Where?

Lake City, Michigan

When?

September
20-22, 2024

Performers 2024

Aaron Otto

Aaron Wayne Otto plays a simple wooden flute, alone onstage: no razzle-dazzle, no light show. But you won’t move a muscle. This Native American master, member of the Tribal Council of Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, only plays a handful of public shows a year, and this is one of ’em. Always look for the special and the unique at Earthwork Harvest Gathering.

Airborne or Aquatic?

Not so much a band as an experience, Airborne or Aquatic?, a progressive roots rock collective built around a core of Seth Bernard and Jake Robinson with an ever-changing cast of Michigan’s best players, lists its influences as the boreal forest and the great old growth.

This might be the music the Ents played to pump themselves up for the battle of Isengard. They only come out to play at a few festivals a year, so you should really buy that wristband now.

Albums to date: AOA I (2007), AOA II (2008), The Cloud Octopus: Live Mixtape Volume 1 (2014),The Skyhorse: Live Mixtape Volume 2 (2014),and SISU (2014).

Alex Teller

Alex Teller is a Modern-Day Troubadour sharing sounds of Vintage Country & Western, Traditional Folk, Bluegrass and Folk-Blues.

He has spent the last three years on the road, touring the U.S, writing songs, and playing stages all over the country. His music is like a ballad to the lore of storytelling & the “High Lonesome Sound”, taking inspiration from names like Townes Van Zandt, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, and Jimmie Rodgers to name a few.

Amber Hasan

Mother, author, community activist, self-proclaimed Loud Mouth Ghetto Girl Amber Hasan is fighting for Flint, fighting for women, fighting for you. Ambers work focuses on bringing light to dark places and situations while also helping others to find and use their voices as a tool of empowerment.

Anne Heaton & Frank Marotta, Jr.

Anne Heaton is a singer-songwriter and pianist who has captured audience imaginations for over twenty years with her songs that are, by turns, “tender, barbed and spiritual” (Washington Post). She’s been featured by the New York Times Music Podcast, played on NPR, at the Sundance Film Festival and for Lilith Fair (2010). Known for the infectious energy of her live performances – “a natural performer [with] a rich, soaring voice” (Seattle Times) – Anne has shared the stage with artists such as Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, and jazz drummer Max Roach.

Anne often performs with guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Frank Marotta, Jr. and they have played over 1,000 headlining shows together nationwide. Anne has also taught songwriting and creative practices at Interlochen, Berklee College of Music, for the GRAMMY Camps and through her own online songwriting program, Soul Songs School. Anne and Frank currently live in Milwaukee where they enjoy coffee, Lake Michigan and being parents to two freethinking daughters.

Audra Kubat

Detroit Music Award winning singer/songwriter Audra Kubat has released 7 albums to critical acclaim in a career that spans 25 years. Composer, performer, and educator, Audras work has earned her a place in the community as a resource for empowerment through songwriting.

Her songs are explorations into the personal and the universal, an account of the human condition and our relationship to self, others, and the natural world. Her work dives boldly into a tradition of healing through sound – holding music as the highest form of communication. Audra works to connect community to their artistic selves, teaching songwriting for all ages in a multitude of arenas.

Her methods of composition articulate grace as offerings of stark and beautiful realities. She has shared bills with Aimee Mann, Rodriguez, Roberta Flack, Greta Van Fleet, The War and Treaty, Whit Hill, and Jolie Holland, to name a few. Audra Is current developing early childhood musical experiences for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

BACON

BCN24: You No Matter Who

This year the ancient dream of our species will be made into reality, and like any serious accident: the change will happen instantly.

Join fellow real heads from across the world in solidarity for a service of utter realism as we reveal the true face of power by challenging it.

“It’s just enough butt-hurt, without really hurting anyone’s feelings.” —Lena Maude

This time we’ll be (re)introducing the power of The Wheel in true “use it or lose it” fashion to squash legitimate criticism of previous years.

Do we condemn Hamas? Do we want Trump to win? Rally around your preferred, professional buzz manager to find out—he’s in your corner.

