Presenting our 2018 Concert Schedule!
Concerts in the Courtyard is an eclectic series of musical concerts featuring some of the finest musicians in the state and from across the country. All shows are held on Thursday evenings in the great-sounding and beautiful flower-lined courtyard behind the Old Town General Store. Tickets are $15/$9 students and available in advance at the store and at the door. A portion of the proceeds benefit Music is the Foundation, supporting music programs in Mid-Michigan classrooms and communities.
Here’s a nice article and interview about our concerts from Eva Niehouse, an MSU student.
All shows on Thursdays @ 7:30 pm
Tickets in advance at the store or at the door (cash or check only)
Link to ONLINE TICKETS below each event
June 14 – Madcat Ruth & John Churchville
Peter Madcat Ruth is a Grammy Award-winning virtuoso harmonica player based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. But Madcat doesn’t just play harmonica, he also sings, and plays ukulele, guitar, high-hat, and jaw-harp. Madcat will be accompanied by John Churchville, a specialist in Indian tabla drumming.
June 28 – Greg Klyma
Road tested troubadour. Relentless songwriter. You’ll find Greg Klyma at intersection of Tom Petty and Hank Williams playing his well-loved guitar and spinning yarns. Greg is on tour in support of Never Knew Caroline, featuring Peter Case, Gurf Morlix, and Bill Kirchen.
July 12 – Victor & Penny
Since 2010, Victor & Penny have been delighting audiences nationally with their deft blend of originals, hot jazz, and offbeat pop standards. While many bands exploring America’s musical roots are content to faithfully recreate period music, Victor & Penny infuse their music with a strong sense of swing rooted in the riff-driven style of Kansas City jazz to create their own distinctive style.
July 26 – Wild Ponies (Doug and Telisha Williams)
Wild Ponies offer dead right, honest songwriting delivered in a hauntingly beautiful yet gritty, neo-traditional Americana wrapper. Released August 25th 2017 on Gearbox Records, their newest release “Galax” salutes Wild Ponies’ traditional roots while exploring new, progressive territory. “It’s an album about the pieces of our past that stick with us, informing our present while pushing us toward a future. An album about a town, a country, and a world that’s forever spinning toward something new. An album that redefines Wild Ponies’ sound, while highlighting influences that have always rested just beneath the surface.”
Songwriters in the Round with John Finan, Ben Hassenger,
Jaime Marvin, and Sharon Tse
John Finan is a singer/songwriter/guitarist based in the Detroit area, known for his mix of introspective and humorous songwriting,
as well as his improvisational guitar work.
Ben Hassenger is known as “Michigan’s Ukulele Ambassador” with a wide range of songs and subjects about
love, food, dogs, baseball, and other important things in life.
Jaime Marvin has a diverse repertoire, and her musical influences are from a vast array of genres, but somehow she is able to pull a unique element out of each of those to create her own flavor. Jaime is, in a word, raw . . . what you see is what you get.
When she plays, her music touches your soul; she feels every chord, every note, and so do you.
Detroit-born artist, Sharon Tse has been making music from the time she could hold a guitar in her hands. Influences of jazz, folk, pop and the Great American Songbook can be heard in her music, but her distinctive fingerstyle playing, and ability to tell stories though “intelligent acoustic” music set her apart as a guitarist and singer-songwriter.
August 16 – Monte Pride and Van Lente
Monte Pride is a Michigan-born, Michigan-based singer-songwriter & fingerstyle guitarist whose songs recall the delicate vocals of Simon & Garfunkel, with guitar-work reminiscent of Nick Drake and The Tallest Man on Earth. He blends haunting melodies with vivid lyricism,
bringing stories of love, loss, and longing to life in a complex array of healing, soul-stirring song.
A Michigan native, Gabrielle Schaub performs under her family’s name Van Lente. Accompanying herself with banjo or guitar, she sings original songs that take influence from artists such as Joanna Newsom and Sufjan Stevens. “Undulant and celestial, Schaub’s songs evoke the willowy wonder her intrepidness has enabled her to witness” Ben Evans.
September 6 – Rachael Davis
A Concerts in the Courtyard favorite returns to Lansing! Multi-instrumentalist Rachael Davis is as renown for her expressive and explosive voice as she is for uniting the often desperate worlds of folk, blues, country, and pop.”We don’t have Eva Cassidy anymore but we do have Rachael Davis” Susan Werner