South Haven Jazz Festival Fall2017

Foundry Hall is working on another music festival in South Haven. We are planning a two evening jazz festival on Friday and Saturday 9/15 and 9/16 of 2017.  We will showcase local and regional jazz musicians at Dyckman park (or under the Huron Street Pavilion in case of rain)in downtown South Haven.  We are, of course, looking for sponsors! If you’d like to help with the financial considerations (90% of which is for the music) please let us know. If you are interested in volunteering to help plan or to help make sure the two evenings go smoothly let us know! 269-220-0444 (please leave a message – it is an answering service not a live phone line)

Join us for a Warm Up session for the Festival:

SUN 6/4 Jazz Lunch at Cogdal Vineyards feat. Benje Daneman (trumpet) and Rufus Ferguson (piano).
12-2pm, light lunch fare available for purchase.  The event is free, but donations are very much appreciated!  A portion of wine sales will go to Foundry Hall in support of the South Haven Jazz Festival in September.

Community Music Projects

Foundry Hall is proud to be a participating organization in the community!  In addition to our regularly scheduled community music programs (as well as the many concerts we host by touring musicians)  we have taken on additional projects collaborating with other organizations to bring more music to the community.  How do we do it all?  With help from volunteers, generous members of the South Haven community, grant funds from the South Haven Community Foundation and partnering with the City of South Haven.   If you would like to get involve send us an email  We’d love to have you join our effort.

Projects for Fall 2016:

This October, Foundry Hall produced an educational program in the South Haven Schools featuring Michigan musicians, Diana Ladio and Alison Lynn of  The Moxie Strings.  In addition to two days of clinics with orchestra students from 6th to 12th grade, the project also provided a community concert free to all students and open to the community.  The 75 minute concert closed with the orchestra students performing along side The Moxie Strings joined by drummer,  Fritz McGirr.   They played songs they had learned in the clinics and everyone had a chance to give an improvised solo.

The feedback from students, parents and the community members that attended the performance was overwhelmingly positive.  We feel we have given the students a memorable experience that was eye-opening, inspirational and fun.  We want to thank SHPS Orchestra director Jessica Fiederowicz for working with us to make this happen.  This program was made possible in part by a grant from the South Haven Community Foundation and the Albemarle Foundation.  We greatly appreciate their support in Foundry Hall projects.

In September, Foundry Hall volunteer and songwriter, Andy Baker, assembled a “songwriter’s circle” with fellow musicians Michael Crittenden and Joe Shields.  A fun format of taking turns sharing songs, the show was very well received.  We’d love to do this sort of thing more often!

upcoming Fall events:

Fall Festival downtown featuring Grand Rapids alt-folk, indie pop, jazz group Olivia Mainville and the Aquatic Troupe and the zany jug band stylings of the Coloma based Deep Fried Pickle Project starting at 12:30pm at the Huron Street pavilion as well as local musicians on the streets all day.


Summer 2016 projects:

Foundry Hall hosted many kid friendly music experiences this summer.  In coordination with his Riverfront Concert Series performance, pianist Matthew Ball did a special “Boogie Woogie” preschool program at the library during the regularly scheduled Tunebugs program offered weekly by Foundry Hall.   The regularly scheduled Kids’ Cabaret Talent Share had a special patio edition with our old friend Andru Bemis.  Michigan Folk Duo Gemini

gave a wonderful free family concert that  was made possibly by generous donations from supportive community members.  The lawn is a great spot to listen to music on the gentle sloping hill, dance in the grass and watch the boat traffic go by on the river!  We will try to use that space more next summer for sure.

Foundry Hall coordinated a small group of college music students providing music in the Youth Development Corporation (YDC/PAL) day camps in June and July.  This is the first summer that we have worked with this organization, but we hope to be able to enrich more of their programs with music.   We are very happy to be job creators for these young folks, even if just for a few weeks!

