Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Jim Dandy To The Rescue

Brasher than Lynyrd Skynyrd, rowdier that the Allman Brothers and more down-home than Molly Hatchet, Black Oak Arkansas have been cooking up their brand of southern fried rock for close to five decades now. During the 70’s they racked up five album in the US top 100 charts as well as top 20 single with the cover of the Lavern Baker song “Jim Dandy (To The Rescue.)”

Fronted by Jim "Dandy" Mangrum, who's on stage performances inspired the likes of David Lee Roth, Black Oak Arkansas toured relentlessly throughout 70's and appeared several times in Port Huron back then as an opening band and the main act. This Saturday night, Jim and the band return to town as the headliner of Art On The River, a two day celebration of talent both locally and beyond, that happens on the banks of the Black River along Quay Street in Port Huron.

Along with Black Oak Arkansas, Art On The River will have local acts such as Mountain Babies, Dale Beavers, The Hatchetmen and the Jeff Hoagland Blues Band on Saturday. On Sunday,  Detroit band the Orbitsuns, who are fronted by Vinnie from Sponge, close out the festivities.

While in Downtown Port Huron on Saturday, don't forget to take a look at all the classic cars that'll parked along main street from 5-8pm when the Back To The Bricks Friendship Promotional Tour rolls through town. As an offshoot of the Back To The Bricks classic car show, the tour picked Port Huron as one of it's six stops in the state before their big show happens in Flint in August.


Don't forget that also in Port Huron on Saturday to check out the 15,000 square feet of great deals and hidden treasures at the annual McMorran Garage Sale.


The Blue Water Area is well known for it's maritime history and lore. In St. Clair this Saturday, collectors and enthusiasts of all things nautical will gather at the Riverview Plaza for the annual Great Lakes Maritime Market. With over 40 vendors offering various items relating specifically to the ships and shipping industry of this region, this market a great way to learn more about the fascinating history of the Great Lakes shipping for the beginner or the advanced historian.

In Port Sanilac this weekend learn how the Native American and the early settlers of the area lived and worked and worked the land at Native, Voyageurs & Settlers Days at the Sanilac County Historical Museum. Along with seeing the tools and crafts of the era Genot Picor, Voyageur extraordinaire, will provide songs and stories of the period this year.

To find out more about these as well as many other things happening around the Blue Water Area check out our events page.

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