SAM Fest shines a light on the roots of American music

THREE OAKS, Mich. (WNDU) – The School of American Music (SAM) held its third annual American Music Festival Saturday afternoon.

The music festival was held in Three Oaks, Michigan at Dewey Cannon Park.

Attendees were treated to a wide variety of quintessentially American music, including blues, bluegrass and jazz. Some of the headliners included Ole Harv & the Blues Katz and The Lake Effect Big Band.

“For the kind of music I play, I’m part of a group of people we call faith keepers; to try to keep this music alive,” said School of American Music board member Ron Spears. “Like Harv said on his show, we want to keep that music alive, and the old bluesy guitar stuff, there’s people playing that all the time, but it’s not mainstream, but we want to keep it alive, so that’s what we do, and that’s one of the reasons we do a show like this and it’s, after all, the School of American Music, so it’s a good choice. It’s fun to be part of it.

The School of American Music celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and hopes to continue teaching music to the community for a long time to come.

“We are always looking for volunteers; you don’t have to be a musician to volunteer and work with us. You just have to love serving the community and love the music.

The Pokagon Fund sponsored the event, which made it free for the public.

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