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Picking Party this Sunday, 5/1/11, 4-7 pm


Picking Party Sunday, 5/1/11, 4-7 pm at Shelest Music Workshop

22410 Harper Ave, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080 | 586-218-7071

Topic: The Roots of DADGAD'ology, presented by Prof. Dadgadave

Fingerstyle friendly refreshments will be served.

Saturday May 21st

Candyrat Records Artist and winners of the

Candian Fingerstyle Competition

 Antoine Dufour & Craig D'Andrea  



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Summer Benefit Show for the Church of the Holy City


The Church of the Holy City Presents

Contact Phone No: (248) 546-7683

"The Strings of Summer"

(A Vocal and Guitar Fest)

(All Proceeds to Benefit The Church of the Holy City.)


James Balcerski & Wayne Smoot

(This duo will be singing and playing music with a country flair.

Some of it will be originals – both words and music.)

Allan* & Angela Goetz

(Hear the absolutely angelic voice of Angela accompanied by Allan.

Originals are also on the books for these two. They are truly heaven sent.)

Merv Collins*

(Just in from Chicago with 3 different guitars and his newest CD "Bits and Pieces."

This will be a fantastic grand finale that you won’t want to miss!)


Saturday, July 8, 2006

Concert Performance will be held at

Sterling Estates Clubhouse located at 43475 LaGrand

in Sterling Heights, MI 48314

[For further directions, contact Linda or Mike Numerick at (586) 731-9416.]

Doors open at 7:00PM

Program: 7:30 – 10:00PM

Intermission at 8:30PM – Munchies / Meet and Greet

9:30-10:00PM – CD table perusal and encores.

Tickets are $10.00 at the door; Children Under 18 Free!


We wish to Thank: Our Fabulous Performers, the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society

and Cheri Miller (Church Musician’s Liason).


*Members of the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society.

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Benefit Concert Featuring MFGS Members!!


The Church of the Holy City

Located at 404 S. Pleasant, Royal Oak 

(Corner of 4th Street and Pleasant, between Woodward & Washington)

Contact Phone No: (248) 546-7683

Proudly Presents

"Everything’s Coming Up Music!"

(A Spring Guitar Fest)

(All Proceeds will Benefit the Royal Oak Animal Shelter and The Church of the Holy City.)


Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society Performers

Craig Porter

(Plays and sings traditional country blues, ragtime and folk music.)

Mark Hawks

(Plays contemporary music; Co-founder of the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society.)

Nick Schillace

(Detroit area musician, teacher, and musicologist.)

RAFFLE! Saturday, April 22, 2006 RAFFLE!

Doors open at 7:00PM

Program: 7:30 – 10:00PM

Intermission at 8:30PM – Munchies / Meet and Greet

9:30-10:00PM – CD table perusal and encores.

Tickets are $10.00 at the door; Children Under 18 Free!


We wish to Thank: Our Fabulous Performers, Dr. David Pierson (MFGS Program Coordinator),

and Cheri Miller (Church Musicians’ Liason).

Dec. 3rd Benefit Concert!

We had a great time playing for The Royal Oak Church of the Holy City on December 3, 2005!  Speaking for all the performers, the audience was great and the night went very smoothly.  On behalf of the performers, a big Thank You to Rev. Renee Machiniak, her husband Joe, and Cheri Miller for making sure the event came off without a hitch!  Four MFGS members performed - Dave Pierson (me), Dan House, Merv Collins, and Nathan Montgomery.  A special thanks to Jeb McIntyre for allowing us to use his PA system.  It was a great night at a great venue with a variety of styles and lots of energy!   
This is from Rev. Renee:
The Royal Oak Church of the Holy City is most grateful to the volunteer fingerstyle guitarists who performed at our December 3rd, 2005, benefit concert. We would like to thank David Pierson, Dan House, Mervyn Collins and Nathan Montgomery for magical performances on guitar, vocal selections, and the mountain dulcimer! Stories of life and song added depth to the music presented. By the end of the evening, we felt the spirit of the holidays and an appreciation for their love of music and for the sharing of their talent. We we were all very glad we had gathered on this snowy and cozy evening amidst the Christmas lights surrounding the stage - to share the gift of music at the Royal Oak Women's Club. Thank you, once again, Dave, Dan, Merv and Nathan!
Nathan Montgomery contributed 50% of all his cd sales to the church!  Overall $350 was raised for the church. 
This was a function of the MFGS Community Outreach effort.  I think this is a great way for MFGS members to get involved.  Check out the other outreach opportunities we have! 