After a full year of preparing, Foundry Hall also presented a one day music festival called Rhythm on the River on July 23rd at Riverfront Park.  The festival featured Michigan musicians performing oriandrupianoginal music and had such family friendly activities as chalking the sidewalk, painting a naugahyde covered piano (now living
downstairs at the Black River Tavern) and corn hole games.  Rising stars and long time Foundry Hall Talent Share participants, Daniel and Isabel Noguera, kicked off the festival with their fantastic original music.

We threw a party/sale at our soon to be vacated office space at the Warren Center (don’t worry we’re not disappearing, just working out shared space for lessons and workshops) on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in July.  The South Haven Area Mens’ Chorus and our own music educator Doug Peterson perfordrewgibsonmed in the late afternoon and then traveling musicians Drew Gibson, Jon Nazdin and Dave Hadley provided lovely entertainment on the patio that evening.

Finishing up the summer, local (Benton Harbor) musician and LMC student, Chris Kang, performed on the patio at the Warren Center announcing his upcoming CD release.  Gobles musician, Andy Baker,  performed his original work at the Black River Tavern.


Spring 2016 projects:


Foundry Hall coordinated local musicians for Spring Fling  party in downtown South Haven on Saturday, April 23rd.  Thirteen musicians, young and old, performed on the street corners to help create a festive environment.  Foundry Hall paid a small stipend to each musician for their efforts from the Community Music Fund.  This was a great opportunity for a lot of young musicians to try out informal performance and to meet other musicians.  It also exposed lots of people to a variety of music styles and instruments.

In May, Foundry Hall hosted two free community music concerts.  Local piano student, Hannah Jessup, performed her repetoire at andyjoeronthe library and Joe Foster and Ron Van Lente who perform together as “Silver Threads” were featured at the Warren Senior Center.    Andy Baker performed a the Black River Tavern (downstairs venue) as a community concert as well and we joined by the Silver Threads for a couple of songs.

The Riverfront Concert Series kicked off on May 26th with a performance of the South Haven High School Jazz Band directed by Jeff Bopp.  Foundry Hall hashjbs partnered with the City of South Haven to book and host the Riverfront Concert Series, a series of free concerts on Thursday nights from late May to Labor Day.



Winter 2016 projects:

Foundry Hall hosted more Community Music Concerts including Pete Wehle‘s return to singing Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits and local musicians, Star and Charlie.  Foundry Hall added to the Ice Breakstarandcharlieer festivities in town by hosting the Deep Fried Pickle Project along the chili tasting tour.  Danny Donuts livened up the library’s Ice Breaker story hour, as well.


Our monthly Kids’ Cabaret Talent Share continued through the winter with lots of fun music making, story telling and puppeteering creating a time and place for free creativity with friends and family.

Fall 2015 projects:

“A Gift of Music” Performance Series at the South Haven Memorial Library.   The series showcases a variety of music performed by talented, local musicians and is free and open to the community.   Featuring Roger Ransom, Eden Morris and Michael Vanden chorusTak, a South Haven High School Choir Ensemble led by Katie Hillyard and Erin Hill Van Horn and Catlin Nell Lancaster, the Library and Foundry Hall  give the gift of live music this holiday season in the comfortable Library community room.


libraryeverett3Foundry Hall, with the help of Roger Ransom, are maintaining the library’s Everett Piano.  This was the last piano made at the Everett Piano factory in South Haven in 19everett86 and was donated to the City of South Haven.  The inside of the cabinet is inscribed by the employees of the Everett Piano Company, then owned by Yamaha.


Summer 2015 projects:

Families from South Haven and the surrounding area hosted a traveling dance group from the Czech Republic this past August.  Coordinatedczechdance2 by Foundry Hall  twenty-one members of the dance group Dance Studio Light of the Na Popolce School in Prague visited South Haven for two days en route from Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp to Chicago.  They gave a very well received, free performance for the community on Thursday, August 21st at the First Hebrew Congregation Synagogue  which the congregation let us use for free.  czechdance2

Foundry Hall was excited to be contacted by Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and happy to bring together so many people for a cultural exchange and performance opportunity and we hope to have more opportunities in the future.

riverfrontFoundry Hall has hosted the Riverfront Concert Series with the City of South Haven this summer.  We will do our best to carry on this long standing series offering a variety of local and regional musical talent and genres.  Concerts are Thursday evenings in the summer at Riverfront Park on Water Street.

