The Long Awaited Journeymen Album Release Party at Winter Wheat 10!

The long awaited Journeymen Album will be released at The Interesection during the Tenth Annual Winter Wheat on January 12, 2019!

Preview 3 NEW TRACKS here:


The 2nd annual Great Lakes Mandolin Camp on September 13 – 15, 2018

The 2nd annual Great Lakes Mandolin Camp on September 13 – 15, 2018 will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The instructors are Camp founder Brian Oberlin (swing, bluegrass and classical), Don Stiernberg (swing and jazz) and Emory Lester (bluegrass). During the three days of mandolin immersion, each Camper will experience six workshops from all three teachers, ensemble rehearsals, mass mandolin orchestra rehearsals, Q & A sessions with all teachers, a special workshop learning the teacher’s favorite “licks and tricks”, structured and non-structured jams, and perform with the mass orchestra and ensemble of their choice at the student and faculty concert. The maximum student capacity is 45, which makes for smaller classes from some of the best mandolin players and teachers in the world. The cost is an affordable $400.



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Brian Oberlin releases a new single, Mantello e Cilindro!


A note from Brian….

Hello Friends, I am pleased to announce that Carlo Aonzo and I have released a single for the mandolin duet, Mantello e Cilindro. This is a piece I wrote for Carlo a few years back and we finally made it the studio in November, 2017 while he was touring through Michigan. This is only available as a download and can be purchased on ITunes, CD Baby and Amazon. It can be found on the standard streaming platforms as well. Search for this….. Mantello e Cilindro, Brian Oberlin and Carlo Aonzo – A sinister suite for two mandolins.

“Mantello e Cilindro” is Italian for “Cloak and Top Hat”. The sheet music has been published in Germany and can be purchased at the Trekel Music Shop.


Hear it here…

Mantello e Cilindro

By Brian Oberlin, Carlo Aonzo

2018 * 1 song, 4 min 35 sec


Here is what our good friend Don Stiernberg had to say about the recording…

What happens when two masterful mandolin playing musicians meet on the mandolin trail and find inspiration in each other’s playing? In this instance Portland/Grand Rapids’ Brian Oberlin, he of the swing, the bluegrass, the songwriting and mandolin orchestra directing, meets Carlo Aonzo of Savona, Italy, reigning king of Italian classical mandolin and also all-purpose stylist, leader, and educator. As they say in the movies “wackiness ensues”, but more accurately it’s a collaboration. Brian throws himself headlong into learning Italian classical style, the two teach at one another’s camps, start playing shows and tours amalgamating their respective styles. Mantello e Cilindro is a product of that spirited and inspired collaboration, a tour de force displaying the best of their individual virtuosity as well as a blend so focused you may have trouble telling one from the other. Bravo, Maestri! – Don Steirnberg – January, 2018

Brian Oberlin


A Few Photos From The Ninth Annual Winter Wheat



Moonlight Bootlegger 5k Finish Line Bluegrass Party



Moonlight Bootlegger Metro Detroit

There isn’t another event like this around. Come on out with your flashlight or headlamp and run our 5K course. The course will be marked with hundreds of tea lights and the headlamps of hundreds of others on their way to our moonshine and live music at the finish line. This is a great event for both first timers and seasoned veterans!


When and Where

Friday May 18th, 2018

Maybury State Park
49775 8 Mile Rd
Northville, MI 48167


Schedule of Events

Early Packet Pick Up – Thursday, May 17th, 2018
4:00 – 7:00pm -Early Packet Pick-up and Registration
Location TBD
Race Day – Friday, May 18th, 2018
6:45 pm – Race-Day Registration and Packet Pick-Up
8:50 pm – Registration and Packet Pick-Up Closes
9:05 pm – Race Start
10:20 pm – Awards
Post-race party featuring food, spirits, and bluegrass music  from JOURNEYMEN until 11:00pm.

Entry Fees
(Note: Price does not include park entrance fee. If you do not have a State Park Recreation Passport please remember to bring money to pay for entrance into the park.)

Capacity 550

5k Individual 

Through Feb 12th $32

Through March 15th $36

Through April 22nd $42

Through Race Day $45

Spectator* $15
*Spectator pass is not required to watch the event. The spectator pass will get the purchaser a commemorative glass and two moonshine cocktails.


What You Get With Your Registration

Each Non Economy registrant will receive:

Soft cotton gender specific race T-Shirt! (Register by May 9th to guarantee a shirt.)
Post-race food and beverages
Two moonshine drink tickets for those over the age of 21
Post-race bluegrass and old timey music
Commemorative moonshine mason jar
Entry into the Trivium Michigan Race Series

Spectators will receive:

Commemorative moonshine mason jar
Two moonshine drink tickets for those over the age of 21
Post-race bluegrass and old timey music by JOURNEYMEN

Timing / Awards
The Moonlight Bootlegger 5K will be chip timed.

Awards to the top 3 overall males and top 3 overall females. Awards to the top 3 males and females in the following age groups in each race: 20 and under, 21-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+.

Parking is available in either of the two large main lots near the start and finish line.

Rules & Guidelines
ATHLETES MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH EITHER A FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP TO PARTICIPATE!! In the event the race should be canceled for reasons beyond the control of the Race Director or Race Committee (inclement weather or unsafe weather conditions; local, state or national emergency), refunds will not be made, but race packets, including race shirts, will be available at a location to be determined. Information will be available on the race website.