TBAC brings kid’s concert to Brown Trout Festival

Courtesy Photo A long-time duo known as Mustard’s Retreat will perform Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Big Tent as part of the Michigan Brown Trout Festival’s Family Day activities. The free concert is sponsored by Thunder Bay Arts Counci. Family Day is from noon-4 p.m.

Come Sunday afternoon of the opening weekend for Michigan Brown Trout Festival, the focus will rest squarely on kids and families.

The festival committee and PNC Bank have teamed up to present Family Day from noon to 4 p.m. Part of the fun will include the fifth annual PNC Bank Kiddie Classic Fishing Tournament.

But there are plenty of other entertainment options as well, including a concert by Mustard’s Retreat at 1:30 p.m. in the Big Tent. This two-person act sponsored by the Thunder Bay Arts Council presents a free high-energy, children’s program filled with singing and laughter.

“One thing the Arts Council wanted to do this year was bring in something as a family activity,” said Susan Stacey, TBAC board officer. “This concert is a perfect fit for our plan. They are from Ann Arbor and played an adult concert last year for the Association of Lifelong Learners. When we found out they had a children’s concert we were very interested.”

Mustard’s Retreat will feature musicians Michael Hough and David Tamulevich, who have been playing off and on together since 1975. They’ve traveled more than a million miles and performed more than 6,000 shows, from pig roasts and pool parties to Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Barns at Wolftrap and the Kennedy’s Center’s Millennium Stage.

Their performances, chock full of folk music sing-alongs, are always joyful and uplifting.

“It’s geared toward young children where they can interact with the musicians,” Stacey said. “There will be lots of clapping and dancing that this age group likes.”

TBAC also is sponsoring a concert Saturday called Hooked on Music that will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Big Tent. Four local bands will provide the music, including Chris Crown and The Get Down Band, High Speed, Obesity Boys and Old, Not Dead. Admissions is $5 with some of the proceeds from this event earmarked for covering the Mustard’s Retreat family concert the next day.

Other kid-friendly activities featured inside the Big Tent on Sunday are:

∫ Turn gourds into fish with artist Wendy Werth

∫ Paint with the Cobbygoose crew

∫ Enjoy snacks provided by Meijer

∫ Build with the Home Depot crew

∫ Check out lamprey with the Great Lakes Fishery crew

∫ Learn CPR & Safety with the MidMichigan Medical crew

∫ Free school supplies for kids 3-12

∫ Free books for kids under 3

∫ Enjoy a 70-foot inflatable obstacle course sponsored by the Michigan National Guard

∫ Decorate with the Family Enterprise crew

∫ View/tour emergency services vehicles

“It will be a good day for kids, and they will walk away with some free school supplies,” Stacey said of the overall event.