2013 ISLAND Benefit at Short's Brewing Company
Saturday, May 4th
from 4 pm to late Short's Brewing Company, 121 N. Bridge St, Bellaire, MI Many thanks to our sponsors:
Edible Grande Traverse
WNMC 90.7 FM
Short's Brewing Company
Higher Grounds Trading Company
Rising Star Wellness Center
Oryana Natural Foods Market
Inner Journey Tours
The ISLAND Benefit Concert raises about $6,000 to assist with a number of ISLAND's major programs. Money from the 2012 Benefit Concert will be used to support:
- The Artist Residency Program, supporting writers, musicians and non-studio artists with time and space to create new work.
- ISLAND's new guild programs, connecting small farmers, beekeepers, fruit growers and others through a network of support, workshops, farm tours and potlucks.
- Garden projects at Central Lake Elementary School and in Mancelona.
- Keeping our dozens of yearly events affordable and accessible.
- Building our lending library of 4000+ books.
- Growing new projects and programs—there are plenty more on the way!
Graham Parsons and the Go Rounds
Due to unforeseen personal matter, the Go Rounds have had to cancel this show. All other acts are on as planned with Seth Bernard cooking up something awesome to fill the 9:30 spot. Sorry!
Led by singer/songwriter Graham Parsons, The Go Rounds are a furious live act and progressive recording unit, fueled by the history of its diverse lineup and a collaborative spirit injected into everything from songwriting to arranging. Equally inspired by their record collections as the beauty of the Great Lakes State, the band explores soul music, baroque folk, art rock, country and classic rock n' roll.
Members: Graham Parsons, Adam Danis, Andy Catlin, Tod Kloosterman, Gitis Baggs
Born into a family of musicians, May Erlewine has been playing music all her life. She learned to sing and play piano at an early age, and her acoustic guitar is seldom far from her side. Erlewine, who was home schooled, paid her singer-songwriter dues in her late teens with several years of hitchhiking back and forth across the U.S., even riding freight trains, and always writing songs and playing her music.
Now with four CDs to her name, May works a variety of venues coast to coast, focusing on the Midwest and her home state of Michigan. Her inspired songs and powerful clear voice have a sweetness that delights audiences. Daisy May is often joined by Michigan singer-songwriter Seth Bernard, whose excellent guitar work and soaring harmonies are seamlessly woven into their song-stories.
Samuel Seth Bernard
Seth Bernard was born and raised on a farm in Lake City, Michigan. After graduating from Lake City High School, Seth opted for a postgraduate year at Interlochen Arts Academy where he studied theatre, music and poetry. Shortly after graduation, Seth explored his acting talents in a feature film costarring with Ernest Borgnine. He spent the following fall living in New York, working for a music equipment rental company (a job landed to him by family friend and Rolling Stones roadie, Chuch Magee), and then hit the road with the National Theatre for Children, visiting schools all across the country, dressed as a six-foot-tall bug.
Seth then returned to his home in northern Michigan and began working on his debut album Hello Fellow Travelers, recorded in the home of his guitar teacher, Michael Macnamara. He decided to release it under the label name Earthwork. It was Earthwork's first album, though plenty of honey, maple syrup and beef from the herd of Scotch Highland Cattle had been sold under the label which was designed by his mother, Chris Bernard. The Earthwork Music Collective was born, and close friends and collaborators Dan Kahn and Luke Winslow-King soon released albums with the Earthwork label. The collective grew its own identity as many more Michigan musicians began playing shows and recording together under the Earthwork name. Inspired by Woody Guthrie and the American folk tradition, they hosted an annual event at Seth's family farm that has continued as the Harvest Gathering, a music festival unique in its affordability, culinary splendor, intimacy, and at last count, over ninety performing bands. Seth's ability as a musician and songwriter is rivaled only by his ability as a community organizer.
Joe Reilly “Greyhound Bus Tour” Album Release
Singer songwriter Joe Reilly and the talented collective of Earthwork musicians take you on a journey of music and spirit in this dynamic album. Breathe with them as Joe’s songs help you get rooted in all that is true and beautiful in yourself and in the world around you.
Joe Reilly is on a musical journey of faith and spirit. His songs touch deep reserves of compassion and joy within the hearts of his listeners, giving encouragement to others on the spiritual path and using music as a universal voice of communication and celebration beyond lines of race, age, ethnicity, and religion.
His new album, Greyhound Bus Tour, is the result of more than a decade of songwriting, traveling, listening, and seeking, and highlights Joe Reilly’s gift of bringing together diverse and talented artists, ideas, and musical styles into one voice. Combining elements of folk songs, hip-hop, and traditional Native American singing, Joe shares his true nature through the interconnectedness and synergy that shines through in this musical mosaic.
Greyhound Bus Tour features some of Michigan’s finest musicians including Seth Bernard (vocals and guitars) and May Erlewine (vocals and piano), Joshua Davis (electric piano), Michael Shimmin (drums and percussion), Allison Radell (piano), Dominic John Davis (acoustic and electric basses), and Rachael Davis (vocals). Also featured are two Michigan-based hip-hop MCs, Will See and Peace Be Free.
This album gets its name and title track from Joe’s very first national tour, traveled aboard Greyhound buses in the summer of 2001 from Detroit to New York to Washington DC and on to Atlanta, Texas, San Diego, San Francisco, and British Columbia and back home to Michigan. Joe carried his guitar and backpack as he traversed the country on the bus, stopping to stay with friends and share his music wherever he could, including street corners, subway stations, parks, in front of the White House, on the shores of both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, in coffee shops, cantinas, and community centers, living rooms, and open mics.
This bold challenge to the universe was met with the loving support and encouragement of friends, family, and strangers, and has since grown into an evolving career that continues to take Joe around the country, sharing his music with a diversity of listeners all along the way.
Come aboard this wonderful journey. All you need is a willingness to listen with open ears, mind, and heart. Lay back and let go!
Elisabeth Pixley-Fink is a Kalamazoo, Michigan-based singer, lyricist, composer, pianist, guitarist, cultural worker, and educator, who grew up studying piano and singing harmonies with her family . From the depths and range of her voice emerge well-crafted songs: joyful ditties, tunes for healing, aching songs that swell with unhurried intensity. Her playful and moving performances have earned her a strong following in Michigan.
Elisabeth is a member of the Earthwork Music Collective, and is releasing her first full-length solo album, Bloodroot, on January 24, 2013. Bloodroot was funded in part by a KADI Artistic Development grant from the Kalamazoo Arts Council. The album traces four seasons of grieving the sudden death of a 23-year-old man. It is based in the regenerative power of the Great Lakes bioregion.
Elisabeth strives to make her art participatory and collaborative. During her September 2012 Michigan tour she combined performances with a community art project and co-created the Red Clover Quilt: recycled paper infused with red clover seeds, painted with homemade, plant-based paints, and planted as a quilt.
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We are gratefully accepting items for this year's silent auction! Call Amanda Kik at 231-622-5252 if you would like to donate hand crafted goods, great food, gift certificates, art, media (CDs, DVDs etc) or other items to help ISLAND raise money for dozens of great programs.