This is one of my favorite places to make music in all the land. This little cherub (Fiona) will also be joining me on harp and cello.
June 19, 2014
May Erlewine CD Release Concert
Opening Set by Samantha Cooper
First Congregational Church (FCC)
345 West Michigan Ave,
Online Tickets: $12 + 1 dollar service fee
General Admission: $13
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I’m still charged up from the annual Earthwork Family Weekend, a gathering full of all-ages arts & ecology activities on the Earthwork Farm in Lake City, MI. Their farm is a sanctuary for both humans and non-humans alike. If you haven’t been there yet, check out the Earthwork Harvest Gathering in September and experience the farm during this three day festival running from September 19-21.
Anyhow, I’m writing to announce a show happening this Thursday, June 19 in Kalamazoo at the First Congregational Church. I’m honored to open for one of my favorite musicians and all around Renaissance women: May Erlewine. This show marks the kick-off of May's CD release tour! Please check the poster for more dates.
May and her husband Seth Bernard are co-founders of the Earthwork Music Collective. They are advocates of service-oriented artistry who have helped bolster a scene of mitten-based artisans, arts & culture on top of releasing a total of 18 solo/duo albums. Unfortunately, this past year and a half brought them many losses. However, their attitude has given us courage to live well despite the inevitability of loss. Watching them creatively honor their friends has positively affected my own grief process, and encouraged me to use my own expression as a tool.
I'm looking forward to opening her set with a few songs on the Cat Peril guitar, my fiddle, and the gorgeous FCC church piano. I will be accompanied on a few songs by Fiona Dickinson and May. I'm also excited to share a song that I dreamt about May & Seth's baby girl Iris.
Here is an excellent Mlive article about May’s new album:
May Erlewine's new album 'Where We Are' examines grief, loss and rebirth
June 19: the First Congregational Church - Kalamazoo
June 20: the Ark - Ann Arbor
June 21: the Wealthy Theatre - Grand Rapids
June 22: the Inside Out Gallery - Traverse City
I've been co-writing and singing with a brand new soul, hip-hop project called Maraj, with two producers/owners of the Double Phelix Studio in Kalamazoo (Andy Catlin and Ben Lau), two MC's (MotorcityKam and Darius), Joel Pixley-Fink on bass, Julia Toro on vocals and yours truly. I'm happy to be in both an old time dance band (Bowhunter), and a new style dance band (Maraj)!
Since this past winter, we've been plugging away at a Maraj EP at the Double Phelix studios. We just released “EP1” last Friday, and we have an upcoming album in process, thanks to the vision, leadership, and artwork of Andy. Here is our brand new EP, which you can stream and/or download for your own personal style dance party!
Check out this Recoil Magazine article to learn more about Maraj:
Summer Tour Dates (more to come)
June 13 – Maraj – EP Release Show – Louie’s – Kalamazoo, MI
June 14 – Bowhunter – Nor’Easter Festival
June 15 – Bowhunter – Earthwork Family Weekend
June 19 – Opening for May Erlewine
July 24 – Maraj Show - Founders Brewery - Grand Rapids
July 25 – Maraj Show - Detroit (hold)
July 26 – Maraj Show – Bells Brewery - Kalamazoo, MI
August 1-3 - Farmblock Festival - Keweenaw Peninsula
August 10 – Bowhunter CD Release! Square Dance Kalamazoo – Bells Brewery
September 5 – Bowhunter - Wheatland Music Festival
September 7 – Maraj - Block Party Kalamazoo
September 19-21 – The Earthwork Harvest Gathering
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