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Robbie Feinberg/WMUK

With only 10 years in the business of stringed instruments, Marshall's Northfield Mandolins is relatively new to the new game. But by taking an approach of working internationally, and literally working around the clock -- 24 hours a day -- Northfield is already making a name for itself around the globe. All from a small workshop in a small, Southwest Michigan town.


A photo from rehearsal for this year's Lamb of God performance
Andrew Schwailler

For the third year running, Chenery Auditorium will put on Lamb of God - an oratorio about the final days in the life of Jesus Christ. It mixes choral and orchestral music with passages from the Bible. Last year more than 200 performers filled the stage with members of local orchestras as well as Southwest Michigan churches. 


Alex Johnson

In January, the Michigan band Fauxgrass won the Fretboard Festival’s Play-In Contest for acoustic music. That secured them a spot in Saturday's Fretboard Festival lineup, alongside bands like The Red Sea Pedestrians, The Corn Fed Girls, and artists like Megan Dooley. 


Near the northern tip of Lake Michigan, about 30 miles off the coast of Charlevoix, sits Beaver Island -- a little piece of Ireland surrounded by water. Irish immigrants settled here centuries ago, and now the island is full of musicians playing in bars and converted garages. It's a unique tradition documented in WMUK's "Golden Days and Friendly Faces." And today, the traditions are continued with a group in lower Michigan called the Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids.


The members of the Chicago rock 'n roll band American Grizzly say they don’t really dream of best-selling albums and sold-out concerts. Instead, the band of Western Michigan University grads say their strategy is just to play shows and see what happens. So far, they say, it’s worked. In just a few short years, the band has gradually grown bigger, and now they’re releasing their debut album, funded completely through friends and fans. 


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