Bemidji Folk Festival

Turner Homestead, Bemidji, MN

Molly and I have been busy scheming for the upcoming summer. Good news! YOU are invited!

The inaugural Bemidji Folk Festival!
On June 17th at 6 PM we are going to host a folk festival!

We will have three acts split a two hour show.

Lance Benson will start off the night. Lance is a musician confident in his ability to capture audiences through the power of his written, sung, and played words. A seasoned and honed singer-songwriter with a refreshing outlook on life lived and dreams acted on. A sound stemmed from life experiences along with roots, rhythm, and blues. Dancing multiple capos across the neck of his guitar and blending honest, soulful lyrics. He is a Minnesota folkie singer-songwriter who is as good as they come.

The second act will be The International Treasures!
Tugging on heartstrings and bringing smiles to faces since the 2020 pandemic, your Minnesota neighbors Doyle Turner and Ted Hajnasiewicz - together, are The International Treasures. This extraordinary pairing has been captivating audiences throughout the Midwest with their charismatic storytelling, sweet harmonies, and transcendent songs about the universal human condition. Active performers as solo artists and various musical projects, Ted and Doyle both have a solid recording catalog. The International Treasures’ debut album will be released into the world on Sept. 17, 2023. FYI - Ted was recently named the Midwest Country Music Organization’s Maverick Award Winner on April 15th, 2023! This comes a year after his video “Just For Show” won the MCMO’s 2021 Video of the Year.

Lastly, the night will end with the multi-skilled Nikki Lemire! Nikki is one of those artists that raises the bar of any project she is a part of. Nikki plays with those rising Midwest stars, The Foxgloves who were nominated for TWO Midwest Country Music Organization awards - Best Americana Band and Album of the year for 2022! Nikki also is a part of the renowned Josh Cleveland Band, who just finished a Minnesota tour at the end of April. Nikki is a singer-songwriter that is a favorite of other singer-songwriters. She writes songs using her harp that sound completely modern and magical on a classical instrument. Nikki is going to share her original music, her wild harp skills, and her generous heart with us on Winter Drive.

Unlike our “listening room” set up, this event will be held under a tent (so rain or shine!) and YOU get to invite a friend or two. Choose someone with whom you’d like to share a special evening like this, and bring your comfiest camp chair. Suggested donation is $10. Please come and join us!