Tribute to John Prine Featuring Davis, Bernard and Lavengood


Saturday, November 13
7:30 PM


Old Art Building


$30 members
$35 non-members

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Rachael Davis, Seth Bernard, and the Mark Lavengood Band celebrate their shared admiration for the many musical works of John Prine.

Three beloved musicians celebrate their shared admiration for the many musical works of John Prine.

John Prine (October 10, 1946 – April 7, 2020) was an American country folk singer-songwriter. He was active as a composer, recording artist, live performer, and occasional actor from the early 1970s until his death. He was known for an often humorous style of original music that has elements of protest and social commentary.

To ensure a safe event for all, tickets are limited and proof of vaccination will be required.

About Rachael Davis

Multi-instrumentalist Rachael Davis is as renowned for her expressive and explosive voice as she is for uniting the often desperate worlds of folk, blues, country, and pop.

Because Davis has been swayed by so many different types of music, her style is difficult to file and will not languorously rest amid broader musical genres. “My slant on acoustic music can be explained by a mixed cassette tape that my father played during my early childhood while driving in our family’s Chevy Cavalier station wagon we nicknamed Iggy. On one side of the cassette was the soundtrack for the film The Big Chill. On the other was John Hartford’s “Areo-Plain”. Today Davis describes her music as ‘Motown-Banjo’.

Davis has lent her voice to countless recordings for friends, film soundtracks and even video games, but it is her intuitive and empathetic understanding of folk music — “the music of folks” as she calls it, and her original and thoughtful songwriting voice that has earned her fans around the U.S.

Recently she has collaborated in the critically acclaimed supergroup, The Sweetwater Warblers, comprised of Rachael Davis, Lindsay Lou, and May Erlewine, all three premiere Michigan-grown songbirds.

About Seth Bernard

Seth is a prolific songwriter and recording artist with 13 solo albums and a dozen more collaborative projects in his catalogue. He has won eight Jammie awards as a recording artist and producer and has been a longtime iconic leader and steward of Michigan’s music community. His newest work, Let Love Light The Way, is a stirring clarion call, and in this moment of collective tumult, these songs are precisely the music and words our world needs. Each track brims with both heartbreak and hopefulness, extending empathy and loving kindness, yet bold with clear-eyed purpose. As Bob Dylan says, the times they are a-changin’ — and in these changing times, Seth Bernard has provided us with a set of glorious new anthems.

In 2001, Seth founded Earthwork Music, a renowned Michigan-based collective of successful independent musicians who focus their efforts on environmental advocacy, social justice, creative empowerment and community building.

About Mark Lavengood

Grand Rapids' native son, Mark Lavengood, has toured the regional, national, and international music circuits for over 10 years. Best known for his dynamic slide guitar playing, Mark prefers recording and performing music that cuts right through to the human condition. Wearing a multitude of hats as a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, band leader, teacher, active member of Michigan's Earthwork Music Collective, emeritus member of Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, source of motivational energy, hobbyist massage therapist, Spanish translator and idea generator, Lavengood (affectionately known globally as "Huggy Bear") employs his skill sets to engage with communities through song, voice and collaboration.

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