Ty Maxon, a Michigan native currently residing in Chicago, is a singer/songwriter and visual artist. He has released several full-length albums through independent record label, Small Room Recordings. He was a recent feature on NPR's The Morning Shift as well as Daytrotter, who named Maxon's "I Will Die Tonight" one of the best songs of 2014. His next full-length album, "Rooms Within Rooms, “is to be released later this year.
Ty’s art is currently shown in the Robert Williams Gallery at the Box Factory. The show titled Kindred, a collection of artwork by Robin, Evan and Ty Maxon. Like his songs, Maxon’s mixed-media visual art attempts to offer an intricate and alluring experience. The pen and ink pieces display a geometric maze-like component which invites the viewer to lose themselves within the disorienting winding lines that swirl through vivid color and patterns of abstraction. In this sense, the pieces serve as a meditation, both in the viewing and the creating of the art.
On Saturday, November 14th, 7:30 pm, Riversong Music Society presents Ron VanLente & Joe Foster will be sharing the Box Factory stage.
Ron carries on a seven generation heritage of fine singing. He co-hosted a live music radio show for three years in Gastonia, NC. Moving back home in 2011, Ron has been active with Riversong Music Society in St. Joseph and Foundry Hall in South Haven. He plays vintage Gibson 6 and 12 string guitars – and some harmonica on the side. While he is an accomplished solo performer, his favorite musical contribution is singing harmonies.
Joe began performing in the Midwest while completing graduate school in Chicago. Joe is a folk singer/song stylist known for his pleasant voice, sense of humor, and wonderful renditions of folk tunes from a variety of our classic and current folk artists. He has performed for the past 30+ years at various venues throughout the Midwest, and always leaves his audiences with a few smiles, some good laughs, and humming some of the memorable folk songs of the last 50 years.
The trio of San, Emily and Jacob formed in 2013, but they have a long history together. Father and daughter San & Emily Slomovits have been playing music together since Emily was a young child. San, along with his brother Laz, as the duo Gemini, have been a highly popular folk duo throughout Michigan and the United States since 1973, and Emily began joining them on stage when she was just eight years old.
Jacob Warren and Emily have known each other since kindergarten and have played music together in many settings throughout their school years. Emily is an accomplished violinist, having studied classical violin for more than a decade, and has also developed a lovely and unique singing style. Jacob studies bass at the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where he is principal bassist of the University Philharmonia Orchestra, and was a member of the National Youth Symphony of the United States.
San, Emily and Jacob’s concerts feature a range of traditional and contemporary folk, jazz and classical music, and Broadway show tunes. Their beautifully blended harmony vocals and exciting instrumental work breathe new life into a wide variety of American and international music, and audiences thrill to their warmth, humor and ease on stage. They released their first CD, “Innocent When You Dream” in 2013.
The fourth annual Rust Belt Songwriters IV in Concert at the Box Factory for the Arts in Saint Joseph in Michigan, on Saturday, November 28 at 7:30pm. Rust Belt Songwriters IV concert features two Midwestern songwriting duos: The Ember Jar (Abby King & Kevin Scott Joiner) plus Thirty Steps to Forward (Gretchen & Seth Powers) performing their original compositions; "as they were written”.
Each duo will perform a set, followed by a songwriters round, each taking turns sharing tales about their inspiration and the songwriting process, giving the audience in intimate peek into the life of a songwriter. The show is hosted by fellow songwriter MonTe MicHel Bleu.
The Ember Jar (Kevin Scott Joiner & Abby King) Formed in the fall of 2011 by singer-songwriters Abigail King and Kevin Scott Joiner, The Ember Jar has sought to find and refine their sound through the untethered exploration and fusion of diverse genres, streamlining their style presented through dynamic arrangements with rich, emotional vocals — a blend they refer to as “Soulful Jangle Rock”. Currently based in South Bend, IN, The Ember Jar travels often to share their music on a national level, including recent tours throughout the South and Midwest.
Thirty Steps to Forward, is composed of Seth and Gretchen Powers, a brother and sister folk duo, with two full-length albums to their name, residing amid the tall trees of Michigan. Their feet are constantly tapping to the beating of birds' wings and the sounds of their father's music. Through their strings and voices, the kindred duo strives to sing and play songs of the delicate heart. If you incline your ear you might hear the hand of a girl and boy plucking out the vein of modern music and replacing it with that dusty old heart.
The evening host monTe micHel bLeu began his musical journey as a teenager playing in bands and has weaved in and out of the performing arena for nearly 40 years. After a 2001 self-imposed “retirement”, he reemerged in 2006; foregoing electric instruments, and after stints with duos, embarked as an acoustic solo artist in the burgeoning coffeehouse circuit. In 2011 he released a solo album of original material; “Songs Between Truth & Lies.” He describes his blend of folk-blues - rock as “American Rustbelt”.
The Rust Belt Songwriters Concerts series is dedicated to the memory of regional songwriter Larry Platz, who participated in RBSW’s I & II.
The Box Factory Theatre CompanyI presents "More Short Stuff" a program of 10-minute readers' theatre plays on Dec. 4 and 5 at 7:30 pm. The six plays were written by South Haven (MI) playwright Linda LaRocque and are being directed by Phil Sturdevant. This is the third time the team has paired up to present Linda's short plays on the Box Factory stage. A cash bar will be available for both performances.
"More Short Stuff" continues the efforts of the Box Factory Theatre Company to engage Berrien Artist Guild members and friends in live theater performance. This year's cast includes some familiar faces as well as newcomers to the company of actors which includes Sherry Saenz, Elaine Harju, Jim Yates, Melanie Davis, Cherie LeFevre, Marietta D’Amore, Art Roderick, Lizzie Colket, Mark Schreiber, and John Owen.
Linda LaRocque's plays, including "Revival at Possum Kingdom Community Church," have won awards in the Community Theatre Association of Michigan Playwrights Contest She has written several full-length plays including "The Gathering," "Ain't Tina Turner Classical Music?" and "Joyce's Choices." Linda lives in South Haven. She loves visiting The Box and serves as a consultant on the Entertainment Committee. Phil Sturdevant is an active member of the Holland Civic Theater where he directs, performs and designs sets. He has worked with educational, summer stock, and civic theaters in Maryland, Indiana, Ohio, and Grand Rapids. He is retired from the West Ottawa Public Schools where he taught art, speech and theater. Phil enjoys spending time with family, building things, and touring around the state directing Linda's plays. He spends time at homes in Saugatuck and Baldwin.
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