August 17 - 19, 2018
Paradise, Michigan,  Wild Blueberry Capital of Michigan


    SPECIAL NOTE: The entertainment roster below is actually the 2017 roster. The 2018 roster will be posted as soon as it is available.

Updated 08.31.17

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A Reasonable Facsimile
Entertainment in the Community Center
Audience Participation
Amazing Clark
Gracing the stage with a mix of magical illusions, puppetry, comic wit, and mystifying escapes, Amazing Clark has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. His performance is suited for ALL family members; performing live and on stage in the Whitefish Township Community Center, Friday at 1:30 PM.
Anne & Rob Burns As A Reasonable Facsimile
Incorporating Renaissance and Colonial music, as multi-instrumentalists, Anne & Rob Burns bring fun, entertainment, and education through a combination of stories, costumes and theatrics to listeners of all ages and a diverse audience. A Reasonable Facismile will be performing live on stage in the community center at noon on Friday and then strolling the festival grounds from 2:00 until 4:00 pm, Friday.
Blue Water Ramblers
Performing extraordinary folk music in a variety of styles: bluegrass, calypso, swing, old time, blues and country. They write and collect songs detailing life in the Great Lakes region over the last two centuries. Don't miss their popular performances of Gospel Music, Songs of the Great Lakes and Tunes of the Michigan Experience, Sunday afternoon at the community center beginning at 1:00 PM.
Caitlin Wanic
Caitlin sings her own songs and plays her guitar or ukulele with music abounding from multiple genres. Entertaining audiences at an early age, this young singer will “wow” the crowd. Caitlin will be performing at the Blueberry Jamboree held at Sawmill Creek Park, Friday night beginning at 6:00 PM.
Carl "Bearfoot" Behrend
This singer/songwriter and author, brings to life songs and stories of Great Lakes lighthouses, shipwrecks, and Native American legends. As a solo artist he is loved by audiences both young and old! Bearfoot Behrend will be performing on stage at the community center, Friday, at 3:30 PM.
Chet Mitchell
Appearing daily, this comedic juggler features action packed feats of balance, ridiculous juggling stunts, and thrilling daredevil escapes. The Chet Mitchell Comedy Juggling and Variety Spectacular will make you ask "How does he do it?" while keeping you and your family on the edge of excitement. Chet will be strolling through the festival grounds Friday and Saturday, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM while on Sunday he will be strolling the grounds from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. But this is a word of caution, Chet is a performer, if you happen to spot a life-size, bronze statue on the grounds, that just might be Chet. You do not want to miss his amazing feats.
Genot Picor
This storyteller recreates an authentic French Canadian veillee, or social gathering; a combination of stories, songs, and dances from early Michigan. Including interactive, hands-on activities is sure to be a treat for every member in the family. Performing live and on stage at the community center, Sunday beginning at 11:30 AM.
Gordon Russ
This magician uses the fine art of illusion to bring laughter and surprise to all ages. Gordon will be strolling the festival grounds from 1:00 - 3:00 PM on Saturday. Or sit back and relax after walking the grounds yourself and enjoy the show as Gordon will be appearing on stage at the community center, Saturday at 4:00 PM.
Palma Richardson
This pianist offers beautiful music for your listening pleasure. Ms. Richardson is scheduled daily during the festival in the mornings in the community center. Start your day with a Blueberry Brunch and enjoy the piano music of Palma Richardson.
Papa Crow
With ukulele in hand, Papa Crow creates memorable kids and family songs and presents them through fun, interactive performances. His catchy songs are sometimes silly, sometimes thoughtful and cover topics like family life, growing up, feelings, pirates, full moons, fireflies, and white pines. Expect to move a lot, sing along, and show kids how smart they are, get LOUD and learn something too! Catch Papa Crow, live and on stage at the community center on Saturday, beginning at noon. Papa Crow will be offering a special Ukulele workshop this year for children at the Kid's Tent beginning at 1:15 PM on Saturday.
Seven Bridges
This southeast Michigan based, country/rock trio, performs cover songs and originals about experiencing love and life, good or bad; bringing an understanding smile or agreeable chuckle to the audience. A Paradise area community favorite, this band has been a popular group with the Music on the Bay concert series. Seven Bridges will be performing at the Friday and Saturday night Blueberry Jamboree sessions starting at 7:30 PM. See you at Sawmill Creek Park, just north of the blinking light in Paradise!
Soleil Garcia-Johnson
An accomplished piano player and singer, and member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Children's Chorus, Soleil has studied piano through the Interlochen Music Camp for six years and has completed a recording with world-reknown, Disney. Soleil will be performing near the stage at the community center on Friday from 11:15 am to noon, then again on Friday from 2:45 pm until 3:30 pm. Her performance on Saturday will be from 3:00 to 4:00 PM.
The Raisin Pickers
A Manchester-based string band that includes "aces fiddling, boffo banjo work, and harmonies as sweet as syrup can't go wrong" while enjoying their deft mix of rustic Appalachian music, swingy jazz, bluegrass, and lately, some Louisiana sounds. The Raisin Pickers will be performing live and on stage at the community center on Saturday, beginning at 1:30 PM. We are delighted to have the Raisin Pickers performing at the Blueberry Jamboree, Saturday night at 6:00 PM. Join everyone at the Sawmill Creek Park, just north of the blinking light in Paradise for a live outdoor concert and carriage rides!

The Wild Blueberry Festival is sponsored by the Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce.