Jumping and jamming at the LivelyLands Jubilee on Saturday is sure to leave you parched, but we have just the thing to wet your whistle! LivelyLands is thrilled to announce that in partnership with Bay Area Recycling, The Workshop Brewing Company of Traverse City is our exclusive beer, wine, and cider sponsor and offer 3 beer varieties, cider, and a semi sweet riesling on the festival grounds.
LivelyLands signs off on Sunday, Aug, 26, with a Bluegrass Brunch in the Empire Township Hall in downtown Empire. Mark Lavengood will lead an open jam and the Austin crew will work the kitchen. For just $20, you get breakfast tacos with fixins and all the bluegrass you can eat.
Why go home when you’re having so much fun? Luckily, you don’t have to leave LivelyLands when the “official” music is over. Keep your groove on into the night at by camping out with LivelyLands artists and staff at the Indigo Bluffs RV Park & Resort. Our friendly Indigo Bluffs hosts are offering a special rates for LivelyLands sites starting at $27 per night for a 2-in-a-tent with electricity.
Announcing the Day Tripper, your LivelyLands day pass, find out more about what ticket packages include, how to purchase and a quick schedule overview to help you design your LivelyLands. How do you YOU LivelyLand?!
Planning has commenced for LivelyLands 2018 and will take place August 24-26 in Burdickville, MI.
What a ride the creation of LivelyLands has been! We are still reeling from the success of 2017's first festival and are so excited to share with you what's in store for 2018. Ticket packages have been carefully re-designed to offer a retreat experience that offers intimate performances, workshops, morning yoga sessions, and lively fun into one magical weekend.
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Enjoy access to all LivelyLands events including intimate musical performances, Sunset Serenade, LivelyLands Welcome party, the Artisan Village, Sunday Brunch & Bluegrass Jam, and more!
The VIP Weekender
Go VIP to also enjoy the VIP Dinner and Sundown Concert, a full day of workshops centered around community building, a behind the scenes production tour with LivelyLands producers & staff, rub shoulders with artists and workshop hosts and other LivelyLivelyLands super fans in the VIP Lounge, and more!
Emily Lively grew up along the shores of Lake Michigan. Developing a passion for music early, she became heavily involved in the Michigan music community. Emily's love for song was nourished at Lambs Retreat for Songwriters in Harbor Springs, MI at the suggestion of her lifelong music teacher Patrick Neimisto. Not only did she fall in love with songwriting, but also convinced her parents to book a house concert. Well, actually, she booked the house concert and then convinced her parents it was a good idea.
Upon high school graduation in 2003, Emily began her college career at Columbia College Chicago studying music business. However, she didn't last long, her dreams of becoming a folk legend, and desire to live the music business outweighed her interest in the Windy City. The summer of her freshmen year at Columbia, she followed her dreams to attend the internationally renowned Kerrville Folk Festival. She immediately knew that she had found her community. Six months later she left Columbia, bought a station wagon and set out to find her future in Kerrville, TX.
In 2008, Emily found herself in Austin, Texas where she finished her degree in Music Business at Texas State University in 2013, and has been working with SXSW Conference & Festivals since. While her full-time job with SXSW keeps her plenty busy, she is excited to create a boutique festival, bringing her back to her roots. LivelyLands does just that. She hopes to introduce a festival that joins her Texas and Michigan communities in the place she was raised. To nurture music with nature in beautiful Northern Michigan.
Chicago songwriter Heather Styka is not afraid to go where others fear to tread — and to get a little messy on the way. Beneath “sweet, soulful vocals” (Portland Press Herald) and “nimble fingerpicked guitar” (Dispatch Magazine) lie narratives of vulnerability, strength, and wanderlust, drawn from her extensive touring. Styka’s image-heavy lyrics brim with sincerity and heartbreak, but she veers towards an unexpected edge, more interested in questions than answers. Half road-weary, half persistently optimistic, these are the sort of songs that take you on a journey and haunt you all the way home.
Styka started writing and performing as teenager in the Chicago suburbs. Honing her craft among Chicago’s long-standing folk community, she hit the road after graduating with a degree in creative writing. At the age of 28, Styka has performed for over a decade, released four full-length albums, and toured from coast to coast. Her 2011 release Lifeboats for Atlantis brought her to national attention, hitting #3 on the FOLK-DJ charts. In addition to being a 2015 New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Styka received first place in the Big Top Chautauqua Songwriting Competition (2009) and second place in the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest (2012). She’s performed at the Folk Alliance International (FAI) and Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) conferences as an official showcase artist.
While living in Portland, Maine, Heather Styka released While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet. Recorded in the Adirondacks with Beehive Productions and printed by Styka on a 1901 letterpress in Maine, this 2014 release charted for four months on FOLK-DJ. Songs like “Love in the Multiverse” and “Caspian Sea” reveal Styka’s intellectual curiosity — and her passion for philosophy, history, and theoretical physics — while the earnest and catchy pop sensibilities of “Careful With My Heart” caught the ears of a number of peers who now cover that song, including Joe Jencks (Brother Sun) and Scott Cook.
Styka’s latest album, The Bittersweet Tapes (2016), “tugs the ear on first listen and greets you like an old friend on subsequent visits” (Simon Rigby, Indie Music Portal). These gut-punch pretty songs nod to traditional folk, classic country, and even garage rock, carried by Styka’s emotive vocals. Recorded in Tulsa, Oklahoma on an old four track recorder with sparse, ethereal production by John Calvin Abney (John Moreland, Samantha Crain), The Bittersweet Tapes retains an unfiltered immediacy. “In this raw and intimate portrait of life, disguised as a collection of songs, Heather Styka has truly created a masterpiece… A writer with this kind of vision and ability doesn’t come along very often” (Chris Darby, Independent Melody).
With training both as a poet and an actor, Heather Styka is equal parts wordsmith and entertainer. Colored by a quirky sense of humor and peppered with confessional storytelling, Styka’s live shows are intimate and candid as late night conversation. Styka is currently writing a new album and collaborating on multiple upcoming projects. There’s no telling where this young troubadour is headed next, but if Heather Styka’s songs are any indication, she’ll be getting there with fierce and fearless honesty.
Blink was born one summer night on the way home from a gig in South Texas when a song that Loebe had put on about a million high school mix tapes came on the radio. She says, “Suddenly I was transported back in time to the summer I was 17... Before I got home, I’d written Forever Young Forever and the rest of the songs that would make up Blink started spilling out.”
Blink is the fourth full-length studio album from the songwriter who has spent the past decade on the road performing in 44 states of the U.S., as well as Canada, Europe, The U.K. and Japan. Along the way she has honed her voice as one of the Americana music scene’s most exciting new songwriters and earned a place on Alternate Root Magazine’s annual listing of The Top 10 Female Singers in America.
Since quitting her job as an audio engineer, Rebecca has received an armful of songwriting accolades, including the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Award, as well as praise from the mainstream pop world (“I just love listening to you sing”~ Adam Levine). Recently relocated from her hometown of Atlanta, GA, she now lives in Austin, TX, where she tries her best to keep a garden growing between an average of 150-200 tour dates per year.
On one stop at home, Loebe learned that her tiny independent music empire was up for a routine audit by the IRS. During the many subsequent hours that she spent contemplating the nature of money, time and a decade spent traveling the world armed only with songs and her trademark relentless optimism, songwriting was the only distraction she would allow herself. She describes it as “one of the most prolific musical periods of my life...so, thanks IRS!” (In case you’re wondering, she represented herself in her audit hearing and there was no change to her taxable status.)
Blink reunites Loebe with producer Will Robertson for their first collaboration since 2010’s Americana Top 40 Album, Mystery Prize, which landed on many year-end lists including the Americana Music Association’s Top 100 Albums of the Year. The 11-song collection of new originals is equally inspired by soul, folk and southern rock. Heavy on vibe and light on overdubs, Loebe’s award-winning voice, both as a singer and a songwriter, is masterfully supported by the nuanced real-time performances of a close-knit five piece band.
In 2017, she’ll be touring the world to share the songs of Blink, embarking on her eighth international tour and hoping to cross the final six states of the U.S. off her list.
By Brad Kik
Co-founder of the Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology