It won't quite rival the size of the tent erected at the top of Mt. Ashwabay each summer by the long established and critically acclaimed Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua to our north. And our cast of scheduled performers may not be quite so well known. At least not just yet. ;)
But we're excited nonetheless to be bringing the Rookery's own "Little Big Top" to Cable this summer. Not just our new bright and spacious 10 sided tent to shield music fans from the sun or possibility of light precipitation. But most especially the full 17 event schedule of musical performances -- beginning THIS Sunday afternoon (June 17) and continuing every Sunday (plus Labor Day Monday) right on through the end of September.
Not to be outright copycats we're actually calling the Rookery's music series Summer Sunday Serenades. But "Little Big Top" seems an apt description not only of our new tent, but also our opening performer of the season.
Yazmín, you see, was pretty darn little when she first performed at the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. Her parents, highly talented musicians themselves, have been playing music there since before she was born. Yazmín first joined them on the Big Top stage at the tender age of three, when she sang a song she'd written with her mother as part of the opening act for Arlo Guthrie.
And she's certainly come a long way since then! Yazmín performed several times at the Rookery last summer during our inaugural outdoor music series and everyone who came out to see her was mesmerized by her creative indie/alternative songwriting, keyboard artistry, and deep resonant voice.
Nationally renowned singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith, for whom Yazmín opened at the Big Top last summer, has this to say about her:
"How brilliant is she? I was just transported to another place. What a voice, what a keyboard player, just absolutely extraordinary."
We're very proud to be welcoming Yazmín back to the Rookery stage this Sunday, June 17, to open our first full season of Summer Sunday Serenades. Already 15 of 17 planned dates of live outdoor music are booked with a wonderful and diverse lineup of performers. From acoustic guitar to keyboard. Folk to blues. Jazz to mountain gospel. Americana to Broadway. Even belly dancing.
And this summer the Rookery also is introducing a brand new patio grill menu to add further sensory delight to the outdoor music festival atmosphere. Live outdoor music permeated by the wafting aromas of grilling food at TripAdvisor's #1 Rated Area Restaurant. What better way to savor a summer Sunday afternoon!
The Rookery's Summer Sunday Serenades are scheduled each Sunday afternoon (plus Labor day) from 2-5 PM. All performances are free, though gratuities for the musicians are most appreciated. For a full schedule of performances check out our online music calendar.