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      Chanteymen to light up Northern Mich. University's stage

      Sam (left) and Taylor (right)

      The folk band Chanteymen and a new duo called Sam and Taylor will be performing at Northern Michigan University on Saturday, February 9. It will be a part of the Beaumier Coffeehouse Series.

      The Chanteymen will be the headlining act for this month's edition of the series. It's all part of NMU's Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival. The Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center has a monthly acoustic folk concert which highlights local or regional musicians. The Chanteymen also performed last year, the coffeehouse series' inaugural year.

      Sam and Taylor of Marquette are the opening act. Armed with a guitar and mandolin, 21-year-old Sam and 19-year-old Taylor describe themselves as indie folk musicians.

      "It sounds like people, or two friends, sitting down playing music. We don't really try and sound like anybody else," said Sam Graves, NMU junior.

      This Saturday's performance will be Sam and Taylor's first concert as a duo.

      "Sam and Taylor, I've never seen perform before as a duo, so it's always exciting when you see a new act," said Daniel Truckey, Director of the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center.

      "We're very confident that we're going to have people listening to us, and we're going to have people walking away saying, 'We'd love to see them again,'" Graves said.

      They'll have an hour-long set before the Chanteymen take the stage for another hour.

      "The Chanteymen are really dynamic performers. Their music is really dramatic. It's just really exciting music. They're an exciting band, so I'm really pumped to see both of them play," Truckey said.

      The concert is free for everyone, but donations are requested to help fund the coffeehouse series. You can catch the Chanteymen and Sam and Taylor this Saturday, February 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Peter White Lounge in NMU's University Center.