Holland, MI – This Thursday, August 29 is your last chance to catch the Street Performer Series in Downtown Holland this summer! Don’t miss the opportunity to see 25 performing artists and groups as they fill 8th Street with every type of performance art imaginable from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. This Thursday, you’ll find musicians, break dancers, live statues, jugglers, magicians, balloon twisters and more lining 8th Street. The event is free to attend, but tipping the performers is highly encouraged. The Street Performer Series is proudly sponsored by Gentex Corporation, with additional support from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs through the Holland Area Arts Council. Be sure to stop by the Gentex table outside of GDK Park on Thursday for fun giveaways and information about employment opportunities!
Street Performer Series Line-Up for August 29
Bangarang Circus Arts is a collective of performance artists who share a passion for all things circus and a desire for community. It’s their goal to offer the circus arts to everyone who seeks them. Bangarang Circus specializes in aerial arts, hooping and acrobatics.
Libby Geurink is a high school math teacher, but she also enjoys sharing her talents in the form of airbrush tattoos. Since beginning Be Airbrushing, Libby has enjoyed appearing at events, creating tattoos for others and sharing the experience with her family.
Celtic Kilroy: The Irish Street Musician
Matthew “Celtic” Kilroy makes the music scene come alive, quite literally, as a music-playing, live bronze statue. Celtic Kilroy plays a variety of instruments, including the guitar, banjo, harmonica, Irish penny whistle, Irish drum and rhythm bones. He has performed across the country at festivals, parties and pubs.
Connor is a Holland native who began his performing career during the first Street Performer Series in 2005. In addition to winning national contests, Connor has worked full-time in the yo-yo industry, designing yo-yos, coaching the top players in the world and teaching the modern art of yo-yo to thousands of people online.
Cooper Randall loves playing the electric guitar, and he is 100% self-taught. After performing in his school concert band for four years, he is excited to begin his street performing career with his guitar.
The Crossroad Fiddlers range in age from 10 to 15. They offer a fresh and energetic take on Celtic favorites and have enjoyed playing all over Michigan. Whether busking on the streets of West Michigan, entertaining crowds at private events or gracing stages at festivals both large and small, their passion for traditional tunes shines forth.
Dan the Magic Man
Dan Mutschler is a self-taught balloon artist who performs regularly at birthday parties, scouting events, art fairs and at Logan’s Roadhouse. He also volunteers weekly at several nursing homes, performing card tricks and visiting with elderly residents.
Doug first began playing banjo in the mid-1970’s. He performs mostly bluegrass and some jazz music on the banjo. He is a street performer regular who can often be found both in Downtown Holland and at the Holland Farmers Market, in addition to being a Street Performer Series regular.
Fiddlestix is a string quintent made up of high schoolers Dani Canan, Emma Hakken, Kyla Gerstenkorn, Jakob Gilleylen and Lydia VanderKooi. They have been performing together since middle school and over the course of the last five years, their repertoire has grown to include popular hits, Disney classics and familiar show tunes.
Floor Fienz Family
The Floor Fienz Family is an exciting group of break dancers that have been performing for over ten years as part of the Street Performer Series and other community events. In addition to keeping the tradition of break dancing alive, they aim to set a positive example for youth in our community.
Grace began performing as a dancer and actress at young age. Now 19 years old, she performs publically in choir, at poetry readings, in talent shows and in musicals. She will be using her electric guitar, mandolin and piano to cover popular songs and share her own original music on Thursday nights this summer.
Henna Tattoos by Britney Bradshaw
Britney’s fascination with the tradition of henna and her love for getting the tattoos as she was growing up led to her learning the art form herself. In the last few years, Britney has turned her hobby into something she can share with others, doing henna tattoos for her friends and a family and at parties.
Henna Tattoos by Jahara
Jahanara Begum has been a Street Performer in Downtown Holland since the beginning of the Street Performer Series. She is a highly skilled and experienced henna artist who uses all natural ingredients that are safe for the skin. Her designs never fail to impress her fans of all ages!
John Elizardo Jr.
John has been an artist for as long as he can remember. He is a local tattoo artist and does live spray painting as a street performer in Holland and Zeeland. He enjoys sharing his art with others and teaching viewers of all ages about his art.
Kyle is a California native who first learned to juggle when he was 14. He has been invited to perform all over the globe, including in Ireland, Poland, Israel, New Zealand and more. After years of performing and teaching all over the world, Kyle has decided to bring his juggling expertise to his new home of West Michigan.
Larry and Carla
Larry and Carla Sue began playing hand bells in the same year, but in different countries! Carla started her journey in England while Larry began his in California. They met through a hand bell choir, got married and now perform together as a hand bell duet across the country.
Maciek’s Magic Show
Maciek is an award-winning magician who provides the audience with an interactive magic show the whole family will be sure to love. He connects with his audience through a display of unique magic, strong visual effects, universal appeal to audiences on all levels, energetic style of presentation and tasteful humor.
Mat engages the audience with a gift for comedy, mimicry and silent acting reminiscent of great mimes and physical comedians like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Red Skelton. Mat tosses, balances and spins a variety of objects in a juggling show that will both excite and amuse an audience of any age.
Mike has been playing guitar for nearly 40 years and has led various worship bands in and around Southwestern Michigan for the last 20 years. He is the lead vocalist for the band Strum, Dumb and Dumber, but also plays acoustic guitar, banjo, and mandolin.
Miriam is a high school sophomore who plays the guitar, ukulele, piano and mandolin, in addition to singing. She performs mainly covers of popular and country songs, but also write her own music. She has performed regularly at Grand Haven’s popular Walk The Beat event and is looking forward to making a return appearance at the Series.
Maribel Garza has been belly dancing for over 15 years. Her belly dance is what she considers a traditional belly dance with a modern twist. Not only is she a performing artist, but she also enjoys teaching belly dancing as well. It has been her passion to not just perform, but to share this beautiful art with the public.
Shelby has always loved music, picking up piano in fourth grade, oboe in fifth grade, and guitar as a college sophomore. She enjoys rock music, but has expanded her repertoire to include folk and jazz as well. She likes to make sure her audience is on their toes and having fun.
Tarnished Brass is a seven member brass band that was formed in the spring of 2003 with the goal of sharing their talents with others. Originally, they played hymns and classical music but now their musical library has expanded to include marches, ragtime and show tunes.
Zach & Jess
Jess Barz and Zach Bonzelaar met while on staff together at Camp Geneva from 2015-2018. Over their years on staff, they spent time leading worship for staff as well as campers. Even after camp, they have continued to lead worship in a church or youth group setting and continue to play music together in a variety of venues.
About Gentex Corporation:
Gentex Corporation is a supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics to the automotive industry, dimmable aircraft windows for aviation markets, and fire protection products to the fire protection market. The company was founded in Zeeland in 1974 and is Ottawa County’s largest employer.
About Downtown Holland:
Located in the heart of Holland, Michigan and just minutes from the Lake Michigan shore, Downtown Holland is a destination like none other. With hundreds of locally-owned boutique shops, delicious dining and craft beer options, family-friendly events and unique cultural attractions, we warmly invite you to discover the wonders of Downtown Holland! For more information, visit us online at www.downtownholland.com or follow Downtown Holland on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.