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Earth Day Concert 2013

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Date, Location

    • Saturday, April 20, 2013
    • 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    • Oshtemo Branch Library
    • Free event; open to the public. No ticket required.

    A Family-friendly Showcase of Michigan-based Musicians

    The Earthwork Music Collective, a Michigan-based, grassroots organization that seeks to foster both community and self-awareness through original music, will present a family-friendly showcase of the Collective’s musicians to celebrate Earth Day.

    The concert will feature some of the best in Michigan’s blossoming roots music scene! They’ll share Earth Day reflections through personal stories and songs—a delight for earth lovers of all ages! Bring your lawn chairs, bring your blankets. It’s a rain or shine event under the canopy!

    This year’s performers include:  

    Seth Bernard and May Erlewine

    Seth Bernard and Daisy May

    For Seth Bernard and Daisy May Erlewine Michigan has been a deep resource for songwriters and roots musicians. Two favorites, Seth and May have been traveling and performing for most of their lives. What were great single acts are even stronger as a duo, and you can just feel the synergy as they perform.


    Graham A. Parsons  


    Now based in Kalamazoo, self-taught Upper Peninsula singer-songwriter Graham A. Parsons is lauded state-wide today for his towering vocal abilities and strong guitar skills. In addition to his work with his band, the Go Rounds, Parsons recently released his very first solo album, which he’s entitled Farmhand.  


    Elisabeth Pixley-Fink


    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. Her playful and moving performances have earned her a strong following in Michigan. 


    Red Tail Ring: Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo 

    Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo

    Red Tail Ring is the musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders – Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry. 


    Ian Gorman (of The Red Sea Pedestrians


    In addition to The Red Sea Pedestrians, Ian performs with Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, Michael Beauchamp, Who Hit John?, and others. He also records, mixes and masters many folks around Michigan, including Seth Bernard, May Erlewine, Greensky Bluegrass, The Corn Fed Girls, Steppin' In It, Rachael Davis, and others. 


    Dede Alderman


    From humble beginnings, Dede has paved her way on her own experimental, alternative, off the grid musical journey. Skilled in the art of the Vibraphone, Tambourine, Drumkit, Frame Drum, Snare Drum, Vocals, Word Smithery and much more, she is a versatile performer that can wear many hats, and does. 




    Only once in a while do you come across a performer that pins you to your seat. Darlene has been traveling the continent and abroad since 1990, finding the roots of the music she loves. Her vibrant live performances and story-telling abilities are the stitching that binds the quilt of multiple musical genres with spirit & adventure. 


    Gifts or Creatures: Brandon and Bethany Foote 


    Gifts or Creatures is the musical pursuit of husband and wife duo Brandon John and Bethany Foote. Brandon has traveled the Great Lake State countless times with fretted instruments in tow. Brandon strives for authenticity in song with nostalgic nods to the American past. Bethany adds her simplicity of life in song via keyboards. 


    Mike Shimmin


    Mike has played with just about every Michigan musician there is. He’s a regular with The Red Sea Pedestrians, Millish, Madcat & Kane and Maxwell Street, Seth Bernard and May Erlewine. His influences run the gamut from Frank Zappa, Patti Smith, Miles Davis, and Max Roach, to Roy Haynes, Jimi Hendrix, Syd Barrett, and his dog Elsie.