Just follow the sounds of children (and adults) roaring with laughter this Thursday night in Downtown Holland and you’ll find veteran street performer Mat Emerick! This talented mime, clown and juggler will join 24 other performing artists at the Downtown Holland Street Performer Series tomorrow, Thursday, August 15, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. 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.
Emerick has been performing for the public over 30 years. He is well known for engaging audiences with a gift for comedy, mimicry and silent acting reminiscent of great mimes and physical comedians like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Red Skelton. Emerick also tosses, balances and spins a variety of objects in a juggling show that will both excite and amuse an audience of any age. In his free time, he also works as a storyteller and actor in community theater productions.
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 August 15
Andy Callis has played accordion for the past 25 years in a variety of bands and as a street musician in Chicago. He holds a special fondness for the sounds of French Bal-Musette music, which was popular in Parisian clubs a century ago and was influenced by Gypsy Jazz and Italian folk music.
Libby Geurink is a high school math teacher, but she also enjoys sharing her talents in the form of airbrush tattoos. Since beginning Be Airbrushing, Libby has enjoyed appearing at events, creating tattoos for others and sharing the experience with her family.
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.
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.
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.
Cooper Randall loves playing the electric guitar, and he is 100% self-taught. After performing in his school concert band for four years, he is excited to begin his street performing career with his guitar.
Dan the Magic Man
Dan Mutschler is a self-taught balloon artist who performs regularly at birthday parties, scouting events, art fairs and at Logan’s Roadhouse. He also volunteers weekly at several nursing homes, performing card tricks and visiting with elderly residents.
Floor Fienz Family
The Floor Fienz Family is an exciting group of break dancers that have been performing for over ten years as part of the Street Performer Series and other community events. In addition to keeping the tradition of break dancing alive, they aim to set a positive example for youth in our
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.
Jeffery has a passion for music that dates back to his early childhood. His life has been consumed by the flow, creation and constant songs in his heart and head. Originally a singer and songwriter, he has expanded his talents over the last 35 years to include acoustic guitar and electric bass so he can continue to share his love for music with others.
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.
Kyle is a California native who first learned to juggle when he was 14. He has been invited to perform all over the globe, including in Ireland, Poland, Israel, New Zealand and more. After years of performing and teaching all over the world, Kyle has decided to bring his juggling
expertise to his new home of West Michigan.
Lauren and Maddy
Sisters Lauren and Maddy Kok were born and raised in Kalamazoo and just recently moved to Holland. The talented duo got their start singing and playing guitar on stage at their church, which led to roles in school musicals and invitations to perform at local open mic nights.
Holland native Lynn Ung has been performing since she was eight years old. Music has always been her escape from reality. She writes her own songs and is able to sing in multiple languages as well. Lynn is looking forward to making her Street Performer series debut this
Mike has been playing guitar for nearly 40 years and has led various worship bands in and around Southwestern Michigan for the last 20 years. He is the lead vocalist for the band Strum, Dumb and Dumber, but also plays acoustic guitar, banjo, and mandolin.
Gregg Elenbaas is a retired IT professional and a lifelong musician. He sings, whistles, plays the kazoo and uses foot percussion to propel his ukulele playing to a rollicking fun rhythm. He has played the guitar for over 50 years, but began street performing just two years ago.
Maribel Garza has been belly dancing for over 15 years. Her belly dance is what she considers a traditional belly dance with a modern twist. Not only is she a performing artist, but she also enjoys teaching belly dancing as well. It has been her passion to not just perform, but to share
this beautiful art with the public.
Patty Pershayla is a singer-songwriter from Grand Rapids. She is known for her powerful voice, her unapologetic lyrics, and her ukulele renditions of heavy metal songs. She is a full-time, independent musician, who credits her success to community and collaboration.
Shayna is a high school student who has been performing since she was ten years old. Her hobbies include singing, dancing and musical theatre, along with playing the ukulele, guitar, and keyboard. She performs with her high school choir and has sung the national anthem at the
Fifth Third Ballpark for a Whitecaps Game.
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.
Tunes & Tales by Tricia
Tricia Kjolhede was born into a family of musicians and hasn't stopped singing yet. After over 30 years in the field of early childhood education, she began playing music for kids and the families who love them. Now she travels to perform in libraries, schools, family events, pediatric units and all manner of places that welcome kids.
Tiring of his day job by age 10, Will began impressing crowds on nights and weekends as his mother chauffeured him around the suburbs of Chicago. He has since opened for the Presidents of the United States of America, charmed hordes of Harley riders, enchanted university students and entertained at corporate events across the nation.
Zach & Jess
Jess Barz and Zach Bonzelaar met while on staff together at Camp Geneva from 2015-2018. Over their years on staff, they spent time leading worship for staff as well as campers. Even after camp, they have continued to lead worship in a church or youth group setting and continue
to play music together in a variety of venues.
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:
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