October 18, 2018

NEMAC to host Billy Mack and the Juke Joint Johnnies

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STANDISH — Billy Mack and the Juke Joint Johnnies will kick off the Northeast Michigan Art Council’s 2018-19 Second Sunday Concert series at the Northeast Art Center this Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m.

Along with 1950s-style music performed by Billy Mack and the Juke Joint Johnnies, the concert will include a costume contest for best male and female ’50s outfit and a dance-off where couples will have the opportunity to win a mirrored ball or cash prizes, Executive Director Gail Schmidt said.

“If people are looking for an afternoon of fun and some good entertainment, we’d like to see them come out and sample one of our concerts,” Schmidt said. “Especially if people like to dance. It's a good opportunity to dance to that good old rock ’n’ roll.”

Schmidt said Billy Mack and his band are a very talented group of musicians, vocalists and showmen from the Ann Arbor area. She said around 170 people showed up to see the band during last year’s concert series, and it was a very enjoyable show.

When NEMAC was first established in the 1980s, Schmidt said there was a noticeable lack of arts and cultural events in the area. Since then, the art council has made great strides in providing not only concerts but other events that promote community involvement in the arts.

“Now, you see a lot of the communities will offer free concerts and entertainment and it has just become a tradition with us,” Schmidt said. “We feel it’s important to keep presenting groups.”

Schmidt said another thing the council strives for is providing events that are not only fun, but also affordable for families in the area.

Other groups in the season lineup are classic folk music group Gemini on Nov. 11, country and bluegrass group Cornpone on Jan. 6, and Irish and Celtic group Equinox on March 10 to conclude the series, Schmidt said.

Concert tickets are sold at the door when the box office opens at 1:30 p.m. the day of performance and are priced at $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $4 for students and $2 for children younger than 12 years of age.

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