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Benefit Concert for Church of the Holy City


The Church of the Holy City in Royal Oak

is proud to host

A Very Special Benefit Concert

Presented by


Members of the

Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society


Mervyn Collins

(He’s driving in from his new home in Illinois for this special performance.)

Dan House

(He will treat us to vocal selections and the mountain dulcimer.)

Dr. David Pierson

(A Chiropractor by day.  I understand he may have some surprises up his sleeve.)

Nathan Montgomery

(He has to be seen to be believed!)

Saturday, December 3, 2005

7:00 – 10:00PM

Royal Oak Women’s Club

Corner of 4th and Pleasant Streets

Tickets are $10.00 at the door

(Children under 18 Free!)

For more information call:  (248) 546-7683


You won’t want to miss this one!

Bring your family, friends, and even a stranger or two!


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A Special Note from Cheri Miller



My name is CHERI MILLER.  I am what you might call a talent scout for two churches:
1)  The Church of the Holy City
     Royal Oak (4th and Pleasant Streets)
     Reverend Renee Machiniak
     Sunday Service:  11AM - 12 Noon
     Fellowship and refreshments after the service.
2)  Unity Chapel
     Southgate  (Northline Rd. - off I-75S)
     Reverend Virgil Brewer
     Sunday Service:  10:30AM - 11:30AM
     Fellowship and refreshments after the service.
I visit the Coffee Beanery and other places to discover new talent.  Through a short and very pleasant conversation with exchange of phone #’s and e-mail addresses, I enlist people to come and play for our church services and other events.
I spoke with Mark Hawks on Sunday, July 10th at the Coffee Beanery in Ferndale. He requested that I put together some information indicating why fingerstyle guitarists might want to play for these services.
*  You will get exposure to an audience, especially good for talented members who are not so used to being and playing in front of a live audience.  Even the more experienced players will be left with a wonderful feeling of being completely and totally appreciated.
*  It will give you a goal to work toward.  Because you have been given and are working toward a certain date to perform, you will practice more, work harder and therefore, you can't help but become better at your guitar playing.  This may even spur you to come up with some new ideas (new music pieces or your own compositions perhaps).  You will develop more poise in front of an audience and become more comfortable and accepting of yourself, your talents and of others.
*  You will know that someone believes in you and knows you are good enough to captivate (keep the attention of) a live audience.  Because of our (my) belief in you, it will create a greater belief in yourself and your talent(s). This strengthening of your self-esteem will allow you and perhaps even propel you to be open and available for further opportunities to perform extending your boundaries to a wider audience.
*  Our congregations are small family-type atmospheres.  The people you will be playing in front of and for will be listening to not just who you are right now, but who you can be. They are loving, accepting, forgiving, tolerant, patient and literally starving for new and fresh talent.  You will be loved and accepted for who you are.  Any fears you may have about performing in front of an audience or in a church service will quickly melt away.  You will be left with possibility, opportunity and a great feeling of accomplishment and goodwill.
Come and join us.  If you see a girl with a yellow legal pad and long blonde hair at the Coffee Beanery or any place else, it will be me.  Come on over and say Hi!  I may be
looking for you!

If you have any questions about this experience, feel free to speak with:
David Pierson
George Hesser
Mervyn Collins
Jere Stormer
J.B. Davies

They have played for us and will share just how positive the experience was!

To set up a date to play, send me an email!


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Van Elslander Cancer Center Volunteer Opportunity

We have a great opportunity to enrich the lives of
others with our music.  Mr. Andrew Stewart is the
board certified music therapist at the Van Elslander
Cancer Center in Grosse Pointe Woods.  He invited me to tour
the Cancer Center and see how music therapy benefits
cancer patients.  I was impressed to say the least. 
The facility is a beautiful and peaceful healing
environment.  Mr. Stewart would like volunteers from
the MFGS to play for an hour or so a week.  

Andrew says, "We would love for any members of your
group to come and play for the patients while they are
receiving chemotherapy in the infusion center.  It is
a large community room in which most of the patients
are patiently waiting for their IV administered
treatments to complete.  I am also looking to initiate
a research project sometime in May this summer
involving live, environmental music and the patient

This is not a performance opportunity, per se.  Anyone
who volunteers to play will be making music to be
appreciated as part of the environment, not as the
center of attention.  Don't expect a standing ovation,
but do expect to add beauty and comfort to the lives
of some people who need it.  

You can play just one time or set up a regular
scheduled time to play every week, if you like. 
Andrew wants to make this an easy, low pressure way to
volunteer.  Give him a call or email him to arrange a time
to play.  

Andrew Stewart MT-BC
Van Elslander Cancer Center
19229 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

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