The popular Brioso String Quartet will appear at the Street Performer Series in Downtown Holland Thursday night from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, performing songs from Bach to Bruno Mars. Every Thursday night this summer, the sidewalks of Downtown Holland are filled with performing artists and groups from every background, including musicians, balloon twisters, jugglers, magicians, aerial acrobats, dancers, face painters and so much more! The Street
Performer Series is free to attend and is proudly sponsored by Gentex Corporation.
The Brioso String Quartet has been providing quality instrumental music in West Michigan for over 20 years. The quartet is made up of violinists, Tammy Clark and Jennifer Tuinenga, with Laurie Van Ark on the viola and Ginger Vandenbrink on the cello. While regularly providing traditional string music at hundreds of wedding receptions and other private events, they quartet is well-known for bring a fun mix of both classical music and popular favorites to the Street Performer Series, delighting crowds with hits from the Beatles, popular Broadway tunes and more.
Each Thursday night from June 13 through August 29, 25 performing artists and groups will perform free for the public on 8th Street between Columbia and Pine Avenues from 6:30 pm –8:30 pm as part of the Downtown Holland Street Performer Series. 8th Street will be closed to traffic for the event for crowd safety purposes. While the Series is free to attend, tipping the performers is highly encouraged. In addition to the exclusive event sponsor, Gentex Corporation, the Street Performer Series is also supported by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs through the Holland Area Arts Council.
Street Performer Series Line-Up for July 25
In 2017 scientists accidentally discovered Bluetonium by combining four unlikely elements. The result was an enigmatic blue compound that was pleasing to the ear. Made up of members David Bosch, Paul Nolte, Will Oltman and Jeff Opperman, Bluetonium is one of the newest award-winning barbershop quartets of the Great Lakes Chorus.
A retired math teacher, Bruce brings a lifetime of music appreciation to performing folk, gospel, blues and American Standard jazz songs on a variety of instruments to the Street Performer Series. He also enjoys performing at church and in schools both in bands and as a soloist.
Caricatures by Britta Britta Lindemulder is Holland native who holds a degree in Illustration from Grand Valley State University. She first learned to draw caricatures in 2007 during a summer job at Michigan’s Adventure. Britta is currently a tattoo artist and loves getting to interact with people through her art.
Celtic Kilroy: The Irish Street Musician
Matthew “Celtic” Kilroy makes the music scene come alive, quite literally, as a music-playing, live bronze statue. Celtic Kilroy plays a variety of instruments, including the guitar, banjo, harmonica, Irish penny whistle, Irish drum and rhythm bones. He has performed across the country at festivals, parties and pubs.
Chase has been playing the saxophone for just over eight years and is currently a student at Western Michigan University, where he studies both the jazz and classical styles of the saxophone. He enjoys street performing because of his ability to bring a smile to people’s faces.
Cmd. Z Music
Cmd. Z Music or Zach Rasmusson, is a church music director who will be returning to the Street Performer Series to play guitar and sing. He’s been performing both solo and in bands for over 25 years and is a seasoned professional.
Connor is a Holland native who began his performing career during the first Street Performer Series in 2005. In addition to winning national contests, Connor has worked full-time in the yo-yo industry, designing yo-yos, coaching the top players in the world and teaching the modern art of yo-yo to thousands of people online.
Dixie Brass plays traditional Dixie Music, Jazz standards and a few popular tunes. Their repertoire also includes traditional spiritual tunes played in a Dixieland style. The members of Dixie Brass are all lifelong musicians who volunteer their musical talents performing at a wide variety of concerts and community events all over Michigan.
Drew is a self-taught guitarist and singer who has been performing in some capacity for the last 16 years, and have performed professionally for the last 12 years. He has been a full-time entertainer for the last seven years, performing at a variety of music venues, bars and weddings, in addition to public concert events.
Easy Does It
Easy Does It features Dean Michaels on the harp and Greg Howard on the guitar. This duo has been performing their mix of classical music and popular tunes together at weddings, dinner parties, receptions and church services since 1990. They’re looking forward to returning to the Street Performer Series this year.