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Ben Traverse Band

Ben Traverse is a young balladeer with a very wide hat who commands a wide array of instruments in their mission to bring the finest traditional folk music into the 21st century. Proud Michigander and Earthwork Music Collective member, Traverse brings a forward-thinking, communal enthusiasm to an old and rich musical tradition.

On their journey, they’ve released three albums: a totally solo collection of old time American ballads and songs in the spirit of Pete Seeger and the early Folkways Recordings catalog and two collaborative releases; one with Michael Dause (Moss Manor, Treeskin) of rollicking shanties and seafaring ballads, and the other with Nick Veine celebrating music of the Irish diaspora.

“Ben is the modern-day Pete Seeger. They’re a musical archeologist who writes songs that sound like they’re from a hundred years ago.” -The Accidentals

“As a musician, Traverse is rooted in the past, forward-thinking, and fully present. Their foundation is solid and they care deeply about music and people” -Seth Bernard

Blanco Suave

Blanco Suave is a neo-soul & hip hop duo featuring Michigan-based musicians Luke Arquette & Gretchen McKenzie.

Breathe Owl Breathe

Breathe Owl Breathe, from East Jordan, is made up of lyricist and guitarist Micah Middaugh, cellist and vocalist Andrea Moreno-Beals, and percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Trevor Hobbs.

The music of Breathe Owl Breathe has always been steeped in magic. Their songs seem to occupy that hazy space between wakefulness and dreamingwhere the tangible, earthly world meets the transcendental. Its been nearly a decade since this trio of friends began making music in a remote cabin tucked away in a Northern Michigan river valley, but despite the growth and experiences that have happened along the wayincluding recording five albums, releasing a childrens book, and logging several cross-country toursthe bands sound is still deeply rooted in the mysticism, warmth and wide-eyed wonder that imbued their earliest songs.

Chris Dorman and Friends

Chris Dorman wears many hats; Dad, Writer, Composer, Farmer, Community Builder, and Early Childhood Educator.

A serial collaborator, Chris has worked with dozens of musicians, artists, and engineers to produce nine full-length albums of original music as Chris Dorman and Mister Chris. Chris studied with many mentors and experts in the realm of Early Childhood Education, which enabled his founding of Music For Sprouts in 2012. This beloved Early Childhood Music Program provided music and movement classes and workshops for ages Birth to 5 years.

Chris and his team ran weekly classes for nearly 200 children. Many organizations in Vermont took note of the program and hired Music For Sprouts to visit schools, run workshops for Educators, and commissioned original songs. Vermont PBS contracted Chris to create an original Public Television Show. In 2017, he created, acted in, and wrote the screenplay for Mister Chris and Friends, a family Television show co-produced by Vermont PBS. The show ran for two seasons, received widespread praise throughout Vermont and beyond.

Clean Water Panel

With a deepening commitment to equity, justice, and youth, the Clean Water Campaign seeks to amplify the groundswell of public support for clean water issues, using music and storytelling to motivate groups and individuals to step into advocacy and stewardship. Presented by Title Track.

Creature

Timeless mystical folk from the heart of the Great Lakes, Creature is the culmination of several years of songwriting collaborations by Van Lente and Seth Bernard.

Crystal Woodward-Turner

Crystal Woodward-Turner has had a lifelong relationship with both natural healing and music, earning several healing arts and yoga certifications; she is the founder of Karasi Fitness and Healing Arts in Traverse City. Crystal is celebrated for creating innovative soul stirring sound experiences combining yoga-inspired movements, music and meditation in unique venues, immersing voice, strings, art and sacred sounds.

At Harvest, she will lead a sacred sound healing movement and meditation experience cultivating community consciousness through grounding and self-love as we move through the art of transformation from the inside out.

Crystal is excited to share a soulful, energetic, self-love provoking set of positive lyrics, vibrant vocals, energetic beats and sacred sounds cultivated to nurture, nourish and energetically uplift the mind, body and spirit. “Finding Brilliance Through Resilience”

Daniel Kahn

A Daniel Kahn show is a singular experience.

