Calabogie Road is a bluegrass trip you’ll want to take. This five-piece band has more than 100 collective years of performing for audiences throughout Michigan and Indiana. Their repertoire includes some of the old bluegrass favorites from Bill Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs right up through Alison Krause and Rhonda Vincent. They offer strong renditions of Gospel tunes as well as original songs and instrumentals - all of which are highly requested wherever they’re playing. Known for their tight three, four, and sometimes five-part harmonies and some of the finest pickin’ around, this regional band has a lot to offer.
John Lakatos, playing his vintage 1941 Kay Bass, holds the band together. He sings baritone (and occasional bass and even tenor) harmonies, and does a fine job with lead vocals on songs that tell stories about life everyone can relate to.
Ruth Lakatos, playing rhythm guitar, does a lot of the lead singing for the band. She also fills in on many harmonies and has written a number of original songs for the band. She is known for the leadership of vocal workshops for the West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association festivals.
Mark Walker - pickin’ the fire out of his Silver Angel mandolin - does a lot of lead singing for the band and provides many strong harmonies. He has written instrumentals for the band and also hosts mandolin workshops for West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association.
All the way from the Netherlands, Marten VanEyk is a classically trained violinist who has "gone to 'grass' ” here in the United States. He has added a whole new dimension to the sound of the band.
Steve Van Wyck, the newest member of Calabogie Road, on banjo, is becoming a favorite at all Calabogie Road gigs. He brings a traditional banjo style to the band and his fun-loving personality and humor sets the tone for the Calabogie Road trip.
Calabogie Road released their first self-titled CD in May of 2014, and just wrapped up the engineering and mixing of a new CD project - 'Calabogie Road - Repaved,' scheduled for release in May, 2017.
A Gospel CD is in the works as well.
Calabogie Road is a crowd favorite at festivals and is looking forward to the opportunity to play for you. Check them out at www.calabogieroadbluegrass.com
For a video of a Calabogie Road performance, click HERE. Click HERE for a Stage Diagram.