Concerts in the Courtyard
Presenting our 2017 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)
ONLINE TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE
(using a credit card)
June 15 Sam Corbin
Sam Corbin is an Ypsilanti, MI based singer songwriter, full time dad, and fan of the classics! With a style tuned to Americana, Sam writes honest and thought provoking songs based on day to day life with themes of love, loss, and human struggles. He plays in many configurations, and is seen often with fellow Earthwork Artist Jen Sygit. Together they formed the band Lincoln County Process featuring Michael Smalley, Geoff Lewis, and Mike Lynch. More recently, Sam has been promoting his latest album “Let The Fire Burn Strong”, debuting the CD at shows across Michigan.
June 29 Diamonds in the Rust
A Midwest Urban Folk supergroup, Diamonds in the Rust is a new collective of folk music stawlwarts; Annie & Rod Capps, Jim Bizer, Jan Krist, and Alan Finkbeiner. All accomplished musicians and songwriters in their own rights, together they are a true force to be reckoned with.
July 13 Scott Cook
A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Alberta’s Scott Cook has distilled the stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. His fourth release, One More Time Around, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its opening track “Pass It Along” won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him “one of Canada’s most inspiring and imaginative storytellers”. He’s currently touring in support of his sixth album Further Down the Line, and still averaging over 160 shows and a dozen festivals every year since 2007. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.
July 27 Emerging Artists night with Taylor Taylor
Taylor Taylor is a 20-year-old native of Lansing, MI with African American and Colombian roots. She has been cultivating her jazzy-pop-style with classical guitar skills, warm, charismatic vocals and lyrical songwriting, which reveal intelligence beyond her years.
Highlights of her youthful career have been performing in Nashville, TN for various songwriting showcases, including the Bluebird Café; performing at LA’s, The Mint; opening for Keith Anderson, Kris Allen, Jared Lee, Pia Toscano, Jerimah, Jesse Ruben and Radio Disney’s, Shane Harper. Some exciting bills Taylor and her band have performed: Jason Derulo, Daya, Jacob Whitesides, Von Grey, Little Big Town and Randy Houser, just to name a few. She released a self-titled EP in 2012, a sophomore EP, Right Here, in January 2016 and her follow-up EP, Closer, in January 2017.
August 10 Escaping Pavement
Being hailed as, “One of the best americana bands out of Detroit, MI,” Escaping Pavement hopes to spread their roots-based message far beyond their home state. Having reached a milestone of playing over 100 shows last year alone, the duo has some big time touring plans already in place for 2017. They’ll be taking their “Americana-master blend” to the northeast, the mid-Atlantic region, out west, and back. Emily explains: “We feel we’ve grown so much as songwriters and people in the years since, UpRooted (EP’s 2013 debut album). This album (2016’s-The Night Owl) feels like a huge leap for us. It’s decidedly different from our first in more ways than we can count. We’ve never been more sure of the direction we’re headed with our music than we are with this record.” Says Jeff Milo of the Detroit Free Press, “Escaping Pavement make sparseness stunning. The acoustic guitar and mandolin crackle together like a mesmerizing bonfire, and the voices of Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz blend together like the azure purple and tawny oranges of vibrant sunset” and it’s this kind of chemistry that has earned gem slots on bills with the likes of Justin Townes Earle and Mountain Heart. These two old-souls, wrapped in young bodies, pen warm, sincere songs that shoot straight for the heart. Americana fans will find a lot to love in Escaping Pavement.
August 24 Cold Tone Harvest
Hailing from Southeast MI, and bonded together by common interest of a musically honest sound, Cold Tone Harvest formed in 2008. Together, the band has come together to deliver songs that pull on the listener’s emotion with a signature raw feel. Their music has an interesting way of making you ponder where you’ve been and where you’re headed.
September 7 Ukulele Night with The Fabulous Heftones and The Ukulele Kings
The Capital City’s favorite ukulele groups are together for a very special evening in the courtyard! Brian Hefferan and Lynn Hershberger make up The Fabulous Heftones, playing the tunes and ditties of the 1920s and more. The Ukulele Kings are Ben Hassenger, Patrick Malloy, and Steve Szilagyi; three cool cats who are touring in support of their new CD, “Three Cool Cats”. Bring your uke and strum along!
September 21 The Rough & Tumble
The Rough and Tumble used to say they were from Nashville, TN. That was before April 2015 when Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler quit their day jobs, sold everything they owned, and gave their thirty day notice on their rental house to trade in for a life permanently on the road. With their sixteen foot camper and their 97 pound dog, Butter, they have been touring nationwide. Don’t let their vagabond tendencies fool you, this Americana-folk duo are a compact team of close harmonies, versatile instrumentation, and deliberate songwriting all presented with a nudge of the elbow and a tongue in the cheek. Haunting, quirky, solemn, and spritely, The Rough & Tumble are for the faint of heart and the strong of will.