We received the following press release from LowellArts.
LOWELL, MI, February 3, 2023 | LowellArts announces the 2023 Gallery Concert Series. Gallery Concert audiences are treated to a unique, immersive art experience by listening to music in the setting of a gallery exhibition. The 2023 series includes: February 11 – Love & Other Songs: A Songwriter Showcase, March 25 – Blue Water Ramblers, April 29 – The Wild Honey Collective, and May 6 – Edye & Mike. All concerts are held at LowellArts, 223 W Main St, LowellArts, MI 49331. Tickets are: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased on-line, in-person, or by calling 616-897-8545. For links to purchase tickets and more information on each concert, visit www.lowellartsmi.org/gallery-concerts.
Love & Other Songs: A Songwriter Showcase
Saturday, February 11 at 7:00pm
Join songwriters Michael Crittenden of Troll for Trout, Detroit singer/songwriter Michelle Held, Ann Arbor based Annie Bacon, and Lowell’s own Josh Rose for a night of songs about love and other things. A native of Grand Rapids, MI, Michael Crittenden is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in piano and guitar proficient working in Pop, Rock, Folk, Jazz, Country, and New Age styles. With her distinctive and soulful voice, complemented by a poignant and thought-provoking lyrical world, Michelle Held captivates the listener. Annie Bacon is a writer and songwriter merging a literary writing style and folk-rock/Americana sound to create rich and emotionally complex music. Josh Rose’s songs float into the room like a Lake Michigan evening onshore breeze with his head-in-the-clouds Folk music.
Blue Water Ramblers
Saturday, March 25 at 7:00pm
The Blue Water Ramblers take turns harmonizing with each other to create a colorful tapestry of sounds. “Banjo-Jim” Foerch on his acoustic and electric banjos and R.H. “Bear” Berends on his big Marten guitar are the core of the Rambler vocal and writing team. Then add “California Dan” Lynn laying down the steady rhythm on his doghouse bass and what do you get: the unique Blue Water Rambler sound. Joining them is Julia Kent on the Fiddle and Nate Myers on Mandolin. In their performance you will hear the Ramblers singing and playing from their Americana repertoire of songs expressing their unique take on our lives of “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.”
The Wild Honey Collective
Saturday, April 29 at 7:00pm
Influenced by music artists such as The Avett Brothers, The Byrds, and Bob Dylan, these five musicians made good use of their time during the summer of 2020 to form the Indie-Folk Rock band, The Wild Honey Collective. Band members include Timmy Rodriguez, Tommy McCord, Danielle Gyger, Dan O’Brien, and Adam Aymor. The Wild Honey Collective released two albums: The Wild Honey Collective, Volume 1(2021) and The Wild Honey Collective, Volume 2 (2022).
Edye & Mike
Saturday, May 6 at 7:00pm
Jazz musicians Edye Evans Hyde and Mike Hyde have been married and making music together for over 40 years. Performing has taken them from Michigan to California, Asia, and Europe, opening for and playing with such notables as Ray Charles and Arturo Sandaval, Jennifer Holiday, and Clay Aiken. Edye and Mike both formerly taught classes at Hope College in Jazz and Contemporary Music. Edye is also the founder and executive director of local theatre company Ebony Road Players. You can hear Edye and Mike on her most current album Magic In His Eyes, and live at various venues in Grand Rapids and on the lakeshore.
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