Fans get taste of Woodstock, blues at festival

The world’s tallest hippie, in the form of a puppet and part of The Magic Bus’s performance at the Clare Music  Festival, was a big hit with the crowd.

The world’s tallest hippie, in the form of a puppet and part of The Magic Bus’s performance at the Clare Music Festival, was a big hit with the crowd. Photos by Jordan Wilcox

The Clare Music Festival was a treat for young and old last weekend. Sponsored by the Clare Chamber of Commerce, and held in the streets of Clare, the festival featured oldies on Friday night and blues on Saturday night.

Headlining Friday night was The Magic Bus from metro Detroit. This band, which has gained quite a following in the Detroit area, features music from the late 1960’s including many songs from the hippie movement in San Francisco to Woodstock.

On Saturday Night, Big Ray and the Motor City Kings made their return to Clare. Having played at the Festival the last couple of years, Ray has a big following, and his brand of blues got plenty of ovations from the listening audience.

The Reliks, a local band, opened for The Magic Bus on Friday. Another local band, The Real Deal opened for Big Ray.

A concert lounge featuring signature dishes from local residents and craft beer from local brewers was enjoyed by those who purchased VIP tickets.

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