Entertainers

Pete Kehoe

Pete Kehoe is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter & award-winning composer. His acoustics cover styles from folk to funk, rock and pop to blues. According to Mr. Kehoe, he’s got decent chops on bass (upright and electric), harmonica, mandolin (OK...he’s no Bill Monroe), and french horn (no kidding). Pete regularly performs a solo acoustic act at some of the biggest resorts in the midwest, playing a mix of clever, off-the-beaten-path covers and originals. He's played with and/or opened for such diverse artists as CeCe Peniston, Humble Pie, The Romantics, Rick Derringer, Edwin McCain, Aaron Lewis (Staind), Hootie & The Blowfish, Colbie Caillat and more.

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Wixie Harrington

Wixie Harrington is made up of two people in love with music. Making the best possible sound and atmosphere using whatever means necessary is our goal.  Some accoustic songs (Wixie's favorite!) mixed with some computer generated midi sounds that augment Harrington's versatile guitar style and dance parties if the occasion requires such frivolities! Ultimately, delivering a natural but polished song that will fill your senses with good energy and leave you thinking happy thoughts.

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Paul Bedour

Paul is a longtime Island favorite entertainer who's performed at the Pink Pony and other venues. He plays his acoustic guitar while rocking out on classic rock favorites and an eclectic mix of hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

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DJ Mike Williford / Northern Entertainment Consultants

DJ Mike is certified by the American Disc Jockey Association & has entertained Mackinac Island visitors for almost 20 years with his fantastic people skills & phenomenal music selections.

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Myk Rise

Myk is an entertainer who has performed throughout his home state of Michigan as a solo artist and as a member of various incarnations of his band for over 30 years. His repertoire includes over 500 songs from the 50's on up to the present.

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Chris Calleja

Chris Calleja performs a wide variety of your favorite songs. Chris left metro Detroit for Nashville in 1995 to pursue musicianship fulltime and was a member of various working bands. He’s since moved to northern Michigan to share his solo performance talents and this is your opportunity to catch him live!

Chimney Rock Band

Mackinac Island’s very own Chimney Rock Band. Myk, Tom & Bill are locally known for their 60’s and 70’s classic rock shows. Guitarist/singer, Myk Rise, a 20-year MI performance veteran, has over 600 tunes in his songbook. Drummer/singer Bill Newland, is an accomplished musician from Harbor Springs. Bass player Tom Chambers is an Island resident and boasts his first Rock & Roll gig on the Island back in 1969. This band is well known and locally loved for their popular tunes.

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Michelle Chenard

Michelle Chenard is a veteran singer/songwriter who has been continually voted a favorite in Northern Michigan as Best Solo Performer, Best of the Best and more in Northern Express, Northern Michigan’s largest newsweekly. She released her first music video, Blade with critical acclaim and to a packed house at City Park Grill, a well known music venue in Petoskey, Michigan in the spring of 2012. 2012 was a good year for Michelle as she scored a Michigan Emmy® Award for musical score on the TV documentary Sacrifice and Honor: A Tribute to our Northern Michigan Veterans. She continually performs hundreds of shows across the state each year. In addition to her tireless schedule, Michelle founded Mackinac Island Songwriters Workshop with her brother from another mother Pete Kehoe, has been writing and recording with country artist Julianne Ankley and performing with her band, Blood Sisters.

Singing and playing guitar since she was seven years old, it’s no surprise that Chenard has garnered such respect and accolades.

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Charlie Reager

Charlie has been playing music all his life. Meeting and sharing the stage with many national acts, most notable, Willie Nelson. This has given Charlie a very exciting, adventurous career. After singing and playing drums with Uncle Ugly for over 20 years, he decided to branch out and put out his first solo effort. On the new CD "Good Life" Charlie sings, plays guitar, harmonica, and hand percussions, and also wrote songs. The CD is getting great reviews and is receiving plenty of air play.

Playing drums in a variety of acts, playing djembe, guitar and harmonica in a few acoustic duos, and playing a solo act makes Charlie one of the busiest guys in the music business.

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Mike Ridley

Mike is known throughout Michigan for his great live performances in popular local taverns. This talented musician’s song parodies are always well crafted and highlight his musicianship. His interactive music sets have been known to be the life of the party. It is always a night to remember when Mike Ridley is in town. Want to hear the parody song that fits your city and/or your college? Want to have some good laughs and hear some good music? Ridley is your Michigan Man. Get your Attitude Checked here!

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Gabi Bowditch

Gabi Bowditch is an energetic musician who loves to engage with those around her as she incorporates all genres, decades and styles of music into one entertaining acoustic set. Playing your favorites from country to classics and everything in between, she is a versatile musician, local to Mackinac Island who would love to share her music with you.

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Will Springsteen

Will Springsteen is a local singer/songwriter. He mostly tours the Straits of Mackinac region, but also plays at various venues, festivals, and events throughout the state and the country. At Will’s gig, you can expect to hear music stylings of rock, country and folk  including hit favorites and original material. He plays solo, and in musical acts including The Springsteen Brothers and The Moon Howlers. Native to St.Ignace, Will’s been performing in the Northern Michigan music scene since 2008.

Mark Bowen

Mark Bowen attended Musicians Institute right out of high school in Hollywood, California.  Over the years he has developed many styles of singing and many genres of music.  His music styles include jazz, blues, classic rock, pop, classic country, modern country and top 40 hits.  His musical range is so eclectic he always keeps the crowds guessing at what he will sing next

Ty Parkin

Tyler Parkin (Ty) is singer-songwriter and performer. He grew up in a small town in northern Michigan where he learned to play guitar, sing and write songs.

“Playing guitar and singing in my college dorm was the serious start for this dream. It got more fun when people would knock to come in listen and sing along. It led to me playing the local late night college hot spot.”

He took his dream to Nashville, Tennessee where he played on the busy strip of Broadway, downtown Nashville. He sang and entertained for Tootsies orchid lounge, The stage, legends corner, Kid Rocks, second fiddle, Rippys, honky-tonk central, FGL House, Redneck Riviera, Crossroads, Nudies, Tin Roof, Hard Rock Cafe, Nashville underground and many more. He spent four years in and out of Nashville touring the north & south. He played Spring break shows in Panama City beach and festival shows opening for artists such as Tyler Farr & Eddie Montgomery. He also spent time recording under Dark Horse Studios in Franklin, Tennessee among top producers.

“I’ve played on stage with touring musicians you hear on the radio or watch at the Grand ole Opry. I’ve performed at the loudest & busiest country bars in the world, student of vocal lessons from top vocal coach Brett Manning, and have been in writing rooms with top song writers. I have had the privilege of recording songs with producers that have produced artists that have influenced me. Making music for people that are excited about new songs and live music is my passion.”