The musical and visual experience will take the top of your head off, rummage around a little, and put the pieces back a bit skewed. Screed, history lesson, crooning, shouting, whispered pleas and angry outbursts, all descended from a form of mutated klezmer.

Davy Rothbart

Davy Rothbart’s dynamic FOUND show has been called “utterly engaging” (L.A. Times) and “hilarious and heartwarming” (The New Yorker). A bestselling author, Emmy Award winning filmmaker, and frequent presence on NPR’s This American Life, Davy’s performance celebrates our collective weirdness and the magic and mystery of what it means to be human, as he shares highlights from his cult sensation FOUND Magazine and his work on NPR.

Dede Alder and Josh Holcomb

I value all the people that want to look closely at our lives and our future and change it. To propel us forward with our hearts and minds.

It is a strange time to be alive, maybe every ancestor who has lived through any historical changes feels this same way. Maybe change just feels hard and strange and uncomfortable. I don’t know, but one thing I’m clear on is that it is the role and job of the artist to give voice to it all. We, out of any occupation, are allowed, in fact encouraged, to look at it, question it, and explore it. What is the it? It’s the dysfunction, the imbalance, the ugliness, the shadow, and the beauty. It is our job to dive deeply into these subjects and give witness, and ultimately, if we do our job right, come back with the silver lining of hope. Come back with the spark that lights the fire in other’s souls. That spark that reminds us of the things we used to know and our values as children. The things that disarm us. At least, this is why I make music.

Desmond Jones

Desmond Jones is a five-piece American rock band from Michigan. With original music written to complement the group’s sound as a whole, the music is centered around melodic guitar riffs, funky bass lines, groovy drumbeats, and smooth saxophone.

The group takes influence from Frank Zappa, The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Charles Mingus, Phish, The Band, and Led Zeppelin to name a few. Desmond Jones puts on exciting and high-energy shows with a high level of musicianship and skillful improvisation. Each show, set list, and song is different from night to night.

The group has played 800 shows all over the country and has shared the stage with bands like Papadosio, Ripe, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, EOTO, Here Come the Mummies, Aqueous, Mungion, Dopapod, Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, and many more. Desmond Jones has released two EPs and three full length studio albums available on all major platforms. The band is touring in 2023 and hitting every diner along the way.

Dick Siegel Trio

One of America’s great songwriters, Michigan legend Dick Siegel teams up with longtime compadre, guitarist Dave Roof, and upright bassist Charlie Reischl, to bring his irresistible and exuberant music to life.

Strains of American folk, blues, jazz and r&b weave through Dick’s songs in classics like “Angelo’s” and “What Would Brando Do?” Sometimes there’s a hint of Hank Williams … a bit of Louis Jordan, Bob Dylan … the zaniness of Spike Jones… even a little T.S. Eliot meets the Beatles. It’s all Dick Siegel music – served up hot and fresh.

Djangophonique

Djangophonique is an award winning project that delivers the infectious joy, and expressive freedom that is at the heart of Django Reinhardt’s jazz manouche. With respect for the tradition and a fearless creativity that bends the conventions of the style, Djangophonique is keeping the Hot Club revival alive and well. The result is a sound that’s unmistakable to fans of the music, and alluring to the uninitiated—a sound that can bring the lively energy of a Parisian dance hall to the quietest listening room or captivate a buzzing festival audience with the aching nostalgia of a shimmering ballad.

Djangophonique has been described as “…the cleanest, most genuine manouche jazz that can be heard in Michigan” (Local Spins). Led by guitar player Andrew Brown, a true disciple of the style, the project has cultivated a community of musicians who channel the tenacious agility that the music demands. In 2022 the group released their first studio album, “Introducing Djangophonique,” which featured Tyler Rindo on Clarinet and Jorian Olk-Szost on double-bass and won Best Jazz Album, Traditions Award, as well as earning them Artist Of The Year at the WYCE Jammies. In 2023 guitarist David Bendena joined the ensemble on rhythm guitar and the group began a new chapter with the addition of vocalist Katie Smith, who’s soulful approach channels the mystery and appeal of an unplaceable era. With a second studio album and a full concert schedule in the works for 2024, Djangophonique is poised to forge a connection with an expansive audience through the resonance of their artistry.

