamic in a live performance that demands attention due to their raw grit and energy.

BeggarsFest will include a large open venue in the parking lot where food trucks will be open all day. Several beer stations will be set up in the parking lot including all Beggars beers, all day. There will a free bounce house for children. Outdoor festivities will last from 12pm until the party stops, or around 10pm. Inside, there will be drink specials all day. Corn hole and other activities will be present.

Ticket Information: Tickets are FREE all day for the event, 12pm until 10pm. Open to all ages all day. | | |


For more information about Beggars Fest, please email Troy Daily at or call 231.288.7676, or call The Little Fleet at 231.943.1116 or If you are interested in sponsorship please contact Jeremy Smith at or call 517.320.0020.


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