to Jul 15


You can catch Sarah and Phil playing multiple sets this weekend!

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot - 7:30pm - Michigan Stage
Corn Fed Girls - 11:30pm - Michigan Stage
Thunderbolt & Lightfoot - 12:30 - Songtree
Dacia Bridges Project - 2pm - Main Stage
Zed Zeppelin - 9pm - Second Stage
Abbey Road - 10:30pm - Second Stage
Thunderbolt & Lightfoot - 12:30 - Songtree
Corn Fed Girls - 2pm - Third Stage

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Songwriter Night
7:00 PM19:00

Songwriter Night

Joel Mabus
Phil Barry
Sarah Halsey Fuerst
Kaitlin Rose Parmenter
Lisa Mackie Moaiery

21 plus, 5 dollars!
Doors at 9!


Joel Mabus may be called a singer-songwriter, but he doesn't sound like one. He's the son of a 1930's old time fiddle champ and a banjo-pickin' farm girl. His performing career began in college during the Vietnam era, where he studied anthropology and literature by day and played coffeehouses by night. One critic writes, "Joel Mabus knows his way around the English language and American culture just as well as he knows his way around a fretboard.” Born in 1953 in the southern Illinois town of Belleville, Joel has recorded 20 solo albums of original and traditional music since his recording career started in 1978. For three years running, Mabus has been in the top 10 most played artists in the Folk Radio Charts for North America ( [The only other top 10 artists who share that 3-year distinction are Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan.] Joel's latest CD is 2015's A Bird In This World a guitar-driven album of original songs exploring the blues. A one-off in the folk world, Mabus defies any easy pigeon-hole. His palette ranges from mountain banjo to jazz guitar -- from sensitive introspection to wicked satire. He's both picker & poet, and from coast to coast over the past 40 years this Midwesterner has brought audiences to their feet, wanting more.


Consisting of Sarah Fuerst and Phil Barry, Thunderbolt & Lightfoot have been featured on folk music site, opened for artists such as Robbie Fulks, Dar Williams, Henhouse Prowlers and May Erlewine, and also played some of Michigan’s finest venues and festivals including the Ark and Cooper’s Glenn music festival.

Phil was a founding member of award winning rock band Knee Deep Shag, former touring guitarist for RCA recording artist Rachael Yamagata, currently a member of americana supergroup Corn Fed Girls as well as contributing to recent recordings by singer/songwriter May Erlewine. Phil’s solo album Between the Carolinas was released via Princess Records in 2011, has received airplay in over fifty countries and has been licensed by the MTV, VH1, Oxygen and Showtime networks. 

Sarah played electric bass for the indie rock band Doxie. Doxie released an acclaimed self-titled full length with grass records and they toured the Midwest and east coast. Sarah is also a long-standing member of Corn Fed Girls, supplying upright bass and vocal harmony.


Kaitlin has been playing guitar and writing songs since the summer of 2001 after finding her mom's Alvarez in the hallway closet. Since then, Kaitlin has recorded four full length solo-albums in various basements and attics of friends and family members including All My Roses, Sentience, The Ideal and Organic Travels. In the spring of 2013, she recorded a 9 song demo with Ian Gorman at La Luna Studio and released a new, professionally recorded album, The Other Side, in May 2015.


Lisa Moaiery is a singer-songwriter from Kalamazoo, Michigan. “Using the tools of great songwriting - beautiful melodies, haunting harmonies, and moving lyrics - she addresses social and environmental causes about which she cares deeply,” comments John Thomas, author of Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of the Extraordinary Women and Gibson’s “Banner” Guitars of WWII and Field Editor of Fretboard Journal.

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