LaurelFederbushFoundry Hall and  South Haven Center for the Arts are presented professional harpist, Laurel Federbush, closing the Talmud: Marc Chagall and Ben Zion exhibit at SHCA  on July 24th, 6-7:30pm.  Federbush has composed original music based on the Jewish Bible for the harp and will perform for the community at this free event.

Projects from earlier 2015:
Earth Day Celebration with Transitions South Haven,  Michigan History Day at North Shore Elementary with the Historical Association of South Haven, Arts Day at Lincoln Elementary and a four day African music project featuring Ugandan musician and educator, Kinobe.
Kinobe led workshops and performed for the students at Baseline Middle School.   Foundry Hall obtained funding from the South Haven Community Foundation, South Haven Public School Foundation to make this possible.   Foundry Hall coordinated with the school and provided technical assistance for the program.
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In addition to the day at Baseline, Kinobe gave two performances reaching all of the students at Covert Public Schools.   We greatly appreciate a donation from Suzanne Blair as well as the funding from the Covert School District that made this program possible.
Foundry Hall provided opportunities for the general community as well facilitating a workshop at our Warren Center location as well as an evening community performance at Listiak Auditorium in South Haven.

Coordinating this event for our community and particularly for so many students was a very satisfying experience for the Foundry Hall volunteers and we hope to create more opportunities like this in the future!

Projects from 2014:

September:  Foundry Hall hosted Blues Benefit Concert for South Haven’s Sister City, Quilali, Nicaragua featuring the Elwood Splinters Blues Band.

March:  Foundry Hall hosts and organizes SPRINGFEST: Liberty Hyde Bailey’s birthday bash with music performances and jams, instrument petting zoo and crafts.

Rhythm on the River Music Festival

Oh yeah, we’re doing it again!  

Sat July 22nd will be  Rhythm on the River (ROTR) 2017,  Foundry Hall’s free all day music festival featuring original music home grown in Michigan at Riverfront Park in South Haven.

 We have a fantastic lineup so far includingthe Megan Dooley Trio, the Last Gasp Collective and The Accidentals  are headlining!

The Accidentals

We will also feature  local musicians and MI microbrews in the tent.  There’ll be lots of family friendly fun going on all day as well!

Help us make it happen!  We’d love to have volunteers to help us plan activities, set up on Friday evening, various things the day of, and clean up on Sunday morning.  Being part of the Foundry crew is all about fun times and enjoying a beautiful July day on the Black River listening to fantastic music.

We are hoping to have some big sponsors to help us cover the costs of the stage, sound and to pay these bands.  If you are interested or want to pass along the info to someone who is here is a link to our sponsorship info.

If you’d like to make a tax deductible donation to Foundry Hall toward ROTR send it to:
Foundry Hall, PO Box 463, South Haven, MI 49090.

Click here for official festival website.

Recap of ROTR 2016:

We did it!  It was hot, it was so, so hot, but we made it through the day enjoying great music from local and regional musicians, including a debut of South Haven’s premier high school band, BorderLyne, playing their original funk/rock!  and having fun with sidewalk chalk, corn hole, painting the piano and playing music in the tent.   Isabel and Daniel Noguera kicked it all off with their original set – at 13 and 11 these kids are already creating some cool music of their own.  Tom Rasely, Brennan Quinn and Andru Bemis kept us going in the crazy heat and Cold Mountain Child jammed for us into the midday haze (it was really hot!)  Nate Holley held his own on his stage creating full sound with his talented loop pedaling and Jake Simmons and the Little Ghosts shook everyone up as the heat started to break.

Then it cooled off for a rockin’ set from Slim Gyspy Baggage and everyone settled in for the grand finale from the Crane Wives, BUT the cruel, cruel weather turned and an electrical storm cut their set way too short and we all scrambled to gather “trash and treasures” under cover.

So, it was not as we hoped, but we did it!  Little, ol’ all volunteer Foundry Hall managed to pull off an all day event that took a year to plan and hours and hours of hard labor organization.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors without whom this would not have been possible!

Lake Michigan College (Stage Sponsor)

Clementine’s (Headline Sponsor)

Whiteford Wealth Management (Headline Sponsor)

Black River Tavern

Phoenix Records

Sturgis Bank – South Haven Banking Center
Black River Books
Adventure Water Sports
Julia’s Cafe
Phoenix Street Cafe
Bumbleberry Farms

Vanderzee Motorplex

Wolverine Hardware!!  For their awesome engineering skills to get and keep the beer tent up!

The City of South Haven for believing that our festival would be a welcome addition to an already busy summer season for our little town.

And, of course, to the many volunteers who came out and did what it took to get the job done!  We truly appreciate the help of everyone that worked Friday night to Sunday morning!  A one day festival is not a one day affair for sure!  You are GOLDEN!

Gratefully yours,

Foundry Hall, Rhythm on the River committee

Send us your pics!  Here’s a few we got…


July 23rd 2016

July 23rd 2016

Click here for official festival website.

We have put together a  lineup of talented musicians playing in a variety of musical styles that will draw many fans in the area, as well as please those lucky visitors in town that weekend.  This will be a family friendly event, but also sophisticated for music lovers  and entertaining for those just lingering over a snack or beer.


11:00 Noguera Duo
11:30 Brennan Quinn
12:30 Tom Rasely
1:15 Andru Bemis
2:15 Cold Mountain Child
3:15 BorderLyne
4:00 Nate Holley
5:30 Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts
7:00 SlimGypsyBaggage
8:30 The Crane Wives

The Crane Wives

Andru Bemis

Slim Gypsy Baggage

Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts

Nate Holley

Cold Mountain Child

Tom Rasely


Other activities:
*Info tables on Black River conservation projects and the Maritime Museum  * Instrument petting zoo   *Songwriter showcase (throughout the day – Open Mic style sign ups)  *Chalk the sidewalk  *Bean Bag Toss  *Help us paint a piano!

This event is made possible by the following generous sponsors:

Lake Michigan College (Stage Sponsor)

Clementine’s (Headline Sponsor)

Whiteford Wealth Management (Headline Sponsor)

Phoenix Records
Sturgis Bank – South Haven Banking Center
Black River Tavern
Black River Books
Adventure Water Sports
Julia’s Cafe
Phoenix Street Cafe
Bumbleberry Farms

Vanderzee Motorplex

Click here for information on helping us make this happen with a donation or by sponsoring the event.  Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

Foundry Hall
220 Broadway, Box B
South Haven, MI 49090


Workshops take place at the Foundry Hall office in the Warren Senior Center at 540 Williams Street.  We encourage you to either purchase a “ticket” for the workshop through our website or to contact us* to reserve a spot.  Some workshops will require a minimum of participants to be held.  Some of our workshops sell out!

*contact by phone 269-220-0444 or

Upcoming Workshops:


Chord Magic with Tom Rasely
SAT 4/30 10am $20

Fingerpicking for Strummers with Tom Rasely
SAT 5/14 10am  $20

Intro to the Blues with Tom Rasley
SAT 5/28 10am $20

Chord Magic with Tom Rasely
SAT 9/10 10am $20

Intro to Blues with Tom Rasely
SAT 10/15 10am $20

Accompanying Carolers on guitar with Tom Rasely
SAT 12/3 10am $20


Community Music Fund

Community Music =  local musicians sharing their talents with the people who live in and around South Haven.   Everyone is welcome.

Fund = money for local musicians sharing their talents with the people who live in and around South Haven.

Where does the money come from?

Donations from the community that appreciates and supports our local music culture.   Grant funding from organizations and foundations that want to see our music community flourish.

How much money?

We don’t have a lot, but some money is a way of telling musicians we want to support you, we appreciate your dedication and the hard work it takes to be a musician.  It says we appreciate the performance and the inspiration, creativity, warm feelings, it may have provided for the audience and to keep going!

Why not charge money for performances instead?

We want to make music more accessible for everyone.   And not every opportunity is truly a performance, but part of a larger event and not all events include musician’s fees in their budget.

How does a musician become part of the this project?  

Just contact Foundry Hall, let us know what you do or what you’d like to do and we’ll see what we can make happen.  We are contacted frequently about opportunities in the community and we reach out to our list of associated musicians.  So get on the list!

Does it cost anything to be part of the list?



Yes.  We want our program to be accessible to all musicians.  Even if you’re just starting out and would like to meet some other musicians give us a shout and we’ll try to help connect you.  We’re not a booking agency, we’re you’re friendly neighborhood community music organization.

Learn to Play

Anyone can learn to play music!

**As of September 1st, 2016, Foundry Hall will no longer be renting the Warren Center office space.  We will continue to offer private and group lessons, but locations will depend on circumstances and availability of other space.

Foundry Hall’s community music programs are designed to make music accessible to all people, regardless of age, skill level, or financial status. Foundry Hall offers private and group instruction, workshops, song shares, jam sessions, open mics, and many other opportunities for learning, sharing, and continuing your musical progress on a variety of instruments. Whether you live in the area, or are simply visiting South Haven for a few days, we want to help you in your musical journey.  We believe teaching is a great way to learn, and actively encourage intermediate and advanced students to use their skills to mentor others.

If you are interested in private or group lessons, please click here to fill out the Lesson Contact Form >>

Group Lessons currently available:
*new sessions of classes  will be announced soon.  If you are interested in knowing when the next one starts, send us an email!



Resources for Musicians

LENDING LIBRARY:  Foundry Hall has a growing library of music books, CDs of past Foundry Hall performers, instruments and PA equipment all available to lend out.  Donations are appreciated to help maintain and build our collection!

PRACTICE STUDIO RENTAL:  We have two private studios each pianos, one electronic drum kit and one with an amplifiers and Hammond M3 organ available for practice.

THE LIST:   Foundry Hall would like to help local musicians meet others, find opportunities to play and help the community find them.  Foundry Hall has created a Community Music Fund to help support musicians that share their talents with community at public concerts and events hosted by local non-profits and charities.  Get on the list to find out what opportunities are out there!

If you would like more information please email or give us a call 269.220.0444

Foundry Hall ENSEMBLE

Play more music together this summer!  Foundry Hall is hosting a weekly ensemble made up of any interested band instrument players.   Led by Kyle McNees and Michael Vanden Tak of the Casco Band, the participants help determine what to play.   There is lots of potential for experimentation, peer to peer learning and fun!  This  is a weekly event  on Fridays from 5-7pm that will run through the summer.

Open to everyone interested in playing and helping others play music in a friendly, creative environment!  Drop in and check it out!

Foundry Hall would be happy to host string ensembles, vocal groups or any other music/performing arts related groups.  Send us an email if you would like to start something and we’ll help make it happen!

Workshops at Foundry Hall

Workshops are a great way to get playing, keep playing, learn about a style or technique, broaden your knowledge and meet other people.  Foundry Hall hosts workshops taught by musicians including professional traveling artists, veteran local musicians as well as amateurs who want to share their skills and knowledge with others.  If you have an idea for a workshop send us an email and we’ll help make it happen!

Upcoming workshops (click on title for more details and tickets):

TUE 6/2/15    7pm      Intro to Blues Guitar with Tom Rasely

SAT 6/13/15    2pm      Finger-style Acoustic Guitar with visiting artist Hiroya Tsukomoto

TUE 6/23/15  7pm        Song Lyric Writing with Tom Rasely

SAT 6/27/15 10am       Guitar Theory Made Simple with Tom Rasely

SAT 7/11/15 10am     Finger-style for Strummers with Tom Rasely