There are only three more chances to experience the Downtown Holland Street Performer Series this year! The Street Performer Series returns to Downtown Holland tomorrow, Thursday, August 5, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Every Thursday evening during the Street Performer Series, Downtown Holland is filled with performing artists and groups from every background – including musicians, balloon twisters, magicians, dancers, caricature artists and more! The Street Performer Series is proudly sponsored by Gentex Corporation.
A group new musical duo making their Street Performer Series debut this summer, M Brooks + Larissa Fall, will be appearing on 8th Street tomorrow night. Michael Brooks and Larissa Fall met in 2010 at a worship night while they were both students at Hope College. They discovered that they shared a love for music and the fine arts that has kept them connected and performing together over the years. Both Michael and Larissa bring incredible and varied talent to the group: Michael is a singer-songwriter who plays guitar, sings, and has released several albums, and Larissa is a classically trained violinist who has performed onstage with The Who, Sarah McLaughlin, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant and more. Together, they play a mix of indie and folk acoustic rock. Their current favorite song to perform together is a cover of The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.”
“We love that the community of Holland is so supportive of artists and musicians,” said Fall. “Having a dedicated Street Performer Series brings such a communal and inclusive atmosphere to the Downtown area. We love connecting with audience members and talking to them in between pieces. The support we receive from the community for our craft has been generous, and we are so grateful to Downtown Holland and those who help to organize this event.”
Each Thursday night until August 19, 20 performing artists and groups will perform free for the public on 8th Street between Columbia and Pine Avenues 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 5
Amanda Bernes is a musician who plays a whole host of instruments, including keyboard, violin, viola, guitar, flute, drums and more. While she has never street performed before, she has been performing her entire life in musicals, choirs, and talent shows. She is excited to bring people hope and peace in the midst of a hard season.
The Beach Bros is comprised of Micah Huisman and Caleb VanderKooi, who have both been playing music since they were young. Micah plays the cello, and Caleb plays the cajon, and together they perform covers of all types of music genres. They have been street performing in Holland and Grand Haven for the past three summers.
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 and has been a street performer in Downtown Holland since 2012. Britta is currently a tattoo artist and loves interacting with people through her art.
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.
Danny Kostelancik is a 24-year-old singer-songwriter originally from Washington, DC. Soon after moving to Holland to start his engineering career, he decided to pursue his musical talents as well. Performing hit covers old and new, Danny has a little something for everyone. He plays everything from The Beatles to Ed Sheeran to AC/DC and has even started writing his own music too.
Grand Rapid’s Got Talent runner-up Drew Alkema began playing guitar 27 years ago and has been playing professionally for 16 years. Since becoming a solo guitarist, he has played both nationally and internationally with artists like Spencer Elliot and The Voice’s runner up, Lauren Dusky. He is also featured in the movie, “Acoustic Uprising,” the globally released documentary about fingerstyle guitar.
The Floor Fienz 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 community.
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.
Gooder’n Grits is an old-time string band made up of fiddle, banjo, guitar, and brass performed by Robert and Shelley Hudson and Glenn and Julie Warners. The band has been performing together for over ten years and will bring a mix of traditional country and bluegrass tunes to the Street Performer Series.
Greg Phillips with Group Therapy
Greg Phillips loves to play music just as much as possible now that he’s retired. He can often be seen playing solo Downtown Holland or at the Holland Farmers Market. Greg has played with the classic rock cover band Group Therapy, from the Flint area, for the last 45 years and has played a local venues and open mic nights here since moving to the area.
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 ages!
Josiah Broussard has been singing for as long as he can remember and has played the guitar for almost 6 years. He has performed in choirs and church groups throughout his life. Now a college student at Arkansas State, this will be his fifth summer performing in Downtown Holland.
Lauren & Maddy
Sisters Lauren and Maddy Kok have been performing together for over 15 years. Beginning in the living room of their childhood home, they’ve performed in school musicals and at their church almost all of their lives. They even both had lead roles in their high school musicals! They began performing in the Street Performer Series two summers ago and are excited to be back this summer.
M Brooks + Larissa Fall
Larissa Fall is a classically trained violinist who studied music at Hope College. She has performed with The Who, Sarah McLaughlin, Michael W. Smith, in the Holland Symphony, and is the concertmaster of the Vintage Parlor Orchestra. M Brooks is a Michigan-based folk singer/songwriter. Together, they perform folk music and covers.
Patty Simmons has performed for over 40 years across five different states. She has been the lead singer and guitar player of a band, a worship leader, and is now a solo performer and music teacher. She often plays at church, in coffee houses and now for the Street Performer Series.
Shayna Gibson is a singer and ukulele and guitar player who has been performing for the public for eight years. She was involved in choir, theatre and dance for seven years and has been street performing in Holland for the past four years.
Third Class Flynn
Third Class Flynn is an Irish music busking duo, comprised of husband-and-wife Ray and Cindy Veen. Dressed as the characters Michael and Mary Flynn, Irish immigrants from the late 1800’s, the Flynn’s tell their story through the music of Ireland: folk tunes, dance tunes, pub tunes, laments and more.
John Hubers and Mark Lewis have come together to form the band Twyce! Both experience performers, they’ve come together to play guitar and sing acoustic rock and folk originals and covers.
A three-piece band based in West Michigan, the members of Whorled play in sync as if they’d been together their entire musical careers, despite only joining together a year ago. Whorled focuses on upholding and respecting instrumental folk music traditions across the globe and re- imagines the music in their own eclectic style.