Musical Michigander returns to Marquette

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Jessica Parsons

Luke Winslow-King will string in original folk & blues this Saturday

When asked to describe his music in three words, original, folk and blues came to mind. The 2014 American Songwriter Magazine “Writer of the Week” Luke Winslow-King will string us along in his solo tour this weekend as he returns to Marquette once again. Winslow-King is set to perform at 7 p.m. this Saturday, March 30 at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. All ages are welcome with a $5 cover.

“No two performances are ever the same,” Winslow-King said in regards to performing at the brewery. “It’s a good place, good beer and good people. I enjoy it for sure.”

Winslow-King has traveled with his music to many places around the world, including Australia, Lithuania and Croatia. He’s performed on CNN and the Discovery Channel and received an award for Best Blues Performer from Gambit Magazine’s Best of New Orleans in 2015. Currently, he’s working on new
material, giving it a chance to “get legs” and try out new things, he said. According to Winslow-King, this Saturday’s show will be “energetic,” “exciting” and an audience-guided performance.

“It’s exciting. I feel like [with] on a solo show, I have more ability to change gears midstream and be more off-the-cuff and explore different ideas as they come,” Winslow-King said. “I’m always really excited to see what happens and being in Marquette is a good atmosphere for that.”

In regards to the unusual weather Marquette’s experienced this year, Winslow-King said he’s ready. The U.P. is nothing new for this Michigander who’s from Cadillac, and has traveled up here several times as a child to go fishing and explore the outdoors.

“I have some good friends up there and a couple music festivals I’ve done over the years,” Winslow-King said. “I’m always looking for an excuse to make it up that way.”

Though music has favored him, if he weren’t a musician, his occupation would either involve the outdoors, as he loves fishing. Or maybe he would have been a truck driver, as he loves traveling, he said.

Winslow-King said he can see himself, in 10 years, living a similar lifestyle he’s in now: living in Michigan and still touring the world. And adding more people to his fan base will continue to be a goal of his.