WELLSTON — In one of the first summer festival announcements of 2020, Camp Greensky Music Festival revealed that its June lineup will feature Billy Strings, Lettuce and The Infamous Stringdusters, along with sets by festival host Greensky Bluegrass at the site in Wellston in the Manistee National Forest.
The Michigan-bred Billy Strings, whose real name is William Apostol, also announced that he’s mounting a “Family Strings” tour with his father, Terry Barber, that will hit four Michigan cities in late February and early March.
That tour kicks off Feb. 27 at Bay City’s State Theatre, followed by a Feb. 28 show at City Opera House in Traverse City, Feb. 29 at Ionia Theatre in Apostol’s hometown of Ionia, and March 1 at The Ark in Ann Arbor.
The shows at all of these small venues sold out minutes after ticket sales began on Jan. 23.
“My dad and I are hitting the road together for some intimate shows in Michigan,” Apostol declared in announcing the mini-tour.
The hard-touring Apostol — who plays the Gem & Jam Festival in Tucson, Ariz., this weekend (Jan. 31-Feb. 2) — has long credited his dad, Terry Barber, with inspiring his immersion in bluegrass and has performed with him whenever he gets the chance.
“I miss being in Michigan, especially at this time of year,” said Apostol, who grew up in Ionia and lived for years in Traverse City before moving to Nashville. “I want to get back and perform for those folks because they’re the ones that got me started on this whole thing.”
Apostol will be making his third straight appearance at Camp Greensky, taking place June 4-6 at the Hoxeyville festival grounds.
Other acts announced for the festival thus far include John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, Peter Rowan, Cha Wa, Wayword Sons, Della Mae, Luke Winslow-King, Jon Stickley Trio, Neal Francis, Full Cord, Grasshoppah, PHoffman and Dave Bruzza & Lyle Brewer.
Tickets —$75-$175 — for the festival presented by Hoxeyville Productions are available online at campgreensky.com.
Boston funk band Lettuce and the Nashville-based bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters are playing Camp Greensky for the first time.