Maritime Music Concert Series


The Michigan Maritime Museum is hosting an ongoing monthly summer concert performance series focused on maritime music and interpretation on the Museum grounds.

Music was and is a vital and dynamic part of the maritime history and culture of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes and other water ways, have inspired songs for centuries. Maritime music plays a major role in life on the water, through its ability to entertain, motivate, and pace sailors and fishermen in their work.  Sailors and fisherman would sing rhythmic songs calls chanteys while pulling in nets, hauling anchors, and setting sails in unison. Other songs were written to memorialize battles at sea, storms, and other historical events. Many maritime songs rejoice in and celebrate particular bodies of water dear to the artists’ heart; while others remind crewmen who and what waits for them back on land. These original songs continue to be composed today, many by the artists scheduled to perform at the concert series. What better place to experience this genre of music than in the heart of the picturesque Maritime District!



Wednesday June 27th 5 - 7 pm

Wednesday July 25th 5 - 7 pm 

Wednesday August 29th 5 - 7 pm


June 27th -- Buoys of Bay City


Buoys of Bay City 

Whether inbound or outbound the Buoys will put on an entertaining show of traditional and original songs about the Great Lakes and days of sail and tall ships.

Jerry Casault and Bruce Macartney are the “Buoys of Bay City”.  They have been performing together for 25 years, in different group configurations, from duo to quintet.

They have pleased audiences at “Mystic Seaport” and “The Toledo, Ohio and Erie, PA”, maritime museums.  

Internationally they have performed for sea music festivals in Poland, Finland, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, and France.

They provide an entertaining, historically oriented show, so the Buoys are the perfect fit to begin the Michigan Maritime Museum concert series!

July 25th -- Bocca Musica


Bocca Musica

Bocca Musica is an international, award-winning, band that's proud to be from the Metro Detroit area. Bocca has been featured from the Mid-West to Key West, from Canada to the Caribbean, and across the pond in Europe.

Bocca Musica (Music of the Mouth) formed in the fall of 1996 as an a cappella madrigal quintet. Eventually they switched focus and started singing drinking songs and developed a bawdy musical comedy act! The multi-faceted group also branched out into the world of traditional, Celtic, pirate and shanty music as they began to write more original tunes. Bocca has a unique flair for arranging music with tight harmonies, which combined with all their other talents, has led to their 20 plus years of success! 
With 13 CD’s and 5 DVD’s released over the years, Bocca has been featured on several national podcasts, compilation CD's and in the local news.  Their fans honored them when they voted to recognize Bocca on the Renaissance Festival Podcast Awards in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

No matter where Bocca Musica goes they are known for their high energy, tight harmonies, and bawdy sense of humor! We cannot wait for Bocca Musica to entertain our large July crowd with their original and traditional sea shanties!

Learn More About Bocca Musica

Bocca Musica Youtube Channel


August 29th -- Rick Fitzgerald


Rick Fitzgerald

Wisconsin native, Rick Fitzgerald sings songs about life, love, and adventure from the oceans and Great Lakes to the prairies and Great Plaines.  His 6 & 12-string guitars and diatonic autoharps provide an engaging platform for his smooth tenor voice, which draws audiences into the stories unfolding in his songs. 

Rick is no stranger to the heritage of ships and maritime music on the Great Lakes.  He is a volunteer deckhand, educator and docent aboard Wisconsin’s Flagship, the S/V Denis Sullivan, a recreation of a 19th century Great Lakes cargo schooner. Rick’s song, “Hooray for the Denis Sullivan” tells a true story of adventure on the high seas, and has been heard on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Simply Folk radio program.  His two solo CDs, Crossing the Water, and Living Up to a Dream, include traditional & contemporary songs and ballads in the mold of Stan Rogers and Bill Staines, as well as his own original songs. 

Rick is the 2009 Mountain Laurel Autoharp Champion.  He also serves on the board for the Make Our Own (MOO) Music Gathering, a 501(c)(3) acoustic/folk music festival dedicated to music instruction and the preservation of “living room music” in the American folk tradition.

Learn More About Rick Fitzgerald

Rick Fitzgerald YouTube Channel


Concerts are free with Museum admission: Adults: $8, Seniors $7 & Kids (4+) $5.

Free to Museum members…making these unique, high-quality performances accessible to all! 


Rain or shine! If inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors to the Museum gallery.

Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to assure that you will have a comfortable seat.


Michigan Maritime Museum

Fish Tug Stage

260 Dyckman Ave.

South Haven, MI 49090


The Michigan Maritime Museum would like to extend their appreciation to the South Haven Community Foundation and Old Harbor Inn for their support in making this concert series possible.

Old Harbor Inn   

 South Haven Community Foundation