Earth Radio

Earth Radio are storytellers of a future yet to be realized. This Grand Rapids Future-Soul group consists of Justin Avdek (bass, vox), Hannah Laine (keys, vox), Dutcher Snedeker (keys, synth), and David Ward (drums, percussion).

The band formed in 2017 when Avdek brought these unique West Michigan musicians together for a spontaneous recording collaboration, which turned into a progressive project, birthed from a shared passion of neo-soul and sonic ingenuity. Youll hear elements of funk, rock, soul, and progressive jazz, reminiscent of Hiatus Kaiyote, Erykah Badu, Radiohead, and Knower, melded together into a sound that is uniquely Earth Radio.

Earthwork Music Showcase

Featuring a rotating cast of different artists, Earthwork Music is a collective steward of community and collaboration, and as such we encourage our members to participate when they are available in whatever capacity they can. The lineup will be slightly different for each show making this a completely unique experience.

Elisabeth Pixley-Fink

Elisabeth Pixley-Fink is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and band leader, born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI.

She released her full-length album Bloodroot and EP Heartwood through Earthwork Music and albums Neighborhood Kid and voodoolanda ii as garage rock trio A Brother and A Sister Band. This Spring, she released Lullaby Bangers with the minimalist folk/close harmony duo Hearth & Hymn she formed with Sam Cooper. EPFs songs are heartbreaking and heart-making, wearing you down and working you over. Her blend of folk & bratty garage rock hits you in the chest with guts, trust, and hunger. She is thrilled to be back at Harvest Gathering this year!

Frank Youngman All-Stars

Frank Youngman is an educator, musician, raconteur, and all around good egg who has been mentor and friend to an alarming number of excellent Michigan musicians.

Once or twice a year, he assembles a bunch of them into a ragged band of merry melody makers: no egos, no rehearsal, big fun. You never know who among your favorites might be in the band this year, so you’ll have to come to the Gathering to see.

Full Cord Trio

When it comes to movers and shakers in the bluegrass world, Full Cord is a super-group on the rise. The 3 core members of the group, Brian, Eric, and Todd dial it in as a trio with unexpected twists and turns in the compositions that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

After winning the prestigious 2022 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition in Colorado, the Michigan-based group followed that with another much-coveted honor when the International Bluegrass Music Association named Full Cord its “Momentum Award Band of the Year.”

While mandolinist Brian Oberlin notes the band’s music “is new and fresh to the ears of seasoned bluegrass fans,” the bluegrass traditions in Full Cord have deep roots.

The Trio keeps that Full Cord sound at the core of the group alive and plays into some different material while also performing originals.

Great Lakes Brass

Inspired by New Orleans, born of the Great Lakes: Great Lakes Brass draws from New Orleans traditions, where brass bands express the pulse of communities; celebrating life, mourning loss, and looking ahead. Reverence for history is intertwined with ongoing creative adaptation, and our pledge to play it forward.

Trumpet, trombone, and saxophone play familiar melodies driven by sousaphone and percussion. On the street or the stage, our music moves. Based in Fennville, MI – Great Lakes Brass features a lineup of remarkable Michigan musicians, including Fred Bueltmann (Sousaphone), Josh Keller (Trumpet), Jarad Saxsquatch Selner (Saxophone), Scott Dumas (Trombone), Dede Alder (Drums), Carolyn Koebel (Drums), Andrew Schrock (Vocals), and many others.

Gregory Stovetop

Gregory Stovetop is the embodiment of hot, sweaty rock and roll. An Earthwork artist, but not a folkie–though there is country music in his past and deep within his impressive beard. A human Olympic torch, originally from Chelsea, now living in Brooklyn, NY. Available albums: The Good Stuff (2017), Other Birds (2012), Stove Bonus (2012), Tencent Truelove (2008), Stage and Radio (2008), To the Night with the Goodlife (2007), Apatheyecarry (2003), Breakette (2002), 6 Pages (2002), and Ladybird (2001). New album Hot Stuff coming this year!