Doctors, one of St. Clair County's most popular rock bands, is
headlining the Yale Music Fest this weekend.
keep the Yale show on high energy," said Al Langolf of Marysville,
the band's bass player. "We play mostly music from the Sixties
with some Fifties and Seventies mixed in. Our average is about
third annual Yale Music Fest will be held from noon until 9 p.m.
on Saturday, Aug. 12. The Voodoo Doctors will begin operating
in the final slot of the day at 7 p.m. and will play until 9 p.m.
event is produced by Integrity Clubhouse, the psychosocial rehabilitation
facility in Yale, which serves adults with serious mental illnesses
from the rural reaches of Lapeer, Sanilac and St. Clair counties.
In keeping with the three county theme, the musicians and the
vendors are from all over the region.
of the functions of a clubhouse is to offer opportunities for
its members to develop a sense of community through planning and
organizing social activities. One way that the members of the
Yale clubhouse do that is by organizing an annual music festival.
do some Grand Funk Railroad, Jimmy Buffet, Lynyrd Skynyrd, some
old Muddy Waters, 'Red House' by Hendrix, some Carl Perkins and
Johnny Cash, the Beatles' 'Honey Don't', things like that."
to the mental health community
of the local music scene know the bands on the lineup by their
music. It might be surprising to learn, however, that many of
the musicians have personal experience with mental health issues.
happy to do the gig," said Langolf. "We're fortunate
that we can do what we do."
band's keyboard player, Greg Kobe, from St. Clair Township, and
his wife Sherry have adopted two children with developmental disabilities
and have a foster daughter with a development disability.
whole life I thought I was meant to play music," Kobe said.
"I still love music and love to play. But this is what I
was really meant to do."
Schlicting is an administrative coordinator at St. Clair County
Community Mental Health. Her rollicking, old-timey rhythms anchor
the Port Sanilac-based roots band known as Ourselves. They take
the stage at 6 p.m.
play budhran, a traditional Irish drum, wood spoons, shakers,
clickers, chairs an sometimes even bones, although I don't know
what kind of animal they're from," said Schlicting.
features Ann's brothers Tom and Walt on a number of instruments
- mandolin, concertina, tin whistle, flute, guitar, dulcimer and
more. The band plays Celtic, folk and original tunes, including
Tom's "Docks of Port Sanilac."
Dan Hazlett plays from 4:30-6 p.m. Hazlett writes and sings about
off-the-wall topics such as carpet stains and Barbie doll demolition.
But he has also written a song called "Follow the Leader"
about his brother who has schizophrenia. The song explores the
inversion of their relationship, in which Dan, the younger brother,
comes to inhabit the role of the older.
older brother, for you I had such hopes. You were supposed to
be the one who would show me all the ropes," Hazlett sings.
But try as eh does to be led, Hazlett himself must lead, inviting
his brother to "come on and follow me...wish that I could
set you free."
who was nominated for a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Acoustic
Recording in 2001 and for Outstanding Acoustic Performer in 2004,
isn't surprised that so many musicians on the bill have experience
with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities.
a fairly widespread phenomenon," he said.
to the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health, about one
in five Americans experiences a mental disorder in the course
of a year.
been impressed by the work they're doing at the clubhouse,"
Hazlett said. "I'm heartened that there is a community of
people who support these kinds of programs and activities."
Stevens of Port Huron, who was recently diagnosed with Tourette's
syndrome, opens the festival with a set beginning at noon. He'll
team up with guitarist and accordionist Frank Bublitz Jr. and
perhaps a special guest, to perform jazz standards and Christian
of the bands, some young guys who are gaining a lot of local popularity,
Fallen Heroes, are from Memphis," said Lynn Vinson, of Casco
Township, the director of Integrity Clubhouse in Yale and Bluewater
Clubhouse in Port Huron.
Heroes play from 2-3 p.m.
Henry Russell plays a lot at Poncho's in New Baltimore,"
Vinson said. Russell plays from 1-2 p.m.
to have lunch or dinner at the music fest. A number of clubhouse
members are excellent cooks. A Lapeer County member plans to grill
hotdogs and bratwursts.
St. Clair County member is a pizza expert. A baker from Sanilac
County will sell her homemade cookies.
clubhouse's stylish resale shop will be open all day in the basement
of the building.
invited clubhouses from around the state to participate in the
event and nine tables have been reserved for a variety of arts
are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Family passes are $15.
members work so hard to put on the festival," said Vinson.
"I love to see a good community turnout."
clubhouse is located at 516 North Street, Yale. For details, call