Fanatix is a crew of break-dancing family members who perform throughout the Holland community along with traveling to competitions across the country. They were established in 2014, and have participated in high level break-dancing competitions in Atlanta, Washington
DC, New York and Chicago.
Giggles and Chuckles
Giggles and Chuckles can twist balloons into hundreds of shapes, including flowers, animals, helicopters, wands, swords and more. They cater to kids of all ages and even adults who are kids at heart. Giggles and Chuckles have performed at events all across Michigan and are excited to return to the Series this year.
Henna Tattoos by Anna Schierbeek
Anna has been performing for the public for 10 years and made her first Street Performer Series appearance when she was 17. In 2015 she received her BFA in drawing from Kendall College and is currently pursuing her masters in drawing at Kendall. Anna loves to be a part of the community and to see people get excited about the art of henna.
Henna Tattoos by Jahara
Jahanara Begum has been a Street Performer in Downtown Holland since the beginning of the Street Performer Series. She is a highly skilled and experienced henna artist who uses all natural ingredients that are safe for the skin. Her designs never fail to impress her fans of all
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
The Hope Summer Repertory Theatre (HSRT) has been West Michigan’s premiere professional theater company since its establishment in 1972. Each season brings artists and actors from all across the country to perform a variety of works on the stage…and now on the streets too!
Jackson is a talented young artist who sings and plays the ukulele. Jackson loves music more than anything and has performed in musicals in the past. He enjoys being a member of his school band and choir, and continuing to perfect his ukulele skills at home.
John Elizardo Jr.
John has been an artist for as long as he can remember. He is a local tattoo artist and does live spray painting as a street performer in Holland and Zeeland. He enjoys sharing his art with others and teaching viewers of all ages about his art.
Larry and Carla
Larry and Carla Sue began playing hand bells in the same year, but in different countries! Carla started her journey in England while Larry began his in California. They met through a hand bell choir, got married and now perform together as a hand bell duet across the country.
Laura Thurston: One Woman Band
Laura brings multi-instrumentalism to a new level. Crowds are enthralled when they see her rappin’ on a suitcase kick drum with one foot and tappin’ on a tambourine with the other; all the while hands on her guitar and mouth on her harp. On top of that, Laura adds sweet sugary vocals to her acoustic folk-grass mix!
Lia is a 14-year-old whose journey with piano began at the young age of three. She continues to expand her horizons each year by adding vocals, trombone and ukulele to her repertoire. This with be her sixth year participating in the Street Performer Series.
Maciek’s Magic Show
Maciek is an award-winning magician who provides the audience with an interactive magic show the whole family will be sure to love. He connects with his audience through a display of unique magic, strong visual effects, universal appeal to audiences on all levels, energetic style of presentation and tasteful humor.
Mat engages the audience with a gift for comedy, mimicry and silent acting reminiscent of great mimes and physical comedians like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Red Skelton. Mat tosses, balances and spins a variety of objects in a juggling show that will both excite and amuse an audience of any age.
Now 22 years old, Sam has been performing music since the age of eight. His talents include classical piano, drums, accordion and guitar. Most recently, he has been playing the accordion and singing for events, shows and as a busker. From polkas to bluegrass and pop songs to classic rock, Sam inspires his listeners to hear familiar songs in a new way.
Still Life is an instrumental band consisting of Paul Van Heest, Jon Van Raalte and Acacia Ritsema. Individually they have been performing for over 30 years but have played together as a band for the last five years. They have prepared a set for the Street Performer Series that includes a variety of upbeat folk and rock music.
About Gentex Corporation:
Gentex Corporation is a supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics to the automotive industry, dimmable aircraft windows for aviation markets, and fire protection products to the fire protection market. The company was founded in Zeeland in 1974 and is Ottawa County’s largest employer.
About Downtown Holland:
Located in the heart of Holland, Michigan and just minutes from the Lake Michigan shore, Downtown Holland is a destination like none other. With hundreds of locally-owned boutique shops, delicious dining and craft beer options, family-friendly events and unique cultural attractions, we warmly invite you to discover the wonders of Downtown Holland! For more information, visit us online at www.downtownholland.com or follow Downtown Holland on
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