Schlitz Creek Bluegrass Band
Welcome to Schlitz Creek, where there's always pickin' on the back porch. From the mountains of Kalamazoo, the Schlitz Creek Bluegrass Band brings you bluegrass music as it should be sung and played. They cannot be classified as strictly traditional or progressive, or entirely talented or talentless, as they are armed with a polished repertoire of standard bluegrass tunes as well as a collection of refreshing and unusual choices for a bluegrass band.
The boys pull material from such legends as the Dillards, the Monkees, Bob Seger, Lennon & McCartney, Kenny Rogers, Jerry Reed, and Merle Haggard. Their high energy stage show has quickly made Schlitz Creek a crowd favorite on the local bluegrass festival circuit. The Schlitz boys also perform several old country standards, popular instrumentals, and frequently accept audience requests during the shows.
Combining a rowdy approach with lots of good old, down home humor, the boys began playing their music in the bowling alleys, beer gardens, and pool halls of Southwest Michigan in 2002. After years of dedicated practice and public performing experience, the band's popularity has grown and their schedule is now regularly filled with events throughout the midwest ranging from weddings to Woodstock-like folk festivals.
These boys aren't in it to hit it big; they refuse to release recordings of their music, claiming to be a band that must be seen live in person to be truly appreciated. For them, it's about having a good time while bringing bluegrass music to new friends and neighbors across the land.
Band members include: ladies' man Ike Smith on fiddle, master diesel mechanic Nick Deaton on banjo, legendary Jeep climber Dave Dekema on Martin guitar, published illustrator John Speeter on mandolin, and classic country music radio disc jockey Nick Griffith on upright bass.
Now accepting advance bookings for hog roasts, wakes, confirmations, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, goat ropings, snake rollings, ashtray emptyings, marbles tournaments, and bluegrass festerings.
Schlitz Creek: “Bluegrass music the way it was meant to be sung and played”.