2009-06-20 / Top News

Billy Brandt Performance Begins Concert Series

Billy Brandt plays "The Mission Band" on his guitar and a harmonica, using a harmonica holder "guaranteed to send you straight to the chiropractor." He was featured at the kick-off concert for the Radio Mackinac summer's concert series Wednesday, June 10, at Mission Point Theatre. Billy Brandt plays "The Mission Band" on his guitar and a harmonica, using a harmonica holder "guaranteed to send you straight to the chiropractor." He was featured at the kick-off concert for the Radio Mackinac summer's concert series Wednesday, June 10, at Mission Point Theatre. Detroit Music Award winner Billy Brandt sang the night away at the kick-off concert for the Radio Mackinac summer concert series Wednesday, June 10, at Mission Point Theatre.

The concert series, a first for Radio Mackinac, will feature a collection of Michigan singers and songwriters throughout the summer. Other performances will include The Hummingbirds June 24, Mary McGuire July 1, Jill Jack July 8, and Justine Blazer July 15. Mary McGuire Slevin, director of the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau and the singer July 1, organized the roster of musicians and Mission Point handles the details, she said.

"This joint venture is to assist us in promoting Radio Mackinac to a wider offline audience and to promote original music on the Island," Mrs. Slevin said. "There was also a need to have a post-dinner entertainment option for visitors, and this concert series hopes to achieve filling that request from our visitors."

Mr. Brandt, a folk rock and country artist, played to an audience of 25 people. He invited the audience to move closer to the stage so he could see everyone. A Ferndale resident, Mr. Brandt started playing music around 1970, he said.

"I don't want to admit that," Mr. Brandt said. "It doesn't seem that long, it doesn't seem that long at all."

Most of the songs Mr. Brandt played are on his new record, "Billy Brandt: The Mission Band."

"The goal is to lose your mind when you're playing music," Mr. Brandt said. "That's when you know you're doing good."

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