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MARQUETTE — The Porcupine Mountains Music Festival will return to the winter sports complex for the 16th time at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Ontonagon County.

The festival, which runs Friday and Saturday, will be presented by Friends of the Porkies, a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes the state park. The Michigan Council of Arts and Culture also supports the festival.

Tickets are $95 for a two-day pass. Daily passes are available at the door for $50. Tickets for children ages 7-12 are $10 for a two-day or one-day pass, and children under 6 are admitted free when accompanied by a parent or guardian .

The festival will take place rain or shine. A Recreation Passport is required to enter the state park. Park employees will be selling passports near the festival entrance.

The schedule includes JigJam at 8:30 p.m. Friday and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Special musical guests at the festival include the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2022 Artist of the Year nominee, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, formed in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, as well as the energetic group from Madison, Wisconsin, Armchair Boogie.

Other festival performers include the Talbott Brothers, Ariel Posen, Charlie Parr, Raye Zaragoza, Lilli Lewis, Erik Koskinen, Luke Winslow-King and Heather Maloney. For a more laid-back vibe, visit the festival’s all-acoustic Busking Barn, featuring daily jam sessions and 25 different musicians on its magical stage. Headliners on the Chalet’s indoor stage include Jeff Ray and Hurricane Harold, a Q&A workshop with JigJam, folk singer-songwriter Sofia Talvik from Sweden, plus eight additional acts performing during the two days. The festival also offers a children’s area offering activities during the two days of the festival.

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