The 1st Annual Petoskey Blues Festival features some of the biggest names in Michigan blues, rock, pop, and soul. Proceeds from the two-day music festival will benefit the Oil & Water Don't Mix Campaign to Shut Down Line 5.
The festival's artists includes The Barbarossa Brothers, The Accidentals, The Marcus King Band, Larry McCray, and features Thornetta Davis and Laith Al-Saadi. Tickets are now available for the two-night music fest that takes place on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18 indoors at the Emmet County Fairgrounds in Petoskey, Michigan.
"I wanted to help raise awareness of Line 5 so that we could all work together to protect the Great Lakes." - Paul Koch, Magnolia Entertainment
Concert promoter Paul Koch of Magnolia Entertainment was inspired to organize the festival by the campaign to shut down Enbridge Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. "I've always been concerned about our environment. Our Great Lakes are so important and with Line 5 being the threat that it is, I couldn't stand by and do nothing to help," said Mr. Koch. "I wanted to help raise awareness of Line 5 so that we could all work together to protect the Great Lakes."
In addition to the music, the Oil & Water Don't Mix campaign, along with Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) will be there to talk about the urgent need for action to shut down the pipeline that runs through 20% of the world's fresh surface water.
A portion of the proceeds will help to raise awareness of the threat posed by